WINTER ASSIGNMENT | CADETS CRYSTAL & NORMAN PORTER
Cadets Crystal & Norman Porter (Disciples of the Cross session) were assigned to Sudbury, ON for their Winter Assignment. They share their experience with us.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways Acknowledge him and he will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
I have always believed that you must expect the unexpected especially when you are following the call of God on your life. God has a way of leading us to places that we have never been, and into situations we have never experienced. Coming to Training College is a part of answering that call to which Christ has called my wife Crystal and I. Moving to Winnipeg from Newfoundland has brought new experiences and a wealth of learning opportunity as we see The Salvation Army working in a great variety of ways.
Since Training College is also about helping us experience the Army’s mission in different settings we had the privilege of going to Sudbury Ontario for 12 days on our winter assignment. From the moment we landed and met the Officers we were staying with, we felt right at home. On our drive to the quarters Captains Tony and Patricia Kennedy took time to explain what their ministry unit looked like and the passion they had for ministry. As our days went by we spent time sharing in leadership in the Corps, Thrift store, family services, and kettle campaign, also spending time at the correctional facility and woman’s home. Captain Tony is also the Area Commander and in charge of Public Relations, so we were introduced and were given opportunity to help in those areas as well. Although all of these things left a great impact on our lives, it was not what we were doing that challenged us and blessed us, rather, it was the people who surrounded us that taught us and brought blessings. Sudbury has brought blessings to our lives, one that will be forever remembered. As we continue to learn and to minister, the song “Except I am Moved with Compassion” written by General Albert Osborn has spoken to our lives and continues to be our prayer.
The Saviour of men came to seek and to save
The souls who were lost to the good;
His Spirit was moved for the world which he loved
With the boundless compassion of God.
And still there are fields where the labourers are few,
And still there are souls without bread,
And still eyes that weep where the darkness is deep,
And still straying sheep to be led.
Except I am moved with compassion,
How dwelleth thy Spirit in me?
In word and in deed
Burning love is my need;
I know I can find this in thee.