“Jesus looked hard at them and said, “No chance at all if you think you can pull it off yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it.” – Matthew 19:26, The Message
Wouldn’t it be great if there were no poverty in Canada at all?
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there were no more need for shelters, treatment centers, street outreach teams and food banks?
Wouldn’t it be miraculous if every single person had a safe home, a meaningful job and someone to love and to love her/him back?
With the magnitude of social problems we’re witnessing all around us, it’s almost impossible to imagine a world without them. But those of us who believe in the power of prayer, those of us who believe that the God we pray to, the Creator and sustainer of the entire universe, is bigger than any social problem we can imagine, those of us who believe that with God all things are possible, we can join together and pray for an end to poverty once and for all.
Our Mission Statement
The Salvation Army exists to share the love of Jesus Christ, meet human needs and be a transforming influence in the communities of our world.
In order to be that transforming influence, we must build community partners. Our friends at The Homeless Hub recently posted the Dignity for All – A National Anti-Poverty Plan for Canada report (in partnership with our other friends at Canada for All and Citizens for Public Justice).
Let’s get behind this with our actions and our prayers. I believe that if we are on our knees crying out to the God of shalom, the God of justice, if we can stop thinking that we can do it on our own and realize we need God’s help, we actually can end poverty and close down all of our Salvation Army social services that we’ve been praying for all week long once and for all.
Our God is in fact BOUNDLESS!
Let’s keep trying to be The Hand of God in the Heart of the City.
Dion Oxford, Mission Strategist
You loved the world into life.
Forgive us when our dreams of the future
are shaped by anything other than glimpses of a kingdom
of justice, peace and an end to poverty.
you taught us to speak out for what is right.
Make us content with nothing less than a world
that is transformed into the shape of love,
where poverty shall be no more.
Breath of God,
let there be abundant life.
Inspire us with the vision of poverty over,
and give us the faith, courage and will to make it happen.
God of the impossible,
we pray for justice, peace and reconciliation.
And when the challenges seem too many,
remind us of your resurrection power,
and the miracles of your love that happen
whenever injustice is dismantled and rebuilt with peace.
Help us to hope that the impossible can happen
and live as if it might do so today.