The Salvation Army was birthed in the deprived east end of
London. One of the Army's keys to success was incarnational
warfare. We became poor to reach the poor with the Gospel of
the Kingdom. Some of eternity's greatest unknown heroes are
the selfless slum brothers and slum sisters of our history.
Our movement celebrates these warriors with nicknames like
the Angel Adjutant and the Saved Chimney Sweep.
General William Booth deployed Commissioner Frederick St.
George de Latour Booth-Tucker to India curtly: "Go to India.
Dress like the Indian.These are our people, he taught his
Booth-Tucker: An Appreciation
Tucker invaded India, barefoot and begging for food. He gave
up his comfort and his identity, becoming Fakir Singh. And, as
with many heroic endeavours, Tucker's adventures captivated a
generation. So many people offered to join him that he set
these conditions to quell the tide:
Service will be a matter not merely of being willing to go
anywhere, but of wishing to live and die for the particular
race to which you are sent. You will be absolutely alone and
under close scrutiny. It will be essential to learn at least
one Indian language. You must leave entirely and forever
behind you all your English dress and habits. Officers will be
barefoot. You will avoid the English quarter, but will always
live among natives - sometimes in a cave, a shady tree, or
someone's veranda - or in a mud hut 16 by 10 feet. You will
cook as they do, and wash your clothes in the stream with
them. You have nothing to fear from the climate. The people
are different and intensely religious. . Find out what their
thoughts are before you share yours. And if you are planning
to return, don't go. We would not think of sending anyone out
who did not plan to make it a life work (Ervine, God's Soldier
, Vol I, page 576).
Colonel Herbert Rader points out the enduring image of The
Salvation Army's "heart to God and hand to man." General
Booth's heart was with God. But he also performed a "Twister"
game's gymnastic manouevre with one hand out to the rich to
resource his other hand plunging deftly into the needs of the
poor, the orphan, the alien, and the widow. It was too
difficult a move for one even this spiritually dexterous.
I have been trying all my life to stretch out my arms so as to
reach with one hand the poor and at the same time keep the
other in touch with the rich. But my arms are not long enough.
I find that when I am in touch with the poor I lose my hold
upon the rich, and when I reach up to the rich I let go of the
It is a tension all of us who are Salvation Army warfighters
have felt. Or should feel.
Brengle to Booth-Tucker
The Brengle Institute celebrates Commissioner Samuel Logan
Brengle's strongest suit, holiness, and brings leaders
together for short, intense times of sharpening and
55 years after the birth of the Brengle Institute comes BTI,
the Booth-Tucker Institute, celebrating Commissioner Frederick
St. George de Latour Booth-Tucker's (aka Fakir Singh)
strongest suit, incarnational warfare, and bringing together
leaders for short, intense times of sharpening and refreshing.
Officers and other leaders will descend on another east end,
Vancouver's downtown eastside, for two-week stints at a
tenement hotel and SA meal programme to experience the slum
warfare first-hand, deploy and debrief, and return to their
home fronts sharpened and refreshed.
BTI delegates will be immersed in the Biblical, historical and
practical aspects of incarnational/guerrilla warfare. Facing
the obvious need for infiltration, integration, and invasion
by the power of the Holy Spirit, delegates will be challenged
to explore their own incarnational imperatives in light of the
realities of their home fronts. For more information and
applications, visit thewarcollege.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.