Booth-Tucker Institute
July 5-11, 2005

 

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Roots

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 son, Bramwell."

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).

Tension

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. Booth admitted:

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 poor.

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 refreshing.

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 info@thewarcollege.com.

 

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