Andrew Stringer, Holy
In my first couple of weeks at the War College, I have been
truly challenged about my relationship with God and the way I
have lived my life in the past in general. God has called my
wife and I to a life of simplicity, a proven method in
reaching the lost and broken-hearted in communities.
I have heard people say I must be nuts to live among the drug
addicts, prostitutes, poor, homeless and those people
generally rejected by society. All I can say is that I really
feel at home here, and in the place where we as the Salvation
Army were raised up to be!
One thing I can guarantee is you will develop a much deeper
relationship with God at the War College. You will also
experience authentic Christian Community within the poorest
postal code in North America.
If you are up for a challenge that will change your life
forever, I suggest you come to The War College. If not, I
suggest you come anyway, as God will do a work in and through
you, more than you could have ever imagined!
Kath Walker, Holy Session writes...
My 1st week at the war college was a week of new
experiences. Though I had read through the web site a number
of times before coming, I left Australia with no real tangible
idea of what the war college is. Doing something without
knowing all the details and particulars in quite out of
character for me and to steep out in faith so much and just do
what God told me, to such a big degree was a first for me.
Walking the streets and within 60 seconds having two people
offer to sell me drugs was also a 1st for me. I'd never been
to a place that had such open drug use, selling, and
prostitution. Or had I seen such poverty at such proximity,
let alone live in the slums. Yet despite all this, I felt
instantly at home. My 1st morning in Vancouver when I was
walking around (jet lag had me up nice an early) and getting a
feel for the place, I was shocked to see the contrast of
walking 2-3 block. I walked from the slums right into two
tourist attractions, Gas town and China Town.
The 1st week was also my 1st time of living with and studding
with other Christians. As someone who has been Christian for
just lest the 2 years, I often find myself intimidated by
other Christians. Though I've been studying Theology by
correspondence, I'm finding so many blessing in studying and
doing hands on ministry, and learning things I wouldn't have
had the opportunity to learn anywhere ells. In one way I can't
wait for the year to be over, because I'm impatience to find
out what God has in store for us, all the things He is going
to teach us.