What does The Salvation Army do?
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church.
Our message is based on the Bible.
We have worship services and Bible Studies, programs for men, women, youth and children. We do whatever we can to tell people the good news about Jesus Christ.
Our ministry is motivated by the love of God.
This includes our health services, HIV/AIDS programs, ministry to prisoners and skills training courses.
Our mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
These two avenues of ministry are always linked - often the churches are involved with the social programs, and the social service work is a means of demonstrating the love of God.
Why is the Salvation Army interested in helping others?
The Army believes you can’t love and serve God without helping people in need. Those needs may be physical, emotional or spiritual - the Army aims to minister to the whole person: body, mind and soul.
Where does The Salvation Army get its funding to help those in need?
The Salvation Army in PNG is funded from many sources. Local Salvationists (church members) regularly contribute to church offerings and fundraising events, and Salvation Army territories around the world contribute to our work.
We also receive funding from government sources, such as the National Aids Council, PNG Incentive Fund, and the Australian government’s AusAID program, as well as funding from non-governmental organisations such as the World Health Organisation and UNICEF.
Then there are donations from private sponsors, both individual and corporate.
Is The Salvation Army a profit-making organisation?
No it isn’t. Some of the programs we run do make a profit, for example our schools, but the profits are used to fund the organisation’s welfare and church programs
What do Salvationists do in The Salvation Army?
Some Salvationists are officers, that is, they are trained ministers of religion who work full-time for the Army, running church and social programs.
Other Salvationists are ‘lay people’; they are not officers but are employed full-time, for example in youth work, health and administration.