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Self Denial

Salvation Army founder William Booth always understood that God’s love was to be offered to others; that people in real despair need real hope. And real hope is realised through love-filled, practical action. In 1886, Booth called Salvationists to give sacrificially, to deny themselves so that they could offer God’s love to a hurting world. So as Salvationists, we give generously to the Self Denial Appeal knowing that our sacrificial giving changes the world because love changes lives.

This Self Denial Appeal, see how The Salvation Army is showing love beyond in eSwatini, Papua New Guinea, Myanmar and Greenland. Funds raised through the Self Denial Appeal support the mission and community development work of The Salvation Army in developing countries around the world.

 

The Self Denial Appeal is your opportunity to love beyond remote and harsh conditions.

This Self Denial Appeal you will see the stories of Thema in eSwatini, Iveme in Papua New Guinea, Zaw Moe in Myanmar and Malakias in Greenland. It is our prayer that these stories will challenge you to see how you can show love to your neighbours in some of the world’s most vulnerable locations.

This year’s video series and devotional resource explores the theme “Love Beyond” in line with the scripture from 1 John 4:11–21 (ESV) “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and His love is perfected in us.”

Thank you for your commitment to this valuable appeal.

The following community development projects were funded from the Self Denial Reserve in the 2018–19 financial year:

  • Livelihood improvement and farmers’ empowerment in Malawi
  • Anti-human trafficking projects (including SIMBA) in Kenya
  • Capacity-building program for communities to mitigate the effects of HIV/AIDS in Swaziland
  • Sustainable WASH, food security and resilience projects in Malawi and South Africa
  • Joyville, child and community development program in the Philippines
  • Young women’s skills program in India (North)
  • Chicken income-generating activities in Kenya
  • Integrated community livelihood development program in Myanmar
  • Kwetu, anti-human trafficking and community support in Tanzania
  • A research/pilot program to build futures and stop child marriage in Malawi
  • An orphan and vulnerable children program in Malawi

The following mission support projects were funded from Self Denial funds in the 2018–19 financial year:

  • Ministry training for corps leaders in Tanzania – second intake
  • Evangelism training in Northern India
  • Repair and renovation of training principal’s quarters and college staff quarters in Western India
  • Provision of ambulance for Kolanya Health Centre in Kenya West (2018 Christmas Project)
  • Provision of mattresses for officers in remote areas of Indonesia
  • Construction, restoration and repairs of corps buildings and officers’ quarters destroyed or damaged by the earthquake in Sulawesi, Indonesia
  • Education support for children of widowed officers and non-commissioned officers and cadets in Papua New Guinea

Devotional

Commissioners Janine and Robert Donaldson, the Australia Territorial Leaders, have written this year’s Self Denial Appeal devotions. They bring a unique perspective as they have served in countries who benefited from Self Denial funds.

Over the six weeks of the Self Denial Appeal, they use the format of Dr Rick Warren’s Devotional Method of Bible Study to delve into and apply 1 John 4:11–21.

We encourage you to use these devotions in preparation for your gift on Altar Service Sunday.

Download the Devotional

Song Writer Louise Mathieson

Louise is passionate about helping others experience God’s presence, especially through all forms of creative arts. She currently serves as the Worship Arts Coordinator for Queensland, as part of The Salvation Army Australia’s Worship Arts Team.

At her home corps in North Brisbane, Louise is an active member of the worship and preaching teams. She also enjoys diving into new stories (whether page or screen), listening to almost all kinds of music and, especially, drinking good coffee with her husband Shelden.

Children’s material

Bionde and Miah from South Australia present a six-part children’s series on the theme of ‘Love Beyond’.

The children’s material includes a moneybox for kids to make and fill, and a mini magazine with activities and teachings. Leaders will also find a poster, leader’s guide and certificates to print and give out. All materials can be accessed on the resources drive.

Youth program

This year, the youth program is designed as a one-off event to be held during youth group. The rest of the term can be regular programming with check-ins around Self Denial ideas.

The program includes a presentation of four stories, discussion time, suggested meal activity and fundraiser. The leader notes, PowerPoint presentation and videos can be accessed on the resources drive.

Download Powerpoint Download Leaders Guide

Videos

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    Trailer

    Self Denial Appeal

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    Week 1

    Love Beyond

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    Week 2

    eSwatini

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    Week 3

    Papua New Guinea

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    Week 4

    Myanmar

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    Week 5

    Greenland

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    Week 6

    Altar Service

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    Kids Episode 1

    Introduction

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    Kids Episode 2

    eSwatini

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    Kids Episode 3

    Papua New Guinea

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    Kids Episode 4

    Myanmar

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    Kids Episode 5

    Greenland

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    Kids Episode 6

    Goodbye

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    Music and lyrics by Louise Mathieson

    Love Beyond Love

Love Beyond Love

Music and lyrics by Louise Mathieson


Past the reach of my hands you, draw me
Past the walls of my heart, you call me
Leaving the things that I've said
And I've dreamed and I've done
For love, love looks beyond

Your hand, already working, invites me
Your heart, always for others, ignites me
Surpassing the things that I thought I believed and I knew
For love, love comes from you

Because you first loved us
Lord, your love breaks out beyond
Carries us all along
All belong held in your heart
Love's because you died for us
Jesus Christ, you gave your life
Giving us all a hope
In your love beyond love

No fear binds us for your love, will expel it
No lie defines us for your love, will out-tell it
And we'll take your story to every last corner to all
For love, love is your call

Because you first loved us
Lord, your love breaks out beyond, carries us all along
All belong, held in your heart
Love's because you died for us
Jesus Christ, you gave your life, giving us all a hope
In your love beyond love

So we'll take your story to every last corner
And live out the grace that you've given
Entrusting our lives to your truth and your love
As your spirit is leading to love

Because you first loved us
Lord, your love breaks out beyond, carries us all along
All belong, held in your heart
Love's because you died for us
Jesus Christ, you gave your life, giving us all a hope
In your love beyond love

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