A Mobilizing Miracle
Craigieburn Corps in Victoria, Australia, experienced a miracle that has enabled them to mobilize like never before!
In 2015 and 2016 we, at the Craigieburn Corps, Victoria, Australia, had
a dream. We wanted to have a food van to take out on the streets. As many of
you would appreciate, we didn’t have spare money to purchase a new vehicle for
street ministry! So we prayed. Within the whirlwind of Salvation Army ministry,
I remember distinctly that at random times some of our ministry leaders would
look at each other and say, “I really want God to bless us with a new food
But nothing happened. Two years. Nothing.
At the start of 2017, I felt the Holy Spirit prompt me with words like,
“If you really want a food van, why don’t you actually start looking for
one.” Fair comment, Lord. Thank you for that.
So, my wife, Captain Jo Brookshaw, and I started to look online for a food van. $60,000AUD. Our hearts sank. How could we ever afford that? Then we found a picture of a caravan online. It was nearby, so we jumped in the car and went for a drive. We found the caravan on the side of the road. The pictures looked promising. Yes, promising, until we actually saw the caravan in front of our very eyes. It was a disaster.
We left with our hearts sinking. We found
ourselves saying, “But God, you said we should look for a food van!”
We found out a local corps had a trailer we
could have. “Yes, maybe this is it Lord!” The trailer was rusted and still in
one piece but far from what we were dreaming about for the last two years. Our
hearts sunk again and we lifted up another prayer, asking the Lord to provide.
Now, one of our newest soldiers of the Craigieburn Corps, the wonderful 72-year-old Di, was coordinating our weekly community lunch. She was helping a gentleman who was unemployed, week in, week out, by providing meals from our lunch. As she would deliver the meals to the man, Di would speak occasionally of the vision we had for a food van.
You’ll never guess what happened next. The
man found a job at a factory where they make the chassis for caravans and
trailers (the bottom part of the vehicle). He shared with the owners about The
Salvation Army’s vision to have a food van to go out onto the local streets and
bring hope into people’s lives.
They looked at him and said, “We’ll build
“I’m sorry, come again? You’ll build it?”
That one conversation took us on an absolute
rollercoaster of excitement in 2017, as this local business pursued the
building (from scratch) of a food van, to later gift to The Salvation Army in
I’m convinced that God has a unique calling for The Salvation Army, that
is different to the calling other communities of faith have. The Salvation Army
flourishes when it stays true to the purposes for which God raised up this
We are not called to
ask people to come, but to be mobilized to go. We are called to go to the
marginalized, the sick and hurting and the lost poor soul upon the
streets. We must go.
By Captain Peter Brookshaw — Australian Territory — www.petebrookshaw.com