Jesus said;
"It is written:'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God'.
Matthew 4:4


From the CO’s Desk
The book of Deuteronomy was written around fourteen hundred years, before the birth of Jesus. Moses wrote to the Israelites, “be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land that the Lord promised” (Deut.8: 1). He then reminds the people, of how God had led them through the desert those forty years, to test and humble them, in order to know their hearts. Verse 3, reads; “He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” Jesus used these very words, in reply to the devils tempting, when he was in the desert, having been led there by the Spirit. Forty days and forty nights he had been there, he was hungry. But he did not succumb to temptation, he did not turn the stones to bread. It's a new year, no doubt a year that will bring many more challenges, will see more changes, bring us great times, happy moments, sad occasions, times of trials, times of victories, and much more. With all of that, our feelings and emotions will run from exasperation to elated joy with everything in between. But whatever we face, remember that every word that comes from the mouth of God, is sustenance. Gilly and I wish you all a truly wonderful year, full of God's choicest blessings.
  Wimbledon Salvation Army
109 Kingston Road.
Commanding officers Captains Henk & Gilly Hoitinga
tel Hall: 0208 542 4197



Excerpt from the past.

Corps History No 2

In Its issue of 26 September 1885 The Surrey Comet carried this startling paragraph:
  'The Salvation Army have invaded Wimbledon and carry on their attack with much vigour. Their visitation has had the effect of making living in the Broadway almost intolerable, as crowds of roughs congregate there, and molest them with the usual horseplay and jeering. The nuisance is certainly one that ought not to be allowed to exist; but until the tradesmen are unanimous in their desire to put a stop to it there seems little hope of matters being remedied'.  
Following the coming of the railway and consequent mushrooming of large housing estates, with some roads patriotically named after Victorian politicians: Gladstone, Russell, Palmerston ... the population of the Borough of Wimbledon which around 1860 totalled 4600, reached 40,000 by the end of that century! And it was in an ‘upper room' at No 79A Russell Road that some form of meetings took place before our present citadel was built. Until very recently this property had altered little but it has now been renovated. Take a walk sometime along Russell Road (passing the house where Edie Berkshire lives); immediately beyond Pelham Road on the left hand side as you approach the Theatre you will see the shining brass which now proclaims No. 79A. Pause, think back in time and offer a prayer of thanks to God for those stalwarts to whom we present day Wimbledon Salvationists owe so much. Next month: 'A red hot time' and 'a splendid offer'
Ron Foot



Penny for them !

When an engineer from Czechoslovakia, Karel Drbal, unveiled his new invention, many people scoffed. Drbal had made a small pyramid which, he claimed, could sharpen any razor blade that was placed inside. The staff at the Prague patents office were amazed when their scientists tested the device and found that it worked! Controversy over the power of such pyramids has continued to this day. Some say the claims are completely absurd. Others say that Drbal’s pyramid can not only sharpen blades but even preserve food - but no one knows any reason why the device works. Likewise just because we cannot explain God’s existence or his power does not mean that they do not exist. Throughout history man has tried to disprove God’s power and Jesus’ life, but failed. Conan Doyle in Sherlock Holmes stories used the adage ‘What you are left with after investigating all the evidence however improbable must be the truth.’



Christmas Teasers

What day does Thomasmas fall on ?
Answer: 21st December

If you were ‘Gooding’ what would you be doing ?
Answer: Begging for Christmas food in return for little presents, often evergreen.

Who wrote the following and what poem is it from ?
  The damsel donned her kirtle sheen
The hall was decked with holly green
Forth to the woods did merry men go
To gather in the mistletoe.
Answer: Sir Walter Scott’s poem Marion



Personal Testimony
Recently the Lord gave me A "WAKE UP!” call. I had been going along on my comfortable journey, that I truly believe will lead to 'Glory,' when the doctors suddenly limited my time left on earth. After getting over the shock, I came to realise how much time I have wasted down through the years, not reaching out to people with the hand of Jesus, to lead them to him, the only source of true joy, happiness and salvation.

I'm not saying that I wasn't busy, but I was busy doing my own things, which didn't necessarily coincide with those things the Lord would rather have had me doing. But now I have come to see that each day provides me with opportunities to 'witness' for Him. This doesn't mean I'm going to go out door to door, begin crusades, & etc. But it does mean that I'm going to begin to 'listen out' for whatever the Lord would like me to do. It is possible that the Lord would have us all turn around, go in a completely different direction, break down barriers, enlarge our fellowship with others, whom we're not too happy with, for one reason or another. How far are we prepared to go for the Lord?
We certainly have no need to worry about any uncertainties in our lives, or what's going to happen tomorrow. My favourite song is that of No. 732, and the wonderfully inspired words and music of Stanley E. Ditmer.
  I'm in His hands,
I’m in His hands;
Whate'er the future holds,
I'm in His hands.
The days I cannot see
Have all been planned for me;
His way is best, you see;
I'm in His hands.
Sometimes the first step is to ask the Lord to help us be willing to respond to His calling, whatever that may be, and wherever that may take us. We need to begin where we are. Let us use the example of the very 'Corps' we fellowship in.
Do we know everyone in it? I mean, really know? Know them so well that if they hurt, we hurt; if they are joyful, we are joyful; their needs become our needs. Or do we get to the meetings just in time for the opening song, and leave soon after the meeting finishes? This is our family, in fact our spiritual family is closer than our physical family. For we are 'one in Jesus.' Rom 12:5 "so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another." Our spiritual family also reaches out to the 'Corps' that surround us. Where is the nearest 'Corps?' Have you visited it lately? Have you strengthened your relationship with your spiritual brothers and sisters there? In a world torn apart by grief, strife and greed, we need to build upon Christ our foundation, a solid Army, prepared to receive the "WAKE UP!" call from our heavenly commanding officer. Today He will operate through His Holy Spirit, if we are prepared to 'listen out' for Him.
Imagine you only had a day left in which to serve Him. What immediately comes into your mind that you should do for Him? If something came into your mind just then, perhaps you are hearing that 'voice behind you.'
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:34,35. May our Army hear the Lord call, and "WAKE UP!" to His leading and guidance. Then we shall see the forward march begin, as our early brethren marched to victory and glory.
Am I a soldier of the cross,
A follower of the Lamb,
And shall I fear to own His cause,
Or blush to speak His name?

Since I must fight if I would reign,
Increase my courage, Lord!
I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by Thy Word.
[Song No. 678, vs. 1&4. Words Isaac Watts]
Bill Browning






Preaching programme for January

  Morning Evening
7th Welcome to Cadets A new start A new vision
14th Commitment Sunday God's marksmen A target given people
21st YP Annual led by Cadets led by Cadets
28th led by Cadets led by Cadets




Thursday Hebrews ‘RACE TO GLORY’
January 18th Hebrews 1:1-14 Starting the Race
February 15th Hebrews 2:1-18 Warning Signs
March 15th Hebrews 3:1-18 Winning the Race
April 19th Hebrews 4:1-13 Receiving God’s Blessings
May 17th Hebrews 4:14-5:10 Overcoming Weakness
June 14th Hebrews 5:11-6:20 The Race to Maturity
July 12th Hebrews 7:26-8:13 God’s “New Deal”
August 16th Hebrews 9:1-28 The Runner’s Power
September 13th Hebrews 10:1-39 Staying in the Race
October 18th Hebrews 11:1-40 Models of Faith
November 15th Hebrews 12:1-29 The Runners Discipline
December 6th Hebrews 13:1-25 Running by the Rules



Places to go ..

A new year, A new club !

It has been proposed that a monthly “Kids Club” for 5 to 11 year olds start at the Corps in the new year. The YP leaders would value prayer for this venture, through which we plan to reach out to children in the area, and also provide an ongoing link to the children that come to Holiday Club in the summer. The club will be held on the 3rd Friday of the month 6pm to 7:30pm. The club needs a name, any suggestions to Ailsa please. Help to distribute leaflets, encourage children to attend, and assist on the evenings is also needed. If you can help please talk to Ailsa or Capt. Henk.



YP Annual Weekend 20th/21st January 2001.

For all those ‘party animals’ aged 0 to 18 the YP New Year Party will be on 20th 3pm—6pm at the hall. The prize giving service on 21st at 10am, will be lead by the Cadets. Do come and support the youngsters as they receive the prizes and shields in recognition of all their hard work, joy and energy over the last year.



Corps diary January 2001

Sunday 7th Services at 10am and 6pm.
  God Squad recommences at 11.30am.
Monday 8th Parent & toddler group recommences.
Tuesday 9th Over 60s recommences.
  YP Singing group recommences at 6.30pm.
Sunday 14th Services at 10am and 6pm.
Monday 15th Home League recommences.



People to see.......
We extend our best wishes and congratulations to Lorraine O’Haloran and Charlotte Murfin who were enrolled as Soldiers on 10th December. Please uphold them and their families in your prayers in the days ahead. We can’t always see the people we’d like to see, physically, but there is a way to see them, whenever you like, spiritually, prayerfully. The following are just some, to keep in mind,
The 11 residents who died and the 22 people injured in the gas explosion that ripped through the Salvation Army complex in Breman, Germany.
Toni as she continues her junior soldiership classes.
Paul, Ailsa & Rebecca as Paul’s mum is critically ill in intensive care.



Goldilocks and the Three Bears !!

Keri Philips, (a regular member of the YP Singing group) will be dancing in this panto. If you fancy a ‘funtastic’ time why not go along & support her. She will be appearing in the 2pm & 5:30pm performances on 28th, 30th Dec. & 3rd Jan., Evening performances 26th Dec, 5th & 6th Jan. at the Secombe Theatre Sutton. Box office 020 8770 6990 tickets range from £8 to £10.



Things to do..

"Ask not what your country can do for you...... Said John F.Kennedy. What sort of things can we do, can we be involved in, to build up our Corps here in Wimbledon? Building up physically, communitively and most important, spiritually. Do you ever watch that quiz programme hosted by Ann Robinson, called the weakest link? Our Corps has quite a number of different activities throughout the weeks, months and year, Though some are more supported than others, unlike in the quiz show where people vote out the weakest link, we need to look at ways of strengthening our weakest links. Looking at the whole picture, the corps is only as strong, as it's weakest point. Right at the outset of the year, I believe we need to set up a prayer team, perhaps based on a rota, but a focused time of prayer, centred around the Corps. Prayer walk the building, the neighbour hood, the community. Prayers prior to each service, after the service, prayers for each family member, prayers for the activities we are involved in, and so on and so on. Any ideas or suggestions? Come and talk to Gilly or Henk.



Christmas carolling 2000 A huge big thank you to all who participated in this time of outreach and fundraising. The total collected this year, from the Sava-centre, Centrecourt and the homes is £640.