Salvos leaders keen to make a difference
BRANCHING out into their own corps and growing in Gladstone is exactly what our new Salvation Army lieutenants Chris and Kaylene Ford intend to do.
They've been here only two weeks but already have faced many challenges, including growing homelessness in the region.
"We jumped right into the community the moment we got here," Mrs Ford said.
"A case of help around homing was one of the first jobs we faced and it's driven us to look into the issue and perhaps start a soup kitchen," she said.
The couple has two children, Jess, 13 and Sarah, 11, who were excited to spread good in the community.
"The girls were more excited with the change than us and are happy to be spending the next six years in town," Mr Ford said.
"They want to work more on youth volunteering in the thrift shops and we as a family want to see more youth in the programs surrounding the community," he said.
The couple have moved from Blacktown in Sydney where they spent two years in theological training before being ready to commission their own corps.
Mrs Ford said: "We have just graduated the second stage and basically been thrown in the deep end, but we like a challenge."
Easing their doubts though is BJ who, after working with the previous captains Jeff and Sharilyn Bush, has had his youth work contract extended.
And the trio had big plans including another welfare day, youth suicide work and taking part in community events such as Rumble in the Jungle.