Salvationists Pass the Flame at Olympic Torch Relay

Courtesy of www.london2012.com

The 2012 Olympic Torch Relay is currently underway in preparation for the upcoming Summer Games. During this time and leading up to the main event, The Flame is transported from one torchbearer to another during a 70-day tour throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Beginning at the Olympic Games of Ancient Greece, the journeying flame represents peace, unity and friendship. So, we think it’s pretty awesome that The Salvation Army gets to be a part of the action!

The More than Gold team at territorial headquarters in London is encouraging Salvation Army corps and centers to use the torch relay as a way to remind their local communities of the Army’s presence while also demonstrating Christian love and hospitality. To do this, many units are taking advantage of outreach opportunities at torch relay events during the Games.

Additionally –and probably the neatest part – a few chosen Salvationists will be among the 8,000 torchbearers! The following representatives of The Salvation Army will have their moment to shine and inspire during the relay:

  • June 26: Ryan Wileman, Yorkshire Division
  • June 27: Zoe Homes, Boston Corps
  • July 6: John Wilson, Hadleigh Temple Corps
  • July 13: Lieut-Colonel Val Mylechreest, Boscombe Corps
  • July 16: Former Olympian Ian Richards, Worthing Corps attendee

We often use the words “flame of hope” and “igniting passion” when referring to The Salvation Army’s services. Why? Because with every meal served to a hungry family or hand held during a time of crisis, our goal is to pass on a torch; a burning flame that represents the true faith, peace, love and hope that only God can bestow.

If you’re watching any part of the torch relay (and you can watch it live online by clicking here!), let us remember the true meaning behind the flame so that we may strive to be torchbearers of the Gospel each and every day.

Want updates on The Salvation Army’s Olympic-related work? Check out the territorial sports ministry, Sport for Good at www.facebook.com/SASportforGood and at www.twitter.com/SportforGood!

Majors Andrew and Lori Richards (Devonport Morice Town) and their daughter Ele get hold of an Olympic Torch as they prepare to serve the public and emergency services on The Hoe at Plymouth (courtesy of www.salvationarmy.org).

Volunteers from Taunton Corps prepare refreshments for St John's Ambulance helpers (courtesy of www.salvationarmy.org).

One Comment on “Salvationists Pass the Flame at Olympic Torch Relay

  1. Hi folks, my Dad was a preacher for over 40 years & my Mum’s roots, along with her mother, were in the Salvation Army.

    I am a believer & do write poetry some of which is published on our church website – http://www.aogswindon.org.uk

    I have written an Olympic based song using Captain Robert Johnson’s tune, “Marching On in the Light of God”.

    Are any of your corps taking part in the musical entertainments along the Torch route?

    It would be make me very happy to share this with any folk who are involved, even sing it down a phoneline to them.

    Look forward to our reply, God Bless ALL of you. Steve

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