QA with Major Inger Furman, Assistant Secretary for Program, Salvation Army Eastern Territorial Headquarters
What does it mean to be “an Army, united in purpose”?
To be an Army united in purpose is the basic vision for The Salvation Army: to live for the Glory of God, and the salvation of souls into the kingdom of God.
What would a ‘Great Awakening’ look like where you serve?
If you relate the word awakening to coming out of a sleep, we have all been there. We have come through of a period, even before COVID–19, where we’ve lived in doubt or uncertainty. We must find our identity as a people of salvation and called to a holy purpose. We try to accomplish so many things, that our identities and purposes can become blurred. A Great Awakening occurs when we all understand exactly who we are and what we do.
What is your prayer for the future of the USA Eastern Territory?
I pray that the Eastern Territory will remain solidly grounded in the Word of God and empowered by the fire of the Holy Spirit. I pray that we will always seek those people who are lost in darkness, and we will bring them hope and salvation through Jesus Christ.
Group question: Expecting
As Salvationists, why do you feel it is important to always have an expecting mind?
“It goes back to our hope in the Lord. In Isaiah 43:19, God tells us and shows us how He will do new and even greater things. So, if we just talk to Him and aren’t sure of Him, there will be no power behind our prayers. No fruit will come from that. That’s why we always come to the Lord, waiting and expecting.”
– Major Inger Furman
“Expecting helps us to look forward. If we are to be an intentional community that works for the Kingdom of God, we must look back to who we were in the past, look now at who we are in the present, and stand on our toes as we look forward to the future.”
– Dr. Roger Green
“We’re in a unique position to look at timeless truths. They are part of our foundation as Christians and our specific Wesleyan background. As God takes those principles, we as The Salvation Army must ask, how do we translate them for the world today? He wants us to use our intellect and our experiences to understand what has worked in the past, but He also wants us to understand the culture and realities that we deal with today. We continue to expect, but we’re also willing to be surprised. We know that God knows what we need right now.”
– Commissioner Mark W. Tillsley