Wednesday, September 28, 2005

It's Annual Appeal Time...don't you just love it!!

I knew before he opened his mouth this was going to be nasty. He cut a line through the milling commuters looking for their platforms - making sure he was under my nose. It was his eyes that gave it away - this was going to be nasty. He had a point to make and he was going to make sure I heard him. Actually several hundred people heard him.

"You lot make me ill collecting - you're not doing any good and I for one will never give to you"

His words spat with venom got heads turning. Bemused commuters shot anxious looks of comfort as I withstood the onslaught, the barrage of vicious diatribe. As he runs for his train along Waterloo station- I wonder what it was The Salvation Army did wrong to him. Maybe bad connections in the past, perhaps pain for family members dealt with years gone by, perhaps he got a bad deal from a SA place in the past, perhaps he saw a perceived misuse of funds, perhaps he'd been given the sack, perhaps he'd had too much to drink. Whatever I didn't get chance to ask - he'd soon disappeared into the crowd. Gone.

I sigh...It's The Salvation Army annual appeal time - where we try to raise funds for our social ministry, I'm all togged up, cap and all - don't you just love it.

I'm still digesting the abuse when a gentle voice said "I always give to you guys...." I look round and a kind looking face is looking through his wallet. He carries on "It's 30 years since I needed you... I was at my lowest and you guys fed me ... made sure I had food ... helped me turn my life around" I feel the clunk of change hit the bottom of teh bucket and he too disappeared into the night.

It's annual appeal time, I'm all togged up, cap and all - don't you just love it!!

5 comments:

Captain Andrew Clark said...

Red Shield...Hallelujah!!

Rob said...

Find the deep joy in the diverse and opposing reactions to our ministries!

Bill said...

Honestly,
We start durring Christmas...
No...
I dont love it...
I dont hate it...
As long as someone else is collecting.

Gordon said...

Bill - a little secret - I don't really love it!? :o).

Anonymous said...

I remember a Christmas mail appeal from 2 yrs ago calling SA a "worthless" organization. The donor suggested an article by bioethicist Peter Singer, whom he held up as a highly moral and concerned individual. He seemed unaware of Singer's totally amoral stance on sexuality and ridding planet earth of malformed children. Like you, I was puzzled by the bitter hatred. I only know I needed to pray for him and others like him for God to soften his heart to Jesus Christ, even if not to the Salvation Army.