The video is in German. English text below.
Do you know the story of the Salvation Army’s Self-Denial?
It started in 1886. The Salvation Army was growing at a phenomenal rate. In order to keep up its expansion, the Army needed money, so a collection was taken up at officers’ councils. Major John Carleton had no money at the time, so he wrote on his note that he would go without dessert for a year. He hoped to raise 50 shillings this way (the equivalent of €260 today) which he then would give to help the Salvation Army grow. When General William Booth read the note, he did not like the idea that any of his officers should go without dessert for a whole year, so he had yellow pieces of paper handed out on which officers could write what they were willing to forego (deny themselves of) for one week. And so the Self-Denial week was born.
It is still maintained today, and it is not just the rich countries that give to the poor countries. Every salvationist in the whole world take part. Even our partner territories, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Malawi and Latin Amerika North contribute to the self-denial fund.
In one country, a small amount might be a genuine sacrifice, because they have so little from the beginning. That challenges us in Europe to give generously. Although my offering would be large in comparison, to many of of our comrades in other countries, it would still just be a bit of our surplus.
However, it is not just about finances. There are things that are way too important to us, and it is only when we have to do without that we realise this. Renouncing something like social media can free up time for prayers for others or for sharing in fellowship with others. All this contributes to mobilising the worldwide Army of God.
This text is the contribution of Lt.Colonel Hervé Cachelin.
More info in German on this link.