Monday, August 13, 2007

Barista Bev

a Jesus thought...
But they could not catch Him in His words in the presence of the people. And they marveled at His answer and kept silent. (Luke 20:26)

a Godly thought...
As wealthy, educated successful people we sometimes presume that we have the right to flex our social, intellectual and religious muscles in front of the poor and they will somehow come flocking to us. (p89 Bishop)

a leading thought...
Leaders understand that their daily schedule primarily reveals two things: those things they have chosen to do and those things they have chosen not to do. (p204 Blackaby)

a Dave thought...
I met Bev the barista 6 months ago at my preferable office which is located at Oriental Expresso, which happens to be close to THQ. She has a great heart and builds relationships so easily with her customers. We have had many conversations about the Salvos and her desire to come and help us serve the marginalised. The other week we dropped in a 2Love t-shirt to her which she wears with pride as she works in the cafe, it has a huge Red Shield emblazoned on the front. I have had some salvos in the past express their displeasure at this approach as the person is not committed to our standards. Last night Bev came to Box Hill and helped serve at our community tea, next week she said she is going to do the same but bring her daughter and stay for church. Bev is proud of the Salvos and wears her uniform and serves the marginalised and is on a journey towards God, surely that is the kind of Salvo Catherine & William were proud of, so why not me.

Just a thought.

4 comments:

Brad Freind said...

Why the concern from people about Bev wearing the shield and not about all the people who work in Salvo social centres who are 'not committed to our standards'?

Anonymous said...

Dave - I have been to the cafe when Bev has been wearing her t-shirt and I think it's great! Where is the concern coming from?

Brad - I think we need to be careful not to judge negatively the many fine employees working in TSA social programmes who, although not Salvos, embrace and are fully committed to the mission and values of the organisation. They provide an invaluable service to the most vulnerable of our community. Reaching out to provide care and compassion and at the same time being part of the process of transforming lives both socially and spiritually. Perhaps we need to ask, "Where are the Salvos who are committed to working in our social programmes, interacting on a daily basis with the most vulnerable of our community?"

Sally A

Anonymous said...

How exciting that someone from the community wants to align themselves with The Salavtion Army, and part of that is in wearing one of our Tshirts. Isn't it better that someone wears a salvo shirt than have Jack Daniels wisky blazened across their chest?
PR people will tell you all PR is good PR!

What is even better is that the salvo t shirt wearing Bev is coming to church!

Sally A (no. 2)

Brad Freind said...

Sally,
I work at Eastcare and with many people who aren't Salvos and agree that they do a great work. I just find it interesting that people will make a fuss about someone wearing a Salvo t-shirt because I see it as essentially the same thing as someone representing the Salvos as an employee. I've got no problems with Bev or people in social centres. Having said that, I too would love to see more 'Salvos' in social programmes.