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Salvation Army to be at Sexpo

Wednesday, 28th August 2013  I  For immediate release

Taking up the responsibility for making the world a better place, The Salvation Army, led by its Territorial Commander, Commissioner André Cox, spent its 67 minutes of community service today at Diepsloot Combined School, north of Johannesburg, to commemorate Nelson Mandela Day.

A firm conviction that if Jesus Christ was on earth today, “he would be standing beside us at Sexpo” is one of the motivations for a decision by The Salvation Army to take a stall at the Sexuality and Adult Lifestyle Exhibition (Sexpo) in Johannesburg at the end of September.
The main focus of the stall will be to promote a Christian understanding of sexuality and raise awareness of slavery and trafficking issues throughout the world, including South Africa.
Apart from handing out Salvation Army promotional material, officers and volunteers will distribute material on human trafficking, the sexualisation of girls, and an account of how a porn star found God. Visitors will also be invited to sign petitions to stop human trafficking.
Salvation Army Public Relations Secretary, Major Carin Holmes, said that Sexpo offered an opportunity to remind people that “sex is not always sexy”.
“Sex trafficking is the truly grim, tragic and hidden aspect of a glamourised industry. We believe that it’s not good enough for the church to sit inside its four walls and expect the community to come to us. We have to get out and be the church in the community,” she added.
Major Holmes said that The Salvation Army wants to “leave judgment aside and ask God for a way to communicate with grace and truth that liberates and sets all people free.
“We’re not going there to condemn anyone. We aren’t going to lecture people. We’re going there to be available. We trust that we will have many meaningful conversations with exhibitors and the public and that many meaningful relationships with an eternal value will be built.”
She said that exhibitors at Sexpo seem genuinely pleased to know that there will be a Salvation Army presence.

The Southern Africa Territory of The Salvation Army encompasses four countries – South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland – and the island of St Helena. Its officers, soldiers and full-time employees provide their spiritual and community services through approximately 230 corps (churches), societies and outposts, as well as through schools, hospitals, institutions for children, street children, the elderly, men and abused women, and daycare, goodwill, rehabilitation and social centres.


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Client Contact: Major Carin Holmes
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