20 February 2024

‘I have a sense of purpose’

Surender Singh

Surender and Razia Surender Singh holding their baby son, Saron
Surender and Razia Surender Singh dedicating their son, Saron

Surender Singh (Greenford) celebrates the love and direction he has found with Jesus and The Salvation Army.

Joining The Salvation Army is not just a choice, it’s a calling to be part of something larger than oneself. My decision to join stemmed from a deep-seated desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

In the days before I discovered the Army’s powerful message about Jesus changing lives, my existence felt like a constant struggle. It was as if I were navigating through a dark, stormy sea without a compass. Loneliness and despair were my constant companions, casting shadows over each day. Life seemed like an endless series of challenges, and I often questioned the purpose of it all.

Then I encountered the Army, and its calling resonated with me in a way I had never experienced. Simple yet profound, it spoke of Jesus as a transformative force, capable of bringing light into the darkest corners of our lives. Intrigued and desperate for change, I opened my heart to the possibility of a different existence.

As I embraced the teachings of Jesus, my life underwent a remarkable transformation. The simplicity of the message struck a chord within me. Jesus became my anchor, providing stability in life’s storms, and I discovered a profound sense of purpose and direction.

The Army’s unwavering commitment to humanitarian service and social justice resonates profoundly with my personal values. Through its various programmes, it not only addresses immediate needs but also focuses on long-term solutions, empowering individuals to overcome obstacles and rebuild their lives. Witnessing the Army’s tireless efforts inspired me to contribute my time and energy to this noble cause.

The sense of community within the organisation fosters a spirit of unity that I find both enriching and fulfilling. The Army’s dedication to inclusivity and non-discrimination further justifies my calling. As a member, I look forward to actively participating in initiatives that promote equality and create an environment where everyone is valued and supported, regardless of their background or circumstances.

The Army’s war cry emphasises the fundamental truth that Jesus changes lives. For me, this isn’t just a slogan but a lived reality. Jesus is my constant companion, a source of strength and solace in times of need.

Through this journey, I experienced the transformative power of love and forgiveness. Jesus taught me to extend grace to others and to myself. The simplicity of his message is its beauty: ‘Love one another; as I have loved you’ (John 13:34 New King James Version). In embracing this principle, I have found healing for my wounded soul and learnt to navigate relationships with newfound compassion and understanding.

The Army’s war cry isn’t just a call to action; it's an invitation to experience a life-altering connection with Jesus. As I reflect on my journey, I am grateful for the Army's unwavering commitment to spreading this transformative message.

Through its efforts, countless lives - including mine - have been touched by the profound and enduring impact of Jesus' love.

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