The latest meeting of Gainsborough Probus Club featured Captain Jeremy Ferguson-Smith of Gainsborough Salvation Army who spoke about the origins of the Salvation Army, its involvement in social issues and particularly the question
of people trafficking.
This is a special year for the Army, as it is its 150th anniversary. Members heard about the founder, William Booth, his family, the first meeting places and the origin of the name Salvation Army and how from its earliest days the Army sought to address poverty and deprivation, as well as spreading the Christian message.
Capt Ferguson-Smith also spoke about the issue of people trafficking, helping members to understand what that actually means. The extent of the problem is clear as over two million people still live in slavery, part of a £24 billion pound ‘business’, throughout the world – including the UK.
Along with continuing need which has to be addressed, Capt Ferguson-Smith explained how the Salvation Army seeks to care for those rescued from traffickers.