In order to connect the church with young serving military personnel, and then establish them in churches once they come to faith, our ministry to them must be done in partnership with churches and that means having links.
Our Advocates and Representatives are that link – Christian men and women that volunteer to be the SASRA liaison with churches and church leadership, on our behalf.
Typically, an Advocate is our liaison with just their own church, whereas a Representative engages with multiple churches in a region.
There are different types of Advocates and Representatives – some have served for many years and represent SASRA at local events. Some prefer just to receive and share our materials with their church family and others in their town or local area.
If you think you would like to become a SASRA Advocate or Representative for 12 or 24 months, please contact us here.
An Advocate's experience
Peter Wallis (SASRA Advocate in Mirfield, West Yorkshire), had a career in the chemical industry, with no personal experience of the military apart from that of a cadet prior to university.
His introduction to the ministry of SASRA was through his daughters. The eldest daughter, being encouraged to tithe, wanted to support a UK-based work and so chose SASRA. Later their youngest daughter joined the RAMC after her graduation and so provided a personal account of service, and the need for a gospel presence.
When Peter retired in 1998, the local representative for SASRA in Humberside asked Peter if he would care to help him represent SASRA in the area. He did so until moving from the area into Mirfield in 2007; promoting SASRA among the local churches, supplying supporters with mailings and passing onto the Area Representative any gifts and donations.
Settling into life at Mirfield, Peter was soon able to talk about SASRA and to distribute SASRA literature to fellow residents. From this, SASRA was soon being spoken of as a gospel agency to pray for in the monthly fellowship meetings, with alternate yearly visits from the Area Representative providing images and news.
Looking back on 10 years as an Advocate for SASRA, Peter never ceases to be surprised by the change in folk when he speaks of SASRA; from ignorance of the work to amazement that such a work exists.
If you would like to enquire about becoming a SASRA Advocate to ensure your church knows about and supports our gospel work with the British Armed Forces, please get in touch.