IES Vision statement

IES will ensure that people affected by disasters and conflict around the world have the right to a self-determined life with dignity.  We empower individuals and communities to experience life in all its fullness through meeting immediate needs and building resilience in relationship with others and without discrimination.

IES Mission statement

The mission of IES is to provide support and assistance to Territories, Commands, Regions and other countries affected by disaster and conflict. In participation with others this will be achieved through raising awareness of our vision and by providing support, coordination and facilitation of programmes, training and resources.

IES Theology

In response to the calling of God, the International Emergency Services of The Salvation Army is committed to playing its part in fulfilling God’s purpose for his world by responding according to the pattern described by:
Jesus when he commended those who give aid to others -
“Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matt 25:40 – KJV)
The Early Church when they provided help for those affected by a Judean famine -
Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judea” (Acts 11:29 – NIV)
The Salvation Army Mission Slogan -
“Save souls, grow saints and serve suffering humanity”

IES Philosophy

The work of the IES section is built on the principles of integrated mission and community empowerment which have been evolved over recent years and particularly through involvement in complex emergencies, this incorporates:

Help to self-help,
Multi-sectoral and integrated developmental approach,
Holistic (body, mind and spirit) approach,
Long-term relationship with, and sensitivity to, communities,
Pan-community involvement,

It is important that every Salvation Army intervention is guided by this philosophy from inception through implementation to completion. Even where the emergency may demand immediate response it should still be done within the framework of this philosophy.