IES Mission Statement

Moved by compassion and in obedience to the example of Jesus Christ, The International Emergency Services section of The Salvation Army provides support, training and resources to respond to the needs of those affected by emergencies without discrimination.

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.