The Salvation Army in Douglas is to benefit from the life experience of two new cadets – husband and wife David and Kate Donaldson.
David, 35 and Kate, 32, of Derby Square, Douglas, have begun their first placement in a community as they train to become Salvation Army officers.
David spend his early years in the Salvation Army but admits he ‘went off the rails a bit’ after leaving home to go and study.
‘I became a bit too reliant on drinking and partying and forgot to find joy in the things that mattered. It was only later I came back to my faith – and a big part of that for me was realising I didn’t believe in God because my parents told me to – I found my own belief.
‘I’ve had an incredibly varied and exciting life. I’ve lived in Spain and Sweden and done an awful lot of travelling, but wherever I went, it felt as though God was calling me to do something more with my life, so I began to realise that God wanted me to be a minister in the Salvation Army.’
Kate also grew up in the Salvation Army. She went on to study at university and working with the homeless after gaining her degree. She said: ‘I came out of university thinking I could make a difference. I tried different jobs to feel fulfilled, but nothing worked.
‘When I met David and fell in love with him, I already knew he wanted to become an officer. I knew it was something I wanted deep down, but I kept pushing it to the back of my mind. Soon after we married, it all fell into place.’
The couple are currently looking after Douglas Corps, but when the Commanding Officers Captains Simon and Carolyn Clampton return from a brief break they’ll be learning from them directly about the work the Salvation Army does in the community.