Sydney teenager set to represent The Salvation Army at the London Olympics

by Maritime
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While the 2012 Summer Olympic Games will generate excitement all over the world, they will be especially thrilling for 18-year-old Taylor Burton of Sydney, NS. Burton was recently chosen to represent the Maritime Division on The Salvation Army’s Territorial Mission Team at the games in London, England.

Though the details haven’t been completely finalized, Burton says the Mission Team will be doing things such as helping with sports programs for children and participating in awareness-raising campaigns.

“The Salvation Army has an awareness campaign on human trafficking and that’s one thing I’m really passionate about,” says Burton. “The Olympics is a huge port for human trafficking, so I’m really interested in being a part of the awareness campaign and making a difference.”

At 18, Burton is one of the youngest people to be part of the team. The rest of the team is made up of a few members from each division of The Salvation Army across the country. Burton says he learned of the opportunity from his Corps Officer and Divisional Youth Secretary, but never expected to be chosen after submitting his application.

“I’m just blown away,” says Burton. “I’m so excited to be part of this team. I’ve been wanting to go on a mission trip for a while now, and then this opportunity came up and I was floored. It’s a blessing to be able to go out and share the Gospel.”