A retired missionary to Russia visited Hadleigh Temple’s adherents to speak of her experiences. Robin Bryant reports:
A well-worn phrase is that ‘she is a legend in her own time’ but that is certainly true of Major Ivy Nash.
When giving her life to Salvation Army officership (full-time minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ), she spared herself nothing, and spent many years caring and ministering in Salvation Army Goodwill Centres (usually situated in deprived areas of the UK) .
On The Salvation Army’s return to Russia in 1991, Ivy offered to go and work there, and was given the task of serving the needs of the 300 poor families who had made their homes at one of the eight mainline rail stations in Moscow. (There were no social services in Russia at that time). She built up a trust among the people, and the children would flock around her when she went onto the station concourse.
She later trudged the streets of Kings Cross for many years, seeking to form a relationship with the many young girls drawn into prostitution. Offering them help and advice, and pointing them to an alternative and better way of living.
Today, now retired in Milton Keynes, Major Nash is not content to take things easy, she prepares dinner every Friday at The Salvation Army for the homeless and those on low income.