The Salvation Army doesn’t change anybody. God does the changing.
The Western Territory’s news source
—Colonel Dave Hudson
for 31 years
February 8, 2013 Vol. 31, No. 2
‘People Count’ in the West n Website reveals ministry stories and statistics from the entire Western Territory. Each week, ministry leaders across the Western Territory use a simple web application to submit basic data about the past week’s activities, including people saved, new members, people served, and decisions made. Leaders may also include any interesting or inspiring event. Up to now, Territorial Headquarters (THQ) collected the data, and Territorial Commander Commissioner James Knaggs discussed it in a weekly video. THQ now shares these stories in real time at peoplecountusw.org/stories. “It’s a great opportunity for us to capture a glimpse of what is happening in the field, and maybe take a moment to send a note of affirmation,” said Martin Hunt, assistant secretary for program. The website allows visitors to select which locations they wish to see and for which week. Visitors can also email the writer of the story by clicking on the email button, which automatically opens the email, addresses it, and places the story in the body of the email. You can also forward a story or share it on Facebook. The graphs track data for each category, and display statistics for all divisions combined, specific divisions or individual units, allowing Salvationists to see their corps’ or unit’s strengths and areas of opportunity. Chief Secretary Colonel Dave Hudson recorded a recent video message for the site. In it, he said: “The Salvation Army doesn’t change anybody. God does the changing. We set the table. We lay it out and create an atmosphere where God can speak to an individual. Then what God does in that individual’s life is between God and them. Our job is just keep setting the table.” For more, visit peoplecountusw.org.
Inside: Frontlines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 The West . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 The Nation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 In process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Sharper Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 From the Desk of . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Life Lines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 On the Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
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(L-r) Lt. Colonel Joe Posillico, Commissioner James Knaggs, Commissioner Carolyn Knaggs, Marlene Klotz-Collins, Commissioner Nancy Roberts, Commissioner William Roberts
Klotz-Collins receives rare distinction n Award is The Salvation Army’s highest recognition of volunteer support. BY HEATHER HOWARD Marlene Klotz-Collins—member of the National Advisory Board for 14 years and the Phoenix Advisory Board for 30 years—was awarded The Salvation Army’s Order of Distinguished Auxiliary Service, the highest recognition conferred upon a non-Salvationist in recognition of outstanding, long-term service, by issue of General Linda Bond. Klotz-Collins was instrumental in the formation of the Christmas Angel program in Phoenix, presented annually by KTVK 3TV. Now in its 27th year, the program provides toys to 50,000 children annually. Her work with the Army also includes disaster relief efforts, volunteer recruitment, and fundraising.
“To be admitted to The Order of Distinguished Auxiliary Service is humbling and overwhelming,” Klotz-Collins said. “I am passionate about The Salvation Army, and it has always been my privilege and honor to volunteer for this most beloved organization. I am in awe of the officers who commit their lives to service in our communities and throughout the world.” National Commander Commissioner William Roberts, Territorial Commander Commissioner James Knaggs, and Southwest Divisional Commander Lt. Col. Joe Posillico made the presentation during the January National Advisory Board meeting in Phoenix. “Surrounding me these many years have been a supportive family, friends and coworkers, local and national advisory board members, other volunteers, and generous
National Advisory Board meets in Phoenix n Board meets tri-annually in different cities. “The Salvation Army feeds empty stomachs and hungry souls,” said Charlotte Jones Anderson, chairman of The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board (NAB), to an audience of corporate leaders from throughout the Phoenix area at a CEO breakfast launch of the Jan. 10-11 NAB gathering. Jones is executive vice president of the Dallas Cowboys, vice president of brand management and
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A lassie at war n Introduction and excerpt from “The Doughnut Sweethearts: The Diary of Alice McAllister during World War I “ Soon after President Woodrow Wilson declared war against Germany on April 7, 1917, Evangeline Booth, daughter of Salvation Army founder William Booth, created a National War Board to help meet the needs of American soldiers. National, territorial and provincial war secretaries set up service centers and hostels adjacent to the U.S. military camps. Evangeline, however, wanted to do more than just serve the military in the U.S. She believed that if the American men were going to France, The Salvation Army must go with them. Evangeline asked for a meeting with General John Pershing, who was already familiar with the Army. When his wife and children died in a fire, local pastors had largely ignored him as a transient in the community. Pershing never forgot a letter of sympathy he received from the local Salvation Army divisional commander. Pershing first told Evangeline, “We already have an army over there,” but when reports came in that American soldiers were being demoralized by hardship and danger, a tentative go-ahead was all that Evangeline needed. DOUGHNUT SWEETHEARTS, page 6
Korean missionary children at their studies
Photo by Sun Loper
Las Vegas Korean Corps welcomes Korean missionary children n The Salvation Army provides an introduction to American culture and the Army’s ministry. Nineteen children of Korean missionaries living in China visited The Salvation Army Las Vegas Korean Corps in December 2012 for three
weeks to practice English and experience American culture. The Los Angeles Korean Church Pastor Council planned the trip, but turned the field trip over to the Las Vegas Korean Corps when they were unable to house the children. Sun KOREAN CHILDREN, page 9
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NEWS BRIEFS OF THE WEST
He is a shield to all who trust in him (Ps. 18:30c NKJV). ANACORTES, WASH.—One Monday, a man came to the Karen corps asking to speak with a pastor. Lt. Ryan Gleason Boyd, corps officer with Editor her husband, Josh, met with him. He said that the grandmother who raised him had just died in the last two hours. A friend drove him to a church, but it was closed. So he walked to every church he knew of —all of their offices were closed. Finally, he came to The Salvation Army, and found it open. After Boyd prayed with him, he left, saying, “Thank God for The Salvation Army.” PORTLAND, ORE.—The Portland Tabernacle Corps, led by Lt. Ray and Major Nancy Dihle, began a new book club on Feb. 3. The club meets monthly at a coffee shop on Saturday morning. The first book is “To Heaven and Back,” by Mary Neal, M.D. YUBA-SUTTER, CALIF.—The corps’ Open Door Program assisted its first 2013 client. “Ms. Lisa,” an elderly woman suffering from mental illness and alcohol and drug abuse, was on the verge of homelessness. Through connections with a local sober living facility and funding through a Sierra Health Foundation grant, the corps provided her with housing, food from the pantry, clothes from a church member, and got her back on her medications. The program will continue to help her, including transportation to doctor appointments. Captains Thomas and Kimberly Stambaugh are the corps officers. HOMER, ALASKA—Corps members provided food and coffee to 60 emergency search and rescue workers looking for a lost snowmobiler. They offered prayer for the searchers and the missing man and his family, and rejoiced with the family when the man was found alive. Lts. Jeffrey and Michelle Josephson are the corps officers. KROC CORPS COMMUNITY CENTER, HAWAII—More than 1,000 people attended the center’s community open house, held to encourage everyone to make a fresh start in health and wellness. The corps also fielded six teams in the island-wide Salvation Army volleyball league. With the Kroc Center’s one-year anniversary approaching, Corps Officers Major Philip and Captain Debbie Lum report that many community center members now attend the corps’ two Sunday worship services. YUMA, ARIZ.—Corps Officer Captain Randy Hartt visited the emergency room with torn leg ligaments and muscles after aiding a woman being carjacked by an escaped convict still wearing his stripes and shackles. Hartt opened the car door and tried to stop the man, but was dragged several feet. The thief reversed direction and drove away; the police are still looking for him. The experience provided new contacts for The Salvation Army: the mayor visited Hartt, and the woman has family members in the police department.
Army to expand services in Walla Walla n Construction will begin this year on a new building. BY LORA MARINI BAKER The Salvation Army is expanding its services in Walla Walla, Wash., with a new building to include a larger food bank, additional space for a community kitchen and case management offices. The project, scheduled to begin construction this year, is in its final phase of fundraising. To date, 85 percent of the cost has been contributed by local donors and funding agencies. “We’ve received several generous gifts from leaders in the Walla Walla community during the last year,” said Major Douglas Tollerud, Northwest divisional commander. “Now, we need just a bit more to make the new food bank a reality.” Despite its small size, the food bank currently serves 628 families per month. The new facility—at almost 4,000 square feet—
will be 10 times the size of the current space. It will allow for better storage and larger provisions, and opportunities like cooking lessons in the community kitchen. “Some of the fresh produce available to clients may be fruits or vegetables they haven’t cooked with in the past,” Tollerud said. “If we can teach them how to cook butternut squash, for example, they will be more likely to use the produce they receive from us.” The Salvation Army has provided services to members of this community since 1892, including more than 7,932 families in 2012. In addition to the food bank, other programs include emergency assistance for rent and utility bills, back to school backpacks and school supplies, summer camps for kids and teens, and holiday programs that include meals, food baskets and toy donations. Donations may be made online via donate.salvationarmyusa.org (specify for the Walla Walla food bank).
The current Salvation Army facility in Walla Walla, Wash. Photo by Donna Miranda
Territorial Youth Band meets in Del Oro Division n Young musicians provide ministry through music. BY DEREK HELMS The 33-member Western Territorial Youth Band (TYB) recently met in Sacramento, Calif., for a ministry weekend in the Del Oro Division. The band, led by Bandmaster Richey Opina and Executive Officer and Territorial Youth Secretary Captain Roy Wild, represents every division in the West. The TYB visited the Jelly Belly factory where they performed and received a private tour before an evening concert at the Suisun City Kroc Corps Community Center. The band played a variety of music including David
Members of the Territorial Youth Band at the Jelly Belly Factory with Mr. Jelly Belly Photo by Derek Helms
Dickinson’s xylophone solo, “A Victor’s Palm,” “Morning Star,” “The Name” and “Mighty
God.” The highlight was “Faith Reborn,” a Leslie Condon selection commemorating the
faithfulness of God through the story of The Salvation Army Boys’ Home in Seoul, Korea, which was lost during the Korean War. On Sunday morning, the TYB participated at the Sacramento Citadel Corps. “He leadeth me” was the basis for the selection “By His Hand,” a reminder of the importance of God’s presence in one’s life. To conclude the weekend, the congregation and band joined in William Himes’ arrangement of “Amazing Love.” “It was a good time for the band to really gel as a group,” said TYB member Bee Bryant. “It was also great to visit Sacramento Citadel and see retired officers who had connections to many of the band members.”
Change in program accreditation standards n With accreditation, Army programs can receive incentives. The Western Territorial Social Services Department recently announced an improved version of the National Social Service Program Accreditation Standards, which were approved at the December 2012 National Social Service Commission meeting. These standards will be used for pilot Territorial Program Accreditations through June 2013, and will then be modified based on suggestions from the field. “We believe that these changes will provide a more streamlined and effective process for any program in the territory wishing to use the accreditation standards either for continued program enhance-
ment or in preparation for a Territorial Program Accreditation Review,” said Major Lawrence Shiroma, territorial social service secretary. This change came in response to the divisions’ desire to reduce the overall size of the accreditation standards document and the amount of time a program would need to prepare for a Territorial Program Accreditation Review. Through the revision process, the number of accreditation standards was reduced by 25 percent and the items requested while preparing for a Program Accreditation Review were reduced by 30 percent. Programs throughout the territory may consider signing up for a Territorial Program Accreditation Review through the corresponding divisional headquarters. The Territorial Program Accreditation Review
is a proven and time-tested way to measure a program’s effectiveness while identifying potential areas for growth and development. Territorial incentives for participating include up to $2,000 for staff training and development.
newAppointments TERRITORIAL HEADQUARTERS Major Patricia Brooks Assistant Social Services Secretary Program Department SIERRA DEL MAR DIVISION Major Jessyca Elgart San Diego County Social Services Coordinator Appointments effective Feb. 27, 2013
Soup, soap and salvation in the park n Long Beach Citadel shows the love of Jesus to the community. BY MOY HERNANDEZ, CAPTAIN Members of The Salvation Army Long Beach (Calif.) Citadel Corps put their faith into practice late in 2012, taking a “soup, soap and salvation” service to the homeless of a local park. After a Saturday evening young adult “salvation nation” service, over 30 volunteers went to Lincoln Park in downtown Long Beach to serve 71 homeless individuals chicken soup and a winter packet,
which included a hygiene kit, hats, gloves, warmers, blankets and instant coffee. Members of the group prayed with people, sharing the love of Jesus emotionally and physically. “What a blessed event this was to see corps folks doing what this Army was established to do, to preach the gospel and help the needy,” said Lincoln Hawk, youth ministries director at the Citadel. The event was organized with the support of a local city councilman and many corps members. The Citadel plans to develop it into a weekly event.
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Tab celebrates 125 years in Pasadena BY CALEB DANIELSON The sentiment of honoring the past and looking toward the future held true throughout the Pasadena Tabernacle Corps’ (Tab) 125th weekend anniversary celebration, Feb. 2-3. Led by Corps Officers Majors Darren and Mary Norton with Territorial Leaders Commissioners James and Carolyn Knaggs participating, the event began with a banquet at the University Club, where 93 current soldiers were recognized for service of over 25 years as soldiers at the Tab, including three who have served more than 70 years: Millie Corliss, Harry Sparks and Corps Sergeant Emeritus Robert Docter, O.F. A free concert at the corps brought in over 500 people, while over 200 watched online. The program opened with a joint presentation by the songsters and the band of “Holy Ground.” The audience joined in singing: “We are standing in his presence...Yes, we are standing in his presence on holy ground.” Other highlights included “flashbacks from the past” with soloist Major Fred Rasmussen and Bandmaster Bill Gordon conducting the band in Gordon’s very own “Salvation’s Song.”
Timbrelists perform during the anniversary celebration at the Pasadena Tabernacle Corps.
Photo by Jody Davis
Former Tab corps officers including Majors Ron and Keilah Toy, Lt. Colonels “Dusty” and Shelly Hill, Majors Ed and Joyce Loomis, Majors Ron and Marilyn Bawden and Majors Ed and Dorothy Covert, shared memories. The evening concluded with a mass number resulting in more than 170 musicians performing a song featured on the Tab’s newest CD “Joy to the World,” a remastered collection of recordings by past
and present corps music groups. Sales proceeds go toward the corps’ $125,000 World Services goal to build a new girl’s home in Panama. On Sunday morning, Knaggs challenged the congregation with a sermon based on Joshua 1:1-9. The Lord has given us the promised land, a land of opportunity, flowing with milk and honey, he said. “For I will give you every place TAB 125, page 9 The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Salem, Ore., appeared in the January 2013 premiere episode of NBC’s popular show “The Biggest Loser.” Contestant Thomas “TC” Poole was the first to be eliminated, but he is continuing in his weight loss goals on his own at home. Watch the video at http://bit.ly/ WqJGF3.
Salvation Army supports Operation Gratitude volunteers n Canoga Park ARC and Glendale Corps EDS team partner to serve. The Glendale Corps Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) canteen supported volunteers at the Operation Gratitude Holiday 2012 Packing Day on the grounds of the California Army National Guard Armory in Van Nuys, Calif., serving hot beverages along with Be More Prepared supporters to over 2,000 volunteers. Operation Gratitude has sent over 900,000 care packages to U.S. soldiers; over 100,000 packages sent per year. Glen Kovacs, community relations manager for the Canoga Park Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) volunteered, helping The Salvation Army distribute hundreds of door hangers with empty clothing bags for donations and discount coupons for the ARC family stores, all displaying 1-800-SA-TRUCK. The Glen-
Glen Kovacs, ARC Canoga Park Community Relations manager, with actor Erik Estrada and Photo by Nathan Wolfstein Troop 139 Scoutmaster Fred Mercer
dale Corps received donations from a Red Kettle at the event. Other groups, including Boy Scout Troop 139, Eagle Scout parents, Rotary International District 5280 Zone 26, Dis-
ney, Bank of America, Northrop Grumman, Cinnabon, Rotary, Kiwanis and VFW lent a helping hand. Erik Estrada, Councilmember Dennis P. Zine and military service members, also participated.
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people who respond to opportunities to be involved at whatever level,” Klotz-Collins said. “It will always take teamwork to meet the constant needs that are met by The Salvation Army. I am deeply honored to be part of the team. To God be the glory.” Posillico said, “Marlene’s contributions have advanced the mission and ministry of The Salvation Army, locally and nationally, in immeasurable ways. She continues to amaze me with her service and love for the Army and for all we do. We are blessed to have her.”
Ninety Americans have received the Distinguished Auxiliary Service Cross since its inception in 1941. Henry W. Taft, brother of President William Taft, was the first recipient for his service as chairman of The Salvation Army Advisory Board in New York City for 20 years. Prime ministers, members of the nobility, President Herbert Hoover’s wife, and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor are among the recipients.
West welcomes new territorial executive director of development
BY KAREN GLEASON The Salvation Army’s Western Territorial Headquarters welcomed a new leader to the Community Relations and Development (CRD) department in late 2012—Charles A. (Chaz) Watson, terri- Chaz Watson torial executive director of development. From 1999-2012, he was divisional director of development for the Army’s Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Division. Now in the West, Watson oversees CRD operations across the territory. Each year, fundraising initiatives in the West result in over $250 million for The Salvation Army mission. Watson said he looks forward to maintaining strong, active relationships with development directors and divisional commanders, supporting them in accomplishing their goals with available resources, and helping them in developing new resources. “Our role is to support the divisions,” he said. “The divisions support the corps, the field, and the frontlines.” Watson sees potential in major donor and leadership gifts for program, operations, capital and endowment. He wants to develop this area and to help The Salvation Army become better stewards of donor relationships. “We don’t want to lose people; we want to keep them close,” he said. “We want to give them opportunities to experience the blessedness of giving, and concurrently strengthen The Salvation Army.” Watson plans to focus on endowment, considering it The Salvation Army’s future strength. This form of sustainable funding, he said, will prevent further economic problems and funding cutbacks. He believes it will also help planning to become less episodic and more long-term. “Sustainable funding feeds the mission,” Watson said. With the proliferation of non-profit organizations competing for resources increasing, Watson intends to meet this challenge by keeping close contact with supporters despite the depressed economic climate. “We need to strengthen our base of support, and build for the future,” he said. His plans include building direct marketing and progress in the department’s social media. “We need to focus on what our best practices are, and how to share them,” he said. Watson was born into The Salvation Army to officer parents, Commissioners Robert and Alice Watson. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Asbury College and a master’s in Urban Studies from Temple University. While serving as director of development in Philadelphia, Watson was a driving force in the proposal, development and planning for a 131,000-square-foot Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center in that city. He led the largest capital and endowment campaign in the Army’s history to completion, helping secure a $93.5 million award from the Joan Kroc estate and raising over $48 million in private and public funds to establish and secure the center, which opened in 2010. Regarding his move to the West, Watson said, “It’s an exciting opportunity for advancing The Salvation Army at a strategic level.” Watson said he sees development as a ministry that connects The Salvation Army to the outside community, so that they can get involved as well. “Development work is partnering with God in engaging people to come together to build his kingdom,” he said. Watson’s wife, Deborah, and their younger son, Micah, moved with him to California. The Watson’s older son, Noah, is a sophomore at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
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Army quilt on display n Southern Territory makes prayer quilt for victims of trafficking.
Left: NAB conference delegates. Right: Board chair Charlotte Jones Anderson (right) presents Dallas Cowboys memorabilia to Majors George and Donna Hood during their retirement ceremony. Photos by Marlon Jones and Marlene Klotz-Collins
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A human trafficking quilt crafted by The Salvation Army was displayed at the Freedom Summit, held Jan. 25-26 in Fremont, Calif., to discuss ways in which the Bay Area can help end human slavery. “The public isn’t really aware of The Salvation Army’s involvement to end human trafficking,” said Cindy Sutter-Tkel, divisional social services consultant for The Salvation Army Golden State Division. “I thought the quilt would be a great visual to represent the scope of our commitment to ending slavery.” The quilt was put together in 2010, by The Salvation Army USA Southern Territory, as a way to raise awareness about the issue and to pray for those who had been impacted by trafficking. Alesia Adams, the territorial coordinator against human and sexual trafficking, spearheaded the project. She said as she traveled the territory she was often asked what others could do to assist victims. Adams said she would normally suggest something small, such as prayer squares. “One woman, after attending my presentation at the Clearwater Salvation Army Home League started sewing,” Adams said. “ In her letter to me, she stated, ‘After I got started I was so enjoying myself making different squares and putting them together that I bought more material and made more.’” Different areas of the Southern Territory then sewed a 12x12 square in Sunday school, Bible study, camps, councils and even at lunch hour to create one cohesive quilt that features Bible verses, spiritual quotes and messages for survivors.
Finding warmth this winter n Salvation Army warming centers offer shelter from the freezing cold. A roof, cot, and blanket might not look like much, but The Salvation Army’s warming centers can be the difference between life and death for some around the country as forecasters report deadly wind chills and sub-zero degree overnight temperatures. Major Thomas Riggs of Sioux Falls, S.D., told Keloland TV that those who are seeking a break from the elements range in age from teenagers to seniors. The centers attract many homeless guests, but Riggs said that’s not always the case. “Some of the people who are staying here are working, but because they’re working a minimum wage job, they’re unable to maintain their apartment or they’re temporarily displaced,” Riggs said. “So we provide an opportunity for them to be out of the cold.” Yet, as with any Salvation Army facility, the warming centers function with a bigger purpose in mind. Major Abe Tamayo told Nebraska Central News that people come to the Army’s warming center in Hastings, Neb., for more than just shelter. “Some people just come in for a while to sit down, enjoy some company and warm up,” he said. Warming centers are currently open in many locations across the country, providing blankets, cots, food and beverage
president of its charity foundation. The NAB is comprised of 40 business and community leaders from throughout the U.S. who lend their assistance, in an advisory capacity, to the Army’s national leadership, meeting three times a year. This meeting was hosted by the Western Territory’s Southwest Division, with territorial leaders Commissioners James and Carolyn Knaggs participating. “Better than our advisory boards are our advisory board members,” James Knaggs said. “These beautiful people freely give their time, energy and expertise to our movement. We are much the better because of them. Thank you, Lord, for these faithful people who support your work in such strategic ways.” At the breakfast, NAB Emeritus Member Marilyn Quayle spoke about the needs served by the Army, particularly during times of disaster. National Commander Commissioner William Roberts also addressed the group. Other guests included former Vice-President Dan Quayle, Arizona’s Secretary of State Ken Bennett and the mayor and vice-mayor of two surrounding communities. The NAB members convened in a plenary session where they heard a
report about the work of The Salvation Army’s World Service Office (SAWSO). The afternoon included committee meetings on such topics as communications, business and advisory board development. In a locally-produced showcase, with dinner and a program at the Phoenix South Mountain Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, Major Denise Hawk presented Scripture, two recipients of Army services gave testimonies, and Army leadership recognized Corona del Sol Red Kettle Club, the first high school club of its kind in America. Now in its second year, with 60 members, the student club raised more than $3,000 at the kettle in 2012, conducted a water drive for the homeless last fall, spent multiple holiday evenings assisting their assigned corps with everything from family registrations to warehouse preparation and distribution. Currently, they are planning an adult rehabilitation collection day and a second major fundraiser. “These young men and women represent our supporters of tomorrow,” Knaggs said. “They bring us all great pride as they go about their work of doing the most good in their community.” Southwest Divisional Commander Lt. Colonel Joe Posillico added, “We couldn’t be more proud of the students
who support The Salvation Army. And the students at Corona del Sol really are role models for other clubs that are forming throughout the country.” A surprise presentation concluded the program, honoring NAB and Phoenix Advisory Board Member Marlene Klotz-Collins as she was admitted to The Salvation Army’s Order of Distinguished Auxiliary Service in recognition of her dedicated work with the Army for 30 years at the local level and national level (see story p. 1). During a full board meeting the following day, Majors George and Donna Hood, Western Territory officers who worked closely with members of the NAB during their last 13 years of service with the Army, ceremoniously retired from appointments as the national community relations and development (CRD) secretary and associate national CRD secretary, respectively. “Both George and Donna have given conscientious, heartfelt service to our organization,” said Roberts, while performing an official flag ceremony with both the Hoods’ sons participating. “We wish them God’s richest blessings in their retirement.” The next meeting of the NAB will be held in Boston in April. View photos of the NAB’s current members at mysaboard.org/nab.
Red Wings skate for the Army n Proceeds to benefit Bed & Bread Program in Metro Detroit BY ANDREA KENSKI The Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association faced off at the Troy Sports Center in Troy, Mich., against the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies, Troy Sting and the Troy Youth Hockey Association Jan. 26 to raise more than $21,000 to benefit The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit’s Bed & Bread Program. The voice of the Detroit Red Wings, Karen Newman, kicked off the festivities with a rendition of the National Anthem, which she has performed live before Detroit Red Wing home games for more than 20 years. Longtime Salvation Army supporter and radio personality for 760 WJR-AM, Ken Rogulski, emceed the event. “It’s great fun watching some of our favorite former Detroit Red Wings play, but the alumni game even more importantly helps raise awareness and funds to kick-start the annual Bed & Bread Club Radiothon,” said Major Monty Wandling, commanding corps officer of The Salvation Army of Royal Oak. Detroit Red Wing Hall of Famer Ted
Detroit Red Wing Hall-of-Famer Ted Lindsay (center) drops the ceremonial first puck with Dino Ciccarelli (left) and Brian Crawford of NAI Farbman/Farbman Group (right) to start the game. Photo by Andrea Kenski
Lindsay served as coach of the alumni team, which included former Wings Dino Ciccarelli, Ed Mio, Jason Woolley and Dennis Hextall. NAI Farbman, The Farbman Group and Hennessey Capital, a division of Hitachi Capital American Corp., underwrote the event. All proceeds from the game will be presented at the 26th annual Salvation Army Bed & Bread Club Radiothon,
airing live on News/Talk 760 WJR-AM from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 22 at Oakland Mall in Troy. The radiothon is the number one source of financial support for the nonprofit’s Bed & Bread Program, which serves more than 5,000 meals each day to men, women and children who would otherwise go without—more than 1.8 million meals every year.
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Captain Joseph Perry used media to illustrate his sermons and lectures.
The original key players in the Limelight Department story. Photos courtesy of The Salvation Army’s Heritage Centre
‘Limelight’ film company takes center stage n A new publication gives The Salvation Army’s “Limelight Department” long overdue recognition. BY BUFFY LINCOLN The Salvation Army’s Heritage Centre in Sydney, Australia, recently sent delegates to the launch of “Picture Shows in the Marrickville and Newtown Districts 18982012,” a book written by Robert Parkinson. The first chapter of the book includes information and photographs of The Salvation Army’s Limelight Department film company, known for its trailblazing work in promoting the struggling motion picture industry in Australia over 100 years ago. When Captain Joseph Perry set up his own photographic studio and darkroom and used his own glass lantern slides to
make visuals for his sermons in 1901, he did not realize the media domino effect he would set into motion. So impressive was his work, he received a request from Major Frank Barritt, from The Salvation Army’s Melbourne Headquarters, to come to Melbourne to create an advertisement for an upcoming visit by William Booth. The presentation went well, and out of it came Barritt and Perry’s creation of The Salvation Army “Limelight Department.” When Commandant Herbert Booth became territorial commander in 1897, he authorized the purchase of additional equipment, including three gramophones and a cinematographe machine. These purchases led to the establishment of Australia’s first film production unit. From 1892 to 1909, Limelight completed many firsts, including “Social Salvation,”
first narrative film on social work; “Soldiers of the Cross,” first presentation involving a mix of moving film, glass slides, oratory and music; “Inauguration of the Australian Commonwealth,” first feature length documentary; first registered film production company; “Under Southern Skies,” first Australian history documentary; and “Bushranging in North Queensland,” first bushranging drama. The Heritage Centre’s invitation to the book launch came in recognition of the support and assistance it gave Parkinson in his search for material on the Limelight Department. Major Reta Brown, coordinator, and Jan Pack, administrative assistant, represented The Salvation Army Heritage Centre. The book can be purchased at shop. nationaltrust.com.au.
New media push reaches youth Australia Eastern Territory offers scholarships n The Salvation Army in Canada has embarked on a campaign to address issues facing Canada’s youth.
The Salvation Army in Canada embarked on an innovative, hard-hitting advertising campaign designed to address issues facing youth there. The Army placed wall posters in more than 10 universities across the country along with ads in university and other urban publications—all designed to capture attention. Each ad and poster show the services the Army offers in a way that is appealing and relatable to college students. The ads depict the personal stories of real people who were helped through these services to the point that their lives were revolutionized and set back on track. One poster has the outline of a bottle, which is comprised of text that tells the story of one individual’s battle with alcoholism. Others share tales of people who escaped lives of crime and overcame drug addiction with the Army’s assistance. From Salvationist
Malaysia Salvation Army continues outreach to refugees n Army’s Help Centre moves into its second year. The Salvation Army Kuala Lumpur Corps in Malaysia rented a shop in early 2012 in Pudu to open a Help Centre for refugees that continues its assistance today. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 100,000 refugees live in Malaysia, with over 90,000 in Myanmar alone. Members of the Chin tribe comprise the majority of Christian refugees in Myanmar. As refugees, individuals can only
secure odd jobs in restaurants and construction and often reside with other families in the city because of the minimal income. With the assistance of UNHCR, The Salvation Army hired a refugee as a full-time community service worker at the Help Centre to sell merchandise, pack food parcels and distribute items to vulnerable individuals and families. In the past year, the Help Centre has distributed food boxes to 61 families, benefitting more than 200 adults and children. The center also offers weekly English classes for youth. From WAR CRY
n The Salvation Army will provide support for PhD students schooling in social justice, welfare and community services. A new scholarship program, offered by a partnership between The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory (AET) and Macquarie University, Faculty of Human Sciences, will provide up to four $10,000 scholarships to doctoral students researching areas of social justice, welfare and community services in the territory. Students will also be able to obtain a “view from the field” and gain practical experience in implementing intervention programs in communities through various Salvation Army centers. Details of each project will be developed by recipients and their supervisors in consultation with The Salvation Army. Possible areas of research include: financial hardships and the impact of financial counseling in Australia, homelessness, community based and parenting program for disadvantaged families, income management and vulnerable families, social exclusions in Australia, mental health interventions and other research benefiting disadvantaged communities with positive contributions to Army social services. For more information, contact email@example.com.
UK (IRELAND)—The Belfast Sydenham Corps raised over $32,000 for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Territory to build a health clinic in Kingankeno, purchase 40 bicycles for officers in Kisangani and Lubumbashi, and ship clothing, other supplies and 20 band instruments. Divisional Commander Lt. Colonel John Hassard, Corps Officer Captain Martin Cordner and corps member Tom Place visited the DRC and witnessed the opening of the new Sydenham Health Clinic. “From the outset this project has been blessed,” Cordner said. “Everything...has had God’s hand upon it.” From SALVATIONIST CANADA—High school students in London, Ont., volunteered at The Salvation Army Centre of Hope as part of the “Come and Serve” program of King’s University College. The program partners high schoolers with current King’s students to participate in various community service projects. “I hope it opens students’ eyes to issues facing the vulnerable population in London,” said Kevin O’Neil, assistant manager community services at the Centre of Hope. “This shows them another side, teaches them about community.” From salvationist.ca CHINA—The Bishan Chinese Corps hosts a monthly luncheon for the elderly that involves more than just a meal. Volunteer nurses provide check-ups and cosmetologists give haircuts. A corps group sings and teaches guests a new song at each meeting. Talking time is also set aside— time to talk about personal problems and struggles. Many attendees are interested in talking about dying as they witness daily deaths of their friends and neighbors. From WAR CRY TASMANIA—Tasmanian Minister for Human Services and Community Development Cassy O’Connor recently launched the Red Shield Housing’s Sadri Court Villas, five two-bedroom, low-cost units for low-income families and individuals. The Salvation Army funded the housing grant and the Red Shield Housing Services manages the facility. Four of the residences are already occupied. From onFire POLAND—A Red Kettle and Salvation Army bell ringer showed up at the train station in Poland’s Praga-Polnoc area in December 2012, marking the first time the country had witnessed this. Now, plans are already in place for Christmas 2013. A book of English and American carols and Polish Scripture readings are ready, musicians are being recruited and other churches are being invited to take part in the “Caroling and Collecting” effort. From Warsaw Report
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She sent Lt. Col. William S. Barker to France to find out how The Salvation Army could best serve American troops. Barker found that soldiers, who had expected to be participating in battles, found themselves drilling in mud from morning to night, causing an epidemic of homesickness to spread. Barker cabled back to her: “Send over some lassies.” Evangeline was determined to send only the very best. She approached influential friends, who loaned the sum of $25,000 to begin operations, and later borrowed $100,000 from Salvation Army International Headquarters. Evangeline handpicked the officers who were to go: No men were to go who were eligible to serve in the regular forces. Single women were selected for their devotion to duty, as well as their sterling character. All single women had to be at least 25 years old. The first group she sent over consisted of 11 officers: a married couple, four single women and five single men. They were given regulation U.S. Army uniforms with skirts for the women, and red epaulets and the red Salvation Army shield on the hats. All were sworn in as U.S. Army privates, regardless of their Salvation Army rank. Before they left Evangeline said, “You are going overseas to serve Christ. You must forget yourselves, be examples of his love, willing to endure hardship, to lay down your lives, if need be, for his sake. In your hands you hold the honor of The Salvation Army.” By October 1917, ensigns Helen Purviance and Margaret Sheldon had been appointed to the 1st Division of the American Expeditionary Forces, at Montiers-sur-Saulx. After 36 days of steady rain, with a blanket of depression hanging over the whole
area, the Salvationists agreed that the soldiers needed authentic home cooking. Supplies were low, however, and it was difficult to buy products locally. The only items they could purchase were flour, sugar, lard, baking powder, cinnamon and canned milk, so they decided to make doughnuts. The first doughnuts were patted out by hand over a small wood fire coaxed in a low, pot-bellied stove. Since it was difficult to lean over the low fire, Purviance spent most of the time kneeling in front of the stove. “There was also a prayer in my heart that somehow this home touch would do more for those who ate the doughnuts than satisfy a physical hunger,” she said. The tempting aroma of frying doughnuts drew a lengthy line of soldiers to the hut, waiting patiently in the mud and rain. Although the girls worked late into the night, they could serve only 150 doughnuts the first day. The next day, that number doubled. When they were fully equipped for the job, 9,000 doughnuts were made per day. Soldiers asked if the doughnut could have a hole in it, so Purviance had an elderly French blacksmith improvise a doughnut cutter by fastening the top of a condensed milk can and camphor-ice tube to a wooden block. The soldiers cheered the doughnuts and soon referred to Salvation Army lassies as “doughnut girls,” even when they baked apple pies or other treats. The simple doughnut became a symbol of all that The Salvation Army was doing to ease the hardships of the frontline fighting soldier—the canteens in primitive dugouts and huts, with free refreshments, religious services, concerts and a clothes-mending service. Doughnuts were so popular overseas that the war weary soldiers came back to America longing for the doughnuts they had been served during the war. One by one, bakeries responded and again, the doughnut was an instant success—only this time in America. Today, Salvation Army Red Shield and USO units offer members of the armed forces a variety of services, ranging from attractive recreational facilities to family counseling, but the famous doughnut remains a perennial favorite. During every sort of emergency—fires, floods, earthquake, transit strikes or blackouts—The Salvation Army’s mobile canteens continually provide thousands of civilians with the doughnuts that stand for the Salvationist’s loving concern and readiness to help in times of need.
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Violet Virginia McAllister (1890-1939) and Alice Annette McAllister (1892-1980) joined the 1st Division of the American Expeditionary Forces, sworn into the U.S. Army as privates—the only way for them to volunteer on the front lines of World War I. They were given nursing training before boarding a steamship to cross the ocean in March 1918, going to war on behalf of the United States and The Salvation Army. Within two weeks of arrival, Salvationists—132 men and 109 women—raised canteens and began serving American soldiers. They established a courier service, nursed the wounded, hauled water and wrote letters for the injured. “They were charged by their commander in ‘that much greater art, the art of dealing ably with human life in all its varying conditions and phrases,’” wrote Lettie Gavin in “American Women in World War I: They Also Served.” With guitars in hand, the McAllister sisters performed for the troops, set broken bones and immunized for tetanus, but they became known for a simple luxury while at war—the doughnut. “They made do with the simplest of supplies—a grape juice bottle for rolling pin, tin cans to cut the shape, a coffee percolator tube to make the hole. The day a line of 800 from the 26th Division lined up for the first 150 [doughnuts], they knew they had found their calling,” Judy Vaughn wrote in “The Bells of San Francisco.” Alice McAllister kept a diary of her experience, presented in The Doughnut Sweethearts: The Diary of Alice McAllister during World War I (Frontier Press, 2012), with clarification from Mildred Mendell (the McAllister’s niece) after a first transcription by Captain Billy Francis. According to The Salvation Army’s officer records, Alice McAllister served on the front lines in France from March 31 to Nov. 1, 1918, and again from Feb. 8 to Sept. 26, 1919. Upon her return from the war, Alice McAllister served as a corps assistant in Philadelphia before her commissioning in May 1920 and appointment as the Philadelphia No. 11 corps officer. She was transferred to Trenton, N.J., in June 1921, and moved to the Western Territory in August 1923 where she worked in the women’s social office before being named corps officer of the San Francisco No. 1 Corps. In March 1927, Alice resigned as a Salvation Army officer to marry Frank Baugh. They eventually moved to Placer County, Calif., where later Alice died on Aug. 25, 1980.
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then snatched a few hours of sleep and were up and at it again. One day, as I worked in a tent, a big shell suddenly landed in the open space in front of the tents. The colonel’s car was standing there and it was almost completely covered with mud and rocks. Immediately, we began carrying the wounded into the dugout. The shells were coming about every 20 minutes, but the tents were finally emptied and a sergeant said to me, “You had better get inside now.” I hastened across the intervening space to the door of the dressing room where my sister and the doctors were working. I had just closed the door when a shell landed right where I had been standing a moment before! Fortunately the ground was very soft from continuous rain and the shell had sunk deep into the earth before it exploded. However, the windows were shattered and rocks, some as big as a man’s hand, came hurdling into the room. Although the wounded were on litters all about the floor, no one was hurt. Then began the work of getting these men back into the dugout. We all worked furiously, for we knew that another nutshell e dough l p im s would come in at least 20 minutes. It did,Aand it tore off one corner of the building. Then another came, landing right on top of the entrance to the dugout just as the chaplain, taking my sister and I by the arms, said, “Ladies next.” Just as we were ready to step over the threshold, the shell exploded, bringing down heavy timbers, rocks and dirt. One step and we would have been underneath it all. The officers and hospital corps men stood there looking at us and realizing how near tragedy had been. Major Maynard looked around the room and said, “Men, you have just witnessed a miracle and I believe God has spared us because these two girls are with us.”
The hospital tents were already set up, the field kitchen force were in the act of cooking supper, and we were very hungry! The tent[s] were in a clearing in front of a high hill in which was a huge dugout that had been built by the Germans (the same as some we had been in before as we drove out the Germans and occupied their former quarters). The only unfortunate thing about them was that they had been built for shells coming from the opposite direction. The face of the hill, on our side of the hill, was cut away to make entrances to the tunnel leading back to the dugouts underneath the hill. On one side was a large room built of native stone, which our doctors had turned into a dressing room, and there was an entrance to the dugout from this room, too. The dugout ran the full length of the hill and was lined on each side with double-decker bunks. At the end there was a room with a door in it, and although I am sure it was intended for officers, it was given to us. We very gratefully set up our cots, spread our bedding rolls on them and made ourselves as comfortable as possible. How can I ever describe the busy days at that field hospital! Our division was now hard at work driving the enemy back farther and farther toward their own country. It was that great drive in the Argonne Forest. The tents were filled with wounded [men] and ambulances were going and coming continually. In the dressing room, my sister was helping give tetanus shots and making a purple “T” on each forehead to signify that tetanus had been given. I was working in the tents at my usual job of washing mud and blood from faces and hands, administering drinks of water or moistening [the] lips of those too badly wounded to drink. Sometimes we worked far into the night,
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Lt. Colonel David Allen, 83, was promoted to Glory Jan. 11 from his home in Menifee, Calif. David Royal Allen was born July 13, 1929, in Mt. Vernon, Wash., the son of Captains John and Amy Allen. While his parents served in Santa Ana, Calif., David attended Santa Ana High School and Santa Ana Junior College, and served in the U.S. Naval Reserve. In 1951 he entered The Salvation Army training college in San Francisco and was commissioned with the Intercessors Session in 1952. He met future wife, Lois Enscoe, in training and they wed in 1955. Following two corps appointments in San Diego and Oxnard, Calif., Allen began his ministry in the Men’s Social Service Department, later named the Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARC) Command. He served as a trainee at the San Francisco ARC and then as administrator in Honolulu; Portland, Ore.; and Sacramento and Oakland, Calif. The Allens spent 11 years in Oakland and were responsible for the construction of a new building. Allen also served as Northwest divisional secretary and at the College for Officer Training at Crestmont. In 1982, he was promoted to the rank of Lt. Colonel and appointed as commander of the Western Territory Adult Rehabilitation Centers Command, where he remained for 12 years, until his retirement in 1994. The Allens made their retirement home in Menifee, Calif., where Lois worked at the Perris ARC as an addiction counselor and David traveled about the territory consulting on new thrift stores, buildings and ARC projects. Lois Allen was promoted to Glory in 2010. Allen is survived by his children, John, Denise, Sharon and David, Jr., and eight grandchildren. Lt. Colonel Ron Strickland officiated at a service at the Perris ARC, and Major Jack Phillips gave the message.
Major Francis L. Ragland, 76, was promoted to Glory Jan. 23 from Stockton, Calif. Francis Ragland was born Dec. 4, 1936, in Gillette, Wyo. His father died while Ragland and his four siblings were still young. His mother remarried, and the family moved to Boise, Idaho, where he was introduced to The Salvation Army. After graduating from high school, Ragland joined the U.S. Air Force and served overseas during the Korean conflict. Returning to Boise after the war, he began working at the U.S. Post Office and reconnected with The Salvation Army. In Boise he met Eleanor Ratcliff, and they married in 1961. The Raglands entered The Salvation Army training school in San Francisco as part of the Evangelists Session and were commissioned in 1969. Over the years, they were appointed as corps officers at Hanford, Calif.; Flagstaff, Ariz.; Las Vegas, Nev.; and Butte, Mont. In 1984, they were assigned to Alaska where they opened the South Anchorage Corps and later the Kenai Peninsula Corps. They also opened the corps in Laramie, Wyo. Their final appointment was as administrators of the Silvercrest Senior Residence in Stockton, Calif., before retiring in 2000. The couple made their retirement home in Stockton, where Francis Ragland participated in the Stockton Kiwanis Club in a variety of leadership positions, including Lt. Governor for the Stockton district of Kiwanis twice. Ragland is survived by his wife and children, Michael (Jenni) Ragland and Ruth (John) Cunningham; five grandchildren; brother Eugene; and half-brother Gerald Coatney. Commissioner Kenneth Hood conducted the funeral service at the Evergreen Chapel in Lodi, Calif.
Major Erik Sholin, 63, was promoted to Glory Jan. 18 from Queen’s Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. Erik William Sholin was born in Sacramento, Calif., on May 6, 1949, to George and Eva Sholin. He was named for a family friend, Erik Leidzen, a well-known Salvation Army musician. Sholin himself became a musician, playing tuba in the Sacramento Brass Quartet and The Salvation Army Western Staff Band. He was a British brass band enthusiast, a music educator, choral conductor and opera buff. After a short time teaching music at a high school in Honolulu, he served as Alaska divisional youth director and Southern California divisional music director. With his wife, Angeline, the Sholins entered the School for Officer Training as part of the Servants of God Session and were
commissioned in 1984. They served at corps in San Diego, Escondido and Inglewood, Calif.; Kona and Kauluwela Mission in Hawaii; Anchorage, Alaska; Longview, Wash.; and Broomfield and Denver Citadel, Colo. His last appointment was as chaplain at the Honolulu Adult Rehabilitation Center. Sholin served in The Salvation Army for 25 years, before taking early retirement for health reasons. He also served in the Army National Guard and was a member of the Honolulu Rotary Club. Sholin is survived by his wife, son Carl Sholin, daughter Hilary (Cory) Tobias, brother Major David Sholin, and sisters: Virginia Smallwood, Marilyn Watson, Charlene Pinkerman and Sylvia Mathias. A celebration of life service took place at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Kapolei, Hawaii, with Lt. Colonel Victor Doughty officiating. In remembrance, donations may be sent to: Kauluwela Mission Corps, 296 N. Vineyard Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96817-3988.
Monterey Peninsula Corps dedicates new housing units n Transitional housing program helps families end homelessness. BY TED ELISEE The Salvation Army Monterey Peninsula Corps dedicated six new transitional housing units on its land in Seaside, Calif., thanks to a generous legacy from Patricia Garvey. The townhouses will house homeless families who will participate in a program for up to two years learning tools to prepare them to re-enter society, including budgeting, job and parenting skills. It aims to educate formerly homeless families on how to end homelessness permanently. Corps staff members provide casework, management, logistics, and maintain the property. The new housing units mirror the Monterey Corps’ previously constructed HUD program-sponsored townhouses. However, the new units will not be dependent on government funding. Alternative sources of
Majors David and Gaylene Yardley pass the keys of the new units to Advisory Board Chairperson Morley Brown. Property Chair Ken White and Kent Construction representative Steve Photo by Travis Yardley Jeske look on.
income, including foundation grants, will alleviate program operation costs. “We were blessed by the generosity of Mrs. Garvey,” said Major David Yardley, corps officer. “We are happy to be able to carry out her wishes.” The corps now has a total of 16 units: 15 for clients and one for the program manager.
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Gateway Corps honored The Salvation Army Gateway (Alaska) Corps Community Center, led by Major Loni Upshaw, received an award for Outstanding Community Service from the Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce at its annual awards banquet. Upshaw expressed appreciation to members and friends of the corps, who give their best in meeting the needs of others. “God is so good and blesses us in so many ways,” she said. “Not with awards, but with servants who serve others in his name!” Photo by Loni Upshaw
‘Muchas gracias, Commissioner’ n Thanks to Knaggs’ vision and Rosetta Stone, Western officers are learning new languages. BY JEFF MARTIN, MAJOR The Salvation Army Western Territory, working directly with Rosetta Stone, implemented an online platform so that officers can learn the language of their choice. At the officers’ councils held during the Gathering (the 2012 Western territorial congress), Territorial Commander Commissioner James Knaggs challenged Western officers to learn a second language. Many officers responded immediately, accepting a free Rosetta Stone course. So many rose to the challenge that Knaggs asked the territorial education department to facilitate a method to turn the dream of learning a second language into a reality; hence, the partnership with Rosetta Stone. “The whole idea is to increase our ability to reach more people for Jesus, and in their language,” Knaggs said. “Rosetta Stone helps us with basic language. It’s up to the officer to apply their learning to lead others to hope, help and healing in the name of God.” The majority of officers are studying Spanish, but some are also learning Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Hebrew, German, Tagalog, and English as a second language. Although
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Loper, a member of the Las Vegas Korean Corps, helped arrange the visit. Corps Officers Lts. Richard and Minhee Lee learned that some of the children prayed for many years to come to the U.S. Following the Jan. 6 worship service, the Lees took the kids to see the Las Vegas strip. “I loved the clean air, the clean cars, the wide open streets with short buildings and very few pedestrians,” said Ha Eun Hwang, one of the children. Richard Lee took the group to the Lied Social Services Campus in North Las Vegas, the location of the Army’s Homeless Day Resource Center, where the children had lunch in the Corner Cafe. The officers recruited ESL high school teacher Yola Perkins to teach the children English; they studied from 3-6 p.m. on weekdays. “They are such humble, respectful and joyful kids even though they are young,” Minhee Lee said. “We can see in their hearts that they love God, people, and that they care for each other.” The Salvation Army plans to support future visits to the U.S. of the children of Korean missionaries living in China.
only a few officers are studying English as a second language, they have already logged more than 54 hours. At this point, 140 officers are enrolled in the program, spending over 700 hours in language study with more than 460 of those hours in Spanish. Several of the West’s Spanish-speaking officers agreed to be Spanish helpers for those learning the language. Major Randy Kinnamon, who has been studying Spanish longer than most, used Rosetta Stone to polish his skills. He then teamed with Major Gil Roman, who helped him by reviewing a sermon that Kinnamon wrote in Spanish and later preached successfully at the Santa Cruz (Calif.) Corps. Knaggs himself accepted the challenge and is diligently learning Spanish through Rosetta Stone.
White elephant auction benefits McKinnell House The Alaska Salvation Army’s McKinnell House benefited from Northrim Bank’s annual white elephant auction, which collected over $4,800 to support the Army facility, the only shelter in Anchorage to accommodate both homeless two-parent families and single parenting fathers. Each branch of the bank chose a local non-profit organization to assist with proceeds from the live and online auction. The Anchorage branch split their proceeds between McKinnell House and the Children’s Lunchbox. Pictured are (l-r): Salvation Army representatives Major Nila Fankhauser and Nicole Hosmer with Northrim Bank employees Amber Zins, Suzanne Whittle, Caroline Huntley, Katie Bates, Jared Shary, Janet Holland, Linda Uttech and Kelly Lykins-Longlet. Photo by Glenn Hagberg
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where you set your foot” (Josh. 3:3). One may wonder: “What is the promised land in my life?” Knaggs submitted that it’s not about geography, and it’s not a physical land that we are to claim in the name of the Lord; instead, it’s the lives of those who have fallen away from the Lord; it’s the lives of those who have never known Christ as their Savior; it’s the lives of our mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, friends and countless others who we need to claim for the Lord. That is our challenge, said Knaggs: to be
like Jesus when he claimed our lives with his blood on Calvary, with every step that he took claiming the land he walked on, claiming our lives—through his love for us. As Commissioner Samuel Brengle wrote: “Love is the life of the Army; if we love one another God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us…let love not leak out.” May it be true for the Pasadena Tabernacle Corps, and all Salvationists. Sierra del Mar Division • Pine Summit Camp PINE SUMMIT CAMP AND CONFERENCE CENTER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The Pine Summit Camp and Conference Center (http://www.pinesummit.com) located in Big Bear Lake, California, is recruiting for an Executive Director. The Camp is owned and operated by the Salvation Army, Sierra del Mar Division and serves thousands of attendees each year. The Camp has a budget exceeding $3M, regularly employs 75 people and hires additional seasonal people as the need arises. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a caring and dedicated team in supporting the mission of TSA. MISSION STATEMENT: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. This position oversees and supervises the operations of Pine Summit Camp and Conference Center to include community relations and special event coordination; develops policies and procedures for these operations and ensures compliance to the same. The full job description can be found on our recruiting This position requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field, and five years progressively responsible experience coordinating public relations, and special events including experience in the management of similar operations for which this position is responsible, preferably in the management of camps with budgets exceeding $2.5M and staffs of 75 employees or more, hotel management area, or any equivalent combination of training and experience, which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to meet the essential functions of the position. Applicant must be able to fully embrace and formulate leadership practices and principles based on the full Mission of The Salvation Army. The applicant is expected to be able to express their personal Christian faith and demonstrate how their Christian faith experience has been utilized in their leadership of organizations and large programs whose purposes were similar to the Salvation Army mission statement. Further they must be able to articulate how their personal Christian faith experience would work in concert to see the full Mission of the Salvation Army realized in all aspects of Pine Summit’s leadership and operations. Resumes for the position will be accepted through the following link until March 22, 2013. http://www1.usw.salvationarmy.org/usw/ www_usw_sdm.nsf?open.
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Happy Valentine’s Day, Jesus! inProcess
On Valentine’s Day our thoughts turn to love. If a person is your valentine, that individual is the one you love the best. I wonder if we might be God’s valentine. Enthusiastically, the apostle announces: How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called ChilGlen dren of God! And that is what we are! (1 John 3:1 NIV). Doss When you think about it, what a marvelous revelation Major that is indeed. What an incredible truth to grasp: that our Creator loves us so dearly that he condescends to call us flawed human beings his children! This Valentine’s Day I wish to share with you my favorite poem. It is the account of a lovely conversation between the poet George Herbert (1593-1633) and his Lord. When I first read it several years ago, I was moved to tears. I encountered it at a place and time in my life when I desperately needed its reminder. It brought to mind the words of Corrie Ten Boom: “There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still.” The poet is very candid about himself, his feelings and his motives toward God. As you read it, can you see yourself here? Love Love bade me welcome; yet my soul drew back, Guilty of dust and sin. But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack From my first entrance in, Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning If I lack’d anything. “A guest,” I answer’d, “worthy to be here”: Love said, “You shall be he.” “I, the unkind, ungrateful? Ah, my dear, I cannot look on Thee.” Love took my hand and smiling did reply, “Who made the eyes but I?” “Truth, Lord; but I have marr’d them: let my shame Go where it doth deserve.” “And know you not,” says Love, “Who bore the blame?” “My dear, then I will serve.” “You must sit down”’ says Love, “and taste my meat.” So I did sit and eat. (George Herbert) He whose name is Love welcomed the poet, perhaps with these words: “Let the thirsty ones come—anyone who wants to. Let them come and drink the water of life without charge” (Rev. 22:17 NLT). Yet the poet’s awareness of his sin caused him to draw back. So Love drew nearer. The poet is shameful that he has so damaged the eyes God gave him that he cannot look at Love. He wishes Love would cast him out instead of inviting him in. This poem describes a typical human reaction to God’s invitation to eternal life. We think we must be worthy, sinless, to be a guest of the loving Creator. But Love reminds us that he has borne the blame for our sin. It is natural to feel unworthy, but faith in Jesus Christ can alleviate this feeling. Herbert says in the last stanza: “My dear, then I will serve.” But kindly Love corrects him: “You must sit down…and taste my meat.” Persuaded by Love, the poet “did sit and eat.” We are reminded that we are not righteous enough to do good for God. It is simply our part to surrender to him and allow him to work through us. The Lord, our true valentine, is unique, one of a kind. “Human hands can’t serve his needs, for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need there is” (Acts 17:25 NLT). As Corrie Ten Boom, who suffered intense cruelty at the hands of the Nazi SS, discovered: “It is not on our forgiveness any more than our goodness that the world’s healing hinges, but on His. When He tells us to love our enemies, He gives, along with the command, the Love itself ” (Tramp for the Lord). Happy Valentine’s Day, Jesus!
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Winnie and the rings This semester, the cadets at The Philippines Territory training college have “Public Ministries” class. As a part of this course, each cadet prepares a different Salvation Army ceremony and demonstrates to the class how it should be properly Linda done. One married cadet couple Manhardt with six children had never exMajor perienced a Christian wedding as they are from the indigenous Tiboli tribe in the southern part of Mindanao, which performed tribal weddings. The cadets saw the class as an opportunity to give the love gift of a Christian wedding to their session mates, and so the planning began. They constructed an arch of bamboo poles, with bougainvillea woven throughout. The wedding dress and “barongs” (the national formal attire for men) were borrowed from staff and cadets. They prepared the program and distributed a lovely invitation. For days, excitement permeated the compound as preparations continued for the “wedding.” Getting into the spirit of things, I actually authorized the expenditure to purchase a wedding cake to help mark the occasion, and a very special, formal lunch was provided.
sharperFocus It happens that it was “Fiesta” week and the schools were closed, which meant that all six of the children could help prepare and participate in the wedding. During the cadets’ first year of training, a cadet from Hong Kong joined us to complete her training and Lieutenant Winnie was commissioned last year in her home command. But she missed us! She surprised us all by showing up and spending her furlough with us. It was a joyful gift to us all. What is unexplainable is what the lieutenant brought along with her...a pair of wedding rings. She had no plan or reason to bring them, but she did. And because of this, the happy couple (who never had wedding rings), now have them, along with a wonderful memory (and photos) of their Christian wedding! Is it a coincidence that the children had no school at the very time their parents’ wedding was written into the course syllabus? Is it pure chance that Lieutenant Winnie decided to surprise us all with a visit and happened to bring along a set of wedding rings? I think not. The Lord delights in giving good things to his children. Oh what a blessing to be one of them!
Do you want to be well? I have overheard some ridiculous questions in my life—one recently at Disneyland when an obviously distressed mother asked her child, “Do you think we are here to play around?” I wanted to answer the question for the child, by saying, “Of course we are—we’re at Disney- Dave land!” Now I know there was Hudson more to the story, but on surface, Colonel the question was silly. Jesus, in John 5:1-9, posed a seemingly ridiculous question to a man who had been an invalid for 38 years. He asked, “Do you want to get well?” Are you kidding me? After 38 years, of course the man wanted to be healed. Who wouldn’t want to be? However, like the mother at Disneyland, there was more to the situation than met the eye. It is important to note the man did not answer the question; rather, he responded by outlining the problems he faced. He could not get to the pool fast enough. Other people were standing in his way. He had no one to help him. It was not his fault—other people were the problem. The question Jesus asked was a very insightful one. “Do you want to get well?” Jesus knew that many people actually learn to enjoy their problems. It gives them an excuse for not performing, for failure, for living a life unpleasing to God. “I cannot succeed because I am [fill in the blank].” Excuses are where you find them. “Do you want to get well?” The man had not attempted to move on or investigate other solutions to his long-term illness. He prefered the “status quo” to a change in tactic. He was now little more than a professional beggar. “Do you want to get well?” The man had no one
to help him, feeling abandoned and alone. His first words to Jesus were, “I have no one to help me.” Is it any wonder that we can sense a hardness of heart, cynicism, anger and hopelessness in the man? It is not difficult to understand the man, as we tend to think that time produces hopelessness. Surely the longer a person is sick, the less likely it is that he or she will get well. The longer a person is an addict, the less likely the individual will remain clean and sober. The longer a person has lived in sin, the less likely that person will come to Christ. We have all the statistics to show that we must win people to Christ when they are young or the chances diminish. The argument is sound on the basis of what we know. But God is the master of difficult situations just like this one. What is humanly impossible, God loves to do. It is interesting that Jesus did not debate the man’s false theology; he simply told him to get up and take his mattress and walk. Do not miss the absence of faith. The man did not ask for help, he showed no faith, and he did not even know who Jesus was. While faith is essential to please God, God does not limit his goodness only to those who have faith. God causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good (Matt. 5:45). Ask yourself the following questions: Why did Jesus choose this man from among all the others? Where was his faith? Why did Jesus go there in the first place? The answer to these questions and many more is the same—God’s grace. What is it that prevents us from saying yes to the question? Do we lack the moral courage, confidence, conviction and faith to take the risks involved in moving forward? Are we too comfortable and too ready to take the “less than best” option rather than strive for God’s best for our lives? Can we face the question that Jesus asks—do we really want to be well?
Doing the Most Good
February 8, 2013 New Frontier
Round it up lifeLines The topic of ages came up in a meeting at divisional headquarters when my wife, Isobel, said about me, “Well, Ian’s almost 70!” It took a few seconds to sink in before I blustered, “What do you mean? I’m not even 65!” Isobel always rounds up, especially when it comes to my age. Ian As children, we were always very precise. “I am Robinson 6 and three quarters.” Then we became teenagers and it was, “I am almost 18.” We went through the Major 20-something and 30-something stage until we hit 40, when we suddenly went back to being 39. I don’t remember being anything in my 50s, and 60 was the new 40. However, I have a feeling that in my 70s and 80s (if Jesus doesn’t come first) I will go back to being very precise—if I can remember my age at all! As I was putting gas in my car, I was reminded of the opposite of rounding up. The gas station boldly and proudly proclaimed in large figures that I would be paying $3.799 for every gallon I pumped. If I only pumped one gallon, how would I pay the nine-tenths of a cent? I suppose they would round up. It seems this practice of fractional pricing started 90 years ago when a penny was really worth something, and gas was less than a dime a gallon. It’s supposed to make me feel better than if I were paying $3.80 a gallon, which of course I really am. In 1980 the state of Iowa tried to do away with the fractions but reinstated them in 1984 due to public protest! What if Christians fractionalized their response to God? “Lord, I’ll give you 99.9 percent of my self.” Or, “Lord, please accept my 9.9 percent tithe.” What if Jesus had said on the cross, “My death will forgive 99 percent of your sins.” Without complete forgiveness of all our sins we would not enter heaven. Or, what if he said, “I will forgive only 99 percent of those who ask”? Jesus says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment” (Matt. 22:37, 38 NIV). A pastor I once listened to said, “All is all and that’s all all means!” Herbert Howard Booth wrote:
I bring my all to Jesus; he hath seen How my soul desireth to be clean. Nothing from his altar I withhold When his cross of suffering I behold; And the fire descending brings to me Liberty. (Salvation Army Song Book 420)
Round it up. Make it 100 percent. Bring your all to the altar and reap the harvest of righteousness that waits for you there.
THANKS I want to express to you my sincere thanks...This morning at Bible study a friend gave me a copy of New Frontier. All day I have been crying, laughing and rejoicing at all the tributes given to my beloved John. I want to thank you [Bob Docter] especially for your personal tribute. You have understood him so well. He always appreciated exchanging ideas with you and admired your consistent work through the years. Thank you for giving so much room to John. He was indeed
My corps (Pasadena Tabernacle) recently celebrated its 125th birthday. It was quite a shindig. Lotta people. Mostly past and present soldiers. Many traveled long distances for the occasion, and seeing them brought back warm, fond memories. The event took place on the exact date that the Army held its first meeting in Pasadena more than a century ago. The group celebrated more than longevity. They celebrated victories. During the celebration planning, I became aware (through reading New Frontier) that a number of other corps in the Western Territory were celebrating 125 years. Two thoughts immediately flashed through my agile and fertile mind. The first was that these other corps were trying to upstage our corps. (This kind of thinking is called “self-centeredness.”) No…really, big congratulations. The second thought resonated around the question: “Who was that person leading the territory around 1888 who started opening corps?” And then I realized that the Western Territory didn’t even begin until 1920. So, whoever it was seemed to have operated a long way from “the leader,” acted autonomously, did not feel a need to get permission, worked outside bureaucratic entanglement, and had a bunch of free swinging entrepreneurial risk takers with him/her. This is the way the Army leapfrogged around the world. Lay people acted independently. The Army in the United States, Australia, France, the Marshall Islands, and probably other places as well, all started with the laity. They were inspired by the Army ethic and wanted it where they lived. They started a corps, and called it “The Salvation Army.” Then, they asked the Army to send officers. And, the Army sent them—fast. Brilliant. Entrepreneurial. Courageous. What happened? My guess is that that in our beginning we were very young and feared nothing. Today, we have requirements, such as sufficient funds, available officers, a facility and other bureaucratic entanglements that squelch the entrepreneurial drive of soldiers, who then silently delegate the responsibility for corps building to the establishment. Now, we still embrace the same ethic, but, administratively, it’s a vastly different Army. It’s also a very different world. Society seems more complicated. The Army is often tied in knots by legalities,
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rules, regulations, and, strangely, our narrowing conservative nature. The model implemented 125 years ago just might not work. This corps, 125 years in Pasadena, has maintained a nucleus of highly cohesive soldiery. This did Robert not change even with the addiDocter tion of close to 200 soldiers when Editor-In-Chief the Hollywood Tabernacle Corps merged with the Pasadena Corps 30 years ago. Together, we carry on rich traditions and celebrate the victories of past giants of lay and officer leadership. At the celebration, the Tab musical forces revealed their skills, and the audience had a chance to compare their current prowess with their own participation in the musical groups of their day. In my judgment, the current groups are as good, or even somewhat better, than their predecessors—except, maybe, the second cornet section in the senior band. There’s one old guy who doesn’t know when to hang ‘em up and insists on sitting first chair in that section, much to the frustration of the 16-year-old “comer,” who is always bothered by the old guy shouting: “Where are we?” I believe that God has used exceptional corps officers, consistent local officer leadership, a wide array of music programs and the camaraderie of the membership to stimulate much of the growth of our soldiery. The growth trend line reveals a slow, continual climb—both in attendance and program quality. Program development is the harbinger of growth. It requires the ideas, participation and energy of the membership. Our membership seems not only willing to do this, but insists on being involved. After all, it is “our” corps. Over the years we have been blessed with quality leadership from corps officers and an active corps council. Our current officers, Majors Darren and Mary Norton, along with their four children, have fit in with excellence. I really like a guy who sees a challenge and does something about it while bringing lay leadership along with him. Our World Service donation this year will increase by about four times over, primarily, because Darren had a vision that became a goal owned by the membership and it is moving forward. See more: http://on.fb. me/VHiwOK. I had a great time.
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