We have come to hear what God has to say to us today.
—James Knaggs, Commissioner
The Western Territory’s news source
for 31 years
July 12, 2013 Vol. 31, No. 12
High Council set to convene n Army’s international leaders will elect 20th Salvation Army General. BY KAREN GLEASON Commissioners James and Carolyn Knaggs will represent the USA Western Territory in London at the meeting of the High Council, which convenes beginning July 29 to elect the 20th General of The Salvation Army. “Every High Council in The Salvation Army is a historic event with significant magnitude,” James Knaggs said. “We go with the hope to meet with God and the international leaders of the Army to chart the course of our movement through the election of the next leader.” The Knaggs will join 116 other individuals to form the largest High Council in the history of The Salvation Army. The group of 64 women and 54 men—average age 59—includes all commissioners on active service, all territorial commanders, and, since February 2010, all territorial presidents of women’s ministries. “Our humble participation will be dedicated to God and the mission he has given our movement,” Knaggs said. “Let us win the world for Jesus. Hallelujah!” HIGH COUNCIL, page 5
Target School Spree prepares children for school year
n Retail giant gives the Army $1 million to cover costs. The Salvation Army is teaming up with Target to give 12,000 students in need the opportunity to shop for school supplies, clothing and other back-to-school necessities. The Target School Spree has helped kids from across the country, selected by The Salvation Army, gear up for the academic year since 2009. This year, each child will receive an $81 Target gift card to purchase school supplies from one of nearly 500 participating Target stores nationwide from July 15 through Aug. 15. Select Salvation Army locations will work with local Target stores to schedule the date of the Target School Spree. “As part of our $1 billion commitment to education, Target is excited [to] partner with The Salvation Army on the Target School Spree again in 2013,” said Laysha SCHOOL SPREE, page 9
Inside: Frontlines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 The West . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 The Nation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 The World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Prayer Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Sharper Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 From the Desk of . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Life Lines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 On the Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
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‘In his presence’ n Delegates deepen their relationship with God at the Western Bible Conference. Salvationists from throughout the territory gathered July 2-7 for the annual Western Bible Conference (WBC) at The Salvation Army Pine Summit Christian Camp in Big Bear Lake, Calif. This year’s theme, “In His Presence,” from 1 John 3:18-19, refers to the renewal that comes from spending time with God. Commissioners James and Carolyn Knaggs led the conference, which was organized by Major Victoria Shiroma. Lt. Colonels Eddie and Kathy Hobgood, Southern Territory officers serving at International Headquarters, were guest speakers. Eddie Hobgood also gave two dramatic presentations: one depicting the life of The Salvation Army’s most colorful American officer, Joe the Turk, and the other a mini-musical about the life of Commissioner Samuel Logan Brengle. Colonel Janet Munn was guest Bible teacher for the morning sessions. Originally from the Eastern Territory, Munn serves in Australia East as territorial secretary for women’s ministries. “We have come to hear what God has to say to us today,” James Knaggs said as he kicked off the conference. Eddie Hobgood then spoke, stating: “To be in his presence should be...the longing of every true
Salvation Army leaders join in worship with Salvationists from throughout the Western Territory at WBC. Photo by Ron Bawden
believer; the cry of the penitent heart; the goal of every seeking pilgrim; and the hope of every outcast soul. Joy results from spending time in God’s presence.” Hobgood said joy is integral to our witness, yet it is so easy to lose. “But, no matter what our circumstances, they do not change the work Christ accomplished on the cross and in the believer’s heart,” he said.
“The strangest thing about the Bible is... God,” Munn said as she introduced her Bible study series, titled “A Home for our Homeless God.” Weaving her way through the Bible, she examined God’s attempt to make his home among his people. She challenged delegates to ask themselves: What is home for you? How far will you go to become God’s home? BIBLE CONFERENCE, page 9
THE SALVATION ARMY RESPONDS
A Salvation Army volunteer assists those affected after the crash of Asiana Flight 214. Photo courtesy of Salvation Army Golden State Division
The Salvation Army serves refreshments to members of the processional honoring the fallen firefighters. Photo courtesy of Salvation Army Southwest Division
Plane crash in San Francisco
Fire tragedy in Arizona
n Bilingual officers provide a key link to passengers and officials in San Francisco.
n Personnel provide emotional and physical support in Yarnell, Ariz.
The Salvation Army continues to offer support and aid to responders, survivors and affected families of Asiana Airlines Flight 214’s crash landing July 6 at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), which killed two people and injured nearly 200 others. The Boeing 777 jetliner was carrying 307 individuals from Seoul, South Korea. South San Francisco Police requested The Salvation Army’s assistance within hours of the incident. A team of bilingual Salvation Army officers and volunteers answered the call, providing translation support and emotional care in SFO’s “Reflection Room.” “Serving as language support is a unique role for a Salvation Army Disaster Services team,” said Major Wayne Froderberg, local disaster coordinator for The Salvation Army. “However, the
The Salvation Army provided emotional and physical support in Yarnell, Ariz., after a fire destroyed more than 50 homes, and killed 19 firefighters on June 30. “What a lot of [people] don’t realize is that 51 children were left without fathers, 24 from another sector were injured, and four are in the County Burn Unit,” said Rich Bauer, director of community programs at United Phoenix Firefighter Charities. “This is the worst tragedy for firefighters anywhere in the world since the attacks on 9/11.” During the first five days of the fire, The Salvation Army distributed thousands of meals and drinks to first responders and evacuees of the Yarnell Hill fires. Members of the Prescott (Ariz.) Corps offered spiritual and emotional guidance, while Salvation
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NEWS BRIEFS OF THE WEST
The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe (Prov. 18:10 NLT). PORTLAND, ORE.— Braving almost 100-degree heat, corps cadets Karen from the Portland Taber- Gleason nacle Corps took to city streets and under bridges, Editor handing out over 100 water bottles to thirsty individuals. The group affixed its own label to the bottles, paraphrasing John 4:13-14, that read: “Thirsty? With Jesus, never be thirsty again.” In this way they attempted to meet the physical and spiritual needs of those served. Lt. Raymond and Major Nancy Dihle are the corps officers. KAKE, ALASKA—After the city’s water supply was contaminated, residents were placed on a no-drinking order. Alaska Seaplanes of Juneau and Harris Air of Sitka donated freight charges, allowing the corps to provide the community with 153 gallons of water. Thanks to help from neighboring communities, The Salvation Army served 77 families and 323 individuals. The airlines continued to deliver water for two days. Envoy Donna Bakke is in-charge at the Kake Corps. MODESTO, CALIF.—Six veterans from The Salvation Army Transitional Living Program went on a fishing trip sponsored by the Purple Heart Anglers of LaGrange, who provided the boat, poles and lures. The Anglers, a non-profit group that honors military personnel and their families, also treated the veterans to a barbecue lunch and a raffle. Staff members Bonnie Romero and Carrie Ann Pimentel did the driving and fished with the group, which caught 13 trout and freshwater salmon. The sponsors even cleaned the catch for them. HONOLULU, HAWAII— The Women’s Auxiliary of Honolulu hosted the Steppin’ It Up fashion revue June 22 to fundraise for babies of mothers recovering from substance abuse. Clothes were hand selected from Salvation Army thrift stores and modeled by The Movement Center dance group. Proceeds will support the Therapeutic Nursery at the Honolulu Family Treatment Services, which treats infants that may have been exposed to drugs before or shortly after birth. SCOTTS VALLEY, CALIF.—During Camp Redwood Glen’s first week of summer ministry, 33 children made first-time decisions for Christ and 38 made re-commitments. One child wrote this prayer: “Jesus, could you help my Grandma get better and my little sister too,” and another camper prayed, “My Dad lost faith in God; please help bring him back.” Ed Covert is the camp director and Captain Dave Shull is Golden State divisional youth and candidates’ secretary. RENTON, WASH.—The Salvation Army Renton Rotary Food Bank and Social Service Center provided eviction prevention assistance to a man with chronic health problems who faced homelessness after his Social Security Disability Income money was stolen. The assistance kept him housed, and allowed him to reach an agreement with the apartment manager over the remaining rent due. Captains Chris and Lisa Aird are the corps officers.
New Frontier Publications goes to camp n 18 young journalists put together a newspaper. The 2013 Musical Theater Camp at Camp Mt. Crags in Calabasas, Calif., encouraged creativity in 145 campers ages 8 to 14. It was the first camp of the 2013 summer; in 2012, 2,365 kids attended camp in Southern California. In four days of sessions, campers learned performance and behind-the-scenes material leading to a final presentation of the musical, “Follow U,” before over 250 family and friends. “The division used to run a creative arts camp where the kids would learn different performance oriented classes and we thought it would be fun to change this into a musical theater camp where the whole camp would come together and perform a musical at the end,” said Jacqui Larsson, divisional creative arts director. “We also thought it would be good for the kids to see and understand the behind-the-scenes elements involved in a production like this and felt that the kids would be able to go back to their corps and share these newfound talents.” Classes ranged from choir, hip-hop, ribbons, stomp, acting, video production with SAVN.tv (Salvation Army Vision Network), sound and lights, set design, art, hair and make-up, and journalism with members of the New Frontier Publications editorial team. Larsson said they included journalism to give the creative kids who don’t necessarily
Students write stories for The Crags Caller during journalism camp.
enjoy the spotlight on stage the chance to express themselves in a different way. “It was so fun to watch these 18 cub reporters strategize their stories, question interviewees and put together an article to be proud of,” said Christin Davis, New Frontier Publications managing editor. “They were thrilled when they saw their names on a printed publication.” The journalism session put together the first-ever eight-page issue of The Crags Caller. It included articles on putting together the musical, the campfire construction, and profiles of counselors and the camp lifeguards.
Photo by Christin Davis
“Many of these kids had great instincts and the determination to get all the information they needed,” Davis said. Beyond instruction, the camp aimed to impact lives. “These campers came from different areas of L.A. and different situations,” Larsson said. “To see the Lord work in their lives and soften their hearts in such a short time at camp was amazing.” Read The Crags Caller at http://bit. ly/1dbzW8L, see photos from camp at http:// bit.ly/170kYks, and watch the SAVN.tv behindthe-scenes video production class documentary at savn.tv/musicaltheatercamp2013.
Youth substance abuse awareness program launches n Workshops to take place at corps across the territory. BY DEREK LINSELL Over the past 18 months, The Salvation Army Western Territory has worked to create closer relationships between Adult Rehabilitation Centers and corps. As a result, Southern California Divisional Commander Lt. Colonel Doug Riley and Apricot Consulting Group partnered to create a youth education program at the College for Officer Training at Crestmont to teach teenagers about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. The goal is to provide workshops at corps across the territory to bridge any gaps in school education by providing an open forum for young people to discuss alcohol and drug-related issues. “As Christians, we must never be naive about equipping our children to face the evils of our world,” said Major Isobel Robinson, former corps officer at Tustin Ranch Corps (Calif.), after attending one of the workshops. “This teaching tool is an excellent means for helping teens present a defense to the drug
culture that saturates every level of today’s society.” The workshops will arm teens with the latest, most up-todate and accurate information about current drugs and alcohol available on the market, and statistics related to their use. The content for 10-13 year olds addresses peer pressure and long-term consequences of substance abuse through interactive games and activities. Content for 14-18 year olds is similar, but pushes them to consider the impact of drugs and alcohol on society and decision-making as well. “Kids at school think that drinking is something that everyone should try eventually,” said a teenage participant. “There is a lot of pressure to try it at least once.” Teenagers actively engaged in group discussion and activities as many were comfortable with the open conversation methods adopted to address sensitive material. The hope is that these workshops will continue to equip youth with the resources to make healthy decisions so that they stand against the normalization of certain substances and behaviors.
Portland hosts 16th annual basketball tournament n Ten teams competed for the championship title. BY STEPHANIE OREFICE The Portland Moore Street (Ore.) Corps hosted its 16th Annual Memorial Salvationist basketball tournament, with 10 teams competing: the Portland Adult Rehabilitation Center (The Chosen); Spokane, Wash.; San Bernardino, Calif. (Joe’s Warriors); Cariboo Hill Temple, Canada (Grizzlies #1); Cariboo Hill Temple (Grizzlies #2); Moore Street (Red); Moore Street (Blue); Cascade Division (Cascade Allstars); Pasadena Tabernacle, Calif.; Santa Clara, Calif. The tournament was more than just three days of basketball games. Participants formed new friendships and re-established old ones. Spectators sat in the bleachers talking and laughing. Each day of the tournament, players, coaches and friends gathered in the chapel for evening worship. Michael Collins delivered the sermon, and Phil
Laeger led worship. Throughout the weekend, teenagers from the corps sold bracelets to raise money for Amazima Ministries, an organization that assists children in Uganda. They raised over $1,200— equivalent to more than 5,000 meals— to send to Amazima. At the final worship service on Sunday morning, the pews were full and the lobby turned into an overflow room. A weekend rewind and testimony time took place, allowing people to share the ways God spoke to them during the tournament. The championship games occurred after that last service. The Chosen conquered the Moore Street Blue team for the non-power division, and the Moore Street Red team took the power championship with a win over the Grizzlies #2. Joe’s Warriors, the San Bernardino team, received the sportsmanship award.
A time out for prayer before the game begins Photo by Stephanie Orefice
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Grand opening celebrates renovation
n The Puyallup Corps’ larger facility includes an expanded food bank and ceramics classes. BY LORA MARINI BAKER The Salvation Army Puyallup (Wash.) Corps celebrated the completion of its building renovation and expansion on June 21 with a public grand opening and luncheon hosted by Northwest Divisional Director of Women’s Ministries Major Sheryl Tollerud. Puyallup Mayor Rick Hansen and members of the Advisory Board attended the event. The Puyallup Corps is located about 50 miles south of Seattle, and serves clients in many nearby Pierce County communities. The original building was built in 1989, but the community population nearly doubled in the past 24 years. Fundraising has also increased during the past four years, which helped fund the construction. “We’ve simply outgrown our current building,” said Major Premek Kramerius, corps officer in Puyallup. “The need is great in our community, and this additional space will allow us to serve more people, and do so more efficiently.” The new 2,000 square feet increases the building space to 12,000 square feet. The facil-
‘ORSBORNAGAIN’ L-r: Captain Janna Torgerson, associate corps officer; Don Thompson, Advisory Board chairman; Major Sheryl Tollerud, Northwest divisional director of women’s ministries; Majors Charity and Premek Kramerius, corps officers; and Tom Swanson, Puyallup city councilman Photo by Lora Marini Baker
ity now includes an expanded food bank and storage area with a new reception and kid’s corner to facilitate visits for clients and their families. Two new classrooms have also been added for the corps’ extensive Life Skills program. “Our social services mission is to help people break the cycle of poverty and help them become self-sufficient,” said Kramerius.
The corps hosts monthly Life Skills classes, including lessons in budgeting, resume writing and interview skills. The new classrooms also double as art rooms. The Puyallup Corps hosts weekly art classes led by practicing artists including: ceramics, painting and portraiture. Artwork from the classes adorns the renovated and new spaces throughout the corps.
Santa Maria Corps has a new home n The First Presbyterian Church in Santa Maria, Calif., sells its facilities to The Salvation Army. The Santa Maria (Calif.) Corps has consolidated its ministries at a new location: the three buildings that once housed the First Presbyterian Church. Over the years, First Presbyterian’s once thriving congregation dwindled, and the church faced a difficult decision. After much prayer and discussion, it sold its land and buildings to The Salvation Army Santa Maria Corps, knowing that the Army would carry on a tradition of serving the community. The Santa Maria Corps has experienced a growth spurt in the last few years. Corps officers Lts. Paul and Jennifer Swain have witnessed increasing numbers of both seekers and people needing assistance, and felt the pains of expansion. They have had to coordinate all of the worship and community programs from two buildings—a total of about 8,000 sq. ft. The number of people attending worship services has tripled. In addition, about 1,500
L-R: Lt. Paul Swain with Benjamin Swain, Eric Justice, Melanie Sularz, Brenda Burns, Captain Maria Ramirez, Dorothy Mogavero, Lt. Jennifer Swain with Ivy Swain at the corps’ new location. Photo by Brian Bullock, courtesy of Santa Maria Times
people per week receive case management, housing assistance, utility payments, help with medical or car repair bills, marriage counseling, and referrals to drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs. Nearly 100 people receive lunch each day. The move to the former First
Presbyterian building more than doubles the corps’ space and puts all services in one building near the city center, bus stops and other caring organizations like Catholic Charities and the Good Samaritan Shelter. “It’s obvious the new facility is exactly where God intended for the Army to be in Santa Maria: close to our previous locations, near the city center, and in an area of incredible need,” Jennifer Swain said. “Our story is similar to that of the Israelites. It took 15 years to go half a mile, but now we’re living in the promised land!” The Swains have been working on the potential move for two years. Now that it is a reality, they are receiving help from the Santa Maria Community Development Department and the Rotary Club to organize the transition this summer. With all the extra room, the Swains look forward to new Bible study groups, outreach, prayer meetings, after-school programs and Sunday school—not to mention new ministries. A grand opening is planned for October.
San Fernando hosts Sunday school seminars n Series addresses effectively teaching youth about the Bible. BY JOSÉ MARTÍNEZ, CAPTAIN The San Fernando Valley Corps (Calif.) hosted a seminar series led by Territorial Multicultural Ministries Secretary Lt. Colonel Zoilo Pardo in early June for Sunday school teachers. It was the second in the series of seminars about effectively teaching youth about the Bible. “Considering that the most vulnerable part of the corps was the Sunday school structure, it was critical for teachers to gain skills and knowledge on how to continuously adapt to new teaching methods as generations progress,” Pardo said. The seminar series evolved after many corps members expressed interest in the importance of building a strong spiritual foundation for children through Sunday school, so they do not lose their faith as they get older and face the challenges of adolescence. Seminar delegates convened for three consecutive Sundays to improve their Sunday school program. Topics at the seminar included the importance of Sunday school, class preparation and organization, recommended material and its teaching effect, how to use resources at the corps, innovation and creativity for teachers, cleanliness and presentation of the classroom, preserving cultural religious traditions across generations, and the multiplying effect of God’s Word. “All of these themes focus on the enthusiasm and desire that
BY KEVIN JACKSON, MAJOR From the first sentence, readers of “ORSBORNAGAIN,” by Major Rob Birks (Frontier Press, 2013), realize Birks has penned something special. Reintroducing the poetry of Albert Orsborn to a new generation of readers is a good idea. Reinterpreting the poetry of Albert Orsborn—also known as the Poet General—to a new generation of readers is a great idea. Birks reflects on Orsborn’s poetry from a personal viewpoint. What makes this treatment effective is perspective—specifically, a generational perspective. Birks also writes from a postmodern worldview. ORSBORNAGAIN provides a new generation of postmodern Salvationists with some of the finest theological insights in our history. Birks crafted Orsborn’s verse into a meaningful devotional: a theological primer for the emerging Salvation Army world. More than just a solid effort for a first-time writer, this work offers the reader a fresh and worthwhile journey into classic Salvationist poetry. Birks’s use of personal stories, coupled with examples from the larger culture, create thoughtful narratives to accompany Orsborn’s lyrics. His shared memories, spanning from childhood to adulthood, provide a vehicle conveying the “new life” contained within the words of the Poet General. ORSBORNAGAIN is an excellent resource for both personal and corporate spiritual application within The Salvation Army world. Its written voice and cultural context befit the 21st century reader. Birks’s purpose offers a new perspective on an old master.
Appointments Delegates of the San Fernando Valley Corps meet with Lt. Colonel Zoilo Pardo to improve their Sunday school program. Photo courtesy of San Fernando Valley Corps
teachers have to successfully and effectively instruct newer generations entering the corps on God’s Word,” Pardo said. In order to accomplish this, the corps, as a whole, decided that the teachers must be taught how to better prepare the children for these challenges, and strengthen the youth at the corps. The hope is that this will prevent the young people from leaving the corps as they grow older. “It’s a great initiative, being that Sunday school is fundamental to any corps,” Pardo said. “This corps is doing what it can to make sure that their children are thriving through the Word of God.”
ADULT REHABILITATION CENTERS Lieutenant Kelly Pensabene Assistant to Director of Special Services, Anaheim ARC Effective July 3, 2013
HAWAIIAN & PACIFIC ISLANDS DIVISION Majors Jaime & Lilia Macayana(R) Corps Officers, Chuuk Corps Effective July 15, 2013
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CHARITY OF CHOICE n Five guidelines for selecting the best charitable organization for your donation BY DAVID BAKKE As of 2011, over 1 million tax exempt charitable organizations operated in the U.S. The prospect of combing through that list to find the one charity that best sums up your beliefs––and where your money can do the most good––is a daunting task. It’s important to conduct the appropriate research to ensure your charitable dollars are going to the right place, but there are easier ways to find the right match than looking for that needle in a haystack. If you’re currently struggling to find the proper charity for your dollars, here are five things to consider: 1. Use reputable online resources If you want to learn more about a specific organization, that organization’s website may not be the best place to get it, as it’s more than likely going to present only positive information. In addition, many of the websites that aggregate lists and manage databases may be out-of-date or just plain sloppy. Instead, research your favored charitable organizations at the Better Business Bureau’s
(BBB) website or CharityNavigator. 2. Make sure the organization is IRSapproved You can obtain a full list of all the organizations approved by the IRS as taxdeductible at irs.gov. 3. Investigate administrative costs According to the American Institute of Philanthropy, administrative costs should be 40 percent or less to ensure a healthy charity, but you can certainly find lower than that. For example, according to the
BBB, the administrative costs of The Salvation Army as a percentage of total revenue in 2010 were just slightly over 10 percent. 4. Contact the organization It’s perfectly acceptable to contact the organization in person to find out more about where your dollars are actually going and if the organization is actually a charity or more of an advocacy group. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with donating to an advocacy group, but if the orga-
Army assists flood victims n The Mohawk River in New York overflows its banks.
Executive Chef Jeff Ansorge
Photo courtesy of The Salvation Army Northern Division
High-profile chef joins The Salvation Army n Jeff Ansorge leaves prestigious restaurant to feed those in need. Jeff Ansorge spent eight years as executive chef at one of the most prestigious restaurants in Minneapolis, Minn. But when he became a Christian two years ago, he just couldn’t do the job anymore. Something had changed. “The world as I had known it stopped making sense,” Ansorge said. “I was working to drive profit and my whole being—physically and mentally—was rejecting it. I needed to do something with my culinary skills to serve the Lord.” Today he’s doing just that as head chef at the St. Paul Payne Avenue Salvation Army, where he cooks free hot lunches for about 100 people per day. Ansorge started working there in October 2012. He soon discovered the job was every bit as challenging as his old one because, like all Salvation Army chefs, he never knows what meals he’ll be cooking from one day to the next.
“We have to adapt to whatever food arrives on the loading dock every morning,” Ansorge said, who has an associate and bachelor’s degrees in culinary arts and food service management, respectively. “I love the challenge.” One day, he received a delicious, albeit atypical, donation: a case of crab. With some quick thinking, he began cooking the crustaceans with an assortment of vegetables, sausages, seafood and rice. That day, the homeless and working poor would enjoy a Spanish delicacy: seafood paella. Ansorge relies on the support of volunteer cooks and community service workers, opening every shift with a Christian devotional and a brief cooking lesson on the day’s lunch. Beyond cooking, he enjoys the job because he’s free to express his faith to the people he serves and the volunteers who help him out. Ansorge said, “I’m doing what I love, for people I love, for the person I love—Jesus Christ.”
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The Salvation Army is providing emergency relief assistance to those affected by flooding in parts of New York. “The Mohawk community had been hit badly,” said Lt. Summer Hough, who is serving as The Salvation Army liaison at the Herkimer County 911 Center, which is currently serving as an Emergency Operations Center. “The Salvation Army is coordinating the logistics of serving hot meals to Mohawk residents.” Heavy downpour caused the Mohawk River to overflow its banks in early July, damaging houses and forcing residents to flee the area. The Salvation Army subsequently deployed mobile feeding units throughout the state with officers and volunteers providing sandwiches, coffee, donuts and other food to support residents in recovery. Capt. Evelyn Hopping of The Salvation Army in Oneonta, N.Y., said that many flood victims are too busy cleaning their damaged houses to prepare food. “Because the Army can come to them, we are delivering clean-up kits and food while the streets are filled with water from the pumped out basements,” she said. In Herkimer, N.Y., an Army mobile feeding unit from Albany provided food for 48 individuals who took shelter at the Herkimer County 911 Center. The same feeding unit served nearly 300 Herkimer residents in several affected areas the first weekend of
The Salvation Army prepares to distribute clean-up kits to flood victims. Photo courtesy of The Salvation Army Empire State Division
the flooding. In Mohawk, N.Y., the Army mobilized its mobile feeding van and distributed food and clean-up kits, which include products and tools that are helpful in restoring a home or business impacted by water damage. “We continue to need bottled water,” said Major James Purvis, incident command officer for The Salvation Army in Oswego. “We’ve received many cases donated, but will need more over the next few days along with granola bars, juice boxes and individually packaged chips, cookies.” Donations can be made online to The Salvation Army at donate.salvationarmyusa.org/empire/disaster.
‘Feed the Kids’ n Program helps provide healthy lunches for children. Summer break for children means fun, freedom and time with friends and family. However, for some kids, the end of the school year means saying goodbye to school feeding programs that provide children with at least one solid meal each day. The Salvation Army has multiple feeding programs specifically geared toward children, such as the “Feed the Kids” program at The Salvation Army of Milwaukee and La Crosse, Wis. Each summer, volunteers of this program
prepare and distribute nutritious sack lunches to children in need at various locations, including parks, streets and playgrounds. The well-balanced lunches usually consist of a sandwich, milk, fruit and snack. With the support of volunteers and area food suppliers, the Feed the Kids Summer Lunch Program feeds hundreds of children a day, with the cost per meal averaging about 62 cents. Last year, volunteers in Milwaukee packaged over 90,000 lunches and contributed more than 4,000 hours of volunteer time to the program. Feed the Kids runs through
Photo courtesy of The Salvation Army Milwaukee County
August. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact your local Salvation Army for details. Volunteers are needed to make the lunches Monday to Friday.
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Investing in Haiti n The Salvation Army continues to rebuild through grants and educational opportunities. The Salvation Army in Haiti reached a milestone anniversary recently, and awarded two small grants for community projects. Two years of training community leaders, forming Community Action Teams (CATs), assessing needs, researching project development and using community resources for small-scale pilot projects in earthquake affected communities paid off when the Community Capacity Development program (CCD) celebrated its second anniversary with an awards assembly for the CATs from Balan and Arcahaie Village. Based on observed needs and community advisement, the CATs will raise chickens in Balan and develop a micro-enterprise support program in Arcahaie. Upholding the original objective of equipping communities to move from dependence on outside aid to autonomy, both ventures must become sustainable. “There is no dignity when we constantly live on charity,” said Elissaint Jean Jacques, program manager. The goal of the CCD program is to develop sustainable grassroots change, supporting a move toward autonomy by building and restoring relationship through faithbased facilitation. “This is one of the most important projects we’re running in The Salvation Army right now,” said Major Vilo Exantus, divisional commander of the Haiti Division. To prepare for the future, the Army in
Haiti kicked off the vocational training component of its Integrated Family Support (IFS) project the week of June 17. With support from the Canada and Bermuda Territory, the Army is directly investing in the lives of 84 men and 24 women to help lay a foundation for a better Haiti. The 108 young people in the Port-auPrince area will receive nine months formal and informal training in high-demand vocations at J.B. Damier, one of the premiere vocational schools in Haiti. Classes offered include home construction, electricity, plumbing, ceramic work and auto
Photo courtesy of Caribbean Territory
mechanics. “When you take your vocation seriously, it will change your life,” said Aunel Therassens, director of J.B. Damier, which partnered with The Salvation Army to offer this program at a discounted rate. “The best way to thank The Salvation Army is to excel in what you learn.” The program targets young adults 18 years and older categorized as vulnerable according to economic potential, household status and other factors. From the Haiti Division
South African Salvation Army officers gather outside Nelson Mandela’s hospital room to offer songs and praise for him and his family. Photo courtesy of Southern Africa Territory
Salvationists sing and pray for Nelson Mandela n Gathered outside Mandela’s hospital room, Salvation Army officers offer support. Singing and praying outside a hospital room in Pretoria, South Africa, a crowd of Salvation Army officers from the Southern Africa Territory made intercession for the ailing former South African President Nelson Mandela. The group, which included Territorial Leaders Commissioners William and Thalitha Langa and Chief Secretary Lt. Colonel Robert Donaldson, prayed for the former leader, asking God to “bless the former president and his family.” After placing flowers at the hospital gates, they stood outside his room singing, “In Thee, O Lord, Do I Put My Trust.” Addressing the crowd of media
and onlookers, Langa explained that The Salvation Army wanted to show its support to “Madiba’s”—as Mandela is affectionately called—family and assure them that the Army would be praying for them. He spoke of Madiba’s struggle to bring freedom and peace to South Africa. His message to the ailing anti-apartheid leader was to lift up his head to God and be encouraged. “You have the future in your hands,” prayed Donaldson. “You have the future of this nation in your hands and you have the future of the leader of this nation in your hands...bring grace to our former president and all his family. Bless them and encourage them, Lord, at this difficult time.” In conclusion, the officers sang a traditional African hymn.
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The selection process typically takes just over a week, when instead of white smoke emerging as happens with a new Pope, cameras “zoom in on the closed door of the council chamber as Salvationists all around the world watch expectantly on the Internet. When the door opens the Army family will catch the first glimpse of its new head” (see “High Council convenes,” General John Larsson, Ret., New Frontier, Jan. 2011). Instead of gathering at the traditional venue of Sunbury Court—currently being refurbished—the High Council will meet at the Renaissance Hotel, near Heathrow to the west of London. The Chief of the Staff, Commissioner Andre Cox, will preside over the opening of the High Council until a council president and vice-president have been elected. Council proceedings include several stages: preliminaries (including the election of council leaders), nominations, questions and speeches, election and closing moments. These stages are explored in General John Larsson’s article on the High Council (newfrontierpublications.org/nf/?p=411). Every council member may nominate someone to be a candidate for General. The only criterion is that the nominated individual be an officer. Technically, then, thousands of people are eligible for the position; however, nominees generally are members of the High Council. At the conclusion of the election process, when the new General is elected, it is the tradition of the High Council that all members immediately give their support to that person, acknowledging the decision as an expression of God’s will. The announcement of the new General will be webcast so people around the world will learn the identity of the new General at the same time. Keep up with the High Council at salvationarmy.org/HighCouncil2013; on Twitter at @ HighCouncil2013; and at facebook.com/HighCouncil2013.
Elsewhere in the world CHILE—The Salvation Army and the local council of Viña del Mar region signed an agreement permitting six annual social service projects in different parts of the community. The non-profit group Red de Alimentos helped The Salvation Army distribute more than five tons of food to the people of Achupallas on the same day. Other major donations included 200 pairs of shoes and six cribs for expectant mothers, which were presented at a ceremony by local Mayor Virginia Reginato and Major Hernán Espinoza, of the Central Chile Division. SPAIN—The Salvation Army in Denía belongs to a group of charities, The Table of Solidarity (La Mesa de Solidaridad), which includes the Evangelical Baptist Church’s program “Lend a Hand” (Extiende tu Mano), Interfaith Faces (Cáritas Interparroquial) and the Red Cross. The Table of Solidarity has developed a team of volunteers to gather and distribute food and other necessities to residents in need. From Las Provincias AUSTRALIA—The Salvos Stores in the Australian Southern Territory partnered with MobileMuster to change the planet and humanity. Most of the stores will feature a MobileMuster collection box for the disposal of old mobiles (cell phones) and accessories. The Salvos will receive $2 for every kilogram (2.2 pounds) collected through their stores. This will keep the estimated 22 million old and unused cell phones in Australia out of landfills while also supporting The Salvation Army. From onFire CANADA—When Corps Officer Major Miriam Stevens of Lindsay, Ontario, and Community Ministries Director Rene van der Meijden searched for a new outreach approach, they decided on a program called “Messy Church.” Whole families attend Messy Church. The kids enjoy crafts and activities while parents share a meal, music and a Bible message. Meetings take place outside normal worship times. Currently, approximately twothirds of Messy Church attendees are from the community. From Salvationist MEXICO—The Salvation Army La Esperanza Corps in Mexico City hosted a territorial leadership seminar called Liderazgo (Leadership) 20/20. The seminar centered on three themes: following Jesus’ leadership style, discovering our future and advancing together. From The Salvation Army Mexico on Facebook EL SALVADOR—Two Salvation Army children’s centers opened in El Salvador: the Mi Refugio (My Refuge) Children’s Center at the Merliot Corps and the Comedor Infantil in the city of Gualache. From The Salvation Army El Salvador on Facebook
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add brightness to sunset years For seniors, The Salvation Army Silvercrest residences enrich quality of life. BY BUFFY LINCOLN Growing older can be fun if you know how to do it, and the Silvercrest department is one of The Salvation Army’s myriad holistic community outreaches geared to serve the low-income and disabled senior citizen communities by offering opportunities to do it right. Its mission is “to provide clean, safe and comfortable housing to low-income elderly persons, and to do so in an environment that is sensitive and responsible to the needs of the individual residents, but not intrusive of personal privacy.” With the neighboring corps community center, Silvercrest residences seek to provide a range of supportive services intended to sustain independent living and to enrich the quality of residents’ lives through opportunities for social fellowship, personal growth and spiritual nurture. Starting small in the mid-1970s, by 2003 the Western Territory added a dedicated Silvercrest management department at territorial headquarters to serve the business needs of the properties and to increase the number of facilities. Today, there are a total of 37 facilities in the Western Territory with one additional location in San Francisco, managed by an outside source. These senior housing listings span across eight states in the West and consist of anywhere from 22 to 257 units each. Most Silvercrests neighbor Salvation Army corps to offer the residents a place to worship, socialize and, sometimes, eat. Corps may also share vans for transportation. Because they strive to maintain a clean, healthy, active environment, most residences are at-capacity and maintain a significant waiting list. Property Manager Maria Crespo takes pride in her Silvercrest site located in Pasadena, Calif. “Every need for our seniors is met here,” she said. “We provide not only a safe environment, but throw in events that allow our residents to be well-informed with their community and world by inviting outside groups to give demonstrations.” The Pasadena Police Department and Fire Department have come in to share tips on fire hazards and how to protect
yourself in an emergency. The facility also offers Tai Chi classes and health fair screenings. The Salvation Army receives grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) 202 program to finance all but three of the facilities. (Those three sites are under the care of the Southern California Division.) The grant between the Army and HUD guarantees the apartments will be available only to low-income senior citizens and handicapped persons. At least one person aged 62 or over must live in each room, with rent rates set by HUD based on median incomes and any agreements in place when
the building opened. HUD performs a yearly rent evaluation process and adjusts the rates in relation to projected financial needs for each property. The grants received by the Army through HUD cover maintenance, subsidy for each client and all operating expenses. This secure and worry-free policy allows for a more comfortable home for the residents with minimal personal responsibilities. Private donations can be made to support any individual’s rental expenses; however, they must be given as gifts and not for tax purposes. Grant money received from the government cannot be
used for expenses such as trips, social gatherings, decorations for the facility and crafts. Outside donations are used for these extras. And because HUD makes no provision for transportation, if it is needed and the adjoining corps owns no vehicles, donations can be used to provide the means for traveling. Chit, Claire and Lois live in the Silvercrest in Pasadena. In fact, Lois was one of the first tenants when the facility first opened in 1996. Claire has been there for two years and Chit has been there “over 10 years at least.” “The building, our rooms were beautiful,” Lois said, “but
we had nothing downstairs [in the community room]. We held a potluck fundraiser to buy our first coffee pot, then we kept a fund going to provide the coffee. But everyone chipped in and we made it work.” That is the attitude of many of the residents. If they want something to happen, they make it happen. Often, residents provide services for the other residents. Chit teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to the residents who want to learn or improve. An accomplished pianist, she has also extended her abilities to others through private piano lessons.
“And I don’t just give lessons,” she said, “I do the whole thing. I give them homework assignments and we hold recitals for our neighbors and even invite the corps. Afterward, we get together to discuss it.” Crespo advised that among the favorite activities, Bingo reigns. “The residents play for ‘living’ items, such as toilet paper, soap, lotion and paper towels,” she said. “These items usually come from the corps.” Because HUD disperses a federal government grant, no religious demands or expectations are permitted on the residents, meaning they cannot be required to attend any Bible studies, church services—of any kind—or any activities at a nearby Army corps. These services may be offered, as many facilities do, but no resident is forced to attend. “One of my favorite things to do is go to Bible studies at the corps,” Claire said. “They teach us how to love here. I like the activities in the corps, especially their children’s programs and the food boxes.” Silvercrest management is responsible for staffing, supervision, budgeting, financial operations, maintenance and capital improvements, resident relations, program facilitation, community interaction, HUD compliance and relations, and monthly reporting to the divisions and territory. The four main focuses of Silvercrest management are to: 1) improve and maintain the short and long-term financial stability of the properties, 2) improve and/or maintain the physical condition of the properties, 3) promote and facilitate ministry programs and social services at each Silvercrest, and 4) interact closely with the divisions and territorial headquarters leadership to ensure thorough communication and comprehensive reporting of the conditions of each Silvercrest site. Through Silvercrest, The Salvation Army provides an invaluable service to the elderly and disabled—regardless of race, religion or creed—by offering an environment that is not only safe, but supplies their needs for services and spiritual support. And Chit, Claire and Lois attest to it. “I love the unselfishness of the Salvationists,” Chit said. “They make us feel that there’s no such thing as an impossible dream.” Claire added, “You can live out your potential here. And we don’t just take, but we can give too.” This is evident in the many sewn and crocheted articles— including neck warmers and rag dolls—that Lois makes to sell and give away. According to her, “My dolls hug you back.”
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Teens find Christ through Bible Bowl n Girls overcome barriers and begin spiritual journey. BY CARI ARIAS Two 15-year-old girls came to the U. S. from Korea to study. After enrolling in a private high school to learn English far from their parents and friends, they wanted to get volunteer credit and looked to The Salvation Army. Jin Sol Park and Alice Lee met each other in school in the San Francisco Bay Area. In June 2012, they signed up to volunteer at the All Nations Corps Day Camp for eight weeks, without even knowing The Salvation Army was a church. They also did not know Jesus. When Captain Ellen Oh, corps officer of the All Nations Corps, met Park and Lee, they had each only been in the U. S. for a year. They said they came to a Korean church when they first came to the U. S. because they wanted to make new friends and learn more English. However, they felt isolated because they were Koreanborn, not “Americanized.” Oh saw an opportunity to help the girls create friendships, and get them rooted into the church. She started a Bible Bowl team following the day camp, and Jin Sol and Alice started making friends at the corps. Practicing for Bible Bowl proved to be a challenge for them due to their limited English and
Cadet Naomi Kuhlman with kids from Seattle White Center’s summer day camp. Photo by Kevin Pontsler
Summer ‘break’ at the Seattle White Center L-r: Kevin Oh, Jinsol Park, Alice Lee and Erin Kim during the Bible Bowl competition
Bible knowledge. Pronunciation and memorization were difficult. Oh not only invested significant time to study Bible Bowl questions and answers, she went deeper and did a Bible study in Korean––covering the book of Matthew to really show them who Christ is. Park and Lee had never accepted Christ into their hearts, but through memorizing Bible verses, Park said they “started having faith.” In February, they each accepted Christ. “They found the Lord,” Oh said. “I’m so grateful they joined Bible Bowl this year.”
The weekend playoffs held at Camp Kuratli in May were a wonderful experience for these new followers of Jesus. Their friendships with other believers, both from their own corps and other corps, deepened. Their team’s performance in the competition brought them to the Commissioning weekend all the way to the championship round, where they took second place in the territory. Park and Lee’s plan when they first came to the United States was to go to college and succeed, but now they are focused on God.
WESTERN MUSIC INSTITUTE August 8-17, 2013 | Pine Summit 700 Wren Dr. Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
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Saturday 10th, 8 p.m. Concert with Boston Brass At Pine Summit Tuesday 13th, 8 p.m. Mid Week Concert at Big Bear Performing Arts Center 39707 Big Bear Blvd Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Wednesday 14th, 8 p.m. Soloist Night At Pine Summit Saturday 17th, 2 p.m. Final Concert at Tustin Ranch Corps
n Cadet Naomi Kuhlman recaps week one of her summer assignment. BY NAOMI KUHLMAN, CADET So much is going on here at the Seattle White Center. I am enjoying interacting with people at the senior center, day camp, social service food pantry and community center, along with seeing the variety of things happening in the immediate community as well as the surrounding Seattle Metro area. God blessed this corps with a large senior group that comes in daily; many have been coming to the center for years. They spend time with each other, hear a devotion and have a meal. I have sat with several of these men and women and heard their life stories. One gentleman is a former heavyweight boxing champion from Missoula, Mont. Another makes buttons with sayings like “Exercise daily, walk with Jesus” as a silent witness of his faith. The day camp had 34 children on Monday. Seattle has great places for field trips, including the aquarium, zoo and water park. Here at the center, they can spend time in the computer lab and the gym, as well as participate in chapel and the closing assembly. One of my favorite kid moments took place after one of the younger girls got hit pretty hard by a rogue basketball. “Well, that
hurt really bad and now the ball scares me, but I still want to play because I like to face my fears,” she said. I anticipate more great moments with the kids, along with opportunities to lead games, crafts, chapels and closing assemblies. The social service program, which includes the food pantry, is a well-oiled machine. Many area grocery stores donate expired or damaged goods, so more than enough food is available to hold a distribution to the public every week day. The senior center participants come through first, followed by the public. The community center is a great resource for the Army. Currently we use it for summer day camp, but other activities take place there, including twice-aweek youth Zumba class, and open gyms for the community. I like walking into the gym and seeing so many kids devoting their time to a sport—avoiding some more dangerous things they could be doing. God has placed me at a diverse corps with a variety of opportunities to serve and to learn. I am equally blessed with a new family here at the White Center; the officers, staff and clients have all been very welcoming and eager to share their experience. Major Raymond and Captain Jennifer Erickson-King are the Seattle White Center corps officers.
Strawberry Festival honors Salvation Army with 1st place award The Salvation Army from Everett, Wash., participated in the annual Marysville Strawberry Festival Twilight parade on June 15. Ten Army musicians rode on a flatbed truck and played pieces from the tune book and a selection of marches. The canteen followed. About 140 different groups marched in the parade. The Salvation Army received a first place prize for being the best nonprofit organization in the community. Major Jonathan and Lt. Dawn Apuan are the Everett corps officers, and Lt. Colonel Harold Brodin is the director of the Marysville office for the corps.
L-r: Lt. Colonel Harold Brodin and Major Jonathan Apuan hold The Salvation Army’s 1st place award for best non-profit organization.
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Members of the Honor Guard that escorted the fallen firefighters on a 125-mile processional from Phoenix to Prescott, Ariz., their hometown Photo courtesy Salvation Army Southwest Division
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Army Emergency Disaster Services gave out clothing, clean-up kits, utility assistance and groceries to those affected by the fire. “As is the case with disasters, the Army’s work has been extraordinary, and it has only just begun,” said Marlene Klotz-Collins, a member of The Salvation Army Phoenix Advisory Board and the National Advisory Board. “Countless individuals have been introduced to The Salvation Army during these heartbreaking days... for many, many people, the Army is no longer a ‘best kept secret.’” According to Southwest Divisional Commander Lt. Colonel Joe Posillico, the Yavapai County Emergency Operations Center reported that most of the families that lost their homes have little income and no insurance, so The Salvation Army has temporary housing available, if needed. On July 7, a 125-mile processional carried the bodies of the 19 fallen firefighters from Phoenix to Prescott, their hometown. The 19 white hearses with the name of each firefighter posted on the side of the vehicle slowly passed
SCHOOL SPREE Ward, president of community relations for Target. “The program provides thousands of students in need with back-to-school supplies that will help them start a new year on the right foot.” Target awarded The Salvation Army $1 million nationwide to cover Target gift cards and transportation costs. Recipients of the gift card shopping sprees were identified from the hundreds of youth programs the Army operates across the country. “New supplies, including pencils, paper, notebooks and clothing, provide students with a fresh and
the Prescott Corps, where members and Corps Officer Lt. Elaine Mansoor and Assistant Corps Officer Lt. Mareah Morrow stood to honor them. Mansoor and Morrow—just commissioned—recently arrived in Prescott for their first Salvation Army appointment. “This has been one of the most heartbreaking situations I have ever been in,” Morrow said. “At the same time, I am blessed and encouraged to see a community rally together and support one another in any and every way they can.” Army volunteers offered meals, prayers and encouragement to members of the processional at the Yavapai County Fairgrounds. “Nineteen is just a number to most people, but when you see 19 hearses carrying 19 of your fallen brothers, reality punches you in the stomach” Bauer said. Support for the command center, the families and the community continued through a memorial service on July 9; afterward, funerals took place over the next four days for each firefighter. Salvation Army personnel are stationed in
Yarnell, where they will operate two assistance centers at the Yarnell Community Presbyterian Church and State Individual Assistance Center. The centers will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help with the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the community. “Our hearts go out to the families of this community because we know them and love them,” said Captain Randy Hart, incident commander for The Salvation Army. “We are humbled to help out in any way that we can.” Recovery efforts are expected to be long-term and The Salvation Army will be present as long as needed. “We believe that God is a the great comforter and encourager,” Posillico said. “In spite of the tremendous loss of life, he will make his presence known and felt by those who have suffered such loss.” Donate online at donate.salvationarmyusa. org/southwest/Yarnell-Fire, or call 1-800-SALARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate “AZ Fires.” Mail checks to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 80066, Prescott, AZ 86304 (note “AZ Fires”).
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positive start to the school year,” said Major Ron Busroe, national community relations and development secretary for The Salvation Army. “This marks the fifth year that Target and The Salvation Army are working together to make sure thousands of students in need throughout the country are equipped with new back-to-school supplies.” All participants will be paired with a volunteer chaperone for their back-to-school shopping day. For more information, visit salvationarmyusa.org.
Andrew and Lt. Glenis Viera grab a new Spiderman backpack during last year’s Target School Spree. Photo courtesy of The Salvation Army Chattanooga
Delegates to WBC enjoy the grounds of the Salvation Army’s Pine Summit Christian Camp. Photo by Jeff Martin
Small group discussions followed each Bible study, giving delegates time to reflect and to pray for each other. “Reflecting on how God chose to lessen himself, becoming human, in order to reach out to me with his love has really challenged me to look at what comforts I would give up to show my love for him,” Lt. Kathleen Griffiths said. “I have to stop clinging to those comforts and cling to God, my comforter.” The youth at WBC had their own track, “Repurposed,” which examined leaders in the Bible, seeing how God transformed and used them to accomplish great things. “I have really enjoyed the morning devotions for the teens,” said Lanayah from Torrance, Calif., “especially getting to spend time afterwards working with my prayer partner and writing on the encouragement wall.” Big Bear Lake and the camp offered
opportunity demonstrates our ability to provide compassion and aid in more than one language.” Officers from the All Nations, Sunnyvale and Chinatown corps forged a vital communication link between Korean, Cantonese, and Mandarin-speaking passengers and English-speaking government and airline personnel–– translating the passengers’ needs to the officials as the processing of passengers continued into the early hours of the morning. A team of Salvation Army officers even went to St. Francis Memorial Hospital to translate for several injured Korean-speaking passengers. The Salvation Army has since set-up a special “clothing room” inside the Family Assistance Center, to allow Flight 214 passengers to hand select clothing items and basic essentials while they are housed in a Bay Area hotel. The room is stocked with brand-new shirts, slacks, sweaters, sweatshirts, socks and hygiene products. In addition, The Salvation Army has purchased undergarments to supply in the clothing room and has made arrangements to supply luggage for passengers to help manage their belongings. Toys and games are also available to youth to help ease the tension of this stressful situation. “New underwear, socks and hygiene kits are a luxury when you have lost everything,” said Claire Dunmore, program coordinator for The Salvation Army. “What a privilege to be able to provide such basic supplies and know that comfort and relief has been given to so many families and children. We hope some clean clothes and quiet place to rest will bring some comfort to these individuals who have had a very difficult 48 hours.” The Salvation Army has been providing care to Flight 214 passengers since the day of the crash and will continue to support this effort in close coordination with local, state and federal authorities to determine how to best meet the evolving needs of passengers and their families. For continued updates and more information from The Salvation Army, visit blog.salvationarmyusa.org.
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many activities for free time, including prayer ministries, arts and crafts and sports from paintball, to a rock wall and beach ball volleyball. Delegates also enjoyed the 4th of July fireworks over Big Bear Lake. “[I am] enjoying WBC,” Major Donna Jackson said. “Good preaching...excellent Bible study...being with friends and in the presence of God...priceless.” If you missed the experience, plan to attend next year’s WBC, scheduled for July 8-14 at Pine Summit Camp. “I simply don’t know how it could have been better,” Knaggs said. “Thank you, Lord, for visiting us, empowering us and teaching us. You are amazing.” Links to Hobgood’s messages and performances and to Munn’s Bible study series are available at onlinecorps.net. —Compiled by Karen Gleason
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Jesus, name above all names Lt. Colonel Shirley Morelock delivered the message below at a morning prayer meeting during the Western Bible Conference held recently at Big Bear Lake, Calif. Its theme is indeed “prayer power.” Jesus, name above all names Therefore, God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name (Phil. 2:9 Lt. Colonel NIV). What is God’s reason for exalting Jesus and giving him the name above all names? Scripture says it is so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father (Phil. 2:10-11). When we say the name of Jesus with reverence; when we speak it of the Son of God, our Lord and Savior, then it reverberates throughout the spiritual realm as “the name.” The forces of evil tremble and fall on their faces; the warriors of the Lord snap to attention; the angels are on alert. The cry goes out: “The name has been exalted. Someone spoke the name.” Heaven acts when God’s people speak the name. “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name,” said Jesus to his disciples in John 16:24. “Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” When we ask in his name, all the resources of heaven are ours to use in bringing glory to the Father. “I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John 14:13-14). Let us bow before him and exalt “the name.” Speak the name of Jesus reverently; let the Spirit lead you in honoring his name.
Blessed be the name of the Lord He is worthy to be praised and adored So we lift up holy hands in one accord Singing blessed be the name Blessed be the name Blessed be the name of the Lord. Prayer requests 1) Pray for a tide of revival to sweep across our corps, adult rehabilitation centers, our territory, our nation, The Salvation Army, and the Christian church worldwide. 2) Pray for divine wisdom and guidance for the High Council as it meets in July to elect our new General. 3) Pray for our nation that there will be a turning back to God, that the forces of good will victoriously combat the forces of evil that are so prevalent in our society. 4) Pray that every corps will become a “a house of prayer,” that prayer will become the top priority of corps ministry. 5) Pray for our youth that they will be challenged by the Holy Spirit to live clean, moral lives, and that they will have an urgency to share the good news of Jesus with their peers and family. 6) Pray for the sanctity of marriage and family, as God has ordained them to be. 7) Pray for our overseas officers and families as they serve the Lord in far off places, and often under very difficult circumstances. Glorify Thy Name Father, we love you, we worship and adore you. Glorify thy name in all the earth. Glorify thy name, glorify thy name, Glorify thy name in all the earth. Jesus, we love you Spirit, we love you. Prayer is essential to living a vibrant Christian life. There’s no magic formula; it’s not merely a “to-do” wishlist. It’s divine communion with the Almighty, requiring continual daily exercise. Let’s make today a day of prayer. Sometime, in every hour of the day, stop for a moment—offer a prayer to God. Then you will experience the power of believing prayer!
Dispensable We all want to feel needed—that we are important and that what we contribute is valued. It naturally feels good to us when people tell us we are special and that we make a contribution that no one else could make. It makes us feel validated, important and useful. It keeps us going and is a great motivator that somehow pushes us onward to accomplish even greater things. You may have heard of Maslow’s “hierarchy of needs.” In his 1943 paper, “A Theory of Human Motivation,” he lists the need for esteem as one of our five basic needs. He describes it as “self-esteem, confidence, respect of others, and respect by others.” As a reinforcement officer appointed as the training principal in the Philippines, I recently had the experience of walking away for two long months from all that made me “feel important.” As I prepared to leave for my furlough, I felt myself at first unconsciously, and then consciously, make a choice. I could either worry and fret about the details of my appointment in my absence and feed the illusion that I was indispensable, or I could let go—thus rendering myself dispensable. I chose dispensable. I consciously distanced myself while I was away. And I found that this decision accomplished several things. First, I was able to rest from the demands of the appointment. I was totally free from worry, and I absolutely took delight in having NO responsibility!
Second, it gave my staff an opportunity to develop and demonstrated my confidence in them. In other words, it “built them up.” That’s a biblical thing. I was not there to problem solve and come up with brilliant solutions. What do you Linda know? They even started a new session Manhardt without me, and it’s going fine. Third, it was an opportunity to comMajor pletely trust God. Fourth, it reminded me that my ministry is “not about me.” My responsibility is simply to be obedient to God and give in the way he has designed (or gifted) me to give. We are in this world, but not of this world. Therefore, our thinking and way of living in this world is different from non-believers. This need that Maslow describes as “esteem” can be found in total surrender to God, and living life in the center of his will. For the Christian, this is where true significance is found, not in the achievements and accomplishments that are recognized and valued by others. What freedom and joy is found in total surrender to God and becoming his “dispensable” servant.
Duck watching Cecil Frances Humphreys was born in Dublin in 1818 and died in 1895. She was involved in charities caring for the deaf and was an “indefatigable visitor of poor and sick.” But her most influential work has moved many hearts. She was a poet, writing numerous hymns for children, which Diane include the words of “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” “There is a Green Hill O’Brien Far Away” and “Once in Royal David’s Lt. Colonel City.” These are known by Christians the world over, as is her translation of “Saint Patrick’s Breastplate.” The first mentioned is one of my favorite hymns that I have sung since childhood. It’s in The Song Book of The Salvation Army, number 25, if you want to read it in its entirety. Many years ago I read a lovely collection of poems and stories called “I turn to ducks.” The title comes from a poem written by 2nd Lieutenant Frank W. Harvey, a British soldier during World War 1. The dedication line of this—his most well-known poem—reads thus: “To E.M., Who drew them in Holzminden Prison.” They shared a cell in that notorious WW1 Prisoner of War camp, and when Harvey was returned there after a spell of solitary confinement, over the head of his bed his cellmate had produced a chalk drawing of ducks on a pond. It lifted Harvey’s spirits and led to him writing his most famous poem, “Ducks.” This is the third stanza: When God had finished the stars and whirl of coloured suns He turned His mind from big things to fashion little ones; Beautiful tiny things (like daisies) He made, and then He made the comical ones in case the minds of men Should stiffen and become Dull, humourless and glum, And so forgetful of their Maker be As to take even themselves - quite seriously. Caterpillars and cats are lively and excellent puns: All God’s jokes are good - even the practical ones! And as for the duck, I think God must have smiled a bit Seeing those bright eyes blink on the day He fashioned it. And he’s probably laughing still at the sound that came out of its bill!
From the Board Side Carefully read was an article [New Frontier, vol. 31, no. 10] from longtime, influential National Board member and mentor Dick Hagerty addressing issues to other board members with direction he sees important for The Salvation Army (TSA), such as “thinking strategically,
In the last few weeks we have all experienced upheaval and change, even concern. And right now many corps are welcoming new officers, and officers’ children are looking for new friends. Finding my way around a new grocery store is stressful, let alone the challenge of a new city! However, I learned a great lesson from my officer parents, who endured many moves during their years of service. They would always marvel that in every place the Army assigned them, God provided them a place of beauty within minutes of their quarters, to rest and refresh their souls. In recent days of upheaval and change, my heart has been comforted by a vision of the beauty God gives us daily. I’ve been turning to ducks to lift my heart to God who has made all things well. I see a smiling God and I think I’ve heard his laughter, too. He will continue to bring peace and joy even if we walk through stormy times. As the song says: All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all. Each little flower that opens, Each little bird that sings, He made their glowing colors, He made their tiny wings: He gave us eyes to see them, And lips that we might tell How great is God Almighty, Who has made all things well: Or as it says in Lamentations 3:22-24 (NAS): The Lord’s loving kindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.” I pray that you may find the joy of God flooding your heart as you seek his presence in the miniature miracles of life.
and to foster efforts that do indeed bring hope and optimism to those who had seemed hopelessly down and out.” Yes, the Army does help the “poorest of people” and needs to “work towards real solutions!” Mostly Dick brings out the importance of the community leaders
on the advisory councils and boards to stay involved personally (and financially). Corps and anywhere a representative of TSA is give aid in all they can with the Word and intent of Christ’s teaching of love. Hap Wood Long Beach, CA LETTERS, page 11
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July 12, 2013 New Frontier
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I write this on the eve of our European vacation. Tomorrow morning we fly off to London, Spain, Sheringham and Scotland. It’s a lot of travel, but I love it! You see, I am a traveler by nature, especially overseas. And I can’t stay in one Ian place for any length of time. I am always Robinson looking for the next big adventure. My wife is my polar opposite. Isobel Major hates travel. In fact, this morning she said, “I wish we hadn’t decided to go on this trip!” She will be fine when we get there, but the journey doesn’t interest her at all. She gets no pleasure from it, whereas for me, the journey began weeks ago when we booked our flights. I anticipate every moment, including the drive to the airport, check-in (did it online actually), security, and waiting to board with a Starbucks latte in my hand. Then there is the flight itself and the arrival at the other end when we take the tube to our destination. I doubt if I will be able to sleep tonight! In what little spare time I have had lately, I have planned our time in London and Spain. I’ve booked train tickets to Sheringham and Scotland. By the way, those of you in the know might be surprised at our side trip to North Norfolk but Isobel is at peace with it and the friends we made during our short stay there have been begging us to come. I have checked and rechecked the weather, contacted family and friends and even decided which corps we’ll attend on the three Sundays we are there. Weird, isn’t it? Some of you will identify with me and some with Isobel. But we are on the greatest journey of all—the journey of life—and we should anticipate every moment of every day. The Apostle Paul writes, But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies, so that they will be like his glorious body (Phil. 3:2021 NIV). Now that’s a journey and a destination to anticipate! A new body with no faults, ailments or limitations. We will be like Jesus, and the Bible says those of us who live anticipating his coming will receive a special crown as well (2 Tim. 4:8). That’s something to look forward to, and I need to tell you that Isobel lives in expectation and anticipation of his coming every day. So, it doesn’t matter what the journey of life has thrown in your way. Whatever trials, illnesses, problems and hurdles you have had to overcome, or might still be going through, God has given you something marvelous, wonderful and amazing to look forward to. Anticipate the journey, plan for the days ahead, savor every moment until Jesus comes again. Life is a journey; long is the road, And when the noontide is high Souls that are weary faint ‘neath their load, Long for the waters, and cry: The well is deep and I require A draught of the water of life, But none can quench my soul’s desire For a draught of the water of life; Till one draws near who the cry will heed, Helper of men in their time of need, And I, believing, find indeed That Christ is the water of life. General Albert Orsborn (SASB 351) CELEBRATING OUR 30th YEAR
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Developing character In your ongoing thoughts about death—those once-inawhile contemplations about a time of life we only experience vicariously through the death of meaningful people—we need to enjoy the lessons taught by those admired who have already gone through that transition. I’ve been thinking much about my father who died 50 years ago this year. He modeled so much significance, love, creativity and character. My dad often reminded my twin brother and me “to have good, strong, consistent character.” He rarely amplified the meaning or spoke in specifics about this wish for us. He didn’t define or explain it. He was helping us become both autonomous and authentic, and was using an altogether different method than words. (Words in italic indicate my idea about the ingredients of character.) For a while, I equated good character with my willingness to obey “Do Not Walk on the Grass” signs. He never imposed himself on us, but he joined us in our enterprises and often taught us with general principles instead of specific rules of behavior. It was during the ‘30s, the pre-war depression years. One birthday my brother and I wanted bikes. Maybe we were 10 or so. Our dad went down to the “Industrial,” otherwise known as “the Dusty,” and bought two very used bikes. One of them had a gear setting that made it almost impossible to peddle. Somehow, he must have believed that my brother had the stronger legs, so he got this one. This assignment was fine with me. I got the other one. The tires on both held air, and we were mobile. Being prudent, he gave us certain parameters as to where and when to ride them, and if not obeyed, the bikes would be grounded. Good character, I learned, had something to do with voluntary obedience. He rarely defined terms and almost never used any kind of a lesson or lecture. He lived his values and acted on them. He understood the importance of emotions and which ones to quell and which to act on. He was born in 1899, on the cusp of the 20th century, in Helena, Mont., in a Salvation Army home for unwed mothers, and raised a Catholic by a single mother and her caring sister. He never knew his dad. He left Catholicism for reasons unclear to me and found The Salvation Army. I’m glad. I’m also unclear about the extent of his formal education, but while still 16, he went to training in Chicago and became a Salvation Army officer. Over time, I discovered that “parental trust” produces “child trustworthiness”; that I had the capability within me to be empathic, but that I was responsible for developing it; that we learn true virtue through consistent, loving parental
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Words to new Lieutenants I appreciate your message [Bob Docter] to the new lieutenants at their appointment service. I was impressed and thankful that they chose a lay person, like you, to give the message. [Read the message, “An open letter to the Proclaimers of the Resurrection” in New Frontier, vol. 31, no. 10.] You certainly gave the right message, which I believe the Lord inspired you to. The points you brought up to challenge them to remember and to do, I am praying took hold within their hearts and that they will put these into practice. I believe they will. Thank you for all that you do for the Lord and the Army. I always enjoy
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modeling not by lessons directed at our brains; that values need consistency and visibility in behavior. I learned about grace through his forgiving nature as my dad spoke with me concerning rights and wrongs, appropriate and inappropriate behavior in the quiet of a bedroom where my mother Robert had sent me at age 9 to have corporal Docter punishment administered by my father. Editor-In-Chief My mom had told me that my father would deal with me, and he did. When he arrived home, he explained, cautioned and caused me to want to correct the choices I had made that day. Then, taking off his belt, he said something like: “Okay, your mother expects a spanking, so bend over my knee.” I did as directed, and he brought the belt down viciously on his other leg and said: “Now cry and yell.” Again, I did as directed. Going out to the kitchen, my mother said, with a knowing smile, “I hope that helped you.” There was a lesson in justice here as well. The punishment fit the dimensions of the wrong and dealt with it in a responsible manner. He was a man who communicated the kind of strength that brings calm to difficult situations; that sought the best option in emergency situations; that prompted people to trust him. He always thought “big.” He didn’t always get along with superiors. I think he had a difficult time with status quo non-risk takers. He resonated to change agents with creativity. Wherever he was stationed he had programs on the radio and strong connections with the press. Nothing describes my dad’s character better than his compassionate commitment to otherness—to caring about those less fortunate than himself. He was clearly captivated by the mission of the Army and its dedication to the poor. His commitment to this segment of society was both vigorous and passionate. This focus has passed firmly into his succeeding generations. There was a strong compassion about him, especially for those who had fallen hard in the ‘30’s great depression. In 1945 the war evidenced imminent cessation of hostilities. My brother and I had one more year of high school. We moved to Los Angeles and attended the Citadel Corps that has since turned into three different “Tabernacles.” We each married the beauty we live with today and produced an abundance of children. We each remain active, moving forward with life, autonomous with personal choices, but very similar in relation to matters of character.
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The Salvation Army hasn’t gone into Slovakia yet, that I know of. I have traveled to Czechoslovakia twice, but haven’t been to the Czech Republic yet. I’m sure the Armada Spasy and its members would like to be located correctly by our popular New Frontier. Everyone would like to follow the progress in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Margaret Songer Napa, CA New Frontier apologizes for the error, and thanks you for bringing it to our attention.
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