A publication of The Salvation Army USA Southern Territory Volume 27, No. 8 May 21, 2010
Finding higher ground
Men of Nashville ARC rescued after floods engulf center By Jonathan Haskell
SPECIAL TO THE SOUTHERN SPIRIT
s the historic flood waters began to rise in downtown Nashville, Tenn., a group of anxious men weighed their options from a staircase overlooking the parking lot of the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. “We didn’t think it was that serious until we saw this wall of water rushing down the street,” said JaRon Britton, one of the program’s participants. “We kept saying that we’d leave when the water reached the railing or when it reached the door, but we really thought it would stop.” As the hours passed, the water continued to rise and the electricity began to go in and out in the building. It became apparent to the men that a decision had to be made. They stuffed their valuables into garbage bags and formulated a plan to lock arms and try to swim out together. “I knew that water was over my head,” said Britton. “I thought I was going to die Sunday night.” Just then a boat appeared in the street. Rescue workers ferried the men in groups to higher ground.
Captain August Pillsbury, Nashville ARC administrator, thanks the ARC staff for their ministry during the evacuation of 43 men in the program. The men were relocated to the Memphis ARC to continue their rehabilitation. The men gathered Wednesday evening for their Since then, the men have been housed at The last meal together before their departure on Thursday Salvation Army’s Magness-Potter Community Center in another part of the city. Remarkably, over half of the morning. It was a sad occasion, as many were men have agreed to a transfer to The Salvation Army’s saying goodbye, but it was also a celebration of their friendships, their rescue and their hope for a new Adult Rehabilitation Center in Memphis to continue future. their recovery. “They can move me to Chattanooga, Knoxville, “It’s a historic event for us and it’s a miracle,” said Memphis, wherever,” said Britton. “God has given Captain August Pillsbury, administrator of the Nashville me a second chance and I’m going to continue what I ARC. “It’s a miracle that everyone got out alive and it’s a miracle that so many of them are willing to do whatever it takes to complete their program.” Please see NASHVILLE ARC, page 7
All eyes will be on a worldwide Salvation Army s By Major Frank Duracher SOUTHERN SPIRIT STAFF
aturday, midway through this year’s Commissioning Weekend (June 4-6), will be a day of spectacular celebration of the worldwide Salvation Army family, the partnerships developed through the Partners In Mission program, and the call of Jesus to “go into all the world and preach the gospel.” “There will be three general sessions on Saturday – two in the
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morning and one that evening,” Mungate (Democratic Republic of said Lt. Colonel Eddie Hobgood, Congo) and Colonel Oscar Sanchez territorial secretary for program. (Latin America North). “Our theme will be ‘The World To On Saturday afternoon, the Christ We Bring … With Fervent Intercultural Department will host Prayer; With Joyful Song; and, With the World’s Fair. Every division One Accord.’” and command will be represented The meetings will feature the by booths that relate the work ministry of the Southern Territorial alongside their Partners In Mission. Band, Songsters and Creative Sally Ann, child sponsorship, Arts Group. Speakers will be: Salvationist Service Corps and Commissioner Hezekiel Anzeze (Kenya East), Commissioner Hope Please see ALL, page 2
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Lesson from a GPS
Do you need a miracle? Consider the Global Positioning System (GPS), now standard equipment in most cars. My GPS can do so much, though it is just a bit larger than a cassette tape. Sure, it can pinpoint my location with laser precision and direct me safely home. It even talks to me. But it’s the languages. Ah, those languages – that’s what fascinates me! The most incredible thing, for me, crammed into this little package, is the ability it possesses to speak to me in many languages. That’s something that heretofore was considered a miracle. On Pentecost Sunday, as recorded in Acts
2, the Holy Spirit filled a few hundred disciples in the Upper Room. The evidence was twofold: sight and sound. Cloven tongues of fire appeared above each head: visual proof for those inside. Praying aloud in unfamiliar foreign languages: that’s audio proof for the masses passing by outside. Luke explains the miracle, When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language (v.6 NIV). What we often think of as being a miracle is really standard to God. We now know it is possible for man to build a tiny box that speaks in any language on the globe. So why is it so hard to believe that God did what he did on Pentecost?
Hope MA JOR FRANK DURACHER The lesson, then, is, if you provide the faith, Christ will provide the power. Perhaps what you need isn’t a miracle, after all. Maybe all you need is for God to do something in your life that, in reality, he can do anywhere, anytime.
Promoted to Glory In the words of
Brengle Jesus was not a whisperer
Jesus was not a whisperer. No one ever saw him close to his friend’s ear, looking stealthily around in case someone should overhear what he was going to say. He stood up, looked men in the eye and spoke frankly. When he did speak privately to his disciples, he told them to shout it from the housetops. “Truth fears nothing but concealment,” said an old Church Father, and Jesus spoke only the truth. “For this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth” (John 18:37). People who speak in secret what they are afraid to speak openly, wrong their own souls and weaken their own character, while those who listen are filled with suspicions and dislikes. Gossip, criticism, slander all quench the spirit of prayer and faith in God. Faith can flourish only in an atmosphere of frankness, kindness and good will. Don’t let yourself be a whisperer.
The Salvation Army observes this year the 150th anniversary of the birth of Commissioner Samuel L. Brengle, who was born June 1, 1860, and became a voice for the importance of sanctification in the life of the believer.
Major Laura Newsham
Major Laura Newsham was promoted to Glory April 18, 2010, from Snellville, Ga. The funeral service was held in Orlando, Fla., with Major Andrew Kelly, area commander, leading the service and Commissioner Harold Hinson speaking. Interment was at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Gotha, Fla., with Major Kelly and Commissioners Raymond and Merlyn Cooper participating. Laura Burnette Newsham was born June 3, 1914, in Camden, N.J. In 1932 the family moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., where Laura was enrolled as a senior soldier by Commissioner Samuel Logan Brengle in 1933. Very sensitive to the leading of God in her life, Laura received her call to officership at a youth councils and she entered training in Atlanta as a member of the Steadfast session. She was commissioned April 27, 1942. She served her whole career in the Women’s Social Services Department. Her responsibilities included
Letters I am the child in the photo that ran with the feature on “In the Words of Brengle” in the April 19 Southern Spirit. My parents were young officers serving as DYS in New York at the time. The Brengles and the Marshalls (a prominent Army family) were good friends. My mother was Marion Marshall
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and married Staff-Captain Fred O’Neil. My parents ran Star Lake Camp in the early years and during a visit of the Brengles one time, this photo was taken. I was born in August 1927 and was probably around 2 years old at the time this photo was taken. That’s the “rest of the story.”
All eyes will be on Army’s world ministry Continued from page 1 missions will also be featured. “Marty Mikles has taken ‘The World To Christ We Bring’ and given it a new tune, which we will sing in all three (Saturday) sessions,” Lt. Colonel Hobgood said. “The cadets’ spring mission trip to Mexico City will be prominently featured in Session Two, along with a fresh new arrangement of ‘The World For God’ that is being put together just for this event. A masssongster group will sing the Latin-flavored ‘We Crown You With Praise.’” Saturday night’s session will feature an opening extravaganza that Lt. Colonel Hobgood labels, “Avatar Meets the Lion King.” It’s a celebration of God’s creation using the wonderful songs, “All Creatures Of
those of home supervisor, group leader, program director, and office manager in Tulsa, Okla.; Tampa, Fla.; Durham, N.C.; and Birmingham, Ala., Home and Hospitals; and at the Baltimore Day Care Center. She became administrator of the Tampa, Durham and Tulsa Home and Hospitals. She entered honored retirement Sept. 8, 1974, after 32 years in active officership. She served on several conferences, commissions and planning councils. She also graduated from a year-long hospital administrators management improvement program under the direction of Duke Hospital. In retirement she lived in Atlanta before moving to Orlando, making her home in Booth Towers. She was very active at the corps and at Booth Towers. Her last two years were spent in Lawrenceville, Ga., where she attended the corps whenever possible and took an active part with the residents and staff of Courtyard Gardens, where she lived. She will always be remembered for her sweet, unassuming spirit, her lovely smile and her service to others no matter the location. She is survived by several nieces and nephews, her Army family and friends, including her dear friends and caregivers, A/Captains Alfreda and Sherwood Tidman.
Our God and King” and “O Sifuni Mungu,” he said. “‘The World To Christ We Bring’” will be a wonderful celebration of the mission that has been the Army’s from the very beginning,” he added. “Those early Salvationists never doubted for a moment that the world could be won to Christ, and our songbooks and early writings are replete with that theme!” Friday and Sunday activities will spotlight the training culmination for the Prayer Warriors session of cadets. The commencement service is Friday, June 4, at the Evangeline Booth College. The Cobb Energy Center will be the venue for Saturday’s meetings and the commissioning and ordination service on Sunday morning.
We are retired now, living in Clearwater, Fla. Mrs. Colonel Walter (Margaret) French
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Among the stuff
My first few months in this new appointment have provided quite a learning experience. Having served nine years before in the business section at THQ, I thought I would have an advantage in grasping this new perspective. However, the business section covers a broad gamut of responsibility and is quite varied. Each day I churn out information and process work, yet it seems to be gaining on me. No sooner do I have a moment of satisfaction that I may be catching up than someone places another stack on my desk. I am sure many others feel the same way when inundated with the routine or surrounded by the minutia. There is the tendency to feel like Saul prior to his inauguration as the first king of Israel. In reading through 1 Samuel I stumbled upon a word in the King James Version that I just didn’t expect to see in this old English poetic style of writing. It says that Saul didn’t show up for his inauguration because “…he has hidden himself among the stuff.” One translation now refers to it as baggage, to which we can also relate, and another calls it equipment. I tend to like the translation “stuff.” Most people will have moments when they feel as though they are lost among the stuff. We can often become frustrated in ministry when we
Prayer Warriors appointments Cadets Aaron & Rebekah Abram – Baltimore (Temple), Md. – Corps officers Cadets Tewodros Beshah & Ariam Kidane – St. Petersburg (Downtown), Fla. – Corps officers Cadet Kellie Cantrell – Waycross, Ga. – Corps officer Cadets Carlos & Valentina Cantu – Atlanta (Peachcrest), Ga. – Corps officers Cadets Joe & Monica Contreras – Bryan, Texas – Corps officers Cadet Stephen Correira – Fort Worth (Lancaster Avenue), Texas – Corps officer Cadets Ben & Wendy Deuel – New Orleans, La. Metropolitan Area Command assistants to the area commander Cadet Dee Jay Fox – Atlanta, Ga. Kroc Center – Assistant corps officer Cadet Jana Griffin – Beaumont, Texas – Assistant corps officer Cadet Jessie Harding – Salisbury, Md. – Assistant corps officer Cadet Dennis Hayes – Mobile (Northside), Ala. – Corps officer Cadets E. Scott & Andrea Hoover – Stuart, Fla. – Corps officers Cadet William Patrick Jones – Dallas (Temple), Texas – Corps officer Cadets Kevin & Wendy Jo Justice – Smithfield, N.C. – Corps officers Cadet Derrick McKeller – North Little Rock, Ark. – Corps officer Cadet Carl Melton – Owensboro, Ky. – Corps officer Cadets Joshua & Chastina Morse – Columbia (Midlands), S.C. – Corps officers Cadet Arthur Brian Mott – Lubbock, Texas – Associate Corps officer Cadet Jason Perdieu – Washington (Sherman Ave.), D.C. – Corps officer Cadets Alvaro & Danitza Porras – Winchester, Va. – Corps officers Cadets Pradeep & Priscilla Ramaji – Front Royal, Va. – Corps officers Cadets Joshua & Ashley Robinett – Russellville, Ark. – Corps officers Cadets Israel & Claudia Roseno – Springdale, Ark. – Corps officers Cadet Joseph Ryerson – El Paso (Citadel), Texas – Corps officer Cadets Jimmy & Sarah Steele – Portsmouth, Va. – Corps officers Cadet Ashley Taylor – Greenville, S.C. – Corps officer Cadets Luis & Selena Valdes – El Paso (Temple), TX – Corps officers Cadet Armandina Watson – Mobile (Northside), Ala. – Corps officer
feel we are being pulled farther and farther away by the demands of the “business.” But I also noted about Saul’s situation that the text says, “He has hidden himself among the stuff.” Some commentators differ as to whether this was an act of humility in becoming king or a hesitancy from the responsibility. Either way, it seems Saul found it more comfortable among the stuff than out in front of the people. It is one of the dangers in ministry that the stuff can sometimes become an excuse. We can choose to hide ourselves among the stuff because that is easier than dealing with the tougher issues of leading people. Responsibility for people can be a scary thing and takes us out of our comfort level. Leading people in evangelism takes courage. The thought of personal encounter for Christ can terrify us, if not paralyze us. The stuff can look pretty safe to us from that perspective. With just a quick reference to the other translations, we can also be hampered in ministry by the baggage. All of us probably carry some type of baggage, but we don’t have to remain hidden in it. We can’t minister effectively, or lead our families effectively, or have impact in our communities if we are constantly carrying unwanted baggage. We can see that God did not intend for Saul to remain behind
the baggage, but that he had a significant future for him. Another translation uses the word equipment. This could be the devil’s best tool today. We are caught up in gadgets and technology. Is technology a tool or a distraction from ministry? Instead of being out in front of the people do we find it more comfortable to hide behind the equipment? When Saul came out from behind the stuff he later rallied the people to defeat the enemies of Israel. He took responsibility for the main thing and moved the people forward. Those in ministry will always have the challenge of dealing with the stuff without losing sight of the primary mission. But we must also be sure that the stuff hasn’t become our preference. I learned many years ago that if our priorities are in order, God will help us deal with the stuff and reward our ministry.
Prayer Warriors receive their orders The appointment service for the cadets of the Prayer Warriors session only served to excite even more the Southern Territory’s soon-to-be newest Salvation Army officers. Anxious to take to the field, all 44 members know their first appointment will serve as the stage for a lifetime of ministry, now that the training process is finally over. “As Prayer Warriors, prayer will be primary,” exclaimed Cadet Stephen Correira, session representative speaker. “We will pray over our corps, our community and our people. We will pray for the mission of The Salvation Army, for its officers, local leaders, employees, donors and volunteers. We will petition God to breathe life into all programming and to guide our partnerships and decision-making. We will ask God to show us what he is already doing and then we will join him.” Correira told his audience that prayer will be his session’s mightiest weapon: “We are primed by God, prepared through training and poised for battle.” Commissioner Max Feener presented a challenge to the Prayer Warriors before ending the suspense by revealing their first appointments. Drawing his text from John 15, Commissioner Feener spoke on the dynamic relationship and available power we can have with God the
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Cadets Carlos and Valentina Cantu learn the long-awaited word of where their service as Salvation Army officers will begin. Father through Jesus, his Son. “Jesus tells us: ‘Remain in Me; to stay connected with God. Remain in the Word; to stay strong. Go bear fruit; to prove that you are disciples,’” Commissioner Feener preached. This year’s appointment service was historic for another reason: the dispatch of three Prayer Warriors to serve in the two corps located in El Paso, Texas. The Salvation Army has been operating in that west Texas town since 1898 – even long before its parent-USA Western
Territory came into existence. This summer El Paso will come into the fold of the USA Southern Territory (more on this story to appear in a future issue of the Southern Spirit). “You are going where no Southern officer has gone before,” Commissioner Feener told Cadet Paul Ryerson upon giving him the appointment to El Paso Citadel. Moments later the territorial commander revealed to Cadets Luis and Selena Valdes that they were going to El Paso Temple.
General Clifton installs new Chief of the Staff Faith in God and love for others were the dominant themes running through the welcome meeting to Commissioners Barry (Chief of the Staff) and Sue Swanson (World Secretary for Women’s Ministries) at The Salvation Army’s International Headquarters in London. The welcome and installation came days after a colorful, vibrant, emotional and dignified retirement salute to Commissioner Robin Dunster, The Salvation Army’s first woman Chief of the Staff. General Clifton said he was conducting the retirement of a close colleague in Christ and a much valued prayer partner. When welcoming the Army’s new second-in-command,
world leader General Shaw Clifton said that Commissioner Swanson “takes up office as the 23rd Chief of the Staff and as the third American officer to be appointed to the role, the others being Commissioner John J. Allen (1946-1953) and Commissioner Israel Gaither (2002-2006).” General Clifton thanked God for the provision of the new Chief, and said he is an officer who has proved he is able to assume heavy leadership roles amid the challenges of today’s world. The Chief emphasized that one of his roles is to keep stimulating action-based faith “done in love – the sincere, real, pure and passionate love that comes from the Lord.” Major Laurie Robertson
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Alabama-Louisiana-Mississippi A thunderous sound boomed from Talladega, Ala., but it did not come from the big NASCAR track nearby. Young people of ALM were creating a Disturbance at the 2010 divisional youth councils under the leadership of Majors Chuck and Julie Whiten and Lt. Robin Parker at Shocco Springs. The Disturbance began with a kaleidoscope of colorful cartoon characters coming to life and beacons signaling Spotlight on Youth awards. Joe the Turk even appeared to exhort the delegates to create a Disturbance where they are. Saturday included more Spotlights on Youth as well as recognition to achievement in youth ministry, Sunday school and Corps Cadets. Missi Hale and B. Reith provided musical entertainment and inspiration Saturday evening, and in the Sunday morning service, Lt. Colonel Edward Hobgood, territorial program secretary, challenged the youth to look to Jesus’ example to create the ultimate Disturbance. Arkansas-Oklahoma Special guests Major Ken Luyk, Major Willis Howell and Major Kelly Igleheart played a game of Minute to Win It at the opening session of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Youth Councils, held at Camp Heart O’ Hills. Majors Kelly and Donna Igleheart spoke about “Disturbing the Peace.” They asked delegates, “What is Jesus to you? Is he the little baby in a manager, the man who performed miracles or the one who is our strength and support?” An awards breakfast Saturday morning showcased one of the division’s newest awards – Creative Youth Ministry – which recognized four different corps with youth leaders who are thinking outside the box: Broken Arrow, Okla.; and Pine Bluff, Springdale and El Dorado, Ark. The remainder of Saturday included breakout sessions, Corps Cadet graduation, afternoon fun and Crossroads – a touring experience that taught delegates about the importance of their choices. Sunday a collection of over $4,000 was received for the first sex trafficking victims safe house in Oklahoma. Major Willis Howell talked about the spiritual DNA of the early Army. Florida More than 650 young people of the division gathered in Orlando to discover the amazing things God had in store for them that weekend. They didn’t have to wait long. Duffy Robbins, the noted Christian youth minster and speaker, blended humor and spiritual truth that provoked thought and challenged delegates’ perceptions of their lives. Among Saturday’s festivities was an awards banquet that recognized growth, innovation and achievement around the division in Sunday school, overall youth ministry and Corps Cadets. One of the weekend’s highlights was a visit from Vicki Poff, who along with her husband, Bob, directs the Salvation Army Children’s Home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She shared a powerful testimony about their experiences during the earthquake, and a collection benefitting the relief effort was taken afterward. Captain John Murphy, divisional youth secretary, followed with the challenging question: “What will you do in your world?” In Sunday morning’s service, many of the young people came forward to the altar in response after Lt. Colonel Vern Jewett’s challenging message. Georgia Spring was in the air in Georgia, and the beautiful setting of the Mariott in Alpharetta
was in for a Disturbance that only the 400 delegates to the Georgia Division Youth Councils could create. They were about to let go and let God do something amazing in their lives. Steve Fitzhugh, the special guest, demonstrated his rare gift for engaging people throughout the weekend. The treats for the delegates were many, including DYS Captain Gary Sturdivant singing, “Get Your Sallie On,” the Atlanta Kroc Center delegates performing the dance “Disturbia,” the spectacular talent of the Atlanta Peachcrest Drama and Dance Team, the testimony of Cadet Israel Roseno and Joe the Turk, aka Lt. Colonel Eddie Hobgood, creating his own disturbance. Majors Bill and Debra Mockabee presented awards for achievement in Sunday school, Corps Cadets and youth ministries, and Damien Horne hosted the Saturday night extravaganza that included comedian Coy Lasone. After an awards ceremony and a challenge from Lt. Colonel Kathy Hobgood on Sunday morning, Fitzhugh brought the message that related the urgency for young people to make a decision to turn their lives over to Christ rather than live in sin. Many delegates came forward in response, and over 70 acknowledged that they are experiencing the call to dedicate their lives to God through Salvation Army officership. Kentucky-Tennessee When strong winds ripped through Gatlinburg, Tenn., a large tree was uprooted and fell on power lines, and the Park Vista Hotel lost its electrical power. Young people of the KentuckyTennessee Division had gathered at the hotel for youth councils, but the staff and delegates hardly missed a beat. By the time power was restored, some of the delegates wondered if the blackout had perhaps been part of the plan all along. Friday evening’s program was incorporated seamlessly into Saturday morning’s as special guests Lt. Colonels Charles and Shirley White, Majors Kelly and Donna Igleheart, Major Susan Brown, Captain Marion Platt and Damien Horne were introduced. Eddy Eckert, who will be leading a Salvationist Service Corps team to the Ukraine this summer, related his experiences during an SSC trip to Haiti earlier this year. The Iglehearts brought Sunday morning’s message, “Disturbing the Peace,” which illustrated how Jesus’ ministry shook the world. Maryland-West Virginia More than 300 youth council delegates gathered in Morgantown, W.Va., for a God-honoring and fun-filled weekend in the MarylandWest Virginia Division. The opening session was called “The Disturbing Upside-Down Session,” which began with the benediction and ended with the welcome, opening prayer and announcements. One Saturday session was a Q&A with Commissioners Max and Lennie Feener. Most questions were on abortion, drinking and drugs and the importance of listening for God’s call in your life. “A Holy Disturbance,” a musical drama, was presented on Saturday evening. It was the story of three people: John the Baptist, the Apostle Paul, and the woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears. The moving presentations caused the altar to be lined with seekers. Commissioner Max Feener’s Sunday morning message confronted the youth with the truth that “God can’t work within unclean vessels.” His simple but significant direction led many who again came to the altar to realize that all spiritual renewal begins with repentance.
National Capital-Virginia Chesapeake Bay, Va., was the venue for 500-plus youth councils delegates in the National Capital and Virginia Division. The song, “God of the City” became the theme for the weekend. Samuel Logan Brengle, portrayed by John Quinn, spoke to the youth about “disturbances” he caused and witnessed in his life. Delegates were also blessed by “Gospel Shots” throughout the meeting – testimonies of people who attended the 2010 Urbana Conference and experienced a “disturbance” in their lives. Twenty breakout sessions were held on Saturday morning. These classes included: Spoken Word, Sexual Revolution, Additions and Learning to Lead. Saturday evening’s program was a “Ministry Extravaganza” – 30 acts that blessed the congregation with dancing, singing, hip hop, jazz and rap. Sunday morning’s worship service began with the ministry of the Transformed Reconcilers Brigade from the Evangeline Booth College. Majors Kelly and Donna Igleheart brought a tag-team sermon of Jesus’ life and His call to “Come and follow Me.” North-South Carolina More than 640 delegates joined Majors Dalton and Casey Cunningham, divisional leaders, and Captains Terry and Sharon Ray and Captain Jason Swain, divisional youth leaders, in creating a Disturbance of unbelievable proportions at the North-South Carolina Youth Councils 2010. The usually peaceful surroundings at Heritage International Ministries underwent a transformation beginning Friday when the frenzy of arrivals began. Friday’s welcome program included a blackout, but the introductions continued on and power was restored. Awards were given out, and the keynote message was based on 1 Kings 19. Major Dalton Cunningham reminded delegates that others’ influence is powerful: “Just because a crowd agrees about something doesn’t make it right.” Saturday included breakout sessions and special guest Christian Chapman, who spoke about “The Fire of the Anointed Church.” The afternoon included time at Carowinds Amusement Park, and Saturday night Christian Chapman spoke about conquering fear. Sunday included graduate honors, another powerful message by Chapman and a tremendous response to the call for officership. Texas Texas youth met at Camp Hoblitzelle for that division’s councils, featuring guests Commissioners Max and Lennie Feener, Major Susan Brown and Captain Joy Robbins. The first session marked the presentation of “HERO—The Rock Opera.” This moving drama asked the poignant scenario: What if Jesus were born in Bethlehem, Penn., and much of his disturbing ministry conducted in New York City? This powerful story caused the congregation to be totally absorbed in the ministry of the gospel. Saturday afternoon’s breakout sessions helped Texas youth to prepare themselves with the tools to be a disturbance for Christ. Commissioner Max Feener preached on Luke 9:23 on Sunday morning, asking the delegates if they were ready to be the “spark” that the Holy Spirit wants them to be. He told them that they should never fear losing their life for Christ; but should instead be concerned with wasting their life not doing what He’s called them to do.
NEW APPOINTMENTS Effective June 23, 2010, except where otherwise indicated:
Major Otis Childs Evangelism & Adult Ministries Secretary; Major Vivian Childs Intercultural Ministries Director/ Evangelism & Adult Ministries Associate Secretary Captain Mee Sook Chang Intercultural Ministries Korean Consultant (Added Responsibility) Captain Juan Guadalupe Intercultural Ministries Hispanic Consultant (Added Responsibility) Captains Bobby & Anne Westmoreland Pro-Tem (Overseas)
Evangeline Booth College
Majors Richard & Stefanie Hathorn Spiritual Formation Coordinators (Added Responsibility) Captain Deanna Gilliam Director of Family Life Center Captain Paul Gilliam Property/Home Department Assistant Director Captain Juan Guadalupe Property/Home Department Director Captain Syung Young Lee Director of Finance
Adult Rehabilitation Centers
Lt. Colonels Larry & Shirley White Retirement – 9/1/10 Major Dawn McFarland Tampa, FL Director of Special Services Major Paul McFarland Tampa, FL Administrator Major Donald Smith Washington, DC & Suburban MD Administrator Major Donna Smith Washington, DC & Suburban MD Director of Special Services Majors James & Rebecca Smith Retirement – 7/1/10 Major W. Ernest Steadham Jacksonville, FL Administrator Major Linda White New Orleans, LA Director of Special Services Major Paul White New Orleans, LA Administrator Captain Gregory W. Davis Oklahoma City, OK Administrator Captain Tammy Davis Oklahoma City, OK Director of Special Services Captain Danny Matthews Birmingham, AL Administrator Captain Mary Matthews Birmingham, AL Director of Special Services Captain K. Darlene Steadham Jacksonville, FL Director of Special Services Captain W. Gary Wilson Fla. Suncoast Area Administrator Captain Elizabeth H. Wilson Fla. Suncoast Area Dir. of Special Services Captain LaNelle Winters Orlando, FL Director of Special Services Captain Mark Winters Orlando, FL Administrator Mr. Shelton Feener Nashville, TN Administrator Mr. Guy Nickum, Sr. Richmond, VA Administrator
Majors David & Karen Craddock Lake Charles, LA Major Osborne Mills Greenville, MS Captains Thomas & Tammy Broome, Jr. Bessemer, AL Captains William & Janice Criss Dothan, AL Captain Eunice Harwell Women’s Outreach Ministries Secretary/ Social & Ethical Ministries Director Captain Harvey Harwell II Divisional Secretary for Business
Captains H. Augustus & Melissa Pillsbury Lafayette, LA Captain Deborah Rickard Secretary of Women’s Ministries Captain James Rickard Divisional Secretary for Program Captains David & Bobbie Sams Decatur, AL A/Captain Mary Mills Greenville, MS
Majors Jeffrey & Linda Daniel Ardmore, OK Majors Ronald & Rebecca Mott Hot Springs, OK Majors Johnny & Kathy Poff Mountain Home, AR Major James & April Taylor Central Arkansas Area Commander & Women’s Ministries Coordinator Captain John & Major Geraldine Dancer Enid, OK Captains Ernest & Debra Hull Lawton, OK Captains Michael & Patrishia Knott Oklahoma City Citadel Captains Alejandro & Laura Pedraza Altus, OK
Major Annette Dodd Divisional Secretary for Personnel Major David Erickson Divisional Secretary for Program Major Jean Erickson Assistant Women’s Ministries Secretary/ Women’s Outreach Ministries Secretary Majors Austruberto & Debra Flores Daytona Beach Majors Gene & Rebecca Hogg Fort Lauderdale Area Commander & Women’s Ministries Coordinator & Corps Officer Major Mary Holmes Community Care Ministries Secretary/Older Adult Ministries Secretary/Social & Ethical Ministries Director Majors Thomas & Julie Louden Fort Myers Majors George & Holly Patterson Ocala Majors Bruce & Vicki Stefanik Sebring Majors Francisco & Carolyn Zuniga West Volusia County Captain Priscilla Calderon Camp Keystone – Pro-Tem Captain Alejandro & Nelinda Castillo Port Richey (West Pasco) Captain Norma Corpus Miami Area Command Associate Officer Captains Tim & Cheryl Gilliam St. Petersburg Area Commander/Women’s Ministries Coordinator/ Corps Officer Captains Guillermo & Esperanza Ortiz Naples (Associate Corps Officers) Captains Enrique & Karla Perez Winter Haven Captain Joy Robbins Ft. Myers (Assistant Corps Officer) Captains Pierre & Louna Smith Naples Area Coordinater/Women’s Ministries Coordinator & Corps Officer Captain Philip Swyers, Jr. Divisional Secretary for Business Captains Luis & Luz Viera DHQ Pro-tem (Overseas) A/Captains Domingo & Delores Casillas DHQ Pro-tem (Retirement – 11/1/10) A/Captain Teresa Della Monica Tampa - Student Residence Manager A/Captains Manuel & Ibis Santana Miami Citadel Jim & Jennifer Spencer St. Augustine - In Charge Roger & Yvonne Windell Pensacola - In Charge
Captains Cameron & Paula Henderson Lawrenceville
Captain Ray Jackson Marietta (Assistant Corps Officer) Captain Wilma Mason Augusta - Associate Kroc Center Administrator Captain Sandra Pawar Atlanta Kroc Center Captains Eugene & Pamela Perry Warner Robins Captain Marion & Everette Platt, III Savannah Lieutenants J. Matthew & Danielle Cunningham Gainesville Lieutenants Jonathan & Anita Howell Thomasville Lieutenant Monica Seiler Atlanta Temple (Assistant Corps Officers) Lieutenants E. Lee & Michelle Wilson, Jr. Augusta
Major Melissa Anderson Community Care Ministries Secretary/ Older Adult Ministries Secretary Majors Jimmy & Janice Bovender Retirement – 7/1/10 Major James & Aminta Edmonds Louisville, KY Portland Captain Lisa Booth DHQ Pro-tem Captain E. Jayne Brewster Johnson City, TN (Assistant Corps Officer) Captain Jennifer LeBeau Owensboro, KY (To be married – Cadet Carl Melton) Captain William McKinley, II Divisional Financial Secretary Captains Adrian & Karen Twinney Middlesboro, KY A/Captains Mark & Sally Love Richmond, KY
Majors David & Susan Dewan Baltimore, MD Hampden Major Susan Dewan Baltimore Assistant Area Commander Majors Kenneth & Connie Morris Salisbury, MD Captains D. Brooks & Lori Gilliam Cambridge, MD Captain Henry Morris, III Divisional Youth Secretary Captain Benita Morris Divisional Corps Cadet Counselor Captains Stephen & Sandra Story Martinsburg, WV Captains Melvin & Dianne Welch Cumberland, MD Lieutenant Sarah Birks St. Albans, WV
Majors Earl & Janice Fitzgerald Fairfax, VA Major Elda Flores Loudoun County, VA Majors Sammy & Mary Kay Hearne Staunton, VA Majors Allen & Melinda Johnson Charlottesville, VA Majors Daniel & Brenda Turner DHQ Pro-tem Captains Ryan & Shawana Brown Roanoke, VA (Associate Corps Officers) Captains Herbert & Rosalinda Frazier, Jr. Washington, DC Southeast, DC Captains Michael & Marjorie Good DHQ Pro-tem Captains David & Dolores May DHQ Pro-tem Captains Vance & Alena Murphy Arlington, VA Captain Tabitha Perry Assistant Divisional Youth Secretary Captains Matthew & Jamie Satterlee Fredericksburg, VA Sergeants Tyrone & Marver Pinder Washington, DC (Harbor Light) Corps Administrator/Assistant to the Corps Administrator
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North & South Carolina
Majors Pete & Catherine Costas, Jr. Raleigh, NC Majors G. Kent & Melody Davis Winston-Salem, NC Area Commander/ Coordinator of Women’s Ministries Majors Terry & Linda Edwards Retirement – 7/1/10 Majors Sterling & Carolyn Mallard Charleston, SC Major Brenda Raymer Secretary of Women’s Ministries Major Richard Raymer Divisional Secretary for Program Majors Richard & A. Virginia Watts Wilmington, NC Majors G. Daniel & Kathleen Whittaker Retirement – 7/1/10 Major Cynthia L. Wise Florence, SC (Assistant Corps Officer) Captains Roland & Jessica Cox Waynesville, NC Area Coordinator/ Coordinator of Women’s Ministries/ Corps Officers Captains Mark & Sherry Czanderna Gaffney, SC Captains Michael & Christine Harris Hickory, NC Captains Mark & Lorie Hunter Rocky Mount, NC Captain Susan May Easley, SC, Service Center Director Captains Robbie & Sharon Robbins Reidsville, NC Captains Luis & Vilma Rodriguez Durham, NC, Hispanic Outpost Director Captain Tomeker Williams Hickory, NC (Assistant Corps Officer) Lieutenant Nina Borum Morehead City, NC Lieutenant Michal Chapman Boone, NC Service Center Director Lieutenant James Taylor Greenville, SC A/Captains John & Andrea Sikes Greenville, NC Sergeants Terry & Barbara Hertzog Concord, NC (Corps Administrator/ Assistant to the Corps Administrator)
Major Carl Hughes Denton Major Travis Israel Divisional Secretary for Business Major Donna Israel Associate Women’s Ministries Secretary/ Women’s Outreach Ministries Secretary Majors Harvey & V. Ann Johnson Galveston Area Coordinator/Coordinator of Women’s Ministries/Corps Officers Major Stephanie Sills Assistant Divisional Youth Secretary Majors Roy & Mary Tolcher DHQ Pro-tem (Retirement 8/1/10) Majors Robert & Shannon Winters Houston Aldine/Westfield Captains Keith B. & Robin L. Bottjen El Paso Area Coordinator/ Coordinator of Women’s Ministries Captains John & Christina Branscum Lufkin Captains David & Louise Feeser San Angelo Captains Mark & Barbara Jacobs Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex Command – Assistant Area Commander/Assistant Coordinator of Women’s Ministries Captain Luis & Laura Melendez DHQ Pro-tem (Overseas) Captains Donald & Kelley New Sherman Captain Debra Taylor Abilene (Associate Corps Officer) Captains Guy & Dolores Watts Longview Lieutenant Meagan Heronemus Amarillo (Assistant Corps Officer) Lieutenant Analese Meredith Kerrville (Pro-tem) Sergeant Norris McCollum Odessa (Corps Administrator)
May 21, 2010
Tips for farewelling leaders
It’s time for June moves. With ‘Crafting migration patterns as predictable Leaders’ is a as the flight of Canada Geese, new feature officers are trading places and locals that debuts in are caught up in the commotion. this issue and Kudos to the faithful at our corps/ will address centers and to our employees a variety of and volunteers for their resilience issues affecting in a context of constant change. Salvation Army Before it’s a done deal, let’s all leaders. step back and consider how we might make this year’s transition a little smoother for all concerned. Here are some practical tips for leaders (including administrators and managers) and those they lead. 1. Saying goodbye is a time for growth for leaders and followers. Make every effort to confess openly the lessons God has taught you during your stay and celebrate openly with your people the blessings God has given. 2. Express sincere thanks in various ways to the congregation and to individuals by writing, visiting or calling. 3. Maximize your remaining moments. As far as possible, finish well the projects you have started, or smooth the way for others to keep momentum going. 4. Seek reconciliation and restoration, if possible, with those people with whom you have experienced difficulties. Try to eliminate emotional baggage for you and others. This is a period to consolidate – not
Leaders MAJOR CLARENCE BRADBURY Director, Jack McDowell School for Leadership Development
abdicate. Keep your ministry positive, knowing that God will provide. 5. Don’t offer to come back for weddings and special events. Those sensitive moments are important for bonding to your successor. If your successor invites you to return for a special occasion, consider it a privilege. 6. Keep to a minimum any references to your new appointment. Keep the corps/center focused on its future with new leaders, not on your future. 7. Be fair to your successor. Don’t stack the deck by making last-minute decisions in your favor. Trust the process and allow it to work. 8. Don’t criticize any critics who minimize your contribution. Let your record stand and leave the reckoning with God. 9. Be positive about your successor. Affirm them no matter whom headquarters appoints. This will give officers and their new people a better chance of succeeding together. 10. Continue to pray for God’s blessing on your successor and the corps/center long after your farewell.
Nashville ARC rescue Continued from page 1 started.” The center itself, located on 1st Street in Nashville, is completely ruined. The first floor was under more than five feet of water. Many from the staff are staying in Nashville to begin the work of cleaning and repairing the center. They hope to have it open and functioning in three to four months. “I don’t know if we’ll see each other again down here,” said one program participant. “But one thing I do know is that, because of the ministry of The Salvation Army, we’ll all see each other again in Glory.” (Right) Max, the four-legged mascot of the Nashville ARC, wandered off during the rescue but was later reunited with his buddies from the center. Store manager/assistant business manager Supplies and Purchasing Department Southern Territorial Headquarters Atlanta, Ga. Serves as back-up to the business manager during peak work times and performs duties of the business manager when needed. Generates various reports utilizing Great Plains software. Assists with the annual and monthly inventory as needed to resolve discrepancies in a timely manner. Resolves customer complaints and billing issues in a timely manner. All employees recognize that The Salvation Army is a church and agree that they will do nothing as an employee of The Salvation Army to undermine its religious mission. To view the detailed job description and to apply to this position, please complete our online application at www.salvationarmycareers.org or email/fax your resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 404.728.6725 ATTN: Human Resources Department
Board College Ministry Student Center Director Tampa, Fla. We are looking for an outgoing individual who has a heart for working with college students. This person will provide leadership, strategic planning and mentoring to students on a daily basis while also serving as a liaison between the student center and the respective academic and administrative units. The director will run the student center on a day-to-day basis, providing weekly Bible study, tutoring and an occasional fun activity. This person will also collaborate with the local corps to provide ministry opportunities. Qualifications – Bachelors degree required. Masters degree preferred. Minimum 5 years experience in young adult leadership. If interested please contact Captain John Murphy. John_Murphy@uss.salvationarmy.org
Prayer JUDE GOTRICH
Praying in the Spirit
The scene: Pentecost. To most Jews it was just another annual festival (Shabuoth or Feast of Pentecost) marking 50 days after the First Fruits: a feast to celebrate the spring harvest, a day of dedication. But this First Fruits was not your normal spring harvest thanksgiving. Instead, it became the first day’s mighty harvest of the Holy Spirit – the 50-day gestation after the Resurrection of the Christ. Little did that community know that heaven had chosen that day for the grand entrance of the Holy Spirit and a new epic direction for mankind. What were we in for now with this unpredictable power from God? Could man have access to this power? Was the Spirit that available to those who would believe? Could the Holy Spirit really take control of our lives and fill us with the mind and heart of Christ? It was all for a greater understanding of who God is, his power and that he wants to be understood by everyone on an even greater level than ever before – for the whole world. Acts 2:1-13 describes the prayer meeting where these believers encounter this power for the first time. The Holy Spirit united not only everyone in that room but extended its sphere of unity to the streets; for as they spoke, they were given the ability to speak in languages that would be readily understood by the visitors to that city. That is what God wants – a clear communication that reveals his heart and power. In light of expediency, the church used a universal language (Latin) for about 1,500 years before the Reformation returned to Pentecost’s original intent – to be understood in our own languages, with freedom to communicate with God directly and honestly. Out of this passage also comes the phrase to “pray in the Spirit.” This has taken on multiple interpretations, but one must not lose the significance of praying in the Spirit because of debate or confusion. (1 Corinthians 14:15, Ephesians 6:18, Jude 20). So, what does it mean to pray in the Spirit, and how does one pray this way? The key to praying in the Spirit will always be the “understanding” of what you have prayed and that you have not been the sole author of these words. First is Christ’s instruction: Wait for the Spirit. We need to mediate, take time to ponder the attributes of the Spirit and to ask the Spirit to guide our thoughts and words. Then there will be freedom in the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:17) and then revelation, knowledge and depth of insight will come (Ephesians 1:17). Yes, Satan can quote Scripture, but it is the Spirit that makes God’s Word relevant in love to the listener. The Spirit makes things understood in the inner being. Praying in the Spirit is about praying for things the Spirit leads us to rather than our own lists. Praying in the Spirit should be understood by everyone who hears the prayer so that they, too, can encounter the Spirit’s power. It is not a special form of prayer, like praying in tongues, as it states that we should pray like this “at all times” (Ephesians 6:18). In other words, all prayer should be in the Spirit. Then you will pray from fear to faith, from anger to love, from anxiety to peace, from depression to joy, as the focus shifts from flesh to the Spirit. We can pray this way all because of Pentecost. Isn’t that thrilling! Are you curious? Have you asked the Holy Spirit to help you understand this prayer? Do you know that he desires to make this understood by everyone – just as it happened at Pentecost? Ask him – just ask….
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The Lord’s Prayer Experience As we know, prayer is the ultimate TA • ATL AN 0 1 weapon against the enemy and our 0 2 , 4-6 • JUNE direct line of communication with our D N E K E E Lord. NING W O I S S I M COM Jesus gave us a prayer to follow, not as a literary masterpiece or to be recited over and over, but as a pattern and a basis of prayer for real people in the real world. This prayer is what we call The Lord’s Prayer. In Matthew 6, Jesus teaches this prayer as a part of His Sermon on the Mount. In Luke 11, the disciples said to Jesus, “Lord teach us to pray…” and Jesus responded to His disciples, “This, then is how you shall pray…”. As you walk through The Lord’s Prayer Experience, this prayer that Jesus gave to us as an example will come to life. Each section of the prayer will be broken down for special inspiration and reflection. A few of these sections include: • “Our Father in Heaven”: What does Each phrase and word of The it really mean to pray directly to the slow down and to better understand the Lord’s Prayer opens to us a different Father? significance of the prayer that Jesus taught • “Hallowed be your Name” or “May aspect of God’s world, the world for us. Your Name be Honored”: How can we which we are called to pray. This is not The Lord’s Prayer Experience will a prayer to rush through, “checking honor His Name? Do we Honor His be open during the majority of Name with our daily lives, speech and off” each phrase, but to take our time Commissioning Weekend and will be to bring before our heavenly Father, actions? located on the Second Floor balcony the people, the contents and views of overlooking the main lobby. Please come “Your Kingdom come, Your will be both the world and our own lives. The and be moved by The Lord’s Prayer done”: This is a call to pray for our Lord’s Prayer Experience will help you Experience. world, country, city, home and lives!
Steven Revlett (facing camera) bids farewell to staff member Rick Erwin before the evacuation of 43 men from the Nashville ARC to the Memphis center because of flooding in the city. Story, page 1.
Social media increases South’s potential for outreach The website, www.socialmediadefined.com, describes the term social media as “the future of communication, a countless array of Internet based tools and platforms that increase and enhance the sharing of information.” With social networking giants such as Facebook and Twitter, The Salvation Army USA Southern Territory is making its mark on the present with an eye toward the future. While some dismiss social media tools as not making any tangible connection with end users, for others the sites have become a lifeline during times of trouble and provide a means to donate or serve others. Amanda Grieves, human resources and social media manager for the Nashville Area Command, uses Facebook to highlight volunteer groups who give their time at Christmas Angel Tree programs and throughout the year. One group from HCA serves the command annually by cleaning and painting offices. Whether it’s posting photos of someone rescued from a first-floor apartment after flooding or encouraging a stranger through an inspirational blog entry, Salvation Army personnel are using social media to bring the hope of Christ in a whole new realm. Divisions all across the territory maintain blogs, Twitter and Facebook pages to do everything from internal training and contacting overseas missionaries to advertising corps events and educating the public about The Salvation Army’s brand promise. “Through daily updates we stay on the minds of our Facebook friends and Twitter followers. Those viewing our site see our many services, the impact on our clients and the opportunity to give their time, talent or treasure in service of their neighbors in need. Thus, they understand what it means to ‘Do The Most Good.’ Our goal is to help the public see that we are more than bell ringers. Our services are varied and many,” said Will Hale, director of volunteer services for the Chattanooga, Tenn., Area Command. Brooke Turbyfill Left: A group of volunteers in Nashville, highlighted through social media sites, serves annually by cleaning and painting area command offices.
Oklahoma City CRD Department mobilizes mission through social media Heide Brandes, director of community relations in Oklahoma City, has leveraged social media to make the most of The Salvation Army’s message. She wrote about the effectiveness of using sites like Twitter and Facebook on a community blog last summer – since then, the 900 followers of OKC Salvation Army have increased to more than 1,470. Brandes recently talked to the Southern Spirit about the impact of social media. “We’ve made new partnerships attributed directly to Twitter; we’ve had news outlets call and cover issues based on tweets; and we’ve had new donors contact us based on what they’ve seen on our Facebook page and Twitter. In one sentence, we can reach at least 900 people with a message… countless more when our followers ‘retweet’ our message. More importantly, the message travels outside of the Oklahoma City area and strengthens our brand almost worldwide,” said Brandes. “All of social media – from networking sites to web to blogging to YouTubing – has made it easier and faster to connect with donors and supporters and to even create relationships that benefit the mission of the organization! Incredible, I tell you.” Brandes brainstormed just a few ways social media can be used during disasters. “Depending on how many followers or friends your site has – and how many times it is re-tweeted, social media can reach thousands in seconds. What’s more, you can give a play-by-play, up-to-theminute description of what is happening and what The Salvation Army is doing at that point in time. During the wildfires in Oklahoma, many of the media outlets directly quoted what we tweeted as news updates, and we did get donations based on that. “Uses of social media during disaster relief can include calls for donations, calls for volunteers, updated and current information on mobilization, pictures of disaster relief, pictures of clients and blogs about those clients, blogs about a ‘day in the life of a volunteer’ and, most importantly, a quick and thorough way to promote the branding of Doing the Most Good in a visceral and concrete way,” she said. Disaster updates are just one way that OKC uses social media. Other recent posts have included advertising a human trafficking educational seminar; posting about a job opportunity at a local corps and calling for volunteers. Brandes said the command launched its mobile club a few weeks ago. It allows cell phone users to text the word SAOKC to 68255 to become members. Mobile media club members get texts about news updates, volunteer opportunities and can win prizes.
Tuscaloosa’s Skype connect
Skype enables corps families in Tuscaloosa and Po Do not accuse Salvationists in Tuscaloosa, Ala., of being “behind the times.” Nor can you say that about soldiers across the Atlantic Ocean, in the Castelo Branco Corps in Portugal. These corps families have forged bonds of worship and friendship via the emerging technology of Skype – a software application that allows users to make video conferencing and voice calls over the Internet. Steven Pousinho works as the corps helper in Tuscaloosa, a position he’s held since he came to America a year ago. His home is Castelo Branco (White Castle), where his family attends as faithful soldiers of that six year-old corps. Pousinho came up with the idea of a joint worship experience between the two corps in the midst of an emphasis on World Service during Sunday School preliminaries. “We want to bring our Tuscaloosa soldiers into
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Top and above: Heide Brandes, director of community relations in Oklahoma City, uses social media at the Oklahoma City Area Command Center to build relationships with supporters of The Salvation Army.
On April 24, Yazoo City, Miss., was one of the hardest-hit areas by multiple tornadoes. Mobile feeding units, storm clean-up kits and spiritual care have been The Salvation Army’s main vehicles of service, and according to Mark Jones, public relations director for the ALM Division, social media has been essential in the recovery process. Through the ALM Facebook and Twitter sites, Jones has been able to get news distributed to friends and followers in real-time fashion. Due to lack of Internet service in surrounding areas, it was helpful that Jones could use his cell phone to distribute updates on clean-up progress and the ongoing need for financial donations. A recent look at Jones’ own Facebook page shows a conversation between him and supporters of The Salvation Army who were looking for ways to help. Besides making donations, he also was able to connect the supporters to the coor-
dinator of volunteer services for ways to give back. Jones also appreciates the eas can upload photos – they help t understand how great the need is they are able to view the damage Other areas that have received Attala County, Miss., and Albertvill Ala., where tornadoes also touche One Yazoo City resident, Mitch “The tornado wasn’t gone good, a Army was here. They were the firs To donate to The Salvation Ar salvationarmyusa.org.
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Salvation Army fellowship. Each earned about the Army’s work in try. When we began talking about n came up with this wonderful Cherry Craddock, corps officer. e for the webcast occurred at the scaloosa’s Holiness Meeting (Sunnd during Castelo Branco’s Salvaunday evening). Computers were hapels, and each congregation exent as the images began transmite 4,300 miles. anslator, Pousinho relayed Major s greetings to Captain Filipe GonBranco corps officer. Major Cradrt of the Alabama-Louisiana-Mis, that Portugal was a Partner In
Captain Gonçalves’s answer was that his soldiers seemed excited to meet comrade Salvationists who have been sending support in part to their ministry, via World Service offerings. Pousinho explained to the American congregation that the monies collected for World Service enables the Portuguese soldiers in that town to worship in the building which they rent for corps activities. The Castelo Branco praise and worship team then sang a rousing hymn with Pousinho loosely translating the words: We are all members of the Body of Christ; We are all one in the Holy Spirit. Before both corps signed off, Captain Gonçalves said that it was their desire that this be “the start of an ongoing worship experience between the soldiers of the Tuscaloosa and Castelo Branco Corps!” Major Frank Duracher
Texting ministry takes off in Texas If you want to connect with teens and young adults, urging them to make Jesus Christ the Lord and Savior of their lives – there’s an app for that! Major Stephanie Sills found that out about four years ago when she and her late husband, Trint, began writing a daily devotional to a list of recipients. That list has now grown to over 150. “We got the idea while coming home from Southern Bible Conference. We did the young adult class every year and we wanted to stay in touch with them daily,” Major Sills said. What emerged was a daily devotional thought stemming from her journal entry. Her messages arise from whatever topics may come that day: loneliness, temptations, prayer, selfesteem, etc. “Many times I’ll get a text back from someone who says, ‘That’s exactly what I’m dealing with right now!” She is faithful in texting her daily entries, usually in the evenings, but on those rare days when she neglects to do it, someone contacts her to find out why. That tells her that this ministry is being used by God to be a blessing far beyond what she can imagine.
Major Stephanie Sills posts another text message to some 150 recipients who are on her nightly devotional mailing list.
“My list has grown to include many here in the Lubbock Corps, so this ministry has proven to be of great help in the mission of this corps,” she said. Major Sills is under farewell orders to become the assistant youth secretary for the Texas Division. As far as her texting ministry is concerned, this move provides an even larger harvest field for her to work within. Text her at (806) 577-5899 if you want to receive her daily messages. Major Frank Duracher
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As a division, we are still fairly young in the usage of social media. Our greatest challenge lies in the number of personnel we have available to help with websites. Most website maintenance and social media are not designated to any particular person, other than an officer or additional duty (if time allows) for an employee. So as a division, we definitely have room for growth. Still, my recent experience with SAWSO helped me gain a broader view of what The Salvation Army does worldwide and the potential that social media affords us to impact the world with our mission. A couple months ago, I had the honor to serve a state-side international deployment as the Salvation Army World Services Office public information officer for Haiti at the stateside Haiti Command Center located at national headquarters in Alexandria, Va. I had a considerable amount of passion for the Army prior to my service at SAWSO; however, my passion has only grown. I really didn’t understand how much of a difference we make in so many lives around the world. Yes, I had heard we had hospitals, schools and orphanages and we were heavily involved in combating human trafficking; I just didn’t comprehend the magnitude of our service to others. Our efforts of bringing worth to women across the world (literacy and the ability to lend out for small business loans); helping with food security and water sources (gardens training, seed multiplication and more); community health including maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS care and support of infected and affected people and prevention of new HIV infections by helping promote abstinence and behavior change. One of the other major projects is disaster relief and restoration. Of course, I was deployed to assist with Haiti; however, SAWSO is still supporting 16 post-tsunami projects in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India. The comprehensive disaster training course P.R.E.P.A.R.E. is being used around the world. SAWSO receives, uses, disburses and accounts for donations to international disaster projects. As the public information officer, I was in contact daily with the incident command center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Through the power of email, we were able to communicate information on statistics and human interest stories as well as share photos. Although I knew social media was making a tremendous impact on our work as public relations directors, I learned a considerable amount about social media and the far-reaching effects it can have on our image and how our story is shared. SAWSO is using Facebook to share information on Haiti and Chile. National headquarters is sharing information on these relief efforts via Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, Twitter and blogging. SAWSO also has photos posted at smugmug.com. While social media has wonderful benefits, there are also challenges to face as The Salvation Army embraces this form of communication. Although national headquarters and SAWSO posted approved content on social media outlets, it is very hard to control perceptions posted by others connected to disaster response efforts. We want to share our story through photos and video, but we want the information to be factual. Because challenges such as these are complex, it is my hope that as our social media presence expands, we can impress upon our internal clients the great impact – both positive and negative – that social media posting can have on The Salvation Army and its promise of Doing the Most Good. Cindy Fuller
Social media in the South: How the territory uses Internet-based platforms to accomplish the mission Facebook “I plan to purchase ads on Facebook to further promote holiday programs.” - Raul Munoz, community development director for Austin Metropolitan Area Command
Nashville A/C Tulsa A/C Florida Division Central Okla. A/C ALM Division Fort Smith, Ark. Wake County, N.C. Nashville A/C Austin Metro A/C Florida Division Greater Houston A/C ALM Division NSC Division Wake County, N.C. Territorial Youth Dept. Austin Metro A/C Chattanooga A/C Greater Houston A/C Charlotte A/C NSC Division Tidewater A/C Territorial Youth Dept. Louisville, Ky. A/C Chattanooga, Tenn. A/C Charlotte, N.C. A/C Louisville, Ky. A/C
BLOGS Tulsa A/C NAC: www.salarmywordpress.nashville.com
Nashville A/C Florida Division Austin Metro A/C NSC Division Tidewater A/C
Nashville A/C Austin Metro A/C MySpace: Nashville A/C
Austin Metro A/C Greater Houston A/C: SalArmyHouston. wordpress.com
Websites across the territory “I see Facebook and Twitter more as public relations tools than development tools – more for raising awareness.’’ - Dulcinea Cuellar, director of public relations for Florida Division
We want to have a huge social media following in the future. We hope this will engage younger supporters, but also help keep our current supporters involved. We want to use it to plan events, recruit volunteers and donors, stay connected to other organizations and just generally raise awareness about what The Salvation Army does. - Haven Sink, director of public relations for Wake County, N.C.
www.salarmy-nashville.org www.salvationarmyaustin.org www.salvationarmycarolinas.org www.salvationarmycharlotte.org www.salvationarmylouisville.org
What social media outlets are used for: News / Disaster
Florida Division ALM Division Nashville A/C Nashville A/C Nashville A/C Nashville A/C Baltimore A/C ALM Division Florida Division Wake County, N.C. ALM Division Nashville A/C Wake County, N.C. Austin Metro A/C Austin Metro A/C Wake County, N.C. Wake County, N.C. Greater Houston A/C Greater Houston A/C Greater Houston A/C Austin Metro A/C Austin Metro A/C Chattanooga, Tenn. A/C NSC Division NSC Division Greater Houston A/C Greater Houston A/C Louisville, Ky. A/C Chattanooga, Tenn. A/C Charleston, S.C. NSC Division Territorial Youth Dept. Charleston, S.C. Tidewater, Va. A/C Chattanooga, Tenn. A/C Chattanooga, Tenn. A/C Louisville, Ky. A/C Training: Charleston, S.C. Charleston, S.C. Emergency Disaster Charlotte, N.C. A/C Charlotte, N.C. A/C Services Department Tidewater, Va. A/C Tidewater, Va. A/C Austin Metro A/C Louisville, Ky. A/C NSC Division Chattanooga, Tenn. A/C
Top, center and above: This information represents a sample of how the USA Southern Territory uses social media; it is not an exhaustive list of social media usage, territorial websites or blogs.
“We have received an invitation to Co-Tweet - an online tool that allows “corporate” or “team” tweeting. This would be incredibly helpful in a disaster situation where there may be several users in various locations, at various “posts,” who can all contribute to a single account rather than having to follow several of our users, we can simply invite our various “tweeters” to use our @tsacarolinas account.” – Desmond Smith, web and new media specialist for the NSC Division
“These sites are used heavily during the Christmas season to not only recruit volunteers and corporate groups but also let the public know of our status regarding kettles and the adoption of angels from our Angel Tree program. We also highlight our volunteer groups who man our mall shifts or work in the warehouse by sending ‘shout outs’ to them. We include their logo, information about them and what they did for The Salvation Army. I cross link on our blog as well with organizations or individuals who partner with us.” - Amanda Grieves, NAC human resources and social media manager
Published on May 24, 2010