DOING THE MOST GOOD
A publication of The Salvation Army USA Southern Territory Volume 27, No. 17 October 29, 2010
Love in any language •Corps’ first cadets show evidence of burgeoning Laotian ministry in Nashville
By Major Frank Duracher SOUTHERN SPIRIT STAFF
ith an estimated 10,000 Laotian refugees living in Nashville, Tenn., it is not surprising that a group of Salvationists working out of a former Church of God building is quite proud of a number of “firsts” for its growing corps family. The Nashville Laotian Corps is not only the Army’s first Laotian ministry in the USA Southern Territory – it is the only one so far. The corps opened some 18 years ago by Captains Bounlouane and Champathong Keobounhom, and under the area administration of Majors James and Bertha Worthy. It outgrew its borrowed facility and moved into a renovated church in southeast Nashville, in the heart of the predominantly Laotian-populated neighborhoods. They’ve even sent their first cadets to Evangeline Booth College – Cadets Phonesavahn and April Kamphoutasak, who arrived as members of the Friends of Christ session in August 2010. Finally, the present corps officers, Captains Phout (Ken) and Wahn (Neva) Phiouthong, are into their ninth year in this, their first appointment, since their commissioning as lieutenants as members of the Crossbearers session in 2002. “Although this is my only appointment thus far, I do realize that being corps officer of the Laotian Corps
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is a very unique responsibility,” said Captain Ken. “Because of the language barrier, we must be on call at all hours, not just as pastors, but as doctors, lawyers, intermediaries, you name it!” But it’s something God has called us both to do, he quickly added. Any of five languages sprout during the course of a corps program. The predominant one is Laotian, but Thai runs a close second since the two are similar. When you do not hear one of those dialects, you’ll probably detect either Cambodian or Burmese. Every so often, a phrase of English will slip out. Chanh Bounrisavong is a Home League member who has been a faithful soldier for 16 years – almost as long as
• See pages 4 & 5 for an update on intercultural Salvation Army ministries in the USA South the ministry has been going. Her gift is hospitality, and she is one of several excellent cooks in the corps. She helps oversee a hot meal every Sunday, served after the holiness meeting and before other activities of the day. She also volunteers throughout the week for all corps events. She was named “Woman
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of the Year” in the Kentucky-Tennessee Division a few years ago. “What I do here gives me much joy,” Bounrisavong said in broken English. Her smile is proof that what she does for others is as though she is doing it for her Lord Jesus. Somsay Srilouangkhol, 38, is also a uniformed soldier for the past eight years. His wife and four children also faithfully attend the corps. A lot of things, he said, attract him to the corps. He particularly enjoys playing drums for the praise and worship team. “There is a loving feeling at this corps that is hard to explain,” he said. “It is a feeling of belonging and it makes you want to give more blessings to others as you receive them from the Lord.”
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(Above) Captain Ken Phiouthong preaches in Thai, while being interpreted in Burmese by Jai Say at the Nashville Laotian Corps. (Left) Captain Neva Phiouthong leads worship and prayer during a Sunday service at the corps.
Srilouangkhol acknowledges that much has been done, but there remains much more to meet the spiritual and physical needs of various nationalities in that part of Nashville. The importance of this Laotian endeavor is not at all lost on Patrick Phiapalath, a Bible student who lives outside of Memphis and commutes the three-hour one-way trip every Sunday in order to teach the adult Sunday school class and to worship with fellow Laotian Salvationists. “I am a former Buddhist – now I’m a born-again Christian!” Phiapalath declared. He prays for other Laotian outposts and corps to spring up elsewhere, perhaps someday closer to his home in southwestern Tennessee. “Until then, I come here,” he said. “Sharing the Word of God with others of my culture is that important!”
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October 29, 2010
The Continental Divide MAJOR
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I will be a dead man by the time most of you read this column. Over the years my wife Donna has threatened me with bodily injury if I mentioned her in an article. Not being too bright, I have written today a brief account of Donna’s faith journey. I am pretty sure she will kill me. At the age of 8 Donna knelt at the Mercy Seat of the Washington, N.C., Corps, gave her life to Jesus and dedicated herself to becoming a Salvation Army officer. She never waivered or faltered in her determination to become an officer. She was the first one in her family to graduate from high school. Young Lieutenants Ron and Carol Busroe encouraged her to get a college degree before entering training. She opted to go to a small Christian liberal arts college in North Carolina. On her first day as a freshman, the professor in her world religion class stood, threw a Bible onto the floor and stomped on it. He declared it to be just like any other book. My wife said she would like to retake the class and walk down to the front, pick up the Bible and ask the guy if he’s nuts. The experience and the teachings of that class caused my wife, for the next two years, to struggle with the validity and veracity of the Bible. One day at the start of her junior year she got into a discussion of those issues with one of her professors, an elderly graying, petite woman who concluded the conversation by saying, “When it was all said and done, I simply chose to believe,” and smiled the smile of the saints. The light bulb went off for my wife, and she has simply chosen to believe. We do a disservice to our young people in The Salvation Army, and in other denominations as well. We teach them well about Noah and the ark in kindergarten, in junior high and through their senior year in high school. Then we release our lambs to the wolves of the world. They would do well to cling to a truth as related by Kenneth L. Pike: “Every logical position will eventually lead you into trouble, and heresy, and chaos. Every logical position is consistent, but it is logic which is in the human mind, not God’s logic. The human mind is finite and cannot grasp eternity, and therefore the finite mind sees the infinite as not graspable coherently. If we could grasp it all coherently, without contradiction, we would be God. The person who insists on being logical to the end winds up in a mess. I am not saying that we should not be rational. I am not anti-intellectual. I am saying that the intellect by itself is helpless to arrive at total truth.” We need to arm our young people and some not so young with the tools to defend the faith. Every three months or so, I substitute for Richard Stone, our regular teenager class teacher. I pass out index cards and ask each teenager to write three questions about anything that comes to their mind about faith, the Army and life in general. Sometimes the questions are silly, but most are serious and ask about the meaning of particular Scripture passages. I speak to them about evidence for the Bible’s validity and try to encourage them in the fact that having faith is struggling faith. After all, Israel’s name is struggle with God. I find Josh McDowell’s book “Evidence That Demands a Verdict” to be extremely helpful in defending the faith. I try to leave them with the awareness that if a person has 1,001 objections to faith and they are all answered, he or she will come up with objection 1,002. Sometimes the choice is simply to believe.
Max Lucado calls it “the Continental Divide of Scripture” and “the International Dateline of Faith.” That seminal verse is John 3:3, when the words Jesus utters changes everything: Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Becoming born again was so mind-boggling to Nicodemus that he couldn’t believe his ears. Nothing like this before that moment had been bandied about by religious scholars. Any idea this radical had to have come from God! No mortal could envision such a process for entering heaven. Yet there they were: Nicodemus standing on one side and Jesus on the other. Everything before this second-birth revelation seemed of the Old Testament; everything after those words had passed from Jesus’ holy lips belonged to the New. Before: Law. After: Grace. Like the International Dateline. As a Pharisee, Nicodemus lived in a lifetime of good works, sincere gestures and strict obedience to the Law that God gave to Moses. But Jesus detonated that belief by bluntly asserting, “Your best won’t do. Your gestures are not good enough. Your strict
Hope MA JOR FRANK DURACHER adherence to the Law means squat!” You need a new start. Put your way of thinking in reverse. Rewind the tape. Wouldn’t that be great? Wouldn’t you like a doover? A reload? A mulligan? A complete “about face” in your lifestyle? Who wouldn’t benefit from such a prescription? Some time later this same Nicodemus partnered with Joseph of Arimathea to claim the lifeless body of their crucified Lord. Together they buried him in a garden tomb. When news hit the streets that Jesus was alive again, what do you imagine Nicodemus thought? “Born again, huh? Who would’ve thought he’d start with himself!”
Promoted to Glory Major John Cole Major John Cole was promoted to Glory May 31, 2010, from Eastover, N.C., after an extended illness. The funeral service was held in Fayetteville with Majors Jerry and Betty Lyles presiding and Lt. Colonels Vern and Martha Jewett participating. John Vance Cole was born Sept. 20, 1929, in Kinston, N.C., to Bernie and Bernice Cole. He was converted as he knelt in the sawdust in a tent meeting and became deeply involved with The Salvation Army as a result of the care and leadership shown by his corps officers. He served as a bandsman, songster and Corps Cadet and took on leadership roles over time. He entered training in Atlanta with the
Peacemakers session and was commissioned May 23, 1949. His active service began as an assistant corps officer in Asheville, N.C., and later appointments were to Concord, Durham and Winston-Salem, N.C. He married Lieutenant Alyce Parrish Jan. 13, 1953, and they served together in corps in the North-South Carolina Division and in Salisbury, Md., the Houston Harbor Light, on the Texas divisional staff and at the Waco, Texas, Area Command. For their final appointment, they returned to their home division, serving as Wilson, N.C., corps officers before their retirement Sept. 30, 1994. John is remembered as a humble and faithful minister for his Lord. He was known as a bandleader and builder, leading hundreds of young people to the joy of musical ministry. Survivors include Alyce, his loving wife of 57 years, sons Michael and Mark, daughter Melissa, two grandchildren and one step-grandchild.
Christmas Kettle musicians Richmond, Va. Richmond, Va., Salvation Army is looking for active brass musicians to play at kettles throughout the 2010 Christmas season. Dates: Nov. 26-Dec. 24.
Requirements: Able to play for up to seven hours a day; able to be outside at a kettle for six hours a day; be a uniformed Salvationist; be a competent musician able to sight-read at a proficient level. $2,000 salary, all meals provided, accommodation provided, travel expenses up to $250 provided. For more information, please email Matt Sims at Matt_ Sims@uss.salvationarmy.org. Executive director of community and professional services Washington D.C. Supervises National Capital Area Regional Services for the National Capital Area Command operations and related departments: Program Services, Management Services and Development; directs the staff responsible for performing the daily operations of the National Capital Area Regional Services and related departments; develops policies and procedures and ensures compliance; ensures income production and cost control measures are adequate to result in a balanced budget as approved by the area commander and Divisional Finance Board.
Board REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Masters degree from an accredited college or university in a related field (MBA is preferred) and 10 years’ progressively responsible in management, including experience in the management of similar operations for which this position is responsible, or any equivalent combination of training and experience, which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Please submit a resume with a letter of interest to: NCACHR@uss.salvationarmy.org. Urban outpost director and associate director, Firecrest 614 Charlotte Assists with planning, developing and activating a strategic plan to form relationships in an inner-city community to create a viable faith community; serves as an example of Christian character with the goal of leading others to faith in Jesus Christ; lives in close proximity to community as a team so as to be culturally and contextually relevant; serves as a leader within the community and provides social services and resources relevant to the community needs. Please forward resume to Chana.Jordan@uss.salvationarmy.org.
October 29, 2010
Chances are you have on your person, or in your purse, a nice array of keys; to your car, your house, your office and perhaps a key that you’ve had for so long, you’ve forgotten what it unlocks! I actually have two key rings in my pocket – one for my car and house and the other with all the keys that relate to my office, and sure enough, there are two keys on that ring that I don’t have the slightest idea what they are for – I inherited them from my predecessor! Historians tell us that keys and locks date back almost 4,000 years ago to the Babylonian Empire. I saw an image inscribed on a clay tablet depicting a woman carrying her “key” across her shoulder. It was large and actually reminded me of the old tire jack that you’d carry around in the trunk of your car, should you have a flat. I also saw a drawing of a key from Ancient Greece that resembled a snake with its fangs bared. As people began to be concerned about protecting their personal property and keeping their homes safe from unwanted intruders, locks and keys were
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invented. We take them pretty much for granted these days, but in ancient times, locks and keys were also status symbols. If you were a person of means, you usually had a lock on your house. It was not unusual to see people walking around with these huge keys on their shoulders in order to “brag” about their social standing. For us today, that’s almost laughable! Based on some key rings I’ve seen a few corps officers carry on their belts, they would be highly exalted in ancient times. Nevertheless, keys continue to play an important role in our society today. Keys not only lock things up but, conversely, they also unlock things. As kids, who of us hasn’t dreamed of finding buried treasure and unlocking the chest to discover great wealth? To receive the proverbial Key to the City is to have a great honor bestowed upon you. And, of course, when we give someone the Key to our Heart, we are giving them the greatest treasure we possess. Recently, every active officer in the territory received a couple of books. One of those books is called, “Holiness: the Key to Revival.” It’s a
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Hobgood simple book, with lots of diagrams and quotes from various exponents of holiness down through the ages and many Scripture references. A colleague of mine jokingly referred to the book as, “Holiness for Dummies.” However, the fact is that most of us would agree that we do not know as much about this important subject as we could or should. We in The Salvation Army are part of a holiness movement of the Wesleyan-Arminian persuasion. We firmly believe that if we, as a holiness people, earnestly seek the blessing of a clean heart and seek to reflect the image of Jesus in our daily living, which in its simplest form is holiness, this will be the key to revival within our Army and beyond. Unlock the treasure that awaits you through the person of God, the Holy Spirit!
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By Major Frank Duracher SOUTHERN SPIRIT STAFF
Despite uphill battles on a few fronts, a group of adults and teens of the corps in Tuscaloosa, Ala., are making significant inroads into a housing complex located across the street from the Army’s facility. “This is quite an outreach,” said Steven Pousinho, a soldier of the corps and youth leader. “This is one of the highest crime-rate neighborhoods in Tuscaloosa, and these kids need regular, structured activities – which we want to give to them, while teaching them about Jesus.” Pousinho describes the children, who cross the street to the corps for the program held each Monday night, as “rowdy” – but they seem to enjoy the fun activities, a Bible story and something to snack on before heading home. “Last week we baked cookies, and the boys enjoyed it as much as the girls,” Pousinho said, “and they learned something!” The ministry is based on the Girl Guard and Adventure Corps programs, although there is little badge work, per se. That’s because a portion of the complex population is transient, and still other children may come for one week and then not return for several weeks. “But they come,” said Carsuela Wilson, a Corps Cadet and Tuscaloosa corps member. “It’s mostly by word of mouth. They realize at 5:30 on Mondays that something fun is going on across the street at The Salvation Army, and they hurry over. Some even come early.”
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A team of young adults in the Tuscaloosa, Ala., Corps, are taking on a huge project – evangelizing children in a low-income housing complex in the city’s most crime-ridden neighborhoods. Cherry McLendon is a member of the Army’s Women’s Auxiliary, and is a faithful volunteer every week for the program. “Most of the children are in the eighth grade or lower, but no one is turned away,” McLendon said. A former elementary school teacher, McLendon has found a ministry among the children not just on Monday nights,
but throughout the week as she prays for them regularly. She acknowledges an important part of her presence is for “crowd control” but she also loves playing with them and watching them “take in the Bible stories.” “No one makes these children come,” she said. “They come because this is a happy place to be!”
Durachers appointed to Australia Majors Frank and Elizabeth Duracher have been appointed to the Australia Southern Territory, effective Jan. 12, 2011. Major Frank Duracher has served as assistant editor of the Southern Spirit since June 2001. Major Frank Duracher will serve as editor of the Australian War Cry. Major Libby Duracher is appointed as an administration assistant in marketing in the Territorial Literature Department and as THQ chaplain. Throughout his appointment to the Southern Spirit, Major Duracher has served as the publication’s lead reporter, traveling throughout the USA South to gather and report on Salvation Army people and events. His regular column “Rays of Hope” has become a regular feature in the newspaper. He is also the author of “Smoky Mountain High: The Consuming Passion of Cecil Brown.” The book recounts Major Brown’s ministry to the people of the isolated Smoky Mountain region of western North Carolina. Before his appointment to the Southern Spirit, Major Duracher served as corps officer in San Antonio and Denison, Texas; Chattanooga (East Lake), Tenn.; New Bern and Charlotte (Temple), N.C.; and Gadsden and Florence, Ala. He also served for over five years in the Editorial Department at National Headquarters in Verona, N.J., as a member of the staff of The War Cry. In September 2003, Duracher married the former Elizabeth Fowler. They have three grown children and four grandchildren.
Baltimore ARC celebrates 85 years of service By Brooke Turbyfill Southern Spirit staff Eighty-five years ago when the southern half of the Eastern Territory was divided in two, the USA South got its first adult rehabilitation center – in Baltimore. Originally, the Men’s Social Service Department was a simple method of following up with clients’ spiritual growth in an effort to help them avert previous harmful habits and patterns. Today, the Baltimore ARC uses the Celebrate Recovery Above: Majors Forrest and Caroline program as its primary resource, McIntyre, administrators in Baltimore. requiring beneficiaries to attend addiction meetings, worship gatherings at the center and meet Below: Emile, shown with his sister with their counselor at least once a month, accordKanesha at the Baltimore ARC graduing to Major Caroline McIntyre, director of special ation in April 2010, met The Salvation services. Army through a train station encounWork rehabilitation ter. and in-kind donations sold through the Family Store are what keep the center going, but community support keeps the ARC thriving. At the 85th anniversary celebration, “From Brokenness to Redemption,” 185 Last October, Emile did beneficiaries, support staff, not know where to turn. divisional employees and ofHe was having difficulty ficers and community leadin his marriage, he was ers attended. Special guests fighting a battle with included representatives drugs and alcohol, and from the Baltimore mayor’s he had nowhere to sleep. He had heard of The Saloffice, Dr. Larry Numley, and vation Army, so he wanMichelle Brown, from the ofdered into the New Carfice of Senator Barbara Mirollton Amtrak station kulski. Numley and Brown to find out if there was a congratulated the center on Salvation Army location its longevity and thanked nearby. The Salvation Army for its “I went up to the ticket counter and asked if commitment to service in I could use the yellow pages, so I could look up a the community. shelter and recovery place. I had been drinking,” he The Baltimore ARC said. “Redeemed Choir” and BalBefore he knew it, the man behind the countimore Brass Ensemble perter told him he knew someone who might be able formed, and production suto help him. Even better, the man, Mike, told him pervisor Greg Harris told his he was getting off work, and he would drive him story. He came to The Salvathere. tion Army as a social services “Nothing happens in my life by mistake,” Mike client in need of toys for his said. “As soon as I saw Emile, I knew God sent him kids at Christmas, but said so I could help him. I knew by the tone of his voice, he “got Jesus and a whole lot the humbleness in it, that he really needed help.” more.” Mike and Emile drove 45 minutes to Baltimore, Majors Forrest and Carand Emile was accepted into the Adult Rehabilitaoline McIntyre, administration Center on West Patapsco Street. From that day on, Emile was “going strong.” He said, “I came tors, began working hard in determined to do something better. I did what I on an advisory council last had to do. It helped me to become more humble, February since there was think before I react and prepared me to deal with none. Now, the council has people and situations.” six members and two atEmile said that The Salvation Army is not here large members from an exto get your life together — it’s here to help you so isting board in downtown you can get your life together. Baltimore. Major Caroline “I learned that just because you get clean and McIntyre was grateful that sober, the world doesn’t owe you,” he explained. three of the six attended “You have to deal with situations, and your probthe most recent Graduation lems are still going to be there whether you are Sunday, watching as benefihigh or not.” ciaries were honored with a As for Mike — he became Emile’s sponsor, redeemed pin and Bible. and supports him in his new life.
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How God’s love brought Cadets Boris and Lorraine Davis to enrollment at EBC
Lt. Colonel Mark Bell Coming from several years of divisional leadership (National-Capital Virginia and Maryland-West Virginia Divisions), Lt. Colonel Mark Bell brings a wealth of experience to his new post – ARC commander. Not only can he draw on career experiences with The Salvation Army, but he can also draw on personal experiences from his young adulthood. He talked with the Southern Spirit recently about his background and the future he envisions for the Southern Territory’s adult rehabilitation centers. SS: How did you come into officership? MB: My family was part of the early Salvation Army in Weirton, W. Va., and I always did what my parents asked me to do so I attended the corps – until after I graduated high school and started working at the steel mill. I left the corps and gave my life over to drugs and alcohol. It was through Major Cecil Sellers that I came into a personal relationship with Christ. He was very persistent in a good, gentle way, and the thing that overwhelmed me about The Salvation Army was how everyone loved each other. I was invited continually by the young adult Sunday school teacher, Minnie Hawkins, to various events; there just came a point where I said yes to Jesus. I started pursuing officership immediately after. SS: From your perspective, what are some of the ARC command’s greatest strengths? MB: The administrators. It’s always about the front line people. One of the great strengths of the Army has always been the freedom to care for and love people. These administrators live their lives as extramile people. It’s a remarkable, 365/24-7 ministry. Yesterday I was at the ARC in Atlanta, and I met the mother of a young man who had been there only six weeks. All she knew was that this was the first time a program seemed to be helping. She believed it was the spiritual component. So it’s always about the administrators and their families, and how they “live Christ” to these men. The other strength of the ARC is the testimony of the men. As they give themselves over to Jesus, it works. I met a guy yesterday who had been living on the streets month after month, and his life is now starting to come together. Another man I met came from the Eastern Territory, having graduated from a center there. He literally ran away from everything he used to know to come here, and he’s now a successful professional in town. So it’s the strength of the administrators and the strength of the men’s testimonies. SS: What are some of your hopes and visions for the future of the Command? MB: This is not a new idea, but somehow we’ve got to connect the families of the adult rehabilitation centers to The Salvation Army, to the corps. It is not the ARC Command. It is The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center and the connectivity and testimony of the work that the Spirit is completing. It’s just not logical in the Spirit to simply bring someone through; we’ve got to give them an opportunity for service, an opportunity to say yes to what the Spirit is saying to them. It’s as much a burden for me as it is a vision right now. It seems that’s how it used to be – people that found forgiveness at the mercy seat were used by God to build the kingdom of God within The Salvation Army. Now, I’m not saying everyone from an ARC should come to The Salvation Army, but to have almost none… it’s the men of the ARC who have the best insight into The Salvation Army. They live with us 24-7 and see our families and how we work and live. So it’s really a family ministry. If a man or his family has a need, if there’s not a continual church fellowship, a fellowship of the corps, then there needs to be.
Cadets Boris and Lorraine Davis’ love story involves three – Boris, Lorraine and God. There have been times Lorraine wanted to give up on Boris and the relationship. But instead of walking to the door, she fell to her knees. “There were nights I just talked to God,” said Lorraine, “and I just prayed.” Boris, 46, and Lorraine, 49, married in 1995. She knew about his addiction to crack. She knew about his time in prison. She thought he would change. Boris started drinking when he was in high school. He’d take a milk jug, make “red juice” or mix
Lt. Colonel Mark Bell was first drawn to The Salvation Army because of the love displayed to him by others.
gin and orange juice and take it to so much he passed out near the Jefferson High School in Tampa. H to hide his alcohol from his milita It wasn’t until he was home got into real trouble. That’s when crack cocaine. “I spent $500 that night,” he sai he smoked crack. He learned very early not to home. He’d go on binges – four o a time – finding dark places in T crack. He changed after he marr not for long. Six months into their relations No call. Boris and Lorraine’s love story boy-meets-girl. It’s more boy-me es-girl, boy-meets-girl-again, bo to-drugs and girl-prays-for-a-chan Lorraine’s prayers made a diff gan to plant seeds in Boris’ heart t tually lead him to the Tampa, Fla., Several years before enterin
City of Dreams re-open needed ARC program By Brooke Turbyfill Southern Spirit staff When Sheldon and Sharon Feener, Nashville ARC administrators, talked about the need for the Nashville Adult Rehabilitation Center, they spoke with understanding about how easy it is to go from hopeful to hopeless. After the flooding in May 2010 caused the Nashville ARC to evacuate, the program as it was known came to a halt – but not the need. “The previous program had 80-something beds, and the need is still there,” said Sheldon Feener. “We get 12 to 15 calls a week looking for openings. Nashville is the City of Dreams. People come here looking to make it in the music industry, and when they don’t, their dreams get crushed and then their lives get crushed. We’ve heard from a lot of people that our program is needed here because of that.” At the time of this interview, a scaled-down version of the Nashville ARC program was set to re-open in mere weeks – mid- to end-of-October – and according to Sheldon, the program would be full by the end of the first week. Although the program is operating out of a temporary facility (the ARC has renovated the men’s lodge on the campus of the Nashville Center of Hope men’s transitional living building) and has only 19 beds, it has come a long way from where it was in May. The flood waters rose May 2, and just the week before, the Feeners had been assigned to Nashville. When they arrived in Nashville the last week of June, most of the emergency clean-up was done. But the long-term decisions about re-building or renovating the old ARC facility had just begun. A portion of the old building was condemned due to its floor – under almost six feet of water at the height of the flooding – having sunken six inches. Because the land the building sits on was originally a landfill, structural engineers and surveyors are still evaluating with area command on whether it’s safe to renovate, or whether the ARC will need to move and re-build. In the meantime, said Sharon Feener, “We’re moving toward doing what we do best. We just moved into a temporary warehouse with office space. It’s a huge step for us because it shows we’re not abandoning. We’re moving forward.” One of the biggest benefits of coming into their appointment when they did is that the Feeners have seen first-hand how much The Salvation Army can come together in time of need. The Nashville Area Command (recently re-named the Nashville Center of Hope) has been sharing their office space (until the new ARC office space was recently moved into) and also allowed the men’s transitional living facility to be transformed into
the new 19-bed program future of the permanent The renovated men ing, new paint, newly-e separate dormitories a lounge with a few added the ARC permanently m be used for transitiona then, the Feeners are gr support. They expect the ne due to its size, with bene more. Sheldon also said nature due to the smal “We’ll know the men be
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uice and take it to school. He drank sed out near the gym at Thomas chool in Tampa. He even managed ol from his military superiors. il he was home on leave that he uble. That’s when he started using
that night,” he said of the first time k. very early not to take the drugs on binges – four or five months at g dark places in Tampa to smoke ed after he married Lorraine, but
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rraine’s love story isn’t your typical It’s more boy-meets-girl, boy-losets-girl-again, boy-gets-addictedl-prays-for-a-change-in-heart. ayers made a difference. God beds in Boris’ heart that would eveno the Tampa, Fla., ARC. s before entering rehabilitation,
Boris read a War Cry article about the adult rehabilitation programs. Boris said at that moment, he had a premonition. He saw a man in a uniform, and it wasn’t military fatigues. Lorraine thought he was crazy. But she supported his desire to seek out the ARC programs. For years, Boris would want to swing by The Salvation Army ARC on Nebraska Avenue in Tampa to talk with them about the program. But every time something would come up. “It was work, or the business or family,” he said, “and every time I’d come home Lorraine would ask, ‘Did you make it to The Salvation Army?’” His drug problem had escalated. He’d binge for four or five months in a row. No call to Lorraine. No calls to his family. He’d just leave. He had been to prison six times. “At some point, I knew I would stop – because I didn’t want to do it.” In 2005 Boris entered treatment at The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center in Tampa. He said it changed his life, brought him closer to God and restored his marriage. “The moment I stepped on to the property,
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w 19-bed program until a decision about the of the permanent ARC building is decided. e renovated men’s lodge has new tile floorw paint, newly-enclosed spaces to create te dormitories and new counters in the with a few added vending machines. Once C permanently moves, the space will again d for transitional housing for men. Until he Feeners are grateful for the command’s t. ey expect the new program to be unique its size, with beneficiaries being asked to do Sheldon also said it will be more personal in due to the small number of beneficiaries. know the men better, know their strengths
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I knew my life had changed,” Boris recalled. Three months into the program, he called Lorraine and told her he was meant to be a Salvation Army officer. Lorraine knew it was an answer to her prayers. Both Boris and Lorraine say they’ve seen the hand of God working in their life – and they’re looking towards becoming Salvation Army officers after graduating from Evangeline Booth College next spring. Eventually, Lorraine said, they’d love to go back to the ARC and minister to the men who are there. To read about the “God moment” where Cadets Davis poured into the life of a Salvation Army employee, go to www.southernspiritonline.com. Dulcinea Cuellar Cadets Boris and Lorraine Davis traveled a rocky road to the training college.
and weaknesses – it’s going to be more intimate.” Since the flooding, the Feeners attribute the swift progress to a small but devoted staff. “They’ve really kept us afloat,” said Sharon. Sheldon said three key people have done “the lion’s share of the work. Our call dispatch guy has been doing all the truck routing by hand on paper because the computer program they used for that was also destroyed.” The new offices and warehouse means the computer system will be re-installed by November and pencil-paper routing will no longer be needed. But the work that the staff has put in will not be forgotten. “Ken Laymon, the director of finance, has done the job of administrator, payroll, HR… he has gone above and beyond. All the staff has worked so hard. They tell us, ‘We’re doing this for the men.’ So it’s incredible to see the lengths to which they’re going. It makes our jobs so much easier to have such great people,” said Sheldon.
Mother Nature puts one client’s faith and strength to the test Alan Flud, a former alcoholic and beneficiary at The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center, was three weeks away from completing the nine-month work therapy program in Nashville, Tenn., when Mother Nature erupted, testing Alan’s strength and faith. It was the first week of May, and non-stop rain was pouring from the skies. The Nashville ARC’s 56 beneficiaries watched as water steadily rose in front of the facility – their home. “We tried to stop the water with sandbags, but it kept coming,” said Flud. “As the water continued to rise, fear began to rise in our eyes. We were scared about what was going to happen.” He recalls pacing the hallways at night and overhearing his peers’ prayers to God. “God, please don’t let us drown. Please get us out of this safely,” Flud heard one client pray. After hearing these prayers, mixed emotions of fear, disappointment and confusion began to sink into his heart. “I couldn’t understand why this was happening,” he said. “I kept asking God, ‘What are you doing?’” At 4 a.m., a call woke the men, telling them rescue boats were on the way. With just the clothes on their backs, the ARC beneficiaries fled the flooding facility and took shelter in the local area command’s gymnasium. The men anxiously pondered what the flood would mean for their future. On their second night in the gym, the ARC administrator explained that because their facility was under water, the men had two options. They could continue their treatment at the ARC in Memphis, or they could pursue other alternatives independently. Flud’s mixed emotions immediately escalated. Thoughts of his old lifestyle – survival on the streets, possessed by alcohol – came rushing back. Feeling defeated, he wanted to give up and run away. Instead, he prayed to God to give him the strength to make the right decision. “We felt our trust in God was tried to the max,” he explained. “Alcoholics and drug addicts don’t do well with quick change. But after I prayed, I felt the peace of God in my heart, and I knew I needed to go to Memphis.” Forty-two clients made the journey to Memphis to continue treatment. After a silent bus ride spent contemplating fear of the unknown, the men arrived in Memphis to welcoming arms and heart-warming smiles. “Once we got past the fear of change and got involved, we knew Memphis was the place where we were supposed to be,” Flud said. “The spirit of the Memphis staff and residents was contagious, and we all knew everything was going to be okay.” The Nashville transplants continued their treatment, and 25 men went on to graduate. Flud completed the program in May and has expressed an interest in possibly working for The Salvation Army in the future. “The Salvation Army has taught me how to find joy and happiness in life,” he said. “It hasn’t been an easy journey, but I am thankful my path led me to the ARC and to Memphis.” Emily Fletcher
Step by step By Brooke Turbyfill Southern Spirit staff When Scherer Construction and Engineering started working with The Salvation Army 22 years ago, Clark Scherer said he and his team didn’t realize the Army was a church. “The more work we did for them, though, the more we found out. We made the decision to continue to work for them,” said the company founder and CEO. Little did Scherer know, his professional and personal life would become much more integrated with The Salvation Army. His company operates in Georgia, north Florida, west Florida and central Florida, and has helped the USA Southern Territory build family stores, ARC buildings, divisional headquarters buildings, camps, etc. A design-build company, Scherer Construction contracts directly with a single entity and is responsible for both design and construction services for a construction project. While working with the client as a partner, Scherer Construction assumes full responsibility for the project. This delivery method clarifies communication, maximizes results and avoids potential problems. Scherer Construction and Engineering is currently remodeling the Miami ARC, and one of its first projects was building the music conservatory at Florida’s Camp Keystone. While Scherer’s company quickly became known as a leader in the design-build industry, his career was often interrupted with lengthy breaks. Scherer had, over the years, become addicted to alcohol and cocaine. Since 1988, he had tried at least 15 treatment centers all over the nation. He would take a leave of absence from the company, go away for treatment at an inpatient services center, return and, ultimately, relapse. “It’s important to note that during most of this I was in the choir at a Methodist church and on its Board of Trustees. I just couldn’t seem to stay sober. I had probably spent half a million dollars on treatment and a million on my addictions,” he said. “I found myself as the CEO and founder of a major design-build construction company and a fairly big real estate development firm. I’d have to drop out for three to six months at a time to go into treatment. I would come out and not stay sober for more than a few months.” It was upon the insistence of his partners – two of which are Salvation Army advisory board members in Florida – that Scherer decided to undergo treatment in 2006 at the Suncoast (then St. Petersburg), Fla., ARC. His partners “believed that the only way I was going to get sober was if I turned my life over to the care and will of God,” said Scherer. He worked in the phone room, receiving and typing in orders during his time at the ARC, and a typical day included coffee and breakfast, work in the phone room during the day, and in-house meetings and/or AA meetings as well as chapel services in the evenings. Scherer credits his partnership with The Salvation Army as saving not only his life, but also his business. He said his partners probably would have left his company had he not been able to find the Lord – and sobriety – through The Salvation Army. He remembers Major Charles Nowell (R) and Major Bill
L-R, Commissioner Max Feener, Clark Scherer, Jim Crookston, Matt Hedgren and Robert Taylor as Scherer Construction & Engineering accepted an award for exceptional service at the 2010 Facilities Planning Conference held in Stone Mountain, Ga. Clark Scherer says he owes not only his life, but also his business to The Salvation Army. Madison (R) talking to him throughout his treatment about “God, and kids, and life,” he said. “I believe the prayers of the officers made the difference. No other treatment center (I attended) had that.” It was during his final days at the Suncoast ARC that Scherer re-connected with an old family friend – who had maintained her sobriety for many years – and they were married six months after Scherer graduated from the ARC. The happy couple now has over 20 combined years of sobriety between them. Since then, Scherer has encouraged his brother-in-law to enter treatment at an ARC and still keeps in touch with other beneficiaries he knew during his treatment. “I highly recommend the ARC to anyone who has struggled to gain and maintain sobriety. The ARC believes that men need to feel, at the end of the day, like they accomplished something – it is a work therapy program. A lot of other places I went to did one-on-one and group therapy all day long. I did all kinds of psychological evaluations, but in none of those programs did they make you work or accomplish. I think a man needs to feel tired at the end of the day, but the most important thing is the introduction to Jesus Christ. So many addicts don’t want to ask for help from anyone, much less a God we can’t see,” he said. Even through the tumultuous economic times and resulting lows that his company has experienced because of them, Scherer says he’s learned the truly important things in life have nothing to do with financial gain. “The most important thing you can do is do your best every day and pray to God that he will lead you to take the next right step.”
Austin ARC celebrates progress and recovery
Captains Erik and Carol Nickell
Ce l e b r a t ing the first graduating class of a Celebrate Recovery book study, Captains Erik and Carol Nickell, Austin ARC administrators, asked beneficiaries to talk about how the CR program’s 12 steps have aided their recovery.
Powerless Step 1: I admitted I am powerless over my addictions and compulsive behaviors and that my life has become unmanageable. Step one will always be the most important. I know that without God I make bad choices. Carl Burress Restoration Step 2: I came to believe that a power greater than myself could restore me to sanity. I was of no use to anyone. Slowly, tarnished defects were replaced with the works of the Holy Spirit. Peter Kapustin
Decision Step 3: I made a decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of God. I have had a very difficult time surrendering, always questioning if I truly had. I stopped asking the question. Ray Moss
Search and Admit Step 4: I made a searching and fearless moral inventory of myself. Step 5: I admitted to God, to myself, and to another human being, the exact nature of my wrongs. Steps 4 and 5 revealed to me my true character, the way other people see me, not the way I saw myself. A sponsor helps me examine and confess those flaws asking God to help me change. As a result, I am changing. Craig Thompson Change Steps 6 & 7: I was entirely ready to have God remove all my defects of character and humbly asked him to remove all my shortcomings. I am a believer of Jesus Christ who struggles with alcohol and chronic impatience. Steps six and seven are helping me allow God to remove this character defect. Kevin Roberts Amends Step 8: I made a list of all persons I had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all. Step 9: I made direct amends to such people when-
ever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. Being in recovery with my dad has been vital as I deal with my hurts, habits and hang-ups. Marcus Williams Continue Step 10: I continue to take personal inventory and when I am wrong, promptly admit it. I am wrapping my mind around the truth that “I am forgiven by the blood of Jesus.” Gregory Williams Contact with God Step 11: I seek through prayer and meditation to improve my conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of his will for me and power to carry that out. It was through CR that I experienced a personal relationship with my closest friend, Jesus, whose love for me has enabled me to love myself. Richard Marcotte Others Step 12: Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, I try to carry this message to others, and practice these principles in all my affairs. Celebrate Recovery has given me the opportunity to help others. It is an honor...vital to my recovery… Steve McCallion
October 29, 2010
Interculturalism through the eyes of an officer
Events celebrating the cultural richness and diversity of the Miami Hialeah Corps are essential to the corps’ well-being, said Major Kelly Durant.
By Captain Kelly Durant Miami Hialeah Corps is rich in cultural diversity, and over the past decades the people of the corps have grown together in love and respect for one another, fulfilling what Jesus Christ taught us: “to love our neighbor as ourself.” Attending our corps are Americans, Jamaicans, Cubans, Colombians, Venezuelans, Argentines, Nicaraguans, Guatemalans, Dominicans, Salvadorians, Puerto Ricans, Chileans and other nationalities. It is easy for some people to assume that Latinos, or Hispanics, are basically the same in their characteristics, but that is far from true. There are undeniable differences in music preferences, food appetites, political experiences and racial ethnicity between South Americans, Central Americans and people from the Caribbean islands. Becoming familiar with each other’s contrasting differences helps us understand, respect and love each other with more compassion and empathy while showing us that each culture has a lot to offer to each one of us. The primitive Christians of diverse backgrounds got to know each other by visiting each other, preaching from house to house, eating and enjoying social events together, including birthday parties, weddings and local holidays. In an area of such diversity as the city of Miami, we have discovered certain formulas for success for uniting cultures. Here is what we encourage: 1. Frequent united holiness meetings; 2. Monthly combined meals; 3. Weekly visitation of families; 4. Diversity in corps leadership, for community representation; 5. A cultural celebration every October. This is a big music and dance event in which each nationality presents the souvenirs and items of their culture, along with native food, on different tables for each person to sample. At the end of the afternoon, a prize is given to the best decorated display. We have never seen a serious conflict occur due to any disagreements over anyone’s cultural backgrounds. In fact, diversity actually seems to strengthen the groups. We see this strength when a need arises as everyone is willing to help with projects, regardless of the nationality or culture of the person being served. The Lord brings together his people in even closer ways. In our corps many intercultural marriages exist of couples from different countries and backgrounds. My wife and I are an example – Regina is from Bolivia and I am from the United States. We have served the Lord together for all of our married life of 32 years. The heaven that John witnessed and wrote of in Revelation is a place in which people from all nations and all tongues all gathered together to praise and serve him together forever!
(Above left)Delegates listen to a presentation at the Florida Intercultural Retreat Camp. (Below left) Major David Erickson views an exhibit at the Florida Intercultural Retreat Camp.
INTERCULTURAL RETREAT CAMP
September 17 – 19, 2010 A little of heaven was experienced here on earth. Anglos, African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians and Creoles made up the more than 200 delegates worshiping and praising God together and learning from each other. The occasion was the Intercultural Retreat Camp hosted by the Florida Division. It didn’t matter if you spoke English, French, Ko-
rean or Spanish, or that the delegate seated next to you didn’t speak your language, there was communication, and it was clearly evident. There was love of neighbor regardless of culture, skin color, language, race, nationality, traditions or beliefs. Led by Lt. Colonels Vern and Martha Jewett, the theme was “Celebration of Love – More Than Skin Deep.” The invited guest speakers were Commissioners David and Doreen Edwards. Commissioner David Edwards challenged the delegates to address questions such as: What is it exactly we hope to achieve through intercultural ministry? What is the difference we hope to make in the lives of the people to whom we minister? How do we communicate this correctly to the minority cultures and immigrant communities in America? He shared Scriptures such as Acts 1:4-11, Matthew 10:5-8 and Matthew 28:19-20 as well as his own experience in ministering to people of other cultures. The message highlight is that we are all charged with taking the gospel to people of other cultures. Commissioner Edwards said that we must relinquish the mental baggage that prevents us from relating to people of other cultures and that as Christians, regardless of our race or culture, we should remain faithful to the one mission, the transforming work of the gospel of Jesus, and to be committed to one culture – the culture of the Kingdom of God.
As he said that evening, “Let us be motivated by one vision, the Vision of the Kingdom of God that Christ will establish when He returns.” (Revelation 7) Following the keynote address, delegates were invited to attend a fair that included arts and crafts and a variety of foods from the countries being represented. People were also entertained with music and testimonies from corps and delegates. Saturday was a day for learning, round table discussions and praise celebration. The day began with Lt. Colonel Vern Jewett talking about the origins of the intercultural initiative and how the Florida Division is embracing the truth of inclusiveness of the Gospel in a way that it has never done before, “so that we can continue to embrace, loving the world that we live in inclusively,” meaning everybody who lives in the communities surrounding the corps. Lt. Colonel Jewett explained that for a church to become an integrated multicultural church, a degree of readiness must first be achieved. He said that obedience to the Scriptures and personal response to the Holy Spirit prepares the believer for multicultural readiness. The person who truly loves God must understand that loving God includes loving people regardless of their race, color, nationality, age, traditions or beliefs. With prayer, communion with God, fasting and a willingness to change, the Holy
5 Spirit will transform the heart and eliminate any superficial facade that might hold you from getting above zero in the readiness scale. The final session involved roundtable discussions, providing the opportunity to reflect, analyze and internalize some of the issues presented in the intercultural materials. Saturday evening was a time for praise and reflection through Scripture reading, music, dance and the devotion presented by Commissioner Doreen Edwards. Commissioner David Edwards’ message in Sunday morning’s holiness meeting reminded the delegates that there are no strangers or outcasts in God’s family. He referred to Luke 10, The Parable of the Good Samaritan; Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18, which referred to love of God and love of neighbor. “And who is our neighbor,” he said. In making the comparison of the priest, the Levite and the Samaritan, Commissioner Edwards denoted the actions of the three men, and that only one behaved as a good neighbor should. Only the Samaritan was merciful to the man who travelled on the road to Jericho and was mugged. Prior to asking those present to make a commitment, Commissioner asked, “With which of these three individuals – the priest, the Levite and the Samaritan – would you honestly say that you identify with? What things keep you from not only seeing, but also acting in response to the needs of those around you? Where do you stand?” Carrie Holguin
Luciano Goicochea and Major Abigail Diaz of the territorial Radio Ministries Department are shown at the Coicom conference.
COICOM 2010 Congress
Bávaro, Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic was the venue for the 19th annual edition of the international congress of COICOM (Iberoamerican Confederation of Christian Communicators and Mass Media) in early September. The event was held at the Hotel Barceló Convention Center in Punta Cana, on the beautiful and lovely beach of the Caribbean at Bávaro. The aim of COICOM is the evangelization of all Latin participants of the world. Each year thousands of participants of more then 26 Latin American countries attend COICOM. The program this year was designed to challenge the participants to be agents of transformation around the world. If we as individuals and as God’s people have not experienced transformation, we cannot receive from God his plan of rescue for lost humanity. Plenary sessions, workshops and seminars focused on the urgency to train and to be a carrier of the gospel message of transformation. “It was a sobering and powerful message, very important to those that deal with communicating the gospel message through mass media,” said Major Abigail Diaz, the Spanish program manager for the Radio Ministries Department. “Personally it was of great impact on my personal life and ministry,” Major Diaz added. “In leaving the congress, I felt the Lord had imparted a new vision within me, to see my city, nation and the world through God’s eyes. And how we need the direction of the Holy Spirit to be able to move and touch our audience today and give them the message of salvation were they are at, prevalent to the times.”
Miracle at the health fair We recently had a health fair for Hispanic people at our community center near downtown Miami. The residents from the shelter were invited, but none of them seemed to be crazy about going. You see, a lot of them have low expectations toward life, because life took them through weird paths and they need help to make u-turns. Anyway, one of our case managers saw that only a few residents were on the van to go to the health fair, so she went inside and started to knock on doors to recruit as many as possible. One guy who was a little down, still in his pajamas, said, no, he didn’t want to go, he wanted to stay and watch some TV. Our case manager, Alsira, told him there’s no way, and he had better hurry up because she wouldn’t leave without him. He came down, got to the fair, had his blood pressure checked, and it was so high that we had to call an ambulance. The lady from the Fire Department, who was another organizer for the fair, told me with tears in her eyes, “We just saved his life.” Judith Mori, Director of development, Miami
October 29, 2010
Army selected to operate youth center for NFL The National Football League has selected The Salvation Army as its partner in the operation of an NFL Youth Education Town in Dallas. The announcement was made at a press conference hosted by the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee. Dallas will host next February’s Super Bowl at the new Cowboys Stadium in suburban Arlington. YETs are educational/recreational centers that the NFL establishes in cities hosting Super Bowls. Left as lasting legacies of the games, the centers seek to make a positive impact on young people living in troubled or underprivileged neighborhoods within the community. A prerequisite for selection as a Super Bowl host city is for the community to raise $1 million toward the establishment of a YET project, which is then matched by the NFL. The Gene and Jerry Jones Family Arlington Youth Foundation provided the local community’s $1 million donation for the center. Gene Jones, wife of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, said she has attended 21 Super Bowls and has been impressed by the impact the YET centers have had on hosting communities. The center will be located in a neighborhood near the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, offering educational and recreational programs and services to an estimated 2,000 youngsters living in the immediate area. Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman, former Cowboys quarterbacks and chair
(Above, L-R) Captain Andrew Miller, Arlington corps officer, Bill Lively of the Host Committee, Stephen Hood, executive director of the DFW Metroplex Command, and Major Ward Matthews, Metroplex area commander. (Right, L-R) Gene Jones and Charlotte Jones Anderson respond during the announcement ceremonies. and vice-chair respectively of the Host Committee, were speakers during the announcement ceremonies, as well as Bill Lively, Host Committee president and CEO. Lively announced that the Army’s Metroplex Command had been selected to operate the center and that former Cowboys running back Emmett Smith, who played youth football at a Salvation Army-run facility in Pensacola, Fla., has agreed to be the Founding
Discipline your talk
People often fall into gossip and criticism, not so much from ill-will as from old habit. Or they drift along with the current of conversation. Or they want to say something entertaining so as to fit in. If we want to break the habit and avoid these traps, what should we do? It is wise to replace the old habits with new habits. Make it your practice to think and speak true, positive, uplifting things. When a man seeks to rid his mind of wrong thoughts, he is wise to follow Paul’s advice to the Philippians: “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” (Philippians 4:8). So practice speaking positively. Try praising others, look for their good qualities. Next time you are in a conversation that turns negative, deliberately insert kind words. You will be amazed at the result.
The preceding excerpt is from ‘Samuel Logan Brengle: Heart for God’ by Peter Farthing, published by Carpenter Media and The Salvation Army’s International Center for Spiritual Life Development.
Chair of the center’s board of advisors. Major Ward Matthews, Metroplex commander, said the center will be housed in a new addition of a building in Arlington that the Army currently owns. In an attempt to preserve the grants for the center as funding for
youth programs, Major Matthews wants to recruit architectural and construction firms from the private sector to donate their services to help build the planned 10,000-square-foot facility. The YET is targeted for completion by fall 2012.
In the words of
Brengle 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.
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Captains Bobby and Anne Westmoreland
Westmorelands appointed to lead Ukraine Division
Captains Bobby and Anne Westmoreland are appointed as leaders for the Ukraine Division in the Eastern Europe Territory. Captain Bobby Westmoreland will be the divisional commander, and Captain Anne Westmoreland will serve as divisional director of women’s ministries. The appointment is effective February 1, 2011. Prior to assuming those appointments, the Westmorelands will fill pro-tem positions at territorial headquarters in Moscow, Russia – as acting regional commanders for Georgia in the Eastern Europe Territory. That three-month term will commence on November, 1, 2010.
October 29, 2010
Atlanta Metro AC receives generous gift on wheels Thanks to Jim Ellis Cars, Thomas Built Buses and a generous anonymous donor, The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Command was given 13 multi-function school activity buses valued at nearly $500,000. “It took a few years, but we were fortunate to find a local donor who understood the importance and urgency of purchasing and deploying these newly equipped vehicles,” said Major James Seiler, Metro Atlanta area commander. The vehicles will be used to transport hundreds of local men, women and children daily to and from Salvation Army programs and facilities. Twenty Salvation Army staff and officers arrived at Jim Ellis Chevrolet, traded in their 15-passenger vans, received a brief walk-through and training on the amenities and safety features of their new vehicles, and drove off with the 13 new mini-buses, which were escorting clients and Major James Seiler accepts keys from Jim Ellis. Looking on at right is Jim Lynch, chief operating officer for the members before the day’s end. Metro Atlanta Area Command..
Volunteers provided medical attention as well as a variety of other services for homeless and needy people.
Army in Louisville hosts outreach for homeless During times of war, combat exhausted soldiers are periodically removed from the field of combat to a place of relative safety for brief periods of rest and recovery. Standdown is the military term used to describe these periods of respite. During a standdown, troops are given food, clean clothing, haircuts, shower facilities and an opportunity to receive medical treatment. The event was just that for men and women, many of whom are homeless. 2010 Project Homeless Connect/Stand Down was an ambitious one-day community outreach project where representatives from multiple community service organizations come together in one location to address the needs of the homeless during a single visit. It was coordinated by the Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Louisville Metro Housing and Family Services, Louisville’s Coalition for the Homeless and community partners. More than 150 volunteers assisted homeless men and women as they visited tables sponsored by more than 30 agencies, including The Salvation Army, who hosted the event at its Louisville Male High School campus. Men and women came to the site to get information, advice and services. Also available were food, clothing, medical evaluations, employment services, social services and a wide variety of other areas of assistance to the homeless. Phoenix Health Services gave flu shots and HIV screenings, Lion’s Eye Bank gave free eye exams and eyeglasses. Other agencies gave away gift packs with toiletries, socks, undergarments and backpacks.
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Equipping Salvationists for Mission!
Bob Lupton has invested more than 34 years working in low-income communities in Atlanta, Georgia. Through Family Consultation Service Ministries, which he founded, he has developed three mixed-income subdivisions, organized two multiethnic congregations, started several businesses, and created housing for hundreds of families, and initiated a wide variety of human services. Dr. Lupton will be leading a track at the Redemption conference for those specifically interested in community redevelopment.
Captain Roni Robbins After careers in law enforcement, executive hotel management and hospital administration, Major Roni Robbins met The Salvation Army and the rest is history. She was ordained and commissioned in 1995 as a Messenger of Hope. Major Robbins has a Masters Degree in Theological Studies and a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Redemptive Leadership and Organizational Development from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is currently the corps officers at Atlanta Temple Corps and will be teaching a workshop on Generational Poverty.
Dwaine Lee works with the Majora Carter Group, which has been integrally involved with creating positive green development in environmental justice neighborhoods. MCG was also involved in the creation of Sustainable South Bronx, one of the nation’s first and most successful urban green-collar job training and placement systems which has received the MacArthur award. Dwaine Lee will be teaching a workshop on the ways we can actively be involved in green forms of mission within our communities.
Phileena Heuertz and her husband, Chris, are the International Directors of Word Made Flesh. Phileena is a self-proclaimed contemplative activist who believes in balancing mission with contemplation. Phileena will be teaching two workshops on rediscovering the church’s contemplative tradition and exploring the spiritual disciplines.
Chris Heuertz and his wife are the International Executive Directors of Word Made Flesh, a non-profit organization which serves alongside the most vulnerable of the world’s poor. Having lived and worked in communities around the globe, and authoring two books, Chris has a unique perspective on mission, both global and local. He will be teaching two workshops focusing on Friendship at the Margins and Reducing Poverty, not the Poor.
Graeme Hodge is the Assistant Director for The Salvation Army’s International Development Department in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Originally from Australia, Graeme has lived and worked in a number of countries around the world and developed a wide and diverse experience of developing communities throughout Africa and South East Asia, which informs his current work in the area of poverty alleviation. Graeme will be speaking in a general session as well as teaching on Justice and Lifestyle.
Kim Hammond was the Victorian Director of Forge Australia for several years and the National Recruiter and Networker for Youth for Christ Australia. In 2009 Kim took the role as Director of Missional Imagination and a teaching pastor at Community Christian Church in Chicago, USA. His role is to help Community a 7000 person Multisite church, become a missional church that empowers a micro movement of people on mission through small groups. The Hammond's also came to America to support Alan and Debra Hirsch and launch Forge America. Kim is the National Director of Forge America and is building HUBS that run the Forge residency across America. Kim will be teaching on what it means to be missional, and the role of the church.
Lindsey Bailey works for the Salvation Army World Service Office. At present there are 50,000 indigenous Army officers, employees and professional staff working in developing countries. SAWSO assists these persons and local leaders to identify the root causes of their problems, formulate solutions, and develop the skills necessary to plan and sustain programs in their communities. Lindsey will be teaching on how to rescue the perishing in our global communities.
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The youth group at the Nashville, Tenn., Laotian Corps sings ‘Our God is Greater.’ Story, page 1. Photo by Major Frank Duracher