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A publication of The Salvation Army USA Southern Territory Volume 27, No. 11 July 20, 2010

USA South’s youth outreach ramps up

By Dan Childs



he cold reality of the statistic is numbing: If a child has not accepted Christ by the age of 13, there is a 90% chance he or she never will. Another statistic states that 19 of 20 Christians came to faith by the age of 25. The window of opportunity for reaching someone is wide open for only so long. That’s why The Salvation Army is mobilizing to install 100 youth directors to work in communities throughout the USA South. Each of the territory’s nine divisions have the opportunity to hire 11 youth directors for a minimum four-year

•Territory to add 100 outreach workers commitment. They will be coordinated by a territorial director. Funding for the remaining youth director positions in Southern communities is part of a $7.5 million commitment over four years. In the first year, the Southern Territory will subsidize the positions 100%, with 75, 50 and 25% funding in the three subsequent years. “What we’re hoping is that the corps will realize the value of these positions and find a way to make them line items in their budget

in the following years,” said Lt. Colonel Eddie Hobgood, territorial program secretary. “We hope that in the corps where they cannot do that, the youth director will have enlisted people who will be able to step up and fill in and carry on with the outreach to young people.” Lt. Colonel Hobgood said that networking with people in the community in an effort to identify human resources who can supplement corps youth outreach programs will be one of the major areas of responsibility for the youth directors. They will also

• Majors William and Debra Mockabee, Georgia divisional leaders, have been appointed to executive positions in the Sri Lanka Territory, Story, page 7.

Wilson retirement

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Roberts appointed National Commander Commissioners William and Nancy Roberts, officers of the USA Central Territory currently serving respectively as territorial commander and territorial leader of women’s ministries (equivalent to territorial president of women’s ministries) in the Kenya West Territory, have been appointed as national leaders in the United States of America. Commissioner William Roberts is appointed as National Commander, and Commissioner Nancy Roberts as National President of Women’s Ministries. In order to serve for three years in their new appointment responsibilities, General Shaw Clifton has extended the active service of Commissioners William and Nancy Roberts until Oct. 31, 2013. They succeed Commissioners Israel and Eva Gaither who will be retiring from active service.



El Paso: Back in the South

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Thrill of competition Major Lenah Jwili, in charge of Salvation Army work in Namibia, celebrates with children who attended the soccer and fun day that was part of The Salvation Army’s World Cup ministry. Story, page 3.


Advancing the South

Brengle show returns to stage at Southern Bible Conference By Major Frank Duracher SOUTHERN SPIRIT STAFF


he Saturday night program at this year’s Southern Bible Conference will feature the musical “Brengle: My Life’s Ambition.” The musical originally debuted at the 2008 Holiness Conference in Atlanta. Following that congress, a request came from International Headquarters to bring a shortened version and a small cast to

the International Leaders Conference, which took place in London in July 2009. The musical was trimmed down from 105 minutes to 75 minutes; the cast was reduced from approximately 100 to 16 and the video backdrops traded for a simpler set. The change refocused the musical to be entirely about the story of Brengle’s Please see BRENGLE, page 7



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McGee What about Bob?

This is the tale of Bob Corps. Bob said, “Bob Bobolink is singing off key in the songsters. I think someone oughtta ask Bob to leave songsters.” So, Bob was asked to leave songsters. In the process Bob left the corps. Men’s Club camp was coming up. Bob said, “I can’t believe we are taking Bob Bobsledder to Men’s Club camp. Bob hasn’t been going, why should we take him?” “It will give him a chance to learn about Men’s Club,” said Bob. Bob didn’t see it that way and told Bob that he couldn’t go. That hurt Bob’s feelings, so Bob left the corps. One day, Bob said after church that he didn’t like the way Bob Bobbery was reading his Bible from the pulpit. Bob said, “What’s the problem?” Bob said, “Well, Bob’s not using the version that I use, so Bob should be told.” And Bob told him. There was one less Bob on the next Sunday in the corps. In July, the corps held its annual fundraiser, an apple-bobbing contest for the community. A few of the Bobs were upset because they felt some of the other Bobs weren’t helping out as much as they could. So they had words with one of the Bobs. The next Sunday, Bob Bobber was missing from the pew. One day, the Bobs were talking about the Bob who wasn’t there. As the Bobs babbled, they didn’t see him come in. Bob Bobbie left to find a place where Bob wouldn’t be the only subject of conversation. October came, and some of the Bobs started talking about how there were fewer Bobs. One Bob suggested that not only should they go after more Bobs, but they might actually go after a few Tims or Pats. The Bobs were against non-Bobs. They were not used to dealing with Tims or Pats. Nothing personal, but you know how it is. So Bob Bobcat left because he didn’t want to be in a place that was so narrowminded. In November, Bob, Bob and Bob were discussing a time-honored corps tradition. One Bob said, “That doesn’t work anymore. Why don’t we do something different?” Bob and Bob stared at Bob. And Bob said, “It’s not working, let’s just stop.” And the two Bobs in unison said, “This is how we preserve our traditions. It doesn’t matter that no one comes to them anymore.” Bob Bobtailing said, “I quit. I want to be part of something that’s growing.” And that left two Bobs. The two Bobs met in December. They gave each other a Christmas card. They both talked about how the room used to be full of Bobs, and they didn’t know what had happened. But if they’d get a new corps officer, there’d be more Bobs. The corps officer, Major Bobby Bob, walked in just as they said that and said, “We are moving in January. You will be getting a new corps officer by the name of Michael Mike.” January came. Bob and Bob stared at each other. In February they stared at each other. In March they stared at each other. In April, the Bobs had words, and Bob Bobbles left. In May, Major Michael Mike was talking to some new people, Henry and Tim. Bob told Major Michael Mike that he was waiting for more Bobs to come. “The Bob so loved Bob that he gave his only son Bob that Bob might have everlasting bobiness.” My hope and prayer is that you and your corps are reading and living For God so loved the world that he gave his son so that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life ... and not dwell in Bobland.

The original ‘Band of Brothers’ There was once a group of men who stood head and shoulders above others in their day. The Bible simply calls them “the thirty” – fighting men fiercely devoted to God and their soon-to-be king, David (see 2 Samuel 23:8ff). They were the original “Band of Brothers.” First, were three generals: Adino, Eleazar and Shammah. You don’t want to mess with these guys. Adino killed 800 men in a single battle. Eleazar smote so many Philistines in another battle that his hand had to literally be pried away from his sword. Shammah single-handedly stood his ground when the rest of his army ran away – and was victorious that day against the enemy. Next were two commanders: Abishai and Benaiah. Don’t worry about pronouncing any of these names… what matters is what they did in the name of Jehovah! Abishai killed 300 enemy soldiers in one battle, with

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Hope MA JOR FRANK DURACHER a single spear. Benaiah once killed a lion in a snowy pit and later killed an Egyptian giant (nearly as tall as Goliath) using the giant’s own weapon! Actually there were 37 of these fighting machines, according to verse 39. Serving under these ‘brothers’ were about 600 more soldiers. A formidable army that David was proud to lead into any battle for the Lord. Wouldn’t you like to be such a man – or woman? I don’t mean the killing part – I mean the devotion they had for God and their leader, David. Without hesitation, they risked their lives repeatedly. Anything for Christ! Now that’s a band of brothers and sisters I want to be a part of!

Promoted to Glory Major William Perry

Major William Perry was promoted to Glory on June 16, 2010, from Kissimmee, Fla. He was 90 years of age. His life was celebrated at a funeral service at the Atlanta Temple Corps with Major Ron Busroe presiding and Major William Mockabee speaking. The committal was at Westview Cemetery. William Alfred Perry, Jr. was born Feb. 2, 1920, in Kinston, N.C., to William Alfred and Mary (Spruil) Perry. His family moved to Orlando, Fla., in 1926 when he was a junior soldier and later moved to Miami, where he became a senior soldier. In Miami he was active in the bands at the corps as well as at school and was deputy bandmaster at the corps from 1938 to 1942. He was married to Jane Mulbarger on Jan. 1, 1942, and prior to their entering officer training in Atlanta, William wrote: “I love The Salvation Army and would



feel proud to be accepted as an officer. I am willing to give my all to God and hope that I may be able to show his wonderful power to others.” He and Jane were commissioned with the Valiant session May 24, 1943. They served in 13 corps appointments in Florida, Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas. Jane was promoted to Glory May 12, 1982, and Bill was honorably retired from active service May 31, 1983. All his career Bill was interested in and concerned with the young people of his corps. One of his loves was music, which he promoted in the corps with junior and senior members. He was known for his patience and kindness. In post-retirement he continued to serve as chaplain at the adult rehabilitation centers in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando and was loved by the men in these programs. He is survived by daughters Major Jane (Newton) Brown, Major Sharyn (George) Hoosier, Ethel (Carl) Phillips and Cindy (Michael) Quinn; brother and sister-in-law Lt. Colonels David and Helen Mulbarger; sister-in law Lt. Colonel E. Amelia Mulbarger; and 13 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Majors Randall and Barbara Wilson

Majors Randall and Barbara Wilson entered honored retirement after 16 years of officership. The Wilsons served overseas and stateside over the course of their careers. They served at territorial headquarters in the Personnel Services Department in their final appointment. The Wilsons received their certificates of retirement from Commissioner Fred Ruth in a ceremony held at the Atlanta Temple Corps. Flagbearers were Commissioner Phil Needham and Lt. Colonel Edward Commissioner Fred Ruth presents the certificate of retirement to Majors Randall and Barbara Wilson. Flagbearers were Lt. Colonel Laity. The Wilsons entered officer training Edward Laity (left) and Commissioner Phil Needham. in Atlanta out of Parkersburg, W. their transfer to oveaseas ministry in December 2000. Va., and were commissioned in June 1994 with the They served in Papua New Guinea as assistant Crusaders for Christ session. They were appointed secretary for social affairs and office manager for to the Memphis, Tenn., Winchester Corps, where development services. In July 2008 they were they served as corps officers until August 2000. They appointed to the Antigua Division in the Caribbean commanded the Winston-Salem, N.C., Corps until Territory, serving as corps officers.


July 20, 2010

Seeking direction for life’s journey

My wife says I have a problem. She seems to think that I may need some counseling because I talk back to “Mandy,” the voice on my Tom-Tom or GPS. I have been with other drivers, and it seems to be a common practice, not just my problem. As I see it, the problem is that “Mandy” does not always know the best or fastest route to my destination. Now I must admit, I have lived in Atlanta on four occasions for a total of almost 15 years, so I know the city pretty well, especially situations related to traffic and congested highways. So, I don’t think it strange at all that I give “Mandy” some advice as to the best direction to go. In the journey of life, we are all starved for direction. We live in a world that presents us with a multitude of options. Some can be ruled out easily, but many of them seem good. What will we do? Whom should we trust? Where will we be appointed to next? When should we step out and move forward? How can I be a better parent, spouse, friend? We don’t know enough about the future to make such decisions well. We try to make sound choices

and hope for the best. We want more information; but we hesitate when we find that God’s plan for us first requires casting our all on him. Perhaps that is why so many people put their trust in horoscopes. They offer direction without making any demands on our character. Now let’s confess, there is a rumor about putting the officers’ names in a hat or using the dart board to determine their appointments – wouldn’t that be easier? I assure you that is not the procedure in our territory. These methods promise information without requiring the hard work of submission to God and acceptance of his work on our fallen hearts. God loves us too much for that. Getting direction from him means, first and foremost, getting him. His Spirit shapes us, his wisdom becomes a part of us. God is not usually an oracle-giver; he’s a life transformer. He usually directs us not by passing on information about what we’re to do, but by fundamentally altering us from within. He changes our character, our outlook, our priorities. Then we are directed by the indwelling Jesus. Paul advises us to “have the mind of Christ.” Many years ago I took Proverbs 3:5-6 as one of




my favorite Scriptures: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths. That proverb does not start with “He will make your paths straight.” There are conditions. We must trust him with all our heart. We must refuse to lean on our own understanding. We must acknowledge his sufficiency – acknowledging that we are insufficient – in everything. Then he makes our paths straight. Why? Because he is present. We have not simply used him like a GPS device for information, but we have invited him to come along on the journey and set the course. And please, don’t talk back. He knows what he is doing!

El Paso command returns to the South after 90 years The two corps in the border city of El Paso, Texas, met June 27 for the public ceremony changing the El Paso Corps from Western Territory care to Southern Territory care. In 1921, at the authorization of USA commander Evangeline Booth, the corps was placed under the West’s command, according to Colonel William Harfoot, chief secretary of the Western Territory. El Paso had previously been part of the Texas Division. The originally intended one-year “loan” from South to West extended to almost 90 years. Colonel Harfoot in his pre-ceremony devotional used Paul’s words to the Philippian church by saying the Salvationists of El Paso must “press on, looking forward.” He went on to say that in this earthly life, the number of years ahead for many people are shorter than the number of years that have gone by. In a person’s spiritual life and relationship with God, the number of days and years ahead are unlimited; they cannot be counted. The number of years ahead for The Salvation Army in El Paso are limitless and cannot

be counted. That means looking ahead to the future, praying onward and pressing forward. “Salvationists, be faithful in prayer. Be faithful in your relationships with the Lord,” said Colonel Harfoot. “The Salvation Army is an army of action. We pray, and we are always ready for action. That’s why we are (L-R) Majors Brian and Loretta Gilliam, Lt. Colonels Doug and called an Army! The transfer from Rhode Danielson, Captain Keith Bottjen, Major Pedro Delgado and the West to the South is a measure of Colonels William and Susan Harfoot. how wonderful The Salvation Army is around the world.” Division. The outgoing corps officers were each Colonel Harfoot then called the four farewelling presented with a plaque inscribed with the historical officers, Majors Pedro and Elizabeth Delgado and transfer after 89 years in the Western Territory to Captains Keith and Robin Bottjen to the platform the South officially at midnight on June 30. Major along with Southwest divisional commanders Lt. Brian Gilliam then prayed for the rich Salvation Army Colonels Doug and Rhode Danielson, and Majors heritage in El Paso and all that has been accomplished Brian and Loretta Gilliam, program secretary and for the Kingdom. community care ministries secretary for the Texas Chris Priest

World Cup kids programs exceed expectations Kids clubs and soccer schools in The Salvation Army’s Southern Africa Territory – set up to take advantage of the excitement and interest generated by South Africa hosting the FIFA World Cup – proved hugely popular, with numbers in many places exceeding expectations. South Africa’s neighbor, Namibia, is part of the Southern Africa Territory. The Army has been active in Namibia for only two years and is still in the early stages of its development, but that did not stop Salvationists there from joining in the fun. A soccer and fun day was attended by 250 children. Children learned how to be safe from human trafficking. The anti-trafficking message was also promoted to children and adults in their communities, at stadiums and at FIFA Fanfest venues where fans gathered to watch the

Salvation Army documentary wins international award

Many corps offered meals to kids during the World Cup. matches on giant screens. Donor funding also made it possible to distribute educational and sports equipment to a number of corps across the territory. This equipment will continue to be used after the completion of the World Cup. Along with education and safe fun, many corps offered a meal to the children attending the special World Cup events.

A Salvation Army film has won a prestigious award at the International Christian Visual Media conference in St Louis. The documentary “Our People: The Story of William and Catherine Booth and The Salvation Army” received a Gold Crown Award, winning the Documentary Over $50,000 category. “Our People” was produced by Carpenter Media, of The Salvation Army’s Australia Eastern Territory, and Radiant Films. Radiant is operated by Corey Baudinette, a Melbourne Salvationist who was the film’s producer and director. The International Christian Visual Media conference brings together leading Christian producers, directors and distributors from around the world. The Crown Awards recognize excellence in films which take a Christian message into what is generally a secular arena. All

nominations are judged on the quality of the production, storytelling and Christian content. Five years in the making, “Our People” was launched by the thenChief of the Staff Commissioner Robin Dunster in the east end of London in August 2009. Major Peter Farthing, of the Australia Eastern Territory, who researched, wrote and co-produced the 72-minute film, commented: “Our dream has always been to make a quality documentary which would speak to all generations. We want ‘Our People’ to be a go-to resource for Salvationists around the world.”



Cultivating hearts of mission As the mission team coordinator for the USA Southern Territory, Joe Lynch couldn’t have known how short-term mission trips would have taken off when he came into the role over six years ago. The task then was to increase short-term mission opportunities throughout the territory. Today, opportunities abound. From individual corps and men’s club teams to territorial headquarters employee teams, youth trips and cadet spring campaigns, the territory offers several avenues through which to serve on a short-term basis. Lynch said he is encouraged when cadets tell him that short-term mission is one of the best things they did while in training. This spring, cadets went to Mexico City and Lynch set up all the logistics. His main role as coordinator is to help set up the place, where missioners will stay, what they will be doing, conduct training for them and generally resource whatever needs they have while there. The Youth Department conducts a minimum of two short-term trips per year, and this year the young adults have already been to Haiti and Turks and Caicos. The Turks and Caicos trip, set up by Lynch, was led by Matt and Gabriela Broome. The team worked at a Salvation Army family store sorting clothes, served dinner at a local children’s home and conducted an open-air meeting. Gabriela Broome, who has been on three other mission trips, said the Turks and Caicos trip still taught her new things about God. Her experience visiting Captains Matthew and Rebecca Trayler, who are stationed on the islands as overseas officers, taught her how important to God the relationships among the family of Christ are. “The time of fellowship with the Trayler family was just as important or even more so than the activities and projects we did in the community. We are a very close-knit Christian family in The Salvation Army, so it really makes a difference when we can fellowship with our extended family that hasn’t had contact with fellow Salvationists in a while.” According to Lynch, short-term mission trips open up people’s minds about missions, help them deepen their walk with the Lord and provide growth in their ability to depend on him. “You’ll know quickly on a trip whether or not you’re called to do mission trips, but even if you’re not, it changes the way you pray about them and financially support them when you’ve gone,” he said. Other benefits include lifetime calling and increased giving. There are officers in the field today who received their mission calling while on a shortterm trip, and Lynch believes God blesses corps who release soldiers to do mission trips. “He tells us to go, so I believe one of the ways he blesses us is financially, and I think people give to what they believe in. There’s something about coming back and telling people about a mission trip versus you just reading about one; when you know somebody at your corps who has gone, you are much more inclined to support it,” he said. Brooke Turbyfill

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Missional partnerships





One of the ways the South is getting involved with short-term mission is by partnering with other churches. Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta has been partnering with The Salvation Army for the last two years. Sandy Purdie, an Atlanta Advisory Board member for The Salvation Army, attends Peachtree Presbyterian and connected the two groups. In 2007, the young married Sunday school class at Peachtree Presbyterian wanted to do volunteer work for an international mission that was close to home. When Purdie connected the class with the Army, Jamaica seemed to be the clear choice. After an exploratory trip that included Lynch, Purdie, Majors Jim and Karol Seiler and class leader Kimbrell Teegarden, the first team was organized in March 2008. They spent time with children at The Salvation Army School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the only school operating in Jamaica that serves the needs of visually impaired students. The team also visited retired officers and served at The Nest, a Salvation Army orphanage located on the same property adjacent to the school. There have been three trips since the one in 2008, and more are planned for this year. Sarah Williams, who went on one of the first trips, said the value to Peachtree Presbyterian Church’s young adult married Sunday school class has been astounding. Beyond a one-time mission trip, the partnership that has been created between her church and The Salvation Army is long-lasting. The Atlanta church hosted a Jamaica-themed VBS and funds that were donated were used to provide Braille machines for the visually impaired children. Peachtree Presbyterian also helped fund a community garden at the school. Williams said she’s learned a lot about The Salvation Army from the Southern Territory’s officers


who accompany the teams on each trip. “Just by having those liaisons with us, they can tell us about the history of the Army; they’ve told us about every country that the Army operates in; and it equips me to come back and not only talk about the good works that we’re doing (in Kingston) but also the quality of our partner.” Teegarden said the ability to do short-term mission with The Salvation Army has revolutionized her family’s life. “Going to Jamaica is now a given in our family’s yearly priorities. We had a baby a few months ago, so I needed to stay home this time. But there was never a doubt that one of us would go. My husband, Andrew, represented our family on this last trip and brought home pictures, videos and stories of these people whom we love and for whom we pray, and of this place that means so much to us. Through this partnership, my knowledge of and respect for The Salvation Army has grown exponentially,” she said. Mission team coordinator Joe Lynch said other churches are also partnering with the territory. He organized a trip for a Birmingham, Ala., church to do mission work with The Salvation Army in Belize in May. He’s also working with a Christian college that is interested in partnering with The Salvation Army to work in Haiti. “Any city that has a board probably has board members already involved in missions. But they have to find their own partners. If they partner with The Salvation Army, we’re in over 120 countries,” said Lynch. The Southern Territory is not only leading the charge by providing ways to get involved in shortterm mission projects, but also by creating partnerships that align with its missional focus – to love exclusively, serve helpfully and disciple effectively. Brooke Turbyfill

9 8 1. Team photo: L-R, back: Peachtree Presbyterian members Luke Farmer, Mollie Evans (Salvation Army employee), Marshall Howard, Amy Howard, Andrew Teegarden, Captain Edward Lyons (commander of The Salvation Army School for the Blind in Kingston) and Joe Lynch (mission teams coordinator); front, Branston Williams, Sarah Williams, Rob Dietrich and Jen Dietrich. 2. Gabriela Broome paints one of the dorms at the Salvation Army campus in Kingston, Jamaica. 3. The children at the School for the Blind were thrilled to receive sunglasses purchased with fundraising money raised by team members prior to their 2008 trip. 4. A woman at The Salvation Army School for the Blind stuffs a prayer bear as part of a craft activity led by the 2008 Territorial Headquarters Mission Team. 5. After an open-air meeting, one of the local children got to practice blowing into a horn. 6. Major Ann Penhale and others from the Florida Division were part of a previous short-term mission to Jamaica. 7. Joe Lynch, far left, hosted a booth at the World’s Fair during commissioning weekend to promote The Salvation Army’s shortterm mission opportunities. 8. Joe Lynch (far right) and Joy Mikles (front center) led a team to Mandeville, Jamaica, in October 2006. 9. The Southern Territory’s most recent young adult team (shown with island residents who attended the open-air meeting) went to Turks & Caicos Islands.

A look at short-term mission trips across the territory


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Website offers handy information for advisory boards Members of Salvation Army advisory boards have a new resource for information at the website The website will offer board members a variety of information designed to keep them informed about Salvation Army news beyond the boundaries of their own communities. The website, designed for easy navigation, will be continually updated with fresh information. The site will include information on advisory board resources

including PDF files of brochures, print ads and the Salvation Army annual report as well as photos and biographical sketches of National Advisory Board members. Another section will be updated with news items on Salvation Army affairs, and a blog will offer board members to share in discussions of issues and

ideas relating to their work with The Salvation Army. Also featured is a section providing updates on the 2011 National Advisory Organizations Conference that will be held at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. The NAOC section offers complete online conference registration, hotel information/ reservations and conference schedules and information on workshops. Dan Childs

The person God uses God looks for the right person. He does not ask, “Does this woman possess great natural abilities? Is she educated?” He asks, “Is her heart right toward me? Is she holy? Does she love much? Is she willing to walk by faith, and not by sight? Does she only chase the honor that comes from God? Will she give up when I correct her and try to prepare her for greater usefulness?” When God finds such a person, he will use her.

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.

A mother-in-law/daughter-in-law team made up of Barbara Hancock and Margaret Hancock co-chaired the fashion show.

DFW fashion show raises $641,000 for Army services in area The 18th Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon conducted by the Dallas Women’s Auxiliary raised $641,000. Margaret Hancock, who chaired the event, gave the glory to God for an increase of $196,000 over last year’s show. More than 600 women attended the event at the Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas. During the fashion show, local models walked down a runway wearing items attendees could bid on such as a Christian Dior full-length mink coat that sold for $2,800. Event guests also shopped for phenomenal bargains in the “Chic Boutique,” where donated items from some of the most fashionable closets in town sold for $5 to $300. “From Chanel handbags to couture suits, the gentlyworn or never-worn clothes and accessories donated by the Metroplex’s best-dressed women made this annual

fashion event the ultimate recycling opportunity,” said Captain Michele Matthews, DFW Metroplex Command leadership. In addition, three oneof-a-kind items were sold in a silent auction: lunch with Laura Bush, a George W. Bush presidential tie authenticated on presidential stationery, and a day with former Dallas Cowboys legends Daryl “Moose” Johnston and Thomas Everett. The purpose of the fashion show was to raise funds to support Salvation Army services in the DFW Metroplex. The successful event enabled the Women’s Auxiliary to distribute more than $480,000 in proceeds to 18 local Salvation Army locations. The funds will be used to purchase rocking chairs and sewing machines for use by senior citizens, as well as two mid-buses, two minivans and audio-visual equipment.

A sweet evening for Tuscaloosa supporters

Major Frank Duracher

No counting of calories was allowed during “An Evening of Chocolate” – one of several annual fund-raisers conducted by the Women’s Auxiliary in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The event is in its eighth year, raising money for the auxiliary’s various projects, including the Army’s shelter which houses an average of 80 people nightly. Money raised would also sponsor area children to attend summer camp at Camp Hidden Lake, and for restocking the corps food pantry in anticipation of families needing help through the summer months due to the sagging economy. The event is also a first in a series of a celebrations marking the Army’s centennial year in Tuscaloosa.

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Belmont Corps brings worship to street corner in Charlotte, N.C.

As part of Youth Sunday, the beginners’ band played at the first of three outdoor holiness meetings in front of the Belmont Corps in Charlotte, N.C.

When the Belmont Corps in Charlotte, N.C., met with its corps council about the Come Join Our Army initiative, the intent was to do something innovative. Their approach was to take worship to the street. The first of three holiness meetings conducted at the corner of 901 Belmont Avenue was held June 13. The Sunday program coincided with Youth Sunday, and the corps young people provided the call to worship, Scripture reading, responsive reading, praise and worship and a puppet skit. The beginners’ band also played. About 25 passersby stopped to listen, and two stayed for the entire service as well as the lunch that was offered afterward. Major Melody McClure, corps officer, said the corps is situated in a spot that attracts even more

Brengle production makes its return to stage at Southern Bible Conference Continued from page 1 incredible impact on The Salvation Army. The setting is more intimate and facilitates a deeper connection with the audience. As a result of last summer’s presentation at Sunbury Court, an invitation was extended to the cast and crew to come to Stockholm, Sweden, and present the musical in the same format to the delegates of the International Youth Conference. The musical will be presented twice for the delegates and then a third time for the Sweden Territory. At Commissioner Max Feener’s request, following the presentation at the WYC, the cast will return to the United States where the musical will be presented in similar format at the Southern Territorial Bible Conference.

Mockabees appointed to Sri Lanka Territory

Lieutenant Dan Nelson, who played William Booth in the original musical, reprises his role, as well as Lieutenant Jimmy Taylor, who sings “Army Cap.” Josh Quinn plays the young adult Brengle and Lt. Colonel Eddie Hobgood the senior Brengle. The musical is free to the public and all corps within reasonable driving range are encouraged to bring a delegation to see the final performance of this musical. As an aside, since the 2008 congress, the musical as been produced by the Barbados Division, as well as the USA Eastern Territory back in January in their celebration of Brengle’s 75th anniversary of his sanctification. They will also be presenting it this summer at Old Orchard Beach.

The JobBoard Territorial youth evangelism & outreach program administrator Atlanta, Ga. Plans, develops, coordinates, administers, monitors and evaluates the operations and progress of a Youth Evangelism & Outreach Program charged with sponsoring the employment of youth evangelism & outreach program directors at the corps level with the goal of increasing youth involvement in local corps. Screens candidates for selection as youth directors funded by this program; monitors and evaluates corps youth evangelism & outreach director progress to ensure compliance with program goals and objectives. View detailed job description and apply online at www. or e-mail/fax resume to debra_elder@ / 404.728.6725 (fax) Regional resource development director Louisiana (ALM Division) The Salvation Army, an internationally recognized non-profit, faith-based organization, seeks a regional resource development director: major gifts fund-raiser with a proven track record generating gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations. This is a Louisiana regional position. 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. Email resume and salary expectations to: irene_brennan@uss. AND complete our on-line application at www. (job ID 69918)

attention – a bus stop. Three separate buses stopped during the holiness meeting, and although they regularly play a pre-recorded message at each stop, none of the three buses played the recording on June 13. All passengers heard the corps message or music instead. Several neighbors came out on their porches to see what was happening, too. “Because we are an inner city corps, we often have people come in on Sundays for the weeks we feed; others come in on Sunday for a bag of food. The impact we want our openair worship services to have is that more of our community will see us as a house of prayer and come and worship with us,” said Major McClure. Brooke Turbyfill

General Shaw Clifton has decided that Majors William and Debra Mockabee, currently serving as Georgia divisional leaders, are appointed to the Sri Lanka Territory. Major William Mockabee is appointed as chief secretary, and Major Debra Mockabee as territorial secretary for women’s ministries. They will take up their new appointment responsibilities effective Oct. 1, 2010, each with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Majors Mockabee will replace Lt. Colonels Edward and Lalitha Daniel, who have held those positions since May 2004. The successors for the Georgia divisional leaders will be announced at a later date.

Welcome, Mom and Dad Captain Jason Smith, the corps officer in Salisbury, N.C. enrolled his parents, Tony and Kathy Smith, as new soldiers of the Henderson, N.C., Corps. At left is Captain Melissa Smith. Henderson corps officers are Majors James and Nancy McCurdy.

USA South to intensify outreach to youth Continued from page 1 coordinate and lead youth activities and programs and work closely with corps officers in developing and leading youth ministries. The work of the youth directors will in some ways resemble that of the 52 Salvation Army mission specialists that work in the South. The youth directors, however, will have greater latitude in the types of activities they are allowed to conduct; for instance, they will be permitted to teach in the corps, a duty that SAMS are not allowed to perform, and they will be permitted to run programs. Like SAMS, they will work closely with the corps officer and under his or her supervision. The youth directors will be required to be active Salvationists, and corps that currently

have a SAMS will not be eligible to add a youth director to the staff. Lt. Colonel Hobgood said the process for hiring a youth director will be streamlined. “The corps hire the director they want to hire, without interference, and the decision doesn’t have to go through a board or council. It can happen in a day.” Other components of the territory-wide project, known as the Blood and Fire initiative, include a challenge to Southern corps to conduct an evangelistic outreach in the fall and a holinessfocused event in the first half of the coming year. The Territorial Incentive Fund will reimburse corps that conduct those events up to $500 each for both the evangelistic and holiness events. The initiative will also continue the territory-wide emphasis on prayer.

USA South Progress Report

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers have strong impact on Southern ministry landscape


Since the endowment of Mrs. Joan Kroc, late wife of Mr. Ray Kroc – McDonald’s founder – was announced, the USA South has advanced in its progression of how many centers will be built; what their timelines for construction include; and which programs each center will operate at the proposed Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers.

The Atlanta center was dedicated October 31, 2008. Many programs, such as the summer music conservatory, adult literacy, art, dance and drama, are in full swing. There are several local community organizations that frequently use the center.

Memphis center under construction By Stephen Hackett


$34.9 million match has been identified and local endowment campaign was completed on November 4, 2009. Ground-breaking ceremony was held Feb. 3, 2010. Construction began Feb. 15, 2010. As of July 1, the center is 14 percent complete.


The Biloxi project has progressed well in the last couple of months. Construction completion goal is Dec. 31, 2010. The project enjoys significant community support, particularly from the public sector. As of July 1, the center is 13 percent complete.


All local matching funds have been identified. Construction is 25 percent complete as of July 1, with a completion goal of fall 2011.


Construction is 66 percent complete, and the grand opening is set for October 2010.

Louisville Pending


Memphis has completed all required documents, and is now under contract. Construction, as of July 1, is seven percent complete. Summer 2011 is the projected completion date.


Tidewater recently completed a feasibility study and has started the endowment campaign. A site location has been identified, and negotiations for purchase are underway.

After a groundbreaking in March 2010 that was standing-room only despite temperatures just above freezing, The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Memphis, Tenn., is well underway. With site preparation complete, construction crews are now pouring footings and the foundation of the 104,000 square-foot facility. The construction site is not the only component of the project that is in progress. The staff is growing — with a staff accountant and the membership outreach manager recently joining the team. Employees are busy working together to shape the programs and administrative systems that will provide services for the Memphis community. Strategic partnerships with local youth organizations and schools are forming. These relationships are key to the center becoming an effective tool for change in the lives of both inner-city and suburban youth. Recently, three large red tanks were installed un-

derground at the northeast corner of the property. These tanks are part of a water recycling system that will use rainwater to water the soccer fields and other landscaping on the center’s campus. This system is part of a comprehensive green program that will earn the Memphis Kroc Center a LEED silver certification, an award given to building projects that are environmentally friendly. Right: This tank will be used to recycle water, and below, the Memphis Kroc Center design.

Lunch ministry cares for construction workers in Augusta By Valerie Phillips Johnson It was about 100 degrees in the Augusta, Ga., shade at 11:30 a.m. when The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center construction workers began crossing the street for lunch. Captain Wilma Mason, associate Kroc administrator, initiated the monthly lunch ministry for the workers. “I just Above: Captain Wilma Mason started the lunch ministry. felt in my heart that they needed to know they were not just constructing another building, but a building which could change the administrator, pray for the workers’ safety and community in which it is built,” she said. their families at the end of lunch. Advisory and Lunch is served to 85-125 construction junior advisory board members, and employees, workers, and is informal: Captain Mason can be serve meals and dine with the workers. heard on the bullhorn reminding the workers to Bill Salyers, who has been in construction for share in a hot meal and cold drinks on the day of 20 years, said he is grateful that The Salvation the luncheon. She begins the meal with prayer, Army cares enough to feed them and show and either she or Captain Todd Mason, Kroc appreciation for their work.

Atlanta hosts leadership conference for Southern centers By Brooke Turbyfill SOUTHERN SPIRIT STAFF

“Is it consistent with who we are? We can’t abandon who we are just to rent the building. Does it help us fulfill the mission of The Salvation Army?” asked Major Charles Powell, territorial legal secretary, at the USA Southern Territory Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers Leadership Conference April 12-13. Powell, one of 14 presenters, discussed legal topics that applied specifically to Kroc centers. He spoke about how to lease the building to outside parties, including practical steps as well as ethical and legal concerns. The conference opened the evening of April 12 with a dinner at which Lt. Colonel John R. Jones spoke, and continued the following day with presentations into the afternoon. Major Bert Tanner, territorial director for Kroc center development for the Southern Territory, finished off the second day with a Q & A that gave delegates a chance to speak freely about their questions and concerns. Other presenters included Major Mark Brown, territorial community relations and development secretary; Rod Parks, territorial information technology director and CIO; Sues Hyde, Biblica; Robert Taylor, territorial property secretary; Major Stephen Ellis, territorial finance secretary; Major David Harvey, Central Territory Kroc administrator; Richard Dilday, vice president of Heery International; Peter Tienken, senior project manager for Heery International; Major Cindy Foley, Kroc corps community center consultant for the Western Territory; and Greg Linville, founder and executive director of Church Sports and Recreation Ministers. Topics discussed throughout the two-day conference included center-specific topics such as implementation of Kroc software, fundraising and staff training. Forty delegates attended, representing the following centers: Atlanta and Augusta, Ga.; Biloxi, Miss.; Kerrville, Texas; Greenville, S.C.; .Tidewater, Va., and Memphis, Tenn. After listening to each speaker, delegates had time to ask questions about topics ranging from using social media to engage volunteers and donors, building strong advisory boards, endowment campaigns and upholding the values of The Salvation Army – compassionate, passionate, uplifting, trustworthy and brave. They were also able to network with each other during break and meal times. Major Mark Brown advised delegates to invite advisory board members to the NAOC 2011 in Orlando, Fla., and to let their enthusiasm show. “If you’re fired up, they will be too – the challenge I want to leave you with is to keep focused, set realistic yet ambitious goals for your center, share your successes and celebrate. It will be contagious and will drive community support for The Salvation Army.” He also pointed out the importance of continually seeking God, trusting him to lead them as they prepare to open their centers. During the luncheon on Tuesday, Major Cindy Foley gave updates about all the Western Territory centers and shared practical tips from her own experience about how to transition a traditional corps into a Kroc center, how to network with Kroc centers in other divisions and territories and how to keep what is important at the forefront – changing lives. She shared several stories about people from other territories whose lives were dramatically impacted by the influence of someone at a Kroc center. She told of a center employee who began working as a fitness instructor and is now a candidate for officership, and about a girl who went from being homeless to ice skating on the national level. To access more stories about the impact Kroc centers are having on individuals and communities, contact Altavese Dilworth at

Photos by Lafeea Watson

Top left: Greg Linville (left) represented Church Sports and Recreation Ministers at the conference. Top right: Major Bert Tanner and Nat Coles, assistant director of facility operation for the territory, discuss Kroc center progress. Center left: Major Mark Brown, territorial CRD secretary, inspired creative thinking during a session of the Kroc center conference. Center right: Major Cindy Foley, Kroc corps community center consultant for the Western Territory, spoke during the conference luncheon. Above: The Jack McDowell School for Leadership Development supported Kroc center staff at the conference by creating awareness of its leadership training opportunities.

Community carnival kicks off summer programs in Atlanta

by Lafeea Watson and Brooke Turbyfill

Clockwise from top: One carnival tent was transformed into a beauty station where young people could get manicures. Atlanta Hawks players taught teens ball-handling skills during the community carnival. New York Life conducted child protection awareness at the kickoff. In honor of his son Joshua, Alan Brown (left) and Brad Krause (right) donated two driver simulators to the center for driver awareness instruction. One carnival station allowed teen dance groups to perform. A young boy tries his hand at hitting the dunking booth bulls eye.

From senior dance classes to a teen summit, The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Atlanta was a flurry of activity May 26 for its summer kickoff carnival. Residents from throughout the neighborhood were invited to the all-day event, which gave them a taste of the center’s quality programming. Through the morning, seniors enjoyed a praise dance class, CPR training, fitness and ceramics. The dance instructor introduced seniors to giving an outward expression – through movement – of their inner gratitude to the Lord. She referenced Romans 12 and talked about Paul and Silas’ time in prison. “At midnight – their darkest hour – they started praising the Lord. The doors opened, their chains broke and their praise shook the foundations,” she said. The instructor also told the story of her recent trip to Haiti – how she witnessed people in dire straits, with missing limbs, praising the Lord. “If you’ve got things you’ve been praying for in your family, a dark time – a ‘midnight’ – try praise and you will see a shift.” Seniors learned basic dance steps that could be adapted based on level of mobility while repeating, “Glory Hallelujah. This is what we came to do – break chains in Jesus’ name.” Teens took CPR training, driver’s safety and financial literacy classes. Many of the teens will be volunteering at the center over the summer, so the training in CPR was crucial. Ikenna Ubaka, program manager, gave teens some history about The Salvation Army’s ministry and explained why it was important to know. “People are going to ask you what the organization is about and what motivates you to be part of it,” she said. “This is the first Kroc center in the South – a place where you can feel safe, feel respected and where there are great activities that will keep you coming. The Salvation Army is first a church.” She referenced the open-door communication policy that center employees want to maintain with youth in the community, as a means of tailoring programs to suit their interests and desires. As an example, Ubaka talked about the spoken word café and its inception, all because teens at the center suggested it. She ended the introduction to the youth summit by inviting teens to participate in activities, give their voice and spread the word to their friends and family about the center’s programs. Young people also attended a workshop led by RedZone Entertainment recording artist Bryan J. about the positive music he performs. New York Life was on hand to conduct child protection awareness programs. The Driver’s Safety Awareness workshop introduced two driving simulators that were donated to the center by the Joshua Brown Foundation. Alan Brown, chairman of the foundation’s board of directors, asked for a show of hands at the beginning of his presentation. “How many of you – raise your hand – know someone who died in a car wreck?” Out of about 25 youth, six raised their hands. Brown’s son, Joshua, died in a car accident as a teen because he hydroplaned and didn’t know what to do. The foundation Brown created is an effort to get interactive driver education to every teen in Georgia in an attempt to cut down on driving-related deaths. Since his foundation started, driving-related deaths among teens are down by 50 percent in Georgia. Other sponsors at the carnival included Whiz Kids, the Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Housing Authority. The Atlanta Hawks led a basketball clinic for teens, and parents were invited to a parenting forum. The carnival’s outdoor activities closed the day with a dunking booth, face painting, jumping castle, games, dance platform, manicures, balloons and a cookout. Brooke Turbyfill

Changing of the guard

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Atlanta opened in October 2008, and since then, it has seen great fruit from its preparation prior to grand opening. Just before he and his wife, Captain Everette Platt, were transferred to Savannah, Ga., Captain Marion Platt – outgoing administrator of the center – talked to the Southern Spirit about the center’s progress and about the first appointment change they’ve experienced since being involved in this groundbreaking center, the first of its kind in the USA South. The new administrator at the helm – Captain Sandra Pawar – also gave her perspective about leading the center. SS: What have been the challenges in the center’s first two years of being open? MP: Those challenges have revolved around financial challenges. We opened during the lowest point of the recession, so much of the programming we intended to present to the community was impacted by the lack of funding. It’s also been difficult to rise to the level of expec-

tations that people have of a Kroc center. It was difficult to rise to the level of our own expectations. What I mean by that is people still thought that a Kroc center is a Kroc center, which means there’s lots of money – there shouldn’t be any financial problems. The funding was impacted, and not everyone realized the way that that would impact the Kroc center. But on the brighter side of those challenges, they’ve forced us to be creative in the way that we provide programming so it’s built a mindset of offering the most mission for the least money. We’ve gone beyond the fact of making excuses that we don’t have funding. We just don’t do that anymore. SS: What have been the highlights? MP: In the four years leading up to the Kroc center, the congregation, the staff, etc., we all spent a lot of time talking up the center to the community; those relationships we built in those early years were foundational to our success. Folks know that The Salvation Army is a safe, fun place for their family. As a result, the size of the congregation has multiplied. I can’t remember a Sunday when we didn’t have five to 10 visitors. SS: How do you feel your move will affect the center, and what “torch” do you most want to pass on to the new center administrator, Captain Sandra Pawar? MP: Everette and I have worked hard to help people see that the center belongs to the people who live and work and worship in this neighborhood and that The Salvation Army built this center to be a blessing to the people who live here. It’s a place that helps the hungry, homeless, those who are dealing with addictions, utilities needs, and in its truest sense, it’s a service provider. The folks who live and work around here understand who we are, and at the end of the day, people respect the work of the Army. That shouldn’t be tied to any one individual. Captain Sandra Pawar moved from being the assistant corps officer at the center to its administrator in June. Her background in social work and previous appointment at the Charlotte 614 prepared her with a passion for community and outreach. Here she shares her hopes and dreams for the Atlanta center.

SS: Since being at the Atlanta center how have you seen its programs take shape in the way they’ve impacted the community? SP: Although The Salvation Army has had a presence here through the college, the residents now know what The Salvation Army is and what we do. We have a lot of outreach programs, so I’ve found a lot of people are migrating to the center. Our presence in the community is much bigger. And even though we don’t have enough money to run the way we really should run, our bartering services (with community organizations) has enabled us to build more relationships with businesses, people and share resources. SS: What are your primary responsibilities as assistant corps officer of the Kroc center, and how will those roles change as you move into the Kroc center administrator appointment? SP: As an assistant corps officer, I was pretty much a part of every program. I was given a lot of freedom to do what I was passionate about. So we’ve started a prayer ministry for sexual trafficking victims. As administrator, I know my administrative responsibilities will increase, but my main heart is ministry with people and I plan to continue that. SS: In what ways do you feel your previous appointment has prepared you for your next appointment, and how do you plan to carry on the goals of the center? SP: I think the Platts have paved an amazing path here. They really fought for the community and to maintain relationships. They’ve built a strong core community of mission-minded people. I want to expand the outreaches and hope that the center will be the hub of the community. I want it to be a place of life change for people. I want it to not be about the Kroc center, but about the mission of the Army. SS: What is your vision for the future in the next two to three years? SP: I want to see this place as a beacon and light in this community. I would like to see us have a shelter for sexually trafficked women. I would like to see that prayer ministry expanded. But also, I would love to just see families everywhere – to see that the building is too small to hold everyone.

Building strong leaders With dedication weekend fast approaching for The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Kerrville, Texas, the commanding officers – Captains Brett and Mary Meredith – have been hard at work getting ready for Oct. 23-24. That weekend is the launch of the center’s soft opening, which will allow certain groups to tour the center and participate in activities. It will also give the staff the ability to interact with limited amounts of people before the center opens to the public Nov. 1. They’ll be able to debrief their experiences and make any necessary

adjustments. Staff training is a key factor in the successful implementation of such a large-scale center as Kerrville, which is expected to serve somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 people annually. To prepare, the center has gotten help from The Jack McDowell School for Leadership Training. In January, Major Clarence Bradbury visited the team in Kerrville to conduct a team-building workshop. According to Captain Brett Meredith and center director Frank Dunlap, the activities helped unite the team according to the mission

of The Salvation Army. “He did some teaching on understanding each other and helping each other grow; we talked about goals and vision,” said Captain Meredith. “It helped our staff get to know each other and understand there’s a connection between the church and the Kroc center. You can’t separate the mission from the center – it’s ingrained.” Dunlap agreed. He said that the training has helped both newly hired staff and longtime Army employees come together, recognize the enormity of working for the Kerrville center and be prepared for the center’s opening. There are plans to hire about 30 more staff positions between now and October, and Captain Meredith said they’re talking to Major Brad-

bury about doing more training. “If we don’t develop strong leadership, we’re not going to be able to have the kind of centers that The Salvation Army wants to develop. It’s not as much about the building as who is in it. They may not be Salvationists in name, but they need to be Salvationists in heart.” Brooke Turbyfill

Left: L-R, Majors Henry and Dorris Gonzalez, Commissioner Max Feener, Captains Mary and Brett Meredith and Major Bert Tanner at the Kerrville center groundbreaking; above: Major Clarence Bradbury talks about the Jack McDowell School for Leadership at the recent territorial conference for The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers.




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