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A publication of The Salvation Army USA Southern Territory Volume 27, No. 7 May 5, 2010

Twice the calling

Couple makes double promise to God

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Rebuilding lives in Tenn.

Major Frank Duracher SOUTHERN SPIRIT STAFF

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hen we make a promise, it’s rarely for more than one thing. But Ralph and Brenda Chamberlain made a double promise to God. And since these two vows are with the Almighty, they realize they had better fulfill both. Though Brenda is new to the Army, Ralph is not. His father, also named Ralph, left quite a legacy during his near-40 years of work at the Greater New York Division and National Headquarters. The younger Ralph is also the nephew of Commissioner William Chamberlain – former National Commander and USA Southern territorial commander in the early 1970s. Ralph is a construction contractor by trade, and he and his wife attended a Baptist church until his work brought relocation to Gainesville, Fla. Their 10 years of membership at that Baptist church was satisfying enough – but Ralph now admits that he

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Ralph and Brenda Chamberlain made a promise to God to rebuild their spiritual lives while at the same time rebuilding the Gainesville, Fla., Corps. “missed the Army a great deal.” “Coming to Gainesville was an opportunity for my spiritual life to return to my first love, The Salvation Army,” Ralph said. “The problem was convincing Brenda to worship at a place that she didn’t even know was a church!” When they walked into the door of the Gainesville Corps one Sunday morning, the sight that met them broke their hearts. “I walked into the chapel, and there was hardly anyone there,” Brenda said. “But I caught a glimpse of the Army’s true mission and what the officers there wanted to do – and that’s what sold me!” Brenda added that the absence of children at the corps was particularly disturbing to her.

“Here we are in a major college town, and there are no children,” she exclaimed. Meanwhile Ralph’s eye for construction couldn’t help but notice the disrepair of the facility, and he wanted to do something. In fact, they both did. It was, they now say, two separate visions, each projecting what this corps could be. So they made the two promises to God: they would work hard on rebuilding the Gainesville Corps, both figuratively and literally. A variety of ministries among the city’s homeless and university populations could be started to attract people to worship at the Army. In addition, the couple would from then on be often seen with a paintbrush or hammer and nails in hand for all

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Innovative front line ministries in the USA South kinds of cosmetic improvements. For all the volunteering they were doing, they noticed scores of people coming to the Army’s soup kitchen for hot meals every day. Ralph decided these people needed to hear the Word of God, so each day he now preaches a 10-minute sermon while they eat, and at the shelter during other times of the week. “They call me ‘Preacher Man!’” Ralph said with obvious pride. Please see HOLY, page 6

Commissioning calls USA South to its knees • More on Commissioning Weekend, pages 4 & 5 A celebration of prayer and praise will mark Commissioning Weekend activities for the USA Southern Territory this year in Atlanta from June 4-6. “On Our Knees: Prayer for the Nations” will be the apt theme that will surround two anticipated events: Saturday’s dazzling three-session jubilee under the banner of “The World to Christ We Bring,” and the commissioning and ordination of the Prayer Warriors

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Picking up the pieces in ALM

session of cadets on Sunday. On Friday evening the Evangeline Booth College will conduct the commencement service of the Prayer Warriors. The action then shifts to the Cobb Energy Center, the venue for both Saturday and Sunday. There is no registration fee. Saturday afternoon, the Inter-Cultural Department Please see PRAYER, page 7

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Juniors added in Richmond


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Clean to Richmond

Allen

Satterlee To be like...

I hate pigs. God in his creativity made an unnumbered host of beautiful creatures: graceful dolphins, the stunning bird of paradise, the sleek beauty of a running cheetah. When I see these animals I think, “Ah, Lord God, you did a great job.” And then there are the pigs. People have told me they are intelligent creatures. That may be so, but their brains are wrapped up in a disgusting body. The closer a person gets to a pig the worse it gets. First they squeal and then they grunt – equally repulsive. Then watch what those things eat. On sanitary American farms they might eat something akin to corn flakes, but turn those babies loose and they’re rooting and snorting and eating not only the filthy and smelly but the rotting and rancid. I know God is wise and good in all he created, but my appreciation of the magnificence of creation has yet to extend to pigs. This is not my first tirade against pigs. When I have complained about this bane on the earth there is always someone who leaps to their defense. Here’s my question for the potential guardian of hog honor: Would you consider it a compliment to be called a pig or a hog? Would you like to be like a pig? I think not. A far more pleasant animal is the dog. Some are ugly, but whatever shortcomings may be in their appearance, unless trained otherwise it is their nature to be eternally pleasant. You pat your dog on the head, walk out the door and circle the house, come back in and the dog greets you like you have been on a world tour. Their exuberance works its way through the whole body until a dog is in pure ecstasy just because you speak to it. But as wonderful as dogs might be, are you honored if someone calls you a dog? Would you like to be like a dog? Probably not. In our aspirations we are not drawn to what is lower but to what is higher. It is part of our human nature to admire the heroic, the noble, the just and the good. The challenge to our becoming more lies in finding not only what we esteem highly but that something that stirs within us the thought, “You can be like that too.” Part of the beauty of the Incarnation of Christ was that he came among us, lived where we did and struggled with those things that trouble us. And when the Spirit of God speaks to us about how our lives should be lived he does not urge us to settle for less; he places before us the example of Jesus and our hearts whisper, “I want to be like him.” We see the caring of his hugs of little children, the gentle reach to touch the untouchable leper, and we yearn for kindness like that. We watch Jesus humbly wash the feet of the disciples, knowing that 11 pair of feet would run away during his hour of need, and one pair would walk away only to return to betray him. We long for nobility like that. The life of holiness has been called Christlikeness. General Albert Orsborn said, “Before I knew Jesus, I saw Him and loved Him in my mother.” What greater compliment to a person’s life than for people to see in us a reflection of our Savior, a miniature incarnation of our Incarnate Christ? Would I want to be like Jesus? With all my heart. It isn’t what we do but what he has done that even makes it possible. To be like Jesus! this hope possesses me, In every thought and deed, this is my aim, my creed; To be like Jesus! this hope possesses me, His Spirit helping me, like Him I’ll be. - John Gowans

Between milemarkers 4 and 8 on Interstate 77 in Virginia, the highway clings on a 7% grade precipice of the Blue Ridge Plateau. To the west the mountaintops are not much higher than the road on which you are riding. But to the east, a sprawling valley and the tiny hamlet of Fancy Gap lies far below. This view has to be seen to be believed. Save for a few mountains in the distance, I can only guess at how far this vista encompasses. One observer mused: “On a clear day, you can probably see clean to Richmond!” One of life’s easier lessons we learned as kids was the higher you go, the better the view. That’s why, I reasoned as a 6-year-old, God made strong oak trees. The born-again Christian always looks for a higher vantage – always higher. It also seems to me that people lost in their sins cannot change until they catch a glimpse of the bigger picture God has for each of us. Their spiritual eyes are always downcast. They are too busy wallowing with friends in low places. For them, the lower the better.

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Hope MA JOR FRANK DURACHER Witchcraft, drugs, pornography – so many vices offered by the world keep sin-filled eyes downcast on things below, instead of above. But Isaiah 33:17 gives each Christian a thrilling promise of both Jesus and the New Jerusalem: Your eyes will see the King in His beauty; They will see the land that is very far off (NKJV). For the born-again believer, the view is nothing short of extraordinary. So look up, child of God. With spiritual discernment provided by the Holy Spirit, you’ll be able to see clean to heaven!

Promoted to Glory Major Fred Musgrave

Major Fred Musgrave was promoted to Glory March 31, 2010, from Charlotte, N.C. The funeral service was held at the Charlotte Temple Corps with Lt. Matt Trantham leading and Lt. Colonel Edward Hobgood speaking. Committal was at Sharon Memorial Gardens with Commissioners Philip and Keitha Needham officiating. Frederick Arthur Vincent Musgrave was born July 18, 1941, in Toronto to Salvationist parents Harold Vincent and Doris (Squires) Musgrave. His conversion took place in the small quarters of a Canadian corps in 1947. In 1948 the family moved to the U.S. – first to New York, then to Ohio and ultimately to Florida. It was at a young people’s councils in Tampa, Fla., that Fred realized God had much more to offer him and in remorse he claimed the blessing of holiness for himself. A fifth-generation Salvationist, Fred married Miriam Suarez July 22, 1961. He entered training in Atlanta as a member of the Proclaimers of the Faith session and was commissioned June 5, 1965. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1968. He and Miriam served as officers in various capacities for over 40 years, including corps, area commands, divisional and territorial headquarters appointments. They also served overseas in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and following their honored retirement on Jan. 1, 2005, they served for a year in Mallorca, Spain. Fred received his B.A. in music composition from the University of Tampa and a master’s degree in business from Appalachian State University. He also attended the International College for Officers in London. He was known for his computer skills, instrumental music ability and designer skills. In every task Fred was known to go beyond and above the call of duty. Yet with all his accomplishments and honors, he preferred to be known for his love for the Lord and his family and the privilege he had in serving humanity.

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He is survived by his devoted wife of over 48 years, Miriam, son Vince, daughter Vonda and four grandchildren.

Brigadier Kathryn Cranford

Mrs. Brigadier Kathryn Cranford was promoted to Glory Mar. 27, 2010, from Pensacola, Fla., following an extended illness. She was 96 years old. The graveside and committal service was held at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in West Palm Beach, Fla., with Major Thomas McWilliams, area commander, officiating. Kathryn Irene Lawrence was born Oct. 14, 1913, in Granite Falls, N.C. She was converted at the age of 10, but as she grew older she realized that her life was not as God would have it be and at 20 she re-consecrated her life to God with the determination to go all the way regardless of the cost. She was married to James Cranford on August 19, 1933, and they entered training in Atlanta as members of the World for God session and were commissioned officers June 8, 1936. Their service included various corps appointments in the Carolinas, Florida and Georgia. As an officer, James entered the chaplain service with the United States Army where he served for many years. He and Kathryn retired from active service November 1969, and they made their home in Florida. He was promoted to Glory Oct. 19, 1984. Kathryn was a person with a sweet spirit and made herself a part of the people she loved and served. These included her precious grandchildren, their families and a host of other loving friends. She witnessed faithfully to the love and care of her God whom she served without hesitation. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, James and Nancy Cranford and numerous family members. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son George.

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ALM personnel deployed in wake of deadly tornadoes Mobile feeding units serving in five locations throughout division The Salvation Army’s AlabamaLouisiana-Mississippi Division is responding to multiple tornado touchdowns across much of central and north Mississippi. A strong super cell thunderstorm crossed the Mississippi River north of Vicksburg, Miss., and began dropping tornadoes on a line stretching across the state. By three o’clock The Salvation Army was responding in five locations. Five feeding units have been deployed to provide mass feeding, hydration and pastoral care. Units from Jackson and Laurel are serving the hard hit Yazoo City area, where 10 deaths were reported and over 60 homes destroyed. Another unit from Jackson responded to the Eagle

Lake Community along the Mississippi River where 30 homes were damaged. Personnel and a mobile feeding unit from Starkville and Columbus responded to multiple locations in Choctaw County. The Salvation Army in Carthage responded to the scene of a tornado in Attala County. “This day has seen so many lives ripped apart by an act of nature. The Salvation Army wants to provide an act of God in serving the residents of Mississippi recovering from this historic event,” said A/Captain Ken Chapman, Jackson area coordinator. “Our hope is that through the love of Christ the emotional and physical scars can begin to heal.”

A/Captain Ken Chapman recognizes that healing will come from the love of Christ expressed through The Salvation Army after destructive tornadoes hit the ALM Division.

Standout service On Easter Sunday the Bradenton, Fla., Corps honored six bandsmen with a combined 88 years of service to the Bradenton Corps Band as they retired. (Front, L-R) Bandmaster David Tanner, Bandsmen Evelyn Root, Lt. Colonel Mary Smith, Dorothy Spencer, Major Gerald Spencer and corps officer Major Bob Parker. Flag bearers were Charlie Gardner and Dan Chaffee. “They have been a blessing to our musical program,” said Major Parker, and Bandmaster David Tanner agreed. “Their dedication and faithful service made my job as bandmaster easy.”

CAC hosts furniture bank grand opening The Chattanooga, Tenn., Area Command and the United Way of Greater Chattanooga hosted a grand opening to celebrate the Chattanooga Furniture Bank. The event – which featured special guests Major Jim Lawrence, area commander, Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield and United Way CEO Eva Dillard – was covered by NBC, CBS and ABC affiliates. Also in attendance were city councilmen Manny Rico and Andrae McGray as well as Chamber of Commerce officials and other community leaders. The Chattanooga Furniture Bank will be operated jointly by The Salvation Army and the United Way. Each agency will lend its expertise and resources to the endeavor. This program will provide much needed furniture to individuals and families who are striving to rebuild their lives following personal and professional hardships. All clients will receive assistance free of charge following a referral from a participating social service organization. Will Hale

United Way officials join Major Jim Lawrence, area commander, Councilman Manny Rico and Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield as they celebrate the grand opening of the Chattanooga Furniture Bank. The furniture bank, a joint effort between The Salvation Army and the United Way, will provide furniture to individuals and families who have been referred by a participating social service organization.


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The Salvation Army USA Southern Territory Office of the Chief Secretary Dear Friends, I just returned from the International Conference for Haiti Relief where the Financially Independent Territories were briefed on the situation in Haiti and three aspects of the work The Salvation Army is committed to: 1. Emergency Relief and our responsibility for the care and feeding of 20,000 people in the camp located on and around our compound. 2. The need to rebuild the infrastructure so that we can operate the significant programs we have in that country. 3. Ongoing community development.

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The primary concern of those in attendance is the rebuilding of The Salvation Army’s infrastructure. The Army has 12,000 students who attend its schools and the buildings were destroyed. The Port-au-Prince Corps, the largest corps in the Western Hemisphere, is not useable. The medical clinic, officers quarters (six sets of officers are living in tents), divisional headquarters, the children’s home, etc. The total estimated cost to rebuild our main facilities is $8 million. It was determined that the emergency relief portion of the effort is being well supported by the general public; however the rebuilding of Salvation Army spiritual program buildings is an internal responsibility. Therefore, the Southern Territory would like to commit to helping rebuild the Port-au-Prince Corps building that will need to accommodate 3,000 people. The estimated cost is $1.2 to 1.5 million. To accomplish this we are asking you to consider participating in this special effort. Be creative as to how you collect funds, but we would like to conclude at Commissioning with the offerings being presented to the Caribbean Territorial Commanders, Colonels Onal and Edmane Castor, who will receive the offering on behalf of Haiti. Thank you for all you have done thus far to support Haiti with your prayers and gifts. We are blessed in this country to have beautiful chapels to worship in – and with your efforts the Southern Territory will help provide a place of worship for Port-au-Prince. Yours In His Service,

Terry W. Griffin, Colonel Chief Secretary

Meet our Partners In Mission Several representatives from our Partners In Mission countries and special guests will be participating in the events of Commissioning weekend. These guests include:

• Commissioners Kurt & Alicia Burger - Hungary • Majors Alberto & Maria Serem - Portugal • Colonels Onal & Edmane Castor - Caribbean • Commissioners Sruatr & Hope Mungate - Congo • Commissioners Kashinath & Kusum Lahase - India Northern • Commissioner Hezekiel Anzeze - Kenya East • Commissioners William & Nancy Roberts - Kenya West • Captain Svetlana Sharova - Moscow • Colonels Kenneth & Paula Johnson - Eastern Europe • Colonels Oscar & Ana Rose Sanchez - Latin America North

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The culmination of the weekend will be the Com Prayer Warriors session Sunday, June 6, beginning You will want to be a part of this very special we Prayer Warriors session and ask God to ric


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Meet me at the World’s Fair

A fantastic event on Saturday, June 5 during Commissioning Weekend will be the World’s Fair at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center ballroom. Tents representing each of our Partners In Mission countries will be sponsored by their partner divisions. Visitors to the fair will have the opportunity to meet representatives of Partners In Mission countries and special guests serving in those countries and learn how the USA Southern Territory is partnering with them to make a difference in their corner of the world. More opportunities at the World’s Fair include live entertainment representing the

different cultures of The Salvation Army, mission teams, the Salvationist Service Corps, World Services information, fun activities and prizes. Sally Ann products will be available for purchase to support mission field fair trade. The World’s Fair promises to be entertaining, informative and a big highlight of the Commissioning Weekend.

Join us as we greet and salute Salvationist Service Corps On Saturday, June 5, the Salvationist Service Corps for 2010 will have an official sendoff to their assigned countries to serve. The Salvationist Service Corps for 2010:

Chile: Beracah Walters-Wulfing - Leader Melanie Jimenez Gabrielle Villafuerte Fabienne Pierre Morgan Irish

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ill be the Commissioning and Ordination of the 6, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Cobb Energy Center. ery special weekend. Please be in prayer for the ask God to richly bless our time together.

Portugal: Bethany Taylor - Leader Kendall Igleheart Phillip Pena Abby Kelly Jennifer Senig Ukraine: Eddy Ekhardt - Leader Gessica Chadic Christi Hall Tralena Davis Cassandra Ming

The Lord’s Prayer Experience offers chance for renewal Following Commissioner Max Feener’s mandate for prayer across our territory, the theme for Commissioning this year is “On Our Knees: Prayer for the Nations.” As we know, prayer is the ultimate weapon against the enemy and our direct line of communication with our Lord. In Luke 11:1-2, the disciples said to Jesus, “Lord teach us to pray…” and Jesus responded to his disciples, “This, then, is how you shall pray … ”. As you walk through the Lord’s Prayer Experience, the prayer that Jesus gave to us as an example (found in Luke 11:1-4) will come to life. Each section of the prayer will be broken down for special inspiration and reflection. There will be a place of personal prayer and an opportunity to share prayer requests and to have someone pray with you. The Lord’s Prayer Experience will be open during the majority of Commissioning Weekend and will be located on the second floor balcony overlooking the main lobby. After you participate in the Lord’s Prayer Experience, you may find a different perspective and a renewed spirit on prayer.


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David

Atkins

It’s after midnight: Do you know where your commissioner is?

On a recent Saturday afternoon, I picked up the phone and dialed it. It rang several times and I almost gave up until a cobwebby voice on the other end said detachedly, “...Hello?” “Commissioner?” I said. “Commissioner Feener, this is David….David Atkins.” There was a pause…then foggily, “Oh, hi David… what can I do for you?” “Well, Commissioner, I have this I’m watching the Winter recurrent dream Olympics and they’re running a special about a phone feature about what call I might the Newfoundlanders receive myself a in Gander did for the year from now. air travelers that were In the dream, stranded there during the 9/11 emergency. I figured my phone is you might like to watch ringing, and I it, if you can, since that flounder around happened near where you grew up.” for it, finally Another long interval, picking it up and then, “Well, I would by the light of like to I’m sure, but I’m the clock that in Tiberias and it’s about two in the morning here. indicates it is just after 2 a.m. Did you say this is David Atkins?” Now the pause was mine, “Why, no sir, we must have a bad connection. This is Bill Mockabee. Sorry to disturb you. Hope you can get back to sleep.” Click. The above story is true. Now, I have this recurrent dream about a phone call I might receive myself a year from now. In the dream, my phone is ringing, and I flounder around for it, finally picking it up by the light of the clock that indicates it is just after 2 a.m. I answer in my best Russian voice, “Privyet…Who’s calling, please?” “David, how’s it going? This is Commissioner Feener.” “Who?” I answer in a daze. Then sitting up, “Did you say Commissioner?! Oh, well, I’m fine sir, considering it’s two in the morning, and I’m in Siberia.” “That’s great! I’m glad we could accommodate your long-standing desire for overseas duty, and that you opened fire for the Army in that part of Russia.” Fully awake now, I respond a bit coolly, “Oh, thank you, sir.” “And by the way,” says Commissioner, “I’m recording on TEVO right now a special about your home state of Texas. I’ll send it to you first chance I get,” he says. “Gee, thanks, Commissioner. I’m glad you’re thinking about me.” He replies cheerily, “My pleasure, David, I didn’t want you to think I’ve forgotten about you. No, indeed, I’ve not forgotten. Not for a minute! I sure hope I didn’t wake you.” “Oh, no sir. I needed to get up and throw another log on the fire,” my breath puffing frosty little clouds in the air. “Thanks. Good night, er, morning.” Needless to say, I jump a lot when my phone rings these days, and I always check caller I.D. before answering.

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Detoured: Family store employee’s life changes course Marco Cruz woke up in an alley and was on his way to steal a sandwich from the supermarket when he met The Salvation Army in the middle of the street. Addicted to heroine and homeless, Cruz stumbled upon the Lake Worth, Fla., mobile feeding unit en route to the market, and he met Captain Dan Matthews (now stationed in Charlottesville, Va.) and then CSM Daniel Hager (now the territorial sergeant-major). After giving Cruz food, they asked him if he was ready to change his life. Cruz remembers being without family and friends, “bankrupt of everything physically, mentally and spiritually,” he said, and he agreed that it was time for a new life. Because it was Friday night, the Center of Hope wouldn’t admit Cruz, so Hager and Matthews helped him settle into the local shelter until Monday morning. That Monday was the first morning – Nov. 21, 2006 – of his new life. Cruz stayed at the Center of Hope for six months, recovered from his addiction and was hired to work at the Lake Worth Family Store. He got very involved in the Lake Worth Corps and met the Lord along the way. Captain Mary Matthews asked Cruz if he would share his guitar talents with the corps, so he started leading praise and worship. He

Right and below, Marco Cruz and his girlfriend Jennifer Amaro are giving back after they found new life in Christ.

now teaches guitar lessons to 14 youths at the Lake Worth and Boca Raton, Fla., Corps. He also conducts Bible study at the local nursing home and leads Rangers. A year after leaving the Center of Hope, Cruz learned what it meant to truly be accepted by the corps family he had come to know and love. He discovered there was an old warrant out for his arrest, and corps members encouraged him to do the right thing. So he turned himself in and served a year in prison. Captain Matthews would often visit Cruz. He was very impressed with Cruz’s dedication even while serving time in jail. “I’m just amazed with his faithfulness through all this,” he

said. And after Cruz got out, he went back to his job at the family store and reconnected with Jennifer Amaro, whom he had originally befriended at the Center of Hope. The pair began dating, and Amaro is also involved in the corps; she sings in the praise and worship band and helps serve food to those in need. As Cruz finished his route in the Family Store truck, he recounted his story with joy. “My whole life revolves around The Salvation Army. I’ve been saved by God, but he used the Army as a tool. I owe my life to God and to The Salvation Army.” Brooke Turbyfill

Temptation

You will never be free from temptation. The holiest person is still tempted. Our Lord was tried and tempted for 40 days and 40 nights by the devil, and the servant must not be surprised if he is tempted also. It is no sin to be tempted; in fact, the apostle James tells us to be glad when we are tempted because the resulting trial of our faith will produce in us strength and force of character (James 1:2-4). Just as storms twist the roots and toughen the fibers of an oak tree, temptation helps to form our moral character. 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.

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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.

Holy vow keeps couple and corps strong Continued from page 1 Brenda and Ralph are now uniformed soldiers of the Gainesville Corps, and work there as SAMS (Salvation Army Mission Specialists) personnel. Their hearts are open for whatever the Lord has planned for them.

Their goal is not only to change the corps, but to change the community, Ralph said. “This is a brand new calling for me, and certainly for Brenda. It’s something I should have done years ago!”


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The Richmond Citadel Corps in Richmond, Va., enrolled seven new junior soldiers April 18. L-R, (front) Briana Rodriguez, Richard Sayre, Kevelin Torres and Mercedes Laura; Major Curt Sayre, Mario Bullock, Jennifer Laura, Alba Rodriguez, Captain Marilyn Chapman (Jr. Soldier leader) and Captain Natalie Sayre; flagbearers Harold Weeks (not pictured) and David Carter.

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Prayer focus will open 2010 Congress

Continued from page 1 command will be represented by booths that relate the work alongside their Partners In Mission. Sally Ann, child sponsorship, Salvationist Service Corps and missions will also be featured. “There will be music from all over the world, refreshments and other types of presentations to help us focus on the fact that we are all one family in The Salvation Army, regardless of where we come from!� reported Lt. Colonel Eddie Hobgood, territorial program secretary. “Every inch of that ballroom will be filled with energy and excitement. It’s one of those ‘can’t miss’ events.� The three general sessions slated for Saturday will feature speakers Commissioner Hezekiel Anzeze (Kenya East), Commissioner Hope Mungate (Democratic Republic of Congo), and Colonel Oscar Sanchez (Latin America North).

The Southern Territory will be praying for its Partners In Mission during the 2010 commissioning weekend with a program lineup that includes speakers from Kenya, DR of Congo and Latin America. “It is our sincere prayer that this (weekend) together will help us refocus on that mandate from Christ and will call on all

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Position Announcement: Divisional Director of Development The Salvation Army – Arkansas-Oklahoma Division seeks an experienced development professional to assume responsibility for the divisional fund-raising programs (individual giving, major gifts, capital campaign, special events and donor relations) while supervising a staff of eight (planned giving, resource development and public relations/marketing). A comprehensive salary and benefits package is offered. For more information contact: DVA Navion Search AOK Division P. O. Box 450754 Atlanta, GA 31145 Fax: 404 688-3916 www.dvanavion.com

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I met Lynn a couple of weeks ago at Camp Keystone during the Florida Division’s disaster conference. I was tired and threw my stuff on the bed in the lodge. It was late, but not early enough to go to bed, so I went to the lounge. That’s where I met Lynn, a 77-year-old New Yorker who never quite got rid of her accent. She had a hacking cough – the kind that haunts you after the cold leaves. I asked if she needed anything – water, cough drops, some Vicks. “Don’t worry honey, it’s not contagious,� she said. “It’s the cancer.� The cancer? Lynn, dressed in her pink fluffy robe and white slippers, looked like any other disaster volunteer. Splayed out on the leather sofa, she had one hand on the remote and the other snuggled in her robe. “Have you ever seen this show?� she asked, pointing to American Idol and offering her less-thancomplimentary view of the program. I chuckled and then began listening to a dying woman share her story. Lynn was born Mirrianna Payne in Monroe, N.Y. Lynn was a nickname that stuck. She was diagnosed with lung cancer 15 months ago – years of smoking finally caught up with her. She still refuses to quit. Doctors wanted to give her radiation and chemotherapy and then surgery. She wasn’t having any of it. “God will take care of me,� she told me. She said God’s taken care of her since she was a child. She’s from upstate New York, but moved to the city after she claimed her mom dumped her and her brother for another boyfriend. Growing up on the streets, she learned how to take care of herself. She became one of the city’s only female loan sharks. She claims at one point she had $60,000 tied up in the streets; there was a bounty on her head and she moved to California. One adventure led to another and she moved to Florida’s east coast, where her son still lives. Lynn is fearless. Two of her three children have died – one in 1988, a New York City police officer who was killed in the line of duty and another one, a son, who had an aneurysm in December 2009. She’s not convinced she’s next but is ready to go “home� when called. “I wake up every morning and think ‘I’m still here,’� she said. “There’s got to be a reason.� Lynn isn’t married – instead she said she spends her time checking on the homeless, prostitutes and others in her home near Port Charlotte. She said she has a heart for those types of people – the marginalized – because she’s been there. “God gave me a supernatural love for people who have been beaten into the ground.� I soon realized what a gift God had given me. How often do we get the chance to sit and listen? Life’s lessons are the best when they come from someone who has learned them. After our session the next day, Lynn gave me a big hug and said she was on her way back home. It’s funny. I’m reminded about God’s blessings when I’m not looking for them. I just wanted to find something to watch on TV. Instead, I found a woman who had a hacking cough, scratchy voice and an inspiring story. Dulcinea Cuellar is the director of public relations for The Salvation Army’s Florida Division.


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