DOING THE MOST GOOD
A publication of The Salvation Army USA Southern Territory Volume 27, No. 9 June 15, 2010
Ready & equipped Prayer Warriors commissioned, set out to take their places at front
By Major Frank Duracher
SOUTHERN SPIRIT STAFF
orty-six Prayer Warriors, now armed with a ministerial ordination and commissioned as full-fledged Salvation Army officers, are free to take their places in a frontline that literally stretches from one end of the Southern Territory to the other: from Baltimore to El Paso. The Prayer Warriors were commissioned in the midst of a weekend celebrating The Salvation Army’s rich international makeup, and aptly suited to the session name, were called to prayer with Saturday’s events: “On Our Knees: Prayer for the Nations.” Friday and Sunday were all about the Prayer Warriors, beginning with the Commencement Service at the Evangeline Booth College and ending with their Ordination and Commissioning Service at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. Prayer power was the focus for these new lieutenants, a recurring idea that coincided with Saturday’s rich multicultural experience. The emphasis throughout was that these Prayer Warriors are ready and equipped by the Holy Spirit to take on the enemy. The featured speaker for Friday’s Commencement Service was the renowned Dr. Edward H. McKinley of Asbury University. In his address the professor posed two rhetorical questions:
Does The Salvation Army really need the Holy Spirit in your work? Do we really want the Holy Spirit in your work? The answer to both, of course, was a resounding yes! McKinley drew his text from John 14, where Jesus promised all prayer warriors to equip them with the Spirit of Truth. He cited that despite all property, money and public acclaim garnered during the Army’s rich 145-year history, Salvationists could have achieved much even without the Holy Spirit’s aid. The secret, however, is the total reliance upon the Holy Spirit to do through the Army what no other power can do, he said. “The Salvation Army cannot thrive the way God wants it to thrive, if we are to win people to Christ and serve people in need,” McKinley said. Moments later, Cadet Andrea Hoover represented her session by reaffirming Dr. McKinley’s premise of our total dependence on God: “If ever we need you, Lord, we need you now!” Cadet Hoover stated that like the Founder, William Booth, the ambition of her Prayer Warriors classmates is the souls of men and women. “We do not know what we will face (on the field); we do not know what to expect,” Cadet Hoover said, “but we know the Holy Spirit is with us!” Please see SOUTH’S, page 4
Commissioner Max Feener exhorted the Prayer Warriors to be bold in their ministry and commitment to Christ.
An Army on its knees
South celebrates prayer, outreach to world By Dan Childs
SOUTHERN SPIRIT STAFF
n army marches into battle on its feet, but The Salvation Army in the USA South was called to first get on its knees the weekend of June 4-6 in Atlanta. The commissioning of the Prayer Warriors was enacted and celebrated on Friday and Sunday, and Saturday was centered on three sessions themed “On Our Knees: Prayer for the Nations.” In addition to their focus on prayer, the sessions were a festive and joyous celebration
Commissioner Max Feener and Commissioner Stuart Mungate are shown in final service. Dan Childs
of the territory’s relationship with its Partners in Mission territories, several of which were represented by their leaders. In fact, three of the Partners in Mission guests brought the message in each of Saturday’s sessions. Colonel Kenneth Johnson, a Southern officer currently serving as territorial commander in Eastern Europe, was the featured speaker in Saturday’s opening session. Commissioner Hope Mungate of the Zimbabwe Territory spoke in the middle session, and Colonel Oscar Sanchez, Latin America North territorial commander, was the speaker in Saturday evening’s finale.
Please see TERRITORY, page 4
Brigadier Luther Smith becomes South’s 13th recipient of the Order of the Founder
Cadet awards Prayer Warriors (Second-year cadets)
Ambassadors of Holiness (First-year cadets)
Sidney Cox Music Award for most effective use of musical talent in ministry Winner: Cadet Paul Ryerson Runner Up: Cadet Patrick Jones
Warriors Session Spirit of Evangelism Award Winner: Cadet Ashish Pawar Runner Up: Cadet Leo Killion
John and Helen Rhea Stumbo Award for solid Biblical scholarship and effective application in the cadet’s life and ministry Winner: Cadet Monica Contreras Runner Up: Cadet Scott Hoover Warriors Session Spirit of Evangelism Award Winner: Cadet Steven Correira Runner Up: Cadet Dee Jay Fox
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C.M. Gooch Award for highest grade-point average for first year of training First-year cadet award winners (L-R): Cadet Josh Hinson, Major Barry Corbitt, Winners: Cadet Josh Hinson and director of curriculum, Cadet Leo Killion, Cadet Mike Michels, Cadet Lisa Cadet Mike Michels Knotts, Cadet Ashish Pawar and Major Willis Howell, principal. Runner Up: Cadet Lisa Knotts Major Robert Taylor Guitar Award Cadet Josh Robinett
Commissioner’s Award for overall excellence in the training process Winner: Cadet Andrea Hoover Runner Up: Cadet Carlos Cantu
Second-year cadet award winners (L-R, first row) Major Willis Howell, Cadet Ariam Kidane, Cadet Dee Jay Fox, Cadet Stephen Correira, Cadet Andrea Hoover, Major Barry Corbitt. (Second row) Cadet Tewodros Beshah, Cadet Carlos Cantu, Cadet Monica Contreras, Cadet Kellie Cantrell. (Third row) Cadet Israel Roseno, Cadet Patrick Jones, Cadet Paul Ryerson, Cadet Scott Hoover.
Principal’s Award for an excellent spirit in overall campus life; faithfulness and consistency throughout the training experience Winner: Cadet Paul Ryerson Runner Up: Cadet Kellie Cantrell Samuel Logan Brengle Holiness Sermon Award Winner: Cadet Steven Correira Runner Up: Cadet Patrick Jones Jon Bradbury Communication Award Winner: Cadet Ariam Kidane Runner Up: Cadet Israel Roseno Scholastic Award for highest grade-point average through two years of training Winner: Cadet Patrick Jones Runner Up: Cadet Andrea Hoover
Cadet Andrea Hoover was selected to receive the Commissioner’s Award from Commissioner Max Feener, territorial commander. The award is presented annually to a cadet for overall excellence.
Above: Cadet Josh Robinett receives the Major Robert Taylor Memorial Guitar Award from Captain Sally Broughton.
Silver Star ‘Thank you!’ Cadet Benjamin Deuel pins the Silver Star on his father, Major James Deuel during the recognition banquet held on Friday, June 4, for parents, guardians and mentors of the Prayer Warriors session. Commissioners Max and Lennie Feener participated in the program, and Cadet Ariam Kidane represented her sessionmates with a tribute from the Prayer Warriors.
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7 6 Photos by Major Frank Duracher
8 1) Cadets Carlos and Valentina Cantu are ordained and commissioned as officers by territorial leaders Commissioners Max and Lennie Feener. 2) Colonel Terry Griffin, chief secretary, accepts the Declaration Of Faith from the Prayer Warriors session. 3) Cadet Sarah Steele hugs her dad, Lt.Colonel Gary Haupt, after pinning the Silver Star on his lapel. 4) Dr. Edward H. McKinley delivers a compelling and humorous argument in the affirmative to the question: ‘Does The Salvation Army really need the Holy Spirit?’ 5) The Prayer Warriors session flag is brought into the meeting as Major Andy Kelly skillfully sings ‘I Cannot Leave The Dear Old Flag.’ 6) “If ever we need you, Lord, it’s now!” declares Cadet Andrea Hoover, session speaker for the Commencement Service. 7) Entire families meet at the altar for prayer with their loved one just commissioned as a Salvation Army officer. 8) Cadet Luis Valdes prays with his parents, Majors Victor and Ofelia Valdes, at the Silver Star banquet. 9) George Thacker, Board of Visitors chairman, brings greetings to the Prayer Warriors session.
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Long Service recognition 45 years
Major Linda Bradbury Commissioner Lennie Feener Commissioner Max Feener Major Gloria Reagan Major Mary Jean Thomas
Major Virginia Alderson Major Linda Edwards Major Terry Edwards Major Cheryl Hunter Major B. Kay Lancaster Major James Smith Major Rebecca Smith Lt. Colonel Alfred Ward Lt. Colonel Mary Ward Major Carolyn Zuniga
Major Vernon Dolby Major Vicki Dolby
Major Frank Duracher Major Danny Hewitt Major Susan McClure Major William Mockabee Major W. Thomas Overton Major Everett Wilson
Major James Deuel, Jr. Major Jean Deuel Major Carl Earp Major Patricia Earp Major Janice Fitzgerald Lt. Colonel Martha Jewett Lt. Colonel Vern Jewett Major Beverly Lawrence Major James Lawrence Major Stephen Long Major Mary Welch Major Steven Welch
Major Calvin Clatterbuck Major Irene Clatterbuck Major B. Davis Cope Major Deborah Cope Major Annette Dodd Major Brack Dodd, Jr. Major Gene Hogg Major Barbara Howell Major Willis Howell Major Jacquelynn Johnson Major Roy Johnson Major Amelia Kelly Major Dawn Luyk Major Kenneth Luyk Major Theodore Morris, III Major Robert Parker Major Janice Riefer
Major Frank Duracher
Major Cheryl Hunter (center) is recognized by Commissioner Lennie Feener for completing 40 years of service as a Salvation Army officer.
Territory goes to its knees, celebrates world ministry
South’s new lieutenants commence ministry Continued from page 1 As the weekend shifted into Sunday morning for the Ordination and Commissioning Service, Cadet Claudia Roseno publicly proclaimed the Officer Covenant followed by the Declaration of Faith from the session, accepted by Colonel Terry Griffin, chief secretary. Commissioners Max and Lennie Feener, Southern territorial leaders, then ordained and commissioned each one of the Prayer Warriors. In a first for the USA Southern Territory, A/Captains Albert and Carmelle Cancia were ordained as ministers of the gospel, and commissioned as officers of The Salvation Army with the rank of captain. This year’s session representative speaker was Lieutenant W. Patrick Jones, who declared that “as Prayer Warriors, we know that our best offense is on our knees!” Lieutenant Jones asserted that the method of one’s prayers is not as important as how much one prays. “The focus this weekend has been on prayer, and the call to be on your knees is a decision we have made in keeping with our session name,” Jones said. He said that in the past he considered someone who was thought of as a prayer warrior to be someone locked away in a dark room, constantly praying for hours on end. He used as an example Commissioner George Scott Railton, an early Army leader whose knees were said to be calloused from kneeling in petition before God. “But even in today’s fastpaced society, you can be
Cadet Claudia Roseno recites the Officer Covenant in Sunday’s Ordination and Commissioning Service. a prayer warrior too,” Jones said. “You can remain in a continuing state of prayer throughout the day, every day. God is calling you to be a prayer warrior.” In his message for the morning, Commissioner Max Feener drew his text from the Great Commission. “We are to ‘go into all the world and preach the gospel,’” Commissioner Feener repeated several times in his sermon. “That’s not a challenge – that’s a command! It’s a mandate for all of us.” He said that the same conquering Christ who walked out of the tomb alive forevermore is the same Christ that sends us out into the world
today. “We can no longer afford to be silent witnesses,” Commissioner Feener preached. “Step up, speak out, and let Jesus Christ take charge of your life absolutely. Salvationists all, we are called by Jesus himself to be missionaries of the gospel!” The territorial commander laid out three dynamics of Christ’s commission for us all. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, every Christian can be: clothed with his power; convinced of his plan; and confident of his presence. “Imagine every Salvationist a glowing witness for Christ! Just imagine, we have a gospel that matches the hour!”
Continued from page 1 Other Partners in Mission leaders in attendance were Commissioners Kurt and Alicia Burger of the Hungary Territory, Colonels Onal and Edmane Castor of the Caribbean Territory, Commissioners Kashinath and Kusum Lahase of India Northern Territory, Commissioners William and Nancy Roberts of Kenya West Territory and Captain Svetlana Sharova of The Salvation Army Training School in Moscow. The celebration of the Army’s worldwide ministry was reflected from Saturday morning’s opening song performed by transMission, “Christ for the World,” to the conclusion of the closing session when the World Services Ingathering total of $8,585,718 was announced. “The Southern Territory is asked to help finance those many countries that struggle,” said Commissioner Max Feener, Southern territorial commander, in the World Services Ingathering announcement. “We are thrilled that tonight we have the territorial leadership from some of those countries, our Partners in Mission.” He added that many people in partner territories go without food and medicines and need help such as that provided by more affluent territories. “There are officers serving who haven’t received a regular allowance for most of their officership. There are buildings that need updating, and supplies become a luxury rather than a necessity.” In his message in the opening session Colonel Johnson said that to pray effectively, the believer needs to have a deep knowledge and clear focus on the God we are
praying to. “I know that I serve a risen Savior and that I can lift up a prayer to him, and I know he hears. Fervent prayer rests on the foundation of confidence that God will hear and answer our prayers.” Commissioner Mungate’s sermon was taken from Acts 16, focusing on the story of Paul and Silas’ imprisonment and how their steadfast prayer and praise at the darkest hour led to their release. “The voice of the weak is heard by God,” she said. “God the Creator listens and intervenes.” Commissioner Mungate said it is incumbent on us to venture out of our own communities to seek out the lost in the far corners of the world, no matter how daunting the mission may be. “We can’t be fishers of men in our own bathtubs, in our own homes.” Colonel Sanchez, speaking in his native Spanish through translator Major Kelly Durant, exhorted Salvationists to learn about and be in accord with people of other cultures in order to minister effectively to them – that challenge is more crucial to ministry than ever, he said. “The world has changed. In the past, you sent many missionaries to many countries to preach. Now the world has come to your doorstep.” The USA South’s outreach, both within its own borders and in distant lands, was celebrated throughout the day though creative gospel arts presentations, music and other media. The Prayer Warriors’ experiences during a mission trip to Mexico City were shared by Cadets Scott Hoover, Josh Robinette and Kellie Cantrell in a panel moderated by Major Willis Howell, Evangeline Booth College principal.
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Delegates travel the globe at World’s Fair By Brooke Turbyfill SOUTHERN SPIRIT STAFF
As guests of the World’s Fair entered the Kessel D. Stelling, Jr. Ballroom at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, they were given a small passport and greeted by colorful balloons and signs. One sign read: World’s Fair – It’s All About Loving One Another. The event called together Salvationists from the USA Southern Territory and the world to proclaim one message: celebrate diversity and embrace all cultures worldwide. Every division in the territory had a booth to showcase their Partner in Mission. Passports were stamped as delegates “visited” varying countries going from booth to booth. Booths also highlighted Southern territorial missionaries serving overseas, opportunities to attend short-term mission trips, Sally Ann/fair trade, child sponsorship and activities for children – intercultural learning displays, balloon art and face-painting. Major Pete Costas, program secretary for the North-South Carolina Division, spoke about the Kenya East Territory at the NSC booth. “It’s the fastest growing Army in the world – 60 percent of all junior soldiers in the world are in Kenya.” While some booths displayed hand-made gifts brought back from their partner territory, others were set up to look like a traditional living room from a particular nation. A few booths distributed prayer cards and bookmarks to help delegates keep the theme for the weekend – “On Our Knees: Prayer for the Nations” – at the forefront of their minds. After visiting booths displaying photos, mementos and information from partner territories such as Kenya West and the Caribbean, delegates journeyed to other nations through the artistic presentations on stage. Countries
Above: Dance worship group, 100 Sekares, performs to traditional African music. Below: Major Pete Costas and Christina Simmons showcase the Kenya East Territory. represented in dance and song included India, Haiti, Ecuador, South Korea, Africa, Venezuela, Colombia and Puerto Rico. Gabriela Broome and Jason Pope, Salvation Army employees in Texas and Georgia, introduced the order of program. An African worship group, 100 Sekares, taught delegates how to sing an African praise song, and both the Doraville, Ga., and Lawrenceville, Ga., Corps participated with special dance performances. There were performances by the Rajamony Indian Group and Crazies for Jesus. The West Palm Beach Praise Group gave delegates a chance to visit Haiti through song, which brought together audience members of all cultures as they sang, clapped and praised the Lord. Major Victor Valdes, territorial mission growth and multicultural ministries secretary, said the World’s Fair idea was designed to promote an intercultural attitude and highlight the territory’s Partners in Mission. “The idea is that people know we are all the same in the eyes of God and to let the Salvationists know what the territory’s Partners in Mission are doing.”
USA South announces plans to rebuild Port-au-Prince Corps in Haiti In the Saturday evening session of “On Our Knees: Prayer for the Nations,” Lt. Colonel John R. Jones, territorial business administration secretary, announced that the USA Southern Territory has committed to rebuilding the corps in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The corps and other Salvation
Army facilities in Port-au-Prince were destroyed or heavily damaged in the earthquake last January. As part of an international strategy for restoration in Haiti, the USA South has accepted the task of rebuilding the Port-au-Prince Corps with a chapel that will seat 3,000 people.
The corps ministers to 1,200 or more worshippers and is limited only by space. The cost of the project is estimated between $1.2 and $1.5 million. Over $300,000 has already been received from divisions and soldiers of the South, and an offering was taken up for the project in
Saturday evening’s session. An intensive one-year effort to fund the project is being initiated and will challenge Salvationists to give specifically to the Haiti project, over and above the annual World Services contribution. Dan Childs
Interactive exhibit broadens traditional view of Lord’s Prayer through practical application
Laura Boutchyard’s art was displayed to highlight the interactive exhibit on the Lord’s Prayer.
The prayer emphasis of the weekend continued with an interactive exhibit that focused on the significance of the Lord’s Prayer. At the exhibit’s entrance, delegates were given a copy of Commissioner Max Feener’s book on prayer from which the exhibit sprung to life. The first section of the book, “How to Pray,” says the prayer was given to believers as an
example rather than a set pattern. The exhibit led participants through a corridor of rooms, each focusing on a different phrase of the prayer. Rooms were decorated with artwork by territorial headquarters employee Laura Boutchyard, who designed the exhibit. For the phrase, “as we forgive our debtors,” the accompanying room had a poster that gave delegates
practical steps to help them forgive and allowed them to participate by placing stones of forgiveness on a cross displayed atop a nearby table. “I really wanted to take something that everyone knows and make it more personal,” said Boutchyard, “so people can understand the phrasing Jesus taught us and why it’s significant.” Brooke Turbyfill
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On Our Knees: Pray
Delegates at the Cobb Energy Center were covered by a large Blood and Fire flag as it moved up the auditorium at the conclusion of Saturday evening’s session.
TransMission’s performance of the song ‘Christ for the World’ became a refrain in Saturday’s sessions.
Worshippers pray at their seats at the conclusion of the first Saturday morning session.
(Below) Major Kelly Igleheart, territorial youth secretary, introduces the Salvationist Service Corps teams that will minister this summer in Chile, Portugal and the Ukraine.
Colonel Linda Griffin leads the congregation in singing ‘All Around the World’ as Cadet Patrick Jones waves the Blood and Fire.
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Prayer for the Nations
(Above) ‘Soldier’s Hymn’ by transMission and the Territorial Band, Songsters and Creative Arts Group set the stage for Saturday evening’s conclusion.
Photos by Brooke Turbyfill and Dan Childs (Right) Crazies for Jesus from Raleigh, N.C., delighted the congregation with their harmonies and rhythms in Saturday evening’s session.
(Above, clockwise from top left) Colonel Kenneth Johnson, Colonel Oscar Sanchez and Commissioner Hope Mungate were the featured speakers in Saturday’s sessions .
(Left and above) The Territorial Creative Arts Ensemble staged a sight and sound extravaganza titled ‘All Creatures’ featuring colorfully costumed dancers and giant puppets in Saturday evening’s session. Bobby Miga and Company presented the provocative choreo-drama ‘Fences.’
Lt. Colonel Eddie Hobgood leads as the Territorial Executive Council joins the Territorial and Korean Songsters in the singing of ‘We Crown You With Praise.’
(Above) The Southern divisions’ links with their respective Partners in Mission territories are celebrated in a Saturday morning session. (Right) Major Willis Howell, Evangeline Booth College principal, interviews Cadets Scott Hoover, Josh Robinett and Kellie Cantrell about their mission trip to Mexico City.
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Richmond celebates 125 years of reaching out lBy Brooke Turbyfill SOUTHERN SPIRIT STAFF
Members of the National Capital Band marched their way down the 36-step marble staircase of the famed Jefferson Hotel on Franklin Street in Richmond, Va., to commence the inaugural Commander’s Ball on May 18. The ball commemorated 125 years of The Salvation Army’s presence in Richmond, a city marked by its historical significance to the nation. Recovering from the Year of Disasters in 1870 – which included the worst flood in 100 years; the fall of the Virginia State Capitol third floor; and Robert E. Lee’s death – and at least a decade of political power struggles, Central Virginia needed hope. In 1885, The Salvation Army began the work of answering that need. Corps opened on South Linden Street, Fifth Street and Canal Street with Captains Glover and Garbutt leading the charge. The Commander’s Ball opened with a reception that honored The Salvation Army’s footprint through Richmond for more than 12 decades. Dressed as Doughnut Girls, Captain Vickie Lesesne and Captain Natalie Sayre, corps officers at the Petersburg Corps and the Richmond Citadel Corps respectively, offered doughnuts made from the original World War I recipe to 260 guests. Ashleigh Moody, director of development for Richmond Area Command, and Jeff Baldwin, public relations director, were dressed as WWI Doughboys. A horse-and-stagecoach replica and historic photos lined the reception area. The reception was followed by a meal before which Major Curt Sayre, corps officer at Richmond Citadel Corps, gave the invocation, and Captains David and Dawn Worthy, area commander and women’s ministries corrdinator, presented “Yesterday,” a historical timeline of The Salvation Army. Captain David Worthy talked about the Founder as a visionary with a simple mission – to reach out with the hand of God and lift up the people who needed it most. Captain Dawn Worthy transitioned the
presentation of “Yesterday” to a media presentation of “Today,” compiled by FOX Richmond, WRLH-TV, which displayed television footage and photos of Salvation Army works such as the Angel Tree program, the School for Performing Arts and The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club. When awards were announced, the executive director of the club – Hugh Jones – won Employee of the Year for his 17 years of dedication (See related article). Other awards included Board Member of the Year (Mary Ann Wilson); Volunteer of the Year (Capital One); and the Commander’s Award (The Richmond Times Dispatch). The Commander’s Award was modeled after its namesake commemorative event – Commander’s Ball – which was conceived five years earlier by Baldwin. His idea sprung to life when Captains Worthy started planning the reinstatement of an annual dinner during which community members could learn more about “why we do what we do, who we are and where we’ve come from,” said Captain Dawn Worthy. “The title fit perfectly with the annual dinner theme; the historical focus was planned from the minute it was discovered the Army had been here 125 years. Shortly after our arrival (to the appointment at area command), I was speaking to an all-staff meeting and
Left and above: Ashleigh Moody, Captain Natalie Sayre and Jeff Baldwin dress in period costume to celebrate The Salvation Army’s heritage, and the band kicks off the inaugural Commander’s Ball. my eye caught the water cooler that showed a shield and the numbers 1885. I was so excited to discover that 2010 would be a very significant year!” The “Tomorrow” portion of the event, introduced by Sean Ryan – advisory board chair – included the installation of new advisory board officers Sean Ryan, Karen Lowe, Matt Smith and Kemper Baker by Major James Allison, general secretary of the National Capital-Virginia Division. The Hall of Fame Advisory Council Member of the Year Award was presented to Dick Guthrie, and the evening ended with a reading of the Doing the Most Good Manifesto.
Richmond salutes Jones for Boys & Girls Club service “Tonight we are here to celebrate The Salvation Army’s incredible work in Richmond over the past 125 years,” said Sean Ryan, chair of the Richmond, Va., Advisory Board, at the inaugural Commander’s Ball May 18. Much of that great work can be attributed to faithful employees such as Employee of the Year Award Winner Hugh Jones. Jones serves as the executive director of The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club in Richmond. Located on “R” Street since 1971, the club is a second home to an average of 150 young people each day. After the Church Hill Corps closed in 1945, The Salvation Army wanted to continue its efforts to reach Richmond’s young people. So officers at The Salvation Army Corps No. 1 on East Broad Street began operating a Church Hill outpost. Four years later, the outpost was formally organized and became the Red Shield Boys Club. In 1954, the club merged with the Boys Club of America and was chartered as The Salvation Army Boys Club. Some of its earliest programs included football, wrestling, swimming, journalism and photography. Photography is what led Hugh Jones to the club, which in 1987 merged with
The Salvation Army Girls Club. Growing up in Richmond, Jones belonged to a Richmond boys’ club, and one of his mentors at the club taught him photography. His interest in the subject grew and he later earned his degree in it. Jones came to The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club as a volunteer to teach a photography class, and was later hired full-time. Jones’ understanding of what young people in Richmond face comes from his own life story. Many of the teens the Richmond club serves are parented by single-parent homes struggling to make ends meet. Jones, too, was raised in a single-parent home by his mother and grandmother after his father died when he was 12. Dick Guthrie, who knew Jones through the local boys’ club when he was growing up – and is now the advisory council chair for The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club – had a major impact on Jones’ life. God used Guthrie as a father-mentor to Jones, empowering him to grow as a person. Jones also seeks to empower young people through programs such as Father for Life. A 13-week program, Father for Life teaches young men about good
Hugh Jones, shown with his mother, Wilmette Jones, won Employee of the Year for his 17 years of service to the club. communication; anger management; being a good son; money; relationships with girls; and dealing with their own father wounds. “It’s one of the programs most personal to me. I really believe one of the ways God healed me was through creating this program. God said he can turn misery into ministry,” said Jones. “Young people today deal with so many things, so we try to create programs at the club to help them communicate and open up, where we can not only give them knowledge but also really hear them.” There is a spiritual thread to the program as well. “We talk about how God is our Father and how he can put
others in your life to meet the needs that your father couldn’t meet,” said Jones. “We want the young men to know they don’t have to be a prisoner of their past.” Jones believes the supportive staff and volunteers are what make such a lasting impact on young people. “A lot of club alumni don’t even remember the programs, but they definitely remember the people. It really does make a difference when you have someone who cares about you and shares the love of Jesus with you. The ability to minister life to kids without restraint is a shining light here in the Church Hill area.” Brooke Turbyfill
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Order of the Founder USA South Major Cecil Brown Brigadier Julius Satterfield Colonel William Noble Ruby Ferraez Laudun Brigadier Keitha Holz YPSM Clara Paige CSM Milt Servais Major Billie Jean DeArman Major Kathryn Cox Brigadier Dorothy Langston Pat Germany Brigadier Gertrude Purdue Brigadier Luther Smith
Brigadier Luther Smith proudly displays the Order of the Founder award and medal presented to him by Commissioner Max Feener at the annual civic dinner of the Birmingham, Ala., Area Command. Brigadier Smith, who celebrates his 96th birthday next month, became the 13th Southern Salvationist to receive the honor.
Brigadier Luther Smith honored with Order of the Founder By Dan Childs
SOUTHERN SPIRIT STAFF
Brigadier Luther Smith, a joyful warrior of The Salvation Army for more than 70 years, became the Southern Territory’s 13th recipient of the organization’s highest honor for service. Smith was presented the Order of the Founder at the Birmingham Area Command’s annual dinner. Brigadier Smith, who will celebrate his 96th birthday on July 4, accepted the honor from Commissioner Max Feener, Southern territorial commander. Brigadier Smith had been recognized throughout the evening’s program and had made the inaugural presentation of a distinguished service award named in his honor. However, he was not aware that the presentation of the Order of the Founder to him would follow minutes later. “I will strive to be worthy of it,” said a beaming Brigadier Smith. The Order of the Founder is presented to Salvation Army officers and soldiers who have given outstanding and sacrificial service. Major Cecil Brown became the USA South’s first recipient of the honor in 1947. The most recent prior to Brigadier Smith’s entry into the honored circle was Brigadier Gertrude Purdue in 2005. Brigadier Smith was commissioned in 1936 and served in appointments across the Southern Territory as well as in Mexico City. He also worked in several major disaster relief efforts, including the aftermath of a hurricane that ravaged Trujillo, Honduras, and an earthquake that rocked Guatemala. Smith also served in the relief effort after two ships exploded at Texas City, Texas, killing more than 500 people. His final nine years of active service were spent in Birmingham, where he was area commander and became the face of The Salvation Army. He was president of the Birmingham chapter of the Kiwanis Club, a member of the city’s Police Advisory Committee and a founding member of the Birmingham Race Relations Committee, which addressed the black-white issues that exploded in the city in 1963. Smith, in fact, had earlier served as
74 years of service recognized with Army’s pre-eminent honor a corps officer in Birmingham during the days of the Civil Rights Movement and, going against the wishes of his advisory board, offered the corps as a sleeping place for Freedom Riders when they passed through the city in 1961. Brigadier Smith, who only recently set aside his hobbies of piloting airplanes and riding his HarleyDavidson motorcycles, has maintained a lively pace since his retirement in 1979. He is a fixture at United Way events in Birmingham, is closely associated with the local advisory board, faithfully visits hospitalized people and for many in Birmingham, remains the walking, talking personification of The Salvation Army’s service to others. Major Mark Brown, who served as the Birmingham area commander for five years, said Brigadier Smith also has over the years been a rich resource for Salvation Army officers. “Luther was a mentor and encourager to me while in Birmingham. He did this in the most amazing way. Never intruding or overstepping his role but always there to support and offer kindly direction in the most diplomatic and caring way I have ever experienced.”
Hobgood Let’s keep it going! I just read an article about the alarming rate at which church membership is declining in Canada. A very startling statement from that article mentioned The Salvation Army. It said: The denomination that is more conservative and evangelical that is not in good shape is the Salvation Army. The most recent census data for religion in Canada, taken in 2001, showed a 29% drop in people who identified themselves with the Salvation Army. My feeling is that if this figure is from almost 10 years ago, then the percentage of decrease could be even higher today. It hurts my heart deeply to read these words, especially with the great bond we share with our Canadian brothers and sisters. In the Come Join Our Army campaign, we have made a concerted effort to turn our membership decreases around. Praise the Lord, we have, to a degree, done so. We have, as of the latest report, a gross increase of over 5,000 with a net gain of over 1,000. Is it where we wanted to be? No. But is it something to celebrate? Absolutely! Our numbers reflect active, vibrant memberships in many of our locations. We can’t, however, stop and rest on our laurels. We have to keep pushing and encouraging and inviting and training and making new soldiers and officers. With the beginning of the 2010/2011 program year, our territory will be rolling out what Commissioner Max Feener has been lovingly calling a BHAG: a Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal. Simply put, this goal will do the following: 1. Promote the three-fold foundational points of the Army in the Southern Territory: prayer, evangelism and holiness. 2. This will be accomplished by: A) Continuing the emphasis on prayer through Commissioner Feener’s e-letter, Jude Gotrich’s columns and the Prayer Warriors Initiative. B) Every corps will be challenged to have some kind of evangelistic outreach in the fall (you’re only bound by your imagination). C) Every corps will be challenged to have some kind of holiness emphasis in the New Year. The Territorial Adult Ministries Department has been at work in creating resources that will be helpful. You’ll begin to receive those soon. D) To assist with this emphasis on evangelism and holiness, the Territorial Incentive Fund has set aside $250,000 to help reimburse the corps for some of their expenses with items B & C. E) Because of the phenomenal success of the SAMS program, the territorial commander will provide 99 new youth directors to the territory (That’s 11 per division!). In Year 1, THQ will pay 100% of the salary; Year 2 - 75%; Year 3 - 50% and Year 4 - 25%. We believe this will have a significant impact on youth programming in the territory. We are poised like no other church or movement to significantly impact the lives of young people. Statistics tell us that if a child is not won to Christ by the age of 13, there is a 90% chance that he or she never will be. It’s imperative that we declare an all-out war against every evil force for the lives and very souls of our children. This is exciting news and more information will be coming to your divisional headquarters on how these youth directors will be deployed. Contrary to the naysayers, these are exciting days for the Church and especially The Salvation Army. Look for more exciting news and opportunities in the next edition of the Southern Spirit.
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Nationwide Series driver ‘takes Army for a fast ride’ The Salvation Army recently was the recipient of a salute from driver Mike Wallace of the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the J. Davis Motor Sports racing team. For three consecutive Nationwide Series events at Darlington, S.C.; Dover, Del.; and Charlotte, N.C., Wallace’s car was adorned with the Doing the Most Good Salvation Army brand logo. The primary sponsor for Wallace’s car is One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning. Lieutenant Kenny Igleheart, Rock Hill, S.C., corps officer, was contacted by Tony Priscaro of J. Davis Motor
Sports to offer to help promote The Salvation Army. After some discussion they agreed to place the Doing the Most Good logo on the side of the car, just forward of the rear wheel on both sides.
Driver Mike Wallace (right) chats with visitors at the Darlington Raceway. (Lieutenant Kenny Igleheart is second from left).
Augusta Corps kids have special day at Masters As a result of The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center and the accompanying campaign in Augusta, Ga., the Army’s profile is higher and many new opportunities have presented themselves to the Augusta command. While the command has received increased involvement and a heightened awareness in all areas, it cannot be better illustrated than the effect it had on 10 children who regularly attend services at the corps. The Masters golf tournament and Augusta National Golf Club are synonymous with prestige and greatness. The tournament is said to be the hardest ticket to get in all of sports. With several members of the club residing in Augusta, many became involved with the Kroc center effort and were exposed to the scope of services of The Salvation Army and compelled to stay involved. As part of an Augusta National Golf Club member initiative, The Salvation Army was adopted by a member to host children from the Augusta Corps as VIPs for the Masters in 2010. From Thursday April 8 to Sunday April 11, Salvation Army officers and staff escorted the children to the tournament and were treated to an experience they will all remember for a lifetime. The children: Takeria Brooks, Teriyana Jones, Terrence Jones, Dontae Overton, Tyrece Avent,
Choyce Bussey, Antonio Ambers, Devin Stokes as well as Hunter Mason (son of Captains Todd and Wilma Mason) and Trey Wilson (son of Lieutenants Lee and Michelle Wilson) spent a day experiencing what few people ever will. Jennifer Webb, SAMS worker with the Augusta Command, told the extraordinary story of Takeria (15) and Teriyana (8) and their day as VIPs at the tournament. She said the kids were considered for this as it may be “the only opportunity they may ever have in their life.” Webb hoped the experience would help the youngsters “see something new and different and want to work hard for a better future.” The second day of the tournament, the girls went through the gates at Augusta National Golf Club and were directed to the Junior Pass lane. The girls and Webb thought they were just going to watch the tournament with everyone else, but when they went through the lane, they were met by several members of the club, all wearing the famed Green Jackets and big smiles. They warmly greeted the stunned girls and welcomed them to the club. The girls were given a Junior Pass pin, vouchers for food and Webb was given a hat. The hosting club member immediately approached the girls, grabbed their hands and said “Come on, girls – I’ll show you around.” He
From outpost to corps Officers, soldiers and friends in Broken Arrow, Okla., celebrated as the outpost became a corps on Easter Sunday. Broken Arrow corps officers Lieutenants Russell Clay and Jamie Clay are shown at the left of the flag). To the right of the flag are Major Roy Williams, Tulsa area commander, and Major Kathleen Williams, coordinator of women’s ministries. One of the big supporters of the new corps is a family with 11 children – and one more on the way.
asked if they’d like to see Tiger Woods, and after an excited response they went around the clubhouse to find the world’s most famous golfer. As they turned a corner, Tiger Woods was riding in a cart right next to them, and he waived to the girls as he passed. They then had their picture taken in front of the famous The Augusta National clubhouse provided a lovely backdrop clubhouse for a photo of Augusta Corps kids’ visit to the Masters. and visited the Eisenhower Cabin and the Butler Cabin, a while and she was blessed just to be where the Green Jacket ceremony is able to be with the girls to experience held and where they were greeted by this day. Jennifer used to think that this Bill Macatee, one of the announcers for kind of thing didn’t happen to her and the CBS television broadcast. these kids; however the ropes were At Sunday’s service, all of the kids lifted for them to allow a glimpse of in the Junior Pass program wore their very nice things and very nice people badges to church, causing a wish list for who were determined to make the kids all the kids for next year. Webb said the of the Augusta Corps feel special for smiles on their faces won’t go away for that day and inspire their future.
June 15, 2010
God does not make pets of his people
What do we make of the difficulties of life? I do not argue that these are the best things that could have happened to me. But I do testify that by God’s grace, they have been made to work together for my good. They have humbled me. They have thrown me back on God. They have made me think. They have led me to search the Bible and history to find out God’s ways with man. They have been rigorous and unsparing teachers. From them I have learnt endurance, patience, sympathy and understanding.
Board Salvation Army Employment Opportunities College ministry student center director Tampa, Fla. We are looking for an outgoing individual who has a heart for working with college students. This person will provide leadership, strategic planning, and mentoring to students on a daily basis while also serving as a liaison between the student center and the respective academic and administrative units. They will run the student center on a day-to-day basis providing weekly Bible study, tutoring, and an occasional fun activity. This person will also collaborate with the local corps to provide ministry opportunities. Qualifications – Bachelors degree required. Masters degree preferred. Minimum five years’ experience in young adult leadership. If interested please contact Captain John Murphy. John_Murphy@uss. salvationarmy.org Development director/webmaster Fayetteville, Ark. Applicant would plan, develop, implement, administer, evaluate and monitor fund-raising programs for Northwest Arkansas Area Command; develop and secure funds to achieve/ surpass fund-raising goals through a variety of financial development vehicles including: (1) individual gifts and individual donor upgrading; (2) corporate gifts and sponsorships; (3) foundation support for specific programs and projects; (4) capital campaigns; and (5) special events. Also, applicant would be responsible for design and maintaining a web site for Northwest Arkansas Area Command. E-mail resumes to Brian_ Birks@uss.salvationarmy.org.
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.
Promoted to Glory Captain Henry ‘Fordie’ Houston Captain Henry Houston, Jr., known to family and friends as “Fordie,” was promoted to Glory on May 11, 2010, from San Antonio, Texas. His appointment at the time of this death was corps officer of the San Antonio Center of Hope. A celebration of his life was presided over by Lt. Colonel Henry Gonzalez, Texas divisional commander. Lt. Colonel Jack T. Waters delivered the sermon. Other participants included: Major Gerald Street, Major Albert Villafuerte, Major Tom Louie, Major Ronnie Raymer, Major Rick Raymer, Major Susan Ellis, Captain Debra Taylor, Major Brenda Raymer, Leon Williams, Major Robert Winters and Major Wes Short. His daughters, Britanny, Whitney and Kahley
Houston, and sister, Becky Ford, also brought touching tributes. He was born on Oct. 30, 1957, to Henry and Betty Houston. He was commissioned as a Salvation Army officer on June 4, 1989, as a member of the Ambassadors for Christ session. Houston served as corps officer in Johnson City, Tenn.; Louisville, Ky. (Sanders); Oconee/Pickens County Service Center, S.C.; Greenville, Bryan and Austin, Texas Citadel.
Doing the Most Good is a promise we make to do the most good with all that the public entrusts us with. We also promise to do the most good for the people we serve. All that we are and have has been accepted and dedicated to the glory of God. We can do no less than to promise a public that has entrusted us that we will honor their gift and trust by doing the most good with what they give us. It is not a slogan meant to patronize. It is not a tagline meant to boast. It is a promise meant to honor those who believe in what we do and hopefully serve as a means to attract even more like-minded supporters for the future. It is a sacred stewardship responsibility endowed to us through the anointing of God. The Salvation Army pledges daily to the American public by Doing the Most Good in providing essential needs, and building a spiritual foundation. Across the Southern Territory many recipients of our services, soldiers and volunteers should know that The Salvation Army is pledged to “doing the most good” as an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. So how many also know that the Army’s message is based on the Bible, its ministry motivated by love for God, and its mission to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in his name without discrimination? Now that would definitely be doing the most good!
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