DOING THE MOST GOOD
A publication of The Salvation Army USA Southern Territory Volume 27, No. 13 August 23, 2010
How Sally changed Tulsa
Client gets mad, then creative; result is movie about Army’s services to homeless people
n the summer of 2009, John Ross, a recovering meth addict housed at Tulsa Area Command’s Center of Hope homeless shelter, was moved to anger about local politicians’ initiatives to relocate services for homeless people away from downtown. Ross’s case manager, James Hudgins, suggested that rather than just talk about it, Ross should do something about it – maybe make a movie. Ross, who had worked in information technology for 20 years, didn’t have any equipment or resources, but he found two men, also residents at the Center of Hope, to help him. Jerry Coleman had a camcorder he had bought
at a pawn shop for $50 and Scott Green had a car, so the trio embarked on their filmmaking adventure. After a few months when the film was completed, Arletta Robinson, director of the Center of Hope, asked Sallie Godwin, Tulsa public relations director, for help in getting the 17-minute film in front of the public. Godwin approached the director of the Circle Cinema, Tulsa’s historic art house theater, which donated the use of the theater for an upcoming Sunday afternoon. In the film, the men interviewed guests at the Center of Hope, Please see SALLY’S, page 5
At the front of the Circle Cinema Gallery, from left, are Jerry Coleman, Scott Green, John Ross and Sallie Godwin.
Carthon remains steadfast in faith despite a life marked by adversity By Major Frank Duracher
SOUTHERN SPIRIT STAFF
Major Frank Duracher
John Carthon believes a brush with cancer has enabled him to relate even better as a substanceabuse counselor at the Memphis ARC.
SPIRIT IN THE
he presence of cancer in John Carthon’s body has done nothing to diminish his faith in God – in fact his walk with Christ has grown even closer. Carthon is a graduate of the Memphis ARC and is now on the staff there as full-time counselor, armed with a certification in substance abuse/drug counseling. “I’m so grateful that the Holy Spirit has put on me to be at peace with the fact that whatever happens in my life is for his glory,” Carthon testified during a Sunday morning service at the center. The 54-year-old Carthon admits that his life has been difficult and that it would be easy for anyone like him to ignore the fact that God loves him. “I’m standing here as a sinner saved by grace,” Carthon told the 80-something men in the program. “If God can deliver me from addictions to cocaine and alcohol, deliver me from the downward spiral of homelessness and deliver me from the fear of the specter of cancer – he can deliver you too!”
Gaining through losing
A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Carthon had much going for him in his younger years. He was raised by loving adopted parents, both devout Christians. He attended Rust College in Holly Springs, Miss., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in human services in 1978. “When I first started experimenting with cocaine in college, that’s when things began to unravel,” Carthon said. “I managed to finish college, get married and even joined the Navy, where I was able to continue in my growing addictions while hiding it from everyone.” He was in the Navy longer (nine years) than in his marriage (five years) – but by that time he was homeless for 20 years, and “a full-fledged addict.” His lowest point came one winter night in Racine, Wis., when the low temperature was -14 degrees. “Ice was literally forming on my body throughout the night, and I would have to move around to shake off the ice,” he said. By 7:00 the next morning he was praying that Please see CARTHON’S, page 7
Houston jingles in July
The fight against trafficking
August 23, 2010
Friends of Christ MAJOR
Satterlee A lion outside
The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside!” or, “I will be murdered in the streets!” (Proverbs 22:13) There’s always a reason why something can’t be done. Anyone who has tried to move people in a certain direction or forge ahead when something isn’t working knows what it is to stand before a group of people whose heads swivel horizontally. Sometimes there is a polite hearing, followed by the inevitable, “Yes, but…” or, “That’s very interesting. Now, let’s move on.” Many times the objections are rooted in fact. The concerns are realistic. And to be fair, those who resist deserve to voice their opinions. The truth is that many new plans fail. It is important to weigh a matter to discern whether a venture is an act of faith or indulgent foolishness. If a plan or idea is strong enough it should be able to give answers to the criticisms, to consider the problems with ears and eyes wide open. What is hard to fathom is the opposition that arises when change is needed but no one is willing to lead the way, to answer the hard questions, to make the tough decisions. This failure to act is no more tragic than in the realm of the Christian faith. The Bible is replete with stories of people who faced impossible odds and attempted unheard-of things. They risked everything, fortified by faith. Noah built his ark. Abraham left Ur. Moses marched into Pharoah’s court. Joshua attacked Jericho. David confronted Goliath. In the New Testament we are struck by the sheer hopelessness of leaving the fate of the Christian church in the hands of 11 misfits. But you are reading this because the foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of men. To make no effort is baffling. And yet, the work of God is frequently frozen in place by those who don’t want to try to move things forward. Like the verse above, they find excuses for not doing something even if those excuses are flimsy at best. If left to those who refuse to move ahead, no progress would ever have been made in history. Not by Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joshua, nor David, and not by the 11. “There may be a lion outside so we better just stay inside … ” Sometimes the only reasonable act of faith is the most unreasonable option. Can such action be abused? Of course it can. Note how in the Scriptures acts of faith are seldom recreated or repeated precisely as they unfolded before. There was only one ark, one time that Abraham pulled up his roots, one series of plagues in Egypt, one city that was conquered in the manner that Jericho was, one time David used a slingshot in battle. The church started with only the 11 but has never been that small since. This is why we view with suspicion those who try to imitate the circumstances of one movement of God as if God can be manipulated by a set of “how to” instructions or whipped up like some box cake mix. The life of faith is not only adventurous, it is full of surprises, and it is anything but the predictable, safe religion that masquerades as the walk of faith. No. Going forth in faith approaches an empty field with a handful of seed. It attacks the enemy strong points and makes plans to encamp for the night three miles behind what is now the foe’s front lines. It spends the last dime knowing that what is needed will be there. A lion outside in the streets will keep the fearful inside. But the exercise of faith outside the gates will find the lion inside the believer.
The Friends of Christ session has arrived to commence their two-year training period. When I first heard that the General selected that title for this session, my thoughts quickly went to John 15:15 – Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. The poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge described friendship as “a sheltering tree.” I like that. A really good friend is like a giant, leafy tree who spreads himself over me. He provides shade from the hot summer sun; or a stand against the blast of a lonely, cold winter wind. It is not a sign of weakness and immaturity to have or need a friend. It’s a sign of immaturity if you think you don’t need one. No one can ignore that even Jesus had many friends around him during his earthly ministry. He had at least three intimate friends. A friend is someone who says to you: “I’m here for you. Count on me. Call on me, day or night. I won’t kick you when you’re down. I’m by your side. I
Hope MA JOR FRANK DURACHER understand.” When you’re hungry, weary and thirsty – with little or no resources – that’s when a friend comes through. You don’t even have to ask. The beautiful thing about sheltering friends is that they don’t have to be told what to do – you know, the practical stuff. They just do it. That is faith in action. It is rubber-meets-theroad Christlikeness. Friendship is where we find the hands of God ministering, feeding, teaching, and preaching through unknown heroes of the faith. People like you and me. Christ has already proven himself to be a friend to you – even closer. Are you ready to do the same for him?
Promoted to Glory Major Maxine Riefer Major Maxine Riefer was promoted to Glory July 28, 2010. The funeral service was held at the Lawrenceville, Ga., Corps with Major John Needham leading and Captain Bobby Westmoreland speaking. Others participating were Lt. Colonel Louell Arrowood, Major Willis Howell, Major William Mockabee, Captain Bernard Tolan and family members. The burial was at Westview Cemetery. Maxine May Arnold was born April 2, 1932, in Jonesboro, Ark., to William and Audry Arnold. She was converted at an early age and was an eager learner as she studied the Bible and participated in the corps activities. Even at a young age she wanted to be a Salvation Army officer. She said that “even though I didn’t always understand what the Lord wanted of me, I always did my best to prepare for his leading.” She entered training in Atlanta as a member of the Ambassadors session and was commissioned June 4, 1951. She served in Georgia, Alabama and Florida. She was married to Lieutenant Joseph Riefer on Aug. 31, 1953, and they served together in Florida, Georgia, Maryland, West Virginia, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Maxine was a committed Salvation Army officer for 40 years – serving in home and hospital, day nursery and corps ministries. She was hard-working, humble and compassionate. She is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; son Captain Joseph Riefer, Jr. and son-in-law Captain Joseph Anderson. She is survived by daughters Melody and Monica Riefer and Captain Melissa Anderson;
daughter-in-law Major Janice Riefer; sister Frita Arnold; and six grandchildren – Jordan, Gabe, Jaime, Jillian, Brie and Meagan.
Major Florence Ross Major Florence Ross was promoted to Glory July 26, 2010, from Lubbock, Texas. The funeral service and interment was held at Restland Cemetery in Dallas. Participants in the services were Reverend John Swyers, Lt. Colonel Orville Salmon and Majors Rolan Chambless and John Tolan. Florence Helen Bivans was born Oct. 9, 1930, in Columbia, S.C., to officer parents, Silas John and Willie Dean Bivans. Her corps officer parents taught her to believe in God and in the Bible, and at the age of 6 she gave her life to God. She participated in a variety corps activities during her youth and at age 14 felt a strong call to officership. She was married to William Swyers on June 1, 1957, and they entered the training college from the Washington Southeast Corps. They were commissioned officers of the Soul Winners session on June 6, 1955. They served as corps officers in Texas, Virginia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida and were honorably retired from active service Aug. 31, 1994. Her husband was promoted to Glory July 24, 1996. Florence and Major Arthur Ross were married Nov. 8, 1997. He was promoted to Glory Aug. 19, 2008. Florence will be remembered by those whose lives she touched with her warm spirit. She attended Tulsa University, Houghton College and Queens College, earning degrees in theology and a master’s degree in social work, specializing in counseling. She was an accomplished musician, teaching choir and playing the organ when needed. In retirement she taught a group of challenged adults known as the Rainbow Class. She is survived by three children: John and Debbie Swyers, Adrianne Bivans-Click and Robert Swyers; five grandsons, one granddaughter, one greatgranddaughter; sisters Elizabeth Lambrecht, Violet Easton, Major Dorothy Rickard, Ruth Doliber and Grace Dearin; and brother Major Samuel Bivans.
August 23, 2010
“God can use your passions!” I am sure some famous Salvationist from our glorious past said that first, but God can, and will, if you’ll only let him. It’s amazing how many people I encounter as I travel around who are actually afraid that if they “give in” to the will of God for their lives (which sometimes means some type of full-time service for the Lord, like officership), they think they are committing themselves to the life of a monk and everything they previously found joy in, they have to give up. Growing up poor, we had little money for movies and vacations, and so we had to “create” ways to entertain ourselves. There were five children in my family and dozens of other kids in the neighborhood. Almost every weekend, we would take the sheets off our beds, and in someone’s backyard we would create a theater with those sheets. There we would while away the hours making up plays and musicals and mimicking television shows, etc. We thought we were amazing actors and performers! As the years grew, so did my passion for being involved in these types of things. I found myself in plays and musicals
at school and at the Army. When I accepted God’s calling on my life to become a Salvation Army officer, I just knew that those days were over. Boy, was I ever wrong! In the last edition of the Southern Spirit, you read about the Southern delegation that went to the World Youth Convention. Well, the fact is, there were two delegations that represented the South. The second group was personally requested by General Shaw Clifton to participate and selected to be the “official” musical for the WYC. “Brengle: My Life’s Ambition,” was presented three times to packed houses. As a matter of fact, several hundred people were turned away due to the lack of room. I was incredibly proud of this group as they worked in extreme heat (never once complaining) and cramped conditions. They boldly proclaimed the message about our Movement’s stance on holiness and were a tremendous blessing to Salvationists from all around the world. Bernie Dake, Laura Dake, Chris Priest (Georgia), Kim Touchton, Megan Menges, Elyse Bridges, Ben Bridges, Annie Bridges, Austin Hallock, Zach Flores,
Hobgood Jordan Truesdale, Sabina Valery, Lt. Colonels Vern and Martha Jewett (Florida), Major Miriam Musgrave, Lieutenant Jimmy Taylor (NSC), Matthew Burn (Texas - along with Philip, Laura and Hannah), Lieutenant Dan Nelson, Captain Sarah Nelson, Josh Quinn (KT), Vince Musgrave and myself were thrilled for the privilege and opportunity to represent our territory on the world stage. I have an idea that no matter what you are passionate about, if given over to God, you will find a way to use it in ministry that will not only honor God but bless his people. Who’d have ever thought that a makeshift theater of sheets would lead to Stockholm, Sweden? God truly has a sense of humor! God can use your passions! And you can quote me on that.
Welcomed and installed at EBC Majors Allan and Fiona Hofer (left) were installed Aug. 15 as principal and assistant principal and welcomed to the Evangeline Booth College by Commissioners Max and Lennie Feener, territorial leaders. Also shown is Major Sharyn Hoosier, flagbearer. Major Frank Duracher
El Dorado’s Deborah Bartlett counts her many losses as infinite gains FOR WHOM By Major Frank Duracher SOUTHERN SPIRIT STAFF
Debora Bartlett has lost a lot. But she doesn’t seem to mind – in fact, she gives God the glory for all she’s lost and every blessing she’s found. Except for the last three years, Bartlett spent her 44 years of life in California. She lost both parents in a horrific car accident, which also left her with two broken collarbones. This was her first excuse for blaming God. As an adult she fell into the wrong crowd and became addicted to drugs and alcohol. Because of her addictions she had already lost her two children, with whom she hadn’t had a loving relationship, anyway. When her drug-addict “friends” decided to move to El Dorado, Ark., Bartlett decided to follow them in her car. “We got as far as Flagstaff, Arizona,” she said. “But then I lost my glasses, and because I couldn’t see well, I started following the wrong U-haul truck!” So now she’d lost her only friends. Remembering that the friends were headed for El Dorado, that’s where she headed. Once she hit town, she parked the car at a Goodwill store because she and one of the friends “were thrift store shoppers.” She figured they’d make their way there eventually. But they never showed. Bartlett was living in her car in the Goodwill parking lot when a police officer stopped by to check on her. Realizing she had nowhere to go and no resources to survive much longer on her own, the policeman said to her, “You need to go to The Salvation Army.” “As soon as I walked into the door, I met Captain
Jesus’ power to renew and transform is seen in the lives of the redeemed
Paulette Marvels, and she welcomed me with open arms,” Bartlett said. “I felt a sense of love and peace that I’d never experienced before!” While staying in the shelter, Bartlett became involved in the Home League and a number of other corps activities. During one prayer service, Bartlett knelt at the altar and gave her sinful past to Christ. Even today she points to the exact spot at the Mercy Seat when she “lost” even more – but this time for her good. “When I rose from the altar, I realized that I lost my taste for alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, gambling – everything I knew I had to give up if I were to be a born-again Christian,” she said. Within a few weeks her friends found her, but by this time Bartlett had found a home in the El Dorado Corps family. “I wasn’t about to give up the joy I now had in serving the Lord,” she said. The Marvels offered Bartlett a job as shelter manager. Not long after, she was enrolled as a soldier and now proudly wears her uniform. But there’s one more thing Debora Bartlett is glad she’s lost: 70 pounds. “Debora began taking care of herself and eating
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Debora Bartlett points to the exact spot at the Mercy Seat in the El Dorado Corps, where she was gloriously saved from a lifestyle of drugs, alcohol and lifeconflicts. healthy, and before long she couldn’t wear her uniform anymore because it would fall off of her!” exclaimed Captain Paulette Marvels. One advisory board member noticed that Bartlett was no longer wearing her uniform, but once she heard that the uniform needed to undergo alterations, the board member stepped forward to completely cover the cost. “I guess you could call me this corps’ ‘Biggest Loser’ – but I thank God for all I’ve found!” Bartlett said.
August 23, 2010
Cowboy cadet Jeremy Walker loves the wide open spaces, but he’s eager for the adventures of officership By Major Frank Duracher SOUTHERN SPIRIT STAFF
ords of a popular song by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings have taken on a new meaning for Jeremy Walker and his parents, Gary and Freda Walker, although the tune has been on Jeremy’s cell phone ringtone for some time now. “When he was born 36 years ago, I only wanted him to grow up to be a good man,” said Freda Walker, Jeremy’s mother. “It wasn’t a stretch at all to think he’d grow up to be a cowboy – as a little boy, that’s all he knew.” As soon as he was old enough to wear little cowboy boots and a small Stetson hat, that’s all he’d wear. One time he even tried roping the family dog. What Mrs. Walker never dreamed, of course, was that her strapping son would someday trade bovines for Bibles – as an officer in The Salvation Army. Jeremy and Michelle Walker are two of 48 members of the Friends of Christ session, who arrived at the Evangeline Booth College in Atlanta earlier this month. For the past two years the couple lived at the Texas Division’s Hi View Ranch, some 3,200 acres of prime property adjacent to Camp Hoblitzelle. Some 60 head of cattle and a few horses were under Jeremy’s care as ranch manager, while Michelle worked in town as a registered nurse specializing in labor and delivery. Anyone who’s visited the Hi View Ranch can easily tell how much at home Jeremy is on the range – but equally astonishing is how he could give all that up for the rigors of the training college in a big city. “There’s no question, I’m going to miss this,” Jeremy said while putting feed out for the cattle, “but the answer to that is simple: the Lord got a hold of me! Someday instead of feeding these cows, I will be feeding (the Lord’s) sheep.” Walker said that most of his prayer time is spent under the big sky, on his quarter horse, Rio, while tending the cows, mending fences or hunting coyotes. “I sing a lot to Rio and these cattle,” he said, “and out there I can sing as
loud and as badly as I want – they don’t seem to mind!” The songs he sings to his “audience” are mostly from the Salvation Army Songbook – songs he learned while he and Michelle soldiered at the nearby Waxahachie Corps. One also wonders how easy it will be for him to adjust to life at the training college. “I’ve been there already to ‘check it out.’ And the first thing I noticed is that there are no hitching posts for my horse!” Walker jokingly said with a hearty laugh. “I am going to take my rope, though.” He knows it will be tough, but he acknowledges that since this is God’s will for his life, the Lord will help him through each challenge. In fact, he’s anxious to take it on. Walker has a down-to-earth demeanor to match his Texas drawl. He worked many years as a rodeo competitor in his younger days, and has trained horses for a living – although he does not consider himself a “horsewhisperer.” “A lot of what I’ve done is just by
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Jeremy and Michelle Walker are two of the Friends of Christ session who have arrived for their two-year training period at the Evangeline Booth College. using common sense,” he said. “We are to be good stewards of all the Lord has given us, including the land and animals.” Actually, Jeremy Walker doesn’t seem to care much for all the attention being given to his switch from cowboy to cadet. He reasons, in fact, that
following Jesus is a very natural thing for a cowboy to do. “Jesus is going to be coming back to earth on a white horse, right? In my mind, that makes him a cowboy too!” he asserted. “Now I’m working for the next life – not this one,” he said.
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A sacred scene at the altar as Jeremy and Michelle Walker pray – soldiers spontaneously came one-by-one to pray with and for the couple.
August 23, 2010
General Larsson publishes CD of favorite tunes from Gowans-Larsson musicals
To make the songs of the Gowans & Larsson musicals available to this generation, General John Larsson is recording a series of CDs, under the generic title of “John Larsson plays,” in which he plays piano arrangements of the main songs from the 10 musicals he coauthored with General John Gowans during the period 1967-1990. Most of these digital piano recordings, enhanced on some tracks by other instrumental voices, will feature songs from two musicals, and all will come accompanied by a booklet containing the song lyrics by John Gowans. The first CD in the series – “John Larsson plays Take-over Bid and Hosea” – has been launched by the United Kingdom Territory Supplies and Purchasing Department and includes 28 songs from the first two musicals written by the duo, among them favorites like “Someone Cares,” “Hundreds and Thousands,” “His love Remains the Same” and “How Much More.” Listening to these songs while following the words in the 32-page booklet takes listeners down memory lane. But the composer hopes it will also bring inspiration to those who never knew the era of the musicals, as he wrote: “Most of these songs are timeless and have something to say to each new generation.” The CD will be available from the territorial Supplies and Purchasing Department. Visit www.johnlarsson.com for further information and sample tracks.
Reinforcements come to Amarillo Above: Judith Dunn, Tammy Davee, Scott Heider and Suki Hulen are enrolled as adherents of the Amarillo, Texas, Corps by Major Tim Grider. Right: Skyler Seymour is enrolled as a senior soldier. Far right: Michael Montgomery is enrolled as a junior soldier of the Amarillo, Texas, Corps.
‘Sally’s’ story in Tulsa makes it to silver screen Continued from page 1 who told the story of how they became homeless and how the Salvation Army (Sally) had rescued them. A professional filmmaker who helped Ross edit the film said the “raw” style of the film made it compelling. Before the premiere, a local film critic asked to preview the film for a magazine. When he asked Godwin for the names of the film and the production company, John quickly named the film “How Sally Changed My Life,” and his production company “Cardboard Box Productions” because he had previously lived in one. The week before the premiere, the men were guests on talk shows on every local TV network affiliate, PBS affiliate and were also featured in a front page story in the Tulsa World. The men premiered the film Oct. 25, 2009, and the Circle Cinema was filled over capacity with 150 people in attendance. After the screening, the men fielded questions from the audience. The response to the premiere
was overwhelming. The men received numerous requests to show the film at schools, churches and civic groups. “How Sally Changed My Life” was shown to various audiences including 300 nursing students at the University of Oklahoma. Major Roy Williams, Tulsa area commander, said “How Sally Changed My Life” made it possible for Tulsans who had never heard of the Center of Hope to become knowledgeable about its good work. “I am so impressed that these men who were dealt a bad hand in life picked themselves up and made this movie, and I’m glad The Salvation Army could be a part of it,” Major Williams said. A year since the project was started, five of the seven people interviewed in the film have transitioned to permanent housing. Coleman and Green found jobs and now also have their own homes. Ross continues to live at the Center of Hope as a participant in Project Able, a transitional
housing program. He said he never would have guessed that the movie he and his friends made would be seen by hundreds of people and that thousands of people would hear about it. Ross is now a full-time student at Tulsa Community College majoring in filmmaking. On the first day of class when one of his instructors asked the students to tell about their filmmaking experience, Ross raised his hand and said, “A movie I made premiered at the Circle Cinema to a standing-roomonly crowd.” Not even the instructor could top that. But more importantly, “How Sally Changed My Life” has shown Tulsans that not every homeless person they see is on drugs or looking for a handout. As the members of Cardboard Box Productions have shown, almost anyone can become homeless, but The Salvation Army is there to offer food, shelter and most importantly, hope.
By Sallie Godwin When the men and I present the film to the public I always include this story as one of the “God Things” that happened with the project. In the meeting with Arletta Robinson and James Hudgins that kicked off the film publicity, I impulsively said, “Since it’s a film, we need to have a premiere.” This was before I even saw the film. It was a Thursday. My husband and I had recently joined the Circle Cinema (a non-profit) and we had been to a premiere of a movie directed by Tim Blake Nelson, known for his role as Delmar in “O Brother Where Art Thou.” Nelson held a Q & A after the screening which was fascinating. I had never met the filmmakers from the Center of Hope, but somehow I pictured them doing the same thing. After saying that, I spent Friday wondering how I could actually carry out what I had impulsively suggested. On Saturday mornings, I occasionally go thrift store shopping. I collect old plates to mix and match for my everyday china. I was at my neighborhood Salvation Army Family Store, bent over a stack of plates on a low shelf. There was a woman bent over next to me, also going through a stack, and we reached the bottom of our stacks at the same time. It was time to switch places. When I looked up, I saw that it was the director of the Circle Cinema. A thrift store was the last place I thought I would run into her, but she also collects old plates. I told her about the men making the movie and asked to meet with her the next week. The rest is history! If that wasn’t a God Thing, I don’t know what is.
Texas rules in landmark trafficking case Although the federal government, under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, classifies sexually exploited children as victims, many states, including Texas, have contradictory laws that permit the prosecution of children for prostitution: One law establishes the age of sexual consent as 16; a different law sets no minimum age for the crime of prostitution, leaving the state prosecutor to determine which law to follow. Thirteen-year-old B.W. was arrested for prostitution when she flagged down the car of an undercover officer … She was tried in Family Court, where she admitted that she had “knowingly agreed to engage in sex…for a fee,” and received a sentence of 18 months probation. The Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment, and the Texas Supreme Court agreed to review her case. In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court of Texas addressed this issue head on and reversed the Court of Appeals by a 6-3 decision. It said that “…transforming a child victim of adult sexual exploitation into a juvenile offender was not the legislature’s intent when it enacted the laws on prostitution... As a 13- year-old, B.W. cannot consent to sex as a matter of law, and therefore cannot be prosecuted as a prostitute.” Carol Smolenski End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT)
Wilsons see breakthrough in work to provide shelter for trafficking victims Majors Donald and Jean Wilson, USA Southern Territory missionaries to El Salvador, are continuing to provide shelter for victims of trafficking. In two recent emails, Major Donald Wilson wrote: “In this past week we have been able to work with various groups and authorities to receive individuals who have been rescued. Although I cannot give a great deal of details it seems that we have been able to make a breakthrough for providing the fundamental assistance for a small group of victims. We are short beds, as well as we need to repair doors and some electrical problems, but we know the Lord will provide. “Jean and I met with the National Committee Against Human Trafficking (which is led by the Salvadoran Foreign Ministry), and we were humbled when the entire committee stopped their meeting to express their appreciation to the Army for being the only shelter that receives women and children who are survivors who had been sexually exploited due to human trafficking. “Please continue to pray for this ministry: wisdom, safety and healing.” In response to one of the emails, Commissioner M. Christine Mac Millan, director of The Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission, wrote: “Thank you for sharing the journey of committed intentions. It would appear that God is truly at work as a light in the underworld of darkness. “Practical prayers are sent your way for the continuation of resources, wisdom and, above all, new life for the victims.”
How the Southern Territory is fighting back at human trafficking
Quilt brings awareness to victims of sexual traffick By Brooke Turbyfill SOUTHERN SPIRIT STAFF
Similar to the AIDS Memorial Quilt, founded in 1987 to memorialize those who have died from AIDS and to bring awareness and hope about the AIDS epidemic, a new quilt is being crafted to bring awareness to the estimated 300,000 children who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation. The idea came about after Darlus Kumpula from the Clearwater, Fla., Home League attended a human traffi cking awareness workshop led by Alesia Adams, territorial coordinator against human and sexual traffi cking. Adams had suggested sewing prayer squares as a tangible and prayerful way to fi ght traffi cking. A few weeks later, Kumpula sent Adams a letter. In it she wrote, “After I got started I was so enjoying myself making diff erent squares and putting them together that I bought more material and made more.” Anyone who is interested in participating – even if you have no sewing skills – is welcome. Simply request a quilting kit by emailing Alesia_Adams@ uss.salvationarmy.org or send a quilt square of your own. (See specifi cations below.) “I truly want this to show The Salvation Army’s commitment to traffi cking victims. I think it sends a strong message to the victims and to the community – there is an organization that understands. We’ve been doing this since William Booth rescued women off the streets of London. This is not new to us,” said Adams. Major Peggy Mullins in Bristol, Tenn., was one of
the fi rst in the territory to come on board, and employees at territorial headquarters have also been a huge asset. Adams specifi cally wants to thank the hard work of Delores Ramsey, Jalane Rolader and Stacey Hines, who helped her assemble all the quilting kits. During the fi fth annual International Weekend of Prayer and Fasting for Victims of Sexual Traffi cking – Sept. 24-26, 2010 – the quilt will be placed in a central location at Southern Territorial Headquarters so that the hope-fi lled messages can be read as employees and offi cers pray for the victims. “This would be a wonderful teaching opportunity about traffi cking while doing a project that is completed in Sunday school, Bible study, camps, councils, lunch hours, etc. Make sure that you discuss traffi cking issues and pray for the victims as you work,” said Adams. (Go to www.salvationarmyusa.org/traffi cking and www.iast.net for information and prayer points.) Instructions • Choose a pattern that is easy to make as a 12inch square. • Choose complementary fabrics that provide a good contrast. • Make a template from light cardboard for each piece of block, including 1/4-inch seam allowances on all sides. • If you have a rotary cutter and board, cut strips according to sizes needed, including 1/4-inch seam allowances on all sides.
• Sew all pieces of block together. • On reverse side, press light fabrics towards darker fabrics. • Write inspirational message/verse desired on block. • Cut a piece of fabric 12-1/2-inch square for backing. • Cut a piece of quilt batting/fl annel/blanket 121/2-inch square. • Place “good” side of backing fabric and “good” side of quilt block facing each other, then place batting on outside of either side of fabrics. • Pin all layers in place to prevent slippage while sewing. • Begin on any side approximately one to two inches from right-hand corner and sew all around, stopping one to two inches from last corner turned. This should leave an opening of about eight to 10 inches for turning. • Turn inside out, using a pencil eraser or similar long object to “press” out the corners after turning to ensure pointed corners. • With seams of opening turned inward, sew opening closed approximately 1/8 of an inch from edge of block. Mail to: Alesia Adams Salvation Army – Southern Territorial Headquarters 1424 Northeast Expressway Atlanta, GA 30329 All squares must be received by Friday, Sept. 17.
Q&A Lisa Thompson (left) is the national liaison against human traffi cking for the USA Southern Territory, and Alesia Adams (lower right) is the coordinator against human and sexual traffi cking for the Southern Territory. The two women talked to the Southern Spirit recently about their roles. SS: How did you develop a passion for ﬁghting against human trafficking? LT: I got involved in the trafficking issue while I was working at the National Association of Evangelicals, and interestingly, right before I got my job with them I had prayed that God would give me a passion and give me a cause. They were involved in coalition eﬀorts to pass the trafficking act for protection of victims, so God really answered that prayer. AA: I was a volunteer for Court Appointed Special Advocates, and later was employed as the volunteer coordinator for CASA. They advocate for abused and neglected children one child at a time. Volunteers learn to write reports on a child – their only case, as compared with multiple cases on a social worker’s caseload – and my ﬁrst case was on a 12-year-old who was trafficked. My next case was with sisters, 10 and 11 years old, being prostituted along International Boulevard in Atlanta; they were children being charged with prostitution, and I saw that we treat no other victim the way we treat these kids. To read more of the Q & A with Thompson and Adams go to www. southernspiritonline.org.
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Two groups in West Palm Beach, Fla. – Women’s Ministries (top right) and homeless men from the Center of Hope (bottom right) – submitted quilt squares for the project. A letter was sent on behalf of the men at the Center of Hope (far right).
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Real-life story of a teen trafficked in suburbia Author Theresa Flores, who wrote “The Slave Across The Street: The True Story of How an American Teen Survived the World of Human Traffi cking” (Ampelon Publishing 2010), was traffi cked into sexual slavery at the age of 15 – from her own suburban, upper middle class home outside Detroit. Her story, though painful to read, is crucial for parents and youth workers to hear. It gives insight into the fastest-growing population of children sold into sexual traffi cking in the U.S. – children from two-parent homes in suburbs traditionally perceived to be safe. Recently, Flores sat down with the Southern Spirit to talk about why this crime isn’t happening only in urban, low-income neighborhoods anymore and how you can help. SS: When you share your story all across the U.S. with other survivors, what is their response? TF: That actually has been the most impactful to me because I didn’t expect to fi nd so many others. I had always thought I was the only one. The more I speak out, the more they come forward – girls from 15 to 65, and really their reaction has been “thank you.” SS: What kind of advice would you give to a youth leader coming into a small to medium-sized church of parents/teens who may or may not know much about the risks of child sexual exploitation? TF: They really do need to learn the risk signs of traffi cking and the mindsets of the victims. These guys are good at convincing them that there are no options and that the guys love them. I don’t want (adults) to be misconceived that it’s just the poor, inner-city kid that this happens to – this can happen to any kid from any neighborhood. I’m meeting a lot of girls and women, from similar situations, who lived at home with two parents. SS: Salvation Army pastors – called officers – traditionally get transferred every three years, and they have many church responsibilities. As parents, what are some smart steps they can take whenever they get moved to a new city? TF: That would be where my passion is because that’s what made me vulnerable – moving around. The most important thing for them to know would be to have the kids keep in contact with somebody close to them like a family member. You really have to have community, and that’s a hard thing to have when you move a lot. I think that’s what made me vulnerable, and I think religion played a part in my story – the expectations/rules made me feel like I couldn’t talk to my parents. Besides getting their kids in community, they need to tell their kids that they can tell you anything. My parents never said
that I could tell them anything, and that it wouldn’t change how they felt about me. SS: As a parent yourself, how has your ordeal contributed to the way you parent your three children? TF: I’m not naïve like I probably would’ve been to think that just because my kid has a cell phone, I can always reach her. I check their beds every night – we talk very frankly. When they come to me and say, “I have a funny feeling about this person,” I take that very seriously. I also get backup phone numbers and addresses of their friends, and I want them to be a little leery – you can’t trust everyone. SS: In the book one of the tips you give parents is to visit their child’s school and sit in on their class occasionally. What should a parent be looking for? TF: My biggie is older guys hanging around your kid and changes in your kid’s behavior around certain people – just watch their body language and what kinds of kids are hanging around them. SS: What about parents of boys? What would you tell a parent to look for in their sons, as far as being at risk for exploitation themselves or exploiting others? TF: Again, 20 percent of boys are being traffi cked. It can happen. If somebody came up to one of my sons and said, “I’m going to hurt your sister, or I’m going to kill your mom if you don’t do this,” would he think twice about it? Sure he would. So the boys are just as vulnerable. Also, the demand side of it is huge. I talk a lot about pimps and sexting at high schools, and they need to know that is wrong and it is all feeding into this. I have two teenage boys and a little boy, and I thought they know about this stuff . My youngest had a birthday party and we had about 10 little boys over. They were trying to act cool and say, “Yo, I’m pimping this or pimp that,” and I asked them, “Do you know what a pimp does?” So we talked about what a pimp is and how they treat women. I gave them this example: What if I said, “Go do your job and give me your money.” They said, “Well, we wouldn’t.” So I said, “What if I told you that you have to or I’ll hurt your mom or your sister?” And they got it. Then, the other day I was at a baseball game where a lot of them were and somebody said to them, “Yo Pimp,” and they all turned around and looked at me. So I know they think diff erently now about when they hear that word used. To purchase copies of Flores’ book, contact Jason Chatraw at Ampelon Publishing at 208-608-8325 or Jason@ampelonpublishing.com.
L-R, â€œMiss Karen,â€? Cadet Ashish Pawar, Captain Sandra Pawar, Jordan Riefer and Allie Gortney get ready for a Friday night prayer time.
Cracks of light
By Brooke Turbyfill SOUTHERN SPIRIT STAFF
comes weekly to pray for them. One week Captain Pawar and her team felt led to bring cupcakes to the security guards and girls who work at the club. They were warmly received, but when one of the prayer team members, Miss Karen, went inside with Captain Pawar to deliver the cupcakes, her heart was grieved. While she was disturbed by the sights, they solidifi ed the reason she was praying. Another Friday God directed the group to walk down a side street, and they encountered a young woman with a man by her side. Because of where the pair was walking and the branding tattoo the girl had on her neck, the group knew she was being prostituted. Once the man left, the group approached the young woman and asked if they could pray for her. She talked about the custody battle she was facing and how she longed to see her children again. Captain Pawar and a few others prayed with the woman. One of the prayer group participants, Jordan Riefer, told me that she continues to see images of the woman in her mind, and she prays for her still. Captain Pawar recently met another young woman, named Stacy* and only 19, who could very well have been traffi cked to Atlanta. She was fuzzy on the details, saying itâ€™s â€œa long story,â€? but Stacy told Pawar that she came from Texas to Atlanta when she was 15. She has no family here and lives with her boyfriend and his family. On the day she and Pawar met at a Salvation Army breakfast ministry, Stacyâ€™s eye was black from being beaten. She said her boyfriend had hit her, but that he was being let out of jail and apologized. She planned to go back to him. Stacyâ€™s story spoke of all the signs that sheâ€™s in a situation where she is being exploited and feels trapped. Captain Pawar hopes to meet with Stacy again and continues to pray for her. While this ministry can be overwhelming, Captain Pawar is encouraged by evidence of Godâ€™s hand. Prayer is powerful â€“ seen mostly in the heavens, but occasionally, its light peeks through a crack in the concrete building that once held girls hostage to a lifestyle of sexual exploitation, a building now shrouded in darkness, with doors shut, mail unopened â€“ a place that, by Godâ€™s grace, no longer has a grip on the lives of young women. To get involved in the downtown Atlanta prayer ministry, contact Captain Sandra Pawar at Sandra_ Pawar@uss.salvationarmy.org.
On a Friday night in June I joined a small but committed group of people in downtown Atlanta to pray for the victims of sexual exploitation. As we went from a brothel to strip clubs praying, I learned that whether the victims realize it or not, they are just that â€“ victims. Some are young yet old beyond their years, knowing too much of the seedy world that inhaled them. Others have been fi ghting this battle far too long and have given up hope. These are the things for which we prayed â€“ rescue, hope and restoration. Our fi rst stop along the prayer route was a brothel just downhill from an extended stay hotel where several sex off enders live. The brothel was once a thriving business, bustling with foot traffi c. But when we stopped, the doors were shut, lights were off and a stack of undelivered mail sat on the doorstep that was in disrepair. Captain Sandra Pawar, who started the prayer ministry and is administrator at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Atlanta, said she believes the closed doors are an answer to prayer. This is the second time in three weeks that sheâ€™s seen the brothel closed on what normally would be a very busy night. We prayed for the girls â€“ Tara* and Jennifer* â€“ whom Sandra had gotten to know, the same girls who requested she bring them Bibles and devotional materials on a previous visit. At another club, we prayed for the security guards at the club entrance. They knew we were there, across the street, and they know the group * Names have been changed for anonymity.
DFW hosts public forum on modern-day slavery W h e n Alesia Adams spoke at The Salvation Armyâ€™s H u m a n Traffick ing Forum in Fort Worth, she told the crowd of more than 100 people that forced prostitution and forced labor amount to modern-day slavery. â€œAs a descendent of slaves, Iâ€™m not going to see that happen to anybody,â€? said Adams, coordinator against human and sexual traffi cking for the Southern Territory. In her keynote presentation, she talked about how Americaâ€™s sexually oriented culture desensitizes people toward sexual exploitation. Children, especially, are oblivious to the risks of conforming to the messages they receive through music, entertainment and advertising. And it appears that the targeted victims of sex traffi cking are predominantly children and teens. In Tarrant County, the average age of entry into prostitution is 14. One reason a local emphasis is needed is that the National Human Traffi cking Hotline receives more calls from Texas than any other state â€“ and 15% of those calls are from Dallas-Fort Worth. Liza Meynig, a student at Howard Payne University, attended the public forum to learn more. â€œI knew there was a lot of sexual exploitation
going on around the world, but I didnâ€™t know just how in your face it was [here in the U.S.] â€Ś how culture really sells the sex and how itâ€™s just accepted,â€? said Meynig. Deena Graves, executive director of Fort Worthbased Traffi ck911, joined Adams in speaking at the forum. When Graves began her presentation, she set a timer for 15 minutes. â€œWhile weâ€™re talking about the indescribable acts that happen to kids, I want you to listen to the ticks on this timer,â€? Graves said. â€œWhile weâ€™re talking today, for these 15 minutes, some will go into human traffi cking.â€? One of the major problems in preventing traffi cking is perception. Many people think of prostitution as a profession that females enter by choice. The truth is that most prostitutes are completely controlled by an abusive pimp and are unable to fl ee. This problem is accentuated because, according to Adams and Graves, pimps have been put on a pedestal in American popular culture. â€œThe show â€˜Pimp My Rideâ€™ has glamorized the word pimp and made it a verb,â€? Graves said. â€œIf you want to make something sexy, you pimp it.â€™â€? This cultural mindset helps fuel the growth of commercial sexual exploitation, claiming an estimated 300,000 child victims in the U.S. each year. The forum concluded with a panel discussion moderated by Adams that included Graves, Don Freese of the FBI, Kathleen Murray from the Fort Worth Police Department, Rebecca Peters from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Deanna Jeff ersonsmith, Assistant City Attorney for the City of Fort Worth. Patrick Patey
9 ways to get involved 1. Get your Sunday school class or Home League to collaborate on a quilt square for the prayer quilt, and send it to Alesia Adams by Sept. 17. 2. Educate parents of your youth group by hosting a book study of â€œThe Slave across the Street.â€? 3. Follow up with your children: Get names, addresses, home and cell phone numbers of their friends and acquaintances. 4. Get your children connected with their cousins, aunts, uncles, corps community â€“ relationships with family and corps members who will watch out for them and stay in contact. 5. Mentor a child at your local juvenile detention center or teach a youth Sunday school class. 6. Start, pray for, or participate in a ministry to young girls and women who work in the commercial sex industry. 7. Contact Alesia Adams at 404-728-1300, ext. 205, to speak at your corps about traffi cking, protecting young people, pornography and its role as a bridge to traffi cking, and Internet safety. 8. Contact author Theresa Flores to speak at a high school assembly or local youth event. Go to Traffi ckFree.com. 9. Organize a group to pray during the International Weekend of Prayer and Fasting for Victims of Sexual Traffi cking Sept. 24-26. Register and fi nd resources at www. traffi ckingprayerandfasting.org.
SEPTEMBER 24-26, 2010
â€œWeâ€™ve flown free from their fangs, free of their traps, free as a bird. Their grip is broken; weâ€™re free as a bird in flight.â€? â€”Psalm 124:7
The Salvation Army, the Initiative Against Sexual Trafficking (IAST), and the Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST) invite you to join with them in observing the 5th annual International Weekend of Prayer and Fasting for Victims of Sexual Trafficking. You can join the observance by praying and fasting individually, and/or by organizing workplace or church-based events of prayer and fasting on behalf of those exploited in the commercial sex industry. Please join with us as we lift our petitions to God to free the captives and loose the chains of injustice.
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More than a dozen men and women attended The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centerâ€™s fi rst annual Community Awareness Day: Looking Together at the Issue of Sexual Traffi cking on June 19. The free public event featured booths from local agencies and community partners that are helping to combat the issue of sexual traffi cking throughout Atlanta and the state of Georgia. The two-hour seminar began with a prayer, and Captain Sandra Pawar, commanding offi cer of The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Atlanta, followed with a declaration of her mission to protect the victims of sexual traffi cking in the centerâ€™s community. The featured speaker was Alesia Adams, the Southern territorial coordinator against human and sexual traffi cking. In the interactive seminar Adams shared her personal experiences and encounters with traffi ckers and victims, and drove home the severity of the growing number of crimes against both adults and children. Lafeea Watson
August 23, 2010
Director of development St. Petersburg, Fla. Coordinates and directs aggressive direct fund-raising program targeting an assigned geographical area under the direction of an area commander; works to reach/surpass fund-raising goals through a variety of development vehicles including: 1) individual gifts and individual donor upgrading; 2) corporate gifts and sponsorships; 3) foundation support for specific programs and projects; 4) government grants; and 5) capital campaigns and special events. Works with local officers to develop promotional plans; coordinates public relations activities and ensures budget compliance; confers with divisional and territorial headquarters. Minimum requirements: bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in business administration, marketing or a related field with specialized training in fund-raising management highly desirable, and 3-5 years of progressively responsible experience in Salvation Army fund raising and fund-raising management. Please forward resume to Timbra Sikorski via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Business administrator Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Provides administrative and managerial support to the officer in charge; supervises the work of the financial, budgeting, bookkeeping, development/HR secretary, property management and human resource functions. Ensures that day-to-day operations are in compliance with the policies and decisions of the area command. Supports all offices assignments concentrating on targeted deadlines and quality standards; prepares various routine and special reports to keep area commander abreast of progress such as grant proposals, budgets, and financial reports. Assumes additional responsibilities in the absence of the area commander. Minimum requirements: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in business administration, accounting or a related field, and five years’ progressively responsible administrative experience. Please forward resume to Kathie McKenzie via fax (954-761-9679) or via mail: 1445 W. Broward Blvd Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312
Bells jingle in Houston during July Just weeks into the 2010 summer season, The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command faced an unprecedented economic crisis. During the first six months of the year, financial assistance had been provided to the same number of clients it did during the entire 12 months of the previous year – a dramatic 50 percent increase in the individuals served. The Houston command launched the Christmas in July campaign with various events and activities scheduled during the month to generate much-needed funds to serve more people. Local media interviews helped get the word out. Visibility increased when staff and volunteers handed out cold bottled water on a Friday afternoon as hundreds of downtowners stopped at the Salvation Army canteen. Many staff and employees from various corps donated their time during the campaign throughout the greater Houston area. A special mail appeal sent to top donors from Major Chris Flanagan, Houston area commander, raised awareness and much-needed funds. To further assist with fundraising efforts, a local restaurant, Arcodoro, partnered with The Salvation Army, donating 10% of their proceeds from Sunday brunch and dinners each Sunday in July. The Houston Astros also partnered with the Houston
Houston’s Harbor Light Choir provided the entertainment and the disaster canteen provided cold water for passers-by on the streets of downtown Houston.
The Houston Astros hosted a Salvation Army Day on July 28 as 364 youngsters from area Boys & Girls Clubs got to enjoy a day of Major League baseball. current summer slump. command to have Salvation Army With all the efforts from staff, Day on July 28 as 364 members volunteers and local partners, the from Houston area Boys and Girls campaign increased awareness and Clubs were able to attend a Major in just one month, the Houston League baseball game. command reached its goal and Furthermore, 107.5 FM The raised over $700,000. Eagle teamed up with the Army to Denise Furlough get the word out about Christmas in July fund-raising efforts and the
Spiritual leadership Spiritual leadership is not won by promotion, but by many prayers, confessions of sin and heart-searchings before God. It is not won by talent and hard work, but by self-surrender and a courageous sacrifice of every idol, and an uncompromising and uncomplaining embrace of the Cross. It is not gained by seeking great things for ourselves (Jeremiah 45:5) but rather, like Paul, by counting those things that were gain, loss for Christ. Hear him: “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:7-8). Spiritual power is the outcome of spiritual life. Therefore let those who aspire to this leadership pay the price, and seek it from God. 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.
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.
Doing the Most Good says that The Salvation Army has a commitment to excellence. This practiced commitment has the capability of locating proper resources to meet all kinds of need. Our branding promise suggests a declaration of distinction that says we are an organization willing to over invest in others to identify how we might best do the most good. Our branding supports a willingness to go beyond mediocrity, not being afraid to guarantee completeness in the distribution of services and in the propagation of the gospel. Doing the Most Good is a testimonial representation of “doing what Jesus would do.” Doing what Jesus would do aligns our sacrificial service to the will of God. Sometimes it may mean taking the sideline action of waiting, watching and praying, any of which could be God’s gentle nudge to render what is needed to convey his love. Doing the most good does not mean that we are pledging ourselves beyond what we know we can do, but what we know God can do through us. Putting forth the greatest effort to do what Jesus would do, which is the most good, develops our faith in a way that gives new direction in working out our own salvation.
August 23, 2010
Salvationist student achieves his goal, records a staggering score of 36 on ACT examination The following article by Seth Putnam appeared originally in the Columbus Dispatch. Hardly anyone in America can say they got a perfect score on a standardized test. But Timmy Lind, a junior at Heritage Academy in Columbus, Miss.,, did the nearly unthinkable. He scored a 36 on his ACT. “When I got to the end, I felt that I had done really well,” said Lind, who is the Timmy Lind son of Captains Bert and Cristy Lind, Columbus corps officers. Timmy will be a senior in the upcoming school year. He had his heart set on not just a good score, but a perfect one. He took the test a total of five times: once as a freshman, twice as a sophomore and scored a 33, 35, 34 and 34, respectively. The exam, short for American College Testing, is a composite of scores in English, math, reading and science tests. The tests are scored from one to 36, and the exam’s total score is determined by the average of the four results. “We are so proud of Timmy Lind for reaching the goal he had set for himself. Timmy has an incredible work ethic, and the sky is the limit for him,” said Tommy Gunn, the headmaster of Heritage Academy. In 2009, less than 1 percent of the 1.5 million high school seniors who took the test scored a 36 – .04
percent, to be exact, according to numbers released by Heritage Academy. Timmy was a junior when he took the ACT. “I was just really excited,” he said. “I was glad I didn’t have to take it again and that I’d finally gotten that score.” Lind got the news last week while he was taking summer classes at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. He waited to tell his parents until they came to pick him up because he wanted to tell them in person. Timmy will be their third child to go to college. From the beginning, they knew he would be an achiever. “When he was 3 years old, he was up under the kitchen sink looking to see where the water was coming from and going,” Cristy Lind said. “So we knew there was something a little different about Timmy.” Lind is a student who throws himself into all aspects of school. This year, he was cast as the lead role in the school musical, George M. Cohen’s “Give My Regards to Broadway.” He plays the trumpet and the bassoon in the Heritage Academy Band. He has completed a laundry list of extra-curricular studies including accelerated courses at the University of Mississippi, the Mississippi University for Women and Mississippi State University. He recently attended the Territorial Music Institute in Texas, as he has for the past three years. Timmy hopes to attend Yale University and study archaeology.
Carthon’s faith strong through tough times Continued from page 1 if God would spare him from freezing to death, he would do whatever it took to “not live like this anymore.” “I came out of that ordeal no worse for wear,” Carthon continued. “I had no signs of frostbite and no hypothermia – God kept his part of the bargain, so I made up my mind to keep mine. This was nothing short of a miracle.” Wanting a geographical change to help make a break from his old life, the Lord led Carthon to Memphis where he eventually checked into The
Salvation Army ARC program. As for the cancer, the original anomalies that were detected no longer pose a problem. “He does continue with some challenging medical issues but his resolve has not wavered one bit,” reported Major Rick McConniel, Memphis ARC administrator. “True freedom comes from a full surrender to Christ,” Carthon now witnesses. “For me, cancer is a reason for God’s glory. I’m even happy for this test of my faith!”
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‘Roughing it’ pays unexpected but lovely dividends By Dulcinea Cuellar Sometimes I wonder why people give me scissors. I was always that kid in day care that would cut herself – even with the plastic blades. Child-proof items never worked for me – I’d always manage to hurt myself. Even today, I don’t dare work with sharp or hot instruments. Let’s just say I’ve relinquished cooking duties to someone who is handier with culinary knives and stoves – Lord knows I’d burn myself. In fact, when I was a teen I decided to make macand-cheese when my parents weren’t home. The burner was on high but wasn’t red. So I put my hand on it to test it. Second degree burns all over my right hand. My parents never let me cook again. I know now that if the stove is on “high,” it’s probably hot. No need to test it with flesh. So this year at Girl Guard camp I got to make my Indian Princess dress. I was hoping they’d give me Elmer’s glue. Nope, I got the big glue gun. I was warned, “It gets very hot.” Awesome. I tried to channel Martha Stewart – after all, I had some great tools. You can do a lot with a hot glue gun, feathers, beads and paint. Turns out the only thing I was able to make was a sun, moon and stars – circles and an image with a couple of points. I thought I was doing pretty good until one of the girls asked me, “What’s that?” She was pointing to the moon. At least she wasn’t pointing to the sun. Along with making my dress, I also got to assist in the “Roughing it” course. That’s the course with camping. I’m not a big camper. I shouldn’t say that. Growing up in Texas, my family and I would often go camping. My earliest memories are of me in some Winnebago or around some campfire. Our family vacations involved my dad towing a Funtime RV through the Texas Hill Country or along some random interstate through Colorado, New Mexico or the Southeast. Well, at some point, the camping experience was traded for fresh linens, cable TV and ice machines down the hall. And somehow, that made me the perfect person to help teach the “Roughing it” patch. Part of that requires the girls to “camp out” in a tent, cook something over an open fire and giggle all night. I was dreading my tent time, secretly praying it would rain. It did. We camped out in the shelter, the humidity still hanging. I learned teenage girls have a different sleeping pattern than me. It must be God’s cruel joke – let the leaders go to sleep as the guards stay up laughing. Not laughing at that one, God. Along with camping, I had the wonderful opportunity to teach four young ladies the communications badge. They didn’t talk much. I think it’s that age – talking about feelings to strangers probably isn’t on the top of the list. There’s a special blessing in that – silence and actually listening for God’s voice. I taught the young ladies how to write a prayer journal. My thought is that it’s a tangible way to see how God has answered your prayers. We read our journals aloud. Something happened when we read our journals out loud. The girls began to talk and share. Perhaps it’s not about making a dress or camping out. Nope, I think camp is about much more than that – it’s making a difference in teenage girls’ lives and carrying the memories in your heart.
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EDITORIAL Commissioner Maxwell Feener, Territorial Commander Colonel Terry Griffin, Chief Secretary Lt. Colonel Edward Hobgood, Publisher Dan Childs, Editor Major Frank Duracher, Assistant Editor Brooke Turbyfill, Publications Editorial Coordinator Katie Tate, Circulation Manager
DOING THE MOST GOOD
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A publication of The Salvation Army USA Southern Territory Volume 27, No. 13 August 23, 2010
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Once again The Salvation Army is calling its people to prayer for peace. The nation of Papua New Guinea has set an example in some of its towns and villages. People have exchanged their weapons for Bibles, with the encouragement of The Salvation Army. Pray for our Army of peace, our Army without guns, that we might set an example of peace in the world.
Cadet Jeremy Walker isnâ€™t cowed by the challenges of preparing for officership in The Salvation Army. Story, page 4 Photo by Major Frank Duracher