The Salvation Army in the Philippines The first Protestant preaching of the gospel in the Philippines was done by Major John Milsaps who’d been appointed to accompany U.S. Army troops to Manila in 1898. The major conducted open-air and regular meetings and led many people into a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. The advance of The Salvation Army in the Philippines was begun in 1933 by Filipinos who’d become Salvationists in Hawaii and had returned to their homeland. Regular meetings started being held in Panay, Luzon, Cebu and Mindanao. The Army’s work was officially inaugurated in 1937 by Colonel and Mrs. Alfred Lindvall on this Southeast Asian archipelago of 7,107 islands with a land mass slightly larger than Arizona. Today …

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Grand Rapids Kroc celebrates transformations by Jon Shaner and T.J. VanSlooten This year The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Grand Rapids, Mich., is highlighting stories of participants who have experienced transformations in order to remind staff, guests and the community of the impact the Kroc Center can have. The brainchild of Lts. Bill and Taylor Brutto, who lead the Grand Rapids Kroc Center, “Be Transformed” is based on the idea everyone can change their lives with God’s help and support from people who care. “We wanted to promote a more holistic type of wellness,” said Lt. Bill Brutto, senior Kroc officer. “It’s about understanding that mind, body and spirit are all interconnected.” In the winter …

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London, June 6, 2017 – CAPTAIN Ashish Pawar, whose Southwark Corps (church) hall is five minutes’ walk from the scene of the terrorist attack on London Bridge, has been describing the ‘blessing’ of being able to help people affected by the incident. Seven people were killed and 48 injured when three men attacked members of the public using a van and knives. When Captain Pawar heard about the attack on Saturday evening, his first thought was: “We need to do something.” He and his wife, Captain Sandra Pawar, opened the hall and laid out some beds for people who were unable to get to their homes or hotels. Seven people stayed the night, joined on occasion by others who needed to …

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The General Responds to Manchester Attack, Calling Salvationists to Share Peace London, May, 23, 2017/IHQ/ – GENERAL André Cox has published a statement in response to the terrorist attack on a concert in Manchester, England, in which at least 22 people were killed. It is thought that many of the victims, at a concert by American singer Ariana Grande, were in their teens. In his message to Salvationists and friends, the General writes: ‘My heart breaks for all who were affected in Manchester – and for the many, many people who find their everyday lives blighted by fear because of the acts of a few misguided people who grotesquely misrepresent the faith they claim to follow.’ He offers the reminder that …

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With drought causing suffering across Africa, The Salvation Army is engaged in practical responses and is also calling on Salvationists and friends to support a Global Day of Prayer to End Famine. This special focus, on Sunday, May 21, 2017, is supported by churches and groups including World Vision, the World Council of Churches and the World Evangelical Alliance. Famine has been declared in areas of South Sudan, with Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen on the brink of famine. More than 20 million people are at risk of starvation in these four countries alone, but The Salvation Army knows through its relief work in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Zambia and other countries that the problem is far more widespread. Globally, millions more suffer …

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The Salvation Army has been an active member of the Religious Alliance Against Pornography ( RAAP) for many years. We have participated in several campaigns over the years in concert with RAAP. RAAP is now sponsoring two free Webinars in May 2017.


Adventures in Africa Major Mary Reinking spent almost two decades of her Salvation Army officership as a missionary in Africa from the 1970s to 1990. Here she recounts incidents of God’s protection while there! My first appointment in Africa was to start a school for children with polio in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. I served there for almost a decade, then cared for 100 high-school girls at a home in  Nairobi, Kenya. My final appointment was in Harare, Zimbabwe, where I cared for 80 older adults and led a Salvation Army “society” (small African church). During these times I worked primarily in large, modern cities but on occasion found myself in real danger while traveling through the African bush. God …

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What is “Mobilize VIGORously: A Spiritual Life Emphasis to Mobilize for Outreach?” In support of The Salvation Army’s international initiative, “The Whole World Mobilizing,” the Central Territory has challenged Salvationists to join in a year-long personal focus on the spiritual disciplines to enhance their relationships with God and allow the needs of others to come into their consciousness so self-interest is replaced with a desire to care for others in their families, congregations and communities.  A different theme each month focuses on a set of spiritual disciplines; additional resources include bulletin inserts. Daily readings, weekly family focus and discussion starters can be found on Facebook at: Evangelism and Corps Growth—The Salvation Army USA Central Territory.


Radiothon raises $1.3 million in 16 hours by Mary Zaleski The Salvation Army’s 30th Annual Bed & Bread Club® Radiothon, presented by Ford Motor Company Fund, raised $1.3 million to fight hunger and homelessness in Metro Detroit. The 16-hour event aired live from the Emagine Theatre in Royal Oak, Mich., on News/Talk 760 WJR. For the eighth consecutive year, The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit partnered with television and radio on-air personalities with a special hosting appearance by corporate champion Jim Vella, president of Ford Motor Company Fund and National Advisory Board member. “The Salvation Army is dedicated to Doing the Most Good through the Bed & Bread program, and it is humbling to see the generosity of this community …

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The General’s Easter Video Message 2017 Now Available The General’s Easter video message for 2017 is now available to watch and share online. The video–adapted from his full Easter message–can be watched and shared on the General’s Facebook page (sar.my/genfb) and a high-definition version is also available to watch or download from vimeo.com/salvationarmyihq/geneaster2017. To help engage with a truly international audience, optional subtitles (closed captions) are available in Czech, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Sinhala and Spanish. The message encourages people to turn away from materialism and rely on Jesus. It includes a challenge from the General to remember–and help–people who are suffering, particularly those in east Africa who are facing severe drought. Information …

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