London, 1 September 2017/IHQ/- IN recent days, Texas has suffered from a natural disaster that cannot have escaped your attention. News channels and internet feeds have been relaying information about the devastation caused. The situation is one of significance, not only because of its immediate impact, but because of the lengthy recovery that lies ahead. Hurricane Harvey hit Texas last Saturday. Since then over 100,000 homes have been affected, with 32,000 people sleeping in emergency shelters. At least 33 people are dead and firefighters are undertaking a door-to-door search for survivors and bodies that could take up to two weeks. Storm Harvey may well have been downgraded to a tropical depression, but more rain and floods are expected. There are …

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by Joe Caddy The Salvation Army has long understood how music and fine arts can provide an effective medium to present the gospel in a way that resonates with all types of audiences. Over the years the Army also has invested in effective summer camp ministries which not only give campers an opportunity to commune with nature but to draw closer to God. Over the past couple of summers, these two important ministries have combined in a new way as summer camp staffs have implemented an imaginative presentation model known as Jesus Theatre which uses the creative arts to present the Good News in a visual and creative way leading to an invitation to accept Christ. Originally created for use …

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“With One Accord” Worship Planning Resources The Central Territory Music and Gospel Arts Department is offering a new resource called “With One Accord: A Team Approach to Worship Planning.” Developed by Peggy Thomas, assistant territorial music and gospel arts secretary, “With One Accord” has been designed to help corps provide quality worship with the resources they have and to motivate officers in planning and executing quality corporate worship experiences. Copies of the new resource, which consists of a comprehensive guidebook and DVD, can be obtained from the divisional worship consultant in your division’s music department.


Congress inspires territory to pursue mission Nearly 3,500 Salvationists were inspired to pursue mission with their whole hearts, lives and resources at the Forward Together Congress, June 9-11, by led General André and Commissioner Silvia Cox. Exciting selections like “Flashpoint” by the Territorial Youth Band and “Stand Up” by the territorial praise band The Singing Company with Phil Laeger and “Battle Cry” by the Territorial Youth Chorus, United Songsters and the Chicago Staff Band (CSB) filled the Sears Centre arena and set the tone not only for the keynote session but the weekend. These performing groups also anchored the weekend. An emphasis on prayer wove throughout the meeting with a beautiful offering to the Lord by a radiant Captain Catherine …

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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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