Sault St. Marie, Mich., Corps Officers Majors Daniel and Amy Voss started to include The Salvation Army Outdoors (TSAO) activities into their corps programming in their last appointment at Wyandotte, Mich., Corps. “Captain [now Major] Monty Wandling was our DYS [Divisional Youth Secretary], and he introduced us to this new programming idea,” said Dan. “We brought the idea to Sault Ste. Marie where we are surrounded by a beautiful wilderness area and many natural resources.” Dan incorporates TSAO programming into many different aspects of the corps including ongoing activities and seasonal programs like vacation Bible school. Perhaps their most popular TSAO activity is the fishing club. It’s held Tuesday evenings June through October and between six and 15 people attend. …

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Wrong Crowd Istarted drinking, smoking marijuana and popping pills when I started hanging out with the wrong crowd in high school. I worked for my dad’s security firm after graduation but eventually became jobless and homeless after my brother introduced me to free-basing cocaine. I joined a gang at age 21 and made them my family. I went to prison three times yet continued in the gang until I was 35. I finally sought help with my addictions at age 42. God used The Salvation Army as my guiding light. I was introduced to Jesus at the Chicago Harbor Light. God’s Word, plus personal counseling and group sessions, helped me find my life again. I have my own place now …

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BY LT. CASSONDRA GREY Every Salvation Army corps needs to network and rally the support of community members and friends. Not only getting them involved in meeting the needs of others but buying into our mission and vision. Service clubs in particular can lend a hand in getting us into the community. Here are a few suggestions on how to make this connection. First, whether you’re a corps officer, corps sergeant-major or soldier who wants to gain visibility, you’ll want to become a member of a local service club (i.e. Kiwanis, Rotary, Lions Club, etc.). This will provide an automatic and practical link between The Salvation Army and the community. Not only will you be communicating that you care about …

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The colors pop out as you enter the first room; rows of orange, yellow, blue, red and white T-shirts, racks of berets, display counters shining with jewelry and knick-knacks of every description. Beyond the large room is another filled with all styles and sizes of clothing and household goods from furniture and electronics to dishes. Tidy rows of coats, sweaters, skirts, slacks, blouses, shirts, pants, ties and suits-plus many more rows of children’s clothing-march across the floor. Glossy, shined shoes are neatly stacked in racks. As shoppers enter the “Grand Opening” of the renovated thrift store run by the St. Louis, Mo., Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC), it’s not hard to imagine what they’re thinking: “Where could I put that?” “How …

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Amateur “ham” radio operators have had a remarkable impact on the world during times of disasters thanks to SATERN (Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network). These trained volunteers are often the only link to the outside world during a disaster when cell phones are jammed or towers are down, land lines are damaged and electrical power is out. 1988-SATERN is the brainchild of then-Captain Patrick McPherson, a Salvation Army corps officer and the emergency disaster services (EDS) coordinator for the Heartland Division. The first network consists of Pat, EDS volunteer Arthur Evans and two Canadian Salvationists, Harold Gibson and Ernie Reid. Two months later, SATERN’s first international response occurs when  Hurricane Gilbert batters the Caribbean for nine days, killing 341 …

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Music and gospel arts leaders, corps officers and worship leaders throughout the territory gathered for two days of practical instruction at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in South Bend, Ind., this winter.University 2020 was an equipping conference in response to the Central Territory’s goal of Live Music in Worship in Every Corps by 2020. Led by the territorial music and gospel arts department, the event was packed with sessions designed to expand skills and inspire leadership in worship, including music (instrumental, choral, praise band, guitar, keyboard), drama, dance and media. At Friday evening’s keynote Bandmaster William Himes introduced an all-star cast of facilitators, which included Pastor Steve DeNeff and Dr. Emily Virmillya from College Wesleyan Church, Marion, Ind.; John …

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