Commissioner William Roberts has been appointed as Chief of the Staff, effective 1 October 2013.  Commissioner Nancy Roberts is appointed as World Secretary for Women’s Ministries. Commissioner William Roberts returns to International Headquarters with a wealth of experience and knowledge of the international Army.  After initial appointments in corps ministry, he served in divisional finance appointments for a number of years, before being appointed as a divisional secretary in two divisions and then as divisional commander in two divisions.  Commissioner Nancy Roberts shared those years of ministry, involving herself also in the leadership of the League of Mercy and the Home League, and as Social Concerns (Moral and Ethical Issues) Secretary. December 2001 saw Commissioners Roberts move to the southern …

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COMMISSIONERS DAVID AND BARBARA JEFFREY, officers of the USA Southern Territory, currently serving as territorial leaders in that territory, are appointed  as the national leaders of The Salvation Army in the United States of America.  Commissioner David Jeffrey is appointed as National Commander, and Commissioner Barbara Jeffrey as National President of Women’s Ministries. Effective November 1, 2013  


Commissioner André Cox, a Swiss-British Salvation Army officer, has been elected as the 20th General of the Christian church and charity. The election took place at the High Council, which saw 117 of The Salvation Army’s senior leaders from around the world gather just outside London for the sacred task of choosing the next international leader. The General accepted his new responsibility in a spirit of humility, saying that, irrespective of the rank he held, he had not moved away from his original calling to officership – to be God’s servant and to proclaim the gospel. General Cox shares his ministry with his wife, Commissioner Silvia Cox, who is the World President of Women’s Ministries. Together General and Commissioner Cox …

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The Salvation Army began its work in Jamaica in 1887. Today its ministry on this island nation is administered by two divisions: Jamaica Eastern, headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica’s capital city, and Jamaica Western, headquartered in Montego Bay. Kingston also is the location of the Caribbean Territorial Headquarters and the territory’s Training College. The 15 other countries in the territory are Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, French Guiana, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Vincent, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. In addition to corps worship centers (churches), Jamaica boasts several facilities for social services and education. Among them are eight feeding centers, three children’s homes, a vocational training home for women, a men’s …

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by Melinda Willenborg Billy Booth Bucks came from my previous job, where I had implemented a similar concept and seen notable changes in the children’s behavior. Now as the Good Soil Initiative youth development coordinator at the Mattoon, Ill., Corps, I’ve changed it to fit with The Salvation Army. The idea is simple: in exchange for good grades, honesty, good participation in activities, random acts of kindness, memorizing scripture, good grades and any overall good behavior, the children are rewarded with Billy Booth Bucks, which they can redeem for prizes, candy or field trips at a “general store.” We’ve included this reward system in our weekly activities like adventure corps, sunbeams and moonbeams, as well as during day camp this …

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by Andrea Raths, RN  A healthy caregiver is the best gift you can give your loved one. Juliana Chapeau, the social worker for the state-licensed adult day center at The Salvation Army Lakewood Temple Corps in Maplewood, Minn., observes, “More often than not, I find caregivers simply need permission to express their own needs and not feel guilty! Opening the door to that discussion allows me to have a frank talk about the importance of self care. “One of my mantras is, ‘Your loved one is only going to do as well as you’re doing!’ Shining a light on the serious consequences of caregiver burnout is very eye opening and usually better received when it comes from someone who’s outside …

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