The ministry of The Salvation Army in the Philippines was initiated by Filipinos who’d been converted through contact with the Army in Hawaii. Those who returned to their homeland began holding meetings, starting in 1933, in Panay, Luzon, Cebu and Mindanao Island. In 1937, Colonel and Mrs. Alfred Lindvall were appointed to officially begin the Army’s work. The Philippines Territorial Headquarters is in the capital city of Manila. Two hundred officers serve in 79 corps, 69 outposts and 25 social service facilities in four divisions. The languages in which the gospel is preached include Bagabo, Bicolano, Cebuano, English, Hiligaynon, Ilocano, Kinaray-a, Korean, Pangasinan, Tagalog, T’boli and Waray. More than 7,100 senior soldiers, almost 4,200 adherents and nearly 1,500 junior soldiers …

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Part of the Switzerland, Austria and Hungary Territory, the Hungary Region is headquartered in Budapest. A dozen officers, 35 senior soldiers, 17 adherents and six junior soldiers serve God through the Army at four corps and one outpost. The region’s newest social service facility, Fény Hàza (House of Light), is a wonderful facility providing accommodations, counseling and rehabilitation for abused mothers and children. The Hungary Region also offers residences for men and women, an adult drop-in center, feeding programs and a day nursery. The Army’s work began in Hungary in 1924, but all evangelistic and social service activities were suppressed by the communist regime in 1950. The Army was officially re-established in 1990 after Eastern European borders reopened in the …

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Camp Lake Band 1st—Amenhotep Reed (East Chicago, Ind.) and Rachel Grindle-Phelps Award 2nd—Corwin Daniels (Marion, Ind.) 3rd—Allison Cook (Cadillac, Mich.)   Shagbark Band 1st—Ginny Rumple (Quincy Kroc Center, Ill.) and Frank & Gladys Botu Award 2nd—Feith Sanchez (Lakewood Temple, Minn.) 3rd—Alberto Ferreira (Santiago Central)   Temple Band 1st—Bailey Sawka (Muskegon, Mich.) and Ruth Hatfield Scholarship 2nd—Samuel Leka (Rockford Temple, Ill.) 3rd—Alberto Rapley (Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.)   Hilltop Chorus 1st—Lance Hill (Royal Oak, Mich.) and Victor Danielson Scholarship 2nd—Alexis Felt (Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.) 3rd—Casey Becker (St. Cloud, Minn.)   Tabernacle Band 1st—Jared Thomas (Norridge Citadel, Ill.) and Paton Family Scholarship 2nd—Caleb Carter (Flint Citadel, Mich.) 3rd—Clayton Pierce (Livingston County)   Citadel Band 1st—Anna Winters (Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.) and William Broughton Scholarship 2nd—Greg Hurula (Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.) 3rd—Caitlin …

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Input from: John Wehrle, Omaha Kroc director of donor relations Susan Eustice, Western divisional director of public relations Joanne Bemis, Western divisional development director If you were to advise another Salvation Army facility holding a similar event, what are your top 3-5 words of wisdom? 1. Start earlier than you think is absolutely necessary. It gives potential partners more time to shift schedule, funding and other resources to support your project. 2. Build a small team of interested and interesting people and let them have a real role in shaping the vision. 3. Over-plan. Even with the best outreach idea, it’s very important. Carefully think through how you will engage customers, what type of event will be the most interesting, …

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The Chicago Mayfair Community Church, Ill., Corps parking lot teemed with vans, cars and people as Salvationists from across the territory gathered to welcome the “Heralds of Grace” session. The meeting opened with a warm welcome by Metropolitan Divisional Commander Lt. Colonel Ralph Bukiewicz, who invited the congregation to sing, “We’ve a Story to Tell the Nations.” Afterward he reminded the congregation of the meeting’s purpose: to affirm and celebrate each cadet as they’ve come to be equipped for ministry. The cadets walked the center aisle to cheers and applause of the crowd and music by the Chicago Staff Band, led by Bandmaster William Himes. Once the cadets were seated, the lights dimmed for Cadet Steven Dahl’s video testimony. Steven’s …

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Michelle Nimmo: Janesville, Wis., Women’s Auxiliary Co-President Michelle’s husband was the initial spark in what would become her passion to serve The Salvation Army and the Lord. He’d been involved on The Salvation Army Advisory Board for many years and would come home to share the good things the Army was doing. He was also from a strong, Christian background. Michelle had always believed there was a higher power, but the prejudices she’d heard from some people who called themselves Christians largely turned her off church. Though not quite certain about serving with a Christian organization, she had a heart for her community, and the Army’s good work really struck her. “I didn’t know everything they did, but I was …

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by Ceamona Taube This year skip the five dollar “white elephant” gift-exchange; instead, give your gift to children in need around the world. Your donation will help bring a meal, a gift or a celebration to thousands of children in Salvation Army children’s homes, schools and centers. During the months of September and October you can visit the Share Your Christmas Joy website to watch the promotional video and share it with your friends. Talk to your corps officers about showing the video on Sundays, during youth programs, and even at your scrapbooking classes and men’s basketball leagues! As Christmastime approaches take time to think about the great memories you have formed with loved ones over the years. They are so …

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by Captain Carol Cook At the Fort Dodge, Iowa, Corps, we’re never too busy to hear from our people. My husband, Captain Ronald Cook, and I are at the corps most days from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., and have prayed and sought diligently to bring more people into our community of worship. Ultimately, I’d say the key is simple: loving people. Our feeding program serves more than 100 people five days a week. Not only do we visit with them every chance we can, we always invite them to join us once a month on Sundays for lunch and the corps worship service. The last Friday of each month we hold a karaoke night. Everyone who attends is invited …

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Commissioner André Cox, a Swiss-British Salvation Army officer, has been elected as the 20th General. The High Council, 117 senior leaders of The Salvation Army from around the world who gathered outside London for the sacred task of choosing the next international leader, elected the new General. 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 will lead the 1.5 million-strong worldwide church of The Salvation Army. …

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