Fourteen years after The Salvation Army “opened fire” in Kingston, Jamaica, it began its work in Trinidad in 1901. In another 14 years the Army became formally incorporated in 1915 by the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The Trinidad and Tobago Division is headquartered in the nation’s capital city, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Among the Army’s corps and social services ministries are three kindergarten schools, a nursery daycare center, two hostel shelters, an eventide home and prisoner aftercare and probation programs. The majority groups within the nation’s 1.2 million population are South Asian Indian (40 percent) and African (37 percent). The official language is English; other languages include Caribbean Hindustani, French, Spanish and Chinese. More than half the population is split between …

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Matthew Beatty was recently described as “a true story of redemption and success” by a Salvation Army officer (pastor) who first met Matthew when he was a beneficiary of the Army’s Kansas   City, Mo., Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) several years ago. “Landing in the ARC wasn’t intended as part of my life plan, but it was God’s way of providing me an escape from temptation,” said Matt who entered the residential work-therapy program to seek abstinence from substance abuse, spiritual regeneration and a responsible way of living. “I’ll never forget the moment I fully accepted Christ. I never felt such calmness; the weight of a million problems lifted. I knew at that moment Christ was the absolute answer,” he …

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by Julie Simpson Youth Development Coordinator, Decatur, Ill. Corps   1.  Communicate This is as important as it is simple. Talk to your kids.  Find out what kinds of things your kids are interested in and use that information to tailor your lessons.  This works for everything from character-building program to Bible study.  Gaining their help with lesson plans also will give them ownership in their activities which will build enthusiasm. 2.  Plan, plan, plan I can’t stress this enough.  You can tell when something you’re participating in has been thrown together.  It’s frustrating and disrespectful. And, if you’re like me, you wonder why you wasted your time.  Why should it be any different for our children?  They are so …

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by Captain Catherine Mount The next opportunity to connect with The Salvation Army could be moments away, as it was for Royal Oak Citadel, Mich., Women’s Auxiliary President Karen Lhyle. Her chance encounter came eight years ago while she was gardening in her front yard.  June McGregor, Royal Oak Women’s Auxiliary founder, was walking her dog in the neighborhood, noticed Karen and they started a conversation. June invited Karen to consider joining the auxiliary as a new member right there. Although the timing wasn’t just right, Karen’s curiosity was piqued. Following her retirement as an elementary school teacher a year later, a knock came on Karen’s front door. It was June asking again about joining the women’s auxiliary, and this …

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