In 1895 a small group of British officers arrived in Yokohama, Japan, to start the work of The Salvation Army. In spite of great difficulties, the ministry germinated and grew. Today the JapanTerritory is headquartered in Tokyo and has more than 80 officers and nearly 3,000 soldiers serving in 47 corps and 12 outposts in four divisions. With more than 1,100 employees, the Army also administers two hospitals, three children’s homes, five day nurseries, two working men’s residences, two women’s residences, two residential rehabilitation centers, three older adult residences, a hostel and apartments for retired officers. Since the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, The Salvation Army in Japan has focused heavily on relief work and meeting long-term needs. …

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Taekwondo is a Korean martial art that combines combat and self-defense techniques with sport  and exercise. It was developed in the 1940s and used over the next few decades in the military and various civilian organizations, including schools and universities. The sparring (sport) form of taekwondo has been an Olympic event since 2000. Although there are technical differences in techniques, the sport in general emphasizes kicks and punches thrown from a mobile stance through a system of blocks, kicks, punches and open-handed strikes. Techniques also may include various take-downs or sweeps, throws and joint locks. Pressure points are used, as well as grabbing self-defense techniques borrowed from other martial arts, such as judo, karate, hapkido or wrestling. The names and …

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by Courtney Rose From a young age I’ve loved the church and its ancientness. I’m attracted to anything theological, biblical or ecclesiological. I’m interested in the authority of tradition and rituals, and I love the liturgical calendar and ornately decorated churches with hundreds or thousands of years of history attached to them. So it may be somewhat of a surprise that God had called me to be a part of The Salvation Army. There was no room for art to adorn the walls, because we were busy helping people; there was not a lot of space for theological discussions because we were spreading across the countryside.  We were constantly looking forward to the next place, next person and Kingdom coming. …

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by Meg Sauer   When the South Bend, Ind., Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center introduced “The Biggest Loser Kroc Edition” last October they hoped 10 people would sign up. Instead, 130 did! “Last fall we wanted to create a program that would increase member retention and get us through the holidays,” said Sharon Dutkowski, director of member services. “Most of all, we wanted to build our Kroc community and open the door for people to learn about Christ in a fitness center.” Though the idea of holding the “The Biggest Loser” at the center had been discussed since its doors opened two years ago, staff wanted to introduce it only when they were sure it could be successful. …

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Nearly $1.2 million in incentive grants has been awarded in the territory through the Thomas Lyle Williams (TLW) Fund. The six programs, representing five divisions, range from helping children get healthy nutrition to comprehensively caring for older adults to preparing inmates for successful re-assimilation into society. The grants have been awarded on a tiered, step-down basis over three to five years. In order to receive a TLW grant, each program had to have a match gift and community partnerships, be mission supportive and sustainable. Measurable outcomes must be demonstrated during yearly reviews.   A Better Start In LaPorte, Ind., a new Backpack Food for Kids program is being introduced. The program provides backpacks filled with nutritional food to students in …

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