While visiting Japan in 1907, General William Booth (founder of The Salvation Army in 1865) responded to a request to start the work in Korea. The General dispatched his second in command, Commissioner George Scott Railton, to survey prospects on the Korean peninsula. A year later, a group of officers under the indefatigable leadership of Colonel Robert and Mrs. Colonel Annie Hoggard “opened fire” in Seoul. During the eight years the Hoggards served in Korea, 78 corps were opened, 87 officers were trained and commissioned, and 1,201 soldiers were enrolled. Today the Korea Territory has 253 corps and 22 outposts, almost 700 active officers and more than 44,500 senior soldiers, 7,100 junior soldiers and almost 2,000 adherents. The territory also …

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God’s Guiding Hand   Majors Bong-Kyu Lee and Eun-Sill Seo, officers (pastors) in the Salvation Army’s Korea Territory, are halfway through a two-year commitment to serve in the USA Central Territory (the Midwest). Major Bong-kyu is teaching at the College for Officer Training (seminary) in Chicago, Ill., while pursuing post-doctorate studies at Trinity International University, and Major Eun-Sill is the associate corps officer at the Chicago Mayfair Community Church Corps. The journey of their lives demonstrates the touch of God’s guiding hand on those who seek Him. Born in 1961, Bong-Kyu learned about Jesus when he was invited as a child to attend the Salvation Army corps (church) in his village. As the first Christian in his family of nine, …

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Launched in 2012, the Good Soil Initiative (GSI) is a three-year missions internship that places qualified individuals in underserved communities and neighborhoods of the Midwest. Called Youth Development Coordinators, GSI leaders receive training and guidance from the Territorial Youth Department in order to implement a holistic approach to youth ministry that focuses on healthy growth. Youth workers also are equipped to engage their communities—neighborhood organizations, parents, teachers, children’s clubs, etc.—with the Gospel, as well as network with others and work to cultivate a great environment for young people to thrive. Program applicants should expect to work for, serve with and worship at a Salvation Army Corps. They should display spiritual depth, emotional consistency, and Christ-like character that is fully congruous …

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Gulf District People in Papua New Guinea (PNG) commonly refer to their country as “the land of the unexpected.” Our first impression there was exactly that. We arrived in the main city of Kerama on time to find the transportation for the next leg of our journey, a dingy boat, had not. However, the local directing officer for the Gulf Region graciously invited us to his house, where he and his family gave up their own beds for us to get a good night’s rest. We were humbled by their generosity. The next day the dingy arrived, and we traveled to the small village of Meii, where the villagers helped us haul our supplies up to The Salvation Army compound. …

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New incentive, new curriculum Corps cadets and counselors will be thrilled to learn of a new incentive being introduced across the territory and a new national curriculum called BOLD. Graduate corps cadets interested in pursuing higher education will be eligible for the Graduate Corps Cadet Post High School Education Scholarship, which can be applied toward a four-year college, junior college, technical school, trade school, etc. Each graduate can receive $1,000 per year for a maximum of $4,000 over a four year period. “This scholarship is designed to be an incentive for students to engage in and complete the corps cadet program, as well as an encouragement for students to remain active senior soldiers,” said Barb Higgins, territorial youth development specialist. …

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