New Salvation Army Officers Learn to Meet Needs in His Name Ordained and commissioned as Salvation Army officers (pastors) in June 2014, two lieutenants share how their field practicum experiences while they were cadets at the College for Officer Training (CFOT) prepared them for ministry today. Lt. Rachel White, Corps Officer, Jefferson City, Mo. The Salvation Army’s mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to “meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” This was backed up in my field practicum experiences as a cadet at the family and community services offices in the Metropolitan Division and the divisional public relations department. My eyes were opened to entire groups of people needing help that I hadn’t considered …

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As part of The Salvation Army’s rebuilding efforts in Haiti after the horrific earthquake of January 2010 and the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, its Community Capacity Development project has been establishing faith-based Community Action Teams (CATs) in each of the 60 Haitian communities in which the Army has a presence. CAT projects incorporate microcredit, livestock and infrastructure components, as well as training in financial management, marketing, animal husbandry, road and building construction, to provide improved or new livelihoods to benefit communities. Microloans of $120 are given to clients, many of whom are women, that are reimbursable within five months with a monthly interest rate of 2.5 percent (market rates are almost twice that). The project has recorded …

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Central Bible Leadership Institute 2014 Award Winners Professor Lee Fisher Award Eric Gorton Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., Corps Lt. Colonel Dallas P. Leader Award Caleb Shelbourn Omaha, Neb., Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center Colonel Albert Pepper Award Abigail Merritt Rockford Temple, Ill., Corps Brigadier Muriel Strissel Award Jose Lopez Rockford Temple, Ill., Corps William Shiels Award Scott Parnell Bloomington, Ind., Corps Spirit of CBLI Julie Rowland Award Edward Vere Des Plaines, Ill., Corps Majors Dwight and Neoma Garrington CBLI Bible Scholarship NaCarlos Williams Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center Major Sharon Green Award Caitlyn Tennyson Bloomington, Ind., Corps Robert and Ruth Bonifield Scholarship Award for Leadership Development Sarah Spencer Flint Citadel, Mich., Corps   Central Music Institute 2014 Award Winners …

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by Jerrie Miller As part of The Salvation Army Outdoor (TSAO) initiative, the Central Territory has been partnering with the Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) and National Archery in Schools Program (NASP®) for several years to provide archery equipment for camps throughout the territory. A concentrated effort has been made to make this sport available to young people coming to our camps by offering support, equipment and staff training. To ensure safety and proper instruction, leaders are trained and certified to present NASP® lessons that are safe for children, instructors, bystanders and facilities. Leaders learn to set up and operate a safe archery range in their gymnasiums. Currently, there are 160 trained leaders at 11camps and six corps. This summer …

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Michelle* lived off and on the street for 23 years. She was homeless, addicted to crack cocaine and involved in prostitution. When she wasn’t on the street she was in jail. That’s where she learned about The Salvation Army’s Wellspring program. She would seek out Wellspring’s services as soon as she entered The Douglas County Department of Corrections. She participated in the classes and counseling Wellspring offers to prostitutes at the jail. She was encouraged to continue to seek help with Wellspring once released from the jail, but year after year she continued the cycle of prostituting, using drugs and then being arrested. Four years ago Michelle decided she did not want to die. After leaving jail this time, she …

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Antonio Higgins arrived at Three Trails Camp near Kansas City, Mo., ready to work off his community service hours. What he wasn’t ready for, or certainly not expecting, was the turn his life was about to take because of it. Antonio says he relates to the story in 2 Samuel of Mephibosheth, who was dropped and crippled as a child. Like Mephibosheth Antonio started life at a disadvantage. He was a victim of abuse and neglect. As a result he struggled with depression and behavioral problems. “Some mornings at camp I would get up and walk laps around the camp grounds. It was so peaceful, and I thought ‘this is life lived more abundantly.’” Despite Antonio’s sometimes difficult behavior, Camp …

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