by Jacqueline Rachev   Today, across the city of Chicago, we are facing some tough challenges. Many of our neighborhoods aren’t safe. Gangs, drugs and crime are chronic problems. For many people, unemployment and a shortage of jobs remain major hurdles to success. Many families struggle to put food on their tables. Chicago’s west side is one of those areas in need. But The Salvation Army is bringing hope. We’re on the frontlines, addressing these issues head-on with programs to prevent violence, offer safe havens for youth, provide substance abuse rehabilitation and help families in crisis achieve sufficiency. We are answering these challenges with a new Freedom Center campus, which will house: a new corps community center, the Pathway Forward …

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Boundless 2015 International Congress Delegate Diana Brown Q & A Diana Brown has been a soldier at the Farmington Hills, Mich., Corps since 2011. According to her Corps Officer Major Marlys Anderson she is one of the corps’ best volunteers. She serves weekly in the kitchen organizing volunteers and cooking. She also helps with the soundboard on Sunday mornings and is the sunbeam leader.       Q: Why did you decide to become a Salvation Army member?   A: When I was a little girl I used to see the Salvation Army women standing outside with their hats and uniforms on, and I always told my mom, “I want to wear that uniform one day.” And here I am …

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The Salvation Army corps (church) plant in Des Plaines, Ill., has passed its 20-year mark with flying colors! Des Plaines had been home to the Army’s Central Territory Headquarters since it moved from downtown Chicago in 1991. The nearest corps to it, however, was more than 10 miles way. In May 1994 Captains Andrew and Cheryl Miller, corps officers (pastors) in Chicago at the time, were asked by the Metropolitan Division to look at property in Des Plaines and assess if a plant might be feasible. A month later, the Millers were appointed to start it! The Des Plaines Corps officially opened in late June even though the recently purchased church building wasn’t quite ready for occupancy. That summer the …

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The Japan Territory is headquartered in Tokyo and led by Commissioners Jiro and Keiko Katsuchi. Its four divisions, consisting of 2,535 senior soldiers and 1,236 officers and employees, right now are focusing on integrated and holistic mission. A small group of British Salvation Army officers arrived in Yokohama, Japan, in 1895. Although initially the group met with difficulty, the work was established. Those first officers were noteworthy, brave, wise and spiritually strong, but one of the most distinguished was Commissioner Gunpei Yamamuro. A prominent evangelist, he authored several books one of which, The Common People’s Gospel, has been reprinted more than 500 times and is available through Resource Connection. Recovery work in Japan continues following the devastating earthquake and tsunami …

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Men’s Ministry—why bother? by Major Donna Miller Peoria Citadel, Ill., corps officer   When we started the men’s ministries at our corps, we were doing it as part of our STEPs goals. Here are three important points to consider when starting a men’s group at your corps. Determine the need and motivation of the men in your corps. If you are starting a men’s ministry to simply “check a box,” is unlikely to work out. It’s better  to be men-driven from the start. Since I’m the lone corps officer at Peoria Citadel, and I happen to be a female, this took some navigation. To determine the need at our corps, I gathered a group of men together to brainstorm and …

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