by John Wehrle   The Omaha, Neb., Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is celebrating five years of making its city a better place. Dedicated on November 6, 2009, and opened fully in January 2010, the center is on the exciting leading edge of Joan Kroc’s revolutionary vision to offer exceptional opportunities that would change lives. The center’s fifth anniversary presents an opportunity to assess progress, tell the center’s story and plan for even more success. “As wonderful as the facility is, we know that what happens inside is what really matters,” said Major Cathy Thielke, officer for program development. “Programs are where our building’s potential and community need come together.”  She continued, “Programs are the prime connection point …

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In 1890 four Salvation Army officers (who initially didn’t speak a word of Spanish!) launched the work of The Salvation Army in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Later that same year the Army opened fire in Uruguay and, in 1910, Paraguay joined the fold. The three countries now comprise the Salvation Army’s South America East Territory, which is headquartered in Buenos Aires. The languages in which the gospel is preached include Spanish, Guarani and, for the last few years, Korean! More than 130 officers serve in the territory’s 44 corps, 11 outposts and 28 institutions, supported by nearly 1,800 senior soldiers, more than 400 junior soldiers and over 200 adherents. The territory is divided into three divisions (Buenos Aires, Central Argentina and …

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by Peter Haslett   Shield Fine Arts Academy classes take place during the school year Monday through Thursday in the evenings at the Lincoln, Neb. Corps. It’s a fine arts program dedicated to reaching at-risk youth through music education. Right now the children have the opportunity to choose from classes in beginning brass, guitar, piano, vocal and youth chorus as well as worship dance and timbrels. We’re even offering a Tuneful Toddlers class, which teaches little ones to start learning about musical instruments. Thanks to a generous, anonymous donation, these classes are offered to the community free of charge. “Many of our kids are children of refugees, from single parent homes or who live in very poor circumstances,” said Major …

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by Charol McDonald Royal Oak, Mich., singing company leader   Materials: The Salvation Army has some publications available for children’s vocal. You should be able to find them through Resource Connection. It’s easy to pick these up since they’ll be age appropriate and geared toward Salvation Army services. Here are a couple options that have worked out well for us. Sing to the Lord Children’s Voice Series. This is an attractive 32-page volume that contains songs for many different worship opportunities and caters to a broad range of abilities and ages. An accompaniment and demonstration CD also is available with this series, which may prove helpful. Children’s Praise. This is a two-part vocal arrangement for children. It’s designed for Salvation …

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by Captain Debra Osborn   A few short years ago I was sitting in my living room reading my email and a new message popped up. I clicked and couldn’t believe what I saw. I was going to Africa! In the busyness of life, I had nearly forgotten about applying to the women’s ministries mission team to Kenya, Africa. Our team of 10 to Kenya was united in ministry and purpose as we bathed our trip plans and ministry in prayer sitting in Colonel Dawn Heatwole’s (then-territorial secretary for women’s ministries) living room. There was excitement and anticipation as we got to know each other better and prepared for the trip. One of the main events we were a part …

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