Commissioner Paul R. Seiler, Territorial Commander, has announced the following changes of leadership appointments:   Majors Thomas and Jacalyn Bowers are appointed to the Chief Secretary’s office as Assistants to the Chief Secretary, pro tem, effective June 24, 2015. Thereafter, they will be appointed to National Headquarters with Major Thomas Bowers as National Secretary for the World Service Office and Major Jacalyn Bowers as Assistant National Secretary for the World Service Office/National Secretary for International Anti-Human Trafficking, effective August 1, 2015, with promotions to the rank of Lt. Colonel.   Majors E. Randall and Charlene Polsley are appointed to the Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) Command with Major Randall Polsley as ARC Commander and Major Charlene Polsley as Director of Special …

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A Pilgrim’s Journal While participating in The Salvation Army Central Territory’s 2015 Biblical Education Tour, held earlier this year in Israel, Rob DeGeorge, resource coordinator for the territorial officer resource and development department, emailed daily observations and heartfelt inspirations from the Holy Land.   Day One We arrived in Tel Aviv late-afternoon Tuesday to balmy weather and a warm reception from our guide, Hanna. Eager to set out, we made our way to Joppa, Israel’s ancient seaport, to experience the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea and streets brimming with life. We observed several couples snapping wedding photos on Joppa’s streets and docks. Hanna explained the Israeli tradition of Tuesday weddings reflects the double portion of “good” declared by God on …

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This spring the territorial praise band The Singing Company is releasing its second extended play (EP) called II. The album includes six original songs with themes ranging from no condemnation in Christ in “Overwhelming Victory” to children of God in “With Us” written by the newest band member, Dave Mantel. According to Eric Himes, band leader, the creation of EP II was different from EP I which was guided by very specific parameters. This year during the creative process, the band explored possibilities, wrote as many songs as possible and then whittled them down to six. One of the goals was to write two songs: one upbeat and happy and another more poignant. “It seems the happy songs won out; …

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by Captain Heidi Reed, Wyandotte Downriver, Mich., corps officer When my husband and I moved to our current appointment less than two years ago, we discovered we were blessed to inherit a very successful fundraiser—Downriver Soup Day.  Over the last 21 years, the community has come to love and support this fundraiser to benefit The Salvation Army’s food pantry. Although the groundwork for our soup day was laid, I’d like to share a few suggestions to help those interested in starting a similar fundraiser. Get your Advisory Board/Council active in the process and excited about the possibilities. They know the community and can help make contacts. Find a venue. Consider how many people you hope will attend and allow room …

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The work of the Pestíšanas Armija began in Latvia in 1923 but had to close in 1939 due to the outbreak of World War II and occupation by the Soviet Union. The work was re-opened in 1990 by The Salvation Army’s Sweden Territory, which was renamed the Sweden and Latvia Territory four years later. The Latvia Region is headquartered in Riga, the country’s capital. The region has nine corps, four outposts and four social service institutions, plus more than 20 officers, almost 180 soldiers, nearly 220 adherents, over 35 junior soldiers and 55 employees. There’s also an officer training college, social services center, child daycare facility and a Salvation Army music school in Riga. Training for local officer positions has …

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The work of Leger des Heils in Suriname began in 1924. Although English is widely spoken, Dutch is the official language of the former colony, which was granted independence in 1975 after 308 years of Dutch rule. Other languages in which the gospel is preached include Surinanmese, Caribbean Hindustani and Javanese. Headquartered in the capital city of Paramaribo, the Suriname Region of The Salvation Army is part of its Caribbean Territory, which is comprised of 16 countries and headquartered in Jamaica. Salvation Army ministries within the region include a children’s home, two residences accommodating 37 senior women, a men’s night shelter that sleeps 70, plus prison, probation and correctional aftercare ministries. Suriname is located on the northern coast of South …

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   In his quest to create online memorials for each of the 600 Salvationists buried in The Salvation Army section of the Glen Oak Cemetery, Hillside, Ill., Major Paul Moore is seeking information about people for whom few facts exist in the Central Territory’s archives. Following are just a few cases for which the major is trying to track down information and photographs. He can be reached at [email protected] Colonel Elizabeth Wilson Moore French—The third officer buried at Glen Oak, she was the wife of Colonel George French, but little else is known about her Majors Fred and Faith Giles—Western Territory officers who died in a 1946 fire while doing evangelistic meetings in Rochester, Minn. Major Clarence Green—Following leg surgery, …

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