SA partners with U.S. Forest Service to bring children to nature by Jerrie Miller   Remember as a kid spending long hours outside playing games, exploring nature and hanging out with friends? For many of us the best part of childhood involved being outdoors, whether at a neighborhood park, a divisional camp or our own backyard. Sadly, many young people no longer enjoy those opportunities. As our society becomes more urban and tied to technology, educators, physicians and parents are seeing a huge disconnect between children and nature. This disconnect, combined with inactivity, is resulting in serious long-term health issues for the next generation. It also puts the future of forests and public lands at risk. According to the National …

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by Major James Birney   When I’m alone and there’s no one to talk to, The world’s so big, and I feel very small. Then God comes near, and puts His arms around me, And says, “My child, I’ve waited for your call.”   When God comes near, it is a special moment, He calms my spirit, He takes away each fear. O such an hour of sacred, blessed friendship, That special time when God comes near.   When challenge comes in things I cannot handle, The job’s too big, it’s more than I can do. Then God comes near, and tells me, “We can do it, Just wait and see, what I can do through you.”   When vic’try’s …

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by Sarah Micula   If you’re not a corps officer, talk to them about starting the Embrace program for women. Set an appointment and be prepared to discuss what Embrace is, who could lead it and what it could do for your corps and community. End the meeting by determining the next step. Visit www.uscwomensministries.com/embrace to sign up a registered leader. Once done, the leader will receive Embrace resources which include a poster, bulletin insert, images and a how-to guide. Get the word out. Plan a promotional event (how-to guide can help with this part), such as a brunch, coffee or tea time. Invite all women from the corps and any others who are connected and might show an interest. …

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By Major Christina Tyson   Almost 30 years after the last Salvation Army song book was published, a new ‘user-friendly’ edition is being released – in the Army’s 150th year. The Song Book of The Salvation Army, which launches on 2 July (Founders’ Day) at the Boundless international congress, is intended to meet the needs of contemporary Salvation Army worship around the world. ‘Music has always played an enormous role in the worship of God’s people,’ General André Cox says. ‘It touches the soul in a unique way and can lift and inspire. God has gifted The Salvation Army with great poets who have a unique ability to express in words some of our deepest emotions, desires, devotion and love …

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