Staff and volunteers on the ground serving physical, emotional and spiritual needs in Europe ALEXANDRIA, VA (September 16, 2015) – The Salvation Army is providing food, shelter, medical aid, legal assistance, and emotional and spiritual care to refugees and migrants in 13 European countries. According to the International Organization for Migration, more than 360,000 refugees and migrants have crossed the Mediterranean Sea in the first eight months of 2015, representing more than a 63 percent increase over the yearly total in 2014. “It’s our ethical and humanitarian responsibility to provide support to individuals and families fleeing their homelands in crisis,” said Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Bowers, National Secretary of The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO). “In partnership with our International …

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by Krachel Greenwood   The Salvation Army participated this summer in the PATRIOT exercise, an annual domestic operations training drill sponsored by the National Guard Bureau and accredited by the Joint National Capability Program. The training focused on improving coordination with local, state and federal organizations and tested first responders in events such as mass casualty, aeromedical evacuation, collapsed structures and hospital evacuations. More than 1,500 Air and Army National Guard members representing 33 states traveled to Volk Field, Wis., where The Salvation Army was represented by staff and volunteers from the Eastern Michigan, Heartland, Indiana, Metropolitan and Wisconsin and Upper Michigan divisions. “The PATRIOT exercise provides a great opportunity for The Salvation Army to test our capabilities. This year …

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Best Practices Ideas for Men’s Ministries   This excerpt from the revised national men’s ministries guide provides some great ideas for men’s ministries and may serve as a catalyst for devising other approaches. FELLOWSHIP Friend Night Sports Outings (“Skins-n-Fins,” Golf Tournament, etc.) Movie Night Sponsor Seasonal Parties/Events Host other Men’s Ministry group (“Interclub”) Attend Men’s Ministry functions Game Night, Family Night EDUCATION Fitness and Nutrition, Financial Planning, etc. Fatherhood, National Fatherhood Initiative, Salvation Army History Canteen Operations Local Government WORSHIP Bible Study Sponsor Evangelistic Series Visit nursing homes Sponsor Corps Officer Appreciation service Father/Son day (“Father’s Day”) Prison ministry worship outings Men’s Sunday event SERVICE Sponsor Corps lawn maintenance Host Corps clean-up day Perform Corps vehicle maintenance Christmas Bell Ringing …

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Rooted in Great Moravia, a state absorbed by the Hungarian Kingdom in 800 A.D., Slovakian nationalism grew (as did cultural ties with the closely related Czech people) upon the formation of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1867. Czechoslovakia was formed when World War I dissolved the empire. In 1939 Slovakia became an independent state allied with Nazi Germany until Czechoslovakia was reconstituted after World War II and came under communist rule within Soviet-dominated Eastern Europe. Czechoslovakia retuned to democratic rule and a market economy in 1989, then peacefully split into two nations, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, in 1993. Slovakia joined NATO and the European Union in 2004 and the Euro Zone in 2009. About twice the size of New Hampshire, …

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by Lt. Amanda Keene   Make dinner and deliver it: Taking time to make a small dinner can mean the world to your fellow corps members. It doesn’t have to be expensive or extravagant. Something simple but made with love can go a long way! (Please note: always take food preferences and allergies into consideration; otherwise this can be a waste of time, or even dangerous.) Send notes of encouragement: Everyone enjoys getting something other than bills in the mail. Take some time, pray over the people in your corps, and send a note after you’ve prayed for them. Include any Scripture or encouraging words that God brings to mind. Invite other corps members into your home: Be hospitable and …

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by Marjorie Remy   In high school I received a letter about studying abroad. At the time my parents and I were unable to finance the trip, so I couldn’t go. Despite this, receiving the letter was probably the start of my longing to travel and visit different places in the world. Fast-forward to my freshman year of college. There were a couple of students around campus encouraging us to participate in missions trips. It caused me to think, “what good would it be to travel the world and not impact someone’s life?” Then I realized my desire to travel stemmed from something deeper than sightseeing. What I really wanted to do was extend myself to others and to be …

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2015 Central Music Institute Award Winners Shagbark Band 1st Joshua Kim (Chicago Mayfair Community Church, Ill.) Frank and Gladys Botu Award 2nd Ricardo Argumedo (East Chicago, Ind., Corps) 3rd Alex Utzig (Janesville, Wis., Corps) Temple Band 1st Jillian Pratt (Quincy Kroc Center, Ill.) Rachel Grindle-Phelps Award 2nd Dallas Will (Quincy Kroc Center, Ill.) 3rd Crystal Garcia (East Chicago, Ind., Corps) Hilltop Chorus 1st Shane Byrns (Princeton, Ind., Corps) Victor Danielson Scholarship 2nd Haley Finstad (Lawrence, Kan., Corps) 3rd Victoria Owen (Independence, Mo., Corps) Tabernacle Band 1st Natanael Barth (Bahia Blanca Corps, Argentina) Paton Family Scholarship 2nd Feith Sanchez (Lakewood, Minn., Corps) 3rd Tito Rapley (Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., Corps) Citadel Band 1st Randal Smith (Flint Citadel, Mich., Corps) Donald Hanton Scholarship …

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