London, 21 October 2015/IHQ/ – THE ground floor of International Headquarters (IHQ) rang with music and laughter as officers, staff and visitors gathered to bid farewell to the Chief of the Staff (Commissioner William Roberts) and Commissioner Nancy Roberts (World Secretary for Women’s Ministries). Much was made of the retiring leaders’ warmth and friendliness, but also of their dedication to serve God in The Salvation Army – even delaying their retirement and moving thousands of miles from their family in response to General André Cox’s request for Commissioner Roberts to serve as his Chief. Their officership has included service in USA Central – their home territory – along with territorial leadership in South America East (Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay) and …

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Salvationists from across the territory arrived in scores to welcome the “Joyful Intercessors” session to the College for Officer Training (CFOT) at a distinctive Cadets’ Welcome meeting. The theme “Intersession” was portrayed in song, prayer and a three-part message by Commissioner Carol Seiler. Territorial Candidates’ Secretary Major Tricia Taube introduced the 32 cadets one-by-one as they came forward to pray with their divisional leaders. During this more subdued but powerful presentation, the congregation quietly prayed for each cadet, holding their applause. But when Lt. Colonel Ralph Bukiewicz, territorial secretary for personnel, officially welcomed the new cadets the crowd erupted. The colonel also took a moment to recognize Dr. Harold Burgmayer on his debut performance as Chicago Staff Bandmaster. Commissioner Carol …

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Celebrate Community Care Ministries – Visitation Program December 2015   Celebrate Christ! Objects needed:  Bell, Christmas stocking, miniature Christmas tree, candy cane, toy snowman and an angel tree-topper.  Christmas carol songbooks/songsheets (Large print for residents—see attached file)   Welcome & Introduction of The Salvation Army Volunteers   Carol Sing (Select several): SB#84 – Joy to the World! CF#2 TB-103 – same CF-1 HTD4-T9 (3 vs.)   SB#86 – O little town of Bethlehem CF#8 TB-156 – same CF-2 HTD3-T5 (3 vs.) SB#77 – Away in a Manger   CF#16 TB-564 – Manger Scene CF-4 HTD6-T14 (3 vs.)   SB#82 – Hark! the Herald Angels Sing CF#1 TB-322 – same CF-1 HTD4-T5 (3 vs.) CF#24 – It Came upon the Midnight …

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by Melody Rosa   The Bible Correspondence program is one of several services offered free-of-charge to prison inmates and their families through the Central Territorial Correctional Services office. The curriculum was developed for individual inmates to study and learn the Bible. It’s expanded to include the adult family members of offenders. The curriculum takes a fundamental approach to studying scripture so it’s suitable for those with limited or no exposure to the Bible. Yet, the questions go deep enough for someone with a knowledge base as well. The program offers six consecutive courses, which are broken down into 78 lessons. The materials are offered in English and Spanish. Overall, the program assists in the development of spiritual formation as well …

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  Inspired by General William Booth’s last public address, the famous “While women weep, I’ll fight…” speech, “I’ll Fight Day” debuted as an initiative to encourage teens and young adults to perform acts of servant evangelism in their communities. Starting in the Metropolitan Division in 2006 and now practiced throughout the Central Territory, the initiative was the brainchild of Eric Himes, territorial director of young adult and worship arts ministries. Held on the first Saturday of each December, I’ll Fight Day allows youth to help build the Kingdom of God and show the love of Christ to others. Activities are limited only by participants’ imaginations. Past efforts have included distributing hot chocolate to holiday shoppers, finding parking spaces in crowded …

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  Meet Salvationists from around the country. Not only do you get to meet believers from around the nation about your age, you’ll also have the opportunity to meet Salvationists from all four U.S. territories. The Central team is planning a special time of fellowship for all Salvation Army delegates at the St. Louis Temple, Mo., Corps. Join with other Salvationists to worship, connect and fellowship. Know God’s will for your life. There’s no other place where you can explore so many options for your future with so many people and organizations committed to making a positive difference in the world. As the largest student missions conference in the world, Urbana offers a unique opportunity to find out how your …

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by Captain Heidi Reed   Do you struggle as a character-building leader? Does your group need a little life breathed into it? So did mine! Here are four suggestions on how to jumpstart character-building at your corps. You may be thinking, “Of course, I pray!” But ask God specifically for what you need. Ask Him to supply in abundance—supplies, leaders and even more children to participate. Ask God to use you to represent Jesus to your troops. I was very discouraged in one appointment when I only had four sunbeams (and two were my children). I prayed fervently for growth, and God supplied abundantly within the next year. So pray and then pray some more! It’s difficult for everyone if …

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