by Jon Shaner Dwight Chambers was already a member of the Grand Rapids, Mich., Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center when a stroke took away his eyesight more than two years ago. He thought he might not be able to continue exercising at the facility he enjoyed. “After the stroke, I was almost paralyzed because when your eyesight is out, now you’re just stumbling and bumbling all around,” he said. Now, despite being legally blind, he is back at his fitness routine, thanks to help from the Kroc Center scholarship fund and an attentive staff. “From the time I hit the door, they’re right there at the front desk,” he said. “They run me upstairs, help me on my …

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In the late 19th century as thousands of European immigrants arrived on U.S. shores, The Salvation Army experimented with holding meetings in a variety of languages. In 1887, four Swedish-born Salvationists working as laundresses in Brooklyn, New York, obtained permission to open a Swedish-language corps. Captain Mary and Lt. Annie Hartelius, sisters known as “The Singing Pilgrims,” were appointed the first officers of the corps long referred to as Österns Stjärna (The Star of the East). Within a year Swedish-speaking corps opened in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., then in Chicago, Ill., in 1891. A year later corps opened in Rockford and Moline, Ill. By 1899, the concept had spread to the West Coast with the opening of the Sjömanskåren …

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by Bridget Constantine The Mission: Literacy program started back up at the Manitowoc Corps this past summer with the goal of targeting literacy issues in our local community. Summer reading loss can easily be avoided by children simply reading a few books over summer and working to strengthen basic literacy skills. In utilizing the first volume, which has six different Bible stories, numerous volunteers navigated the curriculum with 22 different students, all of whom avoided summer reading loss as a result. The short stories included those of creation, Adam and Eve, Noah and the flood, the tower of Babel, Jonah and the big fish, and the wisdom of King Solomon. Throughout each lesson there’s opportunity to incorporate sharing the gospel …

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