With architectural details representing the best of vintage and modern design, The Salvation Army’s 3010 Apartments in St. Louis, Mo., has been honored with the 2015 National Trust/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation. The prestigious award recognizes efforts in advancing historic preservation goals while providing affordable housing and economic development opportunities for low-income residents. Midland divisional leaders Lt. Colonels Lonneal and Patty Richardson accepted the award in Washington, D.C., from Marion McFadden, HUD deputy assistant secretary for grant programs. Retaining historic elements without drastically altering interiors, the $12 million renovation produced 58 one-bedroom apartments for individuals with special needs. Not only was the building’s design preserved but its historic, continuous usage for sheltering which started in 1907 with …

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Marking significant anniversaries in 2015 were the following Central Territory corps.   125 Years Detroit Temple, Mich., Corps Dodge City, Kan., Corps Fond du Lac, Wis., Corps Galesburg, Ill., Corps Grand Haven, Mich., Corps Kenosha, Wis., Corps Madison Temple. Wis., Corps Newton, Iowa, Corps Pittsburg, Kan., Corps Racine, Wis., Corps Saginaw, Mich., Corps Springfield, Mo., Corps Wyandotte Downriver, Mich., Corps 100 Years Alma, Mich., Corps Hammond-Munster, Ind., Corps 75 Years St. Louis Maplewood, Mo., Corps 25 Years Mount Pleasant, Mich., Corps    


  The work of The Salvation Army was initiated in the Philippines at the invitation of Filipinos who’d become Salvationists in Hawaii, returned to their homeland and began holding meetings (starting in 1933) in Panay, Luzon, Cebu and Mindano. Five years later, Colonel and Mrs. Alfred Lindvall arrived to officially inaugurate the work in this Southeast Asian archipelago of 7,107 islands with a land mass slightly larger than Arizona and a population of nearly 101 million. With the continuing recovery work throughout the nation following the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan in late 2013, Salvationists have been providing countless supplies and services through its recovery and rehabilitation programs for survivors in addition to its already expansive offering of social services, including …

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  Headquartered in Port-au-Prince, The Salvation Army began its work in Haiti in 1950. The Haiti Division is part of the Army’s Caribbean Territory, which is comprised of 16 countries and headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica. The division has 45 basic (kindergarten) schools attended by more than 2,500 children, 48 primary schools with nearly 10,700 youngsters, two secondary schools attended by almost 2,000 students plus an evening school and seven home-science schools. The division also has centers for primary health care and nutrition in Port-au-Prince, as well as a hospital, maternity home, dispensary, children’s home and tuberculosis facility in Fond-des-Negres. Already the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with 80 percent of the population living under the poverty line and 54 …

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by Captain Christopher Marques   The first Salvation Army officers from England came to Japan in 1895 to start the work. At the port in Yokohama, they arrived wearing traditional Japanese “yukata,” which they thought would help them blend into the culture. But “yukata” are actually Japanese pajamas or nightclothes, so the Japanese people who greeted had a good laugh. It did draw attention, just not the kind the English officers were looking for! After training for only two months, Gunpei Yamamuro became the first Japanese officer. This year the Japan Territory will release a movie about his life. Gunpei married Kieko Sato. During their honeymoon, he wrote the world renown “The Common People’s Gospel.” Because he wrote passionately (and …

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Pastor Alexis Twito, Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Chaplain Coordinator Having accepted the newly created position of chaplain coordinator for the Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Division, Pastor Alexis Twito shares a little more about herself, why she loves The Salvation Army and her role coordinating the Milwaukee-area chaplaincy. Q: Why did you accept the position? A: Before taking the job I had been pretty involved in the chaplaincy program as the District 7 head chaplain. Not only did I believe in what the program was about, I had a lot of vision for where it could go. I also sensed it could use some focused attention in terms of organization and leadership, both areas in which I feel God has gifted …

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by Mark Bender   Model it yourself. It all begins with you! How can you expect others at your corps to pray if you aren’t? Do you pray regularly for your corps members, officers, programs and services? How do you enter into worship on Sunday? Spend a few minutes in prayer at the altar before worship service or Sunday school. Ask others to join you! Have a sermon series on prayer. A sermon series brings everyone together “on the same page.” People will think about prayer and maybe even discuss it with friends between Sundays. Resource Connection has a worship series called, “Concert of Prayer,” which may be a good place to start. Study prayer in small groups. Consider studying …

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