London, 25 February 2016/IHQ/ – THE Salvation Army in Fiji is continuing its ministry to help people affected by Cyclone Winston – the strongest ever recorded in the southern hemisphere. The disaster has affected 90 per cent of Fiji’s approximately 900,000 population. At least 42 people are known to have been killed, with that figure expected to rise when contact is made with remote communities. Aerial images show that some villages have been completely destroyed, with reports of serious damage and destruction of schools, clinics and two hospitals. Four days after the cyclone struck, Fiji’s two largest islands – Viti Levu (where The Salvation Army’s divisional headquarters is based) and Venua Levu – were still largely without electricity and many …

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“We dedicate this building today and all that happens in it to the glory of God. It’s His building. It’s His work, and we are His people,” declared Commissioner Paul R. Seiler, territorial commander, in his opening remarks to the 450 people, including national leaders Commissioners David and Barbara Jeffrey, at the dedication of the new Central Territorial Headquarters (THQ) in Hoffman Estates, Ill. Indeed, while the day was set aside to ask God’s blessing on the beautiful, modern facility from which The Salvation Army’s work in the 11 Midwestern states is led, the emphasis was equally on rededicating the work and people, officers and employees alike. “We determined when we made a physical move that it was a good …

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by Lt. Joseph Irvine   Wear your heart on your sleeve and your uniform! Wearing your uniform can open doors. If people aren’t familiar with The Salvation Army, then it can be eye-catching, and it may even cause them to strike up a conversation with you. If people are familiar with it, then knowing you’re a part of The Salvation Army can show a connection that might otherwise be missed and extend a comfort level that otherwise might not be there.   Build relationships in every sphere of your influence. Make sure you’re extending yourself to all of these groups. Don’t just focus on your congregation only. These other areas are opportunities to bridge people into becoming soldiers in our …

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How old are you and what grade are you in school? I am in seventh grade, and I am 12 years old.   Do you like school and why? I like school a lot. I love to learn about new things that I don’t know.   What is your favorite subject in school? My favorite subject is English Language Arts.   What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to go to school for Cosmetology. I want to be a makeup artist, and I love to do hair.   What is your greatest talent? My greatest talent is cooking. I like to cook.   What do you like to do the most for fun? I like …

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The Salvation Army began its work in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1887. Today the city is home to the Army’s Caribbean Territorial Headquarters, which oversees the Army’s operations in 16 countries. The island nation is comprised of two administrative divisions, Jamaica East and Jamaica West. With a recent emphasis on integrated missions and practical holiness, officers were encouraged to make their centers “a place to meet the needs of those within their communities.” In addition to corps ministries, a wide variety of social services are available throughout the country, including 13 basic (kindergarten) schools that educate approximately 1,000 children, a residential school for the blind and visually impaired that accommodates 120 youth, three children’s homes that care for more than 200 …

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 “Expect Change” National Advisory Organizations Conference April 21-24, Phoenix, Ariz.   Contest Rules   The commands with the highest percentage of Advisory Board registrations win! Every corps community center with an Advisory Board, within the United States, is eligible to participate with the exception of the NAOC Host Southwest Division. Advisory Board members only are eligible to be included in the Command registration count. Registrations must be completed by March 18, 2016, to be eligible for inclusion in Command total. One Command per territory (Western, Central, Southern, Eastern) will be declared the winner based on paid registrations received by the deadline. Advisory Board delegates representing the winning Command in each of the four territories will be invited to attend The …

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Generating hope in Pathway of Hope (POH) participants is a key factor for successful outcomes. Because hope is a spiritual component that undergirds the sense of faith to take difficult steps, increasing hope is an essential component for achieving and maintaining increased social functioning or change related to the motivating factors for seeking help. One way to assess if the POH approach is making a difference in people’s lives is to measure their level of hope using a tool called the Herth Hope Index, a self-survey comprised of 12 questions developed by Kaye A. Herth, PhD, RN. Clients complete the survey when beginning POH, then repeat it every three months and at the end of their participation. Scores range from …

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London, 2 February 2016/IHQ/ – USA National Commander Commissioner David Jeffery was in attendance at the official opening and dedication of a new headquarters for the USA Central Territory. The modern facility, in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, coordinates Salvation Army ministry across 11 Midwestern states. The dedication represents the culmination of a process that began five years ago to improve the functionality and service of the territorial headquarters. In his opening remarks, Territorial Commander Commissioner Paul R. Seiler declared: ‘We dedicate this building today and all that happens in it to the glory of God. It’s his building. It’s his work, and we are his people.’ His emphasis was equally on rededicating the work and people, officers and employees alike: ‘We …

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