The work of The Salvation Army spread to Malaysia three years after its 1935 launch in Singapore. Today as part of the Army’s Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar Territory, the work in the country is split between East and West Malaysia with each offering corps community centers and services, children’s homes, kindergartens, learning centers and children’s day care centers. West Malaysia additionally offers a center for special-needs children, a home for older adults and a social services center. More than 70 Malaysian young people attended a youth camp where they studied the life of Peter. The territory is currently working under a three-year strategic mission plan to set the direction for its priorities: making disciples, pursuing holiness, engaging in mission and …

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Walking with families on their Pathway of Hope journey can be challenging or even overwhelming, but it’s good for both us and them. I take comfort and encouragement from the story of Joshua when he found himself the young leader of the new nation of Israel. Having to lead his people the rest of the way to the Promised Land, he, too, faced overwhelming challenges with more questions than answers. Joshua’s challenge at every turn was reminding the Israelites to keep their eyes on God’s promises and His faithfulness. He paid attention to God’s Word and this gave him the impetus to move the people forward. With Joshua as our example, let’s be encouraged by God’s promise: “Be strong and …

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An Army of love by Denise Overstake There is no separation between my walk with Christ and my walk on earth. It’s like breathing—an all or nothing proposition. Don’t misunderstand me; I was one of those youths who wore out the carpet going back and forth to my corps’ mercy seat. Today, in my not-so-youth, I find I need the mercy seat as much as ever, although perhaps for different, even deeper transgressions. It’s love that ties my earthly journey to my eternal one. I have found in Christ a deep love, and I’ve also found it in The Salvation Army. Not just locally, but globally—an army of people, many of whom don’t even know me—who simply love and demonstrate …

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Authenticity, it should be at the heart of our faith, worship and service if they are to please God and give meaning to our lives—and if we’re to partner with God in redeeming the world. To explore this type of authentic mission engagement more than 1,500 delegates gathered this summer at the Star Plaza Theater in Merrillville, Ind. Capturing attention from the start, the Star Wars theme played by the Chicago Staff Band spoke to the state of our own world and the battle between good and evil in which we’re engaged. Flanked by storm troopers and dressed as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Commissioner Paul R. Seiler, territorial commander, welcomed delegates. De-robing to reveal his Salvation Army uniform, the commissioner admitted, “I’m …

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