The 24 members of the “Messengers of the Gospel” session were greeted by the territory with a public welcome at the Chicago, Ill., Mayfair Community Church (Corps) where they—and the rest of those in attendance—were issued a challenge by guest speaker Commissioner Sue Swanson to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. Basing her remarks on the fifth chapter of Mark, the commissioner talked about Christ’s instruction to those people He had healed to “go tell others.” Alluding to her visit to the Trinity College Museum in Dublin, Ireland, she compared Christ’s charge to them with the efforts of Irish monks to do likewise during the Dark Ages. She said the monks painstakingly preserved the Bible by copying its text …

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The work of The Salvation Army began in Ukraine in 1993 two years after the recommencement of the Army’s work in Eastern Europe. Initially overseen by the Army’s Norway, Iceland and The Faeroes Territory, today Ukraine is part of the Eastern Europe Territory, which includes Georgia, Moldova, Romania and the Russian Federation. Years of civil unrest have seen the displacement of nearly a million people within Ukraine.  Armiya Spasinya (The Salvation Army in Ukrainian) has been instrumental in providing assistance to this population in addition to the normal social services offered by the Ukraine Division; however, corps in war-torn areas have been temporarily suspended because resources and supplies can’t get through. In addition to humanitarian aid, the scope of social services …

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by John Edwards Have you been watching the news lately? From police shootings and retaliations to persistent political fighting and ongoing outrage, it’s a succession of anger, accusations, and animosity. Negative images, words, and actions are affecting us, causing us to lose happiness, hope, and faith to embrace anger, fear, and hate—to turn away from salvation and God’s love. As believers, we must come together. As brothers, we must create unity in the community. As soldiers, we must fight the incessant cycle of death, destruction, division and despair. These festering feelings led to a Sunday evening town hall-style discussion at the St. Louis, Mo., Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) when the center’s administrator, Major K. Kendall (KK) Mathews, was called on …

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The Journey…Walking the Road to Bethlehem Mary of Nazareth Advent Worship Series – Week 1 November 27, 2016   The Journey to Bethlehem   Call to Worship:   It’s one of Western Civilization’s best-known stories.  For two thousand years it has been told and retold, preached and sung about.  You know the locale—a manger in Bethlehem.  You know the cast of characters—Mary and Joseph, the angels and shepherds, the wise men and King Herod.  You may know plot details—the census, the long journey, the overcrowded inn.   This Advent we will walk the journey through the Holy Land and retrace the steps of those involved, all in an effort to come to a deeper understanding of what the Christmas story …

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General André Cox has approved the official opening of Salvation Army operations on the island of Madagascar off Africa’s east coast. This development brings the total number of countries in which The Salvation Army is officially registered to 128. The decision came after prolonged exploration into the feasibility of extending the Army’s work to the island. The work will develop under the supervision of the Zimbabwe Territory. Majors Jean and Flore Kiala, officers of the Democratic Republic of Congo Territory, have been appointed to lead the work assisted by Madagascan Salvationists Andriamananony and Annick Rasahoby. Sunday meetings have been taking place on the island for several months,  women’s ministries is making a great impact, and Salvation Army personnel are involved …

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The Salvation Army in Haiti is providing food and support to people who have been forced from their homes by Hurricane Matthew, the strongest storm to hit the Caribbean in a decade. The full extent of the disaster is only now becoming clear, with more than 400 people known to have lost their lives. Much of the country’s south is still unreachable because the strong winds and heavy rain have damaged and destroyed roads and bridges. The continuing path of Hurricane Matthew also is making it difficult to fly in supplies.  An initial sum of $20,000 has been provided through International Headquarters in London to purchase rice, oil, meat, beans and other basic food items for distribution to some of …

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The Salvation Army is mobilizing emergency response personnel and supplies after Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful Caribbean storm in almost a decade, caused widespread flooding, flattened homes and trees, and left a trail of destruction in Haiti. “We are initiating a response to meet basic urgent needs. As we continue to assess, gather information and fully grasp the scope of this devastating situation, we know for certain there is already significant need for food, clean water, and shelter. We humbly ask the American public to consider supporting our efforts through prayer and monetary donations,” said Lt. Colonel Thomas Bowers, director for The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO) in Alexandria, Va. Flooding and mudslides remain a serious concern throughout the …

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The Salvation Army in Haiti is assessing the damage caused by Hurricane Matthew and putting in place plans to help some of the thousands of people who’ve been forced from their homes. Winds of 145 miles per hour, accompanied by heavy rain and storm surges, have brought devastation across much of the country. The greatest need is funding to provide food and drink to people in temporary shelters. Southern Haiti was particularly badly hit. In Fonds-des-Negres, a Salvation Army school was among several buildings to lose their roofs. The local corps (church) was damaged by a falling tree and the area has suffered significant flooding. In Aquin, a Salvation Army school that was sheltering people whose homes were at risk …

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