by Samantha Hyde Thirty years ago The Salvation Army teamed up with a beloved local meteorologist and a regional dry cleaning company to do something that had never been done before: collect enough coats to ensure that every child in Indianapolis, Ind., would be prepared for the cold winter ahead. From just a few hundred coats donated that first year, Coats for Kids has grown into the largest coat collection and distribution in the state. In the past 30 years, over 120,000 coats have been given to children. During the month-and-a-half long collection period, NBC-affiliate station WTHR heavily promotes the coat drive, often holding collections before Indianapolis Colts football games. This year they set up a drive-through coat drop-off outside …

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The work of Jeshi la Wokovu (The Salvation Army in Kiswahili, the language in which the gospel is primarily preached in Tanzania) began in 1933 when the country was known as Tanganyika. Shortly after achieving independence from Britain in the early 1960s, Tanganyika merged with Zanzibar to form the United Republic of Tanzania in 1964. Tanzania became a separate Salvation Army command in 1998 and was elevated to territory status in 2008. The territory has more than 7,300 soldiers, 4,400 junior soldiers, 160 officers and 150 employees at 82 corps, 57 outposts and seven institutions, including a college for business management and administration, a secondary school, a vocational training center, a primary school for the physically handicapped, a girl’s home …

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The Salvation Army in New Zealand is on standby to provide assistance to people affected by the 7.5-magnitude earthquake that struck northeast of Christchurch in the early hours of Monday, November14. Two people are known to have lost their lives in the disaster, which caused damage to homes and infrastructure. Some roads in rural parts of South Island are impassable. Salvation Army personnel are prepared to go wherever the regional emergency management group needs them. The Salvation Army has been providing food to workers at the civil defense emergency management headquarters near Wellington, and assistance was provided to area evacuees Along with many businesses in Wellington, the Army’s territorial headquarters was closed on Monday to allow structural engineers to check …

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A congress led by General André Cox and Commissioner Silvia Cox was held to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Salvation Army restarting its ministry in Russia in July 1991 after the fall of communism. The Army originally began working in Russia in 1910 but had to cease operations in 1923. People gathered from around the country to meet in Rostov-on-Don, more than 600 miles south of Moscow, to worship and hear God’s message. Some came from as far east as Vladivostok, a distance of more than 4,000 miles. The congress theme was based on Joshua 3:5 (NIV): “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” The opening celebration concert set a joyful atmosphere as the many …

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