Mission: Literacy, a highly successful Bible-based curriculum used with children to teach them to read or to raise their reading scores, this year will have the exciting addition of a version for adults. The introduction of this new material only expands the possibilities for a “hidden gem” of a ministry tool, according to Major Carol Wurtz, territorial corps mission and ministry secretary. At this juncture, oversight of the program for the territory is being transferred to territorial headquarters after years of exceptional care and promotion even in retirement by Major Jan Hendrickson. David Tooley, territorial discipleship resources and leadership development consultant, will now be the program’s point person. Since first being introduced in the Central Territory in the Northern Division …

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In 1991, then Lts. John and Julie Aren were sent to Crystal Lake, Ill., a far northwest Chicago suburb, with a vision of hope and a mission to “save, assimilate and mobilize” an Army of compassion through a new corps plant. With foundational work set by pioneers Bob Blazier and Bob Cormier, a plan was created and implemented for the new corps in this fast-growing region. Thanks to the many Salvationists in the Chicago area who donated their time, talents and resources and the numerous others who made the new plant their corps home, The Salvation Army in McHenry County grew and exists today because of its faithful soldiers and community volunteers. From feeding and ministering to the homeless, to …

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Madagascar is one of the last major landmasses on earth to be colonized by humans. The island’s earliest settlers arrived from present-day Indonesia between A.D. 350 and 550; migrants from Africa arrived around A.D. 1,000. By the early 17th century, the island attracted Arab and Persian traders, which led to it becoming a pirate stronghold until the 18th century! After serving as a slave-trading center into the 19th century, the island’s native Merina Kingdom was conquered and colonized by the French in 1896. Madagascar regained its independence in 1960. Located off the southeastern Africa coast, Madagascar is slightly less than twice the size of Arizona and ranks as the world’s fourth-largest island. Its natural resources include graphite, chromite, coal, bauxite, …

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Available online from The Salvation Army’s USA Central Territory are Bible and Discipleship Training Seminar presentations in the Spanish language. Each semi-annual seminar features a Bible study and leadership training presentation ideal for group or personal studies. You can access them at: multiculturalministriescentral.org/resources/ Spring 2014   “Sharing is Caring” by Captain Pedro Arias (Bible study) “Personal Finances” by Captain Enrique Azuaje (Leadership training)  Fall 2014 “The Full Life in the Spirit” by Carlos Moran (Bible study) “Leadership through the Spiritual Gifts” by Alfredo Martinez (Leadership training)  Spring 2015 * “The Christian Amour” by the late Major Sonia Gonzalez (Bible study)            “Lifestyle Discipleship” by Major Johanna Pook (Leadership training) Spring 2016 “How a Christian Can be Free of Anxiety” by Alberto Giraldo (Bible …

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INTERNATIONAL Volunteer Day, the United Nations-mandated observance day which “celebrates the power and potential of volunteerism”, takes place annually on December 5. This year, the world leader of The Salvation Army, General André Cox, has recorded a brief video to thank people from all walks of life who freely give their time and expertise to support the international church and charity’s work. “While on this day we think of you,” says the General, “we recognize that you have been thinking of others all year.” His message mentions some of the ways in which The Salvation Army’s thousands of volunteers have been serving: from fundraising to supporting refugees, and from assisting on street pastor teams to serving meals. “You are a …

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