The Salvation Army in the Philippines The first Protestant preaching of the gospel in the Philippines was done by Major John Milsaps who’d been appointed to accompany U.S. Army troops to Manila in 1898. The major conducted open-air and regular meetings and led many people into a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. The advance of The Salvation Army in the Philippines was begun in 1933 by Filipinos who’d become Salvationists in Hawaii and had returned to their homeland. Regular meetings started being held in Panay, Luzon, Cebu and Mindanao. The Army’s work was officially inaugurated in 1937 by Colonel and Mrs. Alfred Lindvall on this Southeast Asian archipelago of 7,107 islands with a land mass slightly larger than Arizona. Today …

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Grand Rapids Kroc celebrates transformations by Jon Shaner and T.J. VanSlooten This year The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Grand Rapids, Mich., is highlighting stories of participants who have experienced transformations in order to remind staff, guests and the community of the impact the Kroc Center can have. The brainchild of Lts. Bill and Taylor Brutto, who lead the Grand Rapids Kroc Center, “Be Transformed” is based on the idea everyone can change their lives with God’s help and support from people who care. “We wanted to promote a more holistic type of wellness,” said Lt. Bill Brutto, senior Kroc officer. “It’s about understanding that mind, body and spirit are all interconnected.” In the winter …

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Adventures in Africa Major Mary Reinking spent almost two decades of her Salvation Army officership as a missionary in Africa from the 1970s to 1990. Here she recounts incidents of God’s protection while there! My first appointment in Africa was to start a school for children with polio in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. I served there for almost a decade, then cared for 100 high-school girls at a home in  Nairobi, Kenya. My final appointment was in Harare, Zimbabwe, where I cared for 80 older adults and led a Salvation Army “society” (small African church). During these times I worked primarily in large, modern cities but on occasion found myself in real danger while traveling through the African bush. God …

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What is “Mobilize VIGORously: A Spiritual Life Emphasis to Mobilize for Outreach?” In support of The Salvation Army’s international initiative, “The Whole World Mobilizing,” the Central Territory has challenged Salvationists to join in a year-long personal focus on the spiritual disciplines to enhance their relationships with God and allow the needs of others to come into their consciousness so self-interest is replaced with a desire to care for others in their families, congregations and communities.  A different theme each month focuses on a set of spiritual disciplines; additional resources include bulletin inserts. Daily readings, weekly family focus and discussion starters can be found on Facebook at: Evangelism and Corps Growth—The Salvation Army USA Central Territory.


Radiothon raises $1.3 million in 16 hours by Mary Zaleski The Salvation Army’s 30th Annual Bed & Bread Club® Radiothon, presented by Ford Motor Company Fund, raised $1.3 million to fight hunger and homelessness in Metro Detroit. The 16-hour event aired live from the Emagine Theatre in Royal Oak, Mich., on News/Talk 760 WJR. For the eighth consecutive year, The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit partnered with television and radio on-air personalities with a special hosting appearance by corporate champion Jim Vella, president of Ford Motor Company Fund and National Advisory Board member. “The Salvation Army is dedicated to Doing the Most Good through the Bed & Bread program, and it is humbling to see the generosity of this community …

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Lt. Colonels Bukiewicz head South as Chief Secretary and Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries  Colonels Bradford and Heidi Bailey, Central officers currently serving as Chief Secretary and Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries in the Southern Territory, have been appointed as territorial leaders in the Central Territory. Colonel Brad Bailey is appointed as Territorial Commander and Colonel Heidi Bailey as Territorial President of Women’s Ministries. They will take up their new appointments with the rank of commissioner—Colonel Heidi Bailey on July 1 and Colonel Brad Bailey on July 2—succeeding Commissioners Paul R. and Carol Seiler who will be retiring. “We are thrilled to be coming home and are excited to be a part of what God will continue to do in …

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The Salvation Army Adventure Corps is a Christian education program designed for boys Grades 1-8. It is divided into two sections: Explorers for boys in Grades 1-4 and Rangers for boys in Grades 5-8. Each section takes members through a series of achievement awards and levels, helping boys to develop their individuality and potential. The Adventure Corps Program emphasizes discipleship, evangelism and life skill development. The spiritual element sets Adventure Corps apart from other boys’ groups. The goals of Adventure Corps are: Salvation–To present the Good News of Jesus Christ in meaningful and practical ways which relate to the boys’ experiences and capacities to understand. Growth–To meet the individual needs of boys through an organized activity oriented program. Education–To teach …

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The Salvation Army’s National Seminar on Evangelism (NSE) is set against the stunning backdrop of the Rocky Mountains at the Glen Eyrie Conference Center, a Christ-focused retreat facility designed to bring people into closer intimacy with God. The NSE guides Salvationists into learning how to intentionally walk across the room, extend a hand of hospitality and words of invitation to the greatest adventure ever known—a life lived with Christ as Savior and Lord. Each year soldiers and officers come to Glen Eyrie to give time and attention to Jesus Christ’s commission to “go and make disciples of all nations.” The week is dedicated to encouraging and equipping Salvationists through inspiring worship, Bible studies for personal growth and teaching sessions on relational evangelism, as well as small group and …

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In 1895 a small group of officers from Britain arrived in Yokohama, Japan, to start operations. In spite of great difficulties, the work was soon established. Among the outstanding Japanese people who were attracted to The Salvation Army, one of the most distinguished was Order of the Founder recipient, Commissioner Gunpei Yamamuro, a prominent evangelist and author whose book, The Common People’s Gospel, has been reprinted more than 500 times. To commemorate the Army’s 120 years of ministry in Japan and to focus on the next generation, a “Challenging Tomorrow” seminar was held to study the past, know the present and soar into the future. Later in the year an inspiring territorial youth congress, “Feel the Power of God” (based …

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