Salvation Army Bible-reading challenge impacts lives, communities
In support of her commitment to The Salvation Army’s international Boundless Bible-reading challenge for 2015, Thelma Jefferson has been attending a weekly Bible study group at the Keokuk, Iowa, Corps (church).
“You can learn more from other people,” said the long-time soldier (member) of the corps. “Being in the group helps me better understand each week’s reading, as do the questions about the scripture passages in the Boundless study guide.” She added, “It makes me feel good about myself as I learn how to live in Christ day by day.”
Thelma’s daughter, Donna Jefferson, a soldier who’s attended the corps since childhood, also signed up for the Boundless challenge and study group, where she’s found “great joy from reading the Bible” and “learning more about living in Christ.”
Carolyn Mendenhall described her experiences with the reading challenge and group as “awesome,” affecting both her personal growth and increased efforts in inviting others to the corps.
“I’m ready to do God’s work and want to know more about Jesus,” said Carolyn. “It’s great to be challenged, and the group helps me understand what I’ve read. Studying God’s Word has made me stronger in Him; I have more faith, trust and desire to obey.”
Linda Meyer, a regular corps attendee over the last decade, also signed up for the challenge and study group, which she found to be friendly and helpful. “It’s been very good for me, and I’ve learned a great deal,” she said. “Being in the group has helped me a lot and given me more understanding of scripture. I like reading my Bible!”
Helen Brouwer, another regular corps attendee for more than 10 years, said, “Everyone treats each other with respect and you feel welcome. I like to learn. The group interaction is interesting, and I’m learning more about the Bible and things I didn’t know. I’m getting a better understanding of living the Christian life.”
Major Mark Litherland, Keokuk corps officer (pastor), reported the study group not only meets each week at the corps but in each other’s homes to discuss what they’ve read. “The women even purchased notebooks because they felt there wasn’t enough room to properly answer the questions in the study guides!” he added.