New Opportunities for At-Risk Teens at The Salvation Army

 

Seeking a new location to teach a class of at-risk young men, Coach David Barker, administrator of the Romeo Preparatory Academy, turned to The Salvation Army in Paris. The partnership that developed is providing education, encouragement and changing lives.

This alternative high school provides something of a last chance for the 22 young men enrolled in the program. Many of the students deal with troubling family issues and challenging circumstances that have negatively impacted their ability to graduate from high school.

Lt. Nick Hutchinson of The Salvation Army agreed to house the academy where classes are administered online with additional instruction provided by several tutors each week. The academy also has a strong athletics program successful in both football and basketball. Bible and music classes are an integral part of the curriculum and 10 guitars were purchased through funding from the Denver Pyle Children’s Charity. Lt Hutchinson now teaches weekly group guitar lessons to all of the young men in the program.

“The students are attentive and eager to learn and it has been a great experience working with these young people and seeing the progress they have made,” said Lt. Hutchinson. “We never had electives like this at our last school,” said student Montario Norris. “This is a great chance to learn something new.”

As part of their education, each student is required to perform 60 hours of community service each year. The Salvation Army has utilized these community hours to help with upkeep to the property, Christmas kettle bell ringing, the Angel Tree, and working in the food pantry.

“I have seen a night and day change in many of their lives,” explained Lt. Hutchinson. “The guys have responded very positively to this level of discipline and structure that is new for many of them.” Another student, Reginald Young Jr. said, “I have a chance to straighten my life up, stay in school, and be successful. We all feel like we’re now part of The Salvation Army family.”

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Kroger has created the Community Rewards program to help nonprofit groups and faith-based organizations that focus on hunger relief, education, diversity and health and wellness.  Salvation Army units across Texas are already enrolled in the program.

Here’s how you can help your local Salvation Army:

  • Apply for a Kroger Plus card, if you don’t already have one at a local Kroger store.  Visit https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards for more details.
  • Link your Kroger Plus card to a Salvation Army participant number of your choice.
  • Each time you shop at Kroger’s, a portion of your store purchase benefits your selected Salvation Army.

Here’s a list of enrolled Salvation Army units and their participant number:

  • The Salvation Army of Texas City 80406
  • The Salvation Army of Brownwood 80827
  • The Salvation Army of Galveston 80905
  • The Salvation Army of Nacogdoches 82560
  • The Salvation Army of Freeport 82992
  • The Salvation Army of Longview 91341
  • The Salvation Army of Cleburne 91899
  • The Salvation Army of Houston 92012
  • The Salvation Army of Sherman 92926
  • The Salvation Army of Bryan 92980
  • The Salvation Army of Marshall 93594
  • The Salvation Army of Paris 93701
  • The Salvation Army of Granbury 94103
  • The Salvation Army of Palestine 94165
  • The Salvation Army of Huntsville 94707

On This Day In History—March 13

In 1881, the first French Salvation Army meeting took place in Paris. Today, the French Salvation Army Foundation:

  • serves 110,000 meals with volunteer help
  • accommodates 160,000 persons in its emergency shelters
  • receives 74,000 persons in its day centers
  • cares for 50 patients in its convalescent home
  • helps 40 missing persons to reunite with loved ones through its Family Tracing Service

Relief to Recovery in St. John Parish

NEW ORLEANS, LA (September 10, 2012)—In addition to The Salvation Army’s first aim of meeting basic needs of those affected by Hurricane Isaac, the organization will distribute cleanup kits, comfort kits and food boxes to residents of St. John Parish on Monday, September 10. Starting at 10:30 a.m., the assistance will be given at the Home Depot parking lot in LaPlace. As more resources are secured, more assistance will be made available.v

“We’re helping those living in one of the most affected areas,” said Major W.D Owens, Area Commander for The Salvation Army in New Orleans. “This is the central theme for why we do disasters: extending our hands to help those in need in the name of Jesus.”

An original FEMA letter and a government-issued ID are required to receive the cleanup and comfort kit assistance. No ID or documentation is needed for meal/water service at Salvation Army mobile feeding units.

Hot meals and cold drinks are served from mobile feeding units to disaster survivors and first responders. The Salvation Army will often provide additional sleeping space in their shelters. The non-profit’s officers, along with trained staff and volunteers, provide pastoral and emotional comfort by listening and maintaining a ministry of presence.

Thus far in the greater New Orleans area, The Salvation Army has served 75,635 meals, 84,417 drinks, and 51,468 snacks, provided emotional and spiritual care to 3,395 individuals and distributed 2,100 cleanup kits and 1,650 comfort kits.

About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 129 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Volunteers Find Worth through Emergency Service

New Orleans, LA (September 8, 2012)—When a disaster strikes, no matter how small or large, one thing is certain: mobile feeding units (canteens) from The Salvation Army are not far away. The non-profit organization has been on the scene to help those affected and the first responders during countless natural disasters in the United States. The canteens come stocked with essentials: food, drinks, clean-up kits and comfort kits. They are driven and staffed by Salvation Army employees and trained volunteers.

Trained volunteers are effective volunteers. During a disaster, The Salvation Army relies upon trained disaster workers to coordinate emergency relief operations and deliver fast, efficient service to disaster survivors. The organization’s national disaster training program includes courses developed by The Salvation Army and training certified by other partner organizations whose technical expertise is nationally recognized in a given field.

When Hurricane Isaac made landfall in the greater New Orleans area, the organization deployed over 50 employees and trained volunteers from seven states. Two of those experienced volunteers are Pamelia Phelps and Mary Jane Denny, better known as PJ and MJ, from Elberton, Georgia. Both women have served on countless mission trips around the world, many with their church and most recently on a trip to Ecuador with The Salvation Army in May.

Chair of her local command’s Advisory Board, PJ has served with the organization in two previous disasters. Of her experience, Hurricane Irene is the largest-scale disaster response she has been a part of.

“I love helping people,” she says while serving chili to those affected in St. John Parish. “People don’t realize that these people are hungry and need something to eat and drink. What we do for them makes their life a little better.”

Her friend MJ agrees. “It’s been a very rewarding experience for me. Everyone is so appreciative. They all say thank you. It’s been phenomenal.”

Both women encourage others to join with them, sign up for the organization’s disaster response training, and help others in need.

“It’s worth it,” PJ says. “Everyone should be involved with The Salvation Army.”

About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 129 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Hurricane Isaac Canteen Operations for 9/6

Canteen Dispositions for 9/6/2012

New Orleans, LA (September 6, 2012)—The Salvation Army will increase the number of feeding sites in Laplace on Wednesday. Four units and a truck with cleaning supplies will respond to the area. Cleaning supplies will be available as supplies last. Additionally, one feeding unit will deploy to the north portion of Plaqemines parish on Wednesday. The unit will rove the Parish as well as serve at the staging area for residents returning to collect their belongings.

Pastoral care teams are also available to pray and counsel with residents overwhelmed by the effects of Hurricane Isaac.

The following is a list of the mobile feeding sites and their current locations. This list is subject to change.

Louisiana

LaPlace, LA (2 Units and cleaning supplies while they last)
Airline Drive
Home Depot

Oakville Mission Baptist Church
11280 HWY 23
Belle Chasse

The Salvation Army
7361 Airline Highway
Baton Rouge, LA 70895

*Head of Island
Highway 42 & Highway 16
Maurepas, LA

*Highway 190 & Highway 43
Albany, LA

*Highway 22
Killian Town Hall

For more information regarding The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Service program please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the 2012 Hurricane Season to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text* messaging the word “Storm” to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word,“Yes.”

Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Season” on all checks.

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 128 years in the United States. Nearly 29 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

Hurricane Isaac Canteen Operations for 9/5

Canteen Dispositions for 9/5/2012

New Orleans, LA (September 5, 2012)—The Salvation Army will increase the number of feeding sites in Laplace on Wednesday. Four units and a truck with cleaning supplies will respond to the area. Cleaning supplies will be available as supplies last. Additionally, one feeding unit will deploy to the north portion of Plaqemines parish on Wednesday. The unit will rove the Parish as well as serve at the staging area for residents returning to collect their belongings.

Pastoral care teams are also available to pray and counsel with residents overwhelmed by the effects of Hurricane Isaac.

The following is a list of the mobile feeding sites and their current locations. This list is subject to change.

Louisiana

LaPlace, LA (3 Units and cleaning supplies while they last)
Airline Drive
Home Depot

St. Bernard Parish
Lafitte – Roving

LaPlace
Ascension of Our Lord Church
799 Fairway Drive

Plaquemines Parish
Roving

The Salvation Army
7361 Airline Highway
Baton Rouge, LA 70895

*Gardere Lane
Ball Park
Baton Rouge, LA

*Head of Island
Highway 42 & Highway 16
Maurepas, LA

*Highway 190 & Highway 43
Albany, LA

*Highway 42
Killian Town Hall

Lamar Dixon Expo
Gonzales, LA

Colyell Baptist Church
Highway 42
Livingston, LA

*Highway 42 & Satsuma Road
Livingston, LA

Mississippi Gulf Coast

Jourdin Shores Estates
At the Club House
6383 Pontiac Dr
Kiln, MS

Oak Harbor Subdivision
Pearlington, MS

First Pentecostal Church
123 Kendrick Lane
Picayune, MS

For more information regarding The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Service program please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the 2012 Hurricane Season to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text* messaging the word “Storm” to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word,“Yes.”

Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Season” on all checks.

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 128 years in the United States. Nearly 29 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

Hurricane Isaac Canteen Operations for 9/4


Canteen Dispositions for 9/4/2012

New Orleans, LA (September 4, 2012)—The following is a list of the mobile feeding sites and their current locations. This list is subject to change.

Louisiana

LaPlace, LA (2 Units)
Airline Drive
Home Depot

St. Bernard Parish
Violet

Jefferson Parish (2 Units)
Celebration Church
2001 Airline Highway

Slidell, LA
Bayou Liberty and Palm Drive

Killian, LA
Colyell Baptist Church

Head of Island, LA
Intersection of Highway 16 and Route 22

Killian, LA
Killian Town Hall
27378 Highway 43

Gonzales, LA
Lamar Dixon Center

Killian, LA
Bethlehem Church
Highway 43

East Baton Rouge
7361 Airline Hwy
Albany, LA
Intersection of Highway 43 and Highway 190

Mississippi Gulf Coast

Jourdan Shores Estates—Ice and clean up kits as well as food to this location as well

At the Club House
6383 Pontiac Dr
Kiln, MS

Shoreline Park
Roving

Pearlington Fire Department
16006 Washington Street
Pearlington, MS

West Chester Subdivision
North Beech Street
Picayune, MS

The Salvation Army Jackson County Shelter
3217 Nathan Hale Avenue
Pascagoula, MS

For more information regarding The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Service program please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org
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The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the 2012 Hurricane Season to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text* messaging the word “Storm” to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word,“Yes.”

Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Season” on all checks.

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 128 years in the United States. Nearly 29 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

Salvation Army Begins Service Deployment in Gulf Coast Communities

Alexandria, VA (August 29, 2012)—As Tropical Storm Isaac slowly moves northward through Louisiana, Salvation Army personnel are in the early stages of deployment efforts throughout impacted regions along the Gulf Coast. The storm, which made landfall as a hurricane last night, has already caused significant flooding throughout the region including in Plaquemines Parish, about 50 miles southeast of New Orleans. The Salvation Army has been providing food and hydration to residents of Florida and will begin deployment of mobile kitchens along the Gulf Coast today.

The Salvation Army currently has 60 personnel, 24 mobile feeding units, and a fully equipped 54-foot field kitchen stationed along the coast in Hattiesburg, MS; Baton Rouge, LA and Gulfport, MS – all staged for quick response. In Gulfport, The Salvation Army deployed a mobile kitchen to a shelter at West Harrison High School to provide food to survivors there. These units have a combined feeding capacity of more than 31,000 meals per day.

“With the amount of rain and flooding that Tropical Storm Isaac has produced in Gulf Coast communities, we expect there to be a high level of need throughout the region,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations Secretary for The Salvation Army in the United States. “Our mobile kitchens and staff are strategically positioned and already beginning to move into impacted regions.”

In coastal communities, The Salvation Army is also seeing an increase of homeless people in the area looking for a safe place to sleep due to Isaac. In New Orleans, Pascagoula, MS and Mobile, AL, Salvation Army homeless shelters are filled to maximum capacity. For many of the homeless, the threat of Isaac brings with it memories of previous storms, including Hurricane Katrina.

For the homeless filling shelters and other community members in need of support, The Salvation Army has personnel onsite, trained to provide spiritual and emotional care on the front lines during and after the storm. The Salvation Army’s ministry of presence provides compassionate care to residents looking for hope in the midst of turmoil. Pastoral care is available for all those impacted, but is not a prerequisite for receiving assistance.

“During a hurricane or other disaster, residents are often looking for someone to talk to or even a shoulder to cry on,” said Major Hood. “We know that our role is not only to meet the needs of the individual physically, but also the emotional and spiritual needs that can come with stressful times.”

Through combined efforts in the state of Florida, The Salvation Army has already provided 560 instances of spiritual and emotional care, as well as 3,000 meals, 20,000 drinks, 4,000 snacks and 8,000 cases of bottled water. The Salvation Army has a mobile kitchen and truck unit providing material, emotional, and spiritual assistance to survivors in West Palm Beach.

Additionally, two mobile feeding are providing hot meals and cold bottled water in the Wellington and Lake Worth communities after Isaac left the areas with flooding and power outages. The Salvation Army is also supporting first responders and survivors with hydration in downtown Tampa and surrounding areas.

In addition to food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care, The Salvation Army is also prepared to provide:
• Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
• Hygiene kits
• Shower units
• First-aid supplies
• Communications support

The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in the storm’s path to prepare an emergency supply kit and stay informed of all warnings and evacuation orders. Disaster response professionals recommend having a three to five day supply of food and water for each member of your family as well as flashlights, medication and battery powered radios.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by this disaster to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.” Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Relief” on all checks.

At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation and response to Tropical Storm Isaac, please visit http://blog.salvationarmyusa.org, www.facebook.com/salvationarmyusa or www.twitter.com/salvationarmyus.

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

Family, Friends and Salvationists Give Thanks for Life and Influence of Commissioner Helen Clifton

London, England – The service of thanksgiving for Commissioner Helen Clifton, held in the assembly hall at William Booth College, London, UK, was a fitting tribute to a woman of God. Countless examples were given of how she did so much for others throughout her Salvation Army officership, from early days as a corps officer through to her last appointment as World President of Women’s Ministries, supporting her husband, General Shaw Clifton (now retired). The congregation of family, friends and Salvationists filled the newly refurbished assembly hall.

Following a presentation showing snapshots of the commissioner’s life, and the entry of The Salvation Army flag adorned with white ribbons, the Chief of the Staff (Commissioner Barry C. Swanson) took the lead of the meeting, saying: “We meet to remember the life and influence of Commissioner Helen Clifton. We are not the same for having met her.”

The Chief acknowledged the presence of General John Larsson (Retired), former world presidents of women’s ministries Commissioner Freda Larsson and Commissioner Gisèle Gowans, and former Chief of the Staff Commissioner Robin Dunster. He then led the large congregation in a song before Captain Lynne Clifton (Commissioner Clifton’s daughter-in-law) and Cadet Naomi Shakespeare (soon to be daughter-in-law) prayed.

“Thank you for Commissioner Helen’s life of dedicated service,” prayed Captain Clifton. “Thank you that she’s safe and at peace in your everlasting arms.” Cadet Shakespeare gave thanks that Commissioner Helen lived all of her life for God, and asked that he would teach all present to do the same.

Captain Marcus Collings (son-in-law) read from Hebrews 13 and Bromley Temple Songsters sang ‘It Is Well With My Soul’ before Commissioner Sue Swanson (World President of Women’s Ministries) read a tribute from General Linda Bond. The General said that all her life Commissioner Helen Clifton had responded to God’s call. “We thank God for her beautiful, powerful life,” wrote the General. “She was a catalyst for change, a woman of prayer.”

Commissioner Helen’s three children each paid his or her own tribute. Captain Matt Clifton drew comparisons between his mother and ‘Solomon’s perfect woman’ of Proverbs 31. He told how, despite her busy schedule, she visited her sick grandson in hospital every day and would sometimes arrive at their home – 60 miles from London – to do their ironing before heading into the office. She empowered others, for example providing women in Pakistan with English language lessons, the captain said, and taught him much about marriage in the way she and his father cared for each other.

Captain Jenny Collings spoke of her mother’s wisdom, beauty and gentle yet determined nature. “She always encouraged me to be myself and empowered me to find my wings.” However, the greatest impact, she said, was seeing her mother caring for others in practical ways while also caring for her own family.

“I don’t understand why this [the commissioner being promoted to Glory] has happened,” she continued, “but because of the timing many more people are observing her life – and God has been glorified. What an adventure she had and is still living … We haven’t lost her; we know where she is.”

Cadet John Clifton said that over the next few weeks his mother will continue to inspire him as some of the most important occasions of his life take place. The following day he would sign his officer’s covenant, then on the weekend he would be commissioned as a Salvation Army officer, and two weeks later he would be married.

As an officer, he said, he will remember her involvement in people’s lives, her successful quiet protest against ‘adult’ advertising in the local newspaper and her actions in Jesus’ name for the liberation of the oppressed. In his first corps appointment he will remember how she adapted to every situation, whether that meant taking an interest in local sport in the UK or trying to learn the Urdu language in Pakistan. When he marries he will remember her example as a spouse and a parent, and how his parents “loved each other even when things were tough.”

“She will be missed but she will provide inspiration,” he concluded. “We hope you are inspired by her story, as we are.”

Enfield Citadel Band played ‘Song of the Eternal’ before Commissioner Sue Swanson brought verses from Revelation and the Chief of the Staff gave the Bible message. Not only had a classic girl-meets-boy love story been remembered during the service, he told the congregation, but another love story as well – that of God’s deep love for humankind. “No matter how we feel, we are never alone,” said the Chief. “God has not abandoned us.”

He concluded with a challenge for those present to think about what they are doing with the life God has given them: “Perfection has come for Commissioner Helen; the divine love story is complete for her … We celebrate eternal life for her.”

Major Brian Slinn (corps officer, Bromley, where the Cliftons were soldiers) offered prayer and a benediction, asking God that the memories of Commissioner Helen Clifton would remain precious and that her example would encourage others to follow him the way she did.

Earlier in the day the chapel at Beckenham Crematorium was full to overflowing with people wishing to pay their respects to Commissioner Clifton. Officers, Salvationists and friends representing Salvation Army work all over the world united in their deep appreciation of the commissioner’s life and influence.

Majors Brian and Liv Slinn offered prayers and readings, thanking God for the selfless ministry of the commissioner and asking him to strengthen and support her loved ones. Psalms 23 and 24 were shared; pointing to the love and sovereignty of the Heavenly Father whom Commissioner Helen Clifton knew and served over many decades.

Report by Major Leanne Ruthven with contribution from Major Stephen Poxon