The Salvation Army Responding to New Years Eve Storms

Jackson, Mississippi – The Salvation Army of Metro Jackson, Miss. is responding to multiple tornado touchdowns across much of central Mississippi.  Beginning around 5:00 P.M. a strong super cell thunderstorm began dropping severe weather on a line stretching across the state striking the metro Jackson, Mississippi area.

One mobile feeding unit from The Salvation Army of Metro Jackson has been deployed to provide mass feeding, hydration, and pastoral care to Byram, Miss south of Jackson. The unit will be staged at the Command Post at the corner of Terry Road and Siwell Road.

A second mobile feeding unit is responding to the suburb of Pearl, Miss. just east of Jackson. Early reports indicate severe damage and power outages, as well as the roof of a movie theater being ripped off.

With widespread damage and power outages coupled with the continuing severe weather throughout the evening, The Salvation Army’s Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division has placed all disaster units on alert for possible response. All units in the three states are prepared to respond as needed throughout the evening.

“The New Year will find The Salvation Army providing care and compassion to Mississippi residents just as we did in 2010. We will continue to provide an act of God in serving the residents of Central Mississippi,” stated Captain Ken Chapman of The Salvation Army in Jackson. “Our hope is that through the love of Christ the emotional and physical scars can begin to heal.”

Donations are always needed to offset the costs of services to storm victims. Please visit www.salvationarmyalm.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to donate. All donations for disaster services will be used for the designated purpose.  For additional updates please follow us at www.twitter.com/salarmyalm.

Three Salvation Army Commands In Africa To Be Upgraded To Territories

London, England – General Shaw Clifton has announced that The Salvation Army’s Malawi, Mozambique and Uganda Commands are each to be upgraded to territory status from 1 March 2011.

Malawi

The Salvation Army ‘opened fire’ in Malawi in 1967, from the then Rhodesia Territory, but it was not until October 1973 that it gained government recognition. The work in Malawi remained a part of that territory (later renamed the Zimbabwe and Malawi Territory) until 1988 when it became a region of the Zambia Command, leading to the upgrading of that command to the Zambia and Malawi Territory.

Under God’s blessing the Army’s work grew in Malawi and in October 2002 it became a region in its own right, directly accountable to International Headquarters. Less than 18 months later, in February 2004, Malawi attained command status and the work continued to flourish.

With nearly 8,000 senior soldiers, more than 1,000 junior soldiers, 71 active officers, 35 corps, 13 outposts and 57 recent new openings, there is every reason to believe that God is going to lead his Army to achieve even greater things in the coming days, and thus territorial status has been granted by the General.

The General invites Salvationists everywhere to pray for God’s continued blessing on the Army’s ministry in this beautiful African country, and upon each officer and soldier.

Mozambique

It is almost 100 years since the Army’s work was first pioneered in Mozambique – by converts returning to the country from South Africa in 1916. The early endeavors of Salvationists met with severe persecution from all directions, including other churches and the government, but they persevered against the odds.

It was not until 1986 that The Salvation Army received official government recognition and it was possible to appoint the first officers to take command of the work. Growth was rapid and strong after this last hurdle had been overcome, and the work moved on apace, under the supervision of the Southern Africa Territory, until 2008 when it was granted command status in its own right and command leaders were appointed to guide and direct the developing work.

While not as large as some other expressions of Army ministry on the African continent, there is every reason to anticipate a continuing forward move in Mozambique, as new people are won for the Lord and new expressions of ministry develop.

A team of 52 officers leads the work in 40 corps, 60 outposts and four daycare centres, assisted and supported by almost 4,000 senior soldiers and more than 1,000 junior soldiers.

The General invites Salvationists around the world to join in praise to God for this development, and to pray that his continued blessing shall be upon everyone involved in the growing ministry of The Salvation Army in Mozambique.

Uganda

Salvation Army work in Uganda commenced in 1931, as an outreach of what was then the East Africa Territory. The Army’s ministry became well established and continued to be productive for more than 40 years. Under the regime of President Idi Amin, however, The Salvation Army’s religious teaching was banned in 1977, and in 1978 the ban extended to include its social work, and so the Army was unable to operate at all for the next three years.

The work was re-established in 1980, against a background of ongoing persecution, and growth continued to be slow. Nevertheless, there was growth, and in 2005 the work in Uganda was separated from the East Africa Territory and recognised as a command in its own right.

The decision to acknowledge Uganda as a command provided the impetus for renewed growth, which continues to the present time. Uganda currently has more than 7,000 senior soldiers (with more than 1,800 converts, adherents and recruits, many of whom are moving towards soldiership), almost 7,000 junior soldiers, 75 corps, 60 officers and 24 cadets in training.

There is every reason to be confident that the Army’s work in the Uganda Territory will continue to grow, and the General asks Salvationists all over the world to pray for the Uganda Territory, its leaders, officers and soldiers.

A Gift of Love

Growing up in Waco, Texas, Rita Arnold* can remember how tough life was for her family. As a child, she can recall hearing her tearful mother pray that God would send food for their family. During one particular Christmas, the hard-working family was struggling to make ends meet and did not have enough food to make it through the holidays.

Her mother’s desperate prayers were answered on a late December morning by a knock at the door. Someone had passed their names on to The Salvation Army, who delivered a basket filled with food and toys. Mrs. Arnold says, “It was incredible to think that someone cared enough about our family to help us in that way.” The basket provided food for the holidays and toys for each of the six children. Mrs. Arnold, who was 4 years old at the time, remembers receiving a doll on Christmas morning. “I named him Timmy, and he was my favorite toy and really made my Christmas that year,” she says.

Many years later, while living in Houston, Mrs. Arnold decided it was time to do some spring cleaning. She cleaned out her closets and garage and filled several bags, which were placed outside ready for the next day’s trash collection. “Timmy,” the doll she had received as a child from The Salvation Army, was one of the items to be thrown away. That night, she tossed and turned in bed and couldn’t sleep. Eventually, she got out of bed in the middle of the night, went outside and retrieved the doll from the trash. “I just couldn’t throw Timmy away,” she says, “Timmy represented God’s love for me, which was shown to me as a child through The Salvation Army.”

Now a pastor of a church in Waco, along with her husband of 38 years, Mrs. Arnold still treasures Timmy and has told the story to her 14 grandchildren about the time The Salvation Army reached out and helped her family at Christmas. “I was recently talking to my sister and we were joking that Timmy is now 50 years old! He may have only one leg and have lost an eye along the way, but Timmy reminds me and my family of the love that was shown to us by The Salvation Army at our time of need,” she says.

Mrs. Arnold concludes, “People need to realize that no matter how difficult their circumstances in life may seem today, there is always a hope and future for them and that God loves them.”
Timmy The Doll

Major George Hood Appears on NPR

Here is an interview between NPR’s Diane Rehm and The Salvation Army’s National CRD Secretary, Major George Hood, conducted this morning.  The two discussed trends in giving this holiday season.

http://thedianerehmshow.org/audio-player?nid=13508

2011 High Council Website Established

The Salvation Army International Headquarters has established a website page at the following address for the 2011 High Council.

If you click on the link below it will take you to the web page. Once there you will find links to various items relevant to the High Council. This will be constantly updated as the High Council commences and progresses.

www.salvationarmy.org/highcouncil2011

Front Page — Every Life Is Meant To Shine

Video: Things Found In Red Kettles

Did you miss the story about unusual things found in red kettles on the NBC 5 news last Friday night? If so, see it here ….

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local-beat/See_What_s_on_the_Salvation_Army_s_Donation_Wall_of_Fame_Dallas-Fort_Worth-111714064.html

Salvation Army in Haiti Responds to Cholera Outbreak

(Haiti) The Salvation Army is taking steps to protect people from the cholera epidemic in Haiti that so far has led to 2,000 people losing their lives. Clinics and hospitals throughout Haiti report people with the disease needing treatment. The Salvation Army’s Bethel Clinic in Fond-des-Negres set up a quarantine area for infected patients and additional support staff have been hired.

Other than at Bethel Clinic, The Salvation Army’s response has been prevention. Soap, disinfectant, oral rehydration packets, and antibiotics are being distributed through Salvation Army community centers. In the Port-au-Prince area these include the primary health clinic, the internally displaced persons camp next to the Salvation Army compound and at the College Verena primary and secondary schools. Outside Port-au-Prince the response is handled through 60 Salvation Army centers, including corps (churches) and schools.

Violence that erupted following disputed presidential elections is causing difficulties but Salvation Army staff are doing all they can to ensure vital supplies get to where they are most needed.

The prevention effort is being supported financially by The Salvation Army’s Canada and Bermuda Territory and a donor from the Bahamas.

Several students at The Salvation Army’s Rossignol School are reported to have died in the outbreak. A water treatment plant has been sent to Rossignol because the infection is mainly spread through contaminated water. The need for water treatment plants in all 49 Salvation Army-run schools in Haiti is being assessed.

To date, no cases of cholera have been reported in the camp managed by The Salvation Army in Port-au-Prince. Drinkable water and clean latrines are being provided in partnership with Concern Worldwide and Viva Rio, and every effort is being made to ensure the health and safety of the 13,000 people who still live in the camp.

Daily Cup Social Justice App

Version 1.0 of the app has launched and been well received by the public and media. We are excited to see its impact in the coming weeks and months.

To view the iPhone version please visit http://m.magmito.com/tsa/dailycup If you experience a blank app navigation screen due to high traffic or a bad connection, please restart the program. If the problem persists, please go to the settings tab, scroll down and select Safari, scroll down and click on ‘Clear History, Cache and Cookies,’ close the settings app, and then re-launch the app icon on your homescreen. Our app designers are currently working on a fix to streamline the experience for iPhone users.

Ashlyne Huff – All I Want For Christmas

I teamed up with the Salvation Army and was lucky enough to record my version of Mariah Carey’s classic, “All I Want for Christmas.” We had a blast putting this together and hope you enjoy it!

Please help me in supporting the Salvation Army and their Red Kettle Campaign to raise money for those who are in need so everyone can have a happy holiday. Text GIVE to 85944 to donate $10.

Thank you so much and happy holidays!

(Directed by Matt Alonzo/Skee.TV)