One Step at a Time
The Eastern Territory Mobilizes
The USA Eastern Territory has manufactured and will distribute 25,000 pocket–sized “The Whole World Mobilizing” (TWWM) flags to commemorate the campaign and to motivate soldiers to make their presence felt in local communities.
Throughout this year, Salvationists will pass along a full–sized flag that corps leaders will share as it travels throughout the territory, as would an Olympic torch. The flag will serve as a symbol of the campaign’s intent to inspire soldiers to march.
It is anticipated that soldiers in every corps will do something to proclaim God’s love and to capture the attention and the imagination of people in their respective neighborhoods. Already, Salvationists have gone from door to door, and from town to town to visit people, to share small gifts, and to pray.
In May, corps from all over the territory held a TWWM Children & Youth Weekend. The international hashtag #GoMoCY and the territorial hashtag #GoMoCYUSAEast connected participants via the internet. Booth Youth also posted messages on www.saconnects.org.
Empire State Division
In the Empire State Division, some corps leaders have planned evangelistic campaigns. In Olean, N.Y., on Good Friday, the corps members held a “Soup, Soap, and Salvation” event. They dispensed about 100 copies of The Wordless Book (the salvation story), packages of soup, and small bars of soap, said Envoy Anna Hawkins.
The Niagara Falls, N.Y., Corps has used the “His Pins” archery classes to draw people to several corps events, including “The Whole World Mobilizing” prayer night. Captains Stephen and Delia Carroll have planned “Street Teams,” and a BBQ Bible Study/VBS that will happen in the corps parking lot. Attendees will enjoy free dinners, fellowship, activities for kids, and, of course, Bible lessons.
The Schenectady, N.Y., Corps offered a different activity every day, from prayer meetings on Fridays to a senior soldier enrollments on Sundays.
In March, the Geneva, N.Y., Corps held a prayer walk. In the future, the corps will start a “Family Fun Night.” The event will offer activities, food, family fellowship, and a program presented by the youth of the corps.
In May, 27 corps members introduced themselves to the surrounding Cortland, N.Y., business community by going from store to store along Main Street. The corps is also hosting a community carnival in July that will offer games, food, and giant inflatables.
Greater New York Division
In the Greater New York Division, corps officers launched its campaign in January. In March, a weekend was set aside to motivate and energize young people. The division has also asked each corps to commit to pray as a congregation for the campaign effort. This year, the theme for Family Camp is “Go Forward.”
On Palm Sunday, members of the Manhattan Citadel Corps in Harlem marched from 125th Street and 3rd Avenue to the Harlem Temple Corps on 138th and Malcolm X Blvd (Lenox Avenue). They prominently displayed The Salvation Army flag on the beautiful spring day. Backed up by a brass band, people waved palm branches, carried balloons, shared tracts, and held conversations with onlookers. At the open–air meeting in front of Harlem Temple, a man said, “This reminds me of when I was a drug addict on the street and the Salvation Army ARC took me in, and—saved my life.”
The Queens (Temple), N.Y., Corps is holding Friday night meetings with the Bronx (Tremont), N.Y., Corps.
Almost all of the corps in the Massachusetts Division have plans for the campaign, including a junior soldiers’ rally. Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) units will play a huge role. Several corps have held prayer walks. The Boston Central Corps has implemented an aggressive door–to–door evangelism ministry. The Attleboro Corps distributes doughnuts at a train station, and the New Bedford Corps uses its canteen (mobile food truck) ministry in communities.
Northeast Ohio Division
The NEOSA Division’s canteen ministry is providing snacks, water, coffee, hot chocolate, and the gospel message. Participation by the Salvation Army Volunteer Empowerment (SAVE), a young mothers’ fellowship, tent meetings, and ministry to seniors are planned. Door–to–door evangelism, parades, prayer walks, open–air meetings, a neighborhood walk, and outdoor prayer meetings are also on the drawing board.
During the March 24–26 Weekend for Youth and Children, the Toledo (Temple), Ohio, Corps, the Toledo ARC, and cadets from the College for Officer Training (CFOT) engaged in many outreach events, including a prayer walk. They also distributed food and candy bars at nearby housing complexes and visited 227 homes. A canteen distributed 154 meals of hot dogs, chips, and drinks.
New Jersey Division
The New Jersey Division started its campaign with a day of prayer and fasting. A committee will track plans, which include sports events, parades, open–air meetings, missional one–on–one conversations, and other outdoor events.
Northern New England Division
The Northern New England (NNE) Division kicked things off at its Soldier Summit in March and brainstormed ideas for the year. In August, at least seven corps will be involved in SoulFest, an outdoor music concert. In addition to a soldiers summit kids council, each corps congregation is encouraged to do something outside their buildings in addition to their normal programs.
Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands Division
The Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands Division started its campaign with 40 days of prayer in January and February. In San Juan, The Salvation Army partnered with the Franklin Graham campaign in February, and the New York Staff Band ministered there that same month. The division also plans to mobilize with territorial evangelists, music and arts practitioners, children, and social service professionals.
Southern New England
Southern New England (SNE) made the campaign the focus of its officers’ councils as early as last year. In March, corps in Rhode Island conducted various outreach efforts during the visit of the Eastern Territorial Songsters. The Hartford (Citadel), Conn., Corps will hold prayer walks. The Waterbury, Conn., Corps will visit all the homes within a half–mile radius of its building.
Southwest Ohio & Northeast Kentucky Division
In the Southwest Ohio & Northeast Kentucky Division (SWONEKY), the Cincinnati Social Ministries Department held several outdoor activities such as distributing scarves, offering free haircuts and clothing, and delivering lunches to homeless people. The Columbus Citadel Corps members conducted an outdoor Sunday school and marched through the community. Each corps set a goal to hold a half night of prayer and to reach communities with block parties, summer feeding programs, open–air meetings, concerts in the park, nursing home ministries, and free giveaways in parking lots.
Eastern Pennsylvania & Delaware Divison
The young people of the Philadelphia, Pa., Tabernacle Corps have prayed with people and distributed food in the community, according to Captain Miguel Robinson.
Western Pennsylvania Division
Last October, leaders of the Western Pennsylvania Division (WEPASA) discussed campaign plans at officers’ councils. They asked each corps to make the campaign an integral part of their outreach. A committee will plan, aid, and implement these ideas. Support and Learning Teams (SALT) are expected to be a vital link. In May, the division held a “Mobilization Tour” during National Salvation Army Week. Divisional leaders visited all 38 corps—in a week.
Major David Rhodes, the divisional youth secretary in Western Pennsylvania, said a canteen and a few vehicles visited all 38 corps in the division.
“God just gave me a vision that we needed to get out in the division and see what’s going on and this was the perfect opportunity,” Rhodes said. “It’s been a blessing to just get out and see people and get them interested in what the Army is doing.
“It varies from day to day what we do. At some corps, we’ve done open– air meetings. At others, we’ve passed out doughnuts and coffee in the morning to commuters. We also held a block party. It’s been great to see all the ideas the corps officers have.”
Captain David Means in Bradford, Pa., said his corps is working on a street ministry team that will be involved in Bradford’s local fairs and festivals.
“We are looking at giving out bottles of water to encourage the community to pick up one of our bottles rather than a beer bottle,” he said. “We also are going to sell some food from a grill and pitch a prayer tent.”
“We’re going to train our people to reach folks during the festival. Our hope isn’t just to have people come on a Sunday, but rather to get them saved—on the street.”