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Strong faith

Maye_Warren_2015We’re excited about the stories in process for SAConnects magazine.

In our Jan./Feb. issue, you’ll read how Captain Antonio Rosamilia, Manhattan Citadel corps officer, and Lieutenant Paula Aguilera, assistant corps officer, are using the game of basketball to bring rival street gang members together. Says writer Robert Mitchell, “The program has tamped down the tensions between gangs in East Harlem.” You’ll see them playing and praying on the court. And you’ll hear what they are saying—on the street.

Keri L. Shay, our new staff photographer, dramatically depicts these amazing moments (she also shot this issue’s Christmas cover photo). And in March, you’ll see more of Shay’s compelling photos, taken as part of our emphasis on Salvation Army World Services.

Joe Pritchard, director of media for the Communications Department, traveled with Shay and Alyssa Keeling, videographer, to Chennai, India, to capture images and video to support the Salvation Army World Services Organization (SAWSO) and our own territory’s World Services Tool Kit.

They saw firsthand the work that the Army does for struggling Christians. “It breaks your heart to see the pain that these people go through, but truly wonderful to see how strong their faith is,” says Pritchard. These stories and more are in store for you.

Until then, Merry Christmas and may the joy of the Lord be your strength!

— Warren L. Maye
Editor in Chief

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