Meeting the Covid-19 Challenge

Hamburg, PA – March 26: Inge Williams of Shoemakersville takes information from the cars driving through for pick up as the Hamburg Salvation Army distributed packages of food during the coronavirus outbreak with the help of Helping Harvest Thursday March 26, 2020 in the parking lot of the Salvation Army store in Hamburg, PA.(Photo by Lauren A. Little/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)

 

Inge Williams of Shoemakersville, Pa., takes information from motorists as they drive through a food pick–up point in Hamburg, Pa. She is in the parking lot of a Salvation Army thrift store. The Army distributed packages of food there during the Coronavirus outbreak with the assistance of Helping Harvest, a food bank based in Reading, Pa. The Army, in partnership with such agencies, is continuously adapting its outreach strategy to respond effectively and compassionately to human need without discrimination in response to this global emergency. 

a call to: rebuild, restore, renew

“They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations,” Isaiah 61:4. —The Prophet Isaiah predicted that God’s people would finally rise up and become what they were always meant to be—ministers of His grace to all the world.

For more photos and stories related to this recent event “Candidates Seminar 2020” go to: saconnects.org/candidates-seminar-2020-weekend-wrap-up

Have a heart

February is National Cancer Prevention Month. Members of the Women’s Ministry at the New York Temple Corps in Manhattan make heart–shaped pillows for recovering breast cancer patients at local hospitals, including the Mount Sinai Dubin Breast Cancer Center near the corps. Patients tuck the pillows under their arm after breast or node surgery. The pillows hold special meaning for Anita Mohammed, who leads the Women’s Ministry. Her sister, Arlene, died from cancer a few years ago. Anita herself had a non–cancerous tumor removed from her breast at Mount Sinai. “I know how uncomfortable that is after breast surgery,” Anita says. “I actually bought a sewing machine so I could do some more sewing.”

To see a video of the pillow–making project and to read the inspiring story of Anita Mohammed who began the effort, see Living a Legacy.

The Toy Shop

 

Cincinnati, OH A diversity of dolls, more than 700 of them; 900 dressed bears; handmade quilts; and knitted hats and scarves found their destinies in the hands of children of the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area thanks to The Toy Shop Auxiliary’s distribution centers. The 63rd annual fundraising event in November also offered 5,000 books selected for their content, quality, and age appropriateness by the women who shop diligently all year.

A monument to homelessness

Flesh and blood formed this creation. Its apparent veneer belies the human frailty hidden beneath the snow–covered hat and blanket. This homeless man sits in the midst of a storm that is both literal and figurative.

Will he survive the night? Or will his life end here, as did the person burned to death in Los Angeles or the four men bludgeoned to death in Chinatown, N.Y. or the man who froze to death in Buffalo, N.Y.?

The Salvation Army strives to make sure such people actually survive, rise up, and live. “You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house…” (1 Peter 2:5).

When all seems lost ...

…the Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services personnel offer a ministry of presence that includes practical, emotional, and spiritual care to survivors of both natural and man–made disasters. The Army’s commitment to such people in recovery lasts for the long–term, thanks to the efforts of dedicated volunteers, employees, donors, and uniformed officers. Shown is a mobile feeding unit assisting Ohio residents in the aftermath of a recent tornado.

Face–to–face evangelism!

Old Orchard Beach, Maine—Create a spectacle and the people will come! The Salvation Army sets a stage for the evangelism of hundreds of visitors to this summer vacation destination. From the Pier to the Army’s convertible platform, singers, dancers, aerial artists, instrumentalists, and illusionists offer a dazzling array of performances designed to arrest the attention and lift the spirit. Uniformed Salvationists mingle with passersby, seeking opportunities to start a conversation that will hopefully lead to a spiritual transformation in someone’s heart and mind.

Get excited for this year’s Old Orchard Beach camp meetings at saconnects.org/oob-2019-introduction

A New Day Rising!

The Salvation Army’s New Day Drop–In Center in the Kensington section of Philadelphia looms large above a XXX video store next door. The neighborhood is known for drugs and commercial sex exploitation. During the day at the Center, human trafficking survivors can find help with case management, court accompaniment, group meetings, Bible study, and housing. The Center’s staff see 80 to 120 women daily—a significant increase from previous years. On Thursday nights, women can also find refuge at the Center. 

Standing as Community

At the corner of 137th Street and Malcolm X Blvd., members of the Salvation Army’s Manhattan Citadel and Harlem Temple Corps gather, march, and minister in music. They’re accompanied by the New York Police Department’s Police Band. Community residents, who eagerly anticipate the opening of the Army’s new senior apartment building on 125th Street and Third Avenue, also join in the festivities.

Biblical history

The Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., documents the narrative, history, and impact of the Bible. Opened on November 17, 2017, its 430,000 sq.–ft. building showcases artifacts that span 3,500 years of amazing theologic, geographic, and technologic milestones.

At the academic research wing of the Museum, the Scholars Initiative fosters biblical research at colleges, universities, and seminaries across the world. Museum personnel help plan and support academic projects related to the languages and material culture of the Bible, and capitalize on artifacts in the Museum Collections.

Farewell!

General Evangeline Booth

New York City, 1934—Evangeline Booth makes her farewell appearance at Madison Square Garden to a capacity crowd. She then went on to London and became the fourth General of the international Salvation Army and the first woman to hold that post in the Army’s history. Booth, who was the daughter of founders Catherine and William Booth, traveled the world and was called “The Musician General.” The Army grew extensively during her administration, which concluded in 1939. She was promoted to Glory in 1950 at age 84. Seated on the platform among many other notables, are Helen Keller (author and the first deaf/blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree), Salvationists Joe the Turk (Armenian–born evangelist, preacher, and activist), and Tom Ferguson (Jamaican–born songwriter, musician, and poet).

Sowing Seeds

Genovese sweet basil seeds  bloom in a high–tech indoor farm operated by the Akron (Citadel), Ohio, Corps. Akron public school children, as well as kids from the corps, care for the plants and learn about hydroponic farming. “We’re really committed to ending this cycle of intergenerational poverty through education,” said Marian Calvin, director of development for the corps. (For more information, see Farmers of the Future in the September 2018 issue of SAconnects magazine.)

Want to develop your green thumb? Plant a garden!

Even in February, when soil is still too wet and cold in most parts of the country, you can plant seeds indoors and jump–start your garden. Some of the easiest projects are broccoli, lettuce, and tomatoes. You can also start many flowers indoors.

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