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Jan. 16, 2008

Comm. Feener | Maj. Satterlee | Maj. Duracher | Maj. Corbitt | Mr. Priest

Growing the
Sunday school
in Tupelo, Miss.

By Major Frank Duracher
Southern Spirit staff

W hen The Salvation Army is mentioned on a television news story in Tupelo, Miss., children of soldiers and shelter residents watching the program are now calling out, “That’s our church!"

“It doesn’t matter that the story may be about homeless people being fed in our shelter, or toys and gifts being
distributed at Christmas, or that it has very little to do with our traditional corps spiritual services – they see our corps now as their church and they wonder why they are not here every time the doors open,” said Major Sue Dorman, Tupelo corps officer.

That, Dorman said, is one of the evidences that relationships being forged in the corps are leading to
children and their parents becoming involved and hopefully discipled to take an active role in the Army’s mission.

Visitation is an important reason why whole families are coming and choosing to stay and become part of the corps family, according to Dorman. Visitation is stressed as not just “the corps officer’s job” but the responsibility of the corps’ Sunday school and program leaders.

“Our Sunday school teachers take note of who is absent on Sunday morning, and by late Sunday afternoon, they will at least make a phone call and later that week, if possible, pay the family a visit,” Dorman explained.

Dorman completes her pastoral visitation on Saturday afternoons, finishing the process of checking on families during the week that are experiencing sickness or other

"People are involved in the program, especially the young
folks," Dorman said of the worship conducted on Sunday mornings and during the week.

"Seeing the young people being involved tells me that we're doing something right in our outreach," she said.

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Dakota Lucas holds the boys’ offering plate for World Services collection at the conclusion of Sunday school preliminaries in Tupelo, Miss.
Q & A: TSM
Kathy Tedford

Savings and
literacy in

What’s ahead for 2008: stewardship

TEC News Update:

South to maintain focus on prayer

The Territorial Executive Council composed of territorial and divisional leaders spent three days at its January meeting focused on The Salvation Army at prayer. The agenda for the entire conference was the priority of prayer in the life of the believer.

“The presence of the Holy Spirit was evident as we were challenged by the Word of God and spent time with God in prayer,” said Commissioner Max Feener, territorial
commander. “Collectively we sought the will of God for the future direction of our territory, and the Holy Spirit led us to the unanimous conclusion that prayer must continue to be a
priority for the territory.”

The TEC resolved that:
• The Southern Territory is committed to prayer and keeping it central to all we do.
• We acknowledge that without prayer we are powerless and directionless.
• The 24/7 Year of Prayer has affirmed to us that prayer must remain at the forefront.
• We are convinced that prayer is absolutely vital to the spiritual life of the individual Salvationist, the spiritual vitality of every corps and institution and the fulfillment of the
mission to seek the salvation of the world.
• In order to fulfill our name and calling as The Salvation Army, we specifically commit to evangelistic prayer for the salvation of the lost.
• We call every corps and institution and corps council to develop an aggressive strategy to make prayer foundational to its life and ministry.

Tupelo continued:

One area of outreach is in the Red Shield Lodge, operated adjacent to the corps chapel. The residents are not required to attend, but they are invited and made to feel welcome when they do. About half of the 40-member Adult Bible class is from the shelter. A mixture of men and women attend the class, partly because of the engaging teaching style of Rev. David Getties.

"I love to come to this class," one shelter resident said. "Brother Getties draws us into the discussion and puts the Bible in everyday language."Anywhere from 50 to 100 homeless people are fed hot meals at the shelter every day, providing another vital service to the community and a fertile field to draw from for corps growth.

Marie Parker is a formerly homeless woman who entered the shelter in desperation, and found love and acceptance at the Tupelo Corps where she now works as one of Dorman's "lieutenants" (see related story).

"I know the heartache these people are going through," Parker said of people she works with in the shelter. "When Major Dorman comes along and shows some faith in us by asking us to do something - say in the neighborhood carnival we had not long ago - that means something."

The focus is on keeping connected with the youth and their families. Dorman and her local officers are committed to involving everyone in some way.

"The kids are sitting on the front row because they want to," Dorman observed. "Keeping them involved in the program is key to discipling youth."

Someone did exactly that for Dorman during her childhood in the Durham, N.C., Corps. "People like Annie Lee Hewitt, Majors Ray and Elizabeth Grider, and Lt. Colonels Jake and Patsy Tritton cared for me and saw something worthwhile in me," Dorman said.

"That's why I'm trying to do that here!"

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A broader scope of ministry

Kathy Tedford, currently serving as the territorial sergeant-major, has been a Salvationist since childhood. She grew up in the USA Eastern Territory and moved to the South just after marrying Tom about 36 years ago. They are both soldiers of the Tampa Corps, where Kathy served for a time as corps sergeant-major and for seven years has worked as corps ministries director. She also served as divisional sergeant-major for Florida. Major Frank Duracher of the Southern Spirit staff recently interviewed TSM Tedford to get her perspective as the top-ranking local officer in the USA Southern Territory.

SS: Were you surprised to be asked to serve as territorial sergeant-major?

KT: Absolutely. I grew up in a family that was very musically talented, but as a middle child, a lot of that talent kind of skipped over me. So I became the child that read Scripture a lot, and I didn't mind that, but I was never comfortable as a public speaker at that time.

God works in wonderful ways, and since coming to the South the Lord has placed me in positions where I've had to learn to do things I would never have done on my own. I'm humbled by the fact that they think I can fulfill this role, and I'm excited because I have a passion for trying to inspire soldiers to become spiritual leaders in their corps who are involved in the planning and execution of the Army's mission.

SS: What turning point in your life helped make you what you are today?

KT: I was so shy that I haven't attended any of my high school reunions because I reasoned: Why would I go? I didn't speak to anyone during my four years there. From high school, I went to nursing school and was trained as a cancer nurse at Emory University. I worked in that field for 30 years.

But I think what gave me confidence to speak in front of great crowds came when the American Cancer Society asked me to be a spokesperson. They invested money to send me to the University of Miami to develop public speaking skills. I became dedicated to this non-spiritual but worthwhile message to inform people about cancer and prevention. I soon reasoned that I could apply the same skills to work for the Lord.

I felt that my calling in life was in oncology - that was my ministry to people. But I also saw a need in my corps here in Tampa to reach out past our church walls. I wanted to do something for outreach and evangelism in our corps. I knew I had made the right decision from the start because within the first few weeks of working in this new position, I found myself ministering to two corps members who were in their last stages of cancer. I realized, suddenly, that God was not taking me out of nursing - He was instead broadening my scope of ministry.

SS: So working with cancer patients has a connection with your spiritual ministry?

KT: The same things that some people are going through, either from the loss of a loved one or a change in life-circumstances, are similar to struggles everyone endures in life. They all emit emotions and are many times very hard to deal with.

SS: You are only the second female territorial sergeant-major in the South. Does that present somewhat of a problem for you?

KT: Yes, in a way, but it's not really an issue. In some areas of society today, there is still some resistance to a woman being aggressive in order to get things done. After my first meeting with TSINC (Territorial Soldiers' Ideas, Needs and Concerns), someone said to me: "You're doing things differently!"

My answer was: "I'm really not, except that I just have a different style."

In the Army, women have always had a role in platform and leadership ministry. It is important for people to understand that women possess gifts that the Lord can use.

SS: What would you say to the soldiers of the Southern Territory?

KT: We need to be accountable. We need to look seriously at how soldiers are tithing - not just of money but of time and talents. We also need to consider the corps as the base from which they should be carrying out the Great Commission given to us by Jesus.

I also want to encourage soldiers to have a shepherding program in their corps that involves getting new people into their fellowship through small groups and relationships.

SS: What goals do you have as TSM?

KT: We now have a DSM in every division. The responsibility of that office is to meet regularly with DSINC and in many divisions, helping to conduct Divisional Local Officers Training seminars.

I'd like to offer guidelines on conducting DSINCs and how contributing to TSINCs can help local officers perform their tasks effectively.

I also want soldiers to practice and promote good stewardship, both in their personal lives and in the ministry of the Army.

SS: What encouragement do you offer for soldiers to promote the Four Territorial Priorities?

KT: The four priorities are not programs, but concepts. These are wonderful opportunities to grow our corps in areas that really matter, while at the same time making inroads into the community.

By looking at the priorities we are able to ask ourselves: What are we doing? Is it working? How successful are we? What more can we be doing?

The other thing to keep in mind is that what may work in one corps may or may not work in another. The priorities help soldiers take more ownership in their corps mission, and to keep our focus on what we should be doing, who we are serving, and why.

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Savings and literacy in Kenya

By Brooke Turbyfill
Southern Spirit staff

Raheli Paulo is from the village of Kamadufa, located in a remote area of Tanzania that lacks water, schools and health facilities. Paulo's Masai community consists primarily of nomadic herders, so when a drought hit the area recently, most of the men in the community became depressed. They turned to alcohol and immoral activities, leaving the Masai women to provide for the community.

In this traditional village, most women are illiterate and have little social or political power. But The Salvation Army and its partner, Pact, Inc., launched WORTH in 2006, and now the community landscape is changing.

WORTH is an innovative women's empowerment program through which women teach themselves to read and write, become skilled in record keeping, generate personal and group savings and create successful small businesses. Pact, Inc. started the program in Kenya in 2005, and it has grown to operate in upwards of six countries since. The Salvation Army implements the program in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda with hopes to expand it to Sri Lanka, Indonesia and India in the future.

The program is not like other microfinance initiatives in that it does not provide financial assistance to WORTH participants. Instead, women who choose to be in a WORTH group of about 15 to 25 members from their community, generate their own income. The WORTH curriculum helps them start a group savings account that grows over time.

Before the group gets underway, a mutually agreed upon savings amount is decided among the women, one of which acts as the facilitator. Then, each woman must contribute that mandatory savings amount each week.

A loan fund is generated from the group contributions (distributed into a three-lock box of which only a select few members know the combination). Then, the group can decide to loan amounts to women within the group to anyone outside the group who may approach them for a business loan. Women are taught how to evaluate business plan and thereby decide on the recipients of their loans. The interest on the loans is then divided among the savers in the group as dividends at the end of that loan cycle. So the more money a woman saves, the more dividends she earns. Since there is no external loan fund, the WORTH groups act as their own village bank and can manage their money as they see fit.

Besides the savings element of the WORTH program, there is a literacy component. The curriculum books that The Salvation Army distributes to each member of a group teach the women about investing and good business practices, but they also teach them how to read and write.

In addition to learning the valuable principles of business practice, savings, provision for their families and literacy, women in WORTH are gaining self esteem and self respect. Empowerment workers collect success stories generated through the WORTH program, and each WORTH meeting begins by recounting a success story. "Women have solved problems, and that is what we focus on," said Holly Christofferson, who oversees the WORTH programs from the SAWSO office at national headquarters in Alexandria, Va. "Every meeting starts on that footing - a success focus rather than a problem focus." This focus is empowering women to realize their potential and to help each other, their families and the less fortunate in their communities.

For example, Raheli Paulo is the chairperson for the Upendo group, and as she learned to read and write she noticed that the children in Kamadufa were being denied a basic human right - the opportunity for education. So Paulo started a preschool for the 32 children under the age of 5 in the village. Although Paulo started the WORTH program with only a fifth-grade education level, her desire to change her community led her to teach the children everything she learned about reading and writing from the WORTH curriculum book.

After hearing about the school, which met outside under a tree, a local non-government agency decided to fund the preschool and built a building where the children could learn. The Salvation Army is helping women like Paulo change their community and influence the next generation to
envision more for their own future.

In countries such as Malawi, India and Zambia, The Salvation Army has implemented other women's empowerment self-help programs and traditional microfinance programs. The Salvation Army in Malawi has teamed up with CARE, Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere, Inc., to implement the CARE model of Village Savings and Loans, which also helps women generate savings to better their circumstances.

Stewardship resources strengthen South's discipleship curriculum

By Brooke Turbyfill
Southern Spirit staff

The Evangelism and Adult Ministries Department has published two new resources to help the territory gain a higher education in the principles of stewardship. As part of Commissioner Max Feener's 2008 emphasis on stewardship, the new resources highlight money management as a discipleship issue.

"I've always considered stewardship a part of discipleship," said Major John White, evangelism and adult ministries secretary. "When people learn to give, they've got to discipline themselves."

Giving has traditionally been one of the major stewardship successes in the Southern Territory, said White. The overall level of giving has steadily increased in the last 10 years, even during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

However, White feels that more stewardship education is needed, and the new materials are in direct response to that need. Under the theme "Stewardship: A Trust," the book "As Your Money Burns" focuses on debt relief.

"One of the major reasons we found people are not giving is because they're head-over-heels in credit card debt," said White. The new book, which corresponds with a seminar of the same name, describes what Scripture says about debt, the joy of giving and greed. It also provides tips to curb excessive spending and impulse shopping.

Explaining the pragmatics of budgetary guidelines outlined by money guru Dave Ramsey, "As Your Money Burns" is like a quick reference guide to help Salvationists find hope and freedom from debt. In the introduction, White wrote, "I do want all Salvationists who actually suffer with credit/debt to find a way out and/or to keep from falling into the trap of instant and forever debt!"

The final teaching of the book/seminar, called "Pushing the Envelope," discusses what it means to be a disciple and a good steward of all that God has invested in His people. It advances the use of the traditional Salvation Army cartridge in every corps. To download the free teaching guide and seminar for "As Your Money Burns," go to

The second resource to help Salvationists is the republished book, "The Christian and His Money." Written by Lt. Colonel Edward Laity, the guide covers scriptural principles for giving. It examines both Old and New Testament teachings on tithes and offerings.

White added that there is an increasing desire to bring back the Self Denial Effort, started in England by William Booth, which was based on the premise of giving up one's pudding, or dessert, to save money for an offering to World Services. "There is a push that we bring that back, and I agree. When Partners in Mission came along, it put a face on Self Denial. When people see where their money is going, they're much more likely to give."

White encourages giving God first place in every area of life and wants that message to resound in every resource. "If people are going to be giving attention to their discipleship, it includes everything - their time, talent and treasure. A good disciple will be a good steward."

For more information, go to

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Going Deeper with God:
The Cross

Evangelist Gypsy Smith died while preaching at the age of 87. Asked in his old age about his freshness and vigor, he replied, "I have never lost the wonder."

Keeping the wonder of the cross alive in us is spiritually critical. Lose the wonder and we become lukewarm Christians; the kind that Christ said He would spit out of His mouth (Revelation 3:15). Consider the wonder of the cross in history. The blind songwriter Fanny Crosby penned the prayer:

"Near the cross! O Lamb of God,
Bring its scenes before me..."

What are some of the scenes at the cross? Suffering and sadness are two. Jesus hangs there, His bruised and bleeding body racked by indescribable pain. The mother of Jesus stands near; her heart breaking. She, with three other faithful followers face the sad end. And when it is over, they hopelessly walk away.

But hope and joy are there too. The penitent thief, on his deathbed, is promised a place in heaven. And Jesus, "for the joy set before Him" (Hebrews 12:2), endures the cross, bearing "the iniquity of us all" (Isaiah 53:6). Those who leave Calvary weeping will rejoice on the third day. By His death and resurrection Christ makes available forgiveness, abundant life, and eternal hope to all who seek Him.

Consider, too, the wonder of the cross in our daily living. Fanny Crosby continued her prayer regarding the cross:

"Help me walk from day to day,
With its shadow o'er me."

Followers of Jesus are not immune to the troubles and trials of life. We do not escape pain and grief. But should feelings of gloom and hopelessness begin to sweep over us, we have the cross! On Calvary Jesus "took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows" (Isaiah 53: 4).

When Paul was a prisoner in Rome, he wrote to the Christians at Philippi a letter of joy. Whatever happens in our day, because of the cross, nothing can separate us from Christ's love. And nothing can rob us of the joy and hope He brings. Living joyfully for Jesus "we are the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing" (2 Corinthians 2:15).

"Jesus, keep me near the cross." The cross will take us deeper!


Christianity has been an assumed part of our culture for centuries. But at one time in the history of our ancestors it was something new. None of us can know how it was that the first generation bravely tempted the gods and spirits they had previously believed in to turn to Christ. But it happened. And though succeeding generations varied in their faithfulness and the reality of their commitment to Christ, the message was handed down one generation at a time. Someone somewhere was faithful.

In The Salvation Army, all of us could likely trace our spiritual heritage back to William and Catherine Booth. We would find we share a common heritage but that there are many names of people we never knew existed ... corps officers and Sunday school teachers, local officers and headquarters officers. They each carried in their heart the precious message of redemption. They heard because someone else had been faithful.

But the life of Christ is more than preaching. It is day-to-day living. It is utterly foolish to think that there was ever an easy time to be a Christian. It may have been that this generation has seen more sins openly flaunted than in times past, but there are no new sins, no new temptations. Every person deals with appetites that must be managed. Everyone must fight the demon of selfishness or the serpent of pride. No matter how saintly we want to make people from the past, sometimes they fell as have we. But they learned to press on rather than surrender. Faithfulness is defined not by a lack of difficulty or an absence of failure but rather what is done in the face of struggle or collapse. There can be no overcoming without obstacles. No race is won without strain of the course.

An untested faith will carry you no farther than a paper-mache pony can lead a cavalry charge. The saints of the past were bewildered as to what course to take, confused sometimes as to what branch in the road was God's will, left to wonder in retrospect if they had indeed done the right thing. But these very difficulties were the tutors that taught them that circumstances may cloud their way but as long as they kept their eyes on Christ the end result would be sure.

We remember them. We relive conversations and shared jokes. We sometimes read their names and feel the heaviness in our chest because we miss what they were here among us. But we take courage because they proved to us that whatever happens, a person committed to Christ can always be faithful.

We are challenged by their example. We hope that we too have lived up to the expectations of the Lord who redeemed us while at the same time relying on Him for the strength to make faithfulness possible. We don't know who is observing us. We don't know what acts will be forgotten in the moment they occur or what may be recalled past the breadth of our own lives.

Not that we can be overly concerned about who is looking. Glancing up to see who is watching us in the grandstand will mean we miss the action on the field. The game is not played by cheerleaders but won by those fulfilling their assignments and focusing on the win.

What we do know is that we are a link in a chain of faithfulness. It is a sacred trust. We must hold on so those who come after us can also hold on. Faithfulness begets faithfulness. And at the last day we shall hear the blessed words, "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your Master's happiness!" (Matthew 25:23).

New envelopes

Every year about this time I go through a quiet ritual. It is a 12-month work in progress leading up to filing our income taxes.

Here's my routine: as soon as the last transactions are completed for the old year, a new folder complete with new envelopes is created. The new envelopes are exactly like the old ones - same titles (uniform items, medical expenses, donations, etc.) except the new ones are clean and crisp. Not like the old ones, which are a bit bent and worn from a year's worth of personal receipts and notations.

I really don't know why I do this. Every year when I file my tax return I hope against the odds that there may be a category or two allowing me to itemize. But in all my years as an adult, I've never quite realized that lofty income/expense bracket. I always fall short.

I'm beginning to see my futile exercise as a miniparable of an incident in the Old Testament. Daniel was summoned to the king's banquet to decode the cryptic message written by God's hand on a wall. Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting (Daniel 5:27).

As far as our righteousness is concerned, we all fall short of God's favor. Through Christ, however, the field is leveled and we can delve deep into the Father's holiness.

It takes a new beginning, just like the year and just like my envelopes. Jesus is more than able to cover our shortcomings.

The will Of God

My legs moved by way of independent brain the day I went forward and offered myself for lifetime service in The Salvation Army. Why I ever left the prized chair, the one next to the girl of my dreams, coveted by the throng of males around me, I'll never know. I had timed the morning precisely, down to the last detail, in order to position myself to pounce at the opportune moment and steal the seat next to the most popular young lady in the division.

I would have sold my soul to occupy the seat beside the girl who smelled of Love's Baby Soft and would have completed the bargain if not for this pesky little matter called the will of God. The preacher kept referring to it. The teenagers sitting around me seemed to know the meaning of the phrase. The gray-haired officers in the room nodded in approval each time they heard the sacred words. Like a lamb to the slaughter, I walked to the platform, stumbling and naive, but certain that I had discovered the will of God in the mountains of Gatlinburg, Tenn.

I've worn the red now for over 20 years, and the will of God is not so mysterious as it once was - or at least, I ponder the concept in less specific terms. I've learned that God will not always tell me specifically what I should do and when I should do it. Life as a puppet does not appeal to me, and even though my free will gets me in trouble from time to time, I thank the Lord that most of the decisions in a day's span are mine to make. I know a few folks who ask the Lord if it's O.K. to wear a red tie or have cream in their coffee, but I figure there may be more important matters that require His attention. But, for those of you who still need a hand, the Lord has revealed to me that it is time to change your oil. It may have been 3,000 miles since you had your last epiphany.

It seems simple to me. The will of God requires that we turn our will over to Him in obedience. Within that sacrifice, we find the will of God. Selfish humanity, however, inverts the premise. We ask God to direct our every step in order that we may rest in His perfect will often before we are willing to obey the command.

Maybe we should resign ourselves to obedience first before we ask for the specifics. It's just the type of reversed thinking that will save us from the wasted strife of struggle. Once we have given our lives over to God in full surrender and obedience, the matter of self-will becomes irrelevant.

The simple fact is clear - we won't know the direction of God until we marshal the intent of our own free will.

Do you remember the rich young man who asked the Lord what he must do to be saved? Jesus answered the question in a simple, straightforward manner, but the young man's response was predicated upon the conditions of the command. He was unresigned to obedience and therefore unprepared to follow the direction he sought in the first place. He walked away with the answer in his grasp, but his personal comfort was more important than his desire to follow the Lord. We likewise have a tendency to feign obedience. We
ask the Lord to show us the way, but follow our own path when God's road appears too rocky.

Simple solution: Don't ask God's advice if you aren't willing to follow it. Go ahead and say yes to the uphill climb even before you know God will require it of you. When you reach the top of the mountain, you'll wonder why you ever contemplated going in another direction.

The view from the top will reveal the true beauty of God's will.

Living the promise

It was a very interesting Christmas season for The Salvation Army ... toy recalls, mall shootings, floods in the Northwest, heavy snow in D.C., ice storms in Oklahoma, record highs in Georgia, Wal-Mart TV with The Salvation Army ... oh, and the ongoing battle to save Christmas.

We again received complaints that our bell ringers were not saying "Merry Christmas." Meanwhile, e-mails from the other "activists" (those who are anti-Christmas) chastise us and deny us a donation for even mentioning "Christmas," and especially for bringing God into the sentence. We are constantly reminded that America is not the same as it was when "Miracle on 34th Street" was filmed. How better can we impact our kettle donors, than to say, "Thank you and God bless you!" or "Peace and goodwill"?

In understanding that our branding campaign was never designed for an internal audience, it is no wonder that the media and public in general are responding favorably to the "Doing the Most Good" branding promise. You see, the intent of all our branding communications is to establish a single concept that will resonate with an unknowing external audience. It can be difficult to understand that what we want to say is not always the most effective communication to an external marketplace bombarded with messages from every angle.

As we commence our third full year living out our branding promise, I invite anyone reading this column to contact me with examples of where a Salvationist, employee, board member or volunteer has been "spotted" doing the most good. By that, I mean a genuine example of where one or more of the five core values have been evident in actions or words, and where Christlikeness permeates in love for each other and a desire to "lift Jesus higher." Perhaps you want to lift your corps officers at this time. Their dedication and commitment to the salvation of the world through serving you as soldiers and your community is surely grounds for doing the most good. Or perhaps you might honor a local officer, Sunday school teacher or that faithful corps member. Send your nominations to me at THQ ( and please remember to signify that you approve mention of both you and your nominee in an upcoming issue of Southern Spirit and on the territorial website. I look forward to hearing from you as the year progresses.

I am sure that everyone is now aware of the Holiness Congress coming up in just under five months that challenges us to "go deeper with God." How fitting that the call to holiness and Christlike living is so closely associated with the promise of doing the most good. Isn't this precisely what Jesus did during His time on earth?

So let's begin more and more to look at the big picture. Doing the Most Good is our promise to the American public. We must live the promise daily, through the five core values: Compassionate, Passionate, Brave, Uplifting, Trustworthy. It is also our opportunity to evangelize in continuing the dialogue we each have by reminding the public that The Salvation Army serves to "...preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human need in His name without discrimination." Now that would really be Doing the Most Good!

Finally, how many souls did you win for Christ as you again gave "Christmas" to so many families through the Angel Tree and Toy Shop programs?


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