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A ‘visit'

that made

a difference

Corps visitation ‘on the job' attracted Major Henry Hunter (right) to the Army, Christianity

By Major Frank Duracher

Southern Spirit staff

The young man's first day on the job turned out to be a life-changing experience. When Henry Hunter, then in his early-20s, reported for work at the Sears store in Raleigh, N.C., he met his supervisor, Clyde Workman.

The growing relationship from that day forward is evidence that corps visitation is not limited to knocking on doors in the surrounding neighborhood, nor is it only paying a visit to a member of the congregation.

Sharing one's faith by example in an everyday setting is important as well.

Workman served for many years as corps sergeant-major of the Raleigh Corps. He is now promoted to Glory, but his legacy remains with Hunter and others who worked with him.

Hunter remembers that for Workman, sharing his testimony with fellow employees was very natural - when the time seemed appropriate.

"He immediately became more than a boss to me," Hunter said. "He was a friend and mentor."

Workman often invited young Hunter to worship services at the corps. Workman's persistence paid off when Hunter finally agreed to visit the corps one Sunday morning. The warm welcome he received from the corps people, along with Workman's daily encouragements as they worked in the Sears automotive center, drew Hunter into the fellowship. Hunter's involvement in Army programs became intense, leading to his own call to Salvation Army officership a few years later.

"I remember when I applied for that job at Sears," Hunter recalled. "They gave me a choice: either work in the automotive center or on the floor as a salesman in the furniture department."

He chose the automotive center and he says now he is so glad he did.

"Television commercials for Sears back then would say: ‘Sears has everything!' I know Sears didn't intend for me to meet Clyde Workman - but the Lord did," he said.

"I actually looked forward to going to work each day, just for the times shared with my boss, mentor and spiritual father, Clyde Workman. Those ‘visits' meant everything to me."

Southern Spirit gets a brand new coat of paint

Chances are you have already noticed that the Southern Spirit has a new look.

The newspaper of the USA Southern Territory, now in its 24th year of publication, has undergone a redesign that makes its debut in this issue.

"We have been tinkering with the look of the newspaper over the past few weeks, experimenting with various designs and trying different looks in search of one that would give us a fresh and vibrant presentation," said Southern Spirit editor Dan Childs. "We wanted a design that would be innovative and lively while easy to navigate and pleasing to the eye."

The designer of the revamped newspaper was Melonie Shue, who performs graphic design services for the publication. Shue is a former full-time member of the Southern Spirit staff.

The current design is the fifth since the publication was launched in September 1983.

We hope you will enjoy the new look.



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