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The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church.
Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
The Salvation Army, originally called the Christian Mission, started in 1865 in London, England. William Booth, a Methodist minister, decided to make his life's mission the huge task of relieving the poverty and misery of the poor in East London.
Since then The Salvation Army has grown into an international organization with units in over 124 countries where more than 175 languages are spoken. It is a religious and charitable movement, organized and operated on a military pattern and is a branch of the Christian Church.