We’re all familiar with the relatively small sacrifice required to assist those in the poorest parts of the world. Organizations like Compassion International, Samaritan’s Purse and of course, The Salvation Army are adept at providing amazingly high returns from relatively small investments, in terms of improving the lives of those they help.
Throughout the summer months, American Signature Inc. (ASI), best known as the parent company of popular retail brands Value City Furniture and American Signature Furniture, is providing comfort and style to the homes of American families in need by partnering with The Salvation Army.
While participating in the mission trip in the Turks and Caicos Islands, we were able to visit a government-sponsored school called New Beginnings, a place for students whose parents cannot afford private school and for teens who are troubled. Among the students are girls who are either pregnant or have already become mothers, and Haitian-born kids who live on the island and are rejected.
The following was contributed by Erik Sundman, Divisional Worship Arts Director for The Salvation Army Northern Division.
The origin of the Army’s work in each country is unique.
For example, in 1879, a 17-year old girl named Eliza Shirley defied the initial wishes of Salvation Army founder William Booth by establishing the Army’s presence in America. (That seems to have worked out well!)