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!)
On Sunday, June 10, The Salvation Army is taking part in recognizing Abused Women and Children’s Awareness Day, an opportunity to reflect on how we can stop the violence that is destroying the lives and well-being of children and promote ways to aid victims.
Beyond the confines of a brick wall outside The Salvation Army’s Ruth Lilly Shelter for Women and Children, youngsters screamed and giggled.
They chased one another through the mulch covered playground, only stopping to climb or bounce on the obstacles that happened to land in their path.
What goes around comes around.
At least that’s the motto that Majors Kevin and Linda Jackson have been using since they began working at The Salvation Army in Billings, MT just under two years ago.
Upon beginning their service in Montana, the Jacksons found there was something lacking in the long-term outcomes of their social services. Were they meeting the big picture needs of their clientele by feeding them once in awhile? Were they truly helping to break the cycle of poverty?