The following was contributed by guest blogger Teresa Engel, Director of Communications and Marketing at The Salvation Army Portland Metro – Cascade Divisional Headquarters.
Several thrift store outfits made a flashy comeback on Saturday, March 10th when Mrs. Lauralee Balash, Mrs. Portland 2012, who is a soldier and a volunteer leader at The Salvation Army Portland Tabernacle, competed for the title wearing outfits she found at her local Salvation Army Family Store.
Commissioner William Roberts, National Commander of The Salvation Army, was a recent contributor to the Huffington Post’s Impact Blog. We are so appreciative of this opportunity to share about our recent report titled “Growing Up in a Downturn” – an internal study that we conducted to better understand how our youth programs have been affected by the economic recession.
You might be surprised to learn that music is deeply rooted in the history of The Salvation Army and still plays a huge part in the organization’s everyday culture.
Why is this so? Beginning in the late 19th century, music was a method for The Salvation Army to minister to people about the Gospel. The brass instruments would grab the attention of passersby on the street!
It’s amazing how often an individual’s spiritual and emotional transformation results from life’s curveballs. C.S. Lewis famously said “Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.”
No one understands this better than Tanya. As a soldier for The Salvation Army in San Diego, she is a shining example of Christ in her love for and service to others.