Sam’s Club, a well-known retail warehouse club with locations nationwide, is a long-standing supporter of The Salvation Army and once again, they generously put forth their efforts at a local level to help us raise money.
For the last couple months, more than 150 of the participating clubs in the western division teamed up with their communities to support The Salvation Army- and they raised a whopping $488,383!
Fundraising methods varied by location but the creative juices were certainly flowing. Among the most inventive were on-site movie nights, bowling tournaments, garage sales, cookouts, dunk tanks, car shows, silent auctions, and bake sales. One location even built a jail cell that motivated managers to raise $50 to bail out their own employees!
Although the fundraising methods differed, you can be sure that every event took place on location.
After the campaign ended, Sam’s Club employees wanted to celebrate their efforts. Participants traveled from all over the western region to meet in Kansas City for a volleyball tournament. Players received coaching from special guest Misty Mae Treanor, Olympic gold medalist volleyball champ.
The following was contributed by Lisa Thompson, National Liaison for the Abolition of Sexual Trafficking at The Salvation Army National Headquarters.
In the opening passage of the book of Nehemiah, the Jewish cupbearer to the Persian King Artaxerxes, explains how he was so greatly moved by the plight of his people in Jerusalem that, “For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven” (Nehemiah 1:4). When confronted with the prospect of ethnic annihilation because of a national edict calling for the destruction of the Jews, among the Jews in every province of the Persian Empire “there was great mourning . . . with fasting, weeping and wailing” (Esther 4:3). Before launching his earthly ministry of teaching and healing Jesus himself fasted for forty days and nights (Matthew 4:2).
From examples such as these, we learn that believers should seek the Lord with prayer and fasting — before taking action in our personal ministries, when facing incredible hardships and doom, when confronted with the pain and suffering of others.
Surely then, it is appropriate for us to fast and pray on behalf of the victims of sexual trafficking. May our hearts cry out on their behalf and may our stomachs growl in remembrance of their suffering, as we take part in this weekend’s observance of the International Weekend of Prayer and Fasting for the Victims of Sexual Trafficking. ‘
Such humility before God and partaking in the suffering of others will unleash God’s heavenly forces for take earthly action!
The Salvation Army has once again partnered with the Initiative Against Sexual Trafficking (IAST) and the Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST) to sponsor the annual International Weekend of Prayer and Fasting for Victims of Sexual Trafficking. The event is being held this weekend, September 23-25.
Globally, approximately one million children enter the sex trade every year. Shockingly enough, the United States is one of the 10 highest ranked destination countries of trafficked persons in the world. According to the United Nations, the trafficking business – which includes labor, slavery and sexual servitude – nets $31.6 billion in profit from 12.3 million trafficked persons.
We are a part of a growing initiative to combat human sex trafficking and other types of sexual exploitation worldwide. This increasing movement is directly motivated by an understanding of mankind’s God-given freedom, dignity and purpose.
The impacts of this massive, often disregarded industry are literally deadly. The most common causes of death among those trafficked is homicide, suicide and drugs.
Our efforts began in the mid-19th century. Salvation Army founders Catherine and William Booth sought to help the most desperate in London’s east side, reaching out to women and children victimized by the sex trafficking industry. Upon realizing the magnitude of trade, The Salvation Army began opening homes for women and girls to seek shelter and counseling.
Today, we continue to fight this plague by working towards legislative and policy initiatives, raising awareness, developing prevention efforts and providing survivor services.
Help us combat sexual trafficking by joining us in prayer this weekend. Join us as we pray for the victims involved and as we ask for rescue, restoration, and life and liberty through Christ. We also pray for the church’s strength in addressing this issue.
To register for this year’s event, Click Here.
Click Here to learn more about The Salvation Army’s efforts to combat human trafficking.
The grand opening of The Salvation Army Kroc Community Center of Quincy, IL brought thousands of community members together on Sunday afternoon. Following a ribbon cutting ceremony, guests had an exciting sneak peak at the finished product – one they’ve been waiting to see since the project began seven years ago. Soon-to-be members strolled through the gleaming hallways and admired the grand state-of-the-art amenities which became officially available to the public on Monday.
Grand it is! The beautifully constructed community center boasts an aquatic center, rock wall, worship and performance center, gym and day care center.
Upon her passing, donor Joan Kroc left The Salvation Army $1.5 billion for the development of approximately 30 Kroc Center’s across the country. The centers are intended to create positive effects on the surrounding areas – strengthening the family and community bond, bettering the economy and creating opportunities to grow and learn.
As part of her gift, she asked that the communities wishing to acquire a community center be capable of raising half of the money needed for the project- an effort to ensure sustainability. We admire communities such as Quincy that were able to organize, fundraise and establish the needed community support.
The best part? Memberships are very affordable! These can be purchased on an annual or monthly basis with prices ranging from $336 per year for an individual to $600 per year for a family. Want to know how you can become part of the Kroc Community in Quincy? Contact Angie Duerr at 855-872-5762.
Check out the video above to get a closer look at all of the fun options available to members!
For more information on The Salvation Army Kroc Centers, please visit our website at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.