Originally published June 12,
The story of The Salvation Army so far April 20, Throughout this time there have been millions of members, and people have been helped right across the world but this movement had humble beginnings.
Early days Born in in Nottingham, UK, William Booth found his Christian faith early on in life and became an active Methodist, preaching and helping the poor in his local area. After some time working as a pawnbroker, he moved with his wife Catherine Mumford to the east of London.
The two of them began working with a group of Christian businessmen who were concerned for the poor and disadvantaged in their community. Over the next few years, the movement flourished. Its focus on teaching people about the message of Jesus in a way they could relate to, meeting wherever they could dance halls, bowling alleys and outdoors as well as addressing some of their material needs, saw many people become Christians.
Despite opposition from parts of the public who disliked some of the Booths methods and style, many joined. Their focus on those who had been rejected by the traditional churches was key.
All were welcome including those impoverished and disadvantaged. A renaming It was in that The Christian Mission got its present name. William Booth objected to a phrase contained in that years annual report: The Christian Mission is a Volunteer Army.
By replacing the word volunteer, The Salvation Army had its new title and with it an inspired metaphor for its role in fighting the injustices of society and in bringing people to understand God.
Despite the differences between the Army of today and that ofthe organisation continues to be relevant to people and their situations. From weekly worship services, outdoor events, clubs and activities through to responding to disasters and providing practical support to those in need of help, the same spirit of putting the gospel into action as in those early days carries on.
Its bands and choirs can be found in many countries, with numerous other creative expressions like dance and drama springing from the movement. Concertinas, tambourines and guitars were played at first, but it was not long before a style more suited to outdoor services was found brass!
They were soon travelling with Booth as he toured the UK, becoming a distinctive and effective feature of the Armys style. Bands were also formed in areas such as Consett, Northwich, Whitechapel and Portsmouth.
Over time, many gifted composers used their skills to write new music for Salvation Army groups to play, bringing glory to God.
Today, brass groups remain an important way of attracting crowds and telling people about him. Staying relevant There have been many other arts groups within the Army in its history.
Between andCaptain Joy Webb led The Joystrings in performing contemporary music, achieving chart success and capturing the attention of millions. In most Army churches and centres, music, drama and dance play a central role in allowing people to become involved in publicly communicating the Bible.
Early pioneers The first such venture was inwhen Salvationist Amos Shirley travelled to Philadelphia, USA with his family and began working for the Army unofficially. Booth cautiously decided, upon learning of this, to send a small group to New York the following year to formally commence the Armys work: George Scott Railton and seven others.
Just as in the UK, street preaching and practical assistance was used to great effect. By late1, people had come to have a Christian faith through the relationships built by these Salvation Army pioneers. International expansion was quick. In the same year, the Army extended to Australia when John Gore and Edward Saunders held meetings in Adelaide and offered food to those who were hungry.
To the man who is going to Zululand Can you be a Zulu?
To the one going to India Can you be an Indian? If you cannot, you must not go at all.Helen Purviance was 28 when she gained fame as the “doughnut girl” of World War I.
The Huntington native, then an ensign with The Salvation Army, was ministering to soldiers on the front lines in France in when she and a . Two months after the Civil War began, June 10, , Secretary of War Simon Cameron appointed Dix as superintendent of women nurses for the Union Army.
In this role, she organized and outfitted the Union Army hospitals and oversaw about 6, women who served the federal forces during the war.
March 25, / in Culture, Give, National News, Salvation Army, The Salvation Army / by SalArmySouth On Thursday, March 19, at the Salvation Army’s annual volunteer appreciation dinner, Salerno was introduced as the first annual Volunteer of the Year.
In their book The War Romance of the Salvation Army (available on Google Books), Evangeline Booth and Grace Livingston Hill write about the World War I activities of the Salvation Army.
They describe how the women of the Salvation Army began providing doughnuts to soldiers on the front lines.
The Salvation Army Information booklet Hand to Others Heart to God. 32 Contents International Mission Statement and women. Salvation army officers are full-time ministers of religion, trained and commissioned (ordained) by territories in the world.
australia has two: the australia eastern territory (nSW, aCt and Qld) with headquarters. Women Mariners in World War II Clara Gordon Main, a stewardess on the SS President Harrison was among the first American Prisoners of War.
The ship was captured by the Japanese on December 7, , while rescuing U.S. Marines from China.