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A Desperate Jump to Save His Life!

Michael Smith stood on a second-floor balcony, faced with a horrible dilemma. His teen years blended into young adulthood; spiraling downward under the growing addictions to drugs and alcohol.  “There were several times when I thought I’d…

Family Worship

The Marquez family was already attending a church near their home in Salem, Oregon, when a relative invited them to check out the diverse worship at The Salvation Army’s Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. They were apparently impressed…
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Loneliness

For many years growing up, Amber West often felt lonely. It wasn’t because she lacked friends or an outgoing personality—she had both. But it took a maturing of her faith, an ongoing process, for her to realize that even when she felt alone,…
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Lessons Learned At A Christmas Kettle Stand

Joseph Cohen was a young adult who needed a job. His sister and brother-in-law (then Captains Don New and Kelley Cohen-New) were corps officers in Selma, Alabama at the time, and needed help for their Christmas kettle campaign in 2007. It seemed…
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Gospel Art Jackpot

Carlos Alequín and Omayra Velázquez were searching for wholesome, safe, activities for their two teenage children, Aleyra and Jahziel. They found that, and so much more, at the Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of The Salvation Army…
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It Takes Two

Twin brothers Charles and Dajuan Hill have become a force for good in the urban community of Dorchester, Massachusetts—especially through the mission and ministry of Boston’s Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. These two hearts…
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Home Away From Home

On Commissioning Sunday, June 2016, Cadet Blake Wilson was commissioned as a Minister of the Gospel and an officer in The Salvation Army with the rank of Lieutenant. He then learned of his first appointment: Assistant Corps Officer at the Ray…

God Sends Detour from Suicide Attempt

Ben Godwin was desperate. He was beginning the fifth year of what he now calls his “dark time”—a long, hideous journey of depression that was sucking him downward. On the cold evening of January 15, 2011, Ben was driving through the dark…

Are You Called?

I’M CALLED TO BE A MARKETING MANAGER What first got you interested in your area of work? I work in the technology field—a field not heavily saturated with female influence—so making the jump from the typical post-high-school retail job…

Send Me

In high school, I began to ask the same question that most teenagers ask themselves: What am I going to do with the rest of my life?! This question can be overwhelming and at the time I made a decision to study art in university. I thought I…

Living the Promise — Commissioners David & Barbara Jeffrey

Commissioned as officers on May 26, 1966 (Commissioner Barbara) and June 10, 1973 (Commissioner David), the Jeffrey’s approach their retirement on August 31, 2017 after decades of faithful service in The Salvation Army. Committed to the service…

Jon's Covenant is Preparing Him for Youth Ministry

Two people figure prominently in Jon Blanchard’s life, leading him to a covenant with God that has radically changed his life-direction. “P.J. Ellis was a football teammate of mine during our junior and senior years in high school,” Jon…

No Longer Invisible

Alexander Sánchez felt invisible during his first year of college. He had never felt so all-alone as he did that year. During his second year of college, he at last found God in a real and mighty way. And it all has to do with prayer! “I’ve…

A Bittersweet Lesson of Self-Denial

God used one bittersweet summer to show Michelle Winters just how great He really is; and how turning from one’s own will in surrender to His is best. Michelle loved her grandpa. In fact, he was her hero. Michelle was raised in a Christian…

Face Time

Meet the Alequín family [two_third] [/two_third][one_third_last] Meet the Alequín family. Carlos Alequín and Omayra Velázquez were searching for wholesome, safe, activities for their two teenage children, Aleyra and Jahziel.They found that,…

So Worth the Wait

The old saying goes “good things come to those who wait.” For John and Megan Wilcox, nothing could be more true. They met several years ago, but waited until they knew each other better to become serious in their dating—and even after…

Holiness: A Daily Renewal Process

According to doctors, Rashad Poole should have died a long time ago. The pain he endured as a child neglected by his father led directly to a life of substance abuse. “My father was in and out of my life between my ages of four to seven,”…

Music to Her Ears

Do not make the mistake of calling Emily Debnar “handicapped.” She is anything but. In fact, her “can do” attitude she’s had to put forward all her life probably gives her an edge over many of us. Emily was born deaf, due to a lack…
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Fear Not!

My parents have lived in the same house for as long as I can remember. It’s a normal sort of house, in a normal sort of neighborhood, where I had a normal sort of childhood. Except for something completely not normal—the creepy basement.…

Welcome To America

A ndré and Débora Pereira each had a pretty good life in their native Portugal. There was but one reason why lucrative careers and immigrate to the that one reason is because it is God’s will for their lives. André had a promising career…

God's Got This

Meet Halie Booth from the Dallas Temple Corps (Texas). Despite her diagnosis of stage IV Lymphoma, Halie chooses to trust that God’s in control. Q: How old are you? A: I am 14 years old, and in the 9th grade. Q: Tell us about your family. A:…

A Case of Double Thanksgiving

There is a spot at the Florida Division’s Camp Keystone to which Jordan Truesdale can take anyone to show exactly where he accepted Christ as his Savior. Just outside the tabernacle, his camp counselor led a (then) six year-old Jordan in a…

Meet Lt. Colonels Howard & Patricia Burr

The Burrs served as active officers for 42 years with appointments in New York, Southern New England, Ohio, Kentucky, CFOT, and THQ. Currently retired, they continue to serve God as pastoral care officers in the Eastern Territory. 1. When…

I Thank God For What I Am Today!

From age eight, Carolyn Carson experienced a series of overwhelming events, both mental and physical. But the 43 year-old single mom is finally “at home” with her church family at the Army’s Philadelphia Kroc Corps, surrounded by the…