Cadets cover Western Territory for Spring Campaigns

Eighteen corps across The Salvation Army’s Western Territory welcomed 100 cadets—officers in training—to their locations in late March for the College for Officer Training’s annual Spring Campaigns. Brigades of approximately 10 cadets each traveled by land, air and sea for a week of training and ministry activities.

Cadets served in every corner of the territory: Billings and Bozeman, Mont.; Salt Lake City and Ogden, Utah; San Diego, Compton, Glendale, Santa Ana, Tustin Ranch, San Jose, Suisun City and Roseburg, Calif.; Tualatin Valley, Ore.; Tacoma, Puyallup and Spokane, Wash.; Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; and Ketchikan, Alaska.

The opportunity to train in a variety of corps and communities allows cadets to grow in spiritual leadership through preaching, teaching, leading worship and pastoral visits. They implement and spearhead corps programs, including door-to-door evangelism, community care ministry, annual luncheons, vacation Bible school, neighborhood carnivals, youth work, troops, homeless feeding, sports ministry and property maintenance. Sometimes they participate in unique ministry opportunities, such as praying for fire victims in their native tongue, building a community garden from scratch, serving as honor guard at a funeral, and leading creative evangelism bridge-builders through Zumba, knitting, and Phase 10 (a card game).

The Spring Campaign allows cadets to provide the ministry of presence, help those in need, pray for those seeking God’s leading, and share the news of salvation in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Tagalog and Akan.

During this year’s campaign, 29 souls joined the kingdom of God, accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior.

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