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CANADA—The New Hope Community Centre in St. John’s, N.L., honored 10 new graduates of its retail sales program, which teaches participants the skills necessary to work in a retail environment.

The 12-week program provides people with a lack of education, mental health issues, a criminal record or other social difficulties with nine weeks of classes at the College of the North Atlantic and three weeks working in a retail setting such as a grocery store or restaurant.



U.K.—Member of Parliament Simon Hart visited The Salvation Army’s Outreach Centre in Camarthen April 9.

Primarily for homeless, on probation or unemployed people, the center was the only voluntary sector nominee for a Cymorth Cymru award for work with excluded groups.

According to Corps Officers Captains Neil and Elizabeth Duquemin, a crucial part of The Salvation Army’s work in the town is helping homeless people with food, a change of clothes, a shower and a listening ear.



NEW ZEALAND/JAPAN—For the fourth year, Japan will host The Salvation Army’s Wellington (N.Z.) Citadel band. The band performed in Japan in 1979, 1985 and 2007, and is especially remembered for its 1979 show at the NHK Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo.

The hall is the main venue for the NHK Symphony Orchestra, but has hosted other events, such as the 1979 Japan Music Awards and NHK’s annual special “Kōhaku Uta Gassen.”

From The Salvation Army in Japan


AUSTRALIA—The Melbourne Corps recently received an unexpected volunteer. Collingwood Magpies’ (Australian Football League) forward Travis Cloke racked up $1,000 in fines for parking in executives’ stalls at the club’s training base.

When confronted, he suggested that more benefit would be derived from community service than from the money for his fines. He asked to serve night shifts at The Salvation Army in Melbourne and his request was approved.



PANAMA—Divisional Commander Major Elicio Marquez has a vision for growth by training four Panamanian cadets “at a distance.” The cadets will make trips to the training college about six times a year, serve in appointments, be in-charge at corps and receive a minimum wage per couple.

This is a step of faith for Majors Elicio and Darlan Marquez, USA Western Territory officers. Believing that God has called these people to officership, they will not let immigration or money impede them from answering his call. They ask for prayer to meet financial needs.

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