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Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

(1 Peter 1:3)

Karen Gleason, Editor

MODESTO, CA—The teens at the Modesto Red Shield Corps recently led an entire Sunday service including the message. For many, this was a step of faith, out of their comfort zone. The congregation noted their passion, unity, willingness to stand before their peers, and courage in allowing God to speak through them.

Captain Tory Ross, corps officer with her husband Martin, said: “The Holy Spirit worked through our youth. Some shed tears, others went to the altar for prayer and many expressed appreciation. Their childlike attitudes reminded us of how Jesus viewed greatness on this earth in Matthew 18:1-19—perhaps a message we should continually take to heart as we serve Christ.”

ANCHORAGE, AK—On April 14, The Anchorage Association for Volunteer Administration will honor The Salvation Army at its 2011 AAVA/BP Golden Heart Awards Banquet Ceremony for the Army’s “Power of 2” volunteer bellringing campaign. ExxonMobil—nominated by The Salvation Army—received the 2011 Golden Heart Award in the Outstanding Business category for its work supporting the Army and the community at large. Kudos to the Alaska Division’s community relations team for outstanding work in promoting volunteer initiatives in Anchorage.

SANTA ANA, CA—Santa Ana Corps Officers Majors Antonio and Aida Horta invited Majors Elicio and Darlan Marquez, Western Territory multicultural secretaries, to hold a training session March 19. Attendees included corps leaders, soldiers and adherents.

The Marquezes taught on The Salvation Army history, doctrines, foundation, resources, ministry opportunities, and services offered worldwide. They emphasized that every soldier and officer should faithfully uphold—with discipline and obedience—the Army’s doctrinal foundations, orders and rules, use of the uniform, contributions, and service in order to preserve and share the values and ideals of The Salvation Army to future generations.

PRESCOTT, AZ—Youth at Prescott Corps hosted a Mystery Dinner Meal on March 25.

At the event, guests each received a menu but they had no idea what to order because they didn’t know what the dishes were. Selections like a napkin, a glass of water, a knife or a fork replaced the usual steak, chicken, and fish entrees, but they ordered anyway.

All diners enjoyed their plates and no one left unhappy.

Donations—which totaled $390—went toward youth councils sponsorships.

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