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by Sue Schumann Warner –

Sue Schumann Warner

Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare. Isaiah 42:9

Inglewood growing
Good things are happening in Inglewood, Calif.! Lt. Roy Snap-Kolas reports that the Inglewood Corps recently enrolled 10 senior soldiers. “The new soldiers are participants in our youth programming and have been coming to the corps for a few years,” he notes.

White Center stays busy
“We just finished vacation Bible school with an average attendance of 70 per day,” says Major Maynard Sargent, who with his wife Major Kathleen Sargent are Seattle White Center corps officers. “We finished our new computer lab, so now we can have 40 computers a day going; we use them for seniors, the kids’ after school homework center, people from the neighborhood learning computer skills, and how to create resumes. Our AAU basketball teams went to Las Vegas and did great in the tournaments. We just finished day camp with an average of 40 per day, and tomorrow we are taking 76 kids to back to school shopping with $20,000 dollars being donated.” Sounds like quite a summer!

News from Saipan
Major Dave Hudson, Hawaii and Pacific Islands divisional commander, reports that he and Captain Tom Taylor, Kahului corps officer, recently visited the Army’s new outpost in Saipan, which is under the leadership of Wayne and Anne Gillespie. The Gillespies live in one side of a duplex and conduct Salvation Army services in the other. Hudson said, “The place was filled to capacity; during the meeting, five new junior soldiers were enrolled.” While there, he presented the Gillespies with their Trailblazer award, which had been announced at commissioning.

El Paso enjoys a ball game
Families at The Salvation Army Family Emergency Shelter in El Paso, Texas62 children and 43 adults—were treated to a night at the baseball game of the El Paso Diablos professional team. Whataburger delivered hamburgers and fries to the group and provided them with free tickets. Major Ron Wildman, El Paso County Coordinator, and Major Elaine Wildman, corps officer, joined the group for a good time at the “old ball game.”

Cowboy concert at Colorado Springs
The Colorado Wranglers—“the world’s second oldest Cowboy Band”—performed at a barbeque at the Colorado Springs Corps, Colo. They are recognized as “one of the leading western vocal harmony groups in the world,” according to Kevin Brocksieck, and have performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

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Chief of the Staff in Congo

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