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The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe (Prov. 18:10 NLT).


PORTLAND, ORE.—Braving almost 100-degree heat, corps cadets from the Portland Tabernacle Corps took to city streets and under bridges, handing out over 100 water bottles to thirsty individuals. The group affixed its own label to the bottles, paraphrasing John 4:13-14, that read: “Thirsty? With Jesus, never be thirsty again.” In this way they attempted to meet the physical and spiritual needs of those served.

Lt. Raymond and Major Nancy Dihle are the corps officers.


KAKE, ALASKA—After the city’s water supply was contaminated, residents were placed on a no-drinking order. Alaska Seaplanes of Juneau and Harris Air of Sitka donated freight charges, allowing the corps to provide the community with 153 gallons of water. Thanks to help from neighboring communities, The Salvation Army served 77 families and 323 individuals. The airlines continued to deliver water for two days.

Envoy Donna Bakke is in-charge at the Kake Corps.


MODESTO, CALIF.—Six veterans from The Salvation Army Transitional Living Program went on a fishing trip sponsored by the Purple Heart Anglers of LaGrange, who provided the boat, poles and lures. The Anglers, a non-profit group that honors military personnel and their families, also treated the veterans to a barbecue lunch and a raffle.

Staff members Bonnie Romero and Carrie Ann Pimentel did the driving and fished with the group, which caught 13 trout and freshwater salmon. The sponsors even cleaned the catch for them.


HONOLULU, HAWAII— The Women’s Auxiliary of Honolulu hosted the Steppin’ It Up fashion revue June 22 to fundraise for babies of mothers recovering from substance abuse. Clothes were hand selected from Salvation Army thrift stores and modeled by The Movement Center dance group.

Proceeds will support the Therapeutic Nursery at the Honolulu Family Treatment Services, which treats infants that may have been exposed to drugs before or shortly after birth.


SCOTTS VALLEY, CALIF.—During Camp Redwood Glen’s first week of summer ministry, 33 children made first-time decisions for Christ and 38 made re-commitments.

One child wrote this prayer: “Jesus, could you help my Grandma get better and my little sister too,” and another camper prayed, “My Dad lost faith in God; please help bring him back.”

Ed Covert is the camp director and Captain Dave Shull is Golden State divisional youth and candidates’ secretary.

RENTON, WASH.—The Salvation Army Renton Rotary Food Bank and Social Service Center provided eviction prevention assistance to a man with chronic health problems who faced homelessness after his Social Security Disability Income money was stolen. The assistance kept him housed, and allowed him to reach an agreement with the apartment manager over the remaining rent due.

Captains Chris and Lisa Aird are the corps officers.


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