Front lines_News briefs of the West
Karen Gleason, Editor
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27 NIV).
ANGOON, ALASKA—The Angoon Corps joined other residents in a local “Choose Respect” rally. The group gathered for this event in response to the high incidence of domestic abuse in the village. All of Angoon’s 34 elementary school children participated in the rally by making posters and joining in the march.
Majors John and Catherine Quinn are the corps officers.
KONA, HAWAII—Recently, the corps wrapped up its Wednesday evening troops and creative ministries programs with a gospel youth event. Of the 70 in attendance, 41 children accepted Jesus into their hearts. Thanks to a generous donor, the corps was able to give each child a Bible.
Lts. Michael and Jessica Stack are the corps officers.
LAS VEGAS, NEV.—The Las Vegas Citadel Corps Women’s Ministries created a new outreach program called “Mile and Munch.” This consists of women spending their lunch hour walking a mile and then having a light lunch. Two women in the program are already meeting their weight goals.
Lts. Larry and Joy Groenleer are the corps officers.
MODESTO, CALIF.—A homeless gentleman entered the office at the Modesto Citadel Corps with a new $20 bill that he wanted to donate.
“You feed me all the time,” he said, “and I got some money.”
He said he couldn’t make it without the meals, and “it is good food.”
This client wished to “pay it forward,” helping The Salvation Army in its ministry to those in need.
Majors Kyle and Martha Trimmer are the corps officers.
INGLEWOOD, CALIF.—As an outreach to the community’s women and girls, the corps held a shoe giveaway, distributing over 700 pairs of brand new shoes suitable for both work and play.
The shoes came from a couple of sources. Linda Clayton, a corps member, coordinated a large donation from the Inglewood Swap Meet, and Pomona Corps Officers Lts. Javier and Irene Castro shared a large donation of shoes that they received.
Lts. Christopher and Joanne Golden are the corps officers.
YUBA-SUTTER, CALIF.—Joining other local organizations, the corps participated in the biannual Homeless Onestop, which drew around 200 individuals in need. Volunteers at The Salvation Army booth provided information and a hot meal, and distributed Bibles, bicycle repair items, hygiene supplies, blankets and coats.
“Once they see our shield, they know they will be welcomed,” said Captain Thomas Stambaugh, corps officer with his wife, Kimberly. “Another reason our booth is full is due to the conversations we have with people to give them more than just resources, but friendship and compassion.”