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“I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you” (Gen. 28:15 NIV).

BIG BEAR LAKE, CALIF.—Captain David Kauffman, associate director at Pine Summit Camp, was enrolled into the Las Vegas Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this spring with former Luv Hunter band members. The band was active in Vegas in the mid to late 1980s.

The day after the enrollment, eight bands participated in a benefit concert to support music programs in local schools. Shortly after the concert, the band’s lead singer suffered a brain aneurysm. Kauffman, who had hoped to be used by God, began a Facebook prayer chain (search “LVRRHOF the 80’s”).

CHEYENNE, WYO.—The corps recently enrolled a new soldier, a 74-year old retired military officer and a long-time smoker. Originally, Corps Officer Lt. Doug Hanson suggested that this individual become an adherent, due to his smoking habit.

“No way, sir,” the new member said. “I want to be a soldier.”

After nearly a lifetime of smoking, he quit, and hasn’t smoked in over a month.

FAIRBANKS, ALASKA—Recent flooding caused the evacuation of a nearby village. The Salvation Army supplied 65 residents (43 adults and 22 children) with clothing from its family store, and provided gift certificates to Fred Meyer for clean undergarments.

Majors Kevin and Tina Bottjen are the corps officers.

STOCKTON, CALIF.—On a recent Sunday, the sound system broke and the PowerPoint song projection wasn’t displaying the songs properly. Everyone could feel a strong spiritual presence in the room. As Corps Officer Captain Cristian Sibaja encouraged the congregation to pray, the Lord changed his message to Jeremiah 29 and John 3:16.

The message was simple, but God moved in people’s hearts—many came to the altar and others were crying where they sat. Individuals shared their testimonies. No one wanted to leave church that day.

BAY COMMUNITIES, ORE.—The corps may no longer maintain a fully operational thrift store, but that does not stop it from helping to meet people’s clothing needs. The Clothes Closet is open in the corps’ office and word is spreading about it. Shortly after the Clothes Closet opened, the corps assisted 16 people through this simple, but necessary, social service.

Majors John and Sabrina Tumey are the corps officers.

CORRECTION—Lt. Mareah Morrow, pictured on the cover of the June 16 New Frontier with family members, is not the first cadet to be trained alongside her parents, as stated in the photo caption.

Debbie Osbourn was commissioned in 1971, and her parents, Ken and Dorothy Osbourn, in 1970.

New Frontier apologizes for the error.

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