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Karen Gleason

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me (Ps. 51:10 NIV).

 ROSEVILLE, CALIF.—Beautiful Feet, a group of students from William Jessup University dedicated to serving the local homeless population, assisted the Roseville Corps with its shower ministry for the past two months. The students counsel and pray with the homeless individuals who come to the corps for a free shower.


Besides the shower, this weekly ministry offers a free lunch and an afternoon worship service.

Lts. John and Angela Morrow are corps officers.

RIVERSIDE, CALIF.—The local Curves selected The Salvation Army as a recipient for its annual March food drive. Curves is partnering with the Feinstein Organization in its annual $1 Million Giveaway to Fight Hunger. The organization will donate $1 for every pound of food collected.


“This support is especially important after the holiday season, when our food supplies are dwindling. We have just as many families that we serve, but with fewer resources,” said Captain Keith Bottjen, Riverside corps officer.

CENTENNIAL, COLO.—The Centennial Corps’ Sergeant-major Ray Wright faced a tense situation when two rival gang members attended the same Bible study at the Arapahoe County Jail.


One of the men announced that he had wanted to shoot the other over $3,800, but subsequently became a Christian and God convicted him to forgive his adversary. When the other man said he, too, had accepted the Lord, the Bible study began.

Captains Nigel and Stacy Cross are the corps officers.

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA—Major Nila Fankhauser and Captain Julie Cornett attended the Anchorage Log Cabin Quilters’ annual tea on behalf of The Salvation Army to receive handmade quilts for the children at the Army’s McKinnell House—the only facility in Anchorage providing shelter for homeless two-parent families or single parenting fathers.


When they transition from the program back into the community with their families, the children take the quilts with them.

SAN FRANCISCO—The SoMa (South of Market) Corps celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Corps Officers Majors Frederick and Debora Wong are inviting past members and friends to a reunion picnic and family day on May 12, featuring guests Majors Ron and Keilah Toy.


They have requested help in reaching people who may be interested. Please email your contacts as soon as possible to Victor Chin at

PORTLAND, ORE.—Lauralee Balash, longtime soldier at the Portland Tabernacle Corps, participated in the 2012 Mrs. Oregon International Pageant on March 10.


She got all her outfits for the event at The Salvation Army’s Happy Valley Family Store.

Active at the corps, Balash leads women’s ministries and helps with office work.

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

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  1. Glad to see that my dad despite his helath is still out there fighting on the front line for the Lord. Go Get ’em Dad! (Ray Wright) and Git “r Done for the Lord!

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