Frontlines — News Briefs of the West
Seems like spring is a good time to simplify…clean out closets, straighten the pantry, weed flower beds. It’s also a good time for a spiritual check-up. I like the simplicity of Micah 6:8. “…what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” I appreciate the acts of mercy that Salvationists extend throughout the West…
COMPASSION IN ACTION
Major Jacqué Fritz, San Bernardino, CA, corps officer, reports that during the Easter season, 44 institutions were visited by 86 volunteers, who came from community service workers, the advisory board, the women’s auxiliary members, the ARC, and friends and soldiers of the corps. More than 1,100 individuals were visited and 12 services were held.
Women’s Ministries continue to play a vital role throughout the West. In Aurora, CO, women gear their programs to specific needs including armchair exercise, visitation to the homebound, and prayer. Bremerton, WA, began a Bible study for new believers and have been busy making layettes for young mothers in need and partnering with the Crisis Pregnancy Center. They also follow-up with the moms who receive the layettes. A guest speaker from the Maricopa County Health clinic came to Phoenix So. Mountain, AZ, to talk about breast cancer awareness. Nine visitors joined corps members at the community outreach.
The San Gabriel, CA, corps, under the leadership of Major Susan Wun, now has 91 senior soldiers. Three new senior soldiers were enrolled on Easter Sunday with more than 100 in attendance.
SOUP AND SANDWICHES FOR HOMELESS
Every other Saturday night, a mobile kitchen canteen from the Harbor Light Center in San Francisco, CA, parks on Sixth St., near Market, to feed the homeless. Soup runs are scheduled for the days just before assistance checks are due and street people are likely to be out of money. Julio and Ana Perez, cooks at the Harbor Light, do the cooking. Capt. Richard Reuer is in charge; recovering alcoholics distribute the food. “That’s where I used to tend bar,” says one. “And down there on that street corner is where I used to buy my drugs.”
The Southern California Division recently teamed up with Helmers-Roth and Vonjessenduclos to produce Vintage L.A., a high-quality fashion show (using TSA thrift-store clothing) to raise funds for Alegria, a Salvation Army program that provides low-density village style community-living for homeless and low-income families affected by HIV/AIDS. Produced by Daniel Caudill of Celestine, sponsors included Shabby Chic by Rachel Ashwell and Los Angeles Magazine and Celestine.
Lt. Colonel Barbara Hunter and family wish to express their sincere appreciation for all the expressions of comfort and care they have received in recent weeks. “Bill would have wanted me to thank all those who have supported us and prayed for us during our long battle with cancer,” she said. “We claim victory over Bill’s earthly death through Christ’s resurrection and his promise of ‘preparing a place for us’.”
Sharp-eyed readers may have noticed the error in dates in the April 28, 2001 issue of New Frontier, in the article about translations at Commissioning. The correct dates are June 16 and 17, not June 9 and 10, as stated.
CORRECCIÓN SOBRE EL COMISIONAMIENTO
Los lectores observadores habrán notado el error en las fechas en el New Frontier del 28 de abril de 2001, en el artículo sobre las traducciones de la actividad del Comisionamiento. Las fechas correctas son 16 y 17 de junio, NO 9 y 10 de junio, como se estableció.