Frontlines — News Briefs of the West

by Sue Schumann WarnerCommissioning weekend, with the newly appointed captains going out into the field, always reminds me of the Army’s great history of practical service–quite in keeping, I think, with James’ admonition: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (James 1:27 NIV)

Read on for other examples of the Army’s practical ministry in the West…


The Reno, NV, Corps held an “Around the World” dinner to raise funds for a new girls’ orphanage in Palu, on the island of Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The rebuilding of the girls’ home is a Del Oro divisional project, coordinated by Major Eileen Hoogstad.

Sixty-eight girls ages 5-18 now live in a building with deplorable conditions that floods every time it rains. With the division’s help, the girls should have a new home that houses 82 by next April.


A new Call to Prayer web page is available, reports Prayer Coordinator Lt. Colonel Mervyn Morelock (R). Under the Resources and Links section you’ll find these pages: How to become a prayer partner; View prayer requests; View praise reports; Send a prayer request; Send a praise report; and A message from the prayer coordinator (updated each month). Check it out at:


Senior soldier Dan Aguila Utrera, Portland Moore Street Corps, OR, recently earned his Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from George Fox University. His parents are Majors Juvencio and Gloria Utrera, corps officers of the Sun Cities Area Corps, AZ.


The San Diego, CA, ARC recently opened its newest boutique/family store in the Pt. Loma area. Joining ARC Administrator Major Doug Williams in the ribbon-cutting ceremony were representatives from the San Diego Chamber of Commerce and Supervisor Ron Roberts’ office. Also present were KPOP radio personality Ken Cannon and a camera crew from KGTV.


According to his doctor at Cedars Sinai Hospital, Major Gordon Helms is doing well. His bones have healed, his blood count is stable, and he will be starting pre-transplant screening for the stem-cell transplant scheduled for June 25. Majors Gordon and Peggy Helms are appreciative of the prayer support they have received.


The On the Corner tribute to Harry Stillwell, in the May 30 issue of New Frontier, indicated baseball great Ted Williams was deceased. Not the case, as baseball fans know. Our apologies!


We’re always looking for brief items to include in Frontlines! Send your news by e-mail to: or mail to: Frontlines, The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 22646, Long Beach, CA 90802-9998.

WYI Correction

Posters advertising WYI-Leap of Faith 2001 (as well as the ad in HOMEpage) were printed with the wrong date of August 15-22.

The correct date for the Western Youth Institute is August 13-19, Monday through Saturday.

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