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by Sue Schumann WarnerThe angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.”

(Matthew 28: 5,6)

The life-saving, life-giving grace of Jesus is extended by Salvation-ists in a variety of ways throughout the West and around the world. Read on for just a few examples….

Happy Easter!

SAVING LINDA

Major Carol Madsen reported 1,000 new donors have been added to the National Bone Marrow registry since January 15, 2002 because of Linda Lyons and the Saving Linda Drive. A blood drive was held recently in Honolulu, where approximately 400 donors gave blood.

“The usual processing time for determining a match is around six weeks,” said Madsen. “If a match is found, it is still a couple of months more until the stem cell transplant takes place.”

Contacts have been made with all US territories, and Saturday, April 6 is the target date for holding multiple drives around the country.

OLYMPIC UPDATE

More than Gold 2002 Olympic Coordinator Dan Williams said Salvation Army volunteers distributed 75,000 interactive pocket guides; 25,000 pins; 2,500 New Testaments; and 5,000 A Time to Hope CDs. The Army continues to minister in Salt Lake at the Paralympics.

SATERN COMES TO SAN BERNARDINO

Major Jacqueline Fritz reported 84 radio operators came together from all over the country to share and learn so they can be more effective in helping The Salvation Army in times of disaster. Tony Stephen organized the event and Boy Scout Troop #428 prepared the lunch and manned the canteen.

COMMUNITY PSALMFEST

The Songsters of the Torrance Corps, under the leadership of Lt. Colonel Diane O’Brien, recently participated in the 4th Annual South Bay Community Psalmfest at Congregation Ner Tamid in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

Representing various churches and synagogues in the area, eight groups came together to celebrate the Psalms. The Torrance Songsters, the largest group to participate, performed “Distant Shores” by Darren Bartlett and “Universal Praise” by William Himes, Jr. Funds raised will support South Bay charities, including the South Bay Wellness Center and the Willenberg Special Education Center.

QUEEN REOPENS ARMY CENTER

Just days after the death of her sister, Princess Margaret, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II reopened the UK Territory’s Booth House Resettlement Center in Whitechapel Road, in the heart of London’s East End.

It was the grieving monarch’s first official engagement since the death of her younger sister. The queen toured the center, which she opened in 1968, and spoke with a number of the 150 men who reside there. Also present were the Lord Mayor of London Michael Oliver, UK Territorial Leaders Commissioners Alex and Ingeborg Hughes, and center managers Majors Joseph and Pamela Smith.

ELECTION RETURNS

Congratulations to THQ employee Pat McIntyre, who recently won a seat on the Torrance, Calif., city council. The race was tight, with 11 people vying for three seats. Pat has long been active in community concerns.

HOT OFF THE PRESS

The newly redesigned publication titled Caring is now available. This magazine features articles on the Army’s holistic approach to ministry. For subscription information call 562/491-8351.

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