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by Sue Schumann WarnerHe is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.
Jim Eliot, missionary –martyred in the jungle of Ecuador.


Each year, the Western Territory’s missing persons service opens about 1,000 new inquiries, reports Major Leslie Peacock, director. Last year, over 700 individuals were found, many of whom had successful reunions with their families. In 2002, the service also took on the task of helping to reunite birthmothers and adoptees who were once involved with our Booth Maternity Homes in the territory. So far there have been five reunions.

For information on The Salvation Army’s missing persons service, contact: The Salvation Army Missing Persons Service – 11th floor, P.O. Box 22646, Long Beach, CA 90801-5646 or call: toll free (800) 698-7728 or direct (562) 491-8321. Business hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time


The Reno Corps, Nevada, recently held a successful Annual Dinner & Kettle Kick-off – its first annual dinner since 1995. Nearly 300 people attended the event, which was hosted by the Peppermill Hotel Casino. Guests included Del Oro Divisional Commander Major Eda Hokom. A great meal, a successful silent auction and terrific entertainment (provided by Advisory Board member Jim Dunfield’s band The Motifs) helped launch the holiday fundraising season!


Captain Gina Halverson, Pendleton, Oregon corps officer, reports that five new soldiers were enrolled recently: Mary Kyle, David Kyle, Gene “Edward” Olsen, Kasandra Becker and SueAnn Imhoff. “We have already started another class with very interested individuals looking to make The Salvation Army their home church, and with others who want to retake the course to learn more about their doctrines,” Halverson said.

She noted the corps’ “Kick It Up Kloggers,” under the leadership of Laquita Markle and Helen Markle, have an effective ministry year round–including performing at nursing homes, fairs, parades, and the annual Kettle Kick Off. Beginning, intermediate and advanced classes are offered to the community.


Matt Madsen, El Cajon, Calif. Corps, is an accepted candidate for the 2003-2005 session of cadets, “Preparers of the Way.”

His wife, Captain Dianne (Doom) Madsen, is Sierra Del Mar’s divisional youth secretary.


“Bread for my Neighbor” is the theme for the 2003 National Social Services Conference, held at the Sheraton World Resort in Orlando, Florida March 15-19. This year’s conference will include a track in disaster services providing additional training opportunities for personnel. The deadline for delegate registrations is February 18, 2003. For more information, call (562) 491-8475, 8476, or 8481.


Envoys Ron and Roberta McKinney, Denver Red Shield corps officers, report the Red Shield’s boxing program is having a positive influence on youth. “It collaborates with existing programs to help kids who are at risk of dropping out of school, participating in drug abuse, joining in gang violence, or becoming involved in negative activities that plague inner-city youth,” McKinney said.

Program director is former heavy-weight contender Ron Lyle, who utilizes his boxing skills and street knowledge to teach life skills including: positive thinking, integrity, adaptation, focus, courage, selflessness, and persistance.

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