Frontlines: News Briefs of the West

by Sue Schumann Warner – 

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Hebrews 4:16

Small Army world
Two Salvationists, PFC Edward Timpson (Tustin Ranch Corps, Calif.) and PFC Grant Monge (Torrance Corps, Calif.) went through eight weeks of the School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and six weeks of Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) training. One night, Grant saw a Salvation Army flag hanging on the door of Ed’s locker. That was the start of their great friendship. On June 24, 2005 both graduated the LAV training and were appointed to Camp Le Jeune, North Carolina, where they will be for the next 14 months before taking a duty station somewhere in Iraq. They are looking forward to worshiping together at the Jacksonville, NC, corps.

SA Health Services history
General John Larsson has authorized a book on Salvation Army Health Services, documenting developments since 1970. Commissioner Paul du Plessis is general editor; Commissioner Harry Williams and Professor Norman Murdoch are collaborating with him. They welcome “not only reports of places, people and events which contribute to the story of SA health services, but also of its relationship with the communities they serve…most of all the stories of the people involved, their motivation, frustrations and joys.”

Please send submissions of historical documentation to Commissioner Paul du Plessis at:

SAWSO grants save lives
SAWSO (The Salvation Army World Service Office) has been blessed with $16,355,157 in new grants for work with care and prevention of HIV/AIDS relief in South Africa; abstinence and faithfulness programs in Haiti and Nigeria; anti-retroviral therapy in Zambia; support for orphans and vulnerable children in Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Haiti; child survival programs in Zambia and South Africa; feeding programs in Malawi; and anti-human trafficking in Ecuador.

LA Red Shield Director Irene Lewis reports that a $240,000 field project recently funded by the US Soccer Foundation and Nike Inc., is finished. “The product that was installed is called Fieldturf, the Cadillac of artificial turf, and is referred to as a ‘24/7’ field,” said Lewis. “That means it can be used constantly without suffering damage from overuse. There is no maintenance required and it will save on watering costs. The whole community is excited!”

Commissioners W. Todd and Carol Bassett wish to express appreciation on behalf of the Bassett family for the outpouring of love and support they have received from officers and friends of the Western Territory during the brief illness and promotion to Glory of their son/brother Jonathan. The Lord has given a wonderful sense of peace in the midst of this difficult loss as they have been under-girded by the prayer support of so many friends and acquaintances.

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