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by Sue Schumann Warner –

Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.

1 Peter 4:12-13 (The Message)

Monterey kids make music
Youth music night at the Monterey Peninsula, Calif., corps is an effective outreach to the corps’ youth center, child development center and transitional housing programs, report Corps Officers Majors David and Gaylene Yardley. On average, 30 youth attend the Tuesday night event, which begins with dinner and includes classes in gospel choir, guitar, piano, brass band, drums, hand bells, drama, timbrels, and multimedia. Instructors include Major Gaylene Yardley, Corps Assistant Melissa Felkins, and Youth Center Director Fanny Huck.

Walmart aids Older Alaskans
The Salvation Army Older Alaskans Program in Anchorage recently received a $15,000 Walmart Impact Grant to support its Meals on Wheels program. The grant, funded by the Walmart Foundation, will help purchase two new vans for the program, which delivers about 160,000 meals annually to frail, homebound seniors throughout the community.

Denver Red Shield rededicated
Chief Secretary Colonel William Harfoot and Intermountain Divisional Commander Major Victor Doughty joined Denver Red Shield Administrators Captains Celestine and Shoshannah Ruwethin and well wishers at the Red Shield’s rededication. The $1.5 million renovation included the addition of new classrooms, game rooms, and a community room; renovation of the snack bar, a facelift on the building’s exterior, landscaping, and a new entrance.

Napa thanks Jack Estenson
Jack Estenson was recognized for 75 years of service to The Salvation Army by his associates on the Napa, Calif., advisory board as he stepped down from active service. Pat Thompson, Napa Corps advisory board chair, called Estenson “A man truly known for doing good and serving others…even now, in his mid-nineties, he reminds us not to forget to ‘call me when you need me’.”

AAYC rings in New Year
Over 25 people from the Yerba Buena Asian American Corps, San Francisco, helped serve dinner at the adult rehabilitation center on New Year’s Eve. Participants were treated to a talent show after dinner.

Wellman and Mildred Tsang hosted and organized the corps’ traditional Christmas Eve caroling at St. Mary’s Hospital, where over 30 adults and youth from the corps filled the hospital’s halls with singing and good cheer.

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