FrontLines – News briefs of the West

by Karen Gleason –

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. (Psalm 27:14, KJV).

Renton Corps remodel planned on faith
An unexpected bequest came to the Renton (Wash.) Corps: $500,000 from the estate of Helen Drydal.

It surprised Captain Terry Masango, corps officer with his wife, Rutendo, who learned of the donation when a newspaper reporter contacted him for his reaction.

Just days earlier, Masango had met with an architect about enlarging the worship center to better accommodate their ministries, including the after-school club and supper program. The estimated cost was $300-400,000. Masango prayed for financial support, and in less than a week he received news of the gift.

“We were playing ‘room chess’ with our many groups,” he said. “This will give us the room we need, plus we can expand our bathroom space and increase laundry facilities for the homeless. God is faithful.”

Clark County’s newest advisory board members
The Salvation Army of Clark County Las Vegas, Nevada recently welcomed three new advisory board members: Todd Kilton, Lisa Howfield and Laura Ritz. Major Robert Lloyd is Clark County coordinator; Major Rhonda Lloyd is director of special services.

Music is back at the Portland Tabernacle Corps!
The Portland Tabernacle Corps—Lt. Ray Dihle and Major Nancy Dihle, corps officers—has a revitalized youth music program, including singing company, a beginners’ band and a junior band, along with a drama group and multi-media training. Leaders are also available to teach creative ribbon dancing and timbrels.

On average, 23 youth apply themselves weekly, learning not only the basics of music, but also reaping the benefits of the self-discipline and diligence they develop through their commitment. These same traits create effective study and work habits—skills that will last a lifetime.

Wedding feast feeds the hungry in Colorado Springs
When her wedding fell through, a young woman in Colorado Springs, Colo., turned a painful event into a special night for hungry and homeless people. She told her father, “I want to feed the less fortunate.”

Her family called Salvation Army Captain John Bennett, Colorado Springs corps officer, and with the help of two local bus companies—Greyhound and Ramblin’ Express—they filled the reception banquet room with 150 men, women and children from Salvation Army shelters.

Bennett said, “It’s so special to be able to experience somebody pouring out their heart for people in need.” The father of the prospective bride feels that he is the fortunate one: “I was blessed with a great wife and two great daughters. I think this is living proof of it.”

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