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Frontlines — News Briefs of the West Bob Bearchell

Bob Bearchell

By Bob Bearchell – 

Check out the latest territorial publication in this issue of New Frontier! Called HOMEpage, it’s designed to keep Salvation Army youth informed and updated on events and activities throughout the territory. Filled with inspiring, thought-provoking–and just plain fun–articles, it stands to strengthen the faith and commitment of our young people. For starters, you won’t want to miss the true life story of Maria Salazar, LA Central Corps

CORPS “CATERS” SHOOTOUT

In Lancaster, Calif., recently, when a despondent man was shooting it out with police, the corps went into action within an hour. Food and drink were provided for 75 fire and sheriff personnel trying to get the man out of his house without incident.

As the siege dragged on into the night, the corps food kitchen was tapped to provide dinner. Young people from the local Mormon church, which was being used as a command post, assisted Capt. Debbie Hood in serving and transporting supplies and personnel. Capt. Ken Hood said, “People really appreciated us being out. There are always people to minister to, both physically and spiritually.”

ARMY PERIODICALS HONORED

At the recent Evangelical Press Association annual conference, The War Cry and Young Salvationist received three awards. Of 400 publications, our papers placed second in original art and fifth in poetry and candid photos. In competition with such magazines as Christianity Today, this is quite an accomplishment. Congratulations to Lt. Colonel Marlene Chase and her talented staff.

HOLMES RETIRE

Many will remember Majors Lawrence and Thelma Holmes, former Western officers who retired recently from the Georgia Division in the Southern Territory. Our good wishes go with them as they enter honored retirement.

MILLER CAPTIVATES

One of the Army’s best known and beloved personalities, Commissioner Andy Miller (R), was the featured speaker recently at Tucson’s annual meeting. Captain William Dickinson, city coordinator, stated that the Commissioner captivated the well attended and appreciative audience with his humor and insightful knowledge of the Army, concluding with an inspirational challenge. Commissioner Andy, by the way, insists that his schedule always includes time with the corps family.

KIDS’ DAY IN MODESTO

Captain Joe Posillico shares an exciting fund raising effort being jointly sponsored by the Modesto Bee and KOVR Channel 13. Hundreds of volunteers recently distributed a special SA edition of the Bee on the streets of this community. This is the first year of what will become an annual event. Besides raising $18,000 for the Red Shield, the publicity of this eight-page special edition is worth much more than that. The goal is to sell 25,000 papers. The Bee came up with this idea, and assigned their entire staff to work on it. Tremendous visibility for the Army!

RIVERSIDE CELEBRATES SELF DENIAL

The Riverside, Calif., corps celebrated meeting their ambitious goal of $27,000 with a Self-Denial Victory Luncheon. Major Melba Gilden (R), missionary sergeant, chaired the event, with Captain Guy Hawk presenting appreciation certificates to those who participated. The 1998 Self-Denial was then launched, featuring the showing of the video, “All God’s Children.”

KONA GROWS

Captains Keith and Mona McRevy report, “People continue to come to the corps through their hunger for God’s Word.” Kona Corps has made impressive additions in all its aspects. The Sunday school has been their main outreach ministry, joined by day care, preschool, thrift store, health clinic and social services.

THRIFT STORES “BEST”

Recently, at an awards ceremony, the Palmdale and Lancaster stores were voted “Best” in the Antelope Valley for the sixth year in a row by readers of the Antelope Valley Press. Congratulations to managers and to Majors Jack and Anna Phillips, Van Nuys ARC administrators!

NEW E-MAIL ADDRESS FOR NF

New Frontier has a new e-mail address: safrontier@aol.com Be sure to change it in your address book–we want to hear from you!

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