News Briefs of the West: Frontlines
By Karen Gleason
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us newbirth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (1 Peter 1:3 NIV).
KAHULUI, HAWAII—During the worship service on Junior Soldier Sunday, Kahului Corps’ junior soldiers prayed, read Scripture and did a hip-hop dance. Majors Brian and Iva West, corps officers, enrolled four new junior soldiers: Esther Ned, Tepni Ned, Hosiana Hosia and Anselynn Chutaro. Thirteen people came to altar.
GREAT FALLS, MONT.—On March 12, a school “free” day, high school senior April Lawrence didn’t sleep in or hang out with friends. Instead, she worked with The Salvation Army, serving breakfast and coffee to volunteer fire crews responding to a fire near Vaughn, Mont.
Lawrence is a Salvationist and Emergency Disaster Services volunteer in Great Falls.
“I enjoy being able to help support the local first responders when called on,” she said.
GRESHAM, ORE.—The Gresham Corps honored 11 outstanding volunteers at its second annual Donor and Volunteer Recognition Luncheon March 13.
Award recipients included Soldier Donald Davis, “Volunteer of the Year”; Cornerstone Church and Smith Memorial Presbyterian, partnership; Howard Huang, FIRST Robotic Team; Burgerville & Gresham Optimist Club, Shop With A Cop program; and Carolina Logistics Services, food donations. Outstanding individuals recognized were Jackie Muller, Family Services; Elizabeth Hostetler, Christmas; Judy Han, Advisory Council; and Anna Swift, congregation.
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA—On March 3, the Anchorage Corps hosted a free workshop on bullying for parents of children ages 5-13, providing information, tips and coaching strategies to help kids overcome bullying. Presented by Young People’s Sergeant-Major Joan Green and Envoy Donna Bakke, the workshop was open to the community and made parenting guide books available.
Lieutenants Ryan and Marjorie Miller are corps officers.
YUBA/SUTTER, CALIF.—The Yuba Sutter Corps has a growing couples ministry led by corps members, with a time of Bible teaching at the corps and a time of fellowship at a restaurant. This ministry unites corps members with couples from The Depot Family Crisis Center. Eight couples attended the last meeting, and a newly married couple stated that this was exactly what they needed.
Captains Thomas and Kimberly Stambaugh are corps officers.
SAN FRANCISCO—Members of San Francisco’s Railton Place participated in a street outreach program. The Tenderloin (where Railton Place is located) has the highest number of homeless persons, drug users and street kids in the city. Responding to the desperate need, Railton Place residents are building a strong outreach presence in the neighborhood.
Captain Lisa A. Smith is the program administrator at Railton Place.