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Happy Founder’s Day to The Salvation Army Across the Globe!!

Happy 149th Birthday to The Salvation Army! The Salvation Army began on this day in 1865 when William Booth preached in a tent in London’s East End.  Many converts were won, but they didn’t feel “at home” in churches, so Booth set up Christian Mission Centers.  In 1869, The Christian Mission received its name and in November 1870 the first Annual Conference was held.

William Booth was reading a printer’s proof of the 1878 annual report when he noticed the statement, “The Christian Mission is a volunteer army.”  Crossing out the words “volunteer army,” he penned in “Salvation Army.”  From those words came the basis of the foundation of The Salvation Army.   Missions became “Corps,” members “soldiers”, ministers “officers” and Booth himself, “General.” 149

In October 1890, Booth published his social manifesto, “Darkest England and the Way Out,” which set a pattern for social welfare.  From this point on, the Army’s mission became two-pronged: to provide social salvation, as well as proclaiming personal salvation.

The Salvation Army is now a worldwide movement established in 126 countries. Today you’ll see The Salvation Army in your local communities providing shelter and food, running after school programs, serving the sick and elderly, equipping people with job and life skills, responding to disasters, and finding any way possible to meet the needs.  The Salvation Army continues to work where the need is greatest, motivated by its faith in God and its love for all people!  Here’s to another 149 years!

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