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Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center and Center of Hope Assist in Flood Relief Efforts

Tulsa, Oklahoma (June 13, 2019) – The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) offers spiritual, emotional, and social assistance to people who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves.  In Tulsa, Oklahoma, beneficiaries of the program recently had the opportunity to give back by assisting in disaster relief efforts after historic flooding.

Dustin, a graduate of the ARC celebrating more than two years of sobriety, is the kitchen supervisor for the ARC in Tulsa. In his hometown of Sand Springs, Oklahoma, hundreds of homes were impacted by the historic rising of the Arkansas River.   For the past week, he has supervised the preparation of hundreds of meals a day to serve survivors and others.  Dustin says, “I just appreciate the opportunity to give back to my hometown.” 

Many of the beneficiaries have volunteered to assist with meal preparation when not in a class, working or scheduled for other activities. Giving back is part of the recovery process and is a new experience for many.  

The Tulsa Center of Hope Shelter also helped prepare meals for emergency disaster service for several days. The shelter is a refuge to 150 people a night and prepares an average of 900 meals daily. Arletta Robinson, executive director of Center of Hope, said, “Our kitchen was happy to prepare the extra meals to help our neighbors during their time of the need. We are blessed to serve.”

From adult rehabilitation programs, providing shelter, fighting human trafficking, empowering the arts, senior services to disaster services and more, The Salvation Army meets human needs at their point of need.

How People Can Help

The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation to the charity of your choice. 

  • Donate Online: www.helpsalvationarmy.org
  • Donate by Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA  30301.  Please designate ‘May 2019 OK/AR Storms’ on all checks.
  • Donate by Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate by Text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

For the latest emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army, follow the social feed on Twitter at @salarmyeds or visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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Salvation Army Participates in Multi-Agency Resource Centers in Northeast Oklahoma

Fort Gibson, Oklahoma (June 12, 2019) – The Salvation Army of Arkansas-Oklahoma is participating in Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) in northeast Oklahoma where thousands of homes have been impacted by historic flooding.   A MARC is a central location for local and state agencies, as well as human service organizations, to answer questions and provide information and disaster-related assistance.

The Salvation Army is just one of the agencies participating in the MARCs established by the Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (OKVOAD).   Anyone affected by the recent storms is encouraged to come and check on available resources.

Currently, the following dates and times for MARCs have been announced:

June 12 & 13

10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Fort Gibson High School cafeteria

500 S Ross St.

Fort Gibson, OK

June 14 & 15

10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

First Baptist Church of Warner

810 2nd Ave.

Warner, OK

June 14, 15 & 16

10 a.m. – 7p.m.

Charles Page/Sand Springs High School, Ed Dubie Field House

500 N Adams Road

Sand Springs,

Financial donations continued to be the most urgent need.   You can help by

  • Donating Online: www.helpsalvationarmy.org
  • Donating by Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA  30301.  Please designate ‘May 2019 OK/AR Storms’ on all checks.
  • Donating by Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donating by Text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

For the latest emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army, follow the social feed on Twitter at @salarmyeds or visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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Financial planning class helping shelter residents get their affairs in order

Financial planning class helping shelter residents get their affairs in order

By: Emily Fleisher

Every night, over 140 people stay in the emergency homeless shelters at The Salvation Army of Greenville, South Carolina. When these individuals arrive at The Salvation Army, they are likely to feel lost and unsure in their new situations. However, thanks to a dedicated group of women, they may soon find a sense of community.

Since being established in 2014, The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary of Greenville has worked to create a home-like environment for the men, women and children living in the emergency homeless shelters. The women’s auxiliary works with the shelter residents to provide stability and comfort through holiday meals, homemade blankets for the children and educational classes.

One women’s auxiliary member, Laura Cook, volunteers regularly to teach a monthly financial planning class for the women in the shelter. During the class, Cook invites the residents to take notes about the course material and to eat snacks provided by the women’s auxiliary. She also encourages discussions about budgeting, saving and understanding money. Asking questions and sharing experiences can only make financial planning classes more meaningful, she says to the women at the start of the lesson.

Though the class focuses mainly on financial facts and advice, Cook also includes an empathetic and compassionate angle in her teaching. She takes time to reassure residents who may have previously made poor financial decisions or investments.
Everyone makes bad decisions with money, and it’s normal to feel ashamed after that, she says. Start creating a better relationship with money by forgiving yourself and taking advice from others.

“Learn to listen and do better the next time,” Cook told the women at the April 2019 meeting. “But don’t beat yourself up over past mistakes.”

Near the end of the class, the residents begin trading stories with Cook about their very first experiences with money. She says these experiences are likely to shape your entire relationship with money, and by re-examining them, you can help understand your current situation better. Her friendly, calming presence allows the residents to feel comfortable, and soon, the stories quickly have the room laughing about stolen (but returned) quarters and high expectations of the buying power of a single dollar.

Because of these monthly classes, the women in the shelter are able to take advantage of a free educational resource and find community with each other and with the volunteers. The Salvation Army of Greenville is thankful to the women’s auxiliary for planning the classes and to Cook for her willingness to give her time and talent.

Emily Fleisher is the marketing and special events coordinator for the Greenville, South Carolina, Area Command.

Source: southernspiritonline.org

Operation BBQ Relief and The Salvation Army Partner Together

Tulsa, Oklahoma (June 11, 2019) – Operation BBQ Relief and The Salvation Army are partnering together to help feed those who are hurting after either being displaced or severely impacted by the Arkansas River flooding.  The partnership brings about a very positive impact on the individuals and families being served.

Operation BBQ Relief is a nonprofit which was founded in May 2011 in response to the catastrophic tornado which struck Joplin, Missouri.  The nonprofit continues to respond and partner with other nonprofits to help feed residents who have been affected by national and other disasters as well as emergency personnel.  Operation BBQ is cooking hundreds of pounds of pork daily to help feed the hungry in Northeast Oklahoma where people are cleaning up their homes after the water has receded.

“It’s awesome that we have this great partnership with The Salvation Army.  I have worked with them in Wilmington, North Carolina, Panama City and Tallahassee, Florida and now Tulsa.  Everyone is always helpful and friendly.  Everyone is in it to help others during their time of need,” says Mike Richter, Territory 2 Director, Operation BBQ Relief.

The Salvation Army continues to serve in Northeast Oklahoma and Arkansas after horrific flooding has occurred.  To date, 14,434 meals, 18,344 drinks, and 11,072 snacks have been served and 825 emotional and spiritual care contacts have been made.  Along with the food and hydration, cleanup kits and hygiene kits have also been distributed.

The Salvation Army continues to meet the immediate needs with the help of donations.  The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation to the charity of your choice. Monetary contributions also support local economies and ensure that businesses can operate when relief supplies diminish.

  • Donate Online: www.helpsalvationarmy.org
  • Donate by Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA  30301.  Please designate ‘May 2019 OK/AR Storms’ on all checks.
  • Donate by Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate by Text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

For the latest emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army, follow the social feed on Twitter at @salarmyeds or visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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Jackson (Tenn.) Corps puts wheels on fight against hunger in community

Jackson (Tenn.) Corps puts wheels on fight against hunger in community

By: David Ibata

Say “food desert,” and the first thing that comes to mind might be an impoverished, inner-city neighborhood in a major metropolitan area. But places where people without transportation struggle to obtain decent, healthy food also can be found in smaller cities and rural areas.

Lieutenants Cheryl and David Moynihan, Salvation Army corps officers in Jackson, Tennessee, received a vision from God last summer about the food deserts in their community.

For residents of one of the low-income areas they serve, Lincoln Courts, “it’s a good hour to an hour-and-a-half round trip walk for people to get to the closest grocery store that sells fresh produce and foods they can make meals with,” Lieutenant Cheryl said.

“Even for those who have been given food stamps, it’s really difficult for them. Many are single parents with young children. The roads don’t have sidewalks, and it’s not an easy trip to get back and forth to the store with kids in tow.”

So, the Jackson Corps applied to West Tennessee Healthcare’s “Well Tank,” a “Shark Tank”-like competition for nonprofits and others seeking to improve health and wellness in their communities.

The corps made its pitch to a panel of judges and last summer was awarded a $10,000 grant for a “ Community Canteen.” An Emergency Disaster Services mobile feeding vehicle, loaded with fresh foods, visits neighborhoods with few easy grocery options.

The corps gets fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh milk, frozen meat and occasional bakery goods through a partnership with the Mid-South Food Bank in Memphis, Tennessee, and donations by local retailers like Sam’s Club and Target.

The Community Canteen started rolling last August. Since then, it’s distributed 100,000 pounds of food at two sites. Upwards of 1,000 individuals benefit each week, with 275 to 300 families served.“We go out once a week, on Wednesdays,” Lieutenant Cheryl said. “About 11:30 a.m., we head to Lincoln Courts. We’re there for maybe an hour and a half or two hours, giving out food until it’s gone. Then we come back and load up the canteen again and in the afternoon go to Allenton Heights, which is right across the street from our building.”

With children home from school in the coming summer months, the corps also will be starting a sidewalk Sunday school, a ministry to youngsters while their parents are shopping for food. “We are getting partners to adopt a day to do cooked meals for the children,” Lieutenant Cheryl said.

The canteen also ministers spiritually to the grownups.

“We’ve noticed a huge difference in the countenance of the people, the way they respond to us, and their willingness to open up and have conversations,” Lieutenant Cheryl said. “We’ve had probably 100 people pull us aside and ask us to pray with them, or have expressed interest in volunteering.”

The Jackson Corps is starting a media campaign to rally community support. The corps serves a seven-county territory, and the hope is eventually its canteen can visit a different area each week.

“We want people to know we’re out in the community to help,” Lieutenant Cheryl said, “because that’s what Jesus called us to do.”

Source: southernspiritonline.org

Tyson Foods and J.B. Hunt Support Salvation Army Disaster Relief Efforts

Tulsa, Oklahoma (June 8, 2019) – In any circumstance, good or trying, partnerships are vital.  The Salvation Army is grateful during times of disaster strong partnerships exist.  Two such partners, Tyson Foods and J.B. Hunt generously donated 20,000 lb. of chicken as well as the loan of a refrigerated trailer and transportation to help The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts in Arkansas and Oklahoma. 

The donation will be put to good use feeding survivors, volunteers, and first responders in areas affected by catastrophic flooding.  Sherri Johnson, Corporate Social Responsibility, Tyson Foods, says “Tyson is proud to support The Salvation Army and the relief it provides to all of those impacted by the historic flood.”

For the latest emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army, follow the social feed on Twitter at @salarmyeds or visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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Joy in a Donut

Tulsa, Oklahoma (June 7, 2019) – The Arkansas-Oklahoma Division of The Salvation Army celebrated National Donut Day on Friday, June 7 during disaster relief efforts.   As canteens (mobile feeding units) were loaded with meals, hydration, and snacks, they also received donuts to hand out to flood survivors, volunteers, and those assisting in the affected neighborhoods

American Salvation lassies set sail for France on August 12, 1917, determined to bring comfort to the soldiers in the rain-soaked trenches of France.  The thought was some real home cooking might help.  Unfortunately, most of the supplies had run out, except some flour, sugar, lard, baking powder, cinnamon, and canned milk.  They had everything they needed to make donuts!

It was only a matter of time and a Salvation Army “Lassie” handed the first freshly cooked donut to a homesick doughboy.   Word spread quickly “If you’re hungry or broke, you can go get something to eat at The Salvation Army.  Before too long, 2,500 – 9,000 donuts a day were served to troops on the front lines.  Donuts have been served to servicemen and servicewomen ever since.  

Friday provided a unique opportunity to serve donuts on our modern-day front lines during disaster services.  The difference is those working on the front lines in Arkansas and Oklahoma are doing muck-out and clean-up after devastating floods.

Donut Lassies have been remembered for showing compassion to thousands of troops.  To this day, donuts symbolize The Salvation Army’s readiness to help in times of need in whatever way they can.  Even in the most difficult of circumstances, donuts were handed out today by crews who were there to offer a piece of joy in the form of a donut.  To learn more about the history of National Donut Day, visit salar.my/donut19.

For the latest emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army, follow the social feed on Twitter at @salarmyeds or visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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Source: disaster.salvationarmyusa.org 

Spanish-language album released at EQUIP 2019

Spanish-language album released at EQUIP 2019

By: Brad Rowland

Amid the 2019 EQUIP Conference in Orlando, Florida, an evening of worship and inspiration took place, centered on the work of Ronnie Murchison and a talented collection of musicians. The concert and worship experience marked the release of “Cultura de alabanza,” a Spanish-language album produced through The Salvation Army’s Soundcast network of audio programs.

While much of Soundcast’s work consists of the spoken word through a variety of audio mediums, the impetus for the album’s creation was clear and concise.

“One of the things that is lacking is that there just isn’t a lot of really good, modern Spanish Christian music available,” said Chris Benjamin, Soundcast director of production and operations. “We found ourselves in the position, through the leadership of Major Al Newsome, to commission Ronnie to produce what has now become a two-album project.”

The first album is a studio project, with polished musical production and high-end musicality that is used as a resource for Soundcast, as well as a standalone piece of creative, worshipful content. The followup, scheduled to arrive by the end of 2019, is a live recording that will feature similar song selection in an organic environment.

“As a bilingual ministry, at the heart of who we are and at the heart of what we have a call and a desire to do is to elevate Spanish ministry in whatever way we can,” Benjamin said. “So often, even if just within The Salvation Army, the material and resources we have for Spanish ministry start in English and are translated to Spanish and that isn’t always as authentic as we would want it to be. We have a heart to produce authentic pieces of ministry that share hope to the world in a way that speaks to them and allow people to hear the voice of God.”

Physical CDs are available through Trade South (www.mytradesouth.com) and the album is available wherever music is sold.

Source: southernspiritonline.org

After Waters Recede, Partners Provide Much-Needed Support

Tulsa, Oklahoma (June 6, 2019) – The Salvation Army provides practical assistance after disasters, including the catastrophic flooding which has occurred in Arkansas and Oklahoma.   Areas of concentration include Muskogee, Tulsa, and Waggoner counties in Oklahoma and Sebastian County in Arkansas.

Two canteens (mobile feeding units), two rapid response units (catering trucks), and a Salvation Army kitchen are involved in delivering needed meals, water, cleaning supplies, and hygiene kits to those affected by flooding.  Trained personnel from Conway, Fayetteville, Hot Springs, and Mountain Home, Arkansas, as well as Chickasha, Enid, Lawton, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma are providing support and encouragement.

“Even as cresting is occurring in Arkansas, the water continues to recede in Oklahoma,” says Laurie Fried, Emergency Disaster Services Director, The Salvation Army Arkansas-Oklahoma Division.  “We are monitoring the situation and responding in communities to which we have access.”

The Salvation Army is incredibly grateful for partners who have come forward to provide much-needed support.   Webco Industries and National Charity League furnished volunteers and dōTERRA Helping Hands Foundation presented comfort kits.   Paper products were donated by Newton Wall Co., and an ice storage container and ice have been supplied by Reddy Ice.  Additionally, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma has donated snacks along with supplies for meals.

The Salvation Army is working closely with emergency management officials at the local and state levels to ascertain what the needs are for emergency response.

How People Can Help

The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation to the charity of your choice. 

  • Donate Online: www.helpsalvationarmy.org
  • Donate by Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA  30301.  Please designate ‘May 2019 OK/AR Storms’ on all checks.
  • Donate by Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate by Text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

For the latest emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army, follow the social feed on Twitter at @salarmyeds or visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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EQUIP 2019 embraces The Salvation Army’s legacy of outreach to young people

EQUIP 2019 embraces The Salvation Army’s legacy of outreach to young people

By: Brad Rowland

From the opening moments of the conference’s first general session, the concept of legacy permeated the 2019 EQUIP Youth Workers Conference, with hundreds gathering for an intellectually stimulating and worshipful experience.

Though the entire assembly was purposeful and moving in nature, a video engineered by Rob Bridges, territorial youth communications specialist, set a fitting tone for what would transpire during the conference, held in Orlando, Florida, May 6-9.

The video illustrated the legacy of mentoring from the perspective of four different individuals, with a young man named Teatio Cal from the Chattanooga East Lake Corps reflecting on his relationship with Chris Reeder, the corps Blood and Fire Initiative youth director. Reeder then shared of his relationship with Captain Ruth Cancia, Chattanooga East Lake corps officer, with Captain Cancia doing the same in honoring the relationship she has with Major Janice Riefer, territorial assistant secretary for personnel.

With that as the backdrop, Captains Dan and Sarah Nelson, territorial youth secretaries, reflected on mentors and examples from their youth, citing the inspiration they received in embracing their work with young people. “You are already leaving a legacy with the things you do each and every day, and we are so grateful for that,” said Captain Dan Nelson.

The through line of legacy permeated the remainder of the week, with inspiring general session workshops. Amid the educational aspect, a trio of corps were recognized for a legacy award, as the Territorial Youth Department tracked more than 15 years of data to recognize the Fort Myers, Florida; Kerrville, Texas, and Raleigh, North Carolina, corps for excellence in youth ministry.

From a workshop and intensive standpoint, myriad options were available, ranging from job-specific pre-conferences for BFIs and Salvation Army mission specialists, to a week-long fellowship through the lens of Jesus Theater. In addition, qualified leaders from across the territory shared their expertise in dozens of different specialties and, specifically, a LGBTQ+ panel convened on Tuesday afternoon for an open and constructive discussion aimed at helping young people navigate potentially challenging situations.

Andrew Stanley, son of Andy Stanley and grandson of Charles Stanley, both prominent Atlanta pastors, entertained with stand-up comedy during the first general session, while Dr. Krish Kandiah, executive director of Churches in Mission and England Director for the UK Evangelical Alliance, told of his history with The Salvation Army as a young person and emphasized the importance of welcoming others into fellowship with Jesus.

“You are Jesus’ legacy,” Dr. Kandiah said. “When Jesus was dying on the cross, he scorned the shame of that cross. He saw you and me, and every other lost person. He thought this was worth it. Whatever the cost. He was going to invest in all of us.”

In the general session gathering on Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Dr. John Teter, senior pastor of Fountain of Life Covenant Church and executive director of Fountain of Life Antioch, encouraged those in attendance.

“One of the jobs of a leader is to say thank you,” Rev. Dr. Teter said. “I’d like to say thank you for your work and your ministry. As a parent, I’d like to say thank you. In every way, you’re pouring into the next generation. It is challenging. It is only getting harder, but I want to inspire you and pray over you. Thank you for your ministry. Thank you for your endurance. And I hope and pray that I can encourage you.”

Finally, Lt. Colonel Eddie Hobgood, territorial secretary for program, ministered with the message of the closing general session and encapsulated the overarching mission of what the Army aims to do.

“Your ministry, your influence, can really change the trajectory of a child’s life forever. … Those kids need you more than you can even begin to imagine, and I know that because I was one of them. Keep loving, keep serving, keep giving. You may not see it on this side of eternity but, one day, you’ll see the legacy and impact you’ve left on so many people’s lives.”

The EQUIP Conference will return in 2021 with plans for bi-annual implementation moving forward.

Source: southernspiritonline.org