The Salvation Army is 125 years old, and certainly well known. But it is justified in publishing a colorful, slick paper newsletter to report on its recent projects.
Recently come to hand is the spring, 2014 issue of this publication, aptly titled Lone Star.
One of the cover stories is titled Little Caesars Spreads the Love. It tells how on Saturday, Jan. 18 this year, Little Caesars Love Kitchen made its appearance at the Salvation Army in Tyler. This is a big kitchen on wheels that travels across the U. S. and Canada to serve the hungry, the homeless and people who have been victims of disasters.
The kitchen arrived at the Salvation Army Center of Hope early in the morning and prepared pizzas to serve more than 300 people for brunch.
SINCE 1989 the Little Caesars Love Kitchen has fed more than 2 million people in 48 states and three Canadian provinces. It brought relief after 9/11, Hurricanes Katrina, Ike and Sandy; and tornadoes in Michigan, Alabama, Georgia and Oklahoma.
On a historical theme, Lone Star told how The Army Invades Texas! This is the story of how William Booth, a Methodist minister disenchanted with the Anglican “high church” of his day, took his message of God’s love for all to the poverty-stricken streets of 19th century London, England.
His first converts were drunkards, prostitutes and thieves, and he established the East London Christian Mission in 1865. Booth reorganized this group in 1878 and they became the Salvation Army that is known today.
Booth became the first General, and he adopted a military structure.
THE SALVATION Army came to Texas in 1888 after Adam Janelli, an Italian naval captain, first encountered the Army in India where he attended one of its meetings.
He was so touched that he devoted his life to service to God through the Army.
Janelli wore a uniform when he preached on a street corner in the rough frontier town of Dallas, Texas.
When Janelli had any success he would send a long letter to General Booth in London, England, asking that officers be sent to Texas to lead the work. The stack of letters got so thick that Booth responded, and the Salvation Army’s service in Texas began officially in 1889.
AN EDITOR’S NOTE in the Lone Star it gives an eloquent summary of the 2013 record:
More than 1.1 million nights of shelter for those who might otherwise have slept on the streets;
More than 3.3 million meals to people of all ages who without the Army might have gone hungry;
Close to 20,000 individual cases of emergency financial assistance, working in times of crisis to keep families in their homes;
Spiritual, social and emotional assistance for adults who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves;
Emergency disaster relief to many impacted by natural and man-made disasters;
A week at summer camp for many under-privileged young people.
Questions are referred to the web site, www.salvationarmytexas.org.