Every year, we take a week to highlight some of the stories of people whose lives have been changed by the work of The Salvation Army. These are people like Karl, Blossom, or even Sheryl who wrote of her time at one of our shelters.
The Salvation Army has been active in the Carolinas since 1887 — that's 130 years! Every day we get to meet beautiful people and to hear the stories that brought them to our offices. Every story is unique but they all seem to carry a couple of common themes.
First is the idea that The Salvation Army feels like family. Our goal is to create an environment where everyone feels welcome. When someone is experiencing difficulties. It can be hard enough to reach out for help. We want to create a space that feels as safe and as caring as possible. Whether someone needs help with food, or shelter, or they simply want someone who they can pray with, we want them to know that they are loved and cared for.
The other thing that we often hear is that people don't know where they would be without The Salvation Army. For so many people, The Salvation Army catches them at their most vulnerable moments. People know that they can trust us. People know that we will always be there to help however we can.
We are motivated by a deep belief in God. We believe that The Salvation Army is called to serve men, women, and children from all walks of life. We believe that the God who created us all wants them to know that He cares for them. He wants them to be fed, clothed, and spiritually nurtured.
And that's why we're here.
During this National Salvation Army Week, let's remember that all of us are called to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet our neighbor's needs without discrimination.
We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
We are called to be an army of compassion.