We’re not looking for a fight, we’re already in one. All around us, there is hurt, loss, hopelessness, hunger, desperation, grief, brokenness, emptiness and loneliness and The Salvation Army since 1865 has refused to allow that to claim the lives of those who seek help, who seek, hope, who seek love.
Our founder, William Booth, in his final speech back in 1912 at Royal Albert Hall, preached these words to the thousands in attendance.
“While women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight; while little children go hungry, as they do now, I’ll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I’ll fight; while there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight-I’ll fight to the very end!”
And today in 2011, this has not stopped, the fighting continues as we assist each and every person who somehow, someway comes into our line of radar and needs our help.
This month, we are going to highlight the various programs that continually fight to meet the need as outlined in Booth’s famous speech. We will let you know how we remain in the trenches and out on the battlefield in the name of Jesus defending those who seek a “Shield” to protect them, “...his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night not the arrow that flies by day,” Psalm 91:4.
We will never give up and while there is still breath within each one of our officers, staff, volunteers and donors throughout the 123 countries we serve in, the battle will continue and with God at the helm, we will be victorious! Ephesians 6:10-11, “Finally be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”
We encourage you to join us whether it’s with spreading the word, volunteering your time in our many programs, donating monetarily so each program can remain operational or most importantly keeping us in your prayers! All of this is valuable and considered a blessing to all of us who serve on the front lines!
I’ve included this song by Rascal Flatts which sounds like God speaking to me and to each one of us. No matter what, no matter how long the journey or how hard the battle, He will not give up on us, He will not let us go! Be encouraged!