Farewell to Captains Brown & EVB Volunteers Clean Up Garden

In the past week, The Salvation Army wished farewell to Captains Ryan and Shawana Brown as Corps Officers of The Salvation Army Richmond Citadel Corps and been on the receiving end of generous volunteers from EVB cleaning up the garden in front of the Shelter and Family Services building on West Grace Street. Please scroll down to see photos from these events.

Browns Farewell

Each spring The Salvation Army Territorial Headquarters in Atlanta issues appointments for The Salvation Army Officers stationed in the 15 southern states. The appointments are effective beginning the third Wednesday of June and from the time the announcement comes out in late April, Officers are considered to be ‘under farewell orders’. While ‘under farewell orders’, Officers and their families prepare for the move to the new city/town/state (and sometimes country) where their ministry will continue. An appointment lasts, on average, three years but ranges from as few as two years to as many as seven years. Captains Ryan and Shawana Brown, pastors of the Richmond Citadel Corps, came to the Corps in June 2010 and after three years of leading the congregation at the Corps, have been appointed to the Virginia Peninsula Command in Hampton, VA. On Sunday, June 15, the Browns led their final worship service at the Corps and said farewell their congregation. Lieutenants Tim and Grace Jo will take over as Corps Officers on Wednesday, June 18.

EVB Volunteers

A group of volunteers from EVB came to The Salvation Army Area Command on West Grace Street in Richmond to spruce of the garden in front of the building and clean up the children’s play room that is used for children who are staying with their mothers in The Salvation Army’s shelter and transitional housing program.

Mobile Devotion – 5.8.14

Last week I talked about how God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of Love, Power and Self-Discipline. I pray that you were able to experience this and so much more from our wonderful, amazing, awe-inspiring God. If not, seek Him as His Word says in Jeremiah 29:13, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

I don’t know about you, but this week for me has been a little hectic. My wife is a way at a

2 Corinthians

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conference and I am single parenting it this week. I told our congregation, not to be surprised if you see me on the news this week under the story of “Pastor duct tapes children to wall…News at 11.” And on top of all of this, my wife and I have been given our farewell orders, which means we are moving to a new appointment, with new ministries, challenges and opportunities. Phew! It seems like one thing after another, and I’m getting pretty tired. In fact I’m down right exhausted at times, but I know where my strength fails and where I am weak, His strength is perfect.

Now I didn’t make this up. ☺ This is taken from 2 Corinthians 12:8-10. This is the apostle Paul speaking and he’s telling the church of Corinth about his struggle with a thorn in the flesh that God has given him. He tells them that he asked God 3 times to remove this thorn, and each time God replied “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness…” (V9a). Paul, like so many of us begs God to remove the thorn in his flesh, and God answers us the same way He does Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you…” Are you suffering with a thorn in your flesh and don’t know what to do? God is saying, “My grace is sufficient for you…” Paul never revealed what that thorn in the flesh was, nor did he need to. The point was to make everyone (us including) aware that God’s grace is sufficient, it is always enough, it is plenty, there is an ample supply and we who love and serve Him are covered by it. So no matter what I go through in this new appointment, no matter what your week, month, year looks/feels like, God’s grace and power is more than enough. Remember, when you are weak, then you are strong! Because it is He who is giving you the strength, and as the Word says, it is perfect!

Be encouraged today, and share with someone about the grace God has given you. And as always be blessed, stay in your word and spend time with the almighty one who created you from the dust of the earth and breathed life into your lungs.

Until next time…

Salvation Army News Update – 2.19.14

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club’s Hoops for Health and Healthy Living Festival is just about two months away and there is still time to be a part of this exciting event. Plus, we’ll have a sneak peak at this week’s Mobile Devotion.

Salvation Army News Update – 1.15.14

The Salvation Army’s Step-Up program is getting homeless women with children out of our shelter and onto solid ground for themselves and their families.