At The Salvation Army, we have dozens of staff members and hundreds of volunteers who serve our program participants each in a different and unique way. Some of us plant seeds and others water seeds but it is always God who gives the increase. This week we have a feature on someone who has been planting seeds in a place where it’s not always easy to see a flower bloom.
Sixteen to eighteen hours a week, Malik Shabazz, an ordained minister and certified substance abuse counselor comes to The Salvation Army emergency shelter to meet with shelter residents and address their history with alcohol or substance abuse. Through a rough background of his own, Malik knows a flower may not immediately bloom but it’s planting the seed that’s important.
Malik is a firm believer in Romans 8:28, that says “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for the good, for those who are called according to His purpose,” and knows that God was working all things together to give him a voice to be able to genuinely share with others and lift them up.
Malik went on to say that the substance abuse program is only as good as the resources which are poured into it and though flowers don’t bloom right away, it has been invaluable to its participants. Please keep Monday, February 23rd at 11am on your calendar for the Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker event at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls. This is going to be a great event where Dr. Walker and a Richmond community leader panel will talk with area youth about finding their legacy. More information is available at SalvationArmyCentralVA.org.
Many of us have been through circumstances were we have called out to God for help…and Charles is no different but God’s healing and protection for him was something different…and we’ll share that in this week’s Salvation Army News Update.
Second Corinthians chapter four verses eight and nine say, ‘We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;’ and Charles experienced many of those but through faith in God and personal ambition he’s proving he’s not been crushed.
It was that ambition and self-motivation that led Charles to enroll in The Salvation Army’s A Step Up Program which included a certification class as a Personal Care Aide through a partnership with the Professional Career Institute.
A gift to the Online Red Kettle is one way to feel God’s presence and bring His blessing to Charles and other men, women and children who may face challenge but long to fulfill their potential. The Online Red Kettle closes January 31st. Thank you for allowing us to the share this story with you.
One parting note, on Monday, February 23, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club will host Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker for a special speaking engagement to area youth on finding their legacy. Dr. Walker was the former Chief of Staff to Dr. Martin Luther King and is a graduate of Virginia Union University.
The Salvation Army of Central Virginia will hold a kick-off ceremony Friday morning (Nov. 14) at 10:00AM at Short Pump Town Center (11800 W. Broad St, Richmond). Open to the public, the event is expected to draw officers, donors, and friends from The Salvation Army and the Christmas partners to be recognized.
This year’s theme will spotlight how donations given to The Salvation Army are giving hope to local families and restoring lives for women and men who previously saw no light at the end of the tunnel.
“Christmas gifts of time, talent and treasure allow The Salvation Army to feed the hungry, prevent homelessness, and enrich the lives of children,” said Major Timothy Carter of The Salvation Army. “With great community generosity at Christmas, we are able to provide solutions and transform lives year-round.”
Throughout Central Virginia, The Salvation Army assists individuals and families still struggling to make ends meet. Many who walk through our doors are in need a help to avoid eviction or utility termination, while others are in need of groceries or clothing.
Partnerships that will be recognized for supporting The Salvation Army in providing Christmas Assistance to Central Virginia families in need include the Angel Tree program with NBC12, Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Richmond Christmas Mother Fund, Coats for Kids with Puritan Cleaners, Fox Holiday Socks with Fox Richmond, ESPN 950’s Holiday Cheer and Gear and Martin’s. Support from Page Auto Group assists The Salvation Army with transportation needs during the Christmas season, providing vehicles to transport bell ringers and pick-up gifts. Other individuals, companies and retailers who support The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign will be recognized at the event as well.
A kick-off celebrating partnerships, donors and volunteers to The Salvation Army’s Tri-Cities Service Center in Petersburg, VA will be held on Saturday, November 15 at 10:00AM at Southpark Mall in Colonial Heights. The event is expected to draw the mayors of the Tri-Cities, respectively, and Virginia Senator-Elect Rosalyn R. Dance.
Individuals and organizations who volunteer to ring a bell for The Salvation Army during the Christmas season are also appreciated and needed, to sign-up to volunteer at a kettle location, visit Kettles.SalvationArmyCentralVA.org. For supporters wishing to ring the bell at home or work, The Salvation Army offers a virtual kettle through an online portal. At OnlineRedKettle.org/CVACThanksYou users can start and manage their own virtual Red Kettle to support The Salvation Army. This Online Red Kettle allows supporters to still give if they cannot locate a kettle in the community and get more involved.
On Tuesday, September 30, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club in the East End of Richmond, VA celebrated their 60th Anniversary as a chartered club with Boys & Girls Club’s of America.
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.
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.
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.
Dennis is a veteran who served our country during the Vietnam War.For more than two years, he has been a full time employee with McGuire VA Medical Center. He maintains an apartment in Richmond. His willingness to overcome significant adversity is an example.
“2011 was a changing year in my life; it started out depressing but turned into amazing.”
After his military career he began working in hospitals where he remained until 2008 when he was laid off after 15 years as anesthesiology technician.
“More people were coming out of school with nursing degrees and the tech positions were getting squeezed out.”
Without a steady paycheck Dennis lost his home and was forced onto the streets. Depression set in and Dennis found himself turning to external sources for comfort.
“I became clean the day I entered The Salvation Army in fall 2011. I didn’t want alcohol anymore. God led me to the Army and the Case Managers helped me get perspective and overcome the challenges caused by my choices and how I was living. My faith is very strong and that is what keeps me going. The generosity, the compassion of the donors I’ve experienced personally and I see every day amazes me.”
Dennis’ Case Manager helped him secure a place in the Comprehensive Work Therapy program at McGuire VA Medical Center where he has worked full time since 2012.
“You can’t think negative, you won’t get anything done.”
Youth from The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club participated in the For You I Will Banquet and youth from The Salvation Army School of Performing Arts put on a concert at the Richmond Citadel Corps.
In the last couple weeks, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club hosted the For You I Will Banquet for teens and pre-teens at the Club. The For You I Will program is a health & life skills program at the club that encourages abstinence and healthy relationships. The event was held at L’s Restaurant in the East End and featured speakers on etiquette and abstinence and about 35 youth from the club participated in the event.
Coming up, the club will host the Think Pink Tea and Fashion Show on Saturday, June 14 from 11am to 2pm with one of the newest Club Council members, Kelli Lemon, who you may recognize from the RVA happy video as the emcee of the event.
The event open to the public and a five dollar donation is appreciated. Well last Tuesday, The Salvation Army School of Performing Arts hosted their annual Year End Concert at The Richmond Citadel Corps. In the year Sara Elliott has been director of the program she’s formed partnerships and been back and forth between Richmond Citadel Corps and The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club offering lessons and enriching lives through music education.
There were more than 50 people in attendance to experience the wonderful performances of what kids from the Corps and Club had learned over the past year. We’re always looking for volunteers with a passion for music so if you feel like you’d like to make an impact through music, please get in touch with Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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…