On this Day in History—March 18

In 1886, The Salvation Army Chinatown Corps in San Francisco opened in an area full of opium dens, gambling, drinking, brothels and child prostitution. Captain Fong Foo Sec sent a telegram declaring, “The first Chinese Salvation Army Corps is now an accomplished fact.” The first Chinese Salvation Army Corps in the world was in San Francisco. In 2011, just two years ago, they celebrated their 125th anniversary of service, Doing The Most Good!

On This Day In History—March 14

In 1897, the first Salvation Army united youth meetings (Youth Councils) took place. This year The Salvation Army Youth Councils in Texas will be held April 5th-7th with “Take Time” Hosea 10:12 as the theme. An anticipated 600 young people from across Texas will meet at Camp Hoblitzelle for this 2013 weekend retreat!

The weekend is designed to help youth connect with God with powerful worship, exciting dramas, and creative messages that are relevant to what is going on in their lives today. We want, more than anything, for them to return home knowing what it means to love and serve Jesus and to have a relationship with Him.

On This Day In History—March 13

In 1881, the first French Salvation Army meeting took place in Paris. Today, the French Salvation Army Foundation:

  • serves 110,000 meals with volunteer help
  • accommodates 160,000 persons in its emergency shelters
  • receives 74,000 persons in its day centers
  • cares for 50 patients in its convalescent home
  • helps 40 missing persons to reunite with loved ones through its Family Tracing Service

On This Day In History—March 12

In 1998, The Salvation Army International Conference of Leaders was held in Melbourne, Australia. Last year in 2012, the ICL met to prayerfully and strategically consider the International Vision Plan for One Army, One Mission, One Message. There are over 120 leaders that attend the ICL from every Salvation Army territory and command, together with commissioners serving on International Headquarters and USA national leaders.

On This Day In History—March 8

On March 8, 1937, The Salvation Army began work in Brazzaville, now The Republic of Congo. Today, The Salvation Army of The Republic of Congo has six clinics, one with an ophthalmic department for eye care. The Salvation Army has impacted many lives and will continue in Doing The Most Good!

On This Day In History—February 28

In 1947, US Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall prayed: ‘Let not the past ever be so dear to us as to set a limit to the future. Give us the courage to change our minds when that is needed.’ We should pray this more often, a blessed limitless future over The Salvation Army, our leaders, government, and country!

On This Day In History—February 26

In 1953, singer Michael Bolton was born. Happy Birthday Michael Bolton! A few years ago in October (2010), Michael Bolton appeared on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ to sing ‘Hallelujah’ with none other than The Salvation Army Boys’ Choir from the Southern California Division with Salvationist Barbara Allen directing the choir.


On This Day In History—February 25

In 1964, underdog Cassius Clay, age 22, defeats champion Sonny Liston in a technical knockout to win the world heavyweight boxing crown. Clay, who later became known to the world as Muhammad Ali, went on to become the first fighter to capture the heavyweight title three times. In 1996, Muhammad Ali was named as honorary chairperson of The Salvation Army Capital Campaign in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

On This Day In History—February 21

In 1926, Greta Garbo’s first U.S. film, “Torrent” opened. Believe it or not, Greta Garbo’s first job was not acting, but selling Salvation Army newspapers in Sweden! At six years old, she sold the “Stridsropet” (The War Cry), the Salvation Army newspaper. Greta would spend her first money to go to the movies theaters.

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On This Day In History—February 20

In 1887, The Salvation Army began work in Italy. Today, there are 39 locations of churches and facilities across the country. Doing The Most Good…in Italy!