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The Salvation Army Begins Work In Brazil

The Salvation Army Begins Work In Brazil (On This Day In History, August 1)

On this day in history, in 1922, The Salvation Army begins work in Brazil. The Exército de Salvação in Brazil was pioneered by Lieut-Colonel and Mrs David Miche. They unfurled the Army flag in Rio de Janeiro this very day 91 years ago and Exército de Salvação has been Doing The Most Good ever since!

The Salvation Army Begins Work In Brazil

On This Day In History: Apollo 15 Launched, 1971

On This Day In History: Apollo 15 Launched, 1971

Apollo 15 Launched, 1971: On This Day In History, July 26

Apollo 15 launched, 1971: On This Day In History, July 26

Apollo 15 Insignia

In 1971, Apollo 15 launched as the fourth mission to land men on the Moon. It also was the first mission to use a lunar rover, and ninth manned mission in the Apollo Program. In December 1972, Apollo 15 Lunar Module Pilot, Colonel James B. Irwin, a Christian and supporter of The Salvation Army, presented Salvation Army General Erik Wickberg a color photo of him at the “Missionary Headquarters on the Moon!”

When Colonel James Irwin took his first steps on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 15 Mission, he was only the eighth man to do so!

Doing The Most Good!

In December 1972, Apollo 15 Lunar Module Pilot, Colonel James B. Irwin, a Christian and supporter of The Salvation Army, presented Salvation Army General Erik Wickberg a color photo of him at the "Missionary Headquarters on the Moon!"

Commissioner George Scott Railton

Commissioner George Scott Railton Dies: On This Day In History, July 19

Commissioner George Scott Railton dies at age 64

“I am going to heaven. Meet me there.” –G.S. Railton

Commissioner George Scott Railton

Commissioner George Scott Railton dies at age 64 in Germany en route to Switzerland, in 1913. He was second in command of The Salvation Army to founder General William Booth and the first commissioner of The Salvation Army. His faithfulness and devotion to the Lord and the Army is evident in this note that he had written if ever found:
“To the police:
G.S. Railton, for years, since 1898, suffered from heart weakness.
Address: 101 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC
If found anywhere dead or unconscious please:
If dead- bury on the spot as quickly and cheaply as possible, reporting as above.
If a church close by will bury, good.
If not, do not trouble, but report.
If found unconscious, get into any hospital. I do not want to burden anyone.
You can rely on The Salvation Army to pay any really needed costs, as of a poor man, no flowers.
101 will report to my dear wife and family; but I do not want any of them to have the cost and misery of coming to bury or nurse me.
My love to everyone. Amen. I am going to heaven. Meet me there.”

On This Day In History, June 24: William Booth Received by King Edward VII

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In 1904, William Booth, founder of The Salvation Army, was received by King Edward VII of Great Britain, the first official recognition by a world leader of the importance of the then–39–year–old movement. When The King asked the General what his recreations were and to sign his autograph album, he wrote: “Some men’s ambition is art. Some men’s ambition is fame. Some men’s ambition is gold. My ambition is the souls of men.”

Booth, while both humbled and honored by the king’s acknowledgement, was true to his convictions. He told the sovereign of the ongoing work of the Army in 49 countries. The visit was to make an impact upon the Army and its place in the world, but also on the monarch.
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On This Day In History June 21: Catherine Booth Made Her Last Public Address

Catherine Booth

In 1888, Catherine Booth, The Army Mother, made her last public address at City Temple in London, England. Here is a quote from her speech that day:

“Perhaps on no point has The Salvation Army suffered persecution more than on this one point of its teaching—that it teaches a Savior not only willing to pardon, but who does pardon absolutely, and who communicates a sense of that pardon by His Holy Spirit to the hears of those who truly repent and sincerely believe, with a living faith, in Him, and not only washes their past sins away but has the power to keep them from their sins, and will, if they trust in Him, enable them to live in righteousness and holiness all their lives, walking in obedience to His commands, keeping that inner law of which we have just heard—the law of Christ—which is the most perfect law and fulfills all others—loving the Lord thy God with all thy heart, mind, soul, and strength, and they neighbor as thyself.”

On This Day In History: June 18 Amelia Earhart Honored

In 1928, Aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly in an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean.
Miss Earhart was an honored guest along with Evangeline Booth at an annual Salvation Army luncheon held at The Salvation Army Camp at Ashford Hill. Isn’t that neat?!

Amelia Earhart,1928

On This Day In History: May 15

In 1935, Albert Einstein was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Medal for his outstanding fundamental contributions to theoretical physics, especially his relativity theory.

Check out the genius with The Salvation Army Band before the Rose Parade in 1931, just a few years before he was awarded the medal!

Albert Einstein with The Salvation Army Band before the Rose Parade in 1931

On This Day In History: May 14

Well, this entire week, if you haven’t heard, is the 60th annual National Salvation Army Week! In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 74 years after The Salvation Army arrived in the US, declared a week in May “National Salvation Army Week” and made this proclamation:

“Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of human brotherhood. In time of war, the men and women of this organization have brought to those serving their country far from home, friendliness and warm concern. In the quieter days of peace, their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans. Giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of us all.”