Car­bon­ear’s Sal­va­tion Army cel­e­brates quasqui­cen­ten­nial

The Compass - - ORTHTE -

Wes Rowe con­cluded the evening’s fes­tiv­i­ties by ex­tolling the corps pi­o­neers.

“I am so grate­ful for that legacy, and whose min­istry we have here in Car­bon­ear to­day,” he said.

Spir­i­tual and so­cial

In an in­ter­view with The Com­pass af­ter the ban­quet, corps of­fi­cers Ma­jor Wendy Boone and Cap­tain Darin Boone re­flected on the role of the Army in Car­bon­ear.

Wendy de­scribed the Army as “a Chris­tian or­ga­ni­za­tion where we of­fer Je­sus to peo­ple and pro­mote the Gospel.”

“ The Army does of­fer many so­cial pro­grams,” Darin added. The Army’s pres­ence in Car­bon­ear is made more vis­i­ble by what he re­ferred to as “ fam­ily ser­vices,” along with a thrift store.

The re­tail out­let is in­tended “ for those who would need prac­ti­cal items at a lower cost,” Wendy ex­plained.

Re­act­ing to a per­ceived ten­sion be­tween the Army’s spir­i­tual and so­cial min­istry, Wendy said, “ It’s both re­ally. They both work to­gether.”

At the same time, the Boones in­sisted that the mes­sage preached 125 years ago is no dif­fer­ent than what a vis­i­tor to the corps to­day will hear.

“ The mes­sage is al­ways the same, shar­ing the love of Christ to a com­mu­nity,” Darin said.

Wendy added, “ The meth­ods have changed over the years, but the mes­sage re­mains the same.”

What is that mes­sage? Darin an­swered: “ we have a Chris­tian set­ting where peo­ple can feel at home and find a pur­pose in their lives.”

If there’s one thing in par­tic­u­lar Wendy wants the res­i­dents of Car­bon­ear to know, it is this: “ we’re a lov­ing com­mu­nity … Peo­ple love and care about each other, and they are a close-knit com­mu­nity … It’s a place where peo­ple can feel loved and sup­ported.”

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