Salvation Army serves thousands, but it’s a church first
The Anniston Star
By Laura Camper
Wayne and Mary Ellen Cotton sat at a long folding table in a Salvation
Army food warehouse one day last week surrounded by mounds of food. The
donated goods were waiting to be sorted and placed on the shelves.
another folding table, bags the Cottons filled with an assortment of
food were ready for clients of Salvation Army who will be making their
way to the food pantry for help.
May 14-20 was National Salvation
Army Week, a special period in which to remember an organization that
set down roots in 1865 in London and spread across the world. But while
many people think of the organization as a social service agency, it is a
church first, said Capt. Bert Lind — a church that took on a
militaristic name and infrastructure to preach to people.
everything in the name of Jesus Christ,” said Lind, commanding officer
of the local organization. “We do not preach to them in the expectation
they will join our church.”
The Salvation Army has 7,300 corps
throughout the United States. Each one has a number of soldiers, adult
members and junior soldiers, children, in its membership. Worldwide, the
Salvation Army has more than 1 million soldiers in its ranks.
Salvation Army Corps in Anniston has a service each Sunday at its
building on Fourth Street in the same area as its other buildings.
Around 35 to 40 people, on average, attend the 11 a.m. service each
week, Lind said.
“We have normal church activities; we have Sunday school and morning worship service,” he said.