In case you missed it last year (I know I did) – the Salvation Army recently celebrated its 150th Anniversary. Probably best known for its red-kettle drives at Christmas time, the Salvation Army began as a mission in the East End of London in 1865. Founders William and Catherine Booth “walked the streets of London to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the poor, the homeless, the hungry, and the destitute” and “demonstrating their faith by offering practical support to people in need on the streets of London”.
Today the Salvation Army continues their founders’ work by… sharing the Gospel and offering church services, helping the unemployed find work, providing food to the hungry and shelter for the homeless, assisting individuals trapped in human trafficking or domestic abuse situations, responding to emergencies, and providing disaster relief wherever it is needed. The Salvation Army serves people of over 140 different languages in over 100 countries.