|Commissioner Israel L. Gaither, National Commander of the Salvation Army in the U.S.
The Salvation Army has been actively serving in the United States for 130 years with the mission of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and meeting human needs in His name without discrimination. It is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church, faithfully proclaiming the message of the Bible and motivated in its ministry by the love of God.
The organization’s founding dates back to 1865 in London, England by former Methodist minister William Booth. Booth abandoned the conventional concept of a church and a pulpit, instead taking his message of spiritual salvation directly to the people – in particular the homeless, the hungry, and the destitute of Victorian-era London.
From this man’s Godly passion and conviction of caring for others, his street ministry grew into The Salvation Army as we know it today, with personnel and volunteers serving nearly 30 million Americans each year through a broad array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, to relief for disaster survivors, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army has also flourished internationally, actively serving in 121 countries throughout the world.
Their presence has even permeated the airwaves thanks to The Salvation Army’s national radio program, Wonderful Words of Life, which was first produced in 1955. Though beginning with a modest distribution and limited production, the 15-minute weekly program of teaching and music can be heard today on 1500 radio stations worldwide, as well as online at www.oneplace.com. The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) commemorated this decades-long achievement by honoring The Salvation Army with the Milestone Award in 2005 for exemplary contributions in Christian broadcasting.
Through these many ministries focused both here and abroad, The Salvation Army is investing in its local communities, “Doing the Most Good” by meeting physical, spiritual, and emotional needs. By caring for the whole person, the organization strives to exhibit to both its clients and the watching world God’s abundant love through its presence and heart of service.
For more information, visit The Salvation Army's website at www.salvationarmyusa.org. You can also click the following links to visit its blog, Facebook, and Twitter pages.