Syria: A Message From General André Cox

General André Cox writes:

SINCE its early days The Salvation Army has responded to crises caused by natural disaster, famine and war. Today, I am calling upon Salvationists worldwide to pray for peace in Syria and grace and wisdom for elected officials the world over who are adjudicating on how to manage the tremendous humanitarian crisis that has enveloped the region. Syria will be the focus of the Worldwide Prayer Meeting on Thursday 12 September 2013.

A news item on the United Nations website www.un.org reports: ‘With an estimated 5,000 desperate Syrians fleeing their homes every day, the spiralling violence in the country has now created more than two million refugees. As of the end of August, the number of Syrians registered as refugees or pending registration was 110,000 in Egypt, 168,000 in Iraq, 515,000 in Jordan, 716,000 in Lebanon and 460,000 in Turkey. Over half of them are children under 17 years of age. The refugee crisis has placed an overwhelming burden on the host countries’ infrastructures, economies and societies, and with an average of almost 5,000 Syrians fleeing into these countries every day, the need for international support has reached a critical stage.’

The Salvation Army has been invited to participate in and support the humanitarian effort in Jordan. Officials from The Salvation Army’s International Headquarters in London, UK, are actively working in partnership with other non-governmental organisation representatives and a Salvation Army team is soon to depart for the region.

As world leader of The Salvation Army, I believe it is our Christian duty to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Jordan both practically and prayerfully. Please join me and Commissioner Silvia as together we pray for peace. I invite Salvationists around the world to unite in prayer on Thursday 12 September through the Worldwide Prayer Meeting (see http://sar.my/syria). Please pray for peace, wisdom and grace for our leaders and those responding to the humanitarian crisis in Jordan.

Thank you for your support of this special request.

Modern Witnesses of Faith

CHRISTIAN SERVICE IS ALL ABOUT OBEDIENCE that evokes knowledge of God, empowering us to promote the good of others while doing what God wants done. As disciples of Jesus who seek to grow in character, we stand on the shoulders of those who can make us stop, look, listen and remember the words of Isaiah, “This is the way. Walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21). The following Salvation Army role models have devoted their lives to multifaceted service, all with the common goal of bringing love and healing to those who need it most. These four heroes of the Faith have in common a thirst for social justice, a hunger for civic responsibility and an active lifestyle into their senior years. Modern Witnessess of Faith

They represent qualities to which those who put the mission of The Salvation Army into action day in and day out aspire.

Dallas Willard has written, “To live as a servant while fulfilling socially important roles is one of the greatest challenges any disciple ever faces.” Are we motivated by praise and awards, a real desire to share God’s love, or is it some of both? As you reflect on the lives of these four devoted servants of God, may you see yourself as consecrated for service with a sense of purpose that will move you toward simplicity, humility and transparency. “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it” (Proverbs 3:27).

Captain Ruth Wilkerson - The Counselor Central Territory

Captain Ruth Wilkerson – The Counselor

Compassionate Service to a Hurting Community
by Anne Urban

     
Colonel Henry F. Gariepy, O.F. - The Pacesetter Eastern Territory

Colonel Henry F. Gariepy, O.F. – The Pacesetter

A Prolific and Faithful Servant
by Warren L. Maye

     
Brigadier Luther Smith, O.F. - The Listener Southern Territory

Brigadier Luther Smith, O.F. – The Listener

Protraying the Highest Ideals of Salvationism
by Dan Childs

     
Sergeant-Major Robert Doctor - The Teacher Western Territory

Seargeant-Major Robert Docter – The Teacher

Living Out the Salvation Army Ethic
by Jared McKiernan

Commissioner André Cox Elected 20th General of The Salvation Army

“My immediate thoughts are thankfulness to God. I pray that The Salvation Army will be known as a force for good in the world. I pray that The Salvation Army will be known as a force for positive change and transformation in the communities in which we serve. I pray that we Salvationists, no matter what our rank, will live up to the spiritual values we proclaim, that we will live them out, and in that way I know that God will bless and will lead us.”

General André CoxWith these words newly elected General André Cox, a Swiss-British Salvation Army officer, addressed members of the 18th Salvation Army High Council, as more than 10,000 people from around the world watched a live webcast of his election as the Army’s 20th General. The 117 senior leaders from around the world gathered July 29th at the Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel just outside London for the sacred task of choosing the next international leader.

The Mercy Seat from the Army’s facility at Sunbury Court, London, was placed in the center of the configuration for the High Council delegates as a visible sign of the spiritual exercise in which the members were involved. Sunbury Court, the regular venue for the High Council, is undergoing renovations.

General Cox shares his ministry with his wife, Commissioner Silvia Cox, who is the World President of Women’s Ministries. Together General and Commissioner Cox now lead the 1.5 million-strong Army in 126 countries around the world.

Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, to an English father and Swiss mother, André Cox spent his childhood years in Zimbabwe and the United Kingdom before moving to Switzerland, where he met his wife. From there the couple entered training to become Salvation Army officers, taking up their first appointments in 1979.

The 59-year-old General has vast experience with the international ministry of The Salvation Army. In the early years of his officership, General Cox held appointments in Switzerland and Zimbabwe. More recently he has served as the territorial commander in the Southern Africa Territory, the Finland and Estonia Territory and the United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland. In February 2013 he was appointed as Chief of the Staff—second in command of the international Salvation Army.

As the High Council convened, one of the first official acts was to elect Commissioner William Roberts, USA National Commander, to serve as the president. Commissioner Roberts immediately took control of business, pledging to do his best to keep the proceedings flowing smoothly. He moved straight to the election of other officials: Commissioner Birgitte Brekke, International Secretary for Europe, was elected as vice-president and Commissioner James Condon, territorial commander, Australia Eastern, was elected as chaplain. The president guided members through a review of the orders of procedure for the council, and the chaplain concluded the day by reading from Psalm 139 before the singing of “The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, is Ended.”

On the second day, the High Council elected members for the Tellers and Questions Committee, which prepared a questionnaire for each nominee to answer.

The chaplain’s prayer on the third morning centered on God’s people being united in the Holy Spirit. Using the song “Savior and Lord, We Pray to Thee,” Commissioner Condon emphasized the prayer: “Pour out Thy Spirit… and let Thy love, Thy will dictate.” That prayerful attitude pervaded the chamber as High Council members submitted the nominees for General. Those accepting nomination were Commissioner André Cox, Commissioner Kenneth Hodder, Commissioner James Knaggs, Commissioner Dick Krommenhoek and Commissioner Barry Swanson. Commissioner Clive Adams declined the nomination.

On the fourth day, High Council members joined Salvationists around the world in the online Worldwide Prayer Meeting. Delegates reported that they were aware of people supporting them in prayer. Such interest was evident in the activity on the High Council website, Facebook page and Twitter account set up by International Headquarters. The video of the opening day was viewed 8,000 times and the publication of photographs the third night resulted in 47,655 views.

Council President Commissioner William Roberts officially introduces the new General.On the fifth day, the candidates for General and their spouses delivered their answers to the questionnaires without interruption. High Council delegates received the answers in silence, in accordance with the Orders and Procedures. Candidates had prepared their answers as well as their speeches during a 24- hour period, which meant that translators worked into the early hours of the morning to ensure that every member could follow procedures clearly and have a copy of each speech.

On what would prove to be the final day of the 2013 High Council of The Salvation Army, members entered the chamber with a sense of anticipation and solemnity, prepared for the sacred task upon which they were about to embark. The day’s devotions included the prayer request that God would “direct, control, suggest, this day, all I may think, or do, or say.” Chaplain Condon led the council to consider that its work would result from the harmony that had been evident all week among the members, so each member could say, “it seemed good to the Holy Spirit.” In the early afternoon on the sixth day of the 18th High Council, Commissioner André Cox was elected as the 20th General of The Salvation Army. Commissioners André and Silvia Cox knelt together at the Mercy Seat while the High Council members sang: “I Would be Thy Holy Temple.” The commissioner then confirmed that he was willing to serve.

Heroes of the Faith

What does it mean to be a hero of the Faith? Are exemplary Christian role models merely a thing of the past? In a conversation with Editor-in- Chief Major Allen Satterlee, Dr. Roger Green, chair of the Department of Biblical Studies at Gordon College, offers some historical and personal examples of people who fit his own definition of hero of the Faith. He also considers the role of circumstances and personal character in the spiritual formation of these extraordinary individuals and how their challenges and courageousness resemble our own.

Q: Please define hero of the Faith.
A: A hero of the Faith is someone who shows extraordinary courage to lead, to do the right thing, sometimes in times of great adversity. It is someone extraordinary, someone out of the ordinary. Courage always seems to come to mind when I think of a hero, a person who stands above the others.
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Q: Who in church history do you think fits this description?
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The first person I think of is Martin Luther. He certainly demonstrated those attributes. His life was even on the line for doing the right thing, for saying the right thing and for being the kind of leader that the Bible calls for. That is a leader who has power but doesn’t abuse the power, who uses that power for the sake of the Kingdom and therefore has authority. Authority is the recognition that a person is using his or her power as a shepherd of the people. The second one that comes to mind would be Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a man who showed such courage and conviction, such biblical faith in the midst of genuine strife and ultimately sacrificing his life. There have been heroes in the Army as well. Of course, William and Catherine Booth. A more up-to-date person would be General Frederick Coutts. He was a man of great courage, great conviction. He was a leader who stood above other leaders because of that, yet he served with a servant’s heart and so he had great authority. In the biblical sense, people recognized that he had power but didn’t abuse it, using it for the sake of the Kingdom.
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Q: Which is a greater factor, circumstances or character?
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That’s a good question. Is it nature or nurture, which comes first? It’s kind of circular, that circumstances sometimes produce the character and the character is able to withstand difficult circumstances. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a great person to start with, very intelligent, very reflective. But it was the circumstances of Nazi Germany that brought out the very best in him, courage that he didn’t realize he had. It was the courage of his convictions leading ultimately to his death. It is more circular than one coming before the other. They play off of each other.
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Q: Who is your personal hero of the Faith?
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One unrecognized hero of the Faith was my paternal grandfather. He was really a wonderfully committed Salvation Army officer, first in Newfoundland and then in Toronto. Eventually he retired and lived with us after his wife died. He was not in the limelight. He served the Lord and he served the Kingdom in a wonderful, wonderful, beautiful way and was certainly a model for me in my life. He comes to mind always. The second one would be Lt. Colonel Lyell Rader. He received the Order of the Founder in recognition for his work. As a kid growing up and then into college and seminary, Colonel Rader exemplified that great courage, that great ability. He was a great motivator for us to be everything that God wanted us to be and had a profound influence on my own life.
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Q: What does a hero of the Faith teach us?
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A hero of the Faith teaches us that we can all rise above circumstances, we can all have the kind of courage they had. These are ordinary people that God used in extraordinary ways. But that ability is in all of us. Heroes of the Faith teach us to be sensitive to what God wants us to do for the sake of the Kingdom where He has placed us. For many of us that will be a very ordinary life doing our best in ordinary circumstances. But one never knows when the circumstances will call for extraordinary courage. They teach us always to be prepared to respond to the circumstances, whether they be ordinary or extraordinary, to always be ready to do the bidding of the Lord wherever He has placed you. Never in his wildest dreams did Martin Luther think that things were going to happen the way they did. Or, Bonhoeffer certainly never thought that. Certainly Coutts never thought he would be the General of The Salvation Army. But they were people with this great extraordinary courage who were ready to respond to what the circumstances demanded.

The Soul’s Secret Room

Retired all-pro linebacker Ray Lewis had a stellar football career with the Baltimore Ravens in spite of a checkered personal life. In recent years he has spoken boldly about his faith. Following the Ravens’ Superbowl victory in February 2013 he showed off his tee shirt. Its only words: “Psalm 91.” Asked about it by reporter Josh Vorhees, Lewis said, “For me, through the ups and downs, the roller coasters of 17 years, you have to find a safe place. You have to find that place that is very quiet in your head, and any time I read it, any time I come across it (in) my Bible, the first Scripture in there is Psalm 91.”

The first of two primary pictures in Psalm 91 speaks of a protected inner place. “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust’” (vs. 1, 2). The place described is one of absolute safety and unparalleled intimacy. Here the soul can be at rest, silent in the presence of God. This place is sacred not only because of God’s protection and dwelling there, but because it is the soul’s secret room where all is known. Here are the heart’s secret fears, the nagging doubts, the temptations that will not die despite the thousands of prayers sent heavenward for deliverance. But it is also the place where strengths are displayed as seen in those moments of unexpected courage, bare knuckled determination, the soul’s highest aspirations that are pure and holy. From the secret place promises and commitments of high consecration are whispered gently from the heart directly into the ear of God. This is the believer’s refuge “in the shadow of the Almighty” where a person is truly known, where he can be truly himself. Here is where he meets with God without pretense, without explanation to the outside world. Here prayer is both the music and the air that is breathed. When God reigns in the secret place, priorities are reordered, old wounds are healed, nagging questions are answered. This is the place protected by God, with stalwart walls no enemy can breach. The only compromise comes if the heart lets down the drawbridge and invites the enemy in.

The Soul's Secret RoomThe next picture is of God’s protection amid a hostile world. Reading through the psalm can be at once reassuring, then again it seems to mock. The magnificent promises signal that the child of God is invincible despite any enemies, any attacks that come against him. Typical of the psalm’s assurances are verses 5-7, “You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.” But reality speaks of something quite different.

Night Terrors
The believer finds at times there are terrors in the night. He finds that while he may not be hit by literal arrows, sharp attacks come from family, friend and foe. And the plague sometimes attacks his body so that he is gasping for breath while in another way a soul sickness can threaten to steal the soul’s breath. Does this mean that any child of God who suffers difficulty has failed to remain in the “shadow of the Almighty”? Has he strayed away from God so that he is unprotected when he should be standing unaffected like a comic book superhero? There must be another way to understand what is said in this psalm. If not, it promises but does not deliver, it entices but never satisfies.

This psalm speaks of the day of battle. What warrior could claim victory if he never fought? Is it not in the life and death struggle of conflict that the warrior learns of his own strength and skill, learns quickly what strategy prevails against the enemy that faces him? So it is that the trouble that attacks us while we serve the living God is not evil at all if it brings us closer to our Father, teaches us the ways of the Kingdom. If my desperate struggle forces me to cry out to the Lord, to seek Him rather than look in vain elsewhere, today’s fight prepares me better for tomorrow’s victory. We hear echoes of Christ’s words: “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul” (Matthew 10:28).

A Question of Fitness
While it may be that Christians continue to suffer harm, become ill, are made to bow beneath a back breaking load, ultimately these hardships become the servants of God if the believer learns that “in all things God works for the good of those who love Him” (Romans 8:28). The concern for the child of God is not that he is given a pass on physical illness, has a fat bank account, loves his job or has a family that smiles at each other placidly around the supper table while speaking in calm, reassuring tones to each other. His concern is how he is being fitted for the Kingdom of God, how his life pleases the One who loves him more tenderly than any mother loves her child.

The part that is the most you, your soul, is guaranteed that there is no circumstance on earth so powerful that God’s provision isn’t greater. Pestilence may come and sweep away millions, leaving you in a fitful fever, but this cannot wrest your soul from God. Armies may overrun every outpost and occupy the land, but you can know they cannot take the hill of God in your heart. Arrows may pierce and you may bleed, but your Savior has bled for you, guaranteeing that in Him you can be sustained.

The psalmist acknowledges that this is not a trouble free life even as he is certain that those troubles are not enough to defeat us. God speaks, saying, “He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him” (vs. 15).

The unbeliever faces all the things that the believer does, but does so without hope, with no protection for his soul. The psalmist helps us understand, as he surveys the broken world around him, that though it is strewn with wreckage, the child of God walks upright in victory over the debris of a fallen world.

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By Major Allen Satterlee

Living Out the Salvation Army Ethic

While a trademark charisma and playful smirk typically accompany Robert Docter, it’s a boundless passion for service anchored in a love for Jesus Christ that defines this lifetime Salvationist.

Sergeant-Major Robert Doctor - The TeacherBob Docter, a retired Sergeant–Major of the Pasadena Tabernacle Corps, still remains active in several of The Salvation Army’s ministries as a bandsman, Sunday school teacher and editor—even at 85 years old. “People need to know there’s still a lot to be done after 65,” Bob said. “You can keep on doing things for at least 20 more years.” Through 65 years of service, Bob’s fearless leadership and ambition have left a signature imprint on The Salvation Army. Born as a twin to Salvationists Lloyd and Violet Docter, Robert grew up immersed in the Army’s culture.

“I grew up in the Army. I had opportunities to see the quality of the Army, its depth, its ethic.”

At Los Angeles City College, he began working in radio with his father, where he helped produce a radio segment for The Salvation Army. Robert grew up around many Salvationists, none more impactful than his own father. “He was a change agent and I think I inherited some of his impulses.”

After graduating from UCLA, he taught school for one month before being drafted into the Korean War. In 1954, he began pursuing his Masters degree in psychotherapy (and eventually went on to earn a Ph.D), still intent on being heavily involved with The Salvation Army.

Bob landed his first major Salvation Army gig running a Sunday school in Phoenix, where he met Mary, the girl he would marry. From there, his involvement with Salvation Army ministries took flight, most notably with his work in Pasadena.

It was there that he began his 40–year stint as Sergeant–Major for the Pasadena Tabernacle Corps. He developed a deep relationship with the community and led the corps through multiple corps officers and changes in location, while still maintaining its strong core. When Docter wants to implement positive change, he doesn’t waste time.

Dissatisfied with the communication between the territory, divisions and corps, he decided to take matters into his own hands. In 1982, he and then Western Territorial Commissioner William Pratt spearheaded New Frontier, The Salvation Army’s first territorial newspaper, where he works as editor–in–chief to this day. Docter has since helped launch two more territorial publications—Caring and Vida.

Many wonder when the Salvationist, husband and father of six–– not to mention quick–witted psychology professor at Cal State Northridge––finds time to slow down. Bob has never held a conventional nine–to–five job, yet he’s always worked some combination of roles, making an impact in any and every way that he can. For now, he’s still carving out his legacy—in heroic fashion, of course.

“You have to have balance. You have to build principles to guide your life, to which you’re loyal. Being a Salvationist is a big part of who I am.”

Portraying the Highest Ideals of Salvationism

For some 75 years, wherever he went, Brigadier Luther Smith was the face of The Salvation Army. A recipient of the Order of the Founder in 2010, Smith wore his uniform with pride, projecting a warmth and spirit of caring that personified the highest ideals of Salvationism. In an interview with a reporter for his hometown Birmingham, Alabama, newspaper, he said, “It’s a nice feeling when you walk the streets of Birmingham, or any other street, in a Salvation Army uniform –– that makes a statement. It makes one statement which I like: If you have problems, somebody you want to talk to, I’m a listener.”

Brigadier Luther Smith, O.F. - The ListenerLuther Smith’s 96 years encompassed a full and active lifestyle. He was a licensed pilot and when he was not airborne, he loved riding his Harley–Davidson motorcycle. Commissioned in 1936, he served in appointments across the Southern Territory and in Mexico City. He worked in several major disasters. As a corps officer in Birmingham during the civil rights movement of the early 1960s, he went against the wishes of his local advisory board and offered the corps as a sleeping place for the Freedom Riders as they passed through the city in 1961. Later, he would spend the last nine years of his active officership in Birmingham as the area commander. He was president of the Birmingham chapter of the Kiwanis Club, a member of the city’s Police Advisory Committee and a founding member of the Birmingham Race Relations Committee.

Following his retirement in 1979, Brigadier Smith’s pace slowed only imperceptibly, if at all. He continued to work three days a week into his 90s. He was a fixture at United Way events in Birmingham, worked closely with the local advisory board and was often seen visiting ailing friends and neighbors who were hospitalized. In 1996, he was one of 60 individuals from Birmingham selected to run as a torchbearer for the Centennial Summer Olympics. He was 81 at the time and completed his portion of the route without difficulty.

In May 2010, the Birmingham Area Command held its annual civic dinner. Brigadier Smith was of course present and a key participant in the program. Late in the program a special presentation was made, and the face of The Salvation Army in Birmingham became the 13th Salvationist from the Southern Territory to receive the organization’s highest honor, the Order of the Founder.

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By Dan Childs

A Prolific and Faitful Servant

April 3, 2010, the day after Good Friday, we learned of the promotion to Glory of Colonel Henry F. Gariepy, O.F., the prolific author and literary icon of The Salvation Army. When I got the news, I imagined him entering heaven on Easter Sunday morning.

I also saw him crossing the threshold wearing, of all things, his running shoes, because he’s the only person I know who finished the New York Marathon—three times.

His role as a pacesetter has extended far beyond the 26–mile course that winds through New York neighborhoods. Since the day I met him in 1981, I’ve known him to be a leader, trendsetter, innovator, and modernizer of Salvation Army publications.

In my first meeting with him, Colonel Gariepy convinced me that my dream and calling—to use my professional skills full time for the glory of God—could finally be realized through The Salvation Army. At that point, I said goodbye to the world of secular publishing, gave myself totally to ministry, and never looked back.

Colonel Henry F. Gariepy, O.F. - The PacesetterBy upgrading the production quality and content of War Cry and by streamlining its content to include only information of national interest, he helped set the stage for the development of such publications as New Frontier, Southern Spirit, Central Connection and Good News!, all of which now cover the news of their respective territories and beyond.

And I’m sure that Colonel Gariepy arrived in heaven on time. During the 10 years I worked for him at National Headquarters, you could set your clock by him. He was a runner, hunter, administrator, world traveler, teacher, speaker, husband, father, mentor and friend, and he also found time to write 29 books on theology, biography and history. For his prolific, important contributions, he was inducted into the Order of the Founder (O.F.), the Army’s highest honor.

Several of his books are popular among readers in the broader evangelical community because, as a master marketer, Colonel Gariepy made sure his books were available in mainstream bookstores as well as in Army trade stores.

He was a disciplined, determined soldier of the Lord’s Army. Relentless in his pursuit of excellence, he rarely relaxed on the job.

But one day in 1990, during a candid moment at a restaurant in Verona, New Jersey, he said, “Warren, if God were to promote me to Glory this afternoon, I’d still be a blessed man. I’ve already received more than I deserve [from Him].”

It’s hard to believe that that day has, in fact, come. Colonel Henry F. Gariepy, O.F., has finished the race; he’s kept the faith; and he’s left an unparalleled legacy.

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By Warren L. Maye

Compassionate Service to a Hurting Community

Captain Ruth Wilkerson embodies the Army’s mission to serve suffering humanity in Christ’s name. While working as a counseling supervisor for delinquent girls, she met The Salvation Army in 1980, coming into a deeper understanding of God at the Indianapolis Eagle Creek Corps and eventually becoming its corps sergeant–major.

Ruth, who holds a master’s degree in social work, joined the Indianapolis Harbor Light as its assistant director in 1981. She answered God’s call to officership 10 years later at age 54, a time in life when many others start thinking about retirement!

“To anyone considering officership, I would say, ‘First talk to the Lord and find out what He wants you to do.’ Then do it, regardless of what others say,” she said.

As director of the Tom Seay Service Center in Chicago, Ruth managed 70 employees and oversaw a wide array of support services for the homeless on the city’s near–north side. Among the services provided were mobile and on–site feeding programs, temporary and residential shelter, crisis counseling and 12–step meetings.

Three years later, a nearby corps merged with the Seay Center, and the new entity became the Chicago Uptown Corps, with Captain Ruth as the corps officer. “It was quite a challenge because our current work didn’t stop; we just added more!” she recalled, but her mission never wavered.

Captain Ruth Wilkerson - The CounselorIn fact, she made such an impact that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago presented its Human Dignity Award to Ruth in 1997 for compassionate ministry to the homeless and hungry. Her administrative and pastoral skills, coupled with purposeful collaboration to build a presence in the community, resulted in Ruth being loved by the people she served and appreciated by neighbors, government officials and partners in the social service, religious and business fields.

Upon retirement in 2005, Ruth moved to Arizona where she became a Sunday school teacher and community care ministries volunteer at the Chandler Corps and began volunteering on the Gila River Reservation, teaching sewing and quilting to Native American elementary and GED students.

To this day she continues ministering to the Pima and Maricopa tribes. God has used Ruth’s loving nature, attractive personality and zeal for the gospel to open many doors on the reservation over the years as students and staff approached her for prayer and counseling.

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By Anne Urban