Lighthouse In A Raging Storm

From its opening in 1984, the Denver Harbor Light center operated a safe haven for men recovering from addiction or looking to prevent relapse. With a capacity for nearly 120 men at a time, the program was seldom less than at capacity.

Space was the only problem. At only 20,000 square-feet, the men’s dorm was in the basement—with no windows for natural light.

In 2013, that all changed with a 30,000 square-feet addition to the facility, bringing the men into the light—literally, out of that basement and into newly-furnished dorms, expanded kitchen, dining room, recreation room, and ample space for the various aspects of the rehabilitation program.

A new 160-seat chapel houses the Lighthouse Corps, with Lieutenant Darrell Williamson serving as administrator/corps officer. The extra seating allows for family or program-alumni to join in Sunday morning worship—a vital component to the success of the overall program.

“The primary goal of the Denver Harbor Light is to provide a variety of services, such as intensive-care management, family reunification, job-readiness classes, life skills training, recreational activities, and transitional housing,” Lieutenant Darrell says. “Our men work hard to obtain a sustainable, self-sufficient living situation, free form addiction through the development of essential life skills.”

Of the men at Denver Harbor Light, about 40% are veterans, and many of those men battle chronic homelessness and need assistance overcoming the issues that have contributed to their current situation.

For Rick Barnes, coming into the Army’s Denver Harbor Light facility and program was just the ticket for his rehabilitation and a growing relationship with God.

“Here, I realized that all I had to do, to be at peace with God, is to ‘Be still’ (Psalm 46:10). I finally got it that I had to forgive myself in order to believe fully that God had already forgiven me!” Rick says.

Rick eventually graduated from the program but remained at the Harbor Light as an employee. In his present role as resident manager, he oversees the program and enforces the rules. Best of all, though, he connects with the men because he knows what they are going through.

Rick was enrolled as a Salvation Army soldier in the Denver Lighthouse Corps on Easter Sunday 2013. He also works at the Harbor Light center as resident manager.

“I believe that God has a plan for me and that He is still at work, shaping me into the man He wants me to be!”

There are 16 Harbor Light centers operated by The Salvation Army in the US. Employing the name “harbor light” is for many a soothing, calming influence for men who have come through so many different storms; navigating some very rough seas.

“The ocean is very dark,” Rick explains, referring to men and women who are lost in despair and hopelessness. “Heading to that light is powerful, and the number one product that comes from that is ‘hope,’ found only in Jesus Christ!”

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By Major Frank Duracher

Rhymes and Reasons

Our Lord said that people ought always to pray. Daniel believed this, prayed three times a day, and in spite of the king and idolatrous priests, found prayer was a good thing for taming wild hearts.

While many admit all we say to be true, they oft leave the praying for others to do; and they work and they wrestle and struggle and strive, happy and thankful to just be alive. For Satan, who goes about stealing our joy, our spiritual power would also destroy by leading the people of God in a snare—to rely on their effort much more than their prayer.

Though we differ in doctrine we can meet in prayer; creeds are forgotten in God’s presence there. If not in one place we can pray at one time for Holy Ghost power in every clime. We still need a Pentecost; pray for it, then, as they did in Jerusalem, women and men. As they prayed for St. Peter, and God set him free, let us earnestly pray for a prayer of unity.

The Founder’s Destiny

Sixty years ago my father, returning home from that never-to-be-forgotten visit to the East of London, declared to my beloved and ever-revered mother. “Kate, I have found my destiny.”

What a destiny! To the uttermost poor, to the most hopelessly lost, to the forgotten and the neglected among men, to those who by the sheer vulgarity of their sins had made themselves social castaways and who, under the ever increasing weight of woe, were being thrust to the nether- most place in that world of the abandoned. “Kate, I have found my destiny.” The cry on that threshold was the offspring of a love that was not of earth. The import of that great sacrificial act sustained by the grace which begat it grows and grows with the passing years. We see, much clearer than was possible sixty years ago to our blessed Founder, the content and sweep of that word “destiny.” Then it was limited to a group and a neighborhood that called for sacrificial toil because of the extremity of the need. A world movement never entered the wildest imagination. But there was upon that London thoroughfare released a force that has made an ever–growing impact upon the life of the whole world, and today as a result of that discovery and that devotion we have The Salvation Army.

This marvelous movement is an abiding and an ever–growing, because ever–living, testimony to the probity of the man who gave it to the world.

It was this spirit which made the hearts of his great audiences receive without resentment the most cutting utterances in denouncement of sin man ever uttered from public places. It was this spirit, this conviction of “his destiny,” that bore him triumphant over innumerable tides of bitter opposition. It was this spirit which when he was honored by the greatest of all lands chained his thoughts, his toils, his life’s greatest passion, to the common people.

The same path and the same all-qualifying Lord are available to us each and Founder’s Day will be the most blessedly commemorated as we each address ourselves in God’s name and by God’s power to the task of preserving and amplifying this gloriously rich gift my father left us.

Hellen Keller Commends Work of Salvation Army

Meeting Brigadier Josephine Albright , of The Salvation Army, just before she concluded her Pittsburgh engagement at the Davis Theatre, Helen Keller, America’s foremost blind citizen, left a message to the women workers of The Salvation Army.

Blind and deaf since childhood, Miss Keller has since learned to talk after years of patient instructions.

Through her instructor, Mrs. Macy, she was introduced to Brigadier Albright.

Instantly Miss Keller’s face burst into a happy smile. Her sightless eyes sparkled and, quick as a flash, her spoken answer came back:

“Oh, yes, I know all about The Salvation Army! Know about their wonderful work overseas when our American fighting men needed that touch of personal contact and sympathetic word of The Salvation Army workers. I also know of their wonderful work within our own shores and the joy, gladness and happiness that the workers spread among the needy of our own great land.”

Indorsing the second Home Service Fund Campaign now on, Miss Keller left the following message to the women workers of The Salvation Army:

“The Salvation Army work is a splendid work. I feel that all the afflicted of mankind, soul and body, have a tower of strength in the work of The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army is an organization of lives showing forth the spirit of Him who raises up them that fall and holds up them that are bowed down.”