Today on Day’s to Remember, we celebrate how on March 10th 1880 The Salvation Army arrived in the United States from England.
So how did the Salvation Army come about, and who started it?
The Salvation Army was founded by William Booth, who embarked upon his ministerial career in 1852, desiring to win the lost multitudes of England to Christ. He walked the streets of London to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the poor, the homeless, the hungry, and the destitute.
Booth abandoned the conventional concept of a church and a pulpit, instead taking his message to the people. His fervor led to disagreement with church leaders in London, who preferred traditional methods.
As a result, he withdrew from the church and traveled throughout England, conducting evangelistic meetings. His wife, Catherine, could accurately be called a cofounder of The Salvation Army.
Thieves, prostitutes, gamblers, and drunkards were among Booth’s first converts to Christianity. To congregations who were desperately poor, he preached hope and salvation. His aim was to lead people to Christ and link them to a church for further spiritual guidance.
In 1867, Booth had only 10 full-time workers, but by 1874, the number had grown to 1,000 volunteers and 42 evangelists, all serving under the name “The Christian Mission.” Booth assumed the title of general superintendent, with his followers calling him “General.” Known as the “Hallelujah Army,” the converts spread out of the East End of London into neighboring areas and then to other cities.
Booth was reading a printer’s proof of the 1878 annual report when he noticed the statement “The Christian Mission is a volunteer army.” Crossing out the words “volunteers army,” he penned in “Salvation Army.” From those words came the basis of the foundation deed of The Salvation Army.
Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you user name, (Salvation Army North), gives you brief history of how the Salvation came about through history. As we celebrate how on March 10th 1880 The Salvation Army arrived in the United States from England.
The Salvation Army movement expanded rapidly to Canada, Australia, and France, Switzerland, India, South Africa, Iceland, and local neighborhood units. The Salvation Army is active in virtually every corner of the world.
General Booth’s death in 1912 was a great loss to The Salvation Army. However, he had laid a firm foundation’ even his death could not deter the ministry’s onward march. His eldest son, Bramwell Booth, succeeded him.
For 150 years, the Salvation Army has been helping people in need, and is recognized almost immediately around Christmas time ringing the bell at store fronts for donations, as we celebrate today.
How on March 10th 1880 The Salvation Army arrived in the United States from England.
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