HISTORY OF THE SALVATION ARMY IN GEORGIA
The Salvation Army came to Georgia in 1890.
On October 19, 1890, The Salvation Army began its work in Georgia - by proclaiming the Gospel on city streets. Its "grand opening" was a small but significant affair, beginning with the open-air evangelistic service on the street corner and proceeding to a meeting in their newly rented assembly room.
The Salvation Army in Atlanta grew slowly, and by the end of January 1891, the Army had enlisted 30 soldiers.
On April 12, 1891, the second official corps opened in Georgia - in Augusta.
By 1895 the mission was again gaining ground. Columbus opened in 1895, Rome in 1897, Macon in 1899 and Brunswick and Savannah in 1900. Other cities followed. In the years to come many corps would flourish.
Atlanta's central location and economic strength made it a perfect location for Territorial Headquarters.
One hundred years and growing.
In 1986, a professional survey of 1,100 civic leaders, clergy and agency executives in Georgia revealed that 95 percent thought The Salvation Army had an "excellent" or "good" reputation in Georgia. Popular, respected and well supported, the Georgia division will continue to grow in number and service well into the new millennium.
"While women weep, as they do now, I'll Fight; while little children go hungry, as they do now, I'll Fight; while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I'll Fight; while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I'll Fight, I'll fight to the very end!"
HISTORY OF THE SALVATION ARMY
The Salvation Army began in 1865 when William Booth, a London minister, gave up the comfort of his pulpit and decided to take his message into the streets where it would reach the poor, the homeless, the hungry and the destitute.
His original aim was to send converts to established churches of the day, but soon he realized that the poor did not feel comfortable or welcome in the pews of most of the churches and chapels of Victorian England. Regular churchgoers were appalled when these shabbily dressed, unwashed people came to join them in worship.
Booth decided to found a church especially for them — the East London Christian Mission. The mission grew slowly, and Booth’s faith in God remained undiminished.
In May of 1878, Booth summoned his son, Bramwell, and his good friend George Railton to read a proof of the Christian Mission’s annual report. At the top it read: THE CHRISTIAN MISSION is A VOLUNTEER ARMY. Bramwell strongly objected to this wording. He was not a volunteer: he was compelled to do God’s work. So, in a flash of inspiration, Booth crossed out “Volunteer” and wrote “Salvation”. The Salvation Army was born.
By the 1900s, the Army had spread around the world. The Salvation Army soon had officers and soldiers in 36 countries, including the United States of America. This well-organized yet flexible structure inspired a great many much-needed services: women’s social work, the first food depot, the first day nursery and the first Salvation Army missionary hospital. During World War II, The Salvation Army operated 3,000 service units for the armed forces, which led to the formation of the USO.
Today, The Salvation Army is stronger and more powerful than ever. Now, in over 106 nations around the world, The Salvation Army continues to work where the need is greatest, guided by faith in God and love for all people.
ORIENTATION TO THE ARMY & GEORGIA DIVISIONAL OUTREACH
The power point presentation below offers facts and program descriptions to corps advisory board members, donors, and anyone interested in knowing more about the ministries and works of The Salvation Army around the world and in particular within the state of Georgia. We hope that by viewing this presentation, you, your family and friends will become more inspired to accept the call to assist local Salvation Army corps as well as far-away international territories when they ask us to help friends and neighbors who find themselves in need of basics like shelter, food, and clothes.
All who are generally familiar with The Salvation Army recognizes these basics as staples of our assistance programs. However, the outreach extends far beyond sheltering and providing sustenance for victims of natural or man-made disaster. There are service that are organized and implemented daily to teach school children, train transitional workers for new employment, rehabilitate military veterans from drug and alcohol additions, and minister to the sick and injured.
Click here on Orientation Power Point presentation (entitled Salvation Army GEOppt, 4617 KB) to learn more about our story and our mission.