Salvation Army celebrates 150 years of service

salvation army2JACKSON, MS (WJTV) – The Salvation Army celebrated 150 years of service today.

They did it by raising a giant cross at their corps program site today. The 12 foot LED cross is an extension to the site’s meditation garden. It symbolizes hope for those at the organization.

The cross was donated by supporters of the Salvation Army’s new program called “Pathway of Hope”, that’s designed to help those living in poverty.

Captain Ken Chapman says the Army has come a long way in 150 years but there’s still more work to be done.

“For the next 150 years, we need to do a better job of making people more secure rather than just putting a band aid on something and saying here’s some food, come back in 90 days or here’s a little bit of training here. We’re going to make it much more in depth, much more long term to put people on a more secure foundation so we can have a better community to live in,” Captain Chapman.

The organization has grown to be in 127 countries. There are currently 1.5 million soldiers in the Salvation Army this year.

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