Published on July 1st, 2015 | by admin
Celebrating 150 Years Of The Salvation Army
This July marks 150 years since the formation of The Salvation Army which is now a global organisation that evolved from humble beginnings having began in Victorian London way back in 1865.
The Salvation Army was formed by Christian preacher William Booth who addressed the plight of homeless people in London’s East End. Travelling preacher William Booth commenced his campaign to tackle widespread poverty vowing to build an army of support workers, and this is exactly what he did.
Soup, soap and salvation
With a vision to bring ‘soup, soap and salvation’ to the homeless people of that time in London’s East End, The Christian Mission was renamed The Salvation Army in 1878 and flourished under the guidance of William Booth accompanied by his wife Catherine.
After outlining his vision for The Salvation Army during its infancy, William Booth overcame early resistance to the work of his organisation which even came from the Church of England no less who held reservations about his dictatorial style and approach.
And having worked tirelessly well into his 80’s, William Booth died in 1912 and his enormous contribution to society as the leader of The Salvation Army was demonstrated by the fact 150,000 mourners paid their respect as his funeral procession passed through the streets of London.
Addressing modern day injustices throughout the world
The Salvation Army is acknowledged to have played an integral part in major social reforms and today has a worldwide presence in 126 countries, coming to the assistance of millions of people.
Engaging in a global programme of practical concern for the needs of humanity, The Salvation Army actively serves communities and fights for social justice. What’s more, it is the second largest provider of social care after the government.
The Salvation Army stays committed to the motto ‘Where there’s a need, there’s the Salvation’ and to mark 150 years of hope and counting, it is holding an international congress this week called ‘Boundless – The Whole World Redeeming’. In addition, a Brilliant Uncirculated Coin has been issued to mark this remarkable milestone.