Pittstown, NJ—The invitation for the Soldiers and Friends Rally went out across the New Jersey Division: “Come Join our Army!” The response? More than 700 people arrived at Camp Tecumseh in Pittstown, N.J.
The divisional leaders, Majors Donald and Vicki Berry, welcomed the crowd and soon had everyone waving the “good old Army flag.”
A special presentation created by Major Paul Cain took us back in time to hear from Army heroes such as Eliza Shirley, a teenage girl who started the first Salvation Army corps in the United States, and General William Booth, our Founder.
The afternoon was filled with educational sessions designed to equip New Jersey soldiers and officers in discipleship, evangelism, prayer, small groups, and so much more. While the adults were gaining knowledge, 135 junior soldiers and 88 corps cadets enjoyed their own rallies.
In late afternoon, everyone gathered for a celebration and World Services Ingathering. The room was filled with excitement as the New Jersey Youth Band played “Assignment” while the divisional timbrelists performed. A highlight of the program was the emphasis on the international Army. The United Dance Troupe, led by Marcus Johnson, brought energy and a spirit of praise; they finished with a flourish as they
waved flags from around the world.
When it was time to bring our offerings for World Services, Majors Donald and Vicki Berry stood holding a globe at the front of the tabernacle. Each corps, representing a nation where The Salvation Army is serving, brought forward their contributions with joy.
The division raised over $480,000 to support our territory’s World Services goal; a separate contribution of $1,263 will go toward constructing a new corps building in Papua New Guinea.
At the end of the day, our 7– to 12–year–olds stood before us in the tabernacle singing Barrie Gott’s arrangement of “Come Join Our Army.” As they sang, we witnessed the future generation of the New Jersey Salvation Army sending out the invitation once again: “Come Join Our Army!”