Highlighting a mission growth celebration weekend in Lancaster, Pa., was the enrollment of nine senior soldiers in the Lancaster Corps and nine adherents of the Temple (Hispanic) Corps (the two corps share the same facility and worship together monthly). Major Willie Mae Lyle, corps officer, conducted the 10–week preparation course and presented the soldiers. Major Gregory Durand of the Temple Corps presented the adherents.
Nearly 300 people heard the powerful preachment of Commissioner Israel L. Gaither, national commander. He challenged them to stand steadfast for Christ and in the forefront of the revival needed in America.
Gaither, proponent of the phrase “Mission Matters Most!,” was impressed with the quality as well as the number of enrollees. “You look like you are ready to accept an appointment!” he said.
In a prayer of dedication, Commissioner Eva D. Gaither, national president of Women’s Ministries, petitioned the Lord to keep the enrollees faithful as His warriors and witnesses.
Signs of growth were apparent among the young and old. During a fellowship luncheon, youth of the corps participated in a discussion with divisional youth leaders Majors Thomas and Laura Lyle. Fifty people attended the adult Bible class during Sunday school.
Majors Lyle, in their 15th year as corps officers, were commended for their vision and commitment to the Army’s mission and for seamlessly weaving together the details that made for a historic and memorable weekend.
Lt. Colonels William and Marcella Carlson, divisional leaders, and members of their staff supported and shared in the leadership of the weekend.
Advisory board members were among the many visitors. Said one visitor after the morning meeting, “I was never so spiritually moved by a worship service, as the presence of God became very real.”