Visiting Churches

Church #72: Respected and Esteemed

In addition to these three remaining churches on my spreadsheet is my mental list of four more. 

The first of these churches is the Salvation Army. Most people know the Salvation Army for their red donation kettles at Christmastime.

Beyond that, they focus on the needs of the homeless and provide disaster relief and humanitarian aid throughout the year. But they’re also a church. Few people know this. I’d like to experience one of their services. 

The Salvation Army is an organization I think highly of. I suspect everyone does.

Though I’ve heard people complain about various streams of Christianity and even more so Protestant denominations and specific churches, I’ve yet to hear any negativity about the Salvation Army.

The closest thing I’ve heard to a complaint is people who wish they wouldn’t ring their bells quite so much at their donation kettles during Christmas. But that’s hardly a criticism of their organization.

Instead, people respect the Salvation Army for the positive impact they make in their community and around the world. Their practical service to those in need earns the esteem of both the faithful and the faithless.

Helping one person at a time, they make a difference in our world, serving as the hands and feet of Jesus.

Someday I’ll visit this church. Their closest location is thirty minutes away, but for now I’ll put going there on hold.

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