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“Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking
our own assembling together.” – Heb. 10:24 (NAS)
Mother’s Day hope offered through Salvation Army
Salvation Army establishes
record Red Kettle giving
By SUZI WOODRUFF LACEY
kids may stay in apartments for up to one
Donations to The Salvation Army’s
year while they receive job counseling,
iconic Red Kettles set a new national
The Salvation Army has a thoughtful gift
parenting classes, fi nd a job and save
record of $130 million in 2008, surpassing
idea for Mother’s Day: Instead of fl owers
money to move into independent
the previous record of $118 million set in
or chocolates, in these diffi cult times, help
housing.
2007. The $130 million raised represents
give a homeless mom and her kids a place
“The Transitional Living Center
a 10 percent growth in donations year-
of their own! Make an online donation in
waiting list has increased by about
over-year – the largest one-year jump
the name of your favorite mom so another
30% from last year,” said Divisional
since 1997.
mom and her little ones can lay their heads
Commander Major Linda Markiewicz.
Donations in the San Diego, Imperial
on a comfy pillow in their own apartment
Markiewicz believes much of the
County and the Inland Empire also reached
at The Salvation Army’s Door of Hope
increase is sparked by the economic
a record high, with $1,548,966.18 dropped
Transitional Living Center.
climate.
in Red Kettles during the 2008 holiday
For the Army’s second annual Mother’s
“Both my husband and I lost our
season. This number represents a 14%
Day card project, kids at the Door of
jobs and the tension within an already
growth over the previous year’s donations
Hope created cards depicting something
abusive situation grew until I had to
of $1,357,907.98.
they love to do with their moms. This
take my daughter and run,” explained
“We were delighted,” said Salvation
year’s card is a drawing by 5-year-old
Ronni, a homeless mom living at the
Army Sierra del Mar Divisional Commander
Shamaya showing her playing dolls with
center with her two-year-old child.
Major Linda Markiewicz, “because more
her mom. The card is featured on www.
On Mother’s Day weekend, The
and more people are coming to us for help
sandiego.salvationarmy.org where it may
Salvation Army is breaking ground
because of this economy. We are seeing
be downloaded with an insert letting the
to build 24 new apartments on the
people who have never had to ask for
recipient know that an online gift has been
Door of Hope campus for homeless
assistance before; sometimes people are
made in her honor for Mother’s Day. All
mothers with children. Part of a master
coming to us who were donors in years
proceeds will go to help homeless moms
plan for the entire campus, the new
past.”
with children living at The Salvation Army
Transitional Living Center will double
The Sierra del Mar Division encompasses
Door of Hope Transitional Living Center.
the Army’s apartments for homeless
San Diego, Imperial, Riverside and San
In this program, homeless moms with
mothers with children.
Bernardino Counties.
‘Fireproofi ng’ marriages . . .
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the church suffers from adultery. The Rangels were mentored by Mike and requirements. “If they sign it and return
addictions — and their three children’s Joe encourages, if not mandates, that Hannah Reed. Mike, as assistant pastor, it to us, we know they’re serious about
lives being “all in a shambles.” A every mentored couple goes through the started the marriage mentoring program saving their marriage,” the pastor said.
neighbor was taking the kids to Calvary, “Fireproof” couples kit, “because it is so nine years ago. Now, as senior pastor, “And if not, we know there’s no way to
Oceanside, where they trusted Christ as powerful.” One divorcing couple that the he believes that Satan hates Christian fi x their marriage.”
their Savior. Elisa went with them just Rangels invited just to view Fireproof are marriages even more than he hates Because Mike considers the “Fireproof”
to get the neighbor off her back, and got reconciling — even though they went to Christian pastors. The reason? Marriage curriculum so tremendous, Calvary
saved, too. the movie separately. is the fi rst institution God created, and Oceanside offers a constant rotation. Its
As a new believer, Elisa told Joe that The Rangels meet for 16 weeks with analogous to Christ and the Church. “The fourth “Fireproof” home fellowship series
she wasn’t going to contest the divorce he three couples, separately, averaging 12 point of marriage is to demonstrate and began April 17.
sought. At fi rst he felt free to couples per year. “It’s hard deepen our relationship with Jesus on North Coast Church, headquartered in
leave Elisa for his mistress. to deal with drugs, adultery earth,” he said. “God wants us to be holy Vista, just completed a six-week “Fireproof”
Then Elisa told Joe the reason and verbal abuse in a short more than happy. Then we will accept that group, and is planning to offer other series
for her cooperation. She was time,” Joe said. “We’ve had gift that’s given in our mate, and right over the summer. The next series will run
more in love with someone to pull people apart literally. thinking leads to right living.” every Monday starting in May. Leaders
else. He thought she meant We get Bibles thrown across “Once you point at your mate, you’re Chris and Sara Davis chose the “Fireproof”
another man. Shocked that the room at each other.” done,” Mike said. “The world’s idea is curriculum for their small group because
she meant Jesus Christ, Joe “When you share your 50/50. God’s idea is 100/100, even if you’re it’s less intrusive for troubled couples to
was deeply shaken, and testimony of what God’s getting nothing from your partner. We’re point to the characters in the Fireproof video
repented that day. God told done as an individual, it’s never free from that covenant with God. clips and talk about them.
him he was either in or out powerful,” Joe said. “But Everybody always thinks they’re giving “It lessens the spotlight on your own
— and not allowed to keep
Joe and Elisa Rangels
when a husband and wife more than 50 percent, and more than their problems enough to allow you to look
hurting his children. are reconciled in Christ, I can’t even tell mate is giving.” at your own problems,” Chris said. “The
“No more lies anymore,” Joe said. you how powerful it is to a couple that’s The mentoring program was born out of strength of the message in the video, and
“We started our rebuilding process. A lot hurting. It’s better than any book you could need, but became a complete philosophy the way they put the problems out there
had to take place, but God is continually give them, it’s better than any seminar you of ministry. “We saw after a few years that allowed everyone to see at least something
rewriting our testimony.” Eight years of could take them to, because it’s real. the benefi ts were so incredible,” Mike said. from their own marriage.” Chris also
reconciliation later, the two are planning Elisa Rangel said the “Fireproof” success “The success is more than any $100-per- believes that Fireproof outlines God’s
their 25
th
anniversary celebration, and all rate is huge because it tells you how to have hour guy’s success — almost 100 percent.” original intent for marriage, setting the
three children are serving God. For the a great marriage, and also reaches those And being mentored by a couple increases stage to make The Love Dare book useful.
past six years the Rangels have mentored who don’t know Jesus. She also believes the success rate by 50 percent over meeting The Davises, both age 40, have been
other troubled couples. that applying Love Dare is good for any with a pastor, he said. married for 15 years, and members of
The Rangels point to the divorce rate of relationship. Elisa delights in mentoring Mentored couples must sign a contract North Coast for eight years. Chris describes
50-something percent among Christians, couples who don’t go to her church. agreeing to fulfill certain minimum
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and 80-plus percent among couples in the “Whatever God has in store,” Elisa said.
military. Elisa believes that 50 percent of “He decides who we mentor.”
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