The Newnan Times-Herald


Salvation Army campaign coming to Newnan

  • By Winston Skinner
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  • May. 07, 2017 - 6:05 AM

Salvation Army campaign coming to Newnan

Winston Skinner / The Newnan Times-Herald

Fred Miles, vice chairman of the local Salvation Army Advisory Council, makes a point during discussion at a board meeting at Charter Bank on Farmer Industrial Boulevard. Listening, from left, are Heather Creech, service center director, and advisory council members Sara and Sam Levie.

The Salvation Army's Whole World Mobilizing campaign is coming to Newnan next week.

The mobilizing march involves transporting a Salvation Army flag and a canteen. “The canteen and the flag are traveling all around the state,” said Larry Repass, chairman of the local Salvation Army Advisory Council and – with his wife Evelyn – a longtime Salvation Army missionary in South America.

Outreach events are planned in each community, and each community also prepares a ribbon that is attached to the flag as it continues its journey. Whole World Mobilizing will be in Newnan from Monday-Wednesday. An event is planned each day.

On Monday, Flat Creek Baptist Church will help feed residents at the StayLodge. Church members will also pray with the residents.

The Salvation Army’s Newnan Service Center is putting together a visit to the Grantville Senior Citizens Center on Tuesday. Food and care packages will be given to each participant.

“I’ve got large-print Bibles to leave with them,” said Heather Creech, director of the Newnan Salvation Army Service Center.

On Wednesday, a prayer service and lunch will be held at a local fire station. Firefighters there will be presented with copies of “Chicken Soup for the Soul Salutes America’s Heroes.”

Information provided by the Salvation Army described Whole World Mobilizing as “a united and intentional effort to share the gospel in every neighborhood.” A goal is to move local Salvation Army members and volunteers out of their buildings and “out into their neighborhood.”

Beginning in March, the flag began its march across the Georgia Division. The first stop was in Valdosta from March 6-8, and the last stop is at Divisional Headquarters in Atlanta from Aug. 10-12.

The project was in LaGrange before coming to Newnan, and Griffin is the next stop.

“The idea is to get outside our four walls, to get out in the community and to educate people on what our mission is,” Jim Morrow, service extension director, told members of the Newnan Advisory Council at a recent meeting.

Longtime advisory council member Bette Hickman, after hearing about Whole World Mobilizing, described it as “a brilliant idea.” She talked about the effort and the involvement of each community in planning events.

“That’s very exciting,” Hickman said. “I love that creativity.”

“The object is to proclaim Jesus’ name in the communities we serve,” Evelyn Repass said.