Columbia resident sings while she rings
Kevin Boozer Staff Writer
Claus. Now she realizes that many of the shoppers passing her by are her children’s age and she feels called to remind them of the message of Christmas and Christmas Day — giving thanks for Jesus Christ as Savoir and Lord.
Williams says she always sings throughout her kettle ringing shifts. Customers notice and though she says they do not give money because of her voice, she does acknowledge that her gift of song brings more attention to the kettle than simply the ringing of the bell.
Look for her next Christmas in Winnsboro as she continues this calling on behalf of the Salvation Army.
According to www. salvationarmy.org the Salvation Army emphasizes God’s saving purposes including “the advancement of the Christian religion… of education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objects beneficial to society or the community of mankind as a whole.”
Originally founded in London in 1865, the movement is now worldwide. The group uses an army metaphor to symbolize spiritual warfare that Christians and the church are engaged in. A general, full-time officers, employees and soldiers (volunteers) comprise the staff and structure of the Salvation Army.
Commissioned officers in the Salvation Army are ministers as well. Historically the army has engaged in evangelism, social welfare campaigns and benefiting the poor. The Salvation Army has latitude to partner with nation states, with relief organizations and other entities so long as those efforts are consistent with its mission.
Disaster response, addiction dependency, sports ministry, family tracing and social work are funded by donations in an effort to minister to the whole person with hopes of nurturing communities and empowering people to further the values and virtues of the Christian faith.
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