A Message from Our Divisional Leaders

 

Week 12: Apr. 6-10

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[Photo courtesy of Hiroyuki Mori]

Aloha to our Salvation Army ohana,

Last week, residents of Chuuk were severely impacted by the recent Typhoon Maysak. Our division operates two facilities on the island, including the Chuuk Corps in Weno and an Outpost in Wichap.

According to the last update received from our Chuuk Corps officers, they sheltered and fed a number of men, women and children at the Corps facilities during the typhoon. A second storm crossed over the island on Saturday evening April 4th with little or no warning, while The Salvation Army provided shelter in their Corps building.

Our Chuuk Corps report that the island has been devastated with nearly all crops destroyed, with many homes and water tanks in ruins. The Federated States of Micronesia communication office stated in an April 2 news release that 80% of local food sources have been badly affected and fears that people will face starvation if they do not receive aid soon. 830 homes have been destroyed, forcing nearly 7,000 people to find shelter at schools or with relatives. Sadly, five people were killed during this storm.

Power is still out island wide and officials are focusing on restoring power to the hospital and government buildings first.

Additionally, our Guam Corps is coordinating local donations there to help fill a 40-foot shipping container with relief supplies including food, clothing, and building supplies as their basic needs are great.

We humbly ask for your prayers and donations to help those who have been impacted by Typhoon Maysak. Please support the relief efforts at our Chuuk Corps and Wichap Outpost for the Chuuk residents by donating HERE. 100% of your donation will go to our relief efforts in Chuuk.

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This past weekend we were happy to be a part of the Hoppy Easter Event at the Salt Lake Shopping Center on Saturday. We entertained keiki with games, pony rides, and activities. Mahalo to those who volunteered to help us collect 469 canned goods and $610 for our programs and services to those in need. You can view photos from the event HERE.

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The Salvation Army will be holding a Women’s Ministries Retreat this weekend at Camp Homelani in Waialua. More than 100 women from our Corps on O‘ahu, Hawai‘i Island, Maui, Kauai, and Moloka‘i and a few from our treatment centers will attend this spiritual retreat designed to provide valuable workshops, bible study, fellowship, and more. Themed “Just Breathe,” these ladies will focus on breathing in God’s presence, relaxation, rejuvenation, and celebrate years of sobriety for those who have overcome addiction.

We will continue to update you on everything happening in our division. We are so very grateful for your loyal support of The Salvation Army and those we serve.

Mahalo,

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Majors John and Lani Chamness

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