The Long Journey Home

By JoAnn ShadeWIPFSTOCK_Template

In my first year serving in Salvation Army ministry, I attended a continuing education session that addressed a variety of social problems I might encounter in my work.Those first few months of ministry had been eye opening for a young girl from Tonawanda, Ny.

Divorce–yep, we’ve got that in our church. Child abuse–I could name the kids, and had to fight the urge to take them home with me. Alcohol abuse–one of our members had been at our door that week, inebriated and belligerent. And sexual abuse–well, this was 1978 and not too many people were talking about it openly in the church yet, but hindsight tells me that was present as well.

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