The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

September 19, 2013

Letter: Salvation Army of Enid is 120

ENID, Okla. — This week, The Salvation Army of Enid celebrated 120 years of service to the Enid community. The history of The Salvation Army of Enid is woven into the history of Enid and Garfield County itself.

It is a little known, yet historical fact that on the night of Saturday, Sept. 16, 1893 (the night of the land run), a Salvation Army convert held the very first prayer service from the back of a covered wagon, which was loaned to him for this purpose. As that little band of men and women gathered, The Salvationist prayed for this group and asked God’s blessing on them. That following year in the fall of 1894, The Salvation Army erected its first church hall.

Those settlers and that Salvationist faced an uncertain future, but with the help of God they would persevere. History shows that both have grown together and have strived to make Enid, Okla., the wonderful community that it has come to be.

As the New Salvation Army officers in Enid, my wife, Debbie, and I are honored to take up the work of The Salvation Army and move it forward into the future that God has ordained. We vow to never forget the rich history of both this community and the Salvation Army officers who have gone on before us.

The Salvation Army is dedicated to “Doing the Most Good” through meeting human needs in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. When asked why we do what we do, our humble reply is “The love of Christ compels us.”

May God continue to bless the Enid Community and the work of The Salvation Army. Amen and in His service.

Ernest Hull, chaplain,

commanding officer

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