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April 2017

JBU Founder’s Day

April 18, 2017

It was such an honor to join together with John Brown University for their annual Founder’s Day celebration this past week, commemorating the rich history that joins our two institutions. Founded in 1919 by John E. Brown, JBU celebrates their 98th anniversary this year and honors the birthday of their founder through this annual celebration.

Major Dan Matthews (Area Commander) and John Brown III (Former Chancellor of JBU, grandson to John E. Brown)

But what is that rich heritage we share, you may wonder? It was through the ministry of The Salvation Army that John Brown came to know Christ. Brown attributes The Salvation Army with his conversion after they put on a revival meeting May 15, 1897 in Rogers, Arkansas.

John Brown, 1897

After a long day at work, Brown was at a café with some friends when he heard the beating drum of The Salvation Army minister calling those in the city to his open-air meeting. Though not the first time he had heard this summons, that night, Brown was intrigued and followed the minister. Brown would later recall:

“…on the night of May 15, 1897, I made the decision that has so wonderfully changed my life. I am lost in wonder, and to this day, I cannot explain nor do I understand the wonderful workings of God.”

After, Brown not only joined The Salvation Army as a staff worker but moved to Siloam Springs, where he set up an outpost. Brown later left his post with The Salvation Army to pursue full-time, traveling evangelism, and would eventually come to found Southwestern Collegiate Institute – what is now known as John Brown University.

Through the years, this institution has impacted thousands of young lives and multiplied the message of the gospel. It is this foundational groundwork that the present-day members of The Salvation Army of NWA and John Brown University celebrated.

Dr. Kim Hadley (JBU, VP of Finance and Administration), Major Michelle and Cpt. John Robbins (The Salvation Army, Springdale), John Brown III (JBU, Former Chancellor and grandson of founder), Majors Dan and Mary Matthews (The Salvation Army, NWA Area Commanders), Dr. Ed Ericson (JBU, VP for Academic Affairs)

Major Dan Matthews and John Brown III spoke for the student body at the chapel assembly followed by a short reception. We were able to present this print to the university, an image of William Booth (founder of The Salvation Army) in his early ministry, in honor of the evangelistic work of John E. Brown’s early years of ministry.

“We are so grateful for the mission of JBU and for the crucial role that The Salvation Army was able to play early in John E. Brown’s life. God’s work is always multiplied- he causes it to remain”. -Major Dan Matthews

We truly believe that God worked through The Salvation Army to mold a young John E. Brown, who would later help mold the hearts and minds of thousands of young men and women through John Brown University.

Volunteer Luncheon 2017

April 10, 2017

Once again, we had an incredible time thanking our amazing volunteers and honoring them for their work with us this past year!!

Whether bell ringing, serving meals, putting on a food drive, helping with Angel Tree, working in our thrift store or giving back in a myriad of other ways- we are grateful for their service. Our volunteers truly do MULTIPLY our services in NWA- we could not do our work without them.

Check out pictures from the event below along with this year’s award recipients!

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KETTLE AWARDS

Top Individual Bell Ringer, Fayetteville Amy Bain
Top Group Bell Ringer, Fayetteville Holiday Island Community Church
Top Individual Bell Ringer, Springdale John Tackel
Top Group Bell Ringer, Springdale J.B Hunt Transport, Inc.
Top Individual Bell Ringer, Rogers Aubrey Patterson
Top Group Bell Ringer, Rogers J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc.


COMMUNITY AWARDS

Angel Tree Partner of the Year | Legacy National Bank

Angel Tree Partner of the Year is awarded to an individual or group who goes above and beyond during the Christmas Season to ensure that the Angel Tree Program is a success. Whether through volunteerism, donation of resources, or angel adoption, this award recipient is caring for the under-served children in our community. This year’s Angel Tree Partner of the Year award goes to Legacy National Bank. Their team gave extensive hours to aiding with the application process, volunteered at the warehouse, and have begun creating a curriculum for financial classes to be offered for our Angel Tree families. Their partnership has blessed our program, and we know it will continue to do so.

Community Resource Award | Razorback Food Recovery

The Community Resource Award is presented to an individual or group who chooses to support The Salvation Army with a unique resource necessary to the success of our programs. Last year alone, our varying programs and services provided 88,000 meals in Northwest Arkansas, which would not be possible without generous donors. However, this past year, we had the blessing of connecting with a very special organization dedicated to reducing food waste and ending hunger in Northwest Arkansas, Last year alone, they rescued and donated 10,471 pounds of food to our Fayetteville Shelter. We are so grateful for Razorback Food Recovery and are thrilled to present them with this year’s Community Resource Award.

Community Partner Award | Kevin Fitzpatrick

The Community Partner Award is presented to an individual or group that has shown great support through volunteerism, financial gifts, and the unique meeting of needs throughout the year. This year, we are thrilled to present the Community Partner Award to Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick. Dr. Fitzpatrick in an incredible mobilizer to others in our community, desiring that Northwest Arkansas better understand the issues of homelessness and poverty. His research provides much-needed data to help non-profits like us more effectively serve our clients. He is constantly finding groups to come serve with us and spreading our message. We are grateful for his work in this community and his support!

Volunteer Individual of the Year | The VanSlooten Family

The Volunteer Individual of the Year Award is presented each year to one individual or family who has shone in their commitment and service to The Salvation Army. This year, we are proud to honor the VanSlooten Family. They are a wonderful family, committed to service and always willing to go above and beyond. They serve meals consistently: we know we can count on them to be there. They encouraged their church to adopt one of the family rooms in our shelter, and their son Andrew painted the men’s dorm for his scout project. Andrew gathered his family, school friends, and church to help with the project, and the Scouts purchased all the supplies for painting including the paint. We are so grateful for all the ways they have served our Bentonville Shelter this year.

Volunteer Group of the Year | First Christian Church and Waterway

Our final award will be presented to the Volunteer Group of the Year. This award is given to a group that has given an incredible number of hours to The Salvation Army, enabling us to better serve this community because of their continued commitment. This year’s recipients have continually reached out, asking to serve us and fulfill needs that arise.  They have served meals, brought much-needed supplies like food, coffee, laundry detergent and more. They have been a welcome part of our serving family and so committed to helping the homeless in Benton County. A huge thank you and congratulations to First Christian Church & Waterway for your commitment and service this past year!