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Landmark Corps serves the Northern Virginia AAPI Community

In Fairfax County, Virginia, the small but mighty Salvation Army Landmark Corps has been nourishing the needs of the growing Korean American

(Asian American Pacific Islander) population. Fairfax County is home to more than 33% of Virginia’s AAPI voters. The Corps outgrew its earlier space in the Landmark section of Alexandria and has taken up residence in Fairfax, VA beside the Fairfax Corps.

At the heart of the Corps’ ministry is sharing the love of God and educating the young about their heritage. This is done weekly through Saturday School, where children learn about their Korean heritage, including language, culture, music, and art. Dozens of kids attend these classes which are led by local volunteers and more than 20 trained teachers. Friday nights bring opportunities for young people to fellowship with one another through the Youth Music and Junior  Soldier programs. These programs give kids ages 6-17 the chance to test their musical talents on brass instruments, the guitar, or even the drums – developing skills that will last a lifetime.

Since the COVID pandemic began, the Corps has distributed food to the community as well as created face masks to help protect members from getting coronavirus.

Visit The Salvation Army Landmark Corps on Facebook to learn more about Corps activities.

Welcome, New Officers!

Majors Mark and Rhea Dawn Woodcock, Area Commanders for The Salvation Army, are pleased to announce recent promotions and appointments affecting Corps Officers stationed throughout the National Capital Region.  (Formerly Captain) Srikant Bhatnagar was promoted to major in The Salvation Army. Major Bhatnagar has been in The Salvation Army for over 15 years. He and his wife, Captain Indrani Bhatnagar, are the Corps Officers of the Sherman Avenue Corps located in Northwest Washington.

Lieutenants George and Ruby Keith were promoted to Captains. They are the Corps Officers at the Prince George’s County Corps in Hyattsville, Maryland. Captains Keith marked their fifth year of Salvation Army officership and their second year at the Prince George’s County Corps.

Previously, Captains Kelly and Regina Durant were promoted to majors in The Salvation Army. Majors Durant were recently appointed to be Corps Officers at the Prince William County Corps located in Woodbridge, Virginia. As missionaries, the Durants spent several years in South America. They entered The Salvation Army Training College in 2004 and became commissioned officers in 2005.

Captains Timothy and Grace Jo were recently appointed to The Salvation Army Montgomery County Corps, located in Germantown, Maryland. Captains Timothy and Grace joined the Salvation Army in 2006, bringing with them a love of God and classical music. After being called to ministry, the husband and wife duo spent two years at The Salvation Army’s Evangeline Booth (training) College in Atlanta, Georgia, where they graduated in 2014. The Captains were previously appointed to locations in Richmond and Waynesboro, Virginia. They have been married for 23 years and have three children.

Majors Woodcock ask for you to pray for all of the Officers across the Washington, DC region, as they fulfull The Salvation Army’s mission to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs without discrimination. With the guidance of these new promotions and placements, the Salvation Army will be able to continue its commitment to Christ and the community.

New Leaders begin National Capital Area Appointment

The Salvation Army is welcoming a pair of new leaders to the Greater Washington area this week. Majors Mark A. and Rhea Dawn Woodcock begin their new appointment on June 17, 2019, as the Area Commanders of The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command. The Woodcocks replace Majors James “Chip” and Leisa Hall, who spent the last three years in Washington and were recently appointed to be the Area Commanders of The Salvation Army Palm Beach County (Florida.)

Major Mark Woodcock will oversee the region’s $24M operation consisting of several dozen Salvation Army Officers, 130 employees, 10 corps community and worship centers, emergency social services program, and three specialty units.  Last year, The Salvation Army served 73,200 people throughout Washington, DC and Alexandria, and Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William counties in Virginia; and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland. Major Rhea Woodcock will lead the women’s ministry program, including the Women’s Auxiliary of Washington which raises over $100,000 annually for Salvation Army programs.

Prior to their appointment in the Washington region, Majors Woodcock served as the Divisional Secretaries for The Salvation Army Georgia Division for four years.

Major Mark Woodcock is originally from Salisbury, Maryland.  Rhea Woodcock is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. The two were married in 1980. They have two daughters, one of whom is a Salvation Army Officer stationed in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The Woodcocks are 1987 graduates of The Salvation Army Evangeline Booth College. Majors Woodcock are second and fourth generation Salvation Army Officers, respectively, and represent six generations of family service to The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army provides social service assistance, emergency shelter, homeless nutrition and outreach, addiction treatment, transitional housing, youth programming, and spiritual care to anyone in need without discrimination.

Lieutenants George and Ruby Keith are the new Corps Officers of The Salvation Army Prince George’s County Corps located in Hyattsville, Maryland. The Keiths appointment is effective on June 17, 2019.

About The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command

The Salvation Army served more than 73,937 people last year through a wide array of services.  Our Officers, employees, and volunteers provide compassionate care to everyone in need of help without discrimination. We offer meals and services to the homeless and emergency assistance to individuals and families (rent, utilities, and food). Additionally, we provide transitional and supportive living assistance for mothers and their children and comprehensive addiction treatment for adults. The Salvation Army responds to natural and other disasters by providing emergency relief to first responders and all those in need of support during times of crisis. Learn more or donate today by visiting us at SalvationArmyNCA.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.  Connect with us and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using keyword SalArmyNCA.

Always prepared to serve

Submitted by Karen Yoho, National Capital & Virginia Division
April 15, 2019

The motto “Be Prepared” took on a new meaning for Salvation Army Lieutenant Alphonso Hughes this past weekend. Most days you will find Lt. Hughes in northern Virginia, where he serves as an assistant at The Salvation Army Alexandria Corps, but last week a family emergency called him home to Columbus, Mississippi. Late Saturday evening, April 13, as tornadoes hit a couple of towns over in Monroe County, Lt. Hughes was in contact with the Columbus Corps to see what help he could provide to their staff and volunteers. “I knew their lieutenant was at women’s retreat, so I wanted to help. It happened really fast and we were told to ‘just go!’” explained Lt. Hughes.

While he and youth evangelism and outreach director, Melvin Franklin, could not get the mobile feeding unit into storm ravaged neighborhoods, they were able to set up a distribution site. They selected a location that was easily accessible to first responders and members of the community. In addition to providing water and snacks, neighbors came by with donations such as tarps that could be distributed to those in need.

By Monday morning, all local officers were back on the job and an EOC was established. Even though Lt. Hughes was not needed on the front lines, he came back to the Corps to help make sandwiches and pack supplies. “You never know when you are going to be called to God’s service. This reminds me to always be ready,” shared Lt. Hughes. “Even when I was going through personal worries for the issues my family is facing unrelated to the storm, God provided me an opportunity to step outside of that and share his love with other people.”