Last week I wrote about the first-ever “People Count” report which collects stories from the front lines about the ministry of the Army.

Our field staff is encouraged to report any successes they’ve experienced in the past week, including people they’ve helped with material assistance and those who’ve responded to the message of the Gospel.

This week’s report had several accounts of the special care and concern our corps officers (pastors) show to their bellringers.

Since the kettles are due to go out today in many markets and next week in others, Red Kettle bellringers are a priority and a focus for many members of our field staff.

But, not just because they help us raise money during the important Christmas season. They’re also people who God loves and wants to have a relationship with.

Here are three sweet stories about our ministry TO bellringers:

1 – We invited our recently-hired Bell Ringers to come check out our worship service and three of them came this Sunday and brought their families – giving us 11 visitors. Five of those visitors accepted Jesus as their savior! – Centralia, WA

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2 -Our good Lord is wonderful and always looking out for us. This past weekend we had our orientation for bell ringers. Sharon, a lovely woman who has worked for us for the past ten years, missed last year. So for this year she will be working the whole season as a volunteer. Not being able to work last year really affected her whole year and she realized how blessed she had been during the past ten years. So this year God put it in her hart to volunteer her time.

Major Hector Orellana – may he rest in peace – made it a priority to minister to our bell ringers in every way. They would start off their day with a devotion followed by a home cooked meal…God is so good! Please continue to pray for us and this Christmas season. – South Tucson, AZ

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3 – We had 12 bellringers that made decisions for the Lord during an orientation for kettle workers. – Grand Junction, CO

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:: Click here to read excerpts from last week’s “People Count” report.

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