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About the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an International movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.


The Salvation Army is a worldwide evangelical Christian church with its own distinctive governance and practice. The Army’s doctrine follows the mainstream of Christian belief and its articles of faith emphasize God’s saving purposes.

The Movement, founded in London, England, in 1865 by William and Catherine Booth, has spread to many parts of the world. The rapid deployment of the first soliders was aided by the adoption of a quasi-military command structure in 1878 when the title ‘The Salvation Army’ was brought into use.

Responding to a recurrent theme which sees the Church engaged in spiritual crusade, The Salvation Army uses certain soldierly insignia to inspire and regulate the outreach of the organization.

Service & Evangelism

Under the authoriy of the General, our efforts are carried out by full-time officers and employees, as well as soldiers who volunteer their time. The Army also benefits from the support of many friends, including those who serve on advisory boards.

From its earliest days The Salvation Army has accorded women equal opportunities, every rank and service being open to them, and from childhood the young are encouraged to love and serve God.

The Army strives for the social betterment of the poor. Evolving social services meet endemic needs and specific crises worldwide. Highly trained staff are employed in up-to-date facilities.

The need for modernization and longer-term development is under continual review. Increasingly the Army’s policy and its indigenous membership allow it to cooperate with international relief agencies and governments alike.

The Army’s partnership with both private and public philanthropy continues to bring comfort to the needy, while the proclamation of God’s redemptive love revealed in Jesus Christ offers individuals and communities the opportunity to know spiritual fulfillment here on earth and a place in Christ’s eternal Kingdom.


Major Evie Diaz comes to the Kansas & Western Missouri Division from Peoria, IL where she was the Divisional Leader for the Heartland Division which includes Central Illinois and Eastern Iowa. Evie’s parents were Salvation Army officers and she grew up living in several cities around the Central Territory. Evie went to training after attending Olivet Nazarene College (now University) in Kankakee, IL. Much of her officership has been in training work, in Chicago and for three years in the Northern European country of Latvia. In Latvia, Evie opened the training school and before she left, saw six new officers commissioned.

Early in her officership, Evie served in corps appointments in Wisconsin and Michigan and divisional youth work in the Western Michigan/Northern Indiana Division. She enjoyed several years of ministry at Territorial Headquarters as the Assistant Program Secretary and Territorial Youth Secretary.

Evie has a strong interest in urban and multi-ethnic ministry and Christian community development. She finds joy in teaching and preaching. Evie’s family also serves in Salvation Army ministry. She loves her niece and three nephews and enjoys spoiling them as often as possible. Evie’s personal interests include traveling around the world, walking, reading and writing. She is always agreeable to a good cup of coffee and a meal at a local diner.

The Women's Auxiliary


The purpose of Women’s Auxiliary is to augment the personal service programs of The Salvation Army.
 Auxiliary members participate and suppport in a wide range of ways, including:

  • Fund raising for The Children’s Shelter, by planning and producing a Children’s Shelter Catalog.
  • Providing volunteers to bell ring at kettles and staff Angel Trees during the holiday season
  • Provide funding and volunteers at area Salvation Army Day Care Centers
  • Aid Supportive Housing with supplies, games and volunteers

and much more!

The Women’s Auxiliary was founded in March, 1951, by Mrs. Herbert Orear. The first meeting was held in the home of Mrs. Robert Normandie and the following officers were elected: Mrs. Herbert Orear, President; Mrs. Robert Normandie, First Vice-President; Mrs. Grant Stauffer, Second Vice-President; Mrs. Louis Marks, Third Vice-President; Mrs. Wilbur Bartles, Secretary; Mrs. A.C. Trefzer, Treasurer; Mrs. Jack Nourse, Historian; and Mrs. Lt. Colonel Glenn Ryan of The Salvation Army was Liaison Officer.

On May 20, 1959, the Women’s Auxiliary awarded Mrs. Orear the title of President Emeritus and Life Membership in recognition of her service to the Auxiliary. She died in California in February, 1980.

From this nucleus of dedicated women, the Auxiliary’s membership continues to grow and reach out to touch the lives of numerous men, women, and children in Kansas and Missouri.

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