Lighthouses, or beacons on a hill, dating back to 8th century BC, are a regular part of coastline landscapes. There were used by maritime travelers to navigate safely back to land. They exist along areas that were difficult to navigate and could be destructive to ships. These beacons represented safe harbor and security, but they were maintained to be effective. People were required to support them and keep them lit to serve their purpose. They supported these “lights of hope” during dark and dangerous times.
The Salvation Army has a beacon in one of its’ facilities. It is required that all Kroc Centers around the country have the beacon of hope as part of the infrastructure and design. They are all incorporated differently in each center and highlights a part of the building. In Augusta, our beacon is attached to our children and youth center and underscores our focus on ministry and service to families. In recent months, our support of men and women, boys and girls, families, and individuals has been more needed due to COVID-19. The Salvation Army, a beacon of hope, has presented a “safe harbor” to many families and individuals during these dark and dangerous times. But we did not do it alone! Like the lighthouses, it takes the support of people to keep our beacon shining against the darkness! We are grateful for the help of our community in Augusta and all of the surrounding areas that have enabled us to continue doing the most good during this recent crisis. It is not for our glory or credit, but to the glory of God and in service to His people!
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16 NIV).
Soli Deo Gloria,
Major Douglas E. McClure, EdD