"Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you."
Romans 12:2 MSG
What is Pilgrimage...
Midland's annual Pilgrimage Weekend is a chance for Salvationists across the Midland division to gather together in worship, Biblical teaching, and fellowship. As Salvationists we are called to live our lives as a reflection of our 'full salvation'. We are called to holiness in our every day lives.
It all started when...
William Booth embarked upon his ministerial career in 1852, desiring to win the lost multitudes of England to Christ. He walked the streets of London to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the poor, the homeless, the hungry, and the destitute.
Booth abandoned the conventional concept of a church and a pulpit, instead taking his message to the people.
Thieves, prostitutes, gamblers, and drunkards were among Booth's first converts to Christianity. To congregations who were desperately poor, he preached hope and salvation. His aim was to lead people to Christ and link them to a church for further spiritual guidance.
Booth continued giving his new converts spiritual direction, challenging them to save others like themselves. Soon, they too were preaching and singing in the streets as a living testimony to the power of God.
By 1874, Booth's mission volunteers have grown to 1,000 and 42 evangelists, all serving under the name "The Christian Mission" also known as the "Hallelujah Army."
Booth was reading a printer's proof of the 1878 annual report when he noticed the statement "The Christian Mission is a volunteer army." Crossing out the words "volunteer army," he penned in "Salvation Army." From those words came the basis of the foundation deed of The Salvation Army.
From that point, converts became soldiers of Christ and were known then, as now, as Salvationists.
Meanwhile, the Army was gaining a foothold in the United States. Lieutenant Eliza Shirley had left England to join her parents, who had migrated to America earlier in search for work. In 1879, she held the first meeting of The Salvation Army in America, in Philadelphia. The Salvationists were received enthusiastically. Shirley wrote to General Booth, begging for reinforcements. By 1880, Booth sent an official group to pioneer the work in America.
Three years later, Railton and other Salvationists had expanded their operation into Missouri among other states.
Join us on August 2017 as the Midland Division mobilizes to celebrate our faith during Pilgrimage 2017! It is our hope to bring together Salvationists from all over the division, and, as a faith community, dig deeper into our call to holiness. Join us at Camp Mihaska as we explore what it means to do "Life By the Book" together!