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New Salvation Army officers arrive at Carson City Corps | Carson City Nevada News

Salvation Army captains Holly and Immanuel Beeson are used to starting from scratch. In fact, all Salvation Army officers are because their assignments usually change every few years – leaving them to pack up and move to another corps in another part of the country to continue the Army’s mission. Salvation to meet human needs in the name of Jesus Christ without discrimination.

The Beesons moved from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to their new Salvation Army posting in Carson City Corps just a few weeks ago. But this decision gave new meaning to the idea of ​​starting from scratch.

“A lot of times when you come into a body and situate yourself, everything is already in place. You kind of have to adapt to whatever is going on and plug in as best you can,” Immanuel said. “This meeting is a little different because we are in a season where we are starting from scratch. We don’t have a board, so we’re going to start fresh with a new board. We’re going to be starting over with a lot of things like hiring staff after school.

Holly added: “We have the opportunity to see what the community needs the most so that we not only do something about it, but really fill that gap.”

The Beesons’ desire to take their time and learn the needs of their new community grew out of their respective experiences with the Salvation Army – the place where they both found their own needs were met by officers whose patience and understanding changed the trajectories of their lives. still.

Immanuel began his journey with the Salvation Army as a bell ringer at the annual Red Kettle campaign before taking a job at the Booth Family Center in Grass Valley. Holly came to the shelter with her three oldest children following a divorce.

“And, you know, the officer over there just poured out on me and told me my life wasn’t going to change unless I got Jesus and I had to go to church,” he said. Holly said. “I just went there and slowly fell in love with the Corps and the officers there.”

“They are the best example of what officers should be,” Immanuel said. “They are the epitome of recruitment, love and help.”

The couple also fell in love with each other at the Booth Family Center.

“For him, it was really my kids first,” Holly said. “He kind of, I think, recognized that it’s really hard for kids in that environment – ​​to be in a shelter. He saw them in the community kitchen and on the playground and was awkward and joked around with them. They were drawn to him – attention, of course. Then he discovered that he liked me, after my children.

The Beesons became Salvationists at the shelter, worked several years in Salvation Army jobs in Napa, California, and then went to officer training school in 2013. They were elevated to the rank of captains in 2020 and spent three years serving as senior pastors at the Santa Fe Corps before learning that they and their six children — ages 5 to 18 — would be traveling to the Nevada capitol for their next assignment.

Immanuel said the move was naturally more difficult for the couple’s older children.

“It’s hard to walk away,” he said. “But we’ve always had good experiences moving, and our kids know that. So we try to remind them, ‘Hey, remember the last three moves?’ »

Finishing her thought, Holly added, “Each one was better than the last.”

So far, they said, that also holds true for the move to Carson City.

They participated as judges in the Downtown Revival Car Show hosted by the Order of the Eastern Star of Nevada on July 9 and met with Carson City Mayor Lori Bagwell and representatives of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, a youth service organization for girls between the ages of 11-20.

“We walked around and judged the cars and then handed out trophies – and they gave us a check for $2,500, which was good,” Immanuel said.

Holly said the reception they received was warm.

“Not everyone here is nice,” she said. “It’s amazing how friendly they are. We haven’t had a bad experience anywhere we’ve been – from a drive-thru at Walmart to our short interactions with others in the community. They are very hospitable and welcoming.”

Now the Beesons are looking forward to getting to know the community better.

“And getting to know the members of our congregation better and seeing what our role will be here, because it takes time to learn that and get into it. There are a lot of opportunities,” Holly said.

Although they are just beginning to understand the needs of the community, Holly would like to expand the Salvation Army’s youth programs in Carson City.

“I love youth programs,” she said. “I think that’s super important, especially in a church where it’s an older congregation. If we don’t build the youth and this next generation as leaders in the church, then eventually there will be no one left in the church.

The Beesons also emphasized that they wanted to serve the whole community, Salvationists and non-Salvationists.

“I would like this place to be a place for anyone who needs hope, who just needs a safe place to go,” Immanuel said. “Apparently at one time the Salvation Army here in Carson City was very important in the community. Everyone knew about the Salvation Army for the services they provided. re-establishing the Army’s presence in the community, revamping our programs, creating an environment where everyone feels welcome – whether it’s church stuff or not. Maybe it’s just to talk. We don’t have to start talking about God or anything like that, I just want to create a safe environment, a safe haven for people to come and be loved.

The community is encouraged to learn more about the Salvation Army Carson City Corps by visiting its website at carsoncity.salvationarmy.orgby calling (775) 887-9120 or stopping by for weekly services at 11 a.m. on Sundays.