The Rotary Club of China Lake received hard facts last week regarding the Salvation Army’s efforts to alleviate hunger and financial hardship.
Lt. Gina Noble, Messenger of Compassion, is an ordained minister and a commissioned officer for the Salvation Army is Ridgecrest.
“It was very important when we came here to reintroduce The Salvation Army to the community that has known our services for over 30 years,” Noble said.
Since August, Noble said the Salvation Army has streamlined its food distribution.
Says Noble, “In one year, nearly half a million pounds of food have been distributed to citizens…Since October, we have distributed 186,000 pounds of food.”
Since October 1, 2021, Noble said the Salvation Army has registered 675 new households to receive catering services.
Noble said: “We are very kind in our donations, but we also hold people accountable… We follow very closely because fresh food is what we want everyone to get and that’s what we lack. the fastest.”
Noble said the Salvation Army is working with other food organizations to make sure everyone gets what they need.
Regarding the Thrift Store, Noble said, “I stood in front of you at the end of August and said, ‘This backyard and our downstairs setup must be okay. “”
Noble said she was preparing to receive a truckload of clothes to add to the thrift store.
Says Noble, “Sales are up 52%, and that’s monitoring from December for the first quarter…Things are moving in the right direction. Absolutely. And we’re giving out four times as much good finance than we’re giving out.” have in the past.”
The Salvation Army is an international movement and an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church.
“Its message is Bible-based, its ministry is driven by the love of God, its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in his name without discrimination,” Noble said.
The Salvation Army has been in over 130 countries, for over 156 years as an organization, reliable with low overhead and focusing on the forgotten.
Noble and her husband, Lt. Chris Noble, were appointed to Ridgecrest seven months ago after two years as officers in Santa Clara and two years of training in Southern California with short-term assignments in Compton and Glendale as well as Spokane, Washington and Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Gina was sent to support Chico in running the distribution center for camp fire survivors in Paradise and surrounding towns where she gained experience in mass food distribution and emergency services in disaster, with an emphasis on spiritual and emotional care and the development of short- and long-term sustainable services. long-term recovery programs for specific populations
The Nobles have been married for 27 years and met while attending Chico State University. Both have degrees in business administration with a specialization in marketing.
The couple have three sons: Maxwell, 21, Cody, 20, and JT, 17.
Nobles volunteered at public schools, Mission Trip to build homes and an orphanage in Mexico, and be adoptive parents. They were called to full-time ministry in 2016.
What is its motto?
Said Gina, “Simple: Love God and love people.”
She enjoys reading, painting, gardening, and relaxing while listening to her Jesus music and driving around the dirt in her 30-year-old red jeep, named Rocket, which her guys gave her for her 50th birthday.