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the Salvation Army

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The Salvation Army is a Christian Protestant church and international charitable organisation structured in a quasi-military fashion.

Jesus, also referred to as Jesus of Nazareth or Jesus Christ, was a Jewish preacher and religious leader who has become the central figure of Christianity.

A Christian is a person who adheres to Christianity, an Abrahamic, monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.

A charitable organization is a type of non-profit organization.

The History of The Salvation Army - An Army of Compassion by The Story of Liberty

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The organisation reports a worldwide membership of over 1.5 million, consisting of soldiers, officers and adherents known as Salvationists.

William Booth -- Salvation Army 1953 Documentary by RevSpitz28

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Its founders Catherine and William Booth sought to bring salvation to the poor, destitute and hungry by meeting both their "physical and spiritual needs".

Salvation is being saved or protected from harm or being saved or delivered from some dire situation.

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It is present in 127 countries, running charity shops, operating shelters for the homeless and disaster relief and humanitarian aid to developing countries.

A charity shop, thrift shop, thrift store, hospice shop, resale shop, drift store, opportunity shop or op shop is a retail establishment run by a charitable organization to raise money.

Disaster management is the creation of plans through which communities reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters.

Humanitarian aid is material and logistic assistance to people in need.

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The theology of the Salvation Army is derived from that of Methodism although it is distinctive in institution and practice.

Methodism, or the Methodist movement, is a group of historically related denominations of Protestant Christianity which derive their inspiration from the life and teachings of John Wesley.

Theology is the critical study of the nature of the divine.

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The Army's doctrine is typical of evangelical Protestant denominations.

Evangelicalism, Evangelical Christianity, or Evangelical Protestantism is a worldwide, transdenominational movement within Protestant Christianity maintaining that the essence of the gospel consists in the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ's atonement.

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The Army's purposes are "the advancement of the Christian religion...

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of education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objects beneficial to society or the community of mankind as a whole".

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The Army was founded in 1865 in London by one-time Methodist circuit-preacher William Booth.

London is the capital and most populous city of England and the United Kingdom.

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Originally known as the East London Christian Mission, in 1878 Booth reorganised the mission, becoming its first General and introducing the military structure which has been retained to the present day.

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The current world leader of The Salvation Army is General André Cox, who was elected by the High Council of The Salvation Army on 3 August 2013.

The High Council of The Salvation Army elects a new General in the event of a vacancy or prior to the retirement of the existing office holder.

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