Salvation Army Seattle Temple Corps Our 15 Passenger Van
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Salvation Army Seattle Temple Corps Our 15 Passenger Van is a page about a 15 passenger band my wife, Bonna, and I bought to use with our work in The Salvation Army Seattle Temple Corps.
are pretty sociable people and we were planning on doing a lot
of work with kids, so we bought a 15 passenger van. Our Young
People would not take anything away from the Seattle Temple Corps
if we went on any trips. That van was dedicated to the Lord and
was used to bring people to Him through the Seattle Temple Corps
and it had many other uses.
Seattle Temple Corps Nursery Worker
were on the way to the corps one day for the Sunday morning festivities
when Bonna spotted a woman walking along the sidewalk towards
the corps pushing a baby in a stroller. Bonna said, "Hey,
isn't that the woman that the corps hired to take care of the
nursery?" How on earth would I know? I can't remember my
own name from one day to the next. We were only a few blocks
from the corps so we went on ahead and parked the van. Bonna
kept a lookout for the woman and when she found her, she went
to her and asked her why she was walking to the corps. She had
been walking, pushing her baby in the stroller, four miles to
the corps each Sunday morning and four miles home because she
didn't have enough money to ride the bus. We began stopping by
her home each Sunday to give her a ride to the corps and then
we would take her home again.
the Van, the Women of The Seattle Temple Corps
is a shopper. Her favorite channels are QVC and HSN. To the North
of Seattle is a discount shopping mall. To the East of Seattle
is a discount shopping mall. To the South of Seattle is a discount
shopping mall. To the West of Seattle, through Tacoma, is a discount
shopping mall. The Seattle area is shopping mall heaven. Bonna
decided one day that she wanted to go to one of the discount
shopping malls and she didn't want me with her. Apparently, I'm
not good enough to go to a discount mall with her. The first
thing we do at a shopping mall is split up. We pick a spot in
the mall, set a time for meeting and don't see each other again
until the appointed time. Bonna decided she wanted to go shopping
with a bunch of women. It turned out that every two months or
so, Bonna would load 14 other women from the Seattle Temple Corps
into our van and head out for a discount mall. No ladies were
ever left out. Anybody who wanted to go to a discount mall was
invited. It wasn't just the soldiers of the corps who went with
Bonna. She attended the Home League meetings every week and a
lot of those women weren't soldiers of the corps. They were included
Divisional Commanders Wonderful Wife
we first got to Seattle, our Divisional Commander was George
Church. When a married male is appointed Divisional Commander,
his wife is appointed to oversee women's activities in the Division.
I would venture to say that nobody knew how much Mrs. Church
cared for the ladies in her flock. She was a good shepherd, but
I'll bet nobody knew what she did for the ladies in the Northwest
Division. One day, Mrs. Church came to Bonna and asked for her
help. She gave Bonna a list of some ladies in the Seattle Temple
Corps. Some were in the Home League and some were soldiers in
the corps. She told Bonna that she wanted to make sure that every
woman on the list was invited to the Home League Rally in Spokane.
She thought maybe some of them had not been informed of the rally.
This list was not of the "important" ladies in the
Seattle Temple Corps Home League. Some of them were the "wallflowers"
who were just there. Bonna talked to them about the Home League
Rally and sure enough, nobody had bothered to tell them about
it or to invite them to go. Bonna filled up our 15 passenger
van with these ladies and two van loads of ladies from the Seattle
Temple Corps went to Spokane for the Divisional Home League Rally
all because the Divisional Commander's wife cared enough for
them to go out of her way to make sure they were invited and
One day, Dotti
got married. Dotti had been an officer in the Eastern Territory.
The guy she married was an older man who was a little heavy set.
Both Dotti and her husband had medical conditions which weren't
too great. The guy she married was pretty much known as "Dotti's
Husband." He didn't move too fast and he didn't talk too
much. However, I would sit and talk with him frequently. I found
out he was a fisherman and one day he told me he had caught a
bunch of perch. I told him I hadn't had any perch since I left
Wyoming. He invited me and Bonna to his home so he could cook
us some perch. He was a pretty good cook and the perch tasted
great. One night around 10 o'clock, Dotti called me and asked
if we could take her husband to the hospital in our van. I asked
if she needed an ambulance and she said it wasn't that kind of
problem so I took him in the hospital in our van. I did this
on several occasions and people would ask, "Why on earth
are you taking this guy to the hospital in your van? Why can't
they take the bus or get a cab?" Well for one thing, they
didn't have a lot of money. For another thing, I knew something
about Dotti's husband nobody else knew.
When Dotti's husband
was a teen ager, he enlisted in the Navy. He went to sea. One
day he found himself on a ship that was being hammered by the
Japanese Navy. As his ship took a pounding, it began to come
apart. There were explosions and fire was everywhere. His ship
was shot up pretty badly and men were trapped below burning decks
screaming for help. Dotti's husband crawled through the smoke
and flames with explosions going off and shrapnel flying everywhere.
He grabbed one of the other sailors and dragged him to the top
deck. He went back into the smoke and flames and grabbed another
wounded sailor and dragged him topside. Six times, Dotti's future
husband got down on his hands and knees and crawled through the
smoke and flames to drag a wounded sailor to safety. He saved
six sailors in one action on one day when he was a teen ager.
Dotti's husband received the Silver Star for his courage under
fire. It was a privilege for me to drive him anywhere he wanted
Van and the Seniors' Field Trip
day Bonna got a phone call from George Gray. George Gray was
a Canadian who had been imported to be the Seattle Citadel Bandmaster
and Songster Leader. By the time Bonna and I moved back to Seattle
from Texas the second time, he was neither. He was the leader
of the Seattle Temple Corps Seniors' program. He had planned
a field trip to take our senior citizens to the Whitecenter Corps
to meet with their group for lunch and a program of some kind.
When George got to the Seattle Temple Corps, he was told there
was no transportation for the group. George called Bonna and
asked if they could use our van. Bonna said, "Sure."
Then she took the van to the corps. There were two empty 15 passenger
vans in the Corps parking lot but they weren't available to the
seniors. Bonna not only loaned them our van, but drove them to
the Whitecenter Corps and spent the day with them then drove
them back to their homes. Our van was available to anybody who
needed it and it was used quite a bit, especially for the Young
Register to find old Salvation Army friends. Tell which Salvation
Army corps you have attended in the past and now. Your friends
will be able to find you. We've found friends we hadn't seen
in thirty years within minutes after registering.
120 miles or so north of The Seattle Temple Corps.
your Salvation Army friends about this website. Chapter Ten about
our Seattle Temple Corps Experience is going to be very interesting,
but you have to read every chapter in order to understand Chapter
10. You won't be disappointed.