Salvation Army Seattle Temple Corps Evangelism Explosion

The Salvation Army United States of America
Western Territory (USA West)
Northwest Division
Seattle, Washington

March - Winnipeg Citadel Jubilee

Winnipeg Citadel Band - Canada


We are witnesses for Jesus
In the haunts of sin and shame,
In the underworld of sorrow
Where men seldom hear his name;
For to bind the brokenhearted
And their liberty proclaim,
We are witnesses for Jesus
In the haunts of sin and shame.


Tell the world, O tell the world!
Make salvation's story heard
In the highways, in the byways,
And in lands beyond the sea,
Do some witnessing for Jesus
Wheresoever you may be.

We are witnesses for Jesus
In the lands beyond the sea,
Where the millions bound by evil
Have no hope of liberty;
As we tell the gospel tidings,
Lo! the captives are set free;
We are witnesses for Jesus
In the lands beyond the sea.

We are witnesses for Jesus
In the home and in the mart,
Where the cares of life and fashion
Crowd the Saviour from the heart;
When we urge his claims with wisdom
Many choose the better part;
We are witnesses for Jesus
In the home and in the mart.

The first time I ever heard this march was at an International Staff Band concert in Vancouver, Canada. We played this many times in the Northwest Divisional Band in concerts all over Western Washington when Cpt. McHarg was leading the band. Except for the Texas Gulf Coast Area Band, the Northwest Divisional Band during that period was the busiest band I ever played in.


Salvation Army Seattle Temple Corps Evangelism Explosion is a page about the experience and great success my wife, Bonna, and I had establishing and working with an Evangelism Explosion Team at The Salvation Army Seattle Temple Corps.

 As a teenager attending church regularly, I would hear stories of people being saved in a miraculous manner. The old Indian, Rudy, at the Harborlight Corps was one of the most memorable. I never saw it happen for myself, but I always wanted to. As I grew older, I resigned myself to "ordinary" worship with no "big," "obvious" miracles. Then my wife was appointed to supervise the church growth of the Spring Branch Church of the Nazarene in Houston, Texas. As a part of her job, we attended many different church growth seminars. Finally, Bonna was trained in Evangelism Explosion. At that point, we decided to move from Houston back to Seattle. When we arrived in Seattle, my wife told me that I had to get trained in Evangelism Explosion. I did. Every thing we did at the Seattle Temple Corps resulted in new people coming to the Salvation Army and people kneeling at the altar there to turn their lives over to God. We saw people saved and we saw people change their lives, including marriage in couples who were living together without benefit of marriage. The results have been spectacular.

I have been a musician all of my life. I have played in spectacular concerts with tens of thousands of people in the audience. I have been thrilled at some of the things I have done in music. But nothing has ever matched the feeling I have received from doing Evangelism Explosion. We visited over 200 homes doing Evangelism Explosion work for our God and the Seattle Temple Corps of the Salvation Army in the first full year of the program.It has been the most spectacular thing my wife and I have ever done. Using Evangelism Explosion, there comes a moment when one realizes that God has set up an appointment for you to do his work. This moment has no other explanation and it sends chills up and down my spine whenever it happens. Here are some samples:

I Knew Your Mother


 On Evangelism Explosion night, Bonna and I had no idea what kind of family we would meet or what part of town we would end up in until we left the Corps. We had the "Thomas Guide" maps for Snohomish County, King County, and Pierce County so we could find our way to the homes we were to visit. We frequently had no idea of the kind of contact the persons to be visited had with the Salvation Army. We even visited people outside of Seattle. There were five families which had attended the Seattle Temple Corps and one man whose parents had been Salvation Army officers in the Eastern territory. All of these families had left the Army years ago and had become millionaires. After the first mansion we visited, I began recognizing the names on the list. Over a two week period we visited all of these wealthy families which had attended the Seattle Temple Corps.

Then we came to the man whose parents had been Salvation Army officers in the Eastern Territory. I had no idea who this man was nor did I know that his parents had been Salvation Army officers. We got to the door of his home at the North end of Lake Washington. I rang the bell and he came to the door. I had no idea who he was or where he had come from. To me, he was just the next guy on the list. When he opened the door, I said, "Hello, we're from the Salvation Army Seattle Temple Corps. May we speak to you?" He replied, "Sorry, that ship has sailed" and started to slam the door shut in our faces. As the door came our way I heard a voice say, "I knew your mother" and the door slammed shut. Suddenly, it flew open and the man said, "What did you say?"

Then Bonna spoke up and said, "I knew your mother, I'm from Asbury Park Citadel and I used to go to church with your mother." This was news to me. The man invited us in, made us some tea and called everybody in the house to come in the living room and meet us. We sat and talked about the Salvation Army and the Asbury Park Citadel Corps. We talked about his mother and then we found out that he was on the Salvation Army advisory board. When he was younger, he had played Cornet in a Salvation Army band. We invited him to come to the corps and in the next month, this man came to the Seattle Temple Corps twice. We never did figure out how the names of these millionaires got on our list, but except for the guy who slammed the door in our face and then invited us in, they were all very gracious and very much a part of other churches.

One Sunday, Commissioner Rader came to Seattle to visit the Seattle Temple Corps. He was accompanied by our Divisional Commander, Colonel Church. After the service, there was a reception in the fellowship hall. Colonel Church was rushing the Commissioner through the line. This always struck me as a little irritating because it was so obvious that the line moving past the Commissioner was being moved as fast as possible. I shook the Commissioner's hand and was hustled down the line then Bonna shook the Commissioner's hand. As they started to hustle her away, Bonna said, "I knew your mother." Suddenly, Commissioner Rader gripped Bonna's hand and said, "What did you say?" Bonna said "I'm from Asbury Park Citadel and I used to go to church with your mother." Suddenly, Col. Church remembered our names and what we were doing in the corps. He blurted out, "This is Dan and Bonna Ross. They're in charge of the Young People's Band and they do Evangelism Explosion in the Corps." Commissioner Rader than struck up a conversation with Bonna about his parents and had a pleasant but fairly short talk with her.

The reason Bonna knew the parents of these people is because in Asbury Park, New Jersey, there is a large home for retired officers. All of the officers who were able to get out attended the Asbury Park Citadel Corps. Bonna was on friendly terms with all of them and spent a lot of time talking with them. That retirement home is one reason that the Asbury Park Citadel Corps is so vibrant. When we visited Asbury Park Citadel after our marriage, we spent a lot of time chatting with these officers at the Corps and we visited some of them in the retirement home. On one trip to Asbury Park after we moved to Seattle, Bonna bought flowers and took them to the mother of our Seattle Temple Corps officer. She was certainly surprised to get a visit from someone in her son's corps clear across the continent. There are a lot of musicians in the retirement center and one of them gave me all of his music from the "New England String Band Association." I have a ton of great guitar music because of that visit.


 We went to Shirley's house six times before we got her back into the Army. She was a soldier in Michigan who had been living north of Seattle for years. She has a large family and brought her granddaughter to the Seattle Temple Corps. She wanted her granddaughter to be enrolled as a Jr. Soldier and saw this as a step in getting her family back into the Army. We told her to bring the granddaughter to the Jr. Soldier class. After she went through the preparation course she could be enrolled as a Jr. Soldier. She was enrolled on Easter and, including herself and Shirley and David, there were nine members of her family in church Easter Sunday morning. Shirley had her soldiership transferred from Michigan to the Seattle Temple Corps. She became a worker in the Army's welfare office at the corps. She got married and she, her husband and her granddaughter became regular attenders and soldiers of the Seattle Temple Corps. The rest of her family attended frequently. (10)

Amanda and J.J.

 Amanda and J.J. were at the community service camp. They went to the altar at camp and we were given their names as follow up visitation prospects. After Bonna and other Evangelism Explosion team members visited their home, the two kids came to the Seattle Temple Corps with their mother and have faithfully attended Sunday School, Holiness meetings, Adventure Corps, Sunbeams, Singing Company and Youth Band meetings. Amanda successfully completed the Jr. Soldier preparation course and learned the Jr. Soldier pledge. There were three members of Amanda's family there to watch. One day at the end of a meeting, the altar was opened for prayer. I looked up and there was Amanda and J.J.'s mother kneeling at the altar of the Seattle Temple Corps, giving her life to God. She came to Bonna and me a few days later and told us what she had done at that altar. She told us that she then got on the phone to call a friend of hers. She said the friend had been praying for the mom's salvation for over twenty years. When J.J.'s mom made the phone call to her friend to tell her that her prayers had been answered, she discovered that her friend had died the day before the mom went to the altar. (3)


 There was a young man in the corps whose family never came around. We got the name and address of his mother Milene. One of our teams went to Milene's house. The first time she wouldn't let anybody in because she wasn't prepared. The next time she let the team in and began attending the corps regularly. She brought her two children. This accounts for 3 members of the Seattle Temple Corps including a Sunday School teacher, an Evangelism Explosion team member, a Y.P. band member and a singing company member. Milene has a natural gift for the type of personal evangelism required in Evangelism Explosion. She had almost instant empathy for everybody she met. She is a wonderful person and a valued member of the corps. (3)


 Marilyn called our corps for three weeks while she was in New York getting ready to move to Seattle and for three weeks after she arrived in the Northwest. We got a note from our corps officer telling us about Marilyn and her family. Alex , Milene and I went directly to her house. She told us that she was in prayer asking God to send someone from the Salvation Army because she couldn't get her son to go to the church which is practically on her doorstep. At that moment, Alex , Milene and I knocked on her door. Her son came to the door. When he opened the door, I said, "Hello, we're from the Salvation Army. May we speak to your parents?" He turned and shouted, "Mom there's someone here from the Salvation Army." We heard a voice call back, "You'd better stop teasing me. Get in here." He shouted again, "No mom. There's someone at the door from the Salvation Army." Marilyn came to the door. She apologized and told us that she though her son was teasing her because she had just been praying for someone from the Salvation Army to come visit her. This accounts for 3 members of the Seattle Temple Corps congregation including one Euphonium playing bandsman, a Y.P. band member, a singing company member, the originator of the CAFE Club, the Seattle Temple Corps Jr. Soldier leader and one corps council member. Knocking on Marilyn's door at the very moment she is praying for a visit from the Salvation Army is a spectacular "Divine Appointment." (3)


 Mary and Frankie were visited one night by Alex, Milene and myself. She was visited again two weeks later by Milene, Dan M. and myself. She began attending when she found she could be involved in the CAFE Club led by Marilyn. She has been to church since and has brought her husband. This accounts for at least 2 more members of the Seattle Temple Corps congregation. (3)


 Three of us knocked on the door to a little apartment in West Seattle. When the door was opened, a strange object hanging from the ceiling over the dining room table caught my immediate attention. A closer look made me realize it was a four foot long inflatable Miller Beer bottle. We told the woman who answered the door that we were from the Salvation Army and we would like to talk to her. She invited us in and pointed to her coffee table. On the coffee table were about ten paperback books and a Bible all open and spread out on the table. She said, "I'm so glad you came. I've been sitting here trying to figure out all of this stuff and I need somebody to explain it to me." She ended up coming to the Seattle Temple Corps to study the Bible with her husband. Knocking on Betty's door at the very moment she is asking God for some way to get an explanation for all of the books on religion and the Bible she has open on her table is a spectacular "Divine Appointment." (2)

The Result: The First Easter After Inaugurating Evangelism Explosion

 When Bonna was asked to do the visitation program at the Seattle Temple Corps, she was told not to do Evangelism Explosion or anything she had done in Houston because it wouldn't work in Seattle. We have listed 24 people in the Seattle Temple Corps congregation who were added by our work in Evangelism Explosion. On the first Easter Sunday morning after deploying the Evangelism Explosion teams, I sat with the band on the platform of the Salvation Army Seattle Temple Corps and looked over the congregation. The results of Evangelism Explosion were apparent.

  • On the platform were a new Euphonium player in the band. His wife was in the Songsters and was in charge of the Junior Soldier training program. She was also on the Corps Council. She was an engineer and her husband, the Euphonium player, was an appliance salesman. Their son had played in the YP Band for Sunday School that morning.
  • In the audience was Shirley, the new Welfare director at the corps and nine additional family members. Her grand daughter was enrolled as a Junior Soldier that day.
  • The two kids, Amanda and J.J. and their mother were there. Amanda was enrolled as a Junior Soldier that Easter Sunday. They had been referred to us because the two kids went to the altar at the Community Service camp.
  • There was Milene and her three children. All of them were playing instruments in the YP Band or Sr Band and Milene was a great worker in Evangelism Explosion.
  • All of the people I have described in this page were present on the first Easter Sunday morning since Evangelism Explosion was initiated at the Salvation Army Seattle Temple Corps. They had all been attending the corps since we visited them several months before.
  • In addition, I recognized 16 other people whose homes we had visited the three weeks just before that Easter Sunday morning.
  • I counted at least 40 people in our congregation that Sunday morning who were coming to the corps as a result of Evangelism Explosion.

Elsewhere, I have told of five individuals who have spent years as officers because we spoke to them about the Salvation Army. These incidents are just a sampling of what we did at the Salvation Army Seattle Temple Corps using the Evangelism Explosion process. Whenever we walked into a home and found that at that very moment someone was praying for a visit from "The Salvation Army" or were praying that God would send them someone to help them through all of the books and Bible they had bought, it would send a thrill through my body that was dynamite. This is what is called in Evangelism Explosion "The Divine Appointment." When you are ready to do the job, God will make an appointment for you with one of his children and you will have the thrill of knowing that God has placed you precisely where he wants you at exactly the moment you are needed.

When I recall these events at the Salvation Army Seattle Temple Corps, I feel like singing. If I were singing it would go something like this:


My life flows on in endless song;
      Above earth's lamentation
I hear the sweet though far off hymn
      That hails a new creation.
Through all the tumult and the strife
      I hear the music ringing;
It finds an echo in my soul;
      How can I keep from singing?

What though my joys and comfort die
      The Lord my Savior liveth!
What though the darkness gathers round
      Songs in the night He giveth!
No storm may shake my inmost calm
      While to that refuge clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heaven and earth
      How can I keep from singing?

I lift mine eyes, the cloud grows thin,
      I see the blue above it;
And day by day, this pathway smooths
      Since first I learned to love it.
The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
      A fountain ever springing;
All things are mine since I am His;
      How can I keep from singing?

A. Salinas Music Day Camp B.  Seattle Temple Young People's Band
C.  Outreach D. Our 15 Passenger Van
E. Hospital Visitation F. Bonna, the Burden Bearer
G. Oasis of Love, The Corps Pamphlet H. Christmas Kettles, Whitecenter Corps
I. Evangelism Explosion

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The War College of The Salvation Army

in Vancouver, Canada

Just 120 miles or so north of The Seattle Temple Corps.

 Tell 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.


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