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The Salvation Army was founded by William Booth His goal was to create an international religious and charitable organization dedicated to the propagation of the Christian faith and to the furnishing of various forms of assistance to persons in need of spiritual solace and material aid William Booth was an English Methodist minister It was originally founded as the Christian Mission with the aim of carrying on evangelical and social-welfare work among the inhabitants of the slum areas of London Thieves prostitutes gamblers and drunkards were among Booths first converts to Christianity His congregations were desperately poor He preached hope and salvation His aim was to lead them to Christ and link them to a church for continued spiritual guidanceEven though Booths followers were converted churches did not accept them because of what they had been However Booth gave their lives direction in both a spiritual and practical manner and put them to work to save others who were like themselves They too preached and sang in the streets as a living testimony to the power of God Members of the army equipped with uniforms and flags drums and cornets were greeted with riotous demonstrations on their first appearances in the streets and were frequently arrested for disturbing the peace The work progressed however and branches of the army were established in all parts of the world with international headquarters in London The mission rapidly expanded its activities In 1878 it was reorganized along its present quasi-military lines and was renamed the Salvation Army Booth was accorded the title of general and the officers and members of the organization were given military ranks and titles in accordance with their duties The organization was later organized into territories each of which had jurisdiction over a specified country or other major geographical areaThe international character of the Salvation Army dates from 1880 when a group of its members went to the United States and established an
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