Give me your love for humanity.

By: Danni Eickenhorst, Content Specialist, Midland Division

Today, we filmed a portion of a mini-documentary we are creating to memorialize our work in Joplin, following the May tornado. Captain Deb Osborne, who served nearly a week in Joplin delivering spiritual aid in the first days of the disaster was the subject of our interview. She sat in Forest Park with her little red wagon, recalling how she walked the streets of Joplin with a red wagon delivering water, food and prayer to those who needed it, as they gathered their things from the rubble, and stood at the sides of family members and homeowners, providing support as victims were pulled from the rubble.

At the end of filming, our videographer Michael Kilfoy said to her, “You did really well. You really radiate goodness when you speak,” and when she heard him say that, she said, “Oh good! I prayed all the way here that Jesus would shine through me when I spoke!”

Captain Deb is a shining example of all that The Salvation Army exemplifies – “Heart to God, Hand to Man.” She and her fellow officers know that actions speak louder than words and work to show the love of Christ through their outreach work. As I listened to her speak and thought of all of the many wonderful acts I’ve seen firsthand since coming to The Salvation Army, I was reminded of this song by Brandon Heath, especially this line…

“Give me your arms for the brokenhearted/For the ones beyond my reach/Give me your heart for the ones forgotten/Give me your eyes so I can see.”

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