Gail and I visited the Chicago Kroc Center this morning.  Major David Harvey spoke to us of the woman who showed her gratitude to Jesus by anointing him with nard.  Smelled good.  I never thought of it until this morning when the Major said the fragrance stayed with Jesus as he was arrested, tortured, went to Calvary.  That’s a powerful image, or can I say that when its a smell?

The Singing Company this morning at the Kroc Center in Chicago’s West Pullman neighborhood

For 3 or 4 years Majors David and Darlene Harvey have been leading their Soldiers in setup and takedown every weekend for Sunday worship at a Chicago public school.  Hard work.  And conducting youth programs and much more in that temporary home.  Now they are in a beautiful facility on 119th Street just east of I 57, a couple blocks from Christ Universal Temple.The Chicago Kroc doesn’t have thousands attending like at Christ Universal, but they are well over a hundred now.  I sat in on Major Dave’s Recruit class.  Twenty men and women today completed several weeks of classes, learning what it means to be a Salvation Army Soldier.  They will have an opportunity in the next few weeks to make a decision whether to be enrolled as a Soldier, become an Adherent (that’s like a church member) or neither.

Kroc young people with The Singing Company

West Pullman and Roseland are Chicago neighborhoods with serious violence and gang problems.  You wouldn’t know it at the Kroc Center.  People treating each other as brothers and sisters.  No communion.  Just hot coffee and a fresh donut.  And talk of how lives have been changed.  People now ready to step up and join an army that is making a difference in their part of the world.  On Chicago’s south side.