Reminiscent of the M/V William Booth boat ministry launched during its early years serving in Southeast Alaska. The Salvation Army is taking to the water for a four-day evangelistic campaign. The team departed from Auke Bay Boat Harbor on September 25, with plans to visit four communities, including Hoonah, Angoon, Kake and Petersburg. Commissioners James and Carolyn Knaggs, the Salvation Army’s Western Territory leaders and Majors George and Jeanne Baker, Alaska’s divisional leaders will lead the team, supported by Salvationists from Anchorage, the Mat-Su Valley, Juneau, Hoonah and Sitka.
In Kake, activities planned included a meeting on Wednesday night and a concert on Thursday morning at Kake Elementary School. En route to Petersburg from Kake a special remembrance honoring Major Larry Fankhauser will be held at sea, near Pt. McCarthy, one of his favorite fishing spots. Major Fankhauser served for many years with his wife, Nila in Alaska, loved its people and was adopted as family by Owen James.
In Petersburg, the boat is expected to dock at approximately 2:30 pm on Thursday, September 27. The Army brass ensemble will play as they near each community, announcing their arrival. An Open Air meeting will be help at Bojer Wikan Fishermen’s Memorial Park, followed by a program for seniors at the Long term Care Center. An evening church service will be held at The Salvation Army Petersburg Corps Community Center at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome.