As we come to an end of 2019 and look forward to what 2020 has in store, many of us start the new year off with some “resolutions” or goals.

We would like to share a goal that we have for the Salvation Army and for our community. For those of you that may not know, the Salvation Army started in the slums of East London in 1865. William Booth was moved by the way people were living and was called to do something about it.

One of his most famous quotes is, "While women weep, as they do now, I'll fight; While little children go hungry, as they do now, I'll fight; While men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I'll fight; While there is a drunkard left, While there is a poor lost girl on the streets, While there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I'll fight -- I'll fight to the very end!"

As officers and pastors of the Salvation Army church, my wife and I are called to carry on this mission and fight here in Mitchell. We do not have the number of people struggling here that East London had, but we do have most of the same problems they did.

We serve single mothers crying as they struggle to feed their children. We serve people going in and out of prison. We serve children stuck in the foster care system. We serve people who have addictions that are out of control. We serve people who are sleeping outside or in their cars. We serve people who are living in a darkness that is so deep there seems no way out.

Fortunately, we serve a God that loves and cares for each and every person with a love that is beyond our imagination.

This is our goal for the new year: show everyone that we meet how much God cares for them and loves them. Our goals for this community in 2020: fewer women weeping, fewer hungry children, fewer people going in and out of prison, fewer addictions, fewer homeless and fewer people living in darkness.

These goals can only be achieved by following the greatest commandment: love the Lord our God with all of our hearts, minds, souls and strength and loving our neighbors as ourselves. May God bless you and yours in 2020.