The Salvation Army

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The Salvation Army, previously The Christian Mission, is an evangelical Christian church known for charitable work. It is an international movement that currently works in 121[1] countries. It has its International Headquarters at 101 Queen Victoria Street, London, United Kingdom.

It was founded in 1865 in the United Kingdom by William and Catherine Booth as the East London Christian Mission (although some belive it may have been founded in Ashbourne) and has a quasi-military structure.[2] William Booth was born in Nottingham in 1829 but was based in London from 1849 where, after working as a pawnbroker's assistant, he set himself up as an itinerant preacher. He died in 1912.

The Salvation Army's stated mission is to perform evangelical, social and charitable work and bring the Christian message to the poor, destitute and hungry by meeting both their physical and spiritual needs. The organization states that its ministry extends to all, without discrimination.[3]

Its stated objectives are:

It is sometimes referred to as the "Sally Ann" in Canada and the "Sally Army" or "Sally Bash" in the United Kingdom. In Australia, the full name is rarely used, with the slang abbreviation "The Salvos" displayed even on shop fronts, while in New Zealand they are referred to as "The Sallies".

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