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Salvation Army Captains Deploy to Atlanta
by Sadie Macias, Public Relations Coordinator
published June 2017

The Commanding Officers, Captains Luis and Laura Melendez of The Salvation Army in McAllen/Hidalgo County are called to serve in Atlanta, Georgia.

Captain Luis Melendez is heading to the Evangeline Booth College as Assistant of Personnel to train the new incoming officers of The Salvation Army and Captain Laura Melendez will be the Assistant Director of Curriculum. Both Captains are ready to serve in their new assignments come June. Their last day in the Rio Grande Valley will be Sunday, June 18th.

The Salvation Army Officers are periodically transferred to different locations, typically every 3-4 years. Captains Luis and Laura Melendez have been leading the McAllen Corps office since 2013 and have touched the lives of many people looking for hope and a fresh new start in life. "It has been a privilege to serve the community of Hidalgo County and discover the opportunities for ministry here,' said Captain Luis Melendez . The couple also known as pastors are responsible for all church programs, social services, emergency shelter and Family Thrift Store.

During their assigned stay they have maintained the mission of The Salvation Army, its ministry is motivated by the love of God to preach the gospel and to meet the human in His name without discrimination.

"We are really going to miss the folks from the community and the relationships we have established during our four years" said Captain Luis Melendez. The couple stated "We look forward to God's new call in Atlanta where we will be training new incoming officers for their call of duty."

The Melendez' will be sent off with a special luncheon following the Sunday services of June 18th. The new officers Captain Stephen and Lt. Bernadette Correira from Texarkana, Texas will be arriving after their departure to take the reins of the ministry serving Hidalgo County and the needs of the community. "Many people don't realize that The Salvation Army is a church," said Captain Melendez. "We invite everyone to join us for Worship each Sunday at 11:00 AM, at The Salvation Army, located at 1600 N. 23rd Street , here in McAllen. We look forward to meeting you soon!"