TULSA, Okla. — “Tulsa is a giant small city.”
Captain Dan Nelson and his spouse, Main Sarah Nelson, have been working the Salvation Military Tulsa Space Command for just a little over a month.
They’ve already realized concerning the Oklahoma Customary.
“Neighbors look after neighbors and wish to look after neighbors,” Captain Dan says.
Referred to as Captain Dan and Main Sarah, these two have been married for 15 years.
“Each of us had been linked to the salvation military within the communities the place we had been and located one another that manner,” Captain Dan says.
They complement one another very properly.
“We had frequent pals, relationships and experiences,” they each stated. “And so we met.”
These two have by no means not recognized the Salvation Military and its mission of doing essentially the most good by feeding, clothes, comforting, and caring for these with damaged lives.
It is one thing their households have been doing for generations.
>>> Pictures: Couple carries household custom of serving to others to Tulsa
Captain Dan’s nice grandparents had been linked with the Salvation Military after migrating from Sweden, as had been the subsequent two generations.
“Music was a giant a part of our household,” he stated.
“It is a huge a part of the salvation military too. Brass bands particularly.”
Considered one of Captain Dan’s most prized possessions is an image of him as a younger boy taking part in a plastic coronet and standing subsequent to his father.
“So it does kind of present the generational affect of the brass music that is been handed down via the generations,” Main Sarah says.
Main Sarah can even hint her household’s involvement again for generations.
“4 generations of Salvation Military Officers,” she says. “Which is an ordained minister.”
However her story involving her grandmother is just a little edgier.
“She grew up in a family the place there have been 11 kids and her father was a gangster.”
However not simply any gangster.
“[My] nice grandfather was related to gangs below Al Capone,” she says.
“It was that complete form of circuit.”
Due to that, Main Sarah says the household was at all times on the run. An premature demise of a sibling led to a Salvation Military officer reaching out to assist the damaged household.
“And that was the primary place the place it began to happen to my grandmother that there was extra to life than at all times working, and that she really had worth, and that she was beloved and that God had a plan for her life,” she says.
That officer’s title, Captain A.O. Baker, remains to be particular in any case these years.
“Had he not knocked on that door, I in all probability would not be sitting on this seat in Tulsa, Oklahoma proper now,” she says.
However Main Sarah is right here, with Captain Dan proper by her aspect, combating starvation and poverty throughout this pandemic.
And elevating a household which may simply keep on the household custom of service to the group.
When requested how lengthy they assume they will be allowed to remain in Tulsa, each responded, “Oh let’s pray at the very least 5 years, hopefully.”
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