Friday, April 8, 2016

Music Camp with Kai and Christer; SA Sweden Part 1 of 4

Return to Russia with Flags Unfurled- Book Part Two
Music Camp - Kai Kjall-Andersson, Sweden


Throughout the summer the Moscow Central Corps grew steadily, week after week, numbering in the hundreds, less than 12 months since re-opening SA social and spiritual programs in Russia's capital after an absence of seven decades. The Captain Ljungholms seized and capitalized on the opportunity to share the good news of the Gospel with those who had for years lived under atheism, and to provide practical assistance to those who came with their desperate needs. It was that spirit and attitude that took the Army from 36 Corps in 1878 to 1100 in 1886. Booth warned us not to become an army of occupation, but one at war. General Bond's words; “live as if our greatest passion in life is to see people saved and nurtured on their way to Heaven,” became the corp's maxim.

Komsomol, the Russian All-Union Leninist Communist League of Youth, of the Soviet Union, was an organization for young people aged 14 to 28 that was primarily a political organ for spreading Communist teachings and preparing future members of the Communist Party. Closely associated with this organization was the Vladimir Lenin All-Union Pioneer Organization, (Всесою́зная пионе́рская организа́ция и́мени В. И. Ле́нина) a mass youth organization in the Soviet Union for children ages 10–15 that existed between 1922 and 1991. Similar to the Scouting organizations of the Western world, Pioneers learned skills of social cooperation and attended publicly funded summer camps. For the very young there was the Little Octobrists.

The Komsomol was organized in 1918 in order to band together various youth organizations that had previously been involved in the Russian Revolution. Komsomol membership reached a maximum of about 40 million in the 1970s and early ’80s. In Soviet society its members were favored over nonmembers in matters of employment and scholarships. Active participation in the Komsomol was also considered an important factor in gaining membership and eventual leadership positions in the Communist Party. A recent Communist leader who’d come through the Young Pioneers and Komsomol was Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union until 1991 when the party was dissolved. He served as the country's head of state from 1988 (titled as Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet). He was the only general secretary in the history of the Soviet Union to have been born after the 1917 October Revolution.

As one system collapsed another emerged; with a similar structure but having higher, eternal, and divinely inspired spiritual goals. This was a deliberate attempt to help the next generation to not get lost.

From; Return to Russia with Flags Unfurled- Book Part Two
Sven Ljungholm

[1] Harold Hill

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