The Jackson, MS Corps Cadet brigade is exploding in growth! This fall, the brigade will add 7 new Corps Cadets to its brigade of 14. Thanks in part is due to a great Junior Soldier program where these young people began their training at an early age.
The brigade is a mix of all ages and backgrounds. Some are children of soldiers and officers. Some live in the neighborhood surrounding the corps and attend with no particular encouragement from home.
Even with their many differences, these Corps Cadets come together for the single purpose of learning to be leaders in their corps and community. And they are getting on-the-job training. They volunteer for events such as the Community Easter Egg Hunt, Souper Bowl fundraiser, and the “Hallow’d Be His Name” held on Halloween weekends. Of course, they are working hard to help at Christmas, too! The group also painted and planted at the neighborhood elementary school, taking part in a community help day known as SHINE.
The Corps Cadets are also helping to disciple their younger counterparts by studying the Junior Soldier Prep class material in order to come alongside the adults to help out.
These Corps Cadets also have a heart for evangelism. They have conducted neighborhood open-airs, giving their testimony, playing in the band, and distributing fliers about corps activities. They’ve also shared their faith one-on-one to other kids who came out to listen.
[quote type=”large” align=”center”] Besides their regular course of Bible study in their CROSStraining lessons, the Corps Cadets have deepened their learning to prepare for the divisional Bible Bowl. This has given many Corps Cadets a renewed interest in digging into the Scriptures on their own and learning passages from memory.[/quote]
“MORE THAN JUST BIBLE BOWL”
CORPS CADET HIGHLIGHT
Jackson 1 – Corps Cadets participate in a Community Healing service following a tornado which came through the corps neighborhood, passing within a couple of blocks of the corps building. They all passed out water bottles and boxed suppers to everyone who attended.)
Jackson 2 – Corps Cadets from Jackson and Mobile prepare for the next round of competition in the ALM Divisional Bible Bowl.
BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA
“CORPS CADET FAMILY BBQ”
CORPS CADET HIGHLIGHT
ALM’s largest Corps Cadet Brigade from Baton Rouge, LA recently held a BBQ for just active Corps Cadets, recent graduates and their families. The Corps Cadets and leaders cooked for the BBQ and hosted fun field and table games for the whole family.
Several of the Corps Cadets gave their testimonies about their CROSStraining experiences. The event was concluded with the Corps Cadets, family members, and leaders joining hands around the pavilion for a circle of prayer.