Although The Salvation Army had its beginnings in the East End of London, it has grown to an international movement. There is no continent where the Army is not at work somewhere, and it operates in more than 100 countries.
The Army's work combines a spiritual and social ministry which takes into account the needs of each particular country. Prospects are geared specifically to local requirements and are often run by local people. This is of particular importance in trying to ensure that the spiritual ministry is unhampered by language or cultural barriers.
In many countries The Salvation Army co-exists with non-Christian faiths such as Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. It respects the sincerely held beliefs of devout non-Christians, and does not regard conflict or bitter controversy as suitable means to making known the good news of Jesus. It prefers to maintain a clear and consistent witness to the Christian faith, hand-in-hand with a varied social ministry to people, no matter what their race, creed or class.
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