Salvation Army worker looks to warm up Winter Games

Thursday, February 11, 2010 | 2:58 p.m. CST; updated 9:53 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 11, 2010

COLUMBIA — With a cup of hot chocolate in hand, a  Columbia resident will try and bring some warmth to the Winter Olympics.

Michael Kasten, a local Salvation Army church member, will be working at the Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada, as part of the Olympic Mission Team. This team will work outside at refreshment stations, offering warm drinks and hospitality in both downtown Vancouver and the nearby town of Burnaby.

Kasten, 23, was selected for the mission from a large number of volunteers.

“This hasn’t happened in the mid-Missouri area before,” said Cyndy Chapman, the local Salvation Army director of development. “We are proud they selected him.”

Kasten will join other church groups and organizations around the country and will represent the Salvation Army Columbia Corps and the Midland Division. This division’s jurisdiction covers all of Missouri — except Kansas City and six nearby counties — and Southern Illinois.

“We wanted to work with people directly and to get hands on and have people speak with us,” Kasten said.

Kasten said he also hopes to get the Salvation Army's anti-human trafficking message to an international audience.

“I’m excited to do evangelical work,” Kasten said, “and for the opportunity to talk to people from around the world about God."

Kasten has worked with various camps and was also a counselor at Camp Mihaska in Bourbon.

“I’ve been active with The Salvation Army my entire life,” Kasten said.

Kasten leaves for Vancouver on Friday and will return Feb. 21. For Kasten, this experience is more about the message than the sports.

“I just want to talk about God,” he said.

Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.