Fort Wayne is more than Indiana’s second-largest city. It’s known as the “City of Churches” and has won three All-American City Awards, marking it as a community with a diverse population and a history of neighbors coming together to help one another. Capt. Luis and Lt. Linda Acosta are learning all about this and more as they assume command of The Salvation Army Fort Wayne Corps Community Center. With a wide range of experiences and interests, the Acostas are ready to bring fresh ideas to the corps and find new ways to use their ministry to help those in need in Allen County.
We chatted with the Acostas to learn more about their Salvation Army journey and the future they see for the Fort Wayne corps:
Q: Where are you from? Have you ever lived in Indiana before?
Capt. Luis: I am originally from El Paso, Texas. I was commissioned in the Western Territory as a Preparer of the Way. I have never lived in Indiana.
Lt. Linda: I was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois, but my parents are from Guatemala. This is my first time living in Indy.
Q: Can you tell us a little about your family?
Lt. Linda: My husband’s name is Luis Acosta. My daughter is Andy (Candy) Acosta. And we have a fish who is 4 years old named Lovey. We are hoping to get a cat soon!
Q: Why did you decide to become an officer in The Salvation Army?
Capt. Luis: I was a fairly new Christian and only knew The Salvation Army for a little less than two years. God placed a calling in my heart. I was called not just to be a minister/pastor but specifically an officer. I feel that I cannot do anything else because He’s placed that passion in me to serve Him and others through The Salvation Army.
Lt. Linda: Before becoming an officer, I was a family and child therapist. I enjoyed my job at the beginning, but after meeting so many families and seeing their struggles, I began to see their need of a Savior, a heavenly Father, and of Hope. I remember sitting in my office, looking out my window and thinking to myself, “I need to be out there and not in here.” That’s the exact moment I knew I was called.
Q: What are you most looking forward to at your new post?
Capt. Luis: I’m looking forward to working together with my wife in ministry. I’m excited to work in a new community, sharing the Word of God and the love of Christ. I would like to show the community what The Salvation Army is and what we do.
Lt. Linda: I am excited to develop family and youth programs for the community as a venue to get people saved and connected to the corps. I love our employees and corps family, so I am excited to develop those relationships as well.
Q: Do you have any special talents, hobbies or interests that you’d like to share?
Capt. Luis: I have the ability to create things through painting, drawing, sculpting – basically anything related to art. I also know how to DJ. I’ve been doing it for over 10 years and I collect vinyl records.
Lt. Linda: I learned how to sew over a year ago. It’s fun and good for self care! I also enjoy bike riding, reading, and playing the violin.
Keep checking back as we continue to introduce Indiana’s newest Salvation Army officers throughout the month of July! Next up: Meet Captains Scott and Shanais Strissel, who have arrived at the Evansville, Indiana corps via Minnesota, with four kids, one dog and a popular blog in tow.