The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Christ and to meet human needs in his name without discrimination. The movement, founded in 1865 in London, has spread to many parts of the world, today serving in nearly 130 countries. Evangelistic and social enterprises are maintained, under the authority of the International leader, the General, by full-time officers and employees, as well as soldiers who give service in their free time. The need for modern facilities and longer-term development is under continual review. Increasingly the Army's policy and its indigenous membership allow it to cooperate with international relief agencies and governments alike.