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June 14, 2014

Asphalt outreach: Vision Ministries continues taking its message to the streets of New Castle

NEW CASTLE — The census shows that New Castle is losing population, but the Rev. Randy Crum knows one group intent on moving in.

It is comprised of several local churches, as well as Crum’s own Vision Ministries of Lawrence County. The latter will be having its second downtown evangelistic service in as many months on June 21 at the Riverwalk Park Amphitheatre. It comes on the heels of a May 17 tent revival on East North Street.

“Our objective was to go down to the city and to do some work in the city,” Crum said. “This time, I have City Reach Church coming out with Mark Bupp, and I have a representative from Stop the Violence. We have the House of Prayer, which has a group there that works in the city. We’re trying to get something on a regular basis.

“I think a lot of things are happening now in the city. There are a lot of churches that are coming alongside us or doing something else in the city. Consistency is the best thing. No matter how big it is or how small it is, consistency always pays off.”

The June 21 crusade begins at noon with an hour of free hot dogs and beverages for each person attending. There also will be special music provided by Vivian Cardenas, Amanda Cyrus, Allyson Hood, Laura Na, Dr. Michelle Miller, Julie Brooksher and Jamie Plyler.

The crusade will start at 1 p.m., featuring music by Vision Ministries praise band 3sixteen. Special guests will include Little Prayer Roses, Pam Thiry of Feed My Sheep, Ja’Von Clark of House of Prayer, Temika Taylor of Stop the Violence and Mark Bupp of City Reach Church.

Crum’s subject will be “The River of Life.” He says it’s no accident that that particular message is to be delivered on the banks of the Neshannock Creek.

“It was intentional,” he noted. “We’re in  Riverwalk Park, and  I kind of tie it up with Revelation, where you have the River of Life. That one down here might be a little more polluted, but we’re going to talk about when the other’s going to be pure.”

Those attending should take a lawn chair. The crusade will take place rain or shine.

This won’t be Vision Ministries’ last outdoor event of the year. Crum’s next crusade, “For God and Country,” a salute to the military, will take place Aug. 15 at the Lawrence County Fair. It will be preceded by a motorcycle ride from Cascade Park to Laurel High School, just across the street from the fairgrounds

“That’s going to be a pretty big thing,” Crum said. “I’ve got a retired Navy Seal coming in and I’ve got a double-amputee U.S. Marine coming in. I’m thinking this thing could be double what it was last year, when we had almost 200 riders.”

Still, Crum notes, big things sometimes arrive in small packages. He cites his May tent revival as an example.

“I’m sure there were a few people who didn’t come out because of the cold weather,” he said, “but the rain stopped prior to when we started and we really had some good results.

“We just go, rain or shine. It doesn’t have to be a big crowd to get good results.”

(To find out more about Vision Ministries of Lawrence County and its upcoming events, visit www.visionministriespa.com, where there are links about the June 21 crusade, and for contacting the group or connecting to its Facebook page.)

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