NEW CASTLE — Local evangelist Randy Crum is taking one of his quarterly crusades to the Lawrence County Fair.
The Salute to the American Soldier service gets underway at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 in what the fair’s website refers to as the Dog Pavilion. It will be preceded by an hour of music starting at 6:30.
“It’s a pretty big building,” Crum said of the pavilion. “It’ll seat 400 or 500 underneath and, weather permitting, people can also bring their lawn chairs and sit right outside because it’s open on both sides — although that’s a heck of a thing to call it.”
Well, on the other hand, maybe not.
Crum and others from Vision Ministries Inc., local community agencies, veterans and public safety personnel will be there to lift up God, who English poet Francis Thompson once called “The Hound of Heaven” for the Deity’s dogged determination to pursue and reconcile the lost to himself.
Crum is barking up the same tree when it comes to taking the gospel message to Lawrence County residents.
So far, he’s held crusades at Mohawk and New Castle high schools, but using the fair as his next venue is “a great opportunity because you have the number of people coming. We want to reach as many as we can.”
On Aug. 16, he’ll bring a military theme to his efforts, with a portion of both a freewill offering and a fundraising Fallen Warrior Motorcycle Ride from Cascade Park to Laurel High School prior to the crusade benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.
“We have what we call an American Heritage Choir made up of people from seven or eight churches, we have the Vision Ministries Praise Team, we’ll have individual singing,” Crum said. “It’s all going to be geared toward patriotic. I’ll be bringing a message on God and the military.