CRUSADER CELEBRATION HELD AT YOUTH HAVEN
AFTER 60 YEARS OF MINISTRY IN THE SCHOOLS OF EASTERN KENTUCKY
In 1956 the Crusader Team started under the direction of KMM missionary Bill Lewis. Bill, his wife Barbara and coworker Joyce Underhill had helped Scripture Memory Mountain Mission since 1954 with a personnel need on their Youth Crusader Team, visiting the high schools in several counties in which SMMM worked. Bill Lewis recruited Bill and Joyce Holeman to join him and Barbara in a team that expanded the ministry under KMM to include many elementary as well as high schools.
The Crusaders traveled to schools (many still one-room) in the counties in which KMM ministered and a number of others. Programs included Bible stories, music, gospel illusions and ventriloquism. The school children and teachers eagerly anticipated visits from The Crusaders.
Over the years, many members have been a part of the team — some as short term interns and others for many years. “Preacher Bill” Holeman was part of the team for 58 years and provided the leadership for most of that time. He, along with sidekicks, Henry and Homer, was a highlight of the Crusader programs.
Many times, due to various lawsuits and legal judgments, we though The Crusaders might be put out of the schools, but God always kept the doors open to share the Gospel message! Although the Crusader Team ministry drew to a close in the spring of 2014, we are pleased that an international group, the STAND Strength Team, from Sterling Heights, Michigan, began programs in Eastern Kentucky in November, 2014. The STAND Strength Team goes into public and private schools. They are the #1 school assembly program in the nation, promoting anti-bullying/violence, anti-peer pressure, anti-drugs, anti-alcohol, respecting others and academic excellence. KMM will continue to have contact with students through other ministries, including FCA Clubs, tutoring and after-school Bible studies.
Following are pictures of the Celebration of The Crusader Ministry, held October 18, 2014, at Youth Haven Bible Camp.