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Community Crusade Enjoys Opening Ceremony Surge in Attendance

More than twice as many people attended this years’ Community Crusade Proclamation Service on June 2 at Third Ave. and S. Chicago St, as the Joliet Crusaders for Christ kicked-off the month-long series of programs for all ages, including special programs for young children and young adults. Approximately 525 enthusiastic people enjoyed music by the Karl Darly Singers, the Crusade Choir, an encouraging exhortation by founder John L. King, and the Community Proclamation by Joliet City Mayor, Tom Giarrante. Additional distinguished guests included: City and Councilpersons’: Larry Hug (District 1), Bob O’Dekirk (District 2), Terry Morris (District 5), Councilpersons At Large: Don Fisher, Mike Turk, and Jan Quillman.

In the 6:00 pm Crusade Service that followed, there was music by the Crusade Choir and a message by Pastor Larry Tyler of Second Baptist Church, 150 South Joliet St. Pastor Tyler’s message entitled, “The King’s Kids with Kingdom Keys” was centered on Matthew 16:13-19 in the Bible, living a Christ-centered life, fulfilling God’s will on earth and using spiritual “keys” in scripture to live victoriously. During the thirty days of June, thirty different local pastors will bring Christ-centered Bible messages of hope, forgiveness, and Christ’s gift of salvation to everyone who believes. The Community Crusade is an opportunity to embrace diversity – including ethnicity, denominational and heritage or lifestyle. Founder John L. King’s goal is that at least 200 people will come to understand, know and believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and start attending a church in their neighborhood. A self-described “street-preacher”, he accepted Christ as his Savior when he was just 12 years old and grew up with a deep burden for people who live on the streets or make poor choices in life. He is a catalyst for bringing together good men, community resources and those who need redemption. Mr. King would have probably have been amiable to 18th Century Irish Political philosopher Edmund Burke, who is attributed with saying, “Evil prevails when good men do nothing.” As long as Mr. King is on the streets of Joliet, we can know that he is turning men’s hearts towards forgiveness, hope and Christ-centered living.

This year, every Saturday morning the Crusade tent will move to one of four different locations in Joliet, making it easier for local neighborhoods to attend the variety of services during the day or evening. Mondays through Fridays have regular services at noon and 7:00 p.m. For more information about the Crusade, please visit http://www.jolietcfc.org or call 630 201-1276.

The Wednesday afternoon 2:00 pm program for young children (less than 8 years old) will be led by Child Evangelism Fellowship leaders and also use their materials. Child Evangelism Fellowship is an international organization (http://www.cefonline.com) which has been nurturing young children spiritually for 75 years. More information is available at http://www.cefonline.com).

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