Incorporated in 1961 by Reverend William Stelpstra, Anna Stelpstra and others, World for Christ Crusade, Inc. tasked itself to reach those in need of the saving touch of Jesus Christ and to have Him become the Lord of their lives. This was accomplished through preaching the Gospel and singing throughout the country in old time revival meetings. In 1963, the organization purchased a home in Paterson, N.J. and opened Bethel Children’s Home for boys 9-15 years old. Some dozens of boys were afforded safe housing in a supportive Christian atmosphere where Bible study and prayer were added to their regular school studies. Several years later the organization purchased 20 acres in West Milford, N.J. and moved the boys out of the city and into the country. Daily chores of gardening and animal care were added to the boy’s schedule, adding to their sense of accomplishment and belonging.
Over the years, the boy’s home transitioned into men’s housing. Several other homes were added where more homeless persons could live in a safe, clean environment. They receive daily assistance with basic needs, such as laundry, meals and supervision. Most importantly, the residents are afforded spiritual guidance through on site Church Services and Pastoral advice.