Heritage Week

November 27-29, 2012 was Heritage Week at KMBC. Heritage Week is a time when students are reminded through the chapel services of the holiness heritage and the heroes who helped to establish KMBC and the Kentucky Mountain Holiness Association. On the first day, Dr. Eldon Neihof spoke on four men who invested in the school when it was still known as Kentucky Mountain Bible Institute (KMBI). These four men were Horace P. Meyers, Dr. Carl Paulo, Hugh Munson, and Harold Davis.

Horace P. Meyers was converted in 1914. The call of God was evident on his life when he was in his teens. He and his wife Nettie moved to Mt. Carmel during its early years. He taught there until his death in flood of July 1939 along with his three children. Dr. Neihof says of Horace P. Meyers, “He gave his all to Jesus. His investment continues to bear fruit around the world.”

Dr. Carl Paulo came first as a student to KMBI. He and his wife later resided at Mt. Carmel School where he served for many years. Dr. Paulo was a powerful holiness preacher and minister of the Gospel. When Miss Lela McConnell retired as president of the Kentucky Mountain Holiness Association (KMHA), Dr. Paulo took her place. Although suffering a heart attack, he continued to survived until June of 1981, whereupon he suffered a second heart attack which lead to his retirement. Dr. Neihof quotes Dr. Paulo as saying, “I gave myself to God with no reserves... in my latter days, I have no regrets.”

Hugh Munson taught at KMBI and was instrumental in seeking our accreditation to a four-year Bible college. Mr. Munson also served as superintendent of the KMHA for a time. Dr. Neihof says of him, “He labored not for time, but for eternity.”
Harold Davis served in various churches in Tennessee until God laid on his heart to minister at Mt. Carmel. As a man of prayer, “his life exuded God’s presence.” These are certainly men who will hear the words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

On Wednesday, November 28, Miss Henrietta Griffith shared in chapel  about the life of Lela G. McConnell, founder of Mt. Carmel and the KMHA.  Miss McConnell graduated from Asbury College at the age of forty, and began ministering in the mountains of Kentucky in 1923. She gave her life to teaching, preaching, and training other young men and women to do the Lord’s work. Miss Griffith based her outline for the chapel service on a quote from Miss McConnell: “If ever the time comes when KMHA gradually loses its burning desire for holiness of heart and life, the strenuous toil, the simple faith, and willingness to be poor, it will become miserable and useless. Also, if clamoring for leadership and the desire to be popular and big take the place of tender love for each other, the time of our downfall will soon come.”

On the final service of Heritage Week, Dr. Philip Speas applied lessons that all can glean from these heros of the past. He pointed out that they were people of solid character, commitment, and convictions as well as great prayer warriors. Many lessons may be learned from these heros of the past. In the words of the modern hymn writer,

“Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful
May the fire of our devotion light their way
May the footprints that we leave
Lead them to believe
And the lives we live inspire them to obey
Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful!”

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