Sharing God's word one step at a time

Katie Dunn

Passing through town or along the highway, Sir Keith Allen Fair makes for a peculiar sight. Diligently Fair will pull one of four wagons along, about 22 steps, before turning back and maneuvering the next wagon in line. To some, he’s a familiar face, and to others they watch and wonder: what’s he doing and where’s he going?

Fair said he met the Lord in 1983 and began putting his trust in him. That’s why in 2007, when the Kansas city government accused Fair of having HIV, which he denies, and asked him to leave his job, he decided to dedicate his life to sharing the word of God.

During his first journey he started in Kansas and traveled to places like Texas, New Mexico, Nevada and Washington. His mode of transportation was a bicycle, and he carried his belongings in a homemade trailer.

When Fair started his second journey, he only had one wagon and a black tote box. In the wagons he carries all his possessions, which were either gifted to him by family or generous strangers from the streets.

“The Lord has provided,” Fair noted.

The reason for his travel?

Fair said, “Now is the time for repentance.”

When asked where he’s going, he replied “Wherever the Lord leads me.”

Fair said he spoke to a lot of the churches in the Kettle Falls and Colville area, asking them to actively spread God’s teachings to the poor, the lost and the homeless. Fair is also working on spreading the message of Jesus Christ on Facebook. He hopes to help people who are “lost,” and says he encourages people to follow his Facebook page. His Facebook page is under his full name.

Kindness and work

Fair was traveling through Montana when the cold began to set in. A kind couple invited him into their home to ride out the winter. To Fair, it was a break and a chance to catch up on his Bible studies. He was also able to spend cold nights with a sister of the couple, who lives in Lewiston, Idaho.

According to Fair, a lot of people know him, or know of him.

“Last night a gentleman came by with a hamburger and french fries for me, and he knew who I was,” shared Fair.

Fair travels across streets one wagon at a time. He said he tried to hook them altogether once before, but they capsized and he doesn’t want to have that happen again and delay traffic. For the most part, Fair doesn’t like getting help with pulling his carts. He’ll accept a lift to cover long distances, but in town he wants to do the work.

“The Lord has called me to do the work,” Fair explained. “If I keep letting people help, then I’m taking up their time, which they could be using to do something they need to be doing.”

There’s no planned end for the journey.

“The end is when God calls me home,” said Fair. “Until then, someone needs to be out here doing the work.”