Training of 10,000 volunteers is underway in India as CEF workers prepare to reach 1 million children during the month of August! Volunteers are being taught how to effectively evangelize children using The Wordless Book as part of the "Reaching Children Effectively" project.
Steve Groome and I (Kris) built our team by asking. We truly believe James 4:2 is the key to the ministry growth that we experienced. We asked God to open our eyes to see potential workers, volunteers and donors.
It is amazing to realize that the prayers and dream of our founder, J. Irvin Overholtzer, to reach children around the world is actually happening. The goal of CEF is to reach 100 million children per year by 2020. There are now 188 countries open to CEF ministry with just 19 target countries to go before our 80th anniversary in 2017!
Many international CEF workers that attended the conference chose to fly into Charlotte, North Carolina, almost two hours away, because it was less expensive. These individuals had no idea how they were going to get to Ridgecrest, but trusted that the Lord would provide. Little did they know that God was already answering their prayer.
The TRAINING of individuals multiplies our ministry and enables us to reach many more children with the Gospel than we otherwise could. For the past eight years we have trained over 250,000 TEACHERS annually. Training is vital if we are to see more children reached for His glory.
EQUIPPING our workers with quality literature is ESSENTIAL to effective outreach. Our overseas regional directors confirm that one of the reasons we have been able to expand ministry each of the past ten years is because of the literature being provided FREE OF CHARGE to trained teachers. We are also distributing literature in the USA at NO COST to hundreds of thousands of children.