Following the disaster of 9/11, CEF® President Reese Kauffman was burdened to develop a tool to minister to children in the wake of tragedy and to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
As a little girl, I remember lying in bed at night, gripped in fear that alligators were under my bed and would bite me if I tried to get out. Sounds silly, doesn’t it? But for me, the fear was quite real.
The sun warmed my back as I scrubbed the metal hubcap of the car that August morning. We were vacationing at our old family cottage beside the lake in Maine. Daddy dipped buckets of water out of the lake and showed us ‘how to wash the car. My big brother Bobby, age five, was tall enough to wash the doors and bumpers. Daddy took care of the roof and windows while my area of responsibility was the tires.
“Teacher Kasandra” gave her life to Christ at 25 and has continued to serve God well. Even before she was saved, many children in her community gathered at her home. They were drawn to her tender heart and kindness. When God changed her life, she knew He wanted to use her to touch the lives of children.
As Pastor Samuel Schleif spoke to the young men and women before him, a sense of nostalgia swept over him. Twelve years earlier he first sat in those same seats, listened to God’s Word and prepared for the task ahead of him as a summer missionary with Christian Youth in Action®.
One important element of a Good News Club® is prayer. We strongly encourage our children to go to God in prayer for everything that comes up in life. We teach them there is no request too big or too small for God to answer.