Today, December 11, 2012, a milestone was reached by the Truth Chasers Club, the popular Bible club through the mail sponsored by Child Evangelism Fellowship, the largest Christian ministry to children in the world. The six millionth lesson was sent to a club member from CEF International Headquarters in Warrenton, Missouri. Established February 1, 1999, the Truth Chasers Club had almost 49,000 active members in the United States this past year.
CEF recently designed eight new series of Bible lessons for the club, each targeting a specific age group of children. The lessons are colorful, engaging and thoughtful and have been very well received by club members. Mr. David Howe, the director of the Truth Chasers Club, reports that there is a higher return rate for these new lessons. “Children are enthusiastic about the lessons because they are bright, attractive and have pictures of children they can identify with,” he explained. “The lessons are also engaging because they include activities along with reading and studying.”
With almost 49,000 active students, one might imagine that the lessons they complete and send back would be checked electronically for accuracy. In fact, the lessons are checked by an army of volunteers at the Discipleship Center at CEF International Headquarters. Last year approximately 600 volunteers came from all over the United States to assist—some for a week at a time, some for months. CEF has an RV park on its grounds to accommodate the many retired couples who come for an extended period of time. Mrs. Ashley Alden, USA ministry manager for CEF, explained that the volunteers ensure that each club member’s lesson gets personalized attention. When volunteers check a lesson, they pray for the child and write a note of encouragement—called a “huggie note”—on the lesson. The checked lesson and the next new lesson are then sent out to the club member.
Club members often include prayer requests with their returned lessons and these requests are faithfully prayed for by the volunteer when the lesson is checked. Birthday cards are sent to club members whose lessons are received around their birthday. Prizes and certificates are sent when milestones—such as the completion of a series—are reached, Children between the ages of seven and seventeen who complete two series receive a Bible with their name engraved on the cover. “[The Truth Chasers Club] is a great tool for helping children get in the habit of studying the Bible daily,” according to Mr. Howe.
Children interested in joining the Truth Chasers Club and receiving their first lesson can sign up at www.truthchasersclub.com.