About four million people call the U.S. military “home.” This includes over one million children of military and civilian personnel. Within this American subculture, approximately 25 to 35 percent of the people in a given community move every year. Children must continually adjust and make new friends. They live with the pervasive knowledge that one or both parents could be deployed, possibly even killed. To meet the unique needs of these boys and girls, Military Children’s Ministry is making strides on U.S. military bases to reach the children in these uncertain surroundings with the love of Jesus.
The CEF military ministry began stateside at Ft. Hood, Texas, the largest military installation in the world. After three years, all seven elementary schools on post had a Good News Club ministry for children. Because of the great success on post, the surrounding communities began requesting public school Good News Clubs. Within three years, ministry spread to installations in Missouri, Kentucky, California and Washington.
Yet, there are many more installations that desire for CEF to begin ministry. CEF has opportunity to ministry to military kids in North Carolina, Maryland, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Nevada, just to name a few. Your gift will enable CEF to move forward in our efforts to open new ministry in these states. We will be able to impact the lives of hundreds of children on each installation through public school Good News Club, Truth Chasers Club (formerly the CEF Mailbox Club), vacation Bible schools, children’s retreats and special programs. As these children face the deployment of a parent and constant change, CEF will be there to offer stability and share Christ’s love.