Every Child. Every Nation. Every Day.
Our ministry vision is to reach Every Child, Every Nation, Every Day.
Every Child: God has given His people a clear commission—to reach every creature with the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our special mission in CEF is to evangelize every child. In the last ministry year our workers worldwide reached over 12 million children! CEF is committed to reaching 15 percent more each year. Strategic ministry choices such as Good News Across America, the Around the World in 80 Years project, Good News Club in public schools, the Truth Chasers Club and concentrating on high potential growth countries will help us reach this goal.
Mark 16:15, “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Every Nation: We are trusting God to open doors for CEF ministry in every nation by our 80th birthday in 2017. Our goal for this year is to reach at least 10 more countries. Last year, we had active ministry to children in 176 countries. There are only 32 more to go!
Matthew 28:19, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations.”
Every Day: We are committed to leading children to be in God’s Word every day. As children grow in their relationship with the Lord through meditating on His Word, they develop godly character, which produces much fruit to the glory of God, including spreading the Gospel to their peers. We now have over 800,000 Wonder Devotional Books in Africa. Right now we are working to reach 400,000 children in Latin America with the books. Next year we hope to reach 500,000 more in Asia.
Psalm 119:2, “Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.”
Only as we trust in God and call upon Him are we empowered to do His will. Programs come after prayer, never before it.
We have over 2,700 workers in over 179 countries led by eight regional directors. There are also tens of thousands of volunteers worldwide. God works through His people, godly leaders, staff and volunteers in order to accomplish our goals. The sun never sets on CEF ministry. We provide training, equip our workers with ministry tools and support them through fund raising and ministry development.
Training is offered worldwide under the oversight of our education department. The training of local workers and volunteers multiplies our ministry and enables us to reach many more children with the Gospel than we otherwise could. Through Super Seminars, Teaching Children Effectively™ courses and the 12-week Children’s Ministry Institute courses, CEF is enabling those with a burden for children to effectively evangelize them. For the past six years we have trained over 250,000 teachers every year. We have institutes in every region. Training is key if we are to see more children reached for His glory. We want to challenge more of the workers we have trained to enter full time ministry.
Equipping the volunteer teachers is the primary goal of CEF Press, which includes literature development and production. Because many of our workers are in developing nations and are unable to afford the needed curriculum, we distribute materials primarily through Boxes of Books. Our regional directors confirm that one of the reasons we have expanded ministry over the last 10 years is the Boxes of Books material. Our goal is to send 1,500 Boxes of Books every month. Each box contains enough material for one worker for one year. Materials are available at a discount in more developed nations.
In addition to our biblically sound and colorfully illustrated Bible curriculum, some of the most strategic tools we offer are the 60-Day Wonder Devotional Books, which encourage children to begin a lifetime habit of time alone with God. We are also known for our evangelism tools, such as The Wordless Book.
In CEF we need a growing number of national workers on the front line to see the children evangelized and we also need an increasing support team to get behind these workers – both are vitally important. The work of CEF cannot continue without the Lord’s provision. We are committed to helping our workers in different parts of the world present the need for resources within their own countries. However, in many countries, because of poverty or oppression, it is impossible to raise the needed support from within. For this reason we are committed to building a connection between those who are called and equipped by God to do ministry and those who are blessed and able to provide for the finances needed to sustain it. God is our source—we “trust Him and tell His people”—the rest is up to Him. So our prayer is that the Lord will send out more laborers and also that He will raise up a team of supporters for them. We are creating a new and more effective Sponsor a National™ program to enable ministry growth and worker retention across the world. “How will they hear without a preacher?” CEF is looking to God to provide for 1,000 SPAN workers, supported appropriately and consistently so that the work goes forward.
EVERY DAY we are actively pursuing our ministry goals.
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Every Child, Every Nation, Every Day.