Mialy Is Not Too Small
Ten-year-old Mialy* and several of her friends stood nearly in tears and almost ready to lie about their age. The age limit for the Christian Youth In Action® program in Madagascar was set at age 12. Seeing the desire these children had to serve, the leaders allowed them to come. At pre-training they learned how to share the Gospel using the Wordless Book. At the end of the day, a teacher told them that they needed to practice it every day so they wouldn't forget what they had learned. The teacher suggested that they practice it every night before bed. A few days later, the teacher and the local CEF® director were at the market and ran into Mialy's grandma. Her grandma told them, “Mialy would not go to bed without practicing her Wordless Book all the way to the green page.” Mialy was excited to share the Gospel and for God to use her even at this young age.
For more information on Christian Youth In Action go to www.cefonline.com/cyia.
Easter Conference to take place in Ireland
For many people the Child Evangelism Fellowship® Easter Conference in Portrush, Ireland has been a place of Bible teaching, focus on missions, worship and fellowship. This year’s theme is “Arise” and once again we expect to sense God by His presence, to experience God through His power and to hear from God through His Word. There are children throughout Ireland, Europe and the rest of the world who need to hear the Gospel. We in CEF® can supply the materials and training to meet the need but we need you to “Arise” to the challenge of reaching the children. Finances, prayer and other resources are all greatly needed but the essential need is you. CEF Easter Conference could be a dangerous place for you to be this year because God just may call you to “Arise” and accept the challenge among the children.
GUIDE Retreat – Discover where God is leading you.
April 10-13 marked the fourth GUIDE RETREAT on the campus of Child Evangelism Fellowship. This free event occurs twice each year—once in the spring and once in the fall. The next GUIDE RETREAT is scheduled for October 2-5, 2014. The most recent retreat attracted nearly 50 guests from 18 states and people from every walk of life. Some were young people seeking guidance for their next steps as they seek to discern and follow the will of God. Others were retirees seeking to determine how to most effectively use their retirement years for the Lord.
The weekend is divided into five sections, linked to the acronym GUIDE.
Gaining a biblical perspective
Understanding God’s will
Investigating the opportunities
Developing a plan
Enjoying the journey
Below are comments from last weekend:
“I had a wonderful time and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to know in depth what CEF is all about.”
“I have been able to better understand my God-given gifts and learned just how important it is to minister to children.”
“I discovered with confidence what God wants me to take as the next step in my life.”
“Until I came here I wasn’t sure I wanted to go into ministry but I felt God leading me in that direction. He also gave me peace over a sacrifice I had to make to come.”
Plan to join us for the next GUIDE RETREAT which is schedule for October 2-5, 2014. Click here for more information.
Recently Reese Kauffman, Dave Howe and Chad Yost had the privilege of visiting CEF workers in three countries in Africa. They visited Good News Clubs and met many local staff, volunteers and committee members. One told this story: A boy was crossing a river after the rains. He could not get across and got stuck floating out in the middle of the river. As people gathered on the shore, no one wanted to be the one to go out into the river to help him. Finally one man volunteered to rescue the boy. Everyone clapped and cheered. He tied a rope around himself and made his way out to where the boy was. When he picked up the boy, the people on the shore again cheered and clapped and danced around. But there was no one who would pull the rope. He called to them, but they did not hear him because they were too busy celebrating. The man and the boy drowned because there was no one to pull the rope.
Around the world millions of children are spiritually drowning. CEF workers in more than 187 countries are seeking to reach those children with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But they need help! They need people to stand behind them and pull the rope. They need prayer and financial supporters and people who will come alongside them and serve with them. Are you “in the river” seeking to offer children rescuing through the Good News of salvation? Or are you pulling the rope as you serve the Lord behind the scenes in some way? If not, ask yourself, “Why not?” Will you pick up the rope and pull? You can start today!
You can help our workers through giving to training, equipping or supporting projects. You can also give to an individual missionary. You can do it right now through our website’s secure giving page (click the donate tab at the top). We need ministry partners who will stand behind us and pull the rope. Will you start today?
A Unique Opportunity
The Halfway Transport Center in Jamaica has become a unique way to share the Gospel! God burdened Parish Supervisor, Carol Roberts' heart when she heard a call for help. Transportation officials wereasking parents, Pastors, and other individuals to share some type of moral message to children while they waited to board the bus. They hoped this would help curb some of the behavioral problems they were seeing. At first, Carol resisted God's prompting. But she knew God wanted her involved and so was obedient.
Every morning over a thousand children wait for the buses to transport them to school, and almost every morning Carol shares God's Word with them over the tra
nsport intercom system. When Carol has to miss a day, the children ask why she wasn't there. Sometimes the transport employees even ask her to pray for them. God is using Carol to impact the lives of thousands of children in a unique way. Never become too comfortable in your ways to miss out on the unique ways God may use you to share the Gospel!
Myron and Nita Tschetter - North American Caribbean Regional Directors
Time for Refreshment
For our US-sent missionaries, furlough is usually the time for support-raising, visiting with family and friends and presenting ministry updates. With all the traveling and presentations of their ministry, furloughs can be exhausting. They need a time for refreshment!
Missionary Refresher was developed as a time for them to come to CEF International Headquarters for a week of spiritual refreshment, physical renewal and relationship-building with the International Headquarters staff.
Missionary Refresher is held once a year, usually in the spring. A group of five to eight individuals or families are invited to spend a week here at the headquarters while they are on furlough. Our goal is to have each US-sent CEF missionary attend approximately every four years.
This year five of the eight CEF ministry regions are represented in six individuals or families. These missionaries have been serving the Lord in CEF between 5 and 35 years.
Please praise God with us for these six individuals and families who are faithful servants of the Lord and CEF. You also can join us in prayer for them as they raise additional support, give ministry presentations at partnering churches and have times of refreshment and rest before returning to their various nations of ministry
Teen Teams up to Teach Children
Kevin is a typical Crucian teenager. He likes to watch TV, play video games and eat chocolate cupcakes. But Kevin has another favorite activity: he helps at Good News Club every Monday afternoon.
After Kevin attended Christian Youth in Action last summer, his youth pastor invited him to help teach the weekly Good News Club at the JFK Housing Project. Kevin joined the teaching team in October of last year.
"Good News Club is important," Kevin explains. "The kids that never go to church can find out about Jesus and it encourages them to go to church."
Four of the children from Good News Club who don't regularly attend church have begun going to services at Southgate Baptist, the club's sponsoring church.
"I like helping at Good News Club," Kevin continues. "I get to help kids learn about God. Rather than just go to church, I'm part of the church. I'm being more active."
Kevin sees children respond to the Gospel message as well. Three children in the past month have believed in Jesus as their Savior from sin. "Every day we teach the children they can be saved and give them a chance to be saved."
As he looks toward the future, Kevin knows Good News Club has benefited him as well. "If I ever decide to be a teacher or missionary or a worker for Child Evangelism Fellowship, I have the skills and have practiced and prepared for that."
When asked if he plans to attend Christian Youth in Action again this summer, Kevin nods his head emphatically. "Yes," he says smiling. "A definite yes."
April Nesbitt, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
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Read what a recent student said about this online course:
"Enrolling in Romans Road was two-fold for me, to see if I could maneuver around the site and understand the technical side of doing online training. Secondly, learning how to present the well designed Romans Road tool on a child’s level. Both expectations were fulfilled as I acquired much valuable information in the teaching that was clearly presented with excellence. The directions were very clear and explanatory. Getting to know the other students through forum discussions and gleaning from their ideas and thoughts was very beneficial as well."
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God's Word Changes Hearts
Ms. Dehall's Good News Club has 100 children. That is not too unusual except for the fact that these 100 children come at 7:00AM in the morning before school begins at 8AM!
Their love for God's Word is very evident and God is using His Word in the lives of these children in a wonderful way. One boy was a trouble maker. He created problems with other children and throughout the whole school. Every single day he was in the principal's office for something he had done wrong. This same boy also started coming to Good News Club and brought his unruly behavior with him. But Mrs.Dehall saw his potential and began to allow him to hold visuals or read a verse from the Bible. Over time God changed his heart! He no longer spends time in the principal's office and now is a well-behaved 5th grader who still attends the club. In fact, the changes in the children in this club are so evident that a Mom brought her son to the teacher and said, "Please let my son become a part of this club". Praise God! His Word changes hearts!
Sometimes Groans are a Good Thing
A collective groan escapes the ten children sitting at yellow picnic tables in the community center. Outside the open-air building the island sky turns from bluish-pink to dark gray. Although the groans sound like homework has just been assigned, they are actually in response to the Good News Club® announcement: No club next week—teachers are traveling. But the children were assured that club will resume the next Tuesday. Eleven-year-old Cristaly whispers to me, “I’ll be here. I’ve only missed once.”
This weekly community Good News Club meets each Tuesday evening at an apartment complex near my home on St. Croix. Several faithful volunteers prepare dynamic Bible lessons, cliff-hanger missionary stories and life-changing memory verses for each fun-filled, hour-long club.
I remember a few months ago when Cristaly ran to club with a small red book clutched in her hand. “I finished it,” she stated breathlessly, handing me The 60-Day Wonder Devotional Book. The children received the book when the club first started earlier in the year. Cristaly, the first to complete all 60 days, had even highlighted and marked certain pages. “Those were the verses I looked up in my Bible,” she explained. We held a little ceremony in club and Cristaly beamed as she was awarded book 2.
Now a few months later, other children are also on the second devotional book. Latiesha shares, “I keep the book at school and do it there. I really like it. The things about God are so interesting. I just can’t put it down.”
I smile, remembering the children’s groans at hearing club will skip a week. Sometimes groans are a good thing.
April Nesbitt, St. Croix
U.S Virgin Islands