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God is working in amazing ways. He has blessed the ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship to evangelize children around the world. Get ready to hear some amazing stories of how God has reached people despite suffering and diverse situations to bring about His good. Prepare to read the joyous stories of how God has called people into the ministry. Brace yourself for Impact—Impact magazine! CEF sends out a new issue three times a year so you hear about the things God is doing in the ministry. You can get your free subscription at cefonline.com/subscribe.
Prayer in the Storm
And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. Mark 4:39
This verse reminded me of a couple of times we had a Good News Club© for migrant children. Not that we had an actual thunderstorm, but rather when we began the GNC© a great restlessness among the children blew through the room. I asked myself “can the Gospel really get into the hearts of the children with such a great commotion?” Suddenly at 4:30 there was such a change! From then on everything was perfectly calm and the children and mothers listened attentively. Later it hit me that at this exact time our prayer partners started praying. We always begin the GNC when all the children are there. The last two times we started a little early, and we saw such a difference in the atmosphere of the Club before the prayer partners were active and afterward. We now know how effective it is when our prayer partners “fight” for us. In these clubs with mostly Muslim children and mothers we are in a spiritual battle.
Renate Brendle and Judith Reumann, CEF in Munich
New Wordless Book Training Video Available For Free!
A brand new Wordless Book training and demonstration video is now available on CMI Online! This is an invaluable training tool with updated graphics and animation in place of Power Point slides that is sure to keep the viewer engaged. In this 42-minute presentation, all of the basic truths of The Wordless Book are included, as well as a demonstration with a child after each page is taught. Also available is the demonstration video in its entirety.
The uses for this video are endless, including fair training, teacher enrichment class, individual training, mission trip preparation and church training. Or, use it to help you introduce the ministry of CEF to new contacts. What happens when nobody from CEF is available to conduct training in a rural area? Let the video do the teaching and a person in the area can use the detailed instructions in the facilitator's guide to prepare and lead the practice and discussion. View this training now at cefcmi.com/wordlessbook. This training is also available on DVD from CEF Press If you are involved with ministry training in any way, don’t miss out on this fantastic resource! Feel free to copy and paste this news to your teaching teams on Facebook or by email. Put this video to work for you to train more people!
Don’t be the one saying, "I had no idea that was available--I wish I had known!"
Teens in Focus
Harnessing 'teen power' results in thousands of children coming to Christ every summer.
What do you picture when you think of teenagers? At CEF we think of young people like Sarah and Kelly. Let me tell you about them.
Sarah served with the CEF Christian Youth in Action (CYIA) program in the state of Washington; rural Alberta, Canada and inner-city Toronto. God opened her heart to intercultural ministry, especially with new immigrants in Toronto. She says, "In each of our 5-Day Clubs we had Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu children. We had to pray hard because there was opposition from parents, other people and Satan -- spiritual warfare.
In Sarah's second week of ministry she met an eight-year-old immigrant named Jimmy. He was very interested in the Bible story. Sarah said, "He listened like he'd never heard it before. When I told him about Christ's death on the cross because of sin, he asked, "What's a cross?" that really touched me - that he had never heard of a cross.” Jimmy came to know Christ as his Savior that day because Sarah had made herself available to God.
Then there's a young man named Kelly - a three year veteran of Christian Youth in Action. Kelly says, "Before CYIA I never thought I could do anything in ministry as a teenager. But someone told me, 'if you would like to change the next generation, come talk to me about CYIA.’ So I did. That summer I saw 100 teens working together to show God's love to kids!"
Kelly saw God use those teens to change lives. One day he and his team were caught in traffic and arrived late to 5-Day Club in a rundown day care. They only had time to present the Gospel with the Wordless Book. But two girls prayed to receive Christ. When the team got back to their headquarters a message was waiting from the day-care coordinator. "One of the girls who prayed had been a terror. Now she is saying please and thank you and apologizing to kids she was mean to. Her life has changed!"
Teens all around you, if given the opportunity to lead a child to Christ even once, would agree it's an incredible experience. Tell the kids in your church about becoming a CEF summer missionary in their local area. Then stand back and watch the Lord get hold of them in a new way. Teens can be focused, visionary and empowered by Christ!
Not a Mistake!
“I am not a mistake,” cried one 14 year old orphan after hearing how much God loved him and sent His son to die for his sins. Ms. Mary could not believe her eyes or ears as she witnessed this boy trusting in the Lord Jesus as his Saviour and Father! How far she had come from the days when she herself was crying out to God: “I cannot do this any longer, God. You need to give me a break.”
Ms. Mary had been serving in children’s ministry in southern Asia for more than 15 years. But now she was tired, discouraged, battered, and needing a break. Mary began praying and asking God to “use my talents, gifts, in ways you want.” Little did she know how amazingly God would answer her cries to Him.
Today Mary is a volunteer “circuit” evangelist and member of the National Board with Child Evangelism Fellowship of Singapore, traveling primarily to India and Nepal, sharing the Good News of the Lord Jesus with the “least of these:” orphans, the abused, and children forced into the horrors of the sex-trafficking trade of Southeast Asia.
At one orphanage school system in India, live more than 20,000 children. It is Mary’s joy and privilege to share the Gospel with the boys and girls and staff at one of the schools located in a northwestern city. At one recent evangelistic meeting, the director of the school, who is the wife of the Indian director of anoher ministry, witnessed Mary using the Gospel “Flipper-Flapper” with one group of children. The director was so excited about this tool and the message presented, she yearns to learn more about sharing the Gospel with the school children and is praying about attending the next Children’s Ministries Institute in India.
In the mountainous country of Nepal, Mary regularly holds Bible camps and VBS for orphans, teaching them that they are indeed “not a mistake.” Mary is so thankful and excited as to how God is using her and her gifts as she goes to these needy areas sharing the Gospel and encouraging God’s children to consider joining CEF full time so that more and more boys and girls and teens and moms and dads throughout southern Asia may hear the Good News of our Lord and Saviour.
One is Never Too Few
“But Lord,” Thess cried, “What good is a club with only one little girl?” CEF Philippines missionary to Tonga, Thess, had planned for and arranged a new Good News Club to begin in a local neighborhood. Much prayer was offered for the Club and the boys and the girls that were sure to attend and hear the Good News of Jesus. On the opening day of the Club, Thess waited expectantly for the sound of children’s feet and excited voices announcing their arrival at the house. But only silence greeted Thess’ ears and heart. Finally one little five year old girl, Loleta, arrived for the Club. “OK, Father, we will have Club with only this one girl,” said a determined but disturbed Thess. That day Thess shared the Bible lesson as well as the mission story of Mary Slessor with Loleta. Much to the delight of Thess, Loleta made the decision to trust in the Lord Jesus for salvation from sin.
Within one month of the club however, Loleta and her entire family uprooted themselves and immigrated to the United States. Fast forward thirteen years: one day, Loleta, now a high schooler in California, discovered a copy of a mission story about Mary Slessor, lying in her school classroom; it was the same story a CEF missionary in Tonga had shared with her so long ago! Her mind went back in time to that day when that missionary, Thess, had bemoaned the fact that only one child had come to Good News Club. After all, Loleta had made the decision that day to give her heart and life to the Lord Jesus. As she was recalling that life changing moment from the past, she received information about the upcoming Christian Youth in Action training program in California. Loleta decided to attend and how excited she was to learn that she would be teaching the same Mary Slessor mission story Thess had taught her as the only child attending a Good News Club in a Tongan neighborhood thirteen years previously.
Recently Loleta had the opportunity to return to Tonga for a visit. While there, she made the effort to locate and spend some time with Thess, thanking her for sharing the Good News of Jesus with her in a Good News Club, and how she, Loleta, had been privileged to share the same Good News through the life of Mary Slessor with boys and girls in California. Thess was left rejoicing and praising God for giving her that one and only child in a new Good News Club in a forgotten neighborhood of Tonga!
It's a Big Small World
In the summer of 2006, CEF missionaries Doug and Jan Hamm, along with two of their children, Katie and Nicholas, were invited by CEF New Hampshire to be the Camp Good News missionaries for one week of Bible Camp in July. At the same time, a group of Korean grade-school children arrived in New Hampshire to experience a week of American Bible camp. The Hamms and Koreans paths intersected that warm July week as campers were challenged in the work of cross-cultural mission ministry, and to support a project that would be vital in helping the CEF team in Serbia/Montenegro reach the boys and girls of those nations with the Gospel. After one week, all said good-bye and parted ways; one group returning to Korea, the Hamms beginning preparation for an eventual return to Europe.
Fast forward to September 2013 and the CEF Asia/Pacific Regional Conference held in Hong Kong. The Hamms were representing CEF Inc. at that conference. One day during dinner, the Hamms sat a table with two Korean high school boys and began to chat a bit as they all enjoyed their noon meal. Suddenly, one of the boys, in halting English, asked if the Hamms had been at some camping place in America, maybe in a place called New Hampshire. “Why yes, we were,” they answered, “in the summer of 2006.” Tae Sung then went on to explain that he remembered them because “I was one of the Korean boys at that camp. I remember your mission presentations and what it meant to be a missionary. I also remember how you challenged us to give for the mission project and that we exceeded by a large amount the goal that had been set for the week’s offering. I was amazed as to how God provided.”
Naturally, the Hamms were stunned, yet excited to meet this boy in Hong Kong after all of these years apart. His story and introduction encouraged the Hamms and let them know that one never knows how God is going to use His people, even along the banks of the Connecticut River in the forests of southern New Hampshire! Today Tae Sung and his family are CEF Korean missionaries to the Asian nation of Laos, sharing the Good News of the Lord Jesus with the boys and girls of Laos.
“Do not Lie,” “Do not Kill,” Taught in Public Schools?
While standing and staring at the mass of broken lives making up the squalor of the infamous “Welfare Hotels” of New York City, a missionary couple working amongst the gangs, drug addicts, prostitutes, and despair was asked how they could expect to reach all of those people with the Gospel. “One heart at a time,” was their response. Now, imagine a metro area slightly bigger than New York City but with a poverty level and child population hundreds of times greater than the welfare hotels. How could one even begin to know where to start in the great work of reaching the boys and girls and moms and dads with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus? Child Evangelism Fellowship of Manila NCR (National Capital Region) is training and utilizing a volunteer force in the hundreds to reach tens of thousands of elementary aged children “one heart at a time,” right in their school classrooms through a program entitled Elementary School Values Education Class (ESVEC).
Filipino schools are required to teach values and morals as a part of the weekly school curriculum. Several years ago, CEF Philippines received permission from the government to teach the values classes in the schools. Using the CEF lesson series Living God’s Way and Loving God’s Way, as well as stories of Filipino heroes of faith, the CEF staff developed the ESVEC program and lessons to be used in the public schools, with the result that today thousands and thousands of children are taught how to not lie, cheat, fight, steal, hate, etc., and always with a Biblical emphasis and constant invitation to come to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The program is utilized country-wide but with particular blessing in metro Manila as highlighted by just one region of this vast metroplex, NCR South.
December 2013 marked the ten year anniversary of CEF NCR South. In those ten years, God has wonderfully blessed the work of Net and her ministry team of teachers, trainers, evangelists, and volunteers. From a struggling group of just 15 volunteers and few church partners in 2003, there are now more than 400 volunteers and 100 partner churches, going into schools reaching nearly 75,000 children per week; and again, this is just in the southern part of the Manila metro area!
During a 2013 celebration of thanks, pastors, Christian leaders, CEF staff and volunteers gathered to praise God for what He is doing and thank Him “for the privilege of teaching God’s word to children in public and private schools;” and report on “God’s faithfulness in bringing boys and girls to His throne of grace,” while realizing that “although there are many challenges and some teachers are being persecuted for what they are doing, the changed lives of many children, and their response of overflowing love, is enough to keep these dear teachers going.”
Praise God for this wonderful and amazing open door to minister in the schools of the Philippines. Pray that He will keep these doors open and continue to bless the work and service of Net and the NCR South CEF team as well as the CEF teams around the country, faithfully challenging Filipino boys and girls to live life according to God’s way and Word.
The Effectiveness of Good News Club
Kathy Gleckler is a CEF missionary to Africa. She writes, "Today when I was checking Facebook, I had a message from Peter, who was in my Good News Club in the 80s. Here is what he said:
Hey Kathy, my name is Peter, a nephew to Jackson K. We lived in Buru Buru phase 2 house 796 and I came to know Christ through your ministry to the kids as we called it Good News Club. I have longed to just connect with you and thank you for giving up yourself to come to Africa and change our lives. I live in Minnesota now. If you don't mind I would like to connect with you. Blessings to you. Peter.
After responding to Peter on Facebook he said:
"Am so happy to hear from you, glory to God. I have always had a burden to pray for you. It's because of you that I am who I am today especially in my walk with God. I came to the USA in 2000 and lived in Texas until 2009 when I moved to Minnesota. I serve as the family ministries pastor at a church here in Minnesota. Will connect more when we talk in person. Blessings to you. Peter
I haven't seen Peter for years and had no idea the impact of the Good News Club in his life. It sure shows the power of the Word in a child's life and the effectiveness of Good News Clubs to unchurched children.
God Sent the Rough Seas
John and Mary Lee Hines are missionaries who live on their sailboat and do ministry in the Caribbean region. John tells what happened to them recently.
We were on our sailboat going down the Exuma chain of islands, part of the Bahamas. A cold front was passing--it was windy and the seas were rough. Our mainsail jammed up so we stopped at a small island called Staniel Cay.
This island has 90 people living on it. There is some shelter there as you can moor behind the island. We arrived on a Saturday, looked around and found one church, so Sunday morning we went there. We noticed the children's Sunday school; we counted 15 children there.
The next day, Monday, it was still too rough to leave so we went to the one-room school house (grades K-6) to see if we could have a Good News Club. It turns out the Sunday school teacher is also the teacher at the school and we saw the same 15 children at his school that were at Sunday school! He gets them six days a week! Also, there were two little blond boys who were not at the Sunday school. These boys’ parents didn't go to church or let their boys go.
The teacher was glad to have us and eager to see the club. I explained to him that at the end of the Bible lesson there would be an invitation to accept Jesus as Savior. I asked if that would be okay. He wasn't sure if was permitted but he agreed to the whole club and an explanation of how to receive Jesus.
We went through the club as usual, the children listening carefully. At the end of the lesson I asked the children to close their eyes and try to remember if they had ever asked Jesus to be their Savior and take away their sins. I asked them to raise their hands if they could not remember doing that. The two blond boys raised their hands! We explained how to receive Jesus and told them they could do that at home or whenever they were ready.
We think God sent that cold front for those two boys! The teacher and his wife are Christians from Guyana who moved to Staniel Cay as a mission field.
We had an inkjet printer on the boat and made up some Bible verse tokens for the children to take home. The tokens were not fancy but when we gave them to the children, they acted like it was Christmas!
Damaris Carbaugh to Sing at International Conference
We are happy to welcome Dámaris Carbaugh to International Conference. You will be moved and inspired as Dámaris reveals her true servant’s heart and love for her Lord and Savior through her special gift of song. Register for International Conference.
Many of you will remember Dámaris from the Day of Discovery television program produced by Radio Bible Class of Grand Rapids, Michigan. For years she served as both a soloist and a member of the Discovery Singers. When Radio Bible Class formed Discovery House Music, Dámaris was asked to be the label’s first solo artist. She has since released 14 albums and another will be released soon. She has also sung with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and Singers.
Her gift to communicate and her zeal for the Word of God have expanded her ministry beyond singing and she is now a much sought after conference speaker as well.
Dámaris’s grandfather was a pastor in South Bronx, New York City and her parents were missionaries in Cuba and Puerto Rico. She was saved at age eight and by the age of eleven knew that all she ever wanted to do was sing.
As a teen Dámaris and her two sisters sang as a trio and traveled with their mother. At age15 she was asked to sing at a recording studio and soon was in demand by producers and advertising agencies in New York. She has known the heights of success in the New York recording community and has sung commercial jingles for some of the world’s biggest advertisers, often in Spanish, which she speaks fluently. In the early ’80s Damaris was seeking a career as a secular performer, feeling that this was the way God would give her a platform and would use her talents.
But her first secular album, in her words, “went nowhere.” A turning point came in 1988 when she visited a group of believers in Argentina living in abject poverty. She was struck by their devotion to the Lord in spite of their circumstances. Dámaris felt a need to give herself totally to the Lord and began praying for ways to use her talents fully for Him, a goal which she continues to pursue.
Dámaris lives in Mt. Vernon, New York with her husband of over 30 years, Rod. Their daughter, Ashley Rose, lives nearby and is a charter school math teacher in New York City. Their son, James Christian, was recently married and is a Navy helicopter pilot serving in Monterey, California.
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