Welcome Hyae Yung Kim
Join us in welcoming Hyae Yung Kim to International Ministries. Hyae Yung, a native Korean, has been serving as an illustrator in CEF Press for four years.
Congratulations to Reese and Linda Kauffman on 25 Years of Ministry
CEF International Headquarters staff and guests will honor Reese and Linda Kauffman for Reese's 25th year as CEF president. This special anniversary celebration has been organized by the CEF International Board of Trustees. Board members are preparing a wonderful program that will include many guest visitors as well as the musical group, This Hope. After the program there will be a special lunch.
National Directors Institute at IHQ
These are exciting weeks as the first National Directors Institute gets underway here at International Headquarters. There are 19 directors in attendance representing all eight CEF regions. Training begins on September 1 and ends on September 12. They will be learning about spiritual leadership, leadership across cultures, team dynamics, motivation, communication, conflict management and much more.
Myron Tschetter, North America/Caribbean regional director said, "National Directors Institute is important for every national director because it allows the director to gain in a short time a very concise picture of the national leaders role, the many resources available and gain a much broader perspective and skills from other very strong leaders. This makes it possible for many more children to be reached with the Gospel." Two national directors will be attending from his region.
Please pray for these national directors as they process and apply all that they are taught.
159th CMI Class is Underway
The 2014 fall session of the Children’s Ministries Institute began on August 21. This is the 159th CMI class held in the states since the Institute began here in 1945. The current class is one of the largest groups in recent history, with a total of 77 students who will be taking various modules throughout the 12 weeks. The students range in age from 18 to 70 and come from a variety of places including, Anguilla, Canada, Korea, St. Vincent and the USA.
The core staff of six instructors from the department of education is joined by various instructors from other departments at headquarters as well as instructors from the field. In total, approximately 33 instructors will be involved throughout the 12 weeks of training. Having such a wide variety of instructors brings richness to the training as each one shares from their own experiences in ministry.
Please pray for the students and staff as they begin this 12 week journey. Pray that they would bond as a family for this time of training; pray that God would use this time to draw each one closer to Himself and prepare each student for the work He has planned for them.
Featured Country - Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) is one of our few green countries located in the Middle East Region. It is an island in the Indian Ocean, south of India. According to The World Factbook, Sri Lanka has a population of 22 million with the median age at 31 and life expectancy at 76 years. Most of the population is Buddhist with only 6.2% listed as Christian. CEF ministry began in Sri Lanka in 1973 through the efforts of USA-sent missionary Marguerite Fiandt (photo). Over the years, however, ministry eventually came to a standstill. In 2004 a mssionary from CEF South Korea became the missionary director of Sri Lanka. He began reorganizing the ministry by training workers and developing a national board. When he left in 2008, there were about 200 Good News Clubs. At his departure, Justin Fonseka became the new national director (pictured with his wife).
CEF Sri Lanka currently has 14 well-functioning chapters located throughout the country. They plan to begin another ten chapters this year with a goal of 30 workers by the end of 2014. They presently conduct about 450 Good News Clubs and are praying to at least double that amount. However due to threats from other religions, many churches have stopped having them. Justin comments, "Evangelism is getting harder and harder. Still God is moving in CEF. Many children are coming to Christ and many teachers are getting training to be evangelists. We need more prayers. Only one percent of the children are saved and 99 percent are unreached. Our goal is to reach six million children in Sri Lanka."
Justin and his wife Miriam have a unique way of reaching children for the Lord. Eight years ago they started an orphanage--a home for needy boys. They now have 18 boys ranging from age seven to 18 with the majority of them age 12-13.
Some of the boys have a single parent, some none and some have been abandoned by their parents. The boys have come to the Fonsekas through the courts and probation department. The Fonseka's friends and relatives are helping to support the home. "I grew up without a father and I had a desire to be a father to the fatherless. My wife also had the same idea. So we both prayed and opened our home for them."
Pray for CEF Sri Lanka as they endeavor to reach their goals. Pray for the Fonseka family--that all the boys will love and follow Jesus.
Featured Country - Israel
CEF ministry was begun in Israel in 1951 by USA-sent missionary Matilda Alexander.
In 1964 Wayne and Carol King (better known as Abu and Em Danny), also from the U.S., began their 39-year ministry in this country. The very week they moved to Nazareth in 1966, a baby boy was born in a nearby village. His "believing parents not only brought him up in the way of the Lord but also taught him to serve the Lord and to love children." Later on this child, Fadi Ramadan Hanna, was introduced to the work of CEF and now he is the national leader of CEF Israel.
Over the years "...with the help of a tremendous team and a blessed board, CEF has grown and advanced reaching Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of Israel."
In addition to the Hannas, CEF Israel has six more workers -- all nationals.
CEF Israel ministers to people of diverse beliefs: Evangelicals, Anglicans, Greek Orthodox, Catholics, Muslim, Bedouins and Messianic Jews. In a regular month they reach about one thousand children. During special holidays, that number triples. One of their unique outreaches is hospital ministry. On Sunday afternoons a team goes to a local hospital and puts on a program in the children's ward. Many Muslim children, along with their visiting siblings and parents, hear the Gospel message.
This summer, for the very first time, Teaching Children Effectively was taught in Israel. Various classes were taught in years past, but never a complete TCE. "For several years now I've been wanting to hold this training in Israel, but with no success."
A special project going on this fall is renovating the CEF house. The LIFT team from Ireland, who have previously helped CEF Israel, will once again be putting their skills to good use.
The main goal for CEF Israel is the universal one--evangelizing as many children as they can. "To do such a big mission with little money and few workers requires great faith. But we have and believe in a great God who loves the children and is faithful."
New National Coordinators Appointed
Jacky Gilles is the new national coordinator for Haiti. Prior to CEF, Jacky served with World Relief. His first introduction to CEF was after the devastating earthquake in 2010. He attended a TCE course and little by little became involved in the ministry. His wife's name is Myrlande.
Another recent appointment in the NA/C Region is Kelron Harry as the national coordinator for St. Vincent/Grenadines. Kelron has previously worked as a mathematics and science teacher, lived in New Zealand for four years and has been serving as a pastor since 2003. Kelron's wife, Ro-Anne, works for the government and they have one son, Joshua, who is seven years old.
India's Special Project
Training of 10,000 volunteers is underway in India as CEF workers prepare to reach 1 million children during the month of August! Volunteers are being taught how to effectively evangelize children using The Wordless Book as part of the "Reaching Children Effectively" project.
We are calling for international prayer on behalf of our CEF staff in India, the thousands of volunteers who will carry out this ministry and for the children who will be reached.
Author E.M. Bounds wrote, "Our praying needs to be pressed and pursued with an energy that never tires, a persistency which will not be denied, and a courage that never fails." We know that those doing the actual work of training and reaching children during this national event will need amazing energy and perseverance as they pursue the goal. May we also expend that energy in prayer on their behalf.
Will you commit to pray specifically for "Reaching Children Effectively" in India? We have already seen God provide in wonderful ways-even providing the entire estimated budget of $9,000 in one gift at International Conference when the donor was not even aware of the specific need. Pray for:
Strength for staff as they train new workers.
Volunteers to fully understand the training and to make effective use of it.
Children to clearly understand the Gospel and respond by trusting in Christ.
Thousands of new workers to become involved in CEF on an ongoing basis after the project is complete.
A Canadian Visits Belize
The Mulvihills shared in a recent prayer update that they had received a very special blessing in Belize. Mr. Wayne Bertness from Canada visited the Mulvihills for two weeks. Wayne is a ventriloquist and came with his little friend, Randy (a ventriloquist doll). They entertained the children and later Randy and Jim presented the gospel. They were able to share in thirteen school assemblies and seven churches. In total, 2,996 children were reached through this event in 26 teaching sessions. Wayne visited Toledo district and reached 1,339 children and 1,657 in Stann Creek district. Teachers and children alike were delighted with the presentation and one teacher insisted on having her picture taken with Wayne and Randy.
Wayne also is a member of the Gideon Society and brought Bibles to share with the children and teachers. Jim and Jan were able to dis-tribute over 2000 Bibles. One little boy, Edward, showed his New Testament to the Mulvihills. In the back of the Bible he had written his name to record his decision for Christ. Praise God for the power of His Word!
You Do Not Have Because You Do Not Ask (James 4:2)
Steve Groome and I (Kris) built our team by asking. We truly believe James 4:2 is the key to the ministry growth that we experienced. We asked God to open our eyes to see potential workers, volunteers and donors. Once the Spirit prompted, we opened our mouths and asked. I remember when Sister Pet Farnum came to teach in Brazil with us, and she shared that she had sensed that she should resign her position with CEF Guyana. She did not know what God wanted her to do, and she was waiting on His direction. I heard Him say “Ask”. So I asked her to consider being the regional Member Care Coordinator. What an amazing job she has done!. I thank God that I asked.
Larry and Lorna Frickel, North America/Caribbean Ministry Development Team, sat with us at the International Conference three years ago. They were ending their ministry in Asia and seeking God’s direction for their future. God whispered “Ask”, so we did. They have opened the British Virgin Islands, helped Regional Director Myron Tschetter with board training, and assisted with the ART financial program.
Bev Huff and Janet Snyder came to us during a transition time in their ministry in Canada. We were just developing the Caribbean ministry and quite frankly we were very overwhelmed by what needed to be done. In God’s perfect timing He provided a perfect solution for them and for us when Steve asked them to be education coordinators for the Caribbean! Our load was lifted when we obeyed and asked.
Our finances were very low when I started to volunteer at a local resale shop. We were at a point where we may have had to leave the ministry because things were so tough financially. The shop was created to use all its profits to support ministries and nonprofits locally and around the world. They were looking for volunteers to manage the store on Saturdays. I asked if Steve and I could do it and receive support for our ministry. They agreed and God blessed more that we could ever imagine. Initially we received around $25 a week and now the shop is our biggest supporter and because I asked, we are still on the field and financially blessed.
I could go on, but you get the point. I ask you to listen to the Spirit and ask! Be amazed at what he does when you ask!
---Kris Groome, North America/Caribben Region
Mr. Overholtzer's Dream is Coming True
It is amazing to realize that the prayers and dream of our founder, J. Irvin Overholtzer, to reach children around the world is actually happening. The goal of CEF is to reach 100 million children per year by 2020. There are now 188 countries open to CEF ministry with just 19 target countries to go before our 80th anniversary in 2017!
The last night of conference was a special time of prayer dedicated to these remaining target countries. All of the target country flags were placed around the auditorium with one person standing beside each flag to represent that country. Reese Kauffman asked the audience to gather around the flag closest to the, lift their hands toward the flag and pray that God's hand would move mightily in that country so that it would be open for ministry and children would come to know Christ. I was one who stood by the flag representing the country of Bermuda. My heart broke as I heard 50 or more people praying fervently that God would open doors and allow ministry to happen in each of these countries. Incontrollable tears began streaming down my face as I felt God's presence. What joy it must have brought to God's heart as these prayers were lifted up.
As I listened to people praying I wondered how God would answer those prayers and orchestrate His plan for each one of the remaining 19 countries. Maybe at our next International Conference, all of these countries will be open and we will say with the hymn writer, "To God be the glory, great things He has done!"