“A child of five, if properly instructed, can as readily believe and be regenerated as anyone.” It was this statement, penned in the 19th century by Charles Spurgeon, that God used as the catalyst to launch the ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship. Now, 75 years after our official founding as a ministry, CEF has active, ongoing ministry in 176 countries.
God is allowing CEF workers around the world to share the Gospel in a personal way with almost 11 million children each year. Many more are reached through mass literature distributions and mass media. Our ministry goal is to reach children in every nation of the world in the next five years.
Celebrate this anniversary with us as we both look back and move forward. Enjoy the photo gallery, view the special events to be held this year, explore the helpful materials available and sign up for the 75 Hours of Prayer—all here in this special anniversary section.
Child Evangelism Fellowship celebrated 75 years of ministry on May 18, 2012. The celebration event was recorded so those who could not be with us could still be part of the celebration. Click on the article below to view the videos.
History of CEF
Child Evangelism Fellowship®, also known as CEF®, is a Bible-centered, worldwide organization composed of born-again believers whose purpose is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and to establish (disciple) them in the local church for Christian living. CEF has over 1,800 missionaries overseas, approximately 1,600 of whom are nationals. In the USA and Canada 700 full-time workers and an estimated 40,000 volunteers serve the ministry. CEF was founded by Jesse Irvin Overholtzer in 1937.
The historical articles in this section are excerpts from the book The Indomitable Mr. O.
75th Anniversary Products
CEF Press is happy to announce that we have new promotional products available. These products are available through the Sales and Services department. Some of the 75th Anniversary iems available are: pens, special 75h anniversary folders, banners, and 75th anniversary DVD.
To order please contact Sales and Services at 1-800-748-7710.
75 Hours of Prayer
The Lord has been faithful in sustaining and expanding the ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship for 75 years, 1937 – 2012. Next month we will be celebrating His faithfulness during a series of special events at our international headquarters in Warrenton, Missouri, USA.
One of those events is called 75 Hours of Prayer. Prayer has always been the foundation of CEF ministry and this is the major reason why today children are being evangelized and discipled in 176 nations around the world. So, beginning at 7am on Tuesday, May 15, CEF staff, volunteers and guests here at headquarters will be joining together to pray for 75 consecutive hours, culminating with a corporate prayer meeting from 8:00am – 10:00am on Friday, May 18. During these 75 hours we will be praising God for who He is, thanking Him for what He has done, and crying out to Him for the salvation of children around the world. We will also be praying for the establishment of CEF ministry in the 32 nations where there currently is none, for the provision of workers and finances, for unity at every level, and for much more.
This is how it will work here at our international headquarters: we will begin and end each day with 30 minutes of corporate prayer with everyone participating; in between staff, volunteers and guests will take turns praying; and overnight we will have “prayer hosts” who will pray the entire night at the headquarters and welcome those who are able to join in for a period of time.
As the 75 Hours of Prayer is taking place at the international headquarters, I want to encourage you to think about how the CEF family in your area can join us. As you consider this I am sure the Lord will guide you in the very best way to lead your staff and volunteers in participating in this 75 Hours of Prayer.
As the worldwide CEF family joins together during these 75 hours and pours out its heart before the face of the Lord for the salvation of boys and girls, I am confident that God will hear, answer and do a marvelous work that will have a profound effect not only on this generation but on future ones as well. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16).
Thank you for faithfully serving the Lord. He has used you and is using you to carry His Gospel to the hearts of the children. I count it a privilege to serve together with you in this ministry.
Reese R. Kauffman