Every Child, Every Nation, Every Day
On Your Marks, Get Set, GO!
Most people think of summer as relaxing—time off, vacations, time spent with family and friends, and frolicking in the outdoors. But for those working with Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF), that is rarely the case.
Summer is like a marathon that starts in early May and continues through August. It’s a race that is all-encompassing, exhausting and entirely exhilarating.
Teens and young adults from all over the nation are preparing for the summer ministries taking place in their states. Training programs called Christian Youth in Action (CYIA) happen across the country. Some start at the end of May, while others take place later in June. The number of participants from state to state varies greatly, from just a handful to over 150 young people. They are trained and equipped to share their faith using Bible lessons, mission stories, memory verses, songs and games.
Once the summer missionaries are well trained, the next leg of the race begins: 5-Day Clubs. They use the training they received to teach Bible clubs throughout their local area. The clubs last 90 minutes, and are taught every day for five consecutive days.
Another leg of the race for many Summer Missionaries is Good News Across America. This two-week long outreach brings people from all over the country to one city to jump-start the ministry in that area. The focus this year is Indianapolis. Summer Missionaries will partner with churches, teach clubs and help establish connections for continued ministry.
Please join us in prayer for the different aspects of the summer. Pray for those of working all the different elements that go into summer ministries here at CEF—from planning the events to teaching the clubs. Pray that God would prepare and protect them physically, emotionally and spiritually. Pray that they “lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1b).
If you are interested in summer missions, you can contact your local chapter. You can find contact information at chapters.cefonline.com. You can ask about hosting a 5-Day Club or other ways to get involved. Summer is upon us. The runners are lacing up their shoes and gearing up for another season-long marathon. Are you ready? Are you set? Let’s go!