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If you have attended one of these events before, you know it is a special time of focusing on the Great Commission. We will share reports of what God is doing around the world, hear up-to-the-minute testimonies, and share our vision for the future. In addition, you will have the opportunity to fellowship with like-minded believers from all across the country. It will be a wonderful and memorable weekend. We hope you will set aside the time to be with us. We believe the Lord can and will use this Partners Retreat to make an eternal difference for His glory. Please make every effort to come, and let’s be praying that the Lord will use our time together to accomplish great things for His glory.


Jeremiah Cho, President


Reasons to Come to

San Antonio

  1. Enjoy fellowship with like-minded believers.
  2. Hear inspiring reports of what God is doing.
  3. Meet with Child Evangelism Fellowship® leaders and get your questions answered.
  4. Enjoy wonderful Bible teaching that will enrich your soul.
  5. Understand the CEF® strategy of train, equip, and support.
  6. Learn how you can be involved in the CEF ministry.
  7. Enjoy the beautiful, warm Texas weather.
The outside view of San Antonio

Special Guests


Niah and Allisha Merrill are the real thing! As soon as you meet them, you will know that they love the Lord and love His people. Your heart will be stirred by their excellent
singing, and you will sense their passion for the work of CEF. Niah and Allisha represent musical excellence and genuine worship. Niah and Allisha will provide special music throughout the conference and will also lead us in times of congregational singing. Come prepared to be blessed and encouraged.

Marquis Laughlin — GUEST BIBLE SPEAKER

Marquis Laughlin is the founder of Acts of the Word Ministries, a non-profit, non-denominational ministry dedicated to transforming people’s lives through the words of the Bible. As a performance artist, theologian, and missionary to the church in America, his uniquely compelling dramatic solo Scripture presentations include 7 different books of the Bible, highlighting the epic story of God’s relationship with man; Genesis, Exodus, Ecclesiastes, Daniel, John’s Gospel, Acts of the Apostles, and Revelation. Marquis will present Daniel for us in San Antonio.


Jeremiah Cho has served in CEF for 36 years. He came to Christ as a teenager after hearing an evangelist from North Korea. He has served at CEF on the local, national, regional, and global levels. He currently serves as the President of CEF. You will catch Jeremiah’s vision to reach the boys and girls of the world for Jesus.


John grew up in a church that greatly supported CEF, but he had his first involvement when asked to serve on the State Board of Virginia. Soon John was involved locally, nationally and internationally. In 2013 he left his business in Richmond, VA to serve full-time with CEF. John greatly enjoys teaching God’s Word and serving the CEF family. John currently serves as Vice President of Global Partnership Ministry for CEF.


Session 1—The Mission: Every Child, Every Nation, Every Day

Session 2—Gathering Around God’s Word—Part I

Session 3—Training: The Means of Accomplishing our Mission

Session 4—Equipping: Making the Most of Every Opportunity for the Mission

Session 5—Gathering Around God’s Word—Part II

Session 6—Supporting: Establishing and Gaining Momentum in the Mission

Session 7— On Mission: Going Global

Session 8—Gathering Around God’s Word—Part III

The lobby on the San Antonio
The outdoor pool at the San Antonio hotel
The fitness center in the hotel in San Antonio
The bedroom in the San Antonio hotel

Event Information


The Grand Hyatt San Antonio River Walk, located at 600 E Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205.


The hotel is 15 minutes from the San Antonio International Airport (SAT). Please let us know your travel plans and we
will be happy to provide transportation from the airport. Email Ginger Hessel at [email protected] or
call (816) 529-3699. Car rentals are also available.


Fabulous meals await. If you have food allergies please let us know at least two weeks in advance. You can inform us by emailing [email protected] or giving her a call at (816) 529-3699. 

Dress for the event is Business Casual.


There is self-parking available at the hotel for $45 per day.

There are a couple parking lots near the hotel with cheaper parking per day:

226 Avenue E.—3rd St. Lot; 0.5 mi. from hotel, 10 min walk. Open lot with in and out access. (can be reserved here. Please make sure that you change the reservation per your travel plans.) Price range around $38 a day.

421 W Market St.—SA001—Garage; 0.4 mi. from hotel, 10 min walk. Closed garage, 7ft. 2in. height clearance, with in and out access. (can be reserved here. Please make sure that you change the reservation per your travel plans.) Price range around $30 a day. 


Please plan to arrive at the hotel no later than 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, so you have time to get checked in, settled, and be to dinner at 6pm. After checking in, please come to the CEF registration area to pick up your packet of materials and learn the location of our meetings. The hotel staff can direct you to registration.


The final session of the Partners Retreat is a Sunday Morning Worship Service which will end by 10:30 a.m. We suggest you not plan your flight any earlier than 1:00 p.m.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. You can contact our Hospitality Coordinator, Ginger Hessel, at (816) 529-3699 or email [email protected]. You may also contact John Luck at (804) 240-1433 or email [email protected]


We are excited that you are considering attending the Partners Retreat in San Antonio, TX. God is using ministry partners like you to help us reach Every Child, Every Nation, Every Day and we are trusting Him to Help us continue to grow toward our goal of sharing the Good News of Jesus with 100 million children annually by 2032. Registration is easy, all you need to do is complete the form below and submit it. Thanks! We look forward to seeing you in San Antonio!

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CEF Partners Retreat

Grand Hyatt San Antonio River Walk
600 E Market St
San Antonio, TX 78205

A map of San Antonio