Good News Gathering

October 24 - 27, 2019

Reese and Linda Kauffman


We hope you will join us at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott in Sanibel, FL for the Child Evangelism Fellowship Good News Gathering. It is our desire to inform you about the ministry, celebrate what God has done, and be an encouragement to you.

Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by the Marriott staff and representatives from our CEF hospitality team. A CEF greeter will welcome you with your event registration information and answer any questions you may have. We will also have refreshments ready to rejuvenate you from your journey. Dinner will be our first event on the schedule at 6pm, followed by a short program perfect for relaxing after a long day of travel.

I am sure you will find the following information helpful, and I look forward to seeing you at the CEF Good News Gathering.

Yours for all the children,

Reese R. Kauffman

Event Information

Airport Transportation

Guests flying to Sanibel should fly into the Fort Myers airport (RSW) which is just 25 minutes from the Marriott. You can rent a vehicle at the airport or request a shuttle pick up which we will gladly provide. Please plan to arrive by 3pm in order to assure you are on site and settled in time for dinner. Please schedule departures from RSW no earlier than 1pm on Sunday.

Meals and Dress

Wonderful meals and fellowship await. If you have any special dietary needs, please let us know within two weeks of the Gathering. You can reach us at or call 636-456-4321 x. 1302.

Dress for the meetings is business casual. Some men wear sport coats to the evening sessions. Ladies may want to bring a sweater or light jacket in case the meeting room is cool. Sanibel weather in October is mild with an average high of 86 during the day and 65 at night.

Afternoon Activities

Afternoons are free for you to relax, enjoy the surroundings, and digest all you hear in the sessions. The options are numerous: visit the shops of Sanibel, rent a jet ski or kayak, stroll the beach, or just take a relaxing nap.


The hotel offers valet parking for $20/day or self-parking within walking distance is free.

When to Arrive

Check-in time at the hotel is 4pm. The CEF Good News Gathering begins with dinner at 6pm Thursday evening.

Departure Information

The CEF Good News Gathering’s final session is a morning worship service on Sunday, October 27. The final session will conclude by 11:30am.


For more information on the Sanibel Harbour Marriott and Spa please visit their website.

Danny Akin

—Bible Teacher

Danny Akin is the sixth president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and the College at Southeastern in Wake Forest, North Carolina. For many years Danny has been a leader in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Danny has authored and edited numerous books and journal articles and is best known for his commitment to expository preaching and to the Great Commission.

Danny and Charlotte have been married for over 40 years and they have four sons: Nathan, Jonathan, Paul, and Timothy. All four sons are involved in pastoral ministry and have maintained their parent’s burden for reaching the world with the Gospel. Danny and Charlotte have 12 grandchildren.

We look forward to being challenged from God’s Word by Danny.

Niah and Allisha Merrill

 —Special Music

Spiritual encouragement, creative energy, and musical excellence are what you can expect with Niah and Allisha. Their communication of the power of God’s love and forgiveness is captivating, memorable, and relevant.

“CEF  is an instrument that we strongly believe in that will empower many nationals to make sure the Gospel is taking root and spreading so that we will see Christ glorified in many tribes and many nations.”

 —Cyrus Mad-Bondo, Executive Pastor of Global Impact, McLean Bible Church


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CEF Good News Gathering

Sanibel Harbour Resort and Spa

17260 Harbour Pointe Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33908