Frequently Asked Questions
Postponement of CEF International Conference 2020 to May 3-8, 2021
What caused the postponing of the International Conference from May 2020 to May 2021?
With the wide spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, our primary focus was what needed to be done to protect the CEF family. In addition, many governments are implementing strong restrictions in order to contain the spread of the virus such as quarantines, travel bans, limiting the number of people that can assemble, etc.
What are the new dates for the International Conference?
May 3-8, 2021
Where will International Conference be held in May of 2021?
At Ridgecrest, North Carolina (near Asheville)
I have already scheduled my visa appointment. What should I do?
The link below is a CEF letter announcing the forced change of Conference. This letter can be presented to the interviewer, to help prove the conference postponement.
I have not scheduled my visa appointment yet. Should I still do it?
If you have not yet scheduled your visa appointment, we recommend you wait until later in 2020 or early 2021 to do so.
I have already booked my airline ticket. What should I do?
Contact your travel agent or airline right away and ask about changing or cancelling your ticket. Because the coronavirus has been raised to the pandemic level, most airlines are waiving change or cancel fees or issuing vouchers for future travel.
You can change the ticket for International Conference 2021 or:
- If you used ministry funds to purchase the ticket and have ministry travel coming up later in year, use the change for that travel.
- If you used personal funds to purchase the ticket and have personal travel coming up later in the year, use the change for that travel.
The link below is a CEF letter announcing the forced change of the conference. This letter can be presented to the airline, to help prove the conference postponement.
If my airline refuses to issue a refund for my ticket, will CEF reimburse me?
We are not able to reimburse lost airline tickets. At this point most airlines are giving vouchers or reducing change fees. One of the options is to change your ticket to the 2021 dates. Let us know if you have a problem.
I paid by credit card. Will I receive a 100% refund?
Though CEF was charged 8% on each credit card transaction, you will receive a full refund. Due to the coronavirus, there was an unexpected delay with the organization that processed the credit card payments. The delay has been remedied and you will receive and email as soon as the credit is processed. If you don’t receive an email by 22 April 2020, please send an email to Intlconf2020@cefonline.com
My registration was paid from an account at International Headquarters. What happens to those funds?
The funds will be reversed in full to the account they were paid from. This will take place at the end of March and show on the March reports.
Will the meetings surrounding International Conference scheduled at International Headquarters still take place?
- May Regional Directors meetings – will not take place in the USA. They will be held via video conferencing.
- International Leadership Summit (ILS) – is postponed and will take place in 2021 before or after International Conference. International Ministries will communicate a final date when decided.
- Regional Education Directors meetings – will not take place in the USA. Lynda Pongracz will provide details.
- Multi-Media Summit meetings – will not take place in the USA. Bogdan Bassara will provide details.
I paid for the registration for one of these above meetings on my credit card. Will I be refunded?
Yes, you will receive 100% refund. If you do not see your refund on your credit card statement by 22 April 2020, please send an email to Intlconf2020@cefonline.com
My registration was paid from an account at International Headquarters for one of the above meetings. What happens to those funds?
I am a US-sent missionary serving overseas and I have already booked meetings and appointments. May I still come to the USA?
At this point with daily changes happening, it is wiser for you to postpone all travel and meetings until later in the year. If that is impossible and you have approval from your field leadership to do be away from the ministry, as a US citizen you should be able to enter the USA. However, keep a close watch for airline cancellations as well and be aware you could be required to travel to only certain airports and could be subject to a 14-day quarantine. Depending on what happens worldwide, your return to the field could be significantly delayed due to travel and country restrictions.
I serve outside the USA but had scheduled meetings with supporters before or after Conference. May I still come to the USA?
Currently the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the USA) is recommending no gatherings of more than ten people. Many churches are holding services online. The restrictions on non-US citizens entering the USA are increasing daily, therefore you may not be allowed to enter the USA and/or you could be quarantined for 14 days. Airlines are also cancelling flights due to limited individuals traveling.
Based on this, please postpone all trips to the USA until later in the year when by God’s grace, there is better control on the coronavirus.