‘One of the most important lessons to be learned in life is that God keeps His promises,’ says CEF Executive Vice President Moises Esteves
For Immediate Release
November 27, 2023
ST. LOUIS — As the Christmas season approaches, Child Evangelism Fellowship’s (CEF’s) plans for Christmas Party Clubs are in full swing. Christmas Party Clubs allow for children to hear the Gospel that otherwise might not have an opportunity. This year’s Christmas Party Clubs are focusing on the theme of “God keeps His promises,” which allows children to hear the story of the first Christmas and understand the story of Jesus’ birth.
“One of the most important lessons to be learned in life is that God keeps His promises,” says CEF Executive Vice President Moises Esteves.
Christmas Party Club (explained in a brief video) is one of the Party Club ministries of Child Evangelism Fellowship® that presents the Gospel to churched and unchurched children. These one-time events are taught by Good News Club® leaders, Sunday school teachers, children’s ministry workers, and other believers who love children. Christmas Party Clubs include a Gospel-centered Bible lesson, games, a memory verse and songs to teach children about the true story of Christmas.
Sanskar, a 12-year-old child who attended a Christmas Party Club last year said, “I sang and played games at the Christmas Party Club. It was interesting to hear about Jesus. My life was changed when I learned about His death and resurrection. I accepted Christ into my life and decided to follow Jesus and learn His Word from that day forward.”
Last year, Child Evangelism Fellowship held 169,000 Christmas Party Clubs and reached 6,262,729 children through the clubs. Through a Christmas Party Club, churches can work alongside Child Evangelism Fellowship to reach children with the true story of Christmas. While each Party Club is Gospel-centered, there are also teachings for children who already have faith in Jesus.
“People interested in holding a Christmas Party Club need not fear taking on something new,” says Esteves. “CEF connects volunteers with the training, materials, and activities needed to confidently host a Christmas Party Club. It’s a great way to continue spreading the Good News to children in your community.”
Often, a Christmas Party Club will even open the door to hosting a Good News Club® at the children’s school. Churches that already help with Good News Club® can have a Christmas Party Club as part of Good News Club® at a local public school or other community area.
How CEF prepares for Christmas Party Clubs
Every year towards the beginning of the autumn season, an army of evangelists around the globe prepares for one of the most fruitful outreaches. Thousands of Christmas Party Club training seminars are conducted for hundreds of thousands of volunteers, many of whom teach multiple Christmas Party Clubs. In November and December, millions of children hear the true meaning of Christmas and many believe in Jesus as Savior.
One of the trainees from last year’s Christmas Party Club training said, “When I attended the Christmas Party Club training, I thought about God’s perfect plan for me. It was God’s plan that I should serve Jesus among children at Christmas. I conducted a Christmas Party Club where children and even some adults attended and listened to the message of salvation. It was a great experience for me. I thank CEF for giving me this opportunity to share the Gospel with children.”
CEF’s Christmas Party Club training seminars allow volunteers to be able to impact the lives of children through sharing the message of the Lord and bring Christmas cheer to children around the world.
St. Kitts and Nevis
Last year, CEF staff on the Caribbean islands of St. Kitts and Nevis surpassed their target set of 2,500 children and reached 3,712 children with their Christmas Party Clubs. For the first time, 24 Christmas Party Clubs were held at both public and private primary schools across St. Kitts and Nevis.
“Praise the Lord for the 249 children who were counselled for salvation,” wrote Jewell Wilkins, national director for CEF of St. Kitts and Nevis. “Thank God for each individual, business, church and organization who donated toward CPCs party bags so that some sort of Christmas cheer could be brought to every child who was ministered to.”
CEF’s goals for the upcoming Christmas Party Clubs
CEF initiated a 50 days of prayer guide to pray that they reach their goals for the upcoming Christmas Party Clubs. Some of the goals for this year’s clubs include holding 330,000 Christmas Party Clubs, training 300,000 volunteers and reaching 10 million children with the Gospel.
“These goals may sound bold, but remember, we have a big God who continually surprises us with blessings,” Esteves says.
Child Evangelism Fellowship, which was founded 86 years ago, has been establishing Good News Clubs® in countries around the world for decades. Clubs are thriving worldwide, in countries including Australia, Cambodia, Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Uganda.
Last year, through CEF’s combined ministries, more than 19.5 million children worldwide heard the Good News. In 2022, more than 439,000 teachers were trained around the world.
For more CEF news, see the ministry’s latest edition of the online magazine Impact.
Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is an international, nonprofit, Christian ministry that has been dedicated to seeing every child reached with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, discipled and established in a local church since 1937. CEF is located in all 50 American states and in most countries around the world, with over 3,500 paid staff and tens of thousands of volunteers around the world.
To interview a representative from Child Evangelism Fellowship, contact [email protected], Beth Bogucki, 610.584.1096, ext. 105, or Daniel Moyer, ext. 104.