Stories from CEF
Kate Spade. Anthony Bourdain. Last week you would have linked them by the words celebrity, highly successful, talented. Not this week. Last week both committed suicide.
The last day of Christian Youth In Action training dawned on a June morning with a mist evaporating off the mountains and the sun shining over the Clearwater Valley. Excitement raced through the young people as this was to be a special day. Today was the day for them to test their wings with open-air ministry.
Capturing children’s attention may not be easy. Tom Smith and his team of three teachers were discouraged about their after-school club at an outreach center in an inner city neighborhood in New York City. Most of the children who attended came from dysfunctional homes and had little or no knowledge of God. One of the children suffered from attention deficit disorder; none of the children seemed interested in what the team was trying to teach. It was hard to see any progress in their lives.
In December 2016, a team from CEF of Pennsylvania spent 11 days in Kenya teaching 5-Day Clubs and vacation Bible schools. Angela Ye and Anne Kelly, who have served as Christian Youth In Action® volunteers in Delaware County, were a part of this team. This trip was life-changing for both.
Faith Community Church is using a Good News Club® and new shoes to make a difference at a local school. The church sponsors several after-school Good News Clubs. At the beginning of each school year associate pastor Mark Schweitzer meets with the principal of each school and asks, “What are the needs in your school?”
Can you imagine what God could do through a group of united faithful followers who encircle the globe? God has blessed me as president of Child Evangelism Fellowship® to be able to meet with missionaries from all over the world. Their commitment to Jesus’s Great Commission inspires me to do more.
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Please share your story of how any of the ministries of Child Evangelism Fellowship® (Good News Club®, 5-Day Club®, etc.) impacted you as a child and how God is working in your life today as a result.