Stories from CEF
“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity” (1 Tim 4:12).
Guyana is home to over 750,000 people, and half of them are children! Located on the north Atlantic coast of South America, Guyana is Caribbean in culture and home to some of the most amazing tropical rainforests in the world. Kaieteur Falls is in Guyana, and it is the most powerful waterfall in the world—over five times the height of Niagara. Christianity is the most prominent religion followed by Hinduism and Islam.
My heart is broken for the children of Greater Cleveland affected by the opioid crisis in northern Ohio. Just south of Cleveland, a couple of school districts have seen an explosion of child-suicides this year. Our children are without hope and without direction for their lives. How desperately they need to swap this darkness for the love of our Father God, who will never leave them or forsake them.
Most of the children we reach in our programs are from what researchers call Generation Z. Their youngest age is about 6, and most of Generation Z has used the Internet since a young age. They are generally comfortable with technology and with interacting on social media. But studies show that today’s kids are six times more likely to have anxiety and depression than their grandparents did at their age. What is causing the rise of anxiety among kids? Why is Gen Z nervous?
God quickly brought together several seasoned CEF volunteers, and by the end of March, after setting everything up with the school principal, we launched the first week of the five-week Good News Club with a full classroom of 24 children. But that is NOT the “end of the story!
It was about halfway through the school year, and we marveled at how far our Good News Club® (GNC™) had come. We had started the school year with a Party Club, and the kids had been quite rambunctious. They sat on the lunch tables, walked back and forth, and were basically wild throughout the entire hour. From that point on, my team and I knew we needed to set some ground rules and be very intentional to enforce them to see improvement in the kids’ behavior. And so we began.
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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.