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The Word of God Lasts Forever 

By Sandy Bunch 

 

Some say nothing lasts forever. Although this might be true for most earthly things, when it comes to the Word of God and His love, nothing is further from the truth. 

Child Evangelism Fellowship® missionaries have been investing in the lives of children since 1937 through many outreaches. Each has its own structure and approach when it comes to sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. Regardless of the approach, the results are the same—lifelong changes passed down from one generation to the next.  

“. . . the results are the same—lifelong changes passed down from one generation to the next.”  

Good News Club® is one such outreach that has proven to have lifelong effects. Some clubs have been meeting over 20 years. Children who now attend club have followed in the footsteps of their parents’ and grandparents’ footsteps who also attended a Good News Club as children. Some of these children have grown up to be CEF missionaries and now pass what they have learned on to others. 

Some clubs do not have the longevity of others. But those that have survived many years have some things in commongood communication and relationships with school staff, parents, and the community. They also have faithful teachers, helpers, and substitutes who keep the clubs a consistent presence in the schools; and prayer support from neighborhood churchgoers and pastors. 

These things are necessities when it comes to the longevity and success of a club, but Marilyn Legge from Ashton, West Virginia, says, “I believe it’s a calling, and it takes dedication and a lot of time and preparation. The more time you put into it and the more time spent in prayer for it, the more God blesses.” 

 

“I believe it’s a calling, and it takes dedication and a lot of time and preparation. The more time you put into it and the more time spent in prayer for it, the more God blesses.”

Dedication and preparation are needed to create ways to motivate children to attend club. Incentives for attendance, bringing friends, and Bible memorization help encourage children to come and work toward these goals. Fun thematic events such as carnivals, luaus, and water days give the children something to look forward to and add to the excitement of learning about Christ. 

These special themes and events create memories for the children. But more importantly, what they learn about Christ while attending will build lifelong knowledge of Christ’s love for them.  

Cathy Peek of Illa, Georgia, puts it this way, “Over the past 18 years we have seen God impacting an entire community through the changed lives of children and families. Truly we have tasted the fruit of the impact of the Gospel as we accessed the public school arena in bringing the truth of God’s Word to this generation and reaching them for Jesus! Glory to God on High!” 

As children come to know Christ through CEF ministries and go on to devote their adult lives to furthering the kingdom, they prove the adage “nothing lasts forever” untrue. Instead, they demonstrate Isaiah 40:8, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. 

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