Historic CEF Meeting in Mandeville

Posted: February 8, 2019 in Church, Discipleship, Evangelism
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The Lord privileged me to attend a historic meeting last night in Mandeville where I have lived for almost 25 years. It didn’t take place at the church house where I served as pastor for more than 23 years. The meeting occurred in what we call “Old Mandeville” at an insurance office. I met with six like-minded men and women who have hearts for reaching boys and girls with the gospel. Last night the Northshore Chapter of the Child Evangelism Fellowship of Louisiana, the first such new chapter formed in Louisiana in more than twenty years.

What is Child Evangelism Fellowship? CEF is the largest evangelistic outreach to children in the world, reaching millions of children each year with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Founded in 1937 by Rev. Jesse Irvin Overholtzer, this wise pastor earnestly prayed that “someday an army of evangelists would encircle the globe sharing the Good News of Jesus with boys and girls.” After now more than 80 years, CEF is actively expanding ministry into new nations and new areas within nations with a goal of reaching Every Child Every Nation Every Day. 

I became acquainted with Child Evangelism Fellowship a little more than a year ago. At first, I was hesitant to become involved. But last summer I attended a couple of “5-Day 5-DayClubs.” In the summer, CEF offers these clubs for children in neighborhoods by using someone’s front yard or city park. They invite neighborhood children to enjoy some fun, singing, and a Bible lesson. CEF always includes a gospel presentation. What really sold me was the fact that teens led all aspects of the club. The teens, known as CYIA-ers(Christian Youth In Action), receive training in a week-long camp at the beginning of the summer which equips them for the 5-Day Clubs. What’s not to love about this?

The big deal about CEF comes through “Good News Clubs” A Good News Club is a good newsministry in which trained teachers (from a local church) meet with groups of children in schools, homes, community centers, churches, apartment complexes — just about anywhere the children can easily and safely meet. A Good News Club is an exciting and fun-filled club held once a week for 60-90 minutes. Many churches adopt a local school to host a Good News Club.

Already at least a half dozen Good News Clubs meet regularly in our parish (county for most of the rest of the country)! It comes as a surprise to many people that the Good News Clubs meet in public schools. But a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in June 2001 confirming equal access to public schools provides the way for CEF Good News Clubs to continue to expand throughout the country.

We believe that the Northshore Chapter formed last night will enable the momentum to continue so that more children can be reached with the gospel. If you would like more information about CEF and Good News Clubs, you can check out cefonline.com. You can call CEF of Louisiana at 225-933-8752.

Comments
  1. Cheryl Robinson says:

    Please keep me informed. If my situation changes in the future, I would love to be a part of that!
    Thanks and God bless you!

  2. Tobey Pitman says:

    Ken, our church currently sponsors the “Christian club” on the campus of our local junior high. It is clearly something different than you are touting. How do,we grow from a 25 minute thing before school to this?

  3. Tammy Lamy says:

    I am so very excited about this. My children and nephew are currently attending Good News Clubs at their Slidell schools. I’m so excited to help and watch it grow. God is so good!!

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