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Fellowship offered to area youth

Thursday, June 5, 2008

The Cherokee Child Evangelism Fellowship Committee is made up of area residents who support the evangelistic programs that bring the Gospel of Christ to children in a safe and fun environment. Committee members are pictured (left to right) in the front row: Karn Monson and Sara Nydan. Second row: (left to right) Ministry Coordinator, Becca Hand, Rich Edwards, Carl Nielson and Pastor Dave Schumann and (back row) Jason Bolinger. Photo contributed
Staff writer

Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is a world wide non-denominational organization composed of born-again believers whose purpose is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

CEF has different types of evangelistic programs, but the two most identified with the organization are the 5-Day Clubs and the Good News Clubs. These two ministries take place in neighborhood settings such as homes, backyards, schools and community centers.

Local Ministry Coordinator Becca Hand is currently looking for people to become involved in the 5-Day Club. According to Hand anyone can become a host and teacher but have to be at least 14 years of age. Hand currently covers these counties for the CEF; Cherokee, Buena Vista, O Brien, Clay, Palo Alto, Kossuth, Emmet, Dickinson, and Osceola.

These fast-paced, one-hour programs are designed to bring the Gospel of Christ to children on their level in their environment.

The 5-Day Club is one-hour club that meets for five consecutive days. It includes Bible lessons, creative learning activities, inspiring missionary story, meaningful songs, and life-changing Scripture memorization.

The club is sponsored by the CEF and is open to all boys and girls between the ages of five and twelve, regardless of religious background. Anyone is welcome to attend the club with their child.

Volunteers who are concerned for the spiritual well being of children teach this club. These teachers have received specialized training from CEF. There is no charge for any child to attend. An optional missionary offering will be taken each day.

CEF has taken specific step to insure the safety. All club workers are put through a carefully screened as required by CEF's child protection policy.

The other program that the CEF offers is the after school program is the Good News Club. This program starts in the fall and runs through the school year. Currently there are over 3,400 weekly school-related Good News Clubs that are held across the nation reaching more than 119,000 students each week. For the past two years, the Good News Club has met at Roosevelt Elementary School.

At the Good News Club the teacher presents an exciting Bible lesson using colorful materials from CEF Press. The club offers song, Scripture memory, a missions story and review games or other activities focused on the lesson's theme. Each club also includes strong discipleship training to build character and strengthen moral and spiritual growth. All children are encouraged to attend a local church.

All teachers are trained by CEF to have a club that is exciting and informative so that children will want to keep coming. Teachers are asked to sign the CEF Statement of Faith and agree to abide by the policies of the organization. Adults working with the program are screened according to the CEF child protection policy.

A Good News Club can identify a home in the neighborhood that is safe for a child to go to in time of trouble. It brings the teaching of biblical morality to the child's neighborhood. It connects the child and their family to others where they live developing a good community spirit. Plus community centers and housing complexes are also a great place for a club.

If you would like to get involved with the 5-Day Club or the Good News Club you can log on to cefofiowa.com or call Becca Hand at 225-1194 or beccacef@gmail.com. Or if you would like to send a monetary donation to the CEF you can mail it to CEF P.O. Box 312 Cherokee 51012.

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