CEF Shares Gospel with 19,914,335 Kids in 2014
WARRENTON, Mo., May 29, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF), the largest Christian mission agency to children in the world, announced this week that it had shared the gospel of Jesus Christ through their teaching ministries with 19,914,335 children in the United States and around the world in 2014. This represents a 27.6% increase from the 15,612,330 children reached in 2013 and includes 6.7 million professions of faith by kids worldwide.
With the goal of having ongoing, daily, personal ministry to children in every country in the world by 2017, CEF is well on its way to achieving this mission. By CEF’s count, they currently have active ministry in 192 countries. After adding two new countries in the first part of 2015 (names too sensitive to list here), they now have only 15 more to go.
According to Mr. Harry Robinson, vice president for CEF International Ministries, the majority of the 19.9 million children reached by CEF in 2014 heard the gospel message in person from a CEF worker or volunteer. “It is very important to us to establish a personal, ongoing ministry to these children,” explains Mr. Moises Esteves, vice president of CEF USA Ministries.
The principle means CEF uses for reaching children in person is through the Good News Club (GNC) ministry. These clubs offer a mix of Bible stories, games, and engaging activities for elementary school- aged children taught by a trained CEF volunteer teacher. Each Good News Club includes a clear presentation of the gospel message and the curriculum emphasizes kindness, moral character, and good behavior. In the United States these clubs typically meet in elementary schools after the school day ends.
CEF hears regularly from teachers, parents and school principals about the positive impact that GNCs have on schools and children. Nancy, a parent of a second grader who attends an after-school Good News Club in the United States, shared, “My daughter would love to go two or three times a week if it was possible. The kids come out of club so excited about what they’ve learned. It has made a huge difference in some of the kids’ attitudes and how they behave in their classrooms. The teachers are excited about that!”
In 2014, CEF ran 69,556 Good News Clubs worldwide, an increase of 7,163 clubs since 2013. And although, according to Mr. Robinson, CEF does not track the exact number of the hundreds of thousands of volunteers that run these clubs, they do keep track of the number of teachers they train. Last year they trained over 342,441 teachers and had 2,951 CEF workers around the globe (94% nationals). Interestingly, only a portion of the teachers trained each year become involved in CEF ministry. Many use their training in a variety of ways including teaching Sunday school classes and teaching their own children or grandchildren.
Child Evangelism Fellowship is a Bible-centered organization composed of born-again believers whose purpose is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and to establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living.