Friday, August 31, 2018

The Constant Ebb and Flow of Ministry

Once again we wrap up another year of ministry here at CEF® of the Greater St. Croix Valley. There is the temptation to think, “Same old, same old,” but God is always doing something new in the lives and hearts of His creatures - the men, women and children He created for His own good pleasure.

Pastor Brad teaching in Spring Valley
Our ministry has two seasons, summer 5-Day Clubs with teen training and Good News Clubs with adult training throughout the school year. In the 2017-2018 ministry year we had six Good News Clubs with 149 enrolled, 34 first-time professions of faith and 12 assurances of faith. We held five teacher trainings with over 60 in attendance. There were fifteen 5-Day Clubs taught with 275 enrolled, two first-time professions of faith, one assurance of faith and one Christian dedication. There were 50 volunteers putting in over 1,285 hours to make all this happen!

Last year a new Good News Club® was started in Spring Valley and this year a new one will begin in Luck. It is so exciting to watch the Lord work in giving us new avenues to share the Gospel with children.  We also have interest from two churches for teacher trainings in October and November. We plant and/or water the seeds of God’s Word and He alone gives the increase. Thank you Father for the privilege of working alongside You for the furtherance of Your glorious kingdom!      ~ Lisa Inlow St Croix Valley Chapter

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Ministry in Janesville

CEF® Janesville Mark and Maurene Olson joined the Greater Madison CEF team in January 2018, with Mark serving as Volunteer Rock County Ministry Coordinator. With the goal to be on staff full-time by the end of 2018. He and Maurene have been married for 39 years. They have 2 married daughters and 4 grandchildren. Update from Mark: We have a great opportunity for churches to utilize CEF ministries to reach the children of Rock County. Our goal is to build church partnerships for Good News Clubs® (GNCs) and 5-Day Clubs® in every City in Rock County. Right now we have five new supporting churches, and have shared with their congregations the opportunities in Rock County. On June 30, Maurene and I were at the Freedom Fest in Janesville sharing CEF and our role with pastors and others. This led to discussing how we can partner with them to reach Rock County for Christ. We have three new churches that are interested in learning how they can sponsor a GNC at the Elementary School they sponsor. To make these new opportunities in Rock County happen we’d like to be able to become full time paid staff with CEF. That means we need to raise additional financial support. Our goal is to raise $2800 per month for our monthly needs. We have raised nearly $800 per month at this time. We also need $3000 Startup funds for three-month schooling at CEF International Headquarters in Missouri. Would you prayerfully consider becoming a part of our ministry? We are excited and look forward to the opportunity to share CEF with you and to partner with you reaching the children of our county. In His Service ph.# 1-608-314-7341 Mark and Maurene Olson E-Mail.

Madison August Newsletter

Monday, June 18, 2018

How God Can Use Summer Ministry

For many people, summer is a time to relax. Most people look forward to taking time to go on vacation, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying being outdoors. But for those involved in CEF’s summer ministry, summer is not a time of relaxation – it is a very busy, sometimes stressful season! Is summer ministry worth all of the work our staff and volunteers invest?
Here’s what some people shared when asked what the benefits of summer ministry are:
For the church
Pastor Scott Plays Games with children
“We are a smaller and older church and we didn’t know how doing summer ministry with CEF would really work. God works in amazing ways, and even though our clubs were not very well attended, we were able to build new relationships in the community. Our community saw that our church cares enough to leave our 4 walls and go to where they are, and children not only attended clubs but received the life-saving Gospel that will lead to lives surrendered to God. The best part is that, because we broke out of our comfort zone, our volunteers and prayer warriors have been more committed and excited to take what we have learned from this experience and apply it to the rest of our ministries.  Team­ing up with CEF allowed us to go beyond our walls and impact a community that desperately needs to know the Lord.”
– Pastor Scott Ehle, new church partnership through GNAA® ‘17
For the hostess
“I host 5-Day Clubs® because it allows me to fulfill the command of God to go and make disciples. I want the children in my neighbor­hood to hear about Jesus and how they can be saved. Hosting 5-Day Clubs helps me to build relationships with families in my community, and impact them for Christ.”
- Emma Swan has hosted 5-Day Clubs in her yard since 1978
For the summer missionary
“Being a summer missionary not only benefits the children who are taught, but the missionaries who are involved. During Christian Youth In Action® training, I really become closer to God and learn a lot about relying on His strength in whatever I do, whether it be ministry work or just day-to-day chores. In general, I become more confident in Him as well as more equipped to share the Gospel in whatever circumstance I might find myself.”
– Lauren Parsons, 5th year summer missionary
For the child
Parachute Game at club
Last summer, a 10-year-old boy named Daisean attended a 5-Day Club in Milwaukee sponsored by Ethnos church. On the last day of club, he came back to be counseled. He had a lot of questions about different gods he’d heard about. “Is Jesus more powerful than Thor?” “Is Zeus real?” “Did God create Mother Earth?” By the end of that conver­sation, Daisean put his trust in Christ as Savior. He understood the Gospel and was excited to have the real God on his side to be his helper. At the rally on Friday night, he told a visiting CEF staff worker, “Jesus came to earth, and He died for three days and came back to life. If you believe in God, He will accept you, so I believed in Him and we prayed, and He accepted me.”
While there is absolutely nothing wrong with relaxing during the summer, summer ministry is worth the work! Through CYIA, countless young people are impacted in their walks with Christ. Through 5-Day Clubs, children who might never be able to attend church or Good News Club have the opportunity to hear about Jesus. Partnerships with churches and individuals are strengthened and lives are changed.
This summer, we have eleven summer missionaries who are excited to at­tend CYIA training from June 10-22. We are praying for forty 5-Day Clubs, and we anticipate reaching hundreds of children! 
SE WI June 2018 Newsletter

Sunday, June 17, 2018

13 adults trained and now teaching

June 6, 2018

TCE Gilman 2018
This past winter/ spring I had the privilege of coordinating and instructing a Teaching Children
Effectively TM 1 course. A pastor who attended a one day seminar I held last fall has a vision: to reach his community’s youth with the Gospel! As a result of that burden, he motivated 16 adults from his church to not only take the 30 hour course, but pay tuition and also mileage for me to commute the 101 miles one way to his church (Gilman, WI). By God’s grace, 13 students will be receiving their certificate of completion!

Jon Schussman, CEF State Director of Wisconsin, commented that this may be the largest TCE class outside youth training in over a decade. The church didn’t just take the training, but they immediately began a weekly Good News Club® in a local school. The pastor then motivated a
neighboring church to “take over” the newly established club so they can begin a second club. Who
knows how eternity has been changed as a result of the one man who had a burden and a vision? This
is the type of work I’ve had the joy of being part of as a CEF missionary.
Ben Larson, Nicolet Region CEF

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Greater Madison Announces New Director of Training

Jeaneen Dau - New Director of Training
When I was a child, growing up in Denver, Colorado, we hosted a 5- Day Club™ at our home every summer. I remember it being a highlight of my summer. As I grew up, my older sister and I became 5-Day Club missionaries, teaching throughout the Denver area.

After moving to Madison my sophomore year of High School, I began teaching 5-Day Clubs in Wisconsin. After teaching for 5 years, I enrolled in TCE1 and even helped with some of the demonstrations. I really enjoyed that class and found myself using what I learned in the children's ministries I led at our church.
Later as my husband and I chose to homeschool our children, I used the tools I learned with my involvement with CEF on a daily basis, and we continued to host 5DC’s in our neighborhood.

Fast forward about 20 years, my daughter Morgan started teaching 5- Day Clubs in Madison, which started the dominoes falling into place for me to get involved with CEF again. I attended IOT training at CEF Headquarters in March of 2015 and became a teacher trainer for the Madison Chapter.

It wasn’t long until the Lord brought another opportunity with CEF. We learned that our dear Director of Training, Eddie Marshall, was moving out of state to be closer to family.

Jeaneen Dau
Eddie was one of the first people I met when I moved here from Colorado. She drove me to CYIA training and was one of my instructors. I was touched by her kindness and graciousness to me. With the news that Madison would need a Director of Training, I felt a calling to this position. I began to pray about this opportunity and the Lord made it clear to me that He wanted me to pursue the position.

I have been blessed to walk hand in hand with Eddie Marshal this last year. She handed me the “baton” with all the graciousness in the world. I’m still overwhelmed when I think about the ministry Eddie has had here for over 50 years and sometimes I feel so inadequate to follow in her footsteps. God promises to equip those He has called and in my heart I know that he is equipping me for this new position.

Jeaneen Dau
Director of Training

Monday, May 14, 2018

Summer Missionaries Ready to Serve

Western WI Summer Missionaries
“On the first day of our Good News Summer Club last year, no kids from the community came, but we invited a sister and brother nearby to join us. They came to the Club and were excited to tell friends about it. The next day they returned and brought friends back with them. Each day afterward, the num-ber of kids grew as word spread through the neighborhood. Later in the week I had the opportunity to talk one-on-one with a little boy about believing in Jesus. He shared with me that he put his trust in Jesus that day at Club! God knew each child that would come to camp that week. He brought them to club in His timing and allowed us to share His salvation with them!”

Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.”

It is amazing to think of all that went in to reaching those children and hundreds of others like them last summer! Yes, we had a team of missionaries, but they wouldn’t have been able to go out and teach if people had not given money to support them and pay for the materials they used and the training they got. People prayed, making it possible for them to have spiritual victory. People gave of their time to host Clubs and serve snacks. People encouraged them during and after a long week of ministry. It takes the body of Christ to go and bring the Gospel to the lost in our neighborhoods! And we are getting ready to do it all again!

Anne Weibel Western WI