October is the start up month for most Good News
Clubs in the Greater Madison Area. We are excited
to see God’s plan unfold this year. We have
experienced an increase in new volunteers who are
on fire for Christ. God has also brought back two
dynamic returning veterans, Alice Howard and
Louise Meske. The combined experience of these
two ladies’ spans over 30 years. Alice and Louise
bring a wealth of experience. Both have taught GNC’s and 5DC’s with
CEF in the past. They also served God as missionaries and teacher
trainers. Louise received her training in
Cypress and went on to India, and New
Delhi where she served as a teacher trainer
and a missionary. Alice received her training
at CMI and was sent by CEF on a 4-month
missions’ trip to evangelize and minister to
children in Macomb, Mississippi and New
Orleans after those areas were devastated by
Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Alice also taught
Good News clubs in several
Madison schools during her
years with CEF. When I
look at the spiritual gifts of
the volunteers and
returning veterans God has
blessed us with this year it
lets me know He plans to
do great things in the
Greater Madison Area in
Alice Howard teaching club
Greater Madison Chapter.
At age 13 I was trained to teach older children whole 5 Day Club, but I remember being at a loss with how to translate that to little ones. When anyone younger than 5 or 6 came along it turned into play time, with no more emphasis on God or the Word. Then in my third year at CYIA training, we focused in on Little Kids and how to teach on their level. I had previously been helping/teaching at a weekday morning “Sunday school” type program for preschoolers, so the con-cept was not new to me. But as I gained information and techniques, I became confident and eventually became the full-time teacher at the program. Now I work with young children constantly, and am going for my associates degree in Early Childhood Education. I know Little Kids can know God. I led a 3 year old to the Lord just this last summer. Many young children are too egocentric to understand their need for a Savior, but knowing the gospel as they get old enough to truly understand God’s gift gives them the chance to respond as soon as they can comprehend it.
In early May, the idea of having a ministry walk-a-thon to raise funds and have a summer picnic was barely a blip on the radar. We had never done an event like this. The thought of doing a walk-a-thon prompted many questions, such as: who would come, where would we walk, could we raise awareness and raise funds for the ministry by doing a walk-a-thon, and most importantly, how could we possibly put this together before the summer was over?
This project would be a challenge for any team, no matter how many months you had to plan. As the wheels started to turn, we committed the idea to prayer and a plan started to formulate. God was our guide. He led us to the perfect location, inspired us through research and opened many doors to make this a reality. We received confirmation each step of the way that a walk-a-thon was in our future.
Fast forward to August 23, 2018…. God provided a perfect evening for our first annual ‘Step-Up’ for the Gospel Walk-a-thon. We chose this theme because we wanted to encourage people to take action and be intentional when giving towards this event because eternity matters. Nothing in this world is more important than when a person, or a child chooses to follow Christ and those who supported our efforts chose to be a part of God’s plan to spread His Word.
God’s abundance was evident in every aspect of the walk-a-thon.
More than 80 people joined us for the walk and picnic at Hoyt Park in Wauwatosa; several summer missionaries made us laugh and brought us to a better understanding of how God used them to reach children for Christ and how they had grown in their own faith through the process. We also enjoyed a wonderful evening of food and fellowship, one of the few times many who serve and support the ministry could gather together. The BIG NEWS though, is how God used people all over the country to help CEF of Southeast WI meet our financial goal, which we thought was unrealistic when we started this journey. Our goal was $10,000 and we are amazed how God provided above and beyond that amount!
Because of your generosity we can continue to build new relationships with children, schools, church partners and our volunteers. Our God is so BIG, so strong and so mighty, there’s nothing my God cannot do! We rejoice together and celebrate the abundance of His gifts on this humble ministry because the children we serve cannot support the work of CEF, but you can. Thank You!
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
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
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®
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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
– 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
- Emma Swan has
hosted 5-Day Clubs in her yard since 1978
For the summer
“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
– 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
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
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