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 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Upper Fox Appreciation Night

Teacher’s Appreciation Night
Beaver Dam Club - Pat Davis
uses her guitar to lead song with
the children

Our Good News and Party Club teachers and their families gathered together at Walkers Restaurant in Beaver Dam on May 1st for a meal and fellowship. It was also an opportunity to formally say thank you to our faithful teachers that give of their time and talents throughout the year to make sure the Message of Salvation is taught properly to children. Through these teachers, children may come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Without our teachers, CEF would not exist. Thank you Teachers for a great year!

Joe Pacheco
Upper Fox River Chapter

Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Birth of New Good News Clubs®: Joys and Challenges

Five of the churches that partnered with CEF® for Good News Across America® this summer have received a passion to do whatever it takes to offer a Good News Club in a new school in their community. The process necessary for this to become a reality is wrought with joys and challenges.
Lighthouse Gospel Chapel in Milwaukee has a team coordinator from the church named Rosalind who is on fire to make a difference in the lives of the children. They have openings available in four different MPS elementary schools. The children desperately need the Word of God. The principals are begging for Good News Clubs to be established in their schools. So what is the problem? Why has the club still not opened up? Sadly, not enough volunteers have signed up to make this club a reality. They need six vol­unteers and only have three at this time. What a tragedy when the secular world is crying out for the Gospel and the body of Christ says to the children, “I am too busy for that!” Pray that God would raise up workers to minister in a school near Lighthouse Gospel Chapel.
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Milwaukee has worked hard to establish a Good News Club at Benjamin Franklin School in Milwaukee. Many have been trained from the church. Garrett, the team coordinator, works with at-risk children and is knowledgeable about building relationships with the kids. They have gone to the school and passed out over 100 registration slips for the Good News Club. What is the challenge? Parents aren’t taking the time to fill out the registration form so their children can attend the Good News Club. No children came to their first club meeting, so the team ran through the entire club, including the Bible lesson, games, songs, and memory verse to become better at it for when the children actually come. This group is excited and ready go. They are on fire for bringing these children to the cross where Jesus can change their lives forever. Pray that God will prompt the parents to register their children for the Benjamin Franklin Good News Club.
New Berlin Free Methodist Church has done their due diligence in meeting with school personnel, canvassing the neighborhood, putting up posters around town, praying, and more. The coordinator, Carolyn, is so excited about getting into Orchard Lane School with the Gospel. And the senior pastor is even serving on the team himself as the lead Bible teacher! However, they are facing a huge obstacle in inviting children to the club: the school is not allowing them to distribute registration forms or promote the club in any way on school property. Pray that the New Berlin school district will correct their unconstitutional policy so that children will be able to learn about and attend the Good News Club.
Lakewood Church in Pewaukee has had more than a dozen volunteers attend training over the past several months to serve in the Good News Club. Dennis, the team coordinator, was ready to start moving forward with the after-school club the very next week after the church’s 5-Day Clubs® this summer. When his team was unable to get into the first school they had selected, he didn’t give up, but instead moved on to launch the Good News Club at Lowell School in Waukesha. Although they’ve faced many obstacles, such as being forced to meet thirty min­utes after the bell rings and being unable to mass-distribute registration forms to the children, the team has excitedly embraced this opportunity to reach the community with the Gospel. Each of them has invested countless hours in training, preparation, and prayer for the club. So far, there are only eight children attending, but those kids are being lavished with the love of Jesus! Pray that the obstacles that are preventing this club from growing would be removed soon so even more children can hear the Good News at Lowell School.
The team from Open Door Bible Church just completed their training to begin a Good News Club at Dunwiddie School in Port Washington. Their team coordinator, Sue, has done an amazing job of pulling a team together for this great adventure. Two of her workers actually teach at Dunwiddie! Pastor Nate and Pastor Sid wholehearted support this great opportunity. Sadly, this school district is also blocking the team’s efforts to distribute registration forms to the children. Pray that Sue’s team will be able to get the word out at Dunwiddie and that many children will attend their first Good News Club meeting in February.
Clearly, the enemy is trying to thwart the efforts of loving believers to reach the children with the truth. Three of the five clubs are facing a legal chal­lenge, one is desperate for workers and the other needs the parents to look at the registration form and complete it for their child. Praise God, 1 John 4:4 “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world. “
We are excited to see what God will do with these courageous teams and the children they will reach. What amazing things will these children do with His Word and His indwelling? Rejoice and pray with us at the birth of five new Good News Clubs with all the joys and challenges.
Buzz Taves,   Southeast Wisconsin Chapter
February 2018