Children’s Ministry Experiences Monumental Growth
May 16, 2017
Child Evangelism Fellowship has been taking the Gospel to children for 80 years, but they are now seeing monumental growth in their world-wide ministry. Psalm 8:2 says it best “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.”
TRUNEWS briefly spoke with ministry spokesperson Rachel Hamel and confirmed the ministry’s statement of faith. The first statement on their website leads to the assurance that what is being taught is sound doctrine and Biblical truths. This makes the news of monumental growth in the minitry all the more exciting to tell.
That “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God,” by which we understand the whole book called The Bible; that it is inerrant in the original writing and that its teaching and authority are absolute, supreme and final. That the Holy Spirit guided the holy men of old in all that they wrote. 2 Timothy 3:16; Deuteronomy 4:2; 2 Peter 1:21.
President Reese Kauffman also released a statement,
“This year we are celebrating God’s faithfulness over our history,”
“We are seeing God bless as we strive to reach ‘Every Child, Every Nation, Every Day.’”
As the ministry celebrates their International Conference in North Carolina, the reality of such growth becomes more quantifiable for them. Much of the exciting expansion is centered in the weekly Good News Clubs® held in public school buildings and other locations. In 2012 there were 43,000 such clubs being held worldwide. That number has grown to 74,324 in 2016.
These clubs and other outreaches enabled Child Evangelism Fellowship to reach 20,429,085 children in our face to face teaching ministries last year alone. That translates to 55,932 children per day, 2,330 children per hour and 39 children every minute! And over 8 million of those made a profession of faith in Christ.
It was the most fruitful years to date and brought the total number of children reached by CEF since its beginning in 1937 to 220 million.
“But we want to do more than simply bring children to faith in Christ,” Kauffman said. “It is our driving passion to also teach them to be in God’s Word every day and to help establish them in a church for Christian growth. It’s not about a program or materials, but to develop spiritual disciplines the children carry with them into adulthood.”
To make this happen, CEF depends on far more than their staff. The organization has 3,423 workers, 96 percent of whom are nationals. But in 2016, they trained a staggering 398,095 people. These volunteers are the heart of the ministry, Kauffman commented.
“I stand in awe as God continues to grow this ministry and send His Word to the far corners of the Earth. The Gospel is changing the lives of children for eternity,” he said, “and we are thrilled to be involved in this compelling kingdom work.”
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