CEF Hawkeye Chapter is working to serve children and families in our communities by bringing the hope of the good news of the gospel into their lives.
We are seeking financial support for us to continue to train and equip volunteers, buy resources for clubs and classes, financially support our staff, and to put on events that reach out to the community and/or help raise awareness for CEF. We also have expenses like every other ministry that keep everything in working order. Your donation will help CEF Hawkeye Chapter reach more children in the name of Jesus!
We ask you to prayerfully consider becoming a monthly financial partner with CEF Hawkeye Chapter. YOU can make an eternal impact in the lives of 100s of children! Would YOU partner with us by giving $20 monthly or what you are able to give?
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Dear CEF (Child Evangelism Fellowship) Supporters, CEF is the only mission organization that works solely with children. It is worldwide in nearly every country on this planet. In the 2022 fiscal year, over 15.5 million heard the Gospel of Salvation and over 5.5 million of them professed faith in Jesus as their Savior! Those statistics include children from right here in the CEF Hawkeye Chapter of Iowa.
Giving Tuesday is on November 29 this year. It is a “day that encourages people to give back in whatever ways they can” according to ”kindful.com”. Typically, Americans are considered rich and self-centered, but “Giving USA” states that in 2020, Americans gave a record $471 billion to charities.
Of some 950 contacts, CEF Hawkeye Chapter has been blessed by dozens of very active prayer partners, 130+ active financial supporters and 50+ volunteers. This has been a winning combination to keep Good News Clubs, Christian Youth in Action, 5-Day Clubs, and Truth Chasers going, even through the Covid pandemic. In the past fiscal year (September 2021 – August 2022), there has been a total enrollment of 178 who heard and 8 who were saved for all eternity.
Because CEF programs are so effective in leading children to Christ, discipling them and helping to get them and their families established in a local church, this local mission provides a huge “bang for the buck”. In addition, God has started showing His answers to prayer in our chapter in several exciting ways. Not only has He:
supplied enough volunteers for the Fall session of Good News Club, where four children have been saved in this new fiscal year!
added two new Board members with two potentials in process
potentially led to a more ministry in Johnson County, which is the second most populace area in our chapter
BUT HE HAS…….DRUMROLL… APPOINTED A NEW DIRECTOR!!!
Rod Peyton, who has worked in the Starry Good News Club, subbed at other clubs and has been on the Hawkeye Chapter Board, was voted in as the new Director of the CEF Hawkeye Chapter in early November! Rod has a giant-sized passion for reaching children for Christ, is very well connected to many ambitious Christian leaders in our communities and is ready to boldly increase the ministry to children in our chapter. In fact, he has already started talking to church leaders about how CEF has the materials and training to help them reach out to the unsaved children in their area and draw them into their church for discipleship.
CEF offers a way to support and be a missionary right at home. With about 85% of children being unchurched in these last times, there is an urgent need for more laborers who will pray, give and/or volunteer. An example of the fruit of the CEF ministry, here is what one unchurched Good News Clubber wrote on her daily Quiet Time paper, “thank you Lord for this day and are good news club leaders and for everything in Jesus name I pray amen.” May the Lord move you to reach the children through Child Evangelism Fellowship!
Monday's Story: "One usually doesn’t know the impact made on children we are teaching in Good News Club®, but occasionally there is some revealing feedback. Club Coordinator, Charlie, shared a note from a clubber’s mother that was an encouragement to us all. The Bible lesson and theme that week was how to deal with our 'enemies' God’s way with love and prayer for the offender. The clubber’s mother was surprised when her daughter asked to visit a girl her daughter didn’t like after being mistreated by her. She was equally surprised when she saw her daughter and the other girl on their swing set happily talking. Both of the clubber’s parents were pleased when they learned that their daughter had taken the Bible lesson to heart and let God’s love shine through her. To God be the glory for working in the hearts of children first for salvation and then for spiritual growth! That is the express purpose for the CEF ministry."
Sunday's Story: "It was a warm summer day in the backyard of the home hosting a 5-Day Club®. After the 'high octane' game-time was over, the children settled into the club with singing, reciting the memory verse and quieting to the Bible lesson. I always love looking at the faces of the children during the Bible lesson. Their eyes are glued to the pictures as they listen to the story of the featured character that always teaches a life lesson in living God’s way. CEF trains godly teens (called Christian Youth in Action or CYIAers) the effective method of sprinkling the Gospel of Salvation points throughout the story. They are also trained on how to give an invitation and to counsel a child for salvation. Often children raise their hand to be counseled, but usually they have a concern about a loved one’s illness or a question about heaven. Sometimes, however, it is 'the day' for a child to be born into God’s forever family. It just so happened that warm summer day in the backyard that a CYIA teen was privileged to lead his own little brother to the Lord. There was great joy in heaven and on earth that day!"
Friday's Story: "My wife has a heartwarming story that really touched her. During one of the GNC, one little 7-year-old girl began to share a little bit about her everyday life. To say the least, there were a lot of sad, difficult circumstances in her young life. When GNC ended, Rhonda was left wondering what would ever become of this little girl and if she would ever see her again. Much to Rhonda's surprise, later that very summer at the church's Vacation Bible School in walked that little 7-year-old! Something at GNC sparked an interest in that girl's soul and the seed that was planted was starting to grow. We continue to be encouraged because she did return for the fall GNC. Praise the Lord!"
Wednesday's Story: "Fall Good News Club at one of our area schools began with an enthusiastic group of 22 children in K - 2nd grade. Each student who attends Good News Club is required to have written permission from a parent or guardian and that form allows parents to indicate their church or religious affiliation. One of the faithful attenders at club this fall was enrolled by her dad, who indicated that he was of a non-Christian religion. Without reservation, this little girl who may never go into a church, entered the activities and was among those who proudly recited the memory verses (Psalm 119: 9-11) on the last day of club. We count it a privilege to be able to plant seeds of truth in young hearts and pray His Word will accomplish His purposes." Monday's Story: "Just this fall at a Good News Club®, five children came to me for counseling after the Bible Lesson. As I asked each one what their question was or what they wanted to talk about, the responses varied. One was worried about his grandma’s health; one had a question about heaven etc. That is usually the case, so as the needs are sorted out, I share a promise of God and/or a prayer and send them back to the group. But there was one little girl who wanted 'to believe in Jesus'. Although the children hear the Gospel truths sprinkled throughout the Bible Lesson, I reviewed each of the truths along with the supporting verses. It was her day! She believed and received Jesus as her Savior. She understood that God loves her (John 3:16); she was separated from Him because of sin (Romans 3:23); Jesus willingly came to earth to take the punishment for her wrong-doings (I Corinthians 15:3-4); her part was to 'believe and receive' (John 1:12) to become a child of God; and because she was now a child of God she can GROW in Him by Going to church, Read her Bible and pray, Obey God’s Word, and Witness to others knowing God would never leave her and He would always be right there with her to help her. With her Adventure Bible Gospel of Mark, a 'salvation' and a 'grow' tract, she went back to her table with a big smile on her face!"
Address CEF of Iowa, Inc. Hawkeye Chapter P.O. Box 10493 Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52410