Celebrating What God Has Done

Celebrating What God Has Done

God is at work in reaching the world’s children with the Gospel! Last week was Child Evangelism Fellowship’s International Conference. It was amazing to be with 1,100 other CEF missionaries from around the world. Chicago Child Evangelism Fellowship is reaching children with the Good News of Jesus in Cook and DuPage counties...

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Obedience in a Single Moment

Obedience in a Single Moment

Sometimes we forget how God can use us in a single moment when we are obedient to Him. One woman attended a CEF training at a local church in Chicagoland, where she learned how to share the Gospel with little ones. After taking the class, she moved to Alabama and began attending a little church. One evening, she received

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With Great Expectation

With Great Expectation

Don’t you just love Easter? This past Sunday, my pastor preached on the final week before Jesus’ crucifixion. We finished with the words, “It is finished,” and I can hardly wait for Easter! But the  children I teach on a regular basis look forward to Easter as the source of the Easter Bunny, a time

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Before and After

Before and After

As we sat in the crowded living room, the children bounced up and down on the couches excitedly—all except one child, who sat quietly, hands in her lap, looking down. I was immediately drawn to her. “What’s your name, Sweety?” “Lisa” (name changed). She refused to give more than a one-word answer. In fact, throughout

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Worth Every Effort

Worth Every Effort

My friend Jackie was going down the hallway at her local school, wondering how she could keep the Good News Club going when she no longer had a team of Good News Club teachers. As Jackie and her grown daughter walked down the school hallway, she and her daughter prayed about the situation. Suddenly a

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Seeking Peace in the Midst of Violence

Seeking Peace in the Midst of Violence

Normally we write these blog posts in a relatively formal voice, but today’s post will be much more reflection in a raw, processing, first person voice. Warning, this post is describing a first person account of an inner-city shooting Bang, pop, pop, pop, pop. Five shots rang out not 15 feet from where my wife

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Piled Shoes

Piled Shoes

The shoes were piled into a jumbled heap inside the front door. Loud laughter and excited chatter filled the living room as the neighborhood children settled into their spots on the living room floor, waiting for their weekly Good News Club to begin. As the weeks flew by and the seasons changed, the children continued

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To Reach the Children

To Reach the Children

At 12:04 pm one night in November 2011, shots were fired on South 19th Avenue in Maywood, hitting the driver of a car. The driver veered off the street, plunging headlong into a building where 14-year-old Dominique and her brother were fast asleep on the living room couch. When Dominique’s older brother, Bryant, and her

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Do They Remember?

Do They Remember?

Let’s face it: as teachers, we are not always sure how much our students remember. The boy poking his friend, the two little girls giggling in a corner—how much do they absorb? We prepare fascinating lessons; we teach with excitement; we pray that God grows the seed. But do they remember? In one Good News

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A Rich Legacy

A Rich Legacy

“‘Belle! Get that water, girl!’ Little Isabella Baumfree stared at her new master. This was all so different; three days ago she had been sold away from her mother. Belle and her mother only knew Dutch, but this new master, named John Neeley, spoke English to her, and if she did not obey him perfectly,

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