Johnny

Johnny

“This is Joni,” the little child’s father announced, leading his child to our Bible club. “Be good,” he told his little girl before leaving. Something about Joni with her neatly trimmed shoulder length black hair caught my attention as she played ball with the other children. At last, it was time for the Bible club

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God and Dinosaurs

God and Dinosaurs

He couldn’t sit still, no matter how hard he tried. He couldn’t concentrate on anything except his graphic novels. “I don’t want to believe in Jesus to take away my sins, because I would rather live for 100 years on earth.” “What? That doesn’t really apply, Liam (name changed),” I tried to explain, but Liam

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CYIA Teen Testimonies

CYIA Teen Testimonies

We are heading into this year’s CYIA training June 20th—30th. Be praying for the teens in this intense training and as they minister throughout the summer. The picture above is the 2016 CYIA group with a few of their testimonies. Female, 14 years old: “I really enjoyed CYIA training and enjoyed overcoming some challenges. This

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Growing Closer to God

Growing Closer to God

When I first noticed Lisa and her younger sister Jenny (names changed), 12-year-old Lisa had seven-year-old Jenny sitting in her lap. Lisa’s hair was windblown, and her jeans looked a size too big. Who is caring for these children? I wondered. I found out later: “Their father is an alcoholic, and the children live with

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“My Perfect Heavenly Father”

“My Perfect Heavenly Father”

Teaching God’s word in a Good News Club can be incredibly rewarding as well as challenging. One Good News Club teacher remembers a time when she realized its often both. The teacher noticed that a young boy’s repeated yet random movements were a tick and that he had Tourette’s Syndrome. Her heart broke for this

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My Little Kangaroo

My Little Kangaroo

He couldn’t sit still or pay attention. Six children, including this little boy who seemed to be a part kangaroo, were gathered in a circle listening to me explain the Gospel. These six children had just heard a Bible lesson and had come back wanting further information about salvation from their sins. But this little

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“Wait! He came ALIVE?!”

“Wait! He came ALIVE?!”

God in the midst of distractions In one of our clubs, a child recently was causing a lot of trouble. He was sitting in the front row directly below the teacher. This little boy, about six years old, was having so much fun distracting the other children from listening by repeating the teacher in a

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Never Alone

Never Alone

In the Good News Club that met at a church in Chicago’s South Side, the children and adults were reeling from recent tragedies. The previous weekend, 50 people had been wounded in shootings around the city. It was obvious that Chicago’s children, particularly the children in this club, were frightened and sad. As the club

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Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday

CEF’s practice is to ask God and tell His people. As you consider where to give this Giving Tuesday, please consider giving to Chicago CEF. With over 1.1 million children in Cook and DuPage Counties, there are many who need to hear the good news of the gospel this Christmas season and every day. Our

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A Lesson about Forgiveness

A Lesson about Forgiveness

From a Good News Club teacher. As a club teacher I had to teach a lesson about forgiveness to a group of children, but coming from an abusive past, I struggle with forgiveness. How can I teach forgiveness to children when I have a difficult time forgiving people who have deeply hurt me? As I

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