What's New


Child Evangelism Fellowship® now has active, ongoing ministry in 185 countries. The goal is to be in all 207 countries of the world by 2017, the 80th anniversary of CEF. Twenty-two countries remain to be reached with CEF ministry.

14,007,831 children heard the Gospel through CEF ministries around the world this past year. That is a 15.4% increase over last year. Over 5 million were counseled for salvation. 288,638 workers were trained to do effective ministry. 43,186 Good News Clubs met this past year. Let's praise the Lord for the many children reached worldwide.
The Truth Chasers Club (formerly CEF Mailbox Club) is an evangelism/discipleship program in which age-appropriate Bible lessons are mailed to children and adults. When a lesson is returned, volunteers write encouraging comments, pray for requests and mail the next lesson. It is a wonderfully effective way to minister by mail. Approximately 35 volunteers a week from across the USA serve in this ministry. These volunteers send out an average of 10,000 lessons a week. Hearts are touched when a volunteer rings a bell indicating that another child has come to Christ. Over 625,000 students have enrolled and over 22,000 decisions for Christ have been recorded since the program began in 1999.
In Level 1 learn basic skills and effective methods to evangelize children and immediately begin a neighborhood outreach ministry. TCE Level 1 is a 30-hour course. It is being offered at two locations this fall. In Level 2 learn how to effectively guide the saved child in his walk with the Lord. Based on spiritual and educational principles, the course provides practical methods for discipling boys and girls. Association of Christian Schools International will give 5 CEUs (continuing education units) toward ACSI certification requirements for completing TCE Level 1 or 2. Pre-registration required 2 weeks prior to class.
Teaching Children Effectively Level 1
September 28, October 5, 12 and 19, 2013
Location: Grass Valley, Foothills Chapter
Contact Chelsea Cummins: 530-273-8520 or email: ceffoothills@hotmail.com

Teaching Children Effectively Level 1
October 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2013
Location: Silicon Valley
Contact Jeanne Stenfort: 650-941-9536 or email: cefsv@pacbell.net
Teaching Children Effectively Level 2
January 25, February 1, 8 and 15, 2014
Location: Silicon Valley
Contact Jeanne Stenfort: 650-941-9536 or email: cefsv@pacbell.net
Students need to attend all sessions and complete assignments.
A certificate for successful completion of TCE Level 1 is required to take TCE Level 2.
Janny Hung of San Jose has joined the staff in Silicon Valley as a staff intern.  She taught in the public school as a classroom teacher but felt burdened to quit her job and come into CEF.

Patrick Sorenson
of San Lorenzo taught as a volunteer Good News Club and 5-Day Club teacher for a number of years.  In June 2013 he was approved as a staff intern for Alameda County.  Pray for him as he raises his support.

After teaching school for five years in Ripon Amber Root felt God's call to work in CEF.  She has been involved in our Northern California Christian Youth In Action Training Camp as both student and staff and now joins the Butte-Tehama-Glenn Chapter as a staff intern.

When Jean Salcido of Gonzales heard that Liz Ferris was moving and would no longer be representing CEF in the Monterey Chapter, she inquired about working with CEF.  She has been aprroved as a staff intern for Monterey Chapter and is raising her support.

Jim and Cindy Palm
of Forest Ranch have begun ministry in the Butte-Tehama-Glenn Chapter.  They recently returned to California after 22 years of ministry in Brazil where they served at a school on the banks of the Amazon River.

Kim Fogde
of Red Bluff has joined our CEF staff in the Butte-Tehama-Glenn Chapter.  She will serve as area club coordinator for Tehama County.

Colleen Ishimaru (Director Appointee for Golden Gate Chapter) has begun ministry in San Francisco.  She is presently living in Citrus Heights while raising her support to be able to move closer to San Francisco.

Dia Fong of San Jose has joined our CEF staff in the Silicon Valley Chapter.  She is excited to assist in the ministry there.

Skyler Rowen of Gerber is serving as Children's Evangelist in the Butte-Tehama-Glenn Chapter.

Pam Lindsey
of Oakland has joined our CEF staff in the Alameda County area.  Pam recently retired and has a heart for the children Oakland.  Pray for Pam as she and Debbie Smith minister in Alameda County.

August 8, 2012 Barbara Brown (Tahoe Basin) was translated into glory after a battle with cancer.  We rejoice that Barbara is with her Lord whom she served.

We welcome Liz Ferris of Soledad as a staff intern in Monterey County Chapter.  Liz has served as media arts leader, administrative manager, youth pastor and worship director in various churches.  She became acquainted with Child Evangelism Fellowship in September of 2011 when she and her husband moved to Soledad to pastor a church there.  She will be working in the south county area with Art Amison.
We welcome Joanne Werneke of Antelope as a staff intern in our Sacramento Chapter. Joanne has served as the Children's Ministry Director and outreach coordinator at two local churches. She gecame acquainted with CEF while serving at her church and began teaching in an after-school Good News Club®. She attended five weeks of the Children's Ministries Institute® in Warrenton, MO earlier this year.
Andrea Devitt of Penn Valley has been involved in children's ministries at her church since the seventh grade and served as the Children's Ministires Intern for two summers. Andrea attended our Christian Youth In Action® training camp while in middle school and high school and taught 5-Day Clubs. She has been approved by the Foothills Chapter committee to serve part-time assisting Chelsea Cummins, the local chapter Ministry Coordinator.
Elsie Clementino of Sunnyvale moved to Las Vegas to be near her son and family. She served on staff in Silicon Valley for over 20 years. We all enjoyed the baked goods that Elsie shared with us at our staff meetings.  We will miss Elsie.
Veronica Rivera of San Jose is serving in the Silicon Valley Chapter as a staff intern. She has taught 5-Day Clubs® and Good News Clubs and completed the Children's Ministries Institute in Warrenton, Missouri. Veronica was on the Good News Across America team that went to Salt Lake City, Utah. Way to go Veronica!
Carol Bannister of Novato attended the Children's Ministries Institute in 1982 and has served in various ministreis through the years. The Lord has burdened her for the children of Marin County where we have no ministry presently. She is serving as area coordinator for Marin County setting up after-school clubs.
Tammy Beers of Clovis served for two years in Fresno CEF as an area coordinator. Last year in March, she was approved by the State Board to serve as director intern in Fresno. She is doing a great job in this new responsibility.  Thank you Tammy!
Sharon Baldivid -- Praise God! He has provided a new office  manager/bookkeeper who was trained by Linda Rich for two months before she moves to Virginia. When you phone the office and Sharon answers, be sure to welcome her to her new position. When you pray, ask the Lord to help Sharon master the many new tasks she faces and to help her raise the support she will need to cover her health insurance. Please pray also for the Lord to provide additional general fund gifts to cover the salaries and State Office expenses.
Fran Odoms of Morgan Hill has joined the Silicon Valley staff as God has called her back into the ministry of CEF.
 "CYIA™ was really amazing, there is nothing like the people here!  I can always count on drawing closer to the Lord."  "Love it!  Staff this year was so amazing, and they're all different - funny, goofy, informative, interesting.  I love them all."  "It was really hard, but they kept things going fast."
That is what we like to hear in the evaluations of our CYIA training. We want to know that the youth are drawing closer to Jesus while learning how to teach boys and girls in 5-Day Clubs.

Praise the Lord for 39 trainees and 5 assistant staff and 17 staff who attended the Mt. Meadows camp and 34 trainees with 8 leaders in training and 15 staff at the Bay Area commuter school.  Having completed their training, the CYIAers taught the Jesus My Savior and Friend lessons in
5-Day Clubs® throughout Northern California. Thank the Lord with us for His great harvest!

Last summer we were blessed to have Leaid Zeyoe with us from Liberia for our Christian Youth In Action Commuter School. Leaid and Becky Zeyoe serve with CEF in  Liveria and have run an orphanage and school for many years. Liberia has been given a fresh start to rebuild their country after 20 years of civil war.
Leaid mentioned they would like to have a CYIA program in Liberia. After much prayer and planning a team of six young people along with Bev Blades and Sue Spillman went to Monrovia, Liberia in July to help them start a CYIA program to train their youth to teach 5-Day Clubs.
The team God raised up to go were Jeff Andre (Florida), Bev Blades (Reno, NV), Connor Pike (Los Molinos, CA), Camilla Sloan (Half Moon Bay, CA), Claire Sloan (Half Moon Bay, CA), Josh Slowik (Palo Cedro, CA), Sue Spillman (Elk Grove, CA) and Tamara Yearwood (Half Moon Bay, CA). The young people we took did a great job. One student stated, "The younger trainers are mighty and God used them to train us." None of them complained, they ate whatever was set before them and they did all that needed to be done and more. We had power only sometimes, for the most part no running water so it was bucket bathing and buckets for washing clothes.

God brought 27 students to the CYIA training to equip them to teach 5-Day Clubs throughout Liberia. Our young people were on the radio four times, taught children and were invited to the Vice President of Liberia's home one afternoon. A short training for 26 Sunday school workers was held and the Wordless Book was shared with dozens of children.
Matthew Auriemma (San Francisco), Michael Ishimaru (Citrus Heights), Michelle Valenzuela (San Jose) and Lauren Eng (San Francisco) served as scholarship summer missionaries here in Northern California. They raised support for the summer ministry which consisted of teaching and evangelizing children in 5-Day Clubs and other summer outreaches.  CEF provides matching funds to send as a scholarship to the college of their choice at the end of the summer.  
Scholarship Summer Missionaries are approved by our State Board to receive matching funds from the State Board's Summer Missionary Scholarship program. The missionaries raise prayer and financial support for their summer of ministry which includes teaching and evangelizing children in 5-Day Clubs, Vacation Bible Schools and open-air outreaches. CEF will match what the summer missionary raises and will send a scholarship to the college of their choice at the end of the summer. If you or someone you know would like to apply to be a Scholarship Summer Missionary in Northern California CEF contact our State Office for an application: ncacef@pacbell.net. The deadline to receive applications is June 1.