"I served on a team of 7 this summer that traveled to Serbia and Montenegro, to share the Gospel and encourage the CEF team there. What I didn't know was that I would be more blessed and more encouraged than I would ever encourage them! I didn't realize how un-Christian the 2 countries are, until I asked a CEF worker where she attended church. I found out there was no evangelical church within a 3-hour drive! There were only 3 Chrstians in her entire hometown, of which one was her husband! Serving for 5 weeks in Serbia was definitely out of my comfort zone, changed my outlook on life, and definitely gave me a heart for reaching children there in a very needy country." - - Christina Gualtieri, Albia (4th year CYIA Missionary) (L to R) Rachel Brown, Nathanael Moore, Christina Gualtieri and Sonya Masters serving hot dogs at Camp Good News in Serbia, July 2015
I would devote my entire ministry to reaching children for God! - - Dwight L. Moody, Evangelist
"At age 16 I gave my life to Jesus Christ. Last summer, I served with CEF. Before going to CYIA training, my Mom stopped what she was doing, cuddled on the couch with her loving arms around me and began praying for me. Suddenly I realized that there were tears of joy and humility streaming down her face. She was so grateful to see how the Lord's hand was at work! As excited as I was, I was also super scared of the unexpected, but that was crazy! I spun around and bam! It was like I was meant to be there. Friendships were made that I will cherish forever. Also there were awesome leaders that I began to look up to. Some of those became my best friends. Lastly, I fell in love with how I was taught how to share the Gospel with young hearts. If you are interested in the mission field, this is a great training place to learn. Someday I hope to be a part of what CEF does every day."
"I've been doing children's ministry for 20 years. This year I had the opportunity to work with CEF at a Good News Club in one of our elementary schools. I was very excited that CEF has paved the way to reach children outside the church. CEF has all the curriculum and resources needed to make sharing the Gospel easy. There are 4 of us working as a team, and we've observed wonderful results with kids wanting to know more about Jesus. Our team has had the privilege to lead 8 children to a person relationship with the Lord Jesus. This has been such a rewarding experience and well-received by the school and parents! I thank God for the heart of this ministry and all they are doing to share the Truth of Jesus Christ to our future leaders!"