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Perkins to be honored and speak at Child Evangelism Fellowship USA Conference May 6-10, 2019

John Perkins answers the question, “What is the future of the church in America today?”

The ministry organization of Child Evangelism Fellowship will convene its USA Conference May 6-10, 2019 at the Ridgecrest Conference Center near Asheville, N.C. One of the guest speakers, Dr. John Perkins, will be honored for his 50+ years of Christian service, social impact, and community development. Dr. Perkins is a friends ad mentor of mine for 23 years. It will be my honor with much of excitement to introduce him to our CEF family next week. For all who will attend the series of workshops at the CEF Conference, called: “Developing a Heart for the City and City Kids”, please use this, my blog site, to glean relevant messages and insights regarding biblical and social strategies to reach city kids in the USA. Dr. Perkins and his numerous books have their mark on these strategies and the proposed City Kids USA initiative.

Dr. Perkins’ final manifesto on race, faith, and reconciliation

We are living in historic times. Not since the civil rights movement of the 60s has our country been this vigorously engaged in the reconciliation conversation. There is a great opportunity right now for culture to change, to be a more perfect union. However, it cannot be done without the church, because the faith of the people is more powerful than any law government can enact.

The church is the heart and moral compass of a nation. To turn a country away from God, you must sideline the church. To turn a nation to God, the church must turn first. Racism won’t end in America until the church is reconciled first. Then—and only then—can it spiritually and morally lead the way.

One Blood: Parting Words to the Church on Race and Love
Questions for Dr. Perkins about his final book: One Blood

CEF Urban City Kids Task Force PROPOSAL

Ultimate Goal:  Child Evangelism Fellowship ministries will become more effective, collaborative, and sustainable in “urban America” (especially areas of socioeconomic and spiritual need). CEF will be ever-present and intentional to minister alongside others in collaboration for spiritual transformation of people and communities across the USA. For this to be realized, a mindset change with adjusted approaches to ministry must occur at all levels of CEF leadership. For example, CEF must become a team player, initiate/lead when appropriate, submit to other collaborative leadership whenever possible, and make available every resource that the CEF chapter possesses for the cause of reaching urban kids and families.


5-Year Strategic Goal

We believe God can begin to spiritually and socially transform resourced-challenged communities strategically selected throughout the United States over the next 5 years. We believe this can be accomplished by implementing the biblical principles of the “10 Keys of the Kingdom.” These target communities could then serve as models for effective and collaborative Gospel-centered ministry in urban communities where CEF seeks and is invited to minister.

Action Step 1:  Casting Vision/Education

Start the discussion on a national level. Invite ministry leaders who have implemented the “10 Keys” or similar concepts to present them to the senior staff of CEF, state and local directors and coordinators via select communication platforms, including social media, blogs, during State Leadership Conference, at CMI, and during all CEF conferences within workshops and main plenary sessions.

Action Step 2:  Education/Implementation/Facilitation

Develop relationships and partnerships with local “grassroots” organizations for collaborative ministry in target cities of this initiative.

i.e. community-based, church-led tutoring programs, police and community-led Partners Against Crime, legal aide, re-entry and job programs, public housing authorities, feeding/street ministries, sports ministry/leagues, religious coalitions, youth foundations, and prayer movements, etc.

Seek national organizations which can teach urban cultural competencies, intensive city reaching paradigms, and provide urban resources for developing local ministry partnerships.

i.e. CCDA, Mission America, Urban Youth Workers Institute, City Reaching, Jobs for Life, Step Up, Lighthouse Ministries, Transform Our World, Good Cities, etc.

Action Step 3:  Metrics for Goal-setting/Evaluation

Determine how to quantify and measure “success” of this initiative

i.e. (1) number of youth involved in community programs, (2) number of indigenous youth leaders or mentors, (3) number of youth enrolled in discipleship classes, (4) numbers of families no longer on poverty roles, (5) the ratio of indigenous ministry leaders on community boards/committees, (6) lower crime stats % in target communities/city, (7) increased employment of families, (8) growth/strength of network partnerships, (9) increase % of indigenous residence involved in collaborative ministry efforts, etc.


Year-1 Strategic Goal: Casting vision and education

Action Step 1:  Introduce the vision and goals of City Kids USA to CEF senior staff, state leadership, and local chapters.

Action Step 2:  Select communication platforms, including social media, blogs, USA monthly blasts, etc. to articulate the vision of City Kids USA and incrementally present the 10 Keys of the Kingdom.

Action Step 3:  Marketing City Kids USA to CEF staff/boards via regular updates and stories that show the need and effectiveness of urban ministry.

Year-2 Strategic Goal: Education, Facilitation, and Implementation

Action Step 1:  Offer and facilitate an open forum at CEF conferences on the concept of City Kids USA including, but not limited to, collaborating with other ministries and organizations to meet the needs of children in resourced-challenged communities.

Action Step 2: Select USA staff with a passion for and engaging urban ministry as USA champions to be trained, funded, and resourced to build urban ministry teams and implement City Kids USA in their city.

Action Step 3:  Select USA cities to model City Kids USA urban ministry initiative.

Year-3 Strategic Goal: Metrics (Goals/Evaluations)   

Action Step 1:  Identified goals and metrics help define success

Action Step 2:  Gather and examine data to determine outcomes  

Action Step 3:  Publicize a report summary of outcomes and next steps

Holy Scriptures for Palm Sunday

Zechariah 9:9 – Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

John 12:12-19 – The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! ” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”“Blessed is the king of Israel!” Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written: “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.”

Luke 19:11-44 – “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’ ” Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” They replied, “The Lord needs it.” They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 

Thursday May 2, 2019

SAVE THE DATE May 2nd 12:00 Noon
“Pray Together” — Durham praying for Durham and our nation. RSVP
A preparation prayer rally/walk will be scheduled before the May 2nd date TBD — stay in touch for date/time. National Day of Prayer PrayDurham Durham Ministers in Prayer #praytogether #love1anothe

NDP 2019 observance in Durham to be held in the CCB City Plaza downtown 12:00-1:00pm

After much prayer, seeking the right team members, and making all the necessary preparations, a new Good News Club® has begun in the first-ever charter school location for the CEF Durham chapter.  This club, like many others being held in public schools, meets immediately after the school bell rings, on-site, in one or more spaces within the students own school.  After club, students either stay for their normal after school programs or get picked up by their families.  CEF teaching curriculum and training is provided to the Good News Club team and a local church who sponsors their mission.

Pastor Trump leads children in action-songs as they enter Good News Club

Where is this new charter school club being held?  It’s at Voyager Academy in North Durham and is being sponsored by Edgewood Baptist Church.  Pastor David Trump and his wife Amanda are the team leaders of 10 volunteers and a growing group of K-3 graders. The club began meeting Feb.28th and by the second week, it was necessary to make logistical changes as the attendance almost doubled.  It was impressive to see young students so excited about learning about God from the Bible even after a long day at school.

Most city kids when asked: Is the world getting darker or lighter?  They almost unanimously answer: DARKER!  Why?  They, like you and I, just know that the sadness, despair, crime, economic challenges, and broken families of this world feels dark.  It’s discouraging and depressing.  Children, youth, and their families are struggling to navigate life in such a world.

When the foundations are being destroyed, what are the righteous to do? Psalm 11

Many students, even parents and teachers, feel helpless or clueless of how to combat the perpetual onslaught of hatred, violence, cyber-bullying, or disrespect, just to mention a few forms of darkness in their world.  But this narrative of darkness is changing!  Students are hearing and accepting the truth of their immense and incredible value.

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They’re rejecting the lies and false labels of words and attitudes thrown towards them like poisonous darts and bringing light to their world (schools) as world changers.  Students and teachers, independently and together, are leveraging their God-given value and power to make choices that will make their school better and flourish.

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All repairs and custom wrap were completed back in 2015. Blacknall Presbyterian volunteers clean up and tune up the ministry trailer for another year of outreach events and camps.

After 14 years of use and thousands ministered to at outdoor events, sports camps, and block parties the CEF mobile stage with a thumping sound system is in great need or minor repairs and major detailing. The sound system has already been in/out of the shop. The electrical connections, cabinet repairs, and a complete re-detailing “wrap” of the trailer’s exterior still need to be completed. The retail price tag will be $3,000+. CEF is appreciative of your prayers and gifts for this project. READ MORE

Update on this 2014 ministry project

Back in 2015, all funds and necessary equipment were secured to totally repair and restore the CEF ministry trailer and mobile stage. The trailer exterior displays a new graphics wrap to identify CEF and what it does when visiting communities and city parks. Sports camps, clinics, academies, Good News Clubs, and community events are enhanced by the stage and sound system contained in the trailer. CEF was able to add a second trailer, custom-made, during the same year to carry sturdy 3v3 basketball goals and accessories when conducting basketball sports outreach events. Special thanks to Michael Harley for driving and delivering the trailers and for the volunteers at Blacknall Presbyterian Church in Durham for keeping to trailers and contents clean and repaired.

CEF basketball trailer and 2 goals in the background

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Merry Christmas! Click and see 2013 Year-end CEF Durham Ministry Report

Durham City and County Officials Cora McFadden and Michael page with John Blake

As CEF continues to serve in Durham and fulfill its Christ-centered mission with children and youth, you are invited to celebrate the past 20 years and believe for greater things in the future. You’re invited to attend the growing list of CEF birthday parties during 2013.  The next and biggest party will be at the Bull City Music Awards Sep. 8th 7:00-11:00 PM. Tickets on sale at the Carolina Theater Durham.

Gala options to benefit CEF Durham

Also consider a CEF party gift option of $20 for the 20 years of ministering to city kids in Durham and around the world. $20 gifts will help CEF meet its 2013 budget. Give online or by mail to: CEF Durham P.O. Box 1288

CEF disciples city kids… sponsor-a-kid (video)

Let’s send 1,000 kids to camps and provide them year-round biblical discipleship in 2013!

City Kids at a camp/discipleship = 300

To support this effort and for those interested in helping city kids — sponsor one or more youth at $100/kid.  All contributions, of any amount for the SCK Project, will go towards sponsoring city kids for camp and year-round discipleship in 2013.  Your contribution can be received online at CEF donations or by mail to CEF Durham PO Box 1288 Durham 27702.

“Help keep city kids on our courts and out of the criminal courts.”

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