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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.


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


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.”

Over 300 kids sponsored for camp and year-round discipleship

ImageOver 300 people attended a recent banquet event to benefit city kids in Durham. CEF sponsored the fund raiser to continue its campaign of sponsoring 1,000 city kids. The SCK fund raising will continue until the end of 2012 for year-round discipleship and attendance at sports camps for kids in 2013.
The featured speaker was Dr. John Perkins, who was honored for over 50 years of service in urban communities to children and families. Much of his legacy was shaped by serving with CEF in the 1950-60s. After a great meal, hearing about the work of CEF, and worship led by M.O.B.— Dr. Perkins passionately spoke to the diverse crowd about his love for CEF and kids.
John McCann, the banquet MC, said in his newspaper column, “Perkins essentially told us that the answer to what’s ailing this country won’t be figured out at the ballot box. Barack Obama can’t save us. Don’t look for Mitt Romney to do it, either. Jesus Christ is the solution… Perkins got introduced to Jesus Christ when his 3-year-old son was attending a Good News Club® in California. The club was for kids, but a white man named Mr. Leitch (CEF) wound up spending time with Perkins, who was 27.

ImageAppreciate the dynamics here, because Perkins is a black man from Mississippi, where he’d seen his brother killed by a white sheriff’s deputy. But the Lord changed everything for Perkins. Jesus really paid it all.”

Much praise goes to the CEF Durham Committee who served as host of the successful banquet, which was one of six events where Dr. Perkins spoke.

During these events, Dr. Perkins captured the attention of 1,700 CEF supporters, city leaders, college and high school students with messages of hope, forgiveness, and community development. Each individual was challenged to serve in various sectors of our city. The events were held at churches, schools, and at popular downtown venues.
Image   “Seven years ago, I attended a Child Evangelism Fellowship fund-raising banquet.  At the banquet, God began a work in my life that led me, ultimately, to leading children to Him” says Lou Brogden. “I began a Good News Club at my school, and still lead that club today.  Four students of the nine that I took to Camp Good News during three consecutive summers, prayed to receive Christ as Savior. God has led many to Himself and I give Him the glory.” Ms. Brogden is also today a CEF Board member, assists at other clubs, and serves in the CEF office.
Sometimes it starts at a banquet. For others, it’s a friend’s encouragement or a church’s decision to adopt a community. Nearly 300 others are volunteering with CEF, like Ms. Brogden, so that city kids benefit. Committed volunteers are always needed, so CEF is taking volunteer application now for those interested in helping as a mentor, homework helper, Bible teacher, coach or a financial contributor. Perhaps you might be interested in helping with the CEF month mailings like this newsletter, which was stuffed by ladies who volunteer on the last Wednesday of each month. Whichever way you volunteer, city kids and CEF will benefit. They are thankful for your support.

At the conclusion of a quick two-day visit to Jackson, Mississippi last month (November), I had the privilege to give special recognition to friends and mentors, Drs. John and Vera Mae Perkins, for over 50 years of service as Good News Club® teachers, teacher-trainers, and promoters of Child Evangelism Fellowship®.  With her husband, Dr. John Perkins by her side, the two were honored for their long-time service and promotion of CEF and its mission to reach children for Christ. Mrs. Perkins is a graduate the CEF Children’s Ministries Institute as well as other family members. READ MORE

Vera Mae Perkins receives CEF honor for 50+ years of service to kids in California and Mississippi

Exchanging CEF literature: John Blake receives Perkins' "Books of the Bible" visualized songs and the Perkins receive visuals of their life story published by CEF Press.

The 10 Challenge is embraced weekly at Liberty St. Apts. Durham

Teens from Liberty St. Apts with Lori Fisher and Amanda Hallsbrook, student volunteer-mentor, together at "Blacktop Games"

It’s common after weeks of serving together that fellow volunteers and mission team members would become friends. Shared experiences and challenges creates a unique bond between those who were there with a first-hand perspective.  After five years of weekly outreach and discipleship at the Liberty St. Apts. in Durham many of the children do not know life without a Good News Club® (here called “Downtown Bible Club”) on Tuesday night.  Many teens in this community have grown up in the club from childhood.  There have also been many workers, teachers, and volunteers during these five short years.  There has also been a church, First Baptist Durham, which adopted the community embracing the 10 Challenge from CEF Ministries.  During this journey many acquaintances were made and stronger friendships established.  It’s almost expected that this would happen between fellow workers.

But what was unexpected, yet so natural and biblical, most of the children, teens, and families have developed real friendships within this outreach team.  The team of college students, young professionals, and ministers feel the same way.  Friendships and trusting relationships have been forged at the margins of our city.  How did this happen?  The Gospel… of course.  It’s been shared and received.  Discipleship… yes, weekly Bible teaching, devotionals, and activities are conducted, but the team has consistently engaged the entire community, which has made the biggest holistic difference.

Through a working relationship with the Durham Housing Authority and team members attending the Liberty St. Apts. resident council’s monthly meetings, many extra activities, camps, field trips, and resources have been provided for the community.  The defining attributes of this developing friendship are not the programs, extra curricular activities, or even the resources provided, like painting lines on the community blacktop so that kids had a game surface they could enjoy and take pride in, but it has been the personal experiences and relationship shared which have enriched the team’s lives and the community.


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