Summer Ministry Hasn't Stopped!
“I really wasn’t excited about CYIATM training this year because it wasn’t at camp, but it ended up being an amazing two weeks as always!” – A returning summer missionary
Like so many other things in our world right now, summer ministry looks a little different these days!
Christian Youth in Action® (CYIA) is a huge part of CEF®s ministry this time of year. Traditionally, young people and staff from across the state gather for two weeks to train summer missionaries to teach 5-Day Club® in their local areas. Due to social distancing guidelines, CYIA was mostly conducted live online this year.
We were very blessed by the hospitality of a local church which made it possible for eight of our Southeast summer missionaries and six staff members to gather together in person.
Our students participated in video classes at the same time as other students from across the state, worked on learning and presenting different parts of the summer curriculum, enjoyed fun fellowship together, and spent time in God’s Word and worship. We have a wonderful group of summer missionaries this year, and it was exciting to see them work hard, grow, and build close relationships with each other.
During the second week of training, the summer missionaries taught their first Summer Good News Club® (formerly known as 5-Day Club). One team was able to teach a socially-distanced club in person. They reached 14 children, including two teenage boys who asked many deep questions. The other teams taught online clubs live over Zoom. In Southeast Wisconsin, six children heard the Gospel through online clubs. One little boy really didn’t want to be at club at first and would not participate. By the end of the week, he was participating enthusiastically and even memorized one of the verses! Our team was encouraged to see how God worked at these unique clubs.
In total, 29 students were trained statewide, and 69 children were reached at seven Summer Good News Clubs.
CYIA was amazing! But it was just the beginning. Throughout July and August, we have six weeks of Summer Good News Club meeting both online and in person. Please join us in praying that many children will participate in clubs and that God will work through the teaching to change many lives!