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Jan Comaris (Good News Club® Director)

I, like you, can sit and look at all the bad things that have happened this past year. The list is long but let’s look at what God has been doing in the midst of it and perhaps even because of it. One new Good News Club developed this year in Lake Mills in partnership with Rock Lake Baptist Church. The school is directly across the street from the adopting church. So when the team found out that after-school activities were not being allowed at Lake Mills Elementary this year, they were able to launch the club in their church and simply walk children across the street after school.

God raised up 18 Good News Clubs representing 20 schools this year. Out of those, we have 8 clubs being done virtually on Zoom. We have 7 clubs being done off-site usually at the adopting church building and 4 on-site at the school clubs. I am encouraged knowing that approximately 75% of last year’s clubs are touching the lives of children with the most important message ever given. Seventy-five percent pushed forward, overcoming numerous obstacles. They did not let a worldwide pandemic stop them from their mission, their calling.

This past year, I have learned that, ultimately, Jesus is who we need most. God is so sufficient to meet me at every “nook and cranny”. I miss my grandchildren, yes, but I don’t need them to be content or happy. God is more than enough to fill those voids. I am also learning how to trust God’s plan even when things don’t make sense. Not to question Him or try to figure Him out. He’s God, I’m not. Let me be the willing servant, leaning solely on Him knowing He will always do what is right and best for me. I know these are lifelong lessons but this year, more than ever, God has given me a deeper understanding of how He sees me and how I should see Him. So during this “messy” year, I have learned the importance of gratefulness. It is easier for me to see the glass “half empty” but praising Him for the glass “half full” is where He has me.

 

Carolyn Gross (Bookkeeper/Assistant to the State Director)

It is clear that God is still blessing Child Evangelism Fellowship here in Southeast Wisconsin! The past year held many challenges in the ministry: loss of committee members, staff turnover, closed doors, and financial concerns. Despite the potential obstacles, we saw God at work. Additional volunteers joined the ministry, a new Good News Club started in our chapter, and new donors gave sacrificially even when we weren’t able to hold our usual fundraising events. God has provided financially for the needs of the ministry through people like you and we are so grateful!
 

Leah Pipkorn (Summer Ministries Coordinator)

At the start of 2020, there were lots of things I was looking forward to. I anticipated a full schedule, time with friends and family, a few trips. I was looking forward to another year of ministry: Good News Club, CYIATM, and summer clubs.

Instead, CYIA training happened virtually instead of everyone meeting together at camp. Half of our summer clubs met virtually, while the other half happened in person with safety precautions in place. Many of our Good News Clubs are also meeting virtually.

2020 looked so different than what I was expecting, but God taught me a lot, both in my personal life and in my work with CEF. As everything fell apart last spring, God reminded me of the foolishness of putting my hope in anyone or anything except Him. As easy as it is to trust in tangible, temporary things, God is my rock, the one who never changes.

As ministry continued despite all the unknowns and changes, God showed me His faithfulness, His love and His care for me. As we developed new creative ways to continue reaching children, God taught me again that His plans are always best. If things had gone my way this year, what opportunities would have been missed?

As fear and conflict spread, God has reminded me of the seriousness and urgency of sharing the Gospel.

I don’t know what 2021 holds, but I know God is good and kind. I know He loves the children here in Southeast Wisconsin, and as long as CEF continues to share the Gospel, His Word will not return void.

 

Maribeth Pipkorn (Director of Training)


A year ago, I never would have dreamed that I could teach a course with co-workers from across Wisconsin without needing to travel outside my chapter or train volunteers in
other states from the comfort of my own home. But over the past year, what once seemed impossible has become almost commonplace. Face-to-face teaching will always be my preference. But I’m so grateful for the online platforms that have made it possible for me to continue training volunteers and sharing the Gospel with children every single week this year, even amid school shut-downs and COVID-19 lockdowns. Volunteers who live too far away from our office to attend classes have been able to take training via Zoom and children who attend schools where there isn’t a Good News Club can now log on to virtual clubs from home. We serve a God who works ALL THINGS together for good!

 

Barb Winters (Office Manager)

The most profound aspect to this year was in the area of unity. CEF of Wisconsin worked together like I’ve never seen before and it was very good!  In Greek, unity [he-no'-tas] actually sounds like “He notices”. God notices when we work together with attitudes full of grace considering one another more highly than ourselves and God notices when we give from willing and generous hearts sowing into His Gospel work, especially for children. God notices UNITY! Psalm 133 gives us a glimpse into that. At a time when darkness divides, may God enlighten our unity with life forevermore! 
 

Your Name Here?

Although we are so grateful for the faithful staff and volunteers who have continued to serve throughout the pandemic, we are also asking God to grow our team in 2021. We are currently in need of a new full-time local director. We’re also asking God for a group of volunteers who have gifts in the areas of ministry, prayer, finance, or personnel to revitalize our local committee. Will you prayerfully consider if God is calling YOU to join our team?

Contact southeast@cefwi.org for more information.

 
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