On April 1, 1996 I began my ministry with Child Evangelism Fellowship. I was 22 years old and had not yet taught a club of any kind. That summer I led my first child to Christ, and that child is now probably in their thirties. I remember an older CEF worker telling me that it’s not too often that you get to see the long-term impact of your ministry, but that once in a while God pulls back the curtain and lets you see what He’s doing.
One of our long-time teachers, Alice Wright got to peek behind the curtain late last month. She has been teaching for more than 40 years, and recently has been helping to teach a Good News Club® at Julien Elementary School in Turlock. The Julien club is split into younger and older children for the Bible lesson time, and Alice has taken the responsibility for teaching the older children until just recently.
Recently she received a letter in the mail from a former student (pictured below). In case you can’t read it, let me quote some of it for you here.
“Thank you for teaching me the Way through Christ. It has made a BIG impact on my way of being by praying every day, reading my Bible more often, and by teaching me that you can do anything through CHRIST! You have inspired me so much to be a strong, kind, friendly, and beautiful person inside and out (just like you). So I just wanted to say thank you for taking time out of your day to teach a handful of kids for free. So thank you that God sent you down on this earth to teach kids about the real way to have life, which is through Christ! Love you so much.”
That is the impact of reaching children for Christ. It sticks with them. That is a look at what God is doing behind the curtain.