Dear Prayer Partners,
Ephesians 3:20-21 says, "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen." Our God, who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, has brought a group of teens who will serve as summer missionaries with the ministry. We've had a day of training on how to share the Gospel and we're excited about this year's team. How we praise God for His faithfulness, His provision, and for the teens who will teach the children in summer Good News Clubs throughout the Upstate.
We just completed the stats for this school year. It has been a tremendous year of evangelizing and discipling children in a Good News Club in every elementary school where a principal gave us permission. Join us in praising God for...
- 117 school clubs in 99 elementary schools
- 19 community clubs
- 1,609 volunteers
- 8.915 children
- 1,014 salvations
- We had our annual golf tournament on May 15th at The Cliffs at Keowee Falls. We praise God for golfers who played, for the many sponsors who supported the tournament financially, for the volunteers who served, and for the rain that held off until after the tournament! The money raised through this golf tournament will help meet the financial needs of the ministry.
The summer missionaries will be going to Columbia International University in June with summer missionaries from all over South Carolina for a week of intense training. Pray for these teens to have tender hearts and that their lives would be inalterably changed as they reach children with the Gospel. Pray for our staff as we train and mentor the summer missionaries. Pray for our safety as we travel to club locations and for God to send many children to hear and receive the Gospel.
- There are 5 principals who have not given us permission for a Good News Club to meet on the school campus. Those schools are as follows: Cherrydale, Crestview, Sara Collins, Skyland, and Westcliffe. We continue to ask you to pray specifically for all these schools.
- Pray for our staff as we prepare for our annual fundraising banquet to be held on September 17th and 18th at Taylors FBC and September 20th at Covenant Baptist.
- Pray that God will touch the hearts of those who are able to give financially to support CEF, for new donors, and for His wisdom as we make decisions. We trust God who owns "the cattle on a thousand hills" (Ps. 50:10) and His faithfulness to meet our needs.
- Pray for Lisa Yerrick who will begin her internship as the Local Director of this chapter upon final approval of from the state office. We thank God for bringing the next leader for this District.
Thank you for your faithful intercession for the Good News Club ministry!
For His glory,
B. J. Bateman