The Christmas Tree


Trees festively decorated with lights and ornaments are an exciting reminder that Christmas is just around the corner. But where did this tradition originate, and how has it become one of the most iconic symbols of the season?

Though now a cheerful display of the Christmas season, these trees have not always been a Christian-related symbol. This tradition actually began in ancient times. Many people groups, including the Romans, would bring pieces of fir trees into their home for decoration, as well as pieces of holly and mistletoe. Because these are some of the few winter blooming greeneries, they were seen as symbols of fertility and new life.

Early Christmas trees were actually hung upside down and suspended from the ceiling. Some who couldn’t afford a tree, would build pyramids from wood to look like trees, and decorate them with paper, apples, and candles.

No one is completely sure of how the Christmas tree became a Christian symbol. However, there are several stories and legends. One such story claims that the first to bring a Christmas tree into a home, was Martin Luther. While walking through the forest one night, he looked up through the trees and saw the beautifully starlit sky. He told his family it reminded him of Jesus, who left the heavens to come to earth.

The Bible says in Hebrews 13:8 that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” As we see evergreen trees during the Christmas season, we are reminded that Jesus is alive forever. He came to earth as a baby over 2000 years ago, and died on a cross to save us from our sins if we accept Him as our Savior. Then, three days later, He rose again, and now lives in Heaven. As you see Christmas trees around you this season, let it be a reminder of what Jesus did for us and why we celebrate Christmas.

November Prayer Update


He Enables Me

In this season of Thanksgiving, I find myself reading in the book of Habakkuk. It is a short, but interesting little book where this prophet of the Lord lodges a couple of complaints to God about the dire circumstances in which God’s people find themselves. God responds to each complaint with assurance of his sovereignty and justice. The final chapter is Habakkuk’s prayer, a recognition of God Almighty in his glory, his wrath and his deliverance. The final verses of this chapter resonate with me as Habakkuk takes a posture of humility and gratitude, despite his circumstances.

Habakkuk 3: 17-19 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.

Being joyful in the Lord requires thanksgiving—an attitude of gratitude found far beyond one’s circumstances. God clearly does not remove all difficulties and challenges in life, instead he provides an alternative. Deer have amazing feet that allow them to quickly and efficiently bound to high places of safety from the many predators who seek to destroy them.

While we are celebrating a season of plenty, you or others you know may experience the gaping void of loss or want or injustice that aim to defeat you. I pray you find your hope on the mountain top of salvation, in the strength that God provides you to climb and in joyful thanksgiving to the God who rescues you.

For His Glory,

Lisa V Yerrick


  • For the many area churches and individuals who financially support our ministry.

  • For the 7,582 children enrolled in Good News Clubs (GNC) so far this school year.

  • For the 225 salvation decisions made by children in GNC since school began.


  • For God’s vision in reaching more children in the coming year.

  • For hearts of joy and thanksgiving in doing God’s work.

  • That God provides church partnerships for the remaining schools which are in need of volunteers in order to conduct GNC.

A History of Thanksgiving


Surprisingly, the first national celebration of Thanksgiving actually had nothing to do with pilgrims, turkey, or cranberry sauce. In 1789, George Washington declared that Thursday, November 26 of that year, would be recognized as a holiday of Thanksgiving. It would be a day of “public thanksgiving and prayer” devoted to “the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.” Though first celebrated in 1789, Thanksgiving was not declared an annual holiday until 1863.

There were several individuals who passionately felt that Thanksgiving should be an annual holiday. One such citizen that was especially passionate about this, was Sarah Josepha Hale. Hale was the editor for the women’s magazine Godey’s Lady’s Bookfor almost 40 years. Inspired by the story of the pilgrims, Hale was intrigued with the idea of turning the pilgrims’ feast into a holiday. She began publishing articles with recipes for turkey, pumpkin, and cranberries. She also used the magazine as a platform to begin a campaign to persuade President Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday.

In 1863, Hale and like minded patriots finally persuaded Lincoln, who declared that the 4th Thursday in November would henceforth be observed as the holiday we now know as Thanksgiving. In his proclamation, Lincoln said it would be “a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.”

We often think of the Pilgrims, Indians, turkey, and pumpkin pie when we think of Thanksgiving. But our leaders who instituted the holiday did so with the intent of focusing our thanksgiving on God. May we be mindful of the One who deserves our thanks and praise, on this Thanksgiving and everyday.

“. . . In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” -Phil. 4:6

The Freedom to be Thankful


America is unique in the fact that we have a day set aside for the sole purpose of being thankful. For many of us, it only takes us a moment to think of things to be thankful for, such as food, shelter, freedom, family, and- for those of us who are Christians- Jesus. We celebrate Thanksgiving as a reminder of the hardships and oppression that the pilgrims suffered in their journey to a world free from governmental restraints. It is also a time to reflect on our blessings.

Though it is important that we recognize and remember these events, what about the other 364 days in the year? Is it possible that we get so hung up in our busyness, that our thanksgiving gets left behind for the rest of the year? As Americans and as Christians we have much for which to be thankful.

Many of the pilgrims who celebrated the first Thanksgiving, came to America in pursuit of religious freedom. As we attend Sunday church services, weekly Bible studies, and other gatherings with fellow believers, it is easy to forget what a privilege each of these opportunities are. We are blessed to live in a country where we have the freedom to worship how we choose. Many of our Christian brothers and sisters around the world risk their lives daily just for gathering to worship.

Not only do we live in a country where we have religious freedom, but we also have the right to elect those in power in our country and let our voices be heard concerning issues about which we are passionate. We aren’t told where to work, where to live, or what to wear. There are many freedoms we experience daily that we so easily take for granted.

We have the freedom to be thankful- to publicly praise the Lord for all He has done for us. As we go about our daily routines, let each decision we make remind us how blessed we are to be able to make them.

Giving Tuesday

Save the date and join us for Giving Tuesday—the worldwide day of give!

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#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in countries around the world. Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live. We have two days for getting deals – Black Friday and Cyber Monday. On #GivingTuesday, we have a day for giving back. Together, people are creating a new ritual for our annual calendar. #GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season and leads into our Year End Giving grant!

September Prayer Update



II Timothy 4:2—preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.

I admit that I love the change of seasons. As we move into late September, I get excited about the changes that will occur as a result of Autumn approaching. I love the colors, smells and temperatures of the Fall. I often tell friends and family, “I’m SO ready for Fall!”

II Timothy 4:2 indicates something different about the season of God’s Word. While we may anxiously await some “seasons” to come around, be it football or a new as-signment or retirement, Paul is speaking with urgency in this passage about preaching the Word of God. Instead of waiting, Paul instructs us to be prepared to share God’s Word all the time, whether the circumstance seems favorable or not. We don’t have to long for just the right time—the time is now to share the Gospel, to correct sin, to encourage others and to do those things with the same grace that Jesus shows us. The Gospel message is never out of season! What are you ready for?

For His Glory,

Lisa V Yerrick


  • Attendance of 414 volunteers who came to be trained and refreshed at the Fall Back-to-School workshop in late August.

  • Good News Clubs meeting in 101 elementary schools around the upstate this Fall.

  • For changed-lives as a result of salvation through Christ Jesus.

Prayer Requests

  • That God’s provision for the ministry would be bountiful for the coming year, through our three Annual Fundraising Banquets this month.

  • That all who have an influence on children in this ministry would be willing to go deeper with God in their own spiritual walk.

  • That God would stir the hearts of servants in churches he has chosen to be partners with school Good News Clubs that are in need.

  • For volunteers and staff - energy, focus, and joy in our mission

Lunch and Learns


Lunch & Learns Week of October 1!

Some locations have limited seating, so please RSVP as soon as possible.  
Reservations needed 
no later than September 28!!

Welcome to a new school year! We have been praying for your first week of clubs and pray that all has gone well.  As you know, the ministry depends on you, our volunteers, and we want to resource and equip you to serve children well.  

The topic for our Lunch & Learn in October is Follow-up. This process is a vital piece in discipling a new believer. As in the past, we will be hosting the Lunch & Learns in several locations during the week of October 1.  Please choose the day and location that works best for you and then RSVP to your Ministry Coordinator no later than Thursday, September 28. Lunch, of course, will be served in each location.  


Pick a day...pick a location...and pass this along to all of your volunteers!!  

11:30 am-1:00 pm all locations

Reply to this email or to your ministry coordinator today!


Monday, 10/1 - Greenville
Calvary Baptist Church-Atrium
3810 Grandview Drive, Simpsonville 29680


Tuesday, 10/2 - Pickens
Siloam Baptist Church-Fellowship Hall
229 Siloam Road, Easley, 29642


Wednesday, 10/3 - Greenville
North Hills Church-Community Room
4952 Edwards Road, Taylors 29687


Thursday, 10/4 - Anderson
Victory Baptist Church - Fellowship Hall
322 Fretwell Drive, Anderson, 29626


Friday, 10/5 - Oconee
Seneca Baptist Church
1080 S. Oak St., Seneca, 29678


Please remember that all attendance at the Lunch & Learns counts toward your annual Member's Club discount.


For His glory,

Lisa Yerrick
Local Coordinator



August Prayer Update


Psalm 46:10—Be still and know that I am God.

As school begins this month, life seems to be a hustle of activity and excitement. Hand -in-hand with that frenzy comes increased obligations, busier schedules, and greater pressures on restraints of time, resources and energy. When I read Psalm 46:10, I wonder how I can possibly be so busy and yet be still? In studying this passage, one commentary suggests that the stillness God commands here is meant for his challengers. Evidenced in the previous verses, he stilled his enemies and wreaked havoc on those who would oppose him. I find that I can make my body be still, but most days it is almost impossible to still my mind. I have so many important things to think about, analyze, address, and problem solve, leaving little to no room in my mind for God. At these times, has my mind become the enemy battlefield against my Lord? Am I even able to receive an answer, a drop of wisdom or discernment from God? When my mind is overwhelmed, I will commit to creating space there for God to fill with his goodness, wisdom and joy. How about you?


  • Schools in Greenville County that have opened doors for new Good News Clubs this academic year
  • Five-day clubs reached 1,088 children during the summer and facilitated 25 salvations
  • New church partnerships to conduct Good News Clubs in schools

Prayer Requests

  • That God would prepare the hearts of children who will hear his word and his plan for their salvation
  • For the many GNC volunteers and church partners who start clubs in September; that God would bring an abundance of volunteers, for enthusiasm and joy, for focus on God’s purposes
  • That God would do immeasurably more than we might ask or imagine at our upcoming Annual Fundraising Banquet in September

To His Glory,

Lisa Yerrick

Back2School Workshop


Yes...the kick-off workshop happens in only 3 weeks!!  Hopefully you have contacted your principal and have emailed/faxed/mailed your Principal Visit Form to us.  If so, then you should have received your Registration Form for this school year. Most school districts are having their "Meet the Teacher" on August 16th...only two weeks from now!  This is a great opportunity to distribute the Registration Form to the children and meet their parents.  Just a few days after "Meet the Teacher" we will have an awesome workshop for all GNC volunteers.  The following is information you need to know and share:

1.  The first workshop is Saturday, August 25th, at Taylors First Baptist Church from 9 am to 2 pm.  The schedule is available here.  Please forward it to all of your volunteers.  There are many breakout choices for every Good News Club volunteer, so please encourage your team to attend this training and also receive credit towards the Member's Club fees and DSS credit for those who need it.

2.  We will be providing complimentary snacks and lunch for each attendee.

3.  FYI...we will be offering a special "Junior Leader Track" again for rising 5th graders.  This is a great way to get/keep your 5th graders involved and excited about Good News Club.  Contact your 4th graders from last year, as well as homeschooled middle school age youth, to participate in these sessions of the workshop.

4.  Good News Clubs begin the week of September 10th.

5.  It's not too early to sign up for Teaching Children Effectively (TCE)!  This is a life-changing course and is highly recommended and encouraged for all teachers, pastors and volunteers in your Good News Club.  Having a TCE trained teacher in your club also gives you a $25 annual credit towards Member's Club for each teacher.  We will be offering TCE in  Anderson at Oakdale Baptist Church in the evenings beginning September 10th and in Taylors at our office in the mornings beginning September 12th. For complete information and a printable flier, please click here.

Let's make this the best year ever for Good News Clubs...reaching and ministering to the children of the Upstate.  Thank you for your willing hearts and service to the children.

For His glory,

Lisa Yerrick
Local Director

Meet the Summer Missionaries: Job Tan


Job lives in Greenville, SC and is a rising sophomore at Eastside High. This is his first year serving as a summer missionary, and he has had the opportunity to serve alongside his older brother Levi.

Job was three years old when he became a Christian. “Levi was a new Christian and he kept telling me that I needed to be saved and kept witnessing to me. After a while I talked with my parents about how I could be saved and then I prayed and asked Jesus to be my savior.”

Having seen his brother serve as a CYIA Summer Missionary, Job wanted to serve as a Summer Missionary as well. “He started two years before me, and I could tell it was a really great experience for him. He told me all about what they did and how much he enjoyed it. Levi and I are both introverts, and this opportunity helped him to be able to teach, and to tell the Gospel better and more comfortably,” Job said. “One of the ways I really saw that, was when he practiced at home and used his teacher voice.”

Job said he has thoroughly enjoyed his first year as a Summer Missionary. One of his favorite things about serving this summer, has been seeing the change in individual children, from the first day of camp to the last day. “I remember one kid specifically who was especially difficult on the first day. He was older and would fold his arms during the songs and not participate. By the end of the week, he was completely participating and dancing to every song,” Job said. He said the children’s responses have been amazing.

Job enjoys rock climbing, and playing frisbee in his free time. He also enjoys spending time with his family, reading, playing games and watching movies. Some of his favorite movies are Marvel movies and other superhero and action movies.

As the summer comes to a close, Job asked that we pray that he can finish strong. “Pray that I don’t get too comfortable, and not study, because I want to do the best I can in presenting the Gospel. Also as I go out of the summer, pray that my walk with God would continue, and I would grow closer to Him, and that I would be able to spread the Gospel during the school year as well, not just during the summer.”

Meet the Summer Missionaries: Levi Tan


Levi lives in Greenville, SC and is a rising senior at Eastside High. He has three siblings-- a sister and two brothers-- of which he is the second oldest. Born in Indiana, Levi has since lived in Michigan, and, for the past ten years, SC. He currently attends Grace Church.

Levi came to know Jesus as his savior at a young age. “I was probably four or five years old. I grew up in a Christian family that brought me to church for as long as I can remember.” He had heard a lot about Jesus, but that age was when he started to realize that the Gospel applied to him, and that he hadn’t yet believed in Jesus, and was not a Christian. He remembers not being able to go to sleep, because he kept thinking about what Jesus had done, what that meant for him, and how he had done wrong things. He spoke with his parents about how he had done wrong, and asked them how he could have Jesus. They talked to him about how Jesus took the punishment for anyone who would believe in him, what that meant, and how Levi could believe. Levi prayed and asked Jesus to forgive him of his sins. “God started to change me more, and made me realize that I shouldn’t continue doing the wrong things I had been.”

Before he began attending Grace church, Levi attended Horizon Church. There he met Melissa Young, who was involved with Good News Clubs. She helped him set up an interview with CYIA. As he began this process, he prayed and asked God what He wanted him to do. He was encouraged to meet so many Christian people his age at pre-training. He saw that they wanted to get closer to God and help younger children to get to know Him. “That was something I wanted to be like. I’d always loved children, and I’d been saved at a young age. I knew that they for sure could get to know Christ, and I would love to have a part in that. So I decided to join.”

This is Levi’s third year serving with CYIA. His first year, he was very timid, and not very outgoing. He said it helped that a lot of the other people were outgoing, because at his middle school, he didn’t have a lot of Christian friends. He had seen people start to drift into the world’s view of pleasure and success, and it made him really sad. His first year made him realize that he could have friends who knew God, loved God, and wanted His will in their lives. It also helped him to start being able to better communicate.

Levi’s brother Job is also a CYIA summer missionary this year. Levi said it has been good to see Job grow closer to the Lord and other Christians.

During his free time, Levi enjoys rock climbing. In elementary school PE, Levi tried a wide variety of games. “I was relatively fast for my size, but there were larger people who were faster. As a small person, I wasn’t very good at basketball or football or the traditional guy sports. Around when I started high school, my older brother went to college where he was introduced to rock-climbing. When he came back, he introduced it to us.” Levi said being small was an advantage in itself because he doesn’t have as much weight to lift up. He also enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and spikeball, and his favorite animal is a narwal.

Please be praying for Levi and his team as they begin wrapping up for the summer. He said that with even fewer summer missionaries this year, there is a jump in responsibility because there are still a large amount of children at clubs. “With three people, it’s manageable but it’s definitely a lot harder to keep the kids under control and also just to make goody bags for them all.”


Meet the Summer Missionaries: Laura Partin

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Laura is a native of Greenville, SC, and a recent high school graduate. Having been homeschooled kindergarten through 12th grade, she was a part of a co-op, which she said was a really cool experience. Her latter half of high school, she also took classes at North Greenville University, where she will begin attending in the fall. She is excited to be studying Digital Media, as it will give her the opportunity to serve in many types of capacities.

Laura trusted in Jesus as her Savior when she was 7 years old. As she has seen on many occasions in Good News Clubs, even young children are capable of understanding the Gospel. However, she said at that time, there was a lot she still did not understand. A few years later, when she was 10 years old, she attended a children’s camp with her church. “I wish I could remember exactly what the leader shared, but it just hit me, and I rededicated my life. It was at that point that I really started growing; knowing what my walk with Christ meant. And I am still growing!”

Laura’s journey with CEF and CYIA began over ten years ago. Her family hosted GNC clubs in their home for several years, and she and her siblings were all a part of it. Her oldest sister began serving as a Summer Missionary in 2008, her brother started in 2010, her other sister began in 2012, and Laura joined in 2015. “I saw how it was shaping them-- not only in growing them as followers, but also in everyday skills like public speaking, and it seemed like such a great program to be a part of.” She took a year off last summer, and thought she had perhaps completed her journey as a CYIA missionary. But God showed her He was not done with her here yet. “I’m really glad that He brought me back, and I am excited to see how God will use our whole team. I’ve already seen him at work so much!”

In her free time, Laura loves to craft. She is currently attempting to master weaving. She also enjoys drawing and painting. Another of her passions is coffee. “I love coffee, so I know every coffee shop in Greenville,” she said. “And several outside of Greenville.”

As Laura serves with her team this summer, pray that she and her teammates will remain encouraged, though they have a small team. She said it has been really cool to watch God use their team, but it’s hard not having a big community like there has been in the past. Pray that they find community in the few, as they continue to share the love of God with the boys and girls they serve.

June Prayer Update


Dear Prayer Partners,


In Jeremiah 33:3, Jesus says, "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know." Our staff at CEF is grateful for your faithful intercession as together we call to the Lord on behalf of this ministry.



  • We praise God for four teenagers committed to being summer missionaries. Last week we were at Columbia International University in Columbia, SC for a week of intensive training with other students from around the state. This week our staff is leading local training during the mornings and then supervising the summer missionaries in the afternoon as they teach the children in summer Good News Clubs. We will have the first week in July off and then clubs will resume for the remainder of July. 


Prayer Requests: 

  • Pray for the summer missionaries. Pray for their safety as they travel to clubs, for good health and daily stamina, for a spirit of oneness in Christ, for their own personal lives to be deeply enriched during our weekly Bible study, and for God to use the summer missionaries to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Pray for the Summer Good News Clubs and ask God to prepare the hearts of the children to receive Him and to be discipled. 
  • Pray for our staff - specifically that God would provide strength, endurance, health, joy, and quietness in Him during these busy summer months of maintaining the office, mentoring the summer missionaries, and preparing for ministry in the upcoming school year.
  • Pray for additional churches to cast the vision to their congregations to partner with us for a Good News Club. Pray also for  additional community partners to provide additional volunteers and to support us financially. Continue to ask God to send out workers into his harvest field and convict more believers of His Word, "Even so it is not the will of your Father, which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish." 


Thank you for joining us in prayer and experiencing the presence of God and inviting His presence into our lives and circumstances.

For His glory,

Lisa Yerrick

CYIA Summer Missionaries


CYIA™ (Christian Youth in Action) is the CEF summer program where high school and college age students (ages 16-22) are trained to conduct a Summer Good News Club. After two weeks of intensive training, these summer missionaries conduct three Summer Good News Clubs a day in Greenville, Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties during July.

These teens impact the lives of thousands of children, many for eternity. Meanwhile, their own spiritual lives are also dramatically changed as they discover how God has gifted them in areas of teaching and evangelism. Many will eventually go on to become educators, pastors and missionaries.

This year we have three summer missionaries: Laura Partin, Levi Tan, and Job Tan. Having completed their training, they have begun teaching in Summer Good News Clubs this week. Please continue lifting these, and the other summer volunteers in prayer as they serve children in the community this summer!


May Prayer Update


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


April Prayer Update


Dear Prayer Partners,

Thank you so much for your faithful prayers concerning the summer missionaries. Every summer seems to take a shape of its own, and this summer is going to be the same. There are 5 teens who have been accepted to work with CEF this summer, and I am encouraged by the group that has been called to share the Gospel with children. In addition to the teens, there are a number of adults who are going to fill-in as needed, so that we can reach as many children as possible.


  • Psalm 8: 1-2 says, "O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise...." In Greenville, Pickens, Anderson, and Oconee Counties, the Lord's name is praised by the children! At the end of March almost 9,000 children heard the Gospel in the Good News Club and there have been 989 salvations! Praise God for the children who have been reached with the Gospel and who received Jesus as their personal Savior.
  • Praise God for over 1,608 volunteers who served this past year in the Good News Club. God provided willing volunteers who attended trainings, prepared weekly, and served faithfully.
  • Praise God for the partnerships with local churches to adopt elementary schools. Through these churches, 99 elementary schools and 17 community centers had a Good News Club.


  • Pray God will show favor to us as we meet with more pastors concerning partnerships for the fall. Pray for additional volunteers who will seize this opportunity and commit to serving in the Good News Club.
  • Not all children are able to stay after school for a Good News Club and yet we know its God's will to reach all children. Sharing the Gospel with children who can't stay after school is one way this ministry can be expanded. Pray for us as we seek God's direction to reach more children in our community.
  • We met with all club coordinators and team leaders on April 10th to show our appreciation for their service this year and to provide the materials they will need for the fall. Pray God would give all club volunteers a time of rest and refreshment over the summer and a willing heart to serve for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • Pray for God's wisdom and guidance for the CEF staff as we schedule locations for summer Good News Clubs and mentor the summer missionaries. Please pray Philippians 1:9-10 "that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best..."
  • Pray for the CEF annual golf tournament to be held on April 24th at The Cliffs at Keowee Falls. Pray for people for a day that will honor God and praise Him for His provision financially.

Thank you for your faithful intercession!

For His glory,

B. J. Bateman

"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."  Ephesians 3:20-21


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March Prayer Update


Dear Prayer Partners,

James 5:16 says, "The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working." I know you believe in the power of prayer and I invite you to bow your head and heart to our Father for the following needs for this ministry.


  • The Good News Clubs will end next week for this school year. Praise God for 99 schools and 17 community facilities that have a Good News Club! Pray thevolunteers will finish strong, the children who have not responded to the Gospel will do so, and those who have responded will continue to grow in their walk with Christ. Many parents will be invited to the last club for the year and will hear the Gospel as it is given. Pray the churches will reach out to the families who are unchurched and who have children attending the club.
  • Our staff is visiting clubs every afternoon to encourage the volunteers and to thank them for serving.   Pray the volunteers would be receptive to our mentoring as we offer suggestions to make the clubs more effective in teaching the children and the volunteers will desire to continue serving in the clubs this fall.
  • Pray for the six elementary schools that do not have a Good News Club. We continue to ask God to make a way for the door to be open in these schools. It is God's desire that "the little children come unto Me" and pray in faith that He will make a way for every school to have a club.
  • In April we will have an appreciation time for the Good News Club Coordinators and Team Leaders. This is also an opportunity to give the calendar and suggested changes for the next school year. There is still much work to do in the weeks ahead to prepare for this.
  • A staff member is in the process of scheduling summer clubs for the teens who will serve with the ministry.Please pray for favor with all aspects of the summer ministry.
  • The CEF Annual Golf Tournament will be on April 24th at The Cliffs at Keowee Falls. We have been blessed with a Golf Committee that is making this tournament better than ever, and we are thankful for a full tournament of 30 teams. Please pray for the final preparations and for a beautiful day of weather. We need volunteers, if you are able to serve. Please call the office at 292-5842 or reply to this email.
  • Please continue to pray for the Personnel Committee in their search for a new Director. Interviews should begin in early April.

Thank you for faithfully bringing the needs of CEF and the children before God's throne.

For His glory,

B. J. Bateman

"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."  Ephesians 3:20-21

January Prayer Update


Dear Prayer Partners,

Thank you so much for your prayers for this ministry.  We thank God for His Faithfulness and for those who intercede on our behalf.


  • After a break over Christmas, our Good News Clubs have restarted.  Eighty-nine after-school Good News Clubs and 17 community Good News Clubs are meeting every week.  Over fifteen hundred volunteers are telling the "good news" of Jesus Christ to almost eight thousand children in these clubs! In the next 2 months, there will be eight after-school clubs restarting and several new community clubs.
  • CEF held a workshop for the volunteers in the Good News Clubs. We thank God for individuals who give of their time each week at club as well as their time to prepare themselves with additional training throughout the year.  Each year from mid-January through March, staff teaches a ten-week teacher training course titled Teaching Children Effectively, so that volunteers learn how to be more effective in their ministry with children. We have 12 volunteers currently taking this class.
  • For the past several years, CEF has been the recipient of a local challenge grant.  The grant is funded in two parts:  part of the grant is funded dollar for dollar for "new" money (not previously pledged) and part is funded $1 for each $2 received.  With this challenge grant, CEF received over $57,000 in the last 2 months of 2017.  We praise God for His provision, which enabled us to meet our budget goal.


  • Pray for the children in our Good News Clubs. So many of them have no one who prays for them.
  • Pray God will open the doors for all public elementary schools to have a Good News Club, specifically for the 7 schools in Greenville County that do not have a Good News Club because principals won't give us permission to be on the school campus.  One principal is reconsidering this week, so please pray for favor!
  • Pray for the existing clubs.  Several clubs could increase the number of children who attend, but there aren't enough volunteers (1 adult for every 7 children).  We have a tremendous opportunity to share the Gospel with children and it takes a lot of volunteers!  We have almost 100 less volunteers serving this year than last year.
  • Pray for the Good News Spectacular, a one-day free community outreach event to be held at the TD Center on February 17th.  We are asking God to bring 7,500 people to this community event. Pray the Gospel will be presented with clarity and for salvations.
  • We are recruiting teenagers for our summer Christian Youth in Action ministry.  We have asked returning students to reapply by February 1st.  Also, we are beginning to secure locations for summer Good News Clubs.
  • The Golf Committee is soliciting sponsors and golfers for our tournament on April 24th at The Cliffs at Keowee Falls.  Pray that our shotgun start will be filled with golfers and that God will give us beautiful days to be outside. 
  • Pray for the personnel committee as they continue with their search for a new District Director.


For His glory,

B. J. Bateman

"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."  Ephesians 3:20-21

November Prayer Update


Dear Prayer Partners,

      "Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.  For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations."   Psalm 100:4-5

Praises/Prayer Needs:

  • We praise God for the many prayer warriors who receive this prayer newsletter and pray for the ministry. "The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective."  James 5:16
  • We praise God for the 1,423 volunteers who have a heart for reaching 7,782 children with the "good news" each week.
  • We praise the Lord for the many changed lives...there are 230 children who received Christ as Lord and Savior in September and October!
  • We praise the Lord for the staff that He has provided for this CEF chapter.  We pray that we will continue to care for one another in a way that is pleasing to Him.
  • We praise the Lord for the finances to support the growing ministry of CEF.
  • We praise God for the 97 elementary schools in our chapter that will have a Good News Club.  Pray for Good News Clubs to be established in every school in our chapter.  There are still 9 schools where we need the principal's permission. Pray that the doors to the public schools would stay open and that we would be diligent to go through those doors.
  • We praise God for the 17 community clubs in our chapter that have a Good News Club. Pray for those workers who are sharing the Gospel with children, many who are not able to stay after school for club.  Pray for a way to open more community clubs.
  • We praise God for the foundational work being done to plan the third annual Good News Spectacular to be held at the TD Center in February for children and their families in this community.  Pray for salvations through this event and for lives to be changed.
  • We praise the Lord that He has faithfully gone ahead of us in the past and for the confidence we have that He will continually go before us in the future.  Pray for wisdom and direction for the Board as they search for a new District Director to lead this chapter.

      We have so much to be thankful for during this Thanksgiving Season. We are thankful most of all for God's love and grace poured out on us through Christ Jesus. We are thankful for His wonderful message of salvation and that we are able to share it with thousands of children every week in Good News Clubs. We are very thankful for your prayers as you intercede for the ministry.

For His glory,

B. J. Bateman

"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."  Ephesians 3:20-21