News from the European Headquarters of Child Evangelism Fellowship®
Ministering by mail
“How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.” (Psalm 119:9.) Our desire in Child Evangelism Fellowship® in Europe is that the children of our continent will grow up living lives that are pleasing to God. We believe that they can only do that if they know God’s Word and are living by it. The Bible correspondence course is an excellent tool for doing just that. There are many lessons that help each child to know God’s plan for their life – first through salvation and then by living for Him. The lessons are written for various age groups and are available in 37 countries across Europe. Since this ministry started, thousands of children have written to tell us that they put their trust in the Saviour. Every day children write to ask us to pray for them and to help them. It is our privilege to do this. For at least 25 years this ministry has been a blessing to many children. Even after many years, some of
Two girls from Romania share a Bible correspondence course.
these “children” write to say thank you: “… I have been doing these courses since I was 16 years of age. Time has passed and I am now 23, but I can assure you that God has used these lessons to bring me closer to Him. As I worked through the lessons, my steps were directed towards God. Fruit can now be seen in the life that I live for God. You were the ones who contributed to forming my attitude and changing my behaviour. I want to take the opportunity to thank you for everything. He has been with me and continues to be. I entrust you into His hands …” The children who take this course do not pay for the lessons. Instead we rely on God to use His people to provide the costs. Our desire during 2011 is to produce the lessons which are currently single-colour as full-colour lessons. Recently we produced a new series of lessons called God Cares about You! which have been translated into a number of languages. It aims to help children who are living in various difficult situations.
In May 2010 CEF® launched the “Church to Children” project. Our goal is to equip local churches across Europe by providing them with Meet the King! (a Gospel booklet) and thousands of lessons of Bible correspondence courses, so that churches can use the materials to reach boys and girls in their neighbourhood. They do not even need to use the postage service, as volunteers could hand deliver the lessons to children’s homes. We are praying and trusting that this will stir up a long-term relationship between the church and entire families. Please pray that children will study the Word of God for themselves in their own homes. Only eternity will tell the impact that His Word has had on the hundreds of thousands of European boys and girls. Until then, we rest confidently on His promise that a young man will keep his way pure, by living according to the Word of God. -Bogdan Bassara
CEF Centre, Kilchzimmer • 4438 Langenbruck, Switzerland • Tel: +41 62 387 30 10 • www.kilchzimmer.com
Greenland Meet the King! for Greenland
God’s work in Russia
For a long time we had our hearts set on doing something for Greenland. We have several good contacts there, and in the summer of 2009, our worker Maj Højgaard was visiting Greenland together with her husband and a volunteer worker. Among other things, they held camp courses for children’s workers. While they were there, they realised there was no literature for the Greenlandic children. Just to get started, a Greenlandic children’s worker translated Meet the King! An evangelical ministry, which uses a ship to sail from harbour to harbour, became very interested in the booklet. Just before the CEF European conference in Germany, the translation was finished. At the conference, Samuel Adams from Revival Movement, offered to print Meet the King! for every home in Greenland as well as extras for the evangelism ship. It was a very big project to find the money for all the postage, but God has provided! Between 22-26 of November, every home will receive Meet the King! In some places the water has already frozen, so planes will fly to the small settlements to bring them the booklets. In Greenland, the children learn Danish in school, so through the booklets we invite them to visit the Danish Wondersurf Web site. -Kresten Jensen
Krasnoyarsk, Russia is a place with an active ministry of churches with good interdenominational relationships. Eugeny and Lena Solodovnikov have a lot of help from another couple Vladimir and Larisa Gaidarov, and they were able to develop the work in such a way that CEF became the most popular ministry in all the churches in the area. Summer missionaries trained by them reached 1,294 children last summer. One hundred and eighty four children responded to the invitation to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour during the evangelistic campaigns and all these children are involved in follow-up care. In August there was a training course on how to work with preArmenia schoolers and teenagers in the area. In northern Russia, Sasha Zholobov has been successfully ministering to children. He travels many kilometres from orphanage to orphanage teaching about Christ. Andrey, an 11-year old orphan, wrote: “I am always waiting for Sasha to come. It is very interesting with
him. He loves us; he plays soccer very well. Now I also love Jesus Christ whom Sasha loves. For sure I will go to a Bible college and I will be a missionary sharing with everybody about Jesus Christ and the Bible.” Although the Good News Club® ministry is prohibited by Russian law, GNCs in the Khabarovsk area are going strong. One teacher wrote: “Once somebody knocked on the door where there was a club. The hostess opened the door and saw a woman. The woman asked, ‘Is it this place where children are taught the Bible? I want my son to go to these classes.’ Next time her son came with his friend.” For the sake of such cases we want to do our ministry, to pray and to give our time and energy. -Raisa Andreeva
New national office in Armenia There was a buzz of excitement the morning of Saturday, 18 September in the Armenian capital of Yerevan. Under sunny skies, Gerd-Walter Buskies officially opened the new CEF centre in a ribbon-cutting ceremony and shared from the Russia Word of God. CEF workers from around the world joined Armenian believers for the special celebration. Terenik Barjamian, National Director for CEF of Armenia shared, “It is wonderful to see God’s blessings and miracle in our lives. After five years of praying, God gave us the answer to our prayers. We prayed to have an office where we can serve Him – He gave us more than we expected. Now CEF of Armenia has a centre where the GNC™ and Sunday school teachers can come, be trained and get the materials they need for the ministry. This centre will help to serve the church and believers who have a burden for the lost children.”
Kilchzimmer news Crime drama at Kilchzimmer For 37 years Kilchzimmer was a peaceful place, very remote in the quiet of the Swiss Jura mountains, surrounded only by meadows and a few farms. For us it was sometimes too lonely, but always safe. This abruptly changed on the night of 24 September. Burglars broke through outer and inner doors and got away with a significant amount of money in various currencies. Five weeks later there was another attempted break-in. This time they tried an old door at the rear of the property, which the modern thief was obviously not familiar with. When they tried to get through a window which led directly into the office of the finance manager, a window pane broke and woke someone up. There is
no longer cash in the office as we are much more cautious now. The financial damage is considerable, particularly as it is not completely covered by insurance. Even worse is the loss of the feeling of security, especially for our workers, as, outside of the training courses, there are only a few of them in the large house. Please pray that the burglars would be caught and the feeling of security will return. We have already experienced an answer to prayer, as someone has given us a sum of money to install a surveillance system. However we know that the best protection is the Lord! “Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” (Psalm 127:1).
(Only for those from the 15 old European Union countries) Would you like to give part of your time to the Lord by serving as a volunteer? You will make new friends from different countries, while being a blessing to them and the rest of the team.
Housekeeping and Kitchen From January 2011.
Permanent staff needed! Would you like to use your gifts in missionary service? Are you capable of working in a team, committed and creative? Then the following positions could be tailormade for you!
Requirements: • Preparation of rooms for our guests • Cleaning of public areas • Introducing the course students to their daily tasks • Organising the house • Sewing, working in the garden, caring for children when required. Knowledge of English and a driving licence would be an advantage.
This person needs to oversee the grounds and buildings. Requirements: • This person should be able to handle minor maintenance jobs such as repairs and gardening, etc. • Should have a valid driver’s licence • Be willing to learn new skills • Be capable of overseeing larger maintenance jobs or renovations
A second cook is needed for preparing meals and purchasing food. A more detailed job description is available on request for each of the above positions. A probation period of three months is required.
Simon Lindenfelser, from Germany, is spending a year with us doing replacement military service. His hard work is greatly appreciated. Marie Rannefors, from Sweden, has returned to help in the kitchen for three months this autumn and is once again a blessing to us.
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Take the 12-week Children’s Ministry Leadership Course at Kilchzimmer. Starting 25 June and 24 Sept. 2011 Interested? Visit us at www.cefeurope.com/training
Needed: a new vehicle
We have an urgent need for a replacement for one of our vehicles at Kilchzimmer. It no longer functions and is beyond repair. Our need is for a minivan (5-7 seats), no more than two years old to last us many years. In order to pick up guests and teachers in winter an all-wheel drive vehicle would be preferred. We are grateful for anyone who knows of a good vehicle or would like to help us financially.
Education report It is a real blessing to have a group of 26 students here with us for the autumn CMLC (Children’s Ministry Leadership Course). Whilst classes are taught in only 2 languages (English and German), the students are living and working in 12 different countries throughout Europe and Africa. They are enjoying the fellowship with each other and the opportunity of living in a multi-cultural environment for a 12-week period. There are 6 classes each day with subjects
falling into 4 main categories: 1) direct ministries to children; 2) teacher training; 3) administration; and 4) the spiritual life of the worker. Each student has a story to tell about how God has guided them to take this
course. Many have the specific goal in mind of learning as much as they can about reaching children and training teachers, so that they can put this into practice back in the countries that the Lord has called them to.
Autumn 2010 German class
The Kilchzimmer Echo is distributed three times a year free-of-charge by the European Headquarters of Child Evangelism Fellowship®.
Front row: Jana Janzen, Germany; Angela Götzen, Germany; Evelina Färber, Germany; Anne‑Christine Marwede, Germany; Renate Koegel, Germany/Zambia. Back row: Simon Reber, Switzerland; Jorck Volz, Germany; Julia Platzen, Germany; Bettina Wolf, Germany; (Name withheld); Margarete Ahlborn, Germany; Knut Ahlborn, Germany; Benjamin Siegmann, Germany; Eugen Peters, Germany.
Please designate your gifts “European Headquarters”, quoting any specific project for which you wish your gifts to be used. Your gifts may be sent to any of the addresses mentioned. Thank you! Bank transfer information: UBS AG, 4410 Liestal, Switzerland Account: 925721.41C-245 IBAN: CH97 0024 5245 9257 2141 C BIC Nr. UBSWCHZH80A or Post Office Account: 46-4843-2 Our Address: CEF European Centre, Kilchzimmer, 4438 Langenbruck, Switzerland. Tel.: + 41 62 387 30 10 Fax: + 41 62 387 30 40 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web-site: www.cefeurope.com USA: CEF, PO Box 348, Warrenton, Missouri 63383 Canada: CEF, PO Box 165, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 2G9 Ireland: CEF, 199 Templemore Avenue, Belfast BT5 4FR Britain: CEF, 73 West Coats Road Cambuslang, Glasgow G72 8AW The Kilchzimmer Echo is available by email as a PDF. To receive it electronically, send an email to email@example.com along with your full name and address in the message text. Your information will remain confidential.
Autumn 2010 English class
Front row: Michelle Murphy, Ireland; Solmaz Ahangaran, Iran/Cyprus; Urška Pintarič, Slovenia; Anna Canzeri, Italy; Hollie Waters-Dewhurst, Britain. Back row: Paul Davis, Northern Ireland; Elizabeth Davis, Northern Ireland; Metka Pestotnik, Slovenia; Jean-Daniel Lovell, Northern Ireland; Penelope Bakewell, Britain/Ghana; Rachael Agnew, Northern Ireland; Philip Agnew, Northern Ireland.
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