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Southern Illinois Chapter 

A local chapter of CEF of Illinois, Inc.

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Only God can do that! We are so thankful for the increase that God has given us in the Southern Illinois Chapter.

When the world shut down and schools closed CEF went hard to work to stay in touch with the kids who attend a Good News Clubs in the Southern Illinois.

CEF International Headquarters and CEF USA worked around the clock to produce online resources such as:

U-NITE TV https://unite.cefonline.com/

U-NITE a You Tube Channel for Kids https://www.cefonline.com/articles/videos/promotion-videos/u-nite-a-youtube-channel-for-kids/

U-NITE Radio for Kids https://www.cefonline.com/uniteradio/

The Southern Illinois Chapter sent Wonder Book Devotionals and other resources to host churches so that they could get them to the Good News Club kids in their community. We emailed lessons to Team Leaders to send to their club kids. Some of the clubs went virtual to still offer club to the children at home.

MOST OF ALL WE PRAYED! We had virtual prayer meetings and in-person prayer meetings when possible to meet in small groups or outdoors. We prayed for the children county by county, school by school.

When schools re-opened the Good News Club was there ready to receive those little ones to give them Good News.

John 3:16 says "For God so loved the world" - all the people in the world no matter what language they speak, where they live or the color of their skin. God loves every one of us because HE created us. HE understands our fears and HE cares.

When Jesus walked on the earth HE had a human body like us, but HE was still God the Son. While on earth HE cured many diseases and did other miracles. HE also taught people about God. But the reason HE came to earth was to make a way for us to be forgiven of our sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be nailed to a Cross, where HE bled and dead for our sin, HE dead, was buried and came alive again on the third day. Now HE is in Heaven preparing a place for those who believe in Him.

We plant, we often water but....Only God can bring the increase!

Photo of GNC at Vienna Grade School hosted and conducted by: Fellowship Baptist Church

Thank you for your partnership!

Since my childhood I have been able to see and draw comparisons from the natural world and the spiritual world. If we are born with sight we can see with the natural eye the things in the natural world.

It is only at our re-birth into Christ Jesus that we are truly gifted with the ability to see the world with our spiritual eyes .

When God's Creation repents (change the mind) about our hopeless condition and fallen nature (a sinner) ... something truly amazing can happen.

We are drawn by God, The Holy Spirit to recognize Jesus and His sacrifice as the only way to be forgiven, saved, and made righteous before Holy God. In the moment we place our trust in Jesus, God breathes HIS Spirit into us, we are sealed for the day of salvation and our vision here on earth is corrected . We now have the ability to see the things that are real and truly important.

1 Corinthians 2:14 -16

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.15 The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one.16 “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.


A humble repentant heart and spirit is blessed and gifted by God with the able to believe and take by faith what Christ Jesus did for them personally on The Cross, for 3 days, at The Resurrection, The Assentation, and The Seating.

Romans 10:14-15 - But how can they call on Him to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can they believe in Him if they have never heard about Him? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!

These verses should inspire us to action and highlight the importance of telling the children the Good News!

The world offers band-aids at best! NO HOPE, HEALING, WHOLENESS, NEW LIFE, OR TRUE JOY.

The world's culture is killing our young at a staggering rate! The enemy of their soul works hard to keep them unware and unable to understand spiritual things.

Sadly, here are many worldly churches who claim "Christianity" that are also in the band-aid business!

They are not able to understand spiritual things!

Do band-aids really help? Not really! A band-aid might give you a sense that it can protect your wounds from reinjury and it may keep your friends and family from the unpleasant sight of your oozing.

Now apply that concept from a spiritual perspective!

The world loves to offer a patch or counterfeit sense of protection and healing. The world offers ways to cover up our sin in an effort to sooth the conscience and offers only a very temporary reprieve from pain.

CEF Good News Club does not offer band-aids to a dying generation!

Good News Club offers Jesus!


For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4

From the back of the book:

"Each day, you watch America turn further from Christian values and the core principles of liberty. It's frustration to feel you can't assert biblical truth without facing condemnation, and frightening to witness outrage and victimhood replace respect and reason. Amidst this dissent, how can you not only stay rooted in your faith but continue to publicly testify for Jesus?

In We Will Not Be Silenced, Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer prepares you to live out your convictions against a growing tide of hostility. Gain a better understanding of nonbelievers' legitimate hurts and concerns regarding issues like racism, sexism, and poverty - and identify the toxic responses secular culture disguises as solutions.

In the process, you'll see how you can show compassion and gentleness to those outside the faith without affirming their beliefs,

We Will Not Be Silenced will ready you to move beyond fear and boldly accept the challenge of representing Christ to a watching world that needs Him now more than ever before."

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I highly recommend putting this book at the top of your Christmas list for gifting to your teens, adult children, family members, friends, and neighbors.


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