The ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship South Africa started in 1947. This was ten years after CEF was founded by Jesse Irvin Overholtzer in 1937. Celebrating 70 years of ministry to our children in South Africa brings back many memories. Through many years there were faithful men and women serving in this organization. Some have left our ranks to another calling but God’s faithfulness through all the years is clearly visible. We currently have 23 full-time workers and hundreds of volunteer workers reaching over 136 000 children. More than 11 000 children received our Lord Jesus as Saviour in 2018.
And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.
THE CULTURE OF CEF
Importance of Godly Leadership at Every Level
Spiritual leadership is the highest form of authority. The men and women who lead must have a
personal heart for God in order to be able to discern the will of God and lead the ministry effectively.
Regardless of the skill of a leader, if he or she lacks a heart for God, the work will be eroded at its
Importance of the Spiritual Welfare of Our Workers
It is vital that we are never satisfied to simply teach our staff the methods of how to reach children and how to train others to do so, but we must purposefully invest in the spiritual lives of our staff. When CEF staff are men and women who are primarily driven by passion for God and His glory and have a clear call from the Lord, the work will prosper. If we keep our focus on God and on His calling, then we will be sustained in times of challenge.
Importance of Prayer as Our Foundation
It is not the work we do, the meetings we hold or the decisions we make that bring the greatest
advances in the work; it is the time spent before the throne of God in prayer, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that brings power, labourers and resources into the ministry.
Importance of Evangelizing Children
There is no limit to the number of organisations that do many good things that are important to boys and girls in need. We are thankful for them and believe that God uses them to help hurting children. CEF, however, has been called by God to make it our highest priority to present the Gospel so children may be saved and disciplined in God’s Word. We must stay on point.
Importance of a Clear and Biblical Presentation of the Gospel
The fact that a young child can comprehend the simple message of salvation and become a child of God is the foundational principle of CEF. Everything else that we do is based upon this fact. The good news of Jesus Christ is the power of God unto salvation. We must present it clearly and accurately.
Importance of a Commitment to Excellence, for the Glory of God
Every aspect of the work, no matter how big or small, has significance. This includes the training we
conduct, the materials we produce, the facilities we use and the way we present ourselves. In every
area we must strive for excellence to the glory of God!