This month, the Truth Chasers Club, a popular mail-based Bible club sponsored by Child Evangelism Fellowship, logged its 4 millionth lesson received back from a club member at the national CEF headquarters in Warrenton, Mo.
Established Feb. 1, 1999, the Truth Chasers Club had almost 49,000 active members in the United States this past year. CEF recently designed seven new series of Bible lessons for the club, each targeting a specific age group of children. The lessons are colorful, engaging and thoughtful and have been very well received by club members.
David Howe, the director of the Truth Chasers Club, said there is a higher return rate for these new lessons.
“Children are enthusiastic about the lessons because they are brighter, more attractive and the pictures are of children they can identify with,” he explained. “The lessons are also more engaging because they include more activities along with reading and studying.”
Last year, nearly 600 volunteers from across the United States went to the CEF headquarters to help check each lesson returned for accuracy.
CEF has an RV park on its grounds in Missouri to accommodate the many retired couples who come for an extended period of time to help with this project.
Ashley Alden, USA ministry manager for CEF, explained that the volunteers ensure each club member’s lesson gets personalized attention. When they review a lesson they pray for the child and will write handwritten notes of encouragement on the lessons, called Huggie Notes. The checked lesson and the next new lesson are then sent out to the club member.
Club members often include prayer requests with their returned lessons and these requests are faithfully prayed for by the volunteer when the lesson is reviewed. Birthday cards are sent to club members whose lessons are received around their birthday. Prizes and certificates are sent when milestones are reached, such as the completion of a series. When two different series are completed, children between the ages of 7 to 17 receive a Bible with their name engraved on the cover.
Children interested in joining the Truth Chasers Club and receiving their first lesson can sign up at www.truthchasers-club.com.
The South Dakota CEF headquarters is located in Huron.For the complete article see the 09-27-2012 issue.
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