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CYIA: Local Summer Mission Opportunity for Teens

Written by  Kelley Parker
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Many children in our community don’t know the Lord. These children are unaware that God cares for them and that He loves them.  They don’t know what sin is.  They may feel the effects of it, but they don’t understand that they don’t have to be controlled by it, and that there is a punishment for it. 

They don’t know that God has made a way for them to be rescued from the penalty of their sins through Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection.  They also don’t know that they can receive the free gift of salvation and start a forever friendship with God.

 

 

“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” (Romans 10:14)

 

 

Each year Child Evangelism Fellowship® of Central Alabama offers Christian teens, ages 14 and older, the opportunity to apply for summer positions to be trained to reach children for Christ in our local area through a program called Christian Youth In Action®.  Like true missionaries, these CYIA® teens and college students raise support to pay for their training and earnings per club. 

 

Teree Solomon, Summer Ministries Coordinator for CEF® of Central Alabama, shares, “This year CYIA® training will be held May 30-June 5 at Shocco Springs in Talladega, AL.  After training, students will go out weekly throughout the community for six weeks, excluding the week of July 4th, to conduct 5-Day Clubs® and VBS programs.”

 

What exactly do you do in a 5-Day Club®?  Jamal Frazier, the Summer Coordinator Ministry Assistant, explains,  “A 5-Day Club® consists of songs, memory verses, a Bible story, and a mission story. In all the teaching during the club the gospel is woven in. This is so that, no matter what, the child will be presented with the gospel multiple times during the club.  The 5-Day Clubs® are high energy, exciting, and tons of fun for the children and for the 5-Day Club® teachers and leaders.”

 

Katie Rendleman, a high school senior, who has been a CYIA® teen for the past five years had several things to say about her experience in the program. “You are equipped to share the gospel.  You do have some questions of course, but when you go into it, you feel ready to share. …“You can reach kids with this, but this is something you can apply to every person.  Everybody has that need for salvation and the tools that are given to us we can use with whomever we are reaching out to,” she said.

 

Solomon said that the 5-Day Clubs® and VBS programs are held in churches, homes and daycare centers throughout the River Region and surrounding areas.  Anywhere children can be gathered together safely, CYIA® teens can conduct a club.  Everyone who works with the CYIA® program has to be cleared by a background screening.

 

Brenda Payne, a local biblical counselor in Montgomery, hosted a 5-Day Club® for the first time last summer in her home.  She said, “What really impressed me were the students who came.  They were well prepared and they were responsible.  They were so engaging that even the older children, especially the 4th- 6th grade boys, were right there with them.  The other thing that really struck me was just the gospel focus.  All of the stories pointed back to the gospel. I felt like the kids came, they heard truth and they had fun.  They even walked away really loving those teenagers.  There was a relationship built in just that one week’s time, which I thought was very precious.”

 

Child Evangelism Fellowship® of Central Alabama has partnered with other organizations in the community such as: Common Ground Montgomery, Montgomery S.T.E.P. Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs, Every Tribe, the YMCA and others.  In addition, CYIA® teens helped conduct VBS programs last summer at several churches including: Redland Baptist, Maxwell AFB Chapel, First Presbyterian and Highland Avenue Baptist.

 

There are many benefits for the high school and college students who participate in the CYIA® program.  Solomon explains, “Students learn how to minister to children and others which better equips them for volunteering in their churches, their church’s VBS programs, as well as equipping them to be used on mission trips.”

 

Solomon also said that by being involved in CYIA® students develop lasting friendships with other believers in the community.  They also learn to work on a diverse team as well as manage their time.

 

Ruth Barnes, a Montgomery college student who has worked with the CYIA® program for four years says, “I came into this ministry with the mindset of helping children learn more about God, not expecting to have a life-changing experience. I have learned more about God’s faithfulness, love, and more importantly, peace in daily situations by working with Child Evangelism Fellowship®.”       

 

Maybe you are not a youth or college student, but you would like to contribute to the work of CYIA® this summer.  Solomon says other ways to support the summer program include volunteering as a driver, taking the teens to the 5-Day Clubs and supporting them financially. Bringing snacks to the club is also a welcomed treat for them.

 

For more information about participating in this program, please contact Teree Solomon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (334) 213-7388.

 

 

Contributed by Kelley Parker, CEF Ministry Coordinator, freelance writer and mother of two daughters, Francie and Mary Phyfer.

 

 

 

 

 

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