After 14 years of use and thousands ministered to at outdoor events, sports camps, and block parties the CEF mobile stage with a thumping sound system is in great need or minor repairs and major detailing. The sound system has already been in/out of the shop. The electrical connections, cabinet repairs, and a complete re-detailing “wrap” of the trailer’s exterior still need to be completed. The retail price tag will be $3,000+. CEF is appreciative of your prayers and gifts for this project. Please make a GoFundMe donation below.



Repair and upgrade needs include: exterior cleaning, weatherproofing, tire replacement, graphic corrections and re-design for a full wrap of the trailer.


Chuck Swindoll wrote a book back in the 1980s entitled Strengthening Your Grip. It was a huge help to me as a young man whose walk with the Lord was growing rapidly. After 20 years of seeking God’s direction, God led me to direct the mission of CEF in the Durham area which in turn taught me to become a missionary to families as well as kids. ImageAs a practitioner of the Gospel, I’ve realized that we hold a tighter grip on the Words and Ways of God some times more than others. I’m also thankful that I’ve learned and trained our mission team to operate in the truth that it is God Himself that maintains the grip and holds us.

Thus, our grip upon reading, studying, memorizing, meditating, and applying the Words of God strengthens our grip on the reality of His power and presence in our lives. When we pray and serve the Lord, there is an outflow, or loosening, of this “grip” which helps to minister God’s love, value, and desire for others to know Him for who He is and what He has done. This is a season in which we are experiencing this truth. CEF’s desire and manifestation of a stronger grip has become apparent as it collaborates weekly with local churches and individual Christ-followers for the sake of children and many local communities. I write today that you can know the heart of the CEF work and to ask, “How is your (our) grip?” CEF is one of many places where you can strengthen your grip.


Merry Christmas! Click and see 2013 Year-end CEF Durham Ministry Report

Sponsor city kids for camp

$100 sponsors a city kid to attend a week of sports camp at a More Than Gold camp or academy. These campers then have an opportunity to earn a week of overnight camping outside the city in the mountains near Asheville. To make this happen for 1,000 local city kids, More Than Gold Fitness and Sportsreach has launched a “Sponsor City Kids” campaign. Youth and adult athletic teams, companies, individuals and civic organizations are asked to sponsor city kids throughout 2013. Over 350 city kids have attended various sports camps and 6 city kids will be attending overnight camp at Camp Good News this summer. Thanks for supporting this effort. Image

Fitness challenge groups

Whether you’re an elite athlete, need to lose 20-50-100 lbs., or somewhere in between… I’ve set up 2 personal fitness sites to help you achieve your fitness and life goals. Message me here for advise, a plan, and free consultations. Visit doc John Blake’s Beachbody site where you can find and ask for resources to improve your health and fitness. I’m here and sites below to help your fitness experience via organized fitness challenge groups.

John ‘doc’ Blake’s passion and the focus of More Than Gold Fitness is to empower poor, disenfranchised, and at-risk city kids through biblical kingdom building of the body, mind, and spirit for sustained fitness and wellness throughout life.John Blake is the CEF Durham Director, More Than Gold founder, and a fitness coach with Team Beachbody where your healthy lifestyle can be fulfilled. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, get fit, or earn money by helping others, we can provide a solution. We help you achieve your goals using a combination of proven home fitness programs, easy-to-follow meal plans and nutrition advice, financial incentives, and a support system like no other.

City Outreach Conference

First Baptist Durham Nov. 23, 2013 9:00 AM

ImageAs CEF continues to serve in Durham and fulfill its Christ-centered mission with children and youth, you are invited to celebrate the past 20 years and believe for greater things in the future. You’re invited to attend the growing list of CEF birthday parties during 2013.  The next and biggest party will be at the Bull City Music Awards Sep. 8th 7:00-11:00 PM. Tickets on sale at the Carolina Theater Durham.

Also consider a CEF party gift option of $20 for the 20 years of ministering to city kids in Durham and around the world. $20 gifts will help CEF meet its 2013 budget. Give online or by mail to: CEF Durham P.O. Box 1288 Image

Check out the “7MIT Song” on YouTube (writers: John & Sean Blake, posted by: Anita McGee) via “7 Most Important Things”, Good News Club song from Child Evangelism Fellowship (

2013 summer interns make mark on CEF® urban ministries

  Summer can be a great time off for travel and hanging out with friends before returning to school for most college students. CEF Durham enjoyed a dozen college interns with The City Project via the Summit Church this summer as in the past. What did they do? Travel and hang out with friends. While doing so, these 12 students touched the lives of city kids within various neighborhoods of Hillsborough and Durham. The Gospel was the centerpiece for everything attempted and accomplished by these student-interns who allowed John Blake to disciple them for Christian living and inner city ministry. Bible clubs, teen leadership classes, setting up a computer

Gateway Apts in Hillsborough July 3, 2013

lab/library, sports, and other community development tasks were led by these interns. Whether rain or shine, this dynamic dozen were daily dedicated to the Gospel and the city kids they ministered to, like these (below) at the Gateway Apts in Hillsborough. 

This was a block party/celebration on their last day with these kids. They stuck it out through rain, lightning, and high winds. Despite being soaked, they never lost their smiles and the party continued after the storm. Over a dozen kids accepted the Lord as Savior. These students also traveled and hung out together in New York City and cities in 5 other regions of the world.

CEF disciples city kids… sponsor-a-kid (video)

Let’s send 1,000 kids to camps and provide them year-round biblical discipleship in 2013!

City Kids at a camp/discipleship = 300

To support this effort and for those interested in helping city kids — sponsor one or more youth at $100/kid.  All contributions, of any amount for the SCK Project, will go towards sponsoring city kids for camp and year-round discipleship in 2013.  Your contribution can be received online at CEF donations or by mail to CEF Durham PO Box 1288 Durham 27702.

“Help keep city kids on our courts and out of the criminal courts.”

Over 300 kids sponsored for camp and year-round discipleship

ImageOver 300 people attended a recent banquet event to benefit city kids in Durham. CEF sponsored the fund raiser to continue its campaign of sponsoring 1,000 city kids. The SCK fund raising will continue until the end of 2012 for year-round discipleship and attendance at sports camps for kids in 2013.
The featured speaker was Dr. John Perkins, who was honored for over 50 years of service in urban communities to children and families. Much of his legacy was shaped by serving with CEF in the 1950-60s. After a great meal, hearing about the work of CEF, and worship led by M.O.B.— Dr. Perkins passionately spoke to the diverse crowd about his love for CEF and kids.
John McCann, the banquet MC, said in his newspaper column, “Perkins essentially told us that the answer to what’s ailing this country won’t be figured out at the ballot box. Barack Obama can’t save us. Don’t look for Mitt Romney to do it, either. Jesus Christ is the solution… Perkins got introduced to Jesus Christ when his 3-year-old son was attending a Good News Club® in California. The club was for kids, but a white man named Mr. Leitch (CEF) wound up spending time with Perkins, who was 27.

ImageAppreciate the dynamics here, because Perkins is a black man from Mississippi, where he’d seen his brother killed by a white sheriff’s deputy. But the Lord changed everything for Perkins. Jesus really paid it all.”

Much praise goes to the CEF Durham Committee who served as host of the successful banquet, which was one of six events where Dr. Perkins spoke.

During these events, Dr. Perkins captured the attention of 1,700 CEF supporters, city leaders, college and high school students with messages of hope, forgiveness, and community development. Each individual was challenged to serve in various sectors of our city. The events were held at churches, schools, and at popular downtown venues.
Image   “Seven years ago, I attended a Child Evangelism Fellowship fund-raising banquet.  At the banquet, God began a work in my life that led me, ultimately, to leading children to Him” says Lou Brogden. “I began a Good News Club at my school, and still lead that club today.  Four students of the nine that I took to Camp Good News during three consecutive summers, prayed to receive Christ as Savior. God has led many to Himself and I give Him the glory.” Ms. Brogden is also today a CEF Board member, assists at other clubs, and serves in the CEF office.
Sometimes it starts at a banquet. For others, it’s a friend’s encouragement or a church’s decision to adopt a community. Nearly 300 others are volunteering with CEF, like Ms. Brogden, so that city kids benefit. Committed volunteers are always needed, so CEF is taking volunteer application now for those interested in helping as a mentor, homework helper, Bible teacher, coach or a financial contributor. Perhaps you might be interested in helping with the CEF month mailings like this newsletter, which was stuffed by ladies who volunteer on the last Wednesday of each month. Whichever way you volunteer, city kids and CEF will benefit. They are thankful for your support.


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