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Indicators of answered prayer
When parents teach their community Good News Club when staff is away.
"When city kids cry if there is no Bible lesson presented due to time."
"When club members and families become your friends and allies."
When kids keep attending club after moving out of the community."
"When visitors are impressed that CEF workers know the names of the kids."


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Events News

John Blake shares his Heart for City Kids, offers urban ministry ideas, and relevant insights to collaborating with local and national ministries for transformation of the city block by block.

City Kids - World Changers
Values-centered character education
Currently being conducted at local public and private schools, communities, and summer camps for kids 11-14 yrs.old.

Basketball Camps and Clinics
for boys and girls 7-14 yrs of age with an emphasis on skills and team play will be scheduled during 2015 at clubs, sports/rec centers, and city courts in Durham.  
$100 will sponsor a city kid in honor of Coach Larry Parrish and his son Andy.
Sponsoring city kids for sports camps

Tennis Academy for city kids

Held Tu & Th on select city courts in partnership with Durham Parks & Recreation and the USTA. Tennis academies are held every season throughout 2015.


From the Community
You guys are doing an amazing job in Durham. I never believed churches and ministries could come together like this... totally for you; I salute you. Local Pastor

"Thank you for your excellent ministry to children in Durham. We honor you... We're praying for you. God bless you." From a CEF Supporter

From Around the World

"I just wanted to say that Im so glad that God used you guys to write the song "God loves me" (7MIT).  Im studying abroad in Thailand...
I just had the opportunity to teach that song to about 20 Buddhist kids..." Melissa  Scheffler


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Platinum Medallion Award 
was received at the 2010 CEF National Conference. The award recognizes USA chapters with a balance in overall ministry and a 10% increase in Good News Clubs over the past three years. The award was received on behalf of CEF Durham. 

Pictured above from left to right, Mosies Esteves, VP for USA Ministries, Harold Bailey, NC State Director, John, and Reese Kauffman, President of Child Evangelism Fellowship, Inc.

Board/Committee & Staff Members

Dr. William Allard is a Mathematics researcher at Duke University and attends Blacknall Presbyterian Church in Durham

Patrick Bria is a founding partner at Tucker-Bria Wealth Management in Durham and attends Grey Stone Baptist Church in Durham

Lou Brogden, Secretary, is a retired public school teacher, ministers to children in after school and Bible club settings across Durham and Orange Counties, and attends the Summit Church - Brier Creek campus

Paula Droege, Treasurer,  Droege Computing Services and attends the Summit Church in Durham

Michael Harley is the COO of Second Chance Outreach and Equipping Center and attends Alston Memorial Holy Church in Cedar Grove

Larry Parrish, advisor to director, is a coach, teacher, and founder of Junior Prep Stars basketball school and camps, he attends First Baptist Church Durham

Jan Perry, Chairperson, is a piano teacher and attends Grey Stone Baptist Church in Durham

Ruth Shepard Poole, Vice-Chairperson, is a founding board member, ministers to prisoners, children, and families; and attends Fisher Memorial United Holy Church in Durham

John Blake, Executive Director, is the founder of More Than Gold sports camps and City Kids ministries, a former sports medicine developer,  a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Hillsborough and attends the Tobacco Trail Church on the American Tobacco Trail in Durham

Sean Blake, part-time staff, is a musician, ministers to youth and children, and attends and works at the Summit Church - Brier Creek campus

Dr. David Johnson, Development & Technology Coordinator, is a technology business owner, former research scientist, and attends Christ the King Moravian Church in Durham

History and Ministry Milestone

1937 - Child Evangelism Fellowship, Inc. is established in Chicago

1990 - John & Carolyn Blake serve on CEF Board of Directors for NC

1993 - Child Evangelism Fellowship of North Carolina secures a charter for a
Durham Area Chapter

1995 - John Blake becomes a full-time Director of the CEF Durham chapter

1996 - More Than Gold sports outreach is founded by John Blake

1997 - Chapter’s ministry area grows to 8 counties north and west of Durham

1999 - Extra Good News kid’s worship begins weekly in the northeast central
of Durham enrolling over 6,000 city kids thru 2005

2000 - Received the Gold Medallion Chapter award by CEF annually
            through 2004

2005 - 11% of all children reached annually receive Christ as Savior,
by trained volunteers, and involved in weekly discipleship

2007 - Cassie’s Garden to enrich city kids founded by John Blake

2008 - Urban Missions Boot Camp training developed to fulfill the purposes
CEF in urban communities across America

         - Durham Urban Missions Network formed for collaborative outreach 
            to 10 under-resourced communities in Durham

2009 - Over 850 unchurched kids started attending church (2002-2009)

2010 - Received the Platinum Medallion Chapter award: the highest
            CEF recognition
for excellence, innovation, and ministry balance

2011 - Urban boot camps, summer outreach, and ministry in 100 locations
            thru Good News Clubs enrolled 6,000+ city kids in communities via
            Gospel-centered, weekly discipleship programs

2012 - Over 8,000 city kids reached via CEF ministries and 350+ kids
            attended sports and CEF camps

2014 - Values education incorporated into the outreach of CEF Durham into target communities, public and provate schools using the Light Up Your World and Born to Shine curriculum.

CEF Durham Area Chapter
P.O. Box 1288, 801 Gilbert St., Suite 207, Durham NC 27702
Phone: (919) 399-1979  Email: cefcenteroflight[@]gospeltokids.org

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