Last evening, I was invited to attend an informational meeting about a powerful ministry called Sat7. My host was a ministry friend, Dr. John Freeman, and the venue was his Green Frog Farm in Crockett County. I am glad that I joined them to learn more about this type of evangelistic outreach. During the course of the evening, I discovered a unique connection to my own ministry organization, CEF.
Dr. Freeman also asked me to share a testimony about the work of CEF in the Middle East, to encourage those who had gathered for the event. I gladly did that and through this commentary and subsequent discussions, I learned that CEF already has a partnership with Sat7. Our ministry shares content through Sat7 on one of their children specific ministry channels. How cool is that? ILearning about another avenue that “my” ministry has to share the Gospel with the children of the world.
The brother who was there representing Sat7, Brian Nelson, shared awesome testimonies about how God ordained and developed this ministry in the Middle East. Their focus is sharing the Gospel and Christian compassion throughout these regions. While I served with IMB, we referred to this part of the world as NAME– North Africa / Middle East. Another touch-point that Brian shared with me about CEF was this… as a young boy in Michigan, he attended a couple of neighborhood style Good News Clubs. He still holds find memories about those clubs, learning about Jesus through the people who cared enough to host these small gatherings for the children where they lived. YES!
I find it interesting to note that people in that part of the world are also getting disillusioned with status-quo traditional religion. Thus, many of them are open to hearing about a Christ who accepts them unconditionally and provides a sense of purpose and peace. Does that sound familiar to you? In many Western cultures, this is also true. People want what is real and can be counted on as foundational in their lives. They have seen the fakes and manipulative men and women aspire more to fame or fortune (or both), rather than sharing the Gospel with a quiet and dedicated heart. Ok, sorry to get on my soap-box… moving on.
Visit the links scattered throughout this post to learn more or refer to the photos included below to find out how to contact Brian. He would love to tell you more.