With the coronavirus pandemic spreading across the United States, Good News Clubs haven't been able to meet at schools that have been closed to contain the crisis. To fill that void, "Good News Across the Web" launched internationally to keep youth in fellowship.
Good News Clubs (GNC) are operated by Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF), which runs nearly 100,000 after-school programs around the globe. With "Good News Around the Web" up and running during the worldwide pandemic, GNC teachers can easily convene a meeting by sending parents a link so their children can join the fellowships at their regular times.
"While so many children are distressed and bored due to school closures, meeting with their GNC teacher and friends is more important than ever," says Fred Pry, GNC's assistant vice-president of USA ministries.
Serving in more ways than one…
The organization explains that young persecuted Christians around the world will also benefit from the remote fellowships. "The new format will also help some areas where families are in danger of persecution for religious gatherings," GNC announced in a news release last week.
Because of the adaptable format, many areas of fellowship can take place online.
"The online class is managed by a volunteer so the teacher can focus on teaching," the children's ministry explains. "Children are muted and unmuted [online] as needed, and they can raise their hand to be recognized. They can sing together and even play some games."
A resource for trying times
A number of available digital materials are geared to help many fearful youths who are experiencing the uncertainty of COVID-19 as it rages around the globe.
"Another resource in high demand is the CEF booklet 'Do You Wonder Why?'" GNC points out, noting that millions of the booklets – having been translated into many languages –have already been distributed in the U.S. and globally.
According to Child Evangelism Fellowship, the booklet (available in PDF and video):
- Speaks directly to children about the emotions they experience due to natural disasters, death of loved ones, crime towards someone they know and other tragedies.
- Answers hard questions such as 'Does God know and care about me?', 'Why do so many bad things happen in the world?', and 'How could God allow this to happen?'
- Guides the child in how to get through terrible circumstances, become part of God's family, and receive God's comfort.
With 400 offices in the U.S., CEF is also organized in most nations of the world – staffed with hundreds of thousands of volunteers – with the Christian organization having ministered to more than 25 million children in face-to-face teaching ministries in its most recent year of ministry.