Archives for September 2013

First Ever Good News Club Training Conference

Last Saturday we conducted the very first island-wide Good News Club Training Conference! We had these conferences annually in Montgomery and they served to train new volunteers and refresh existing volunteers in preparation for the school year’s Good News Clubs. We have a goal of starting five church partnership after school Good News Clubs this Fall and wanted to make sure all of the volunteers were ready plus invite other churches that simply wanted more training for their children’s programs.

Samuel Bronigan, the CEF Director of the U.S. Virgin Islands, flew in to help teach… which turned out to be very good because Maddy and I (Mandi) came down with terrible colds and had to miss the whole weekend. His father, wife and wife’s family are from St. Kitts! We are thankful for his help especially because we were able to show the people here that CEF isn’t just in St. Kitts, but in the whole Caribbean and the world!

We were praying for about 50 people to attend the conference and we had over 60! We ran out of notes!

St. Kitts Good News Club Training Conference

St. Kitts Good News Club Training Conference

St. Kitts Good News Club Training Conference

St. Kitts Good News Club Training Conference

St. Kitts Good News Club Training ConferenceTime for lunch!

St. Kitts Good News Club Training ConferenceThe TCE Class donated, cooked and served lunch for everyone!

St. Kitts Good News Club Training Conference

St. Kitts Good News Club Training Conference

St. Kitts Good News Club Training Conference

St. Kitts Good News Club Training ConferenceGroup picture!

St. Kitts Good News Club Training ConferenceVolunteers from Antioch Baptist Church. They are the first ones to have an after school Good News Club in St. Kitts.

St. Kitts Good News Club Training ConferenceSamuel Bronigan and Sean

St. Kitts Good News Club Training ConferenceWe had the conference at this church, Olivet Gospel Hall

Since then, Sean’s family traveled back to Alabama after visiting us for two weeks. We had a blast with them here and they are definitely missed. Summer is now officially over for us. We have no more visitors scheduled to come for the rest of our time here, mission trips are over, Fall Good News Clubs are starting and we are even beginning to sell some of our things! Mentally, this is our “last phase” before leaving… and it will be here before we know it even though January seems so far off!

ECC Mission Trip Recap

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind! It was a joy having the group from Evangelical Chinese Church in Seattle (with Marshall, Kim and Jess from Florida) here for a week and a half. The team was small but everyone “stepped up to the plate” to serve and they got a lot done!

They hosted a children’s rally…

ECC Children's Rally

They taught a huge 5 Day Club all week… with almost 100 kids in attendance!

ECC 5 Day Club

ECC 5 Day Club

ECC 5 Day Club

On Sunday Eckhart preached at Grace Gospel Hall and “Marshall the Magnificent” did a few magic tricks/object lessons during Sunday School. We were so proud of Eckhart, he just graduated high school and this was his first time preaching on a Sunday morning… he did a GREAT job! And the kids loved trying to figure out how Marshall did his tricks!

The team also cleaned an elderly gentleman’s yard and painted his house. He was very grateful for their help.

ECC Serivce Project

They shard their testimonies (all very powerful) on the Saturday radio show.

ECC On the Radio

Mavis left for the Children’s Ministries Institute and they were able to attend a gathering the night before with the National Board to celebrate her training and send her off with prayer.

ECC Board Meeting

They honestly did the work of a team three sizes larger. They were all so humble, so willing to work and so full of joy to be serving. We are so grateful for their partnership!

ECC TeamMarshall, Allison, Olivia, Jess, Eckhart and Kim

Since Then…

Sean has spoken with Mavis and she loves being at CMI! But please pray for her as she is away from her family for the next three months and as she studies… the training is very intensive.

Sean’s family arrived just two days after ECC left! It’s been nice having them here and getting to relax a little after a busy summer. They will be here until September 10th… one more week!

Sean's Family

Our next “big” thing coming up is an island-wide Good News Club training conference on the 14th! The director of the U.S. Virgin Islands will be flying in to help us teach. It’s the first ever here in St. Kitts and Nevis so we are excited and a little nervous.

Thank you so much for your prayers!