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Irishman to speak at Child Evangelism banquet

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What: Child Evangelism of North Dakota Southeast Chapter Spring Banquet

When: 6 p.m. Monday, March 25

Where: Quality Inn & Suites, 507 25th St. SW

Details: Guest speaker Philip Annett of County Armagh, Ireland

Admission: Free, but attendees must RSVP. Space is limited.

Contact: Karen Bangs, 320-8737, for tickets or sponsorship opportunities

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Child Evangelism Fellowship of North Dakota Southeast Chapter will host its annual spring banquet on March 25 to support several local efforts to provide youth with Bible literacy through afterschool programs, camps and leadership training.

The banquet helps to support the 82-year-old nondenominational, founded in 1937 in Jamestown, said Karen Bangs, director of CEF in Jamestown. The mission of CEF is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, disciple them in the word of God and establish them in the local church for Christian living, she said.

"It's a great opportunity for kids to come and know Jesus and that's why we do it," Bangs said. "So their lives will be changed forever."

The guest speaker is Philip Annett, who serves with the International Ministries department of Child Evangelism Fellowship in County Armagh, Ireland. Annett trains other national CEF directors around Europe and the world, Bangs said.

"Come to hear how God is working in and through this ministry globally, and hear Philip share how our local work in Southeast North Dakota is a vital part of what happens around the world," she said.

Annett previously served as national director of CEF Ireland with his wife, Denise. The two also served as director of leadership and ministry development for the organization.

A freewill offering is accepted that support the ministries of CEF of North Dakota Southeast Chapter.

The CEF programs include Good News Clubs in five Jamestown public elementary schools and at schools in Kulm, Gackle, Crystal Springs and Tower City, said Terri Graalum, board secretary. The clubs meet one day each week after school to hear Bible and mission stories and to sing and play games, she said.

"The kids were so excited about the Good News Club," Graalum said "The Good News Club is sponsored by nine different churches."

Teen leaders also run summer 5-Day Club meetings in parks and backyards. The teens are trained through Christian Youth in Action, a nine-day event to learn how to teach at Good News Clubs and work with children in churches, she said.

They call the youth leaders "summer missionaries" because they travel around the Southeast chapter doing the Bible based events at homes, parks and churches, Graalum said.

The Southeast Chapter also offers Camp Good News, a five-day summer camp for children at Camp Bentley in Drake, N.D. The kids are bused to the camp each August and most would otherwise not have a similar opportunity, she said.

"Most of the children come on scholarship and part of this fundraiser is to raise money for that," Graalum said.

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