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The Extra Mile Campaign: 2023

The Extra Mile Campaign: 2023

The “What”:

The “Extra Mile” is a special annual Spring campaign from the Evansville Area Chapter of Child Evangelism Fellowship®. We serve in the Southwestern Indiana region, partnering as the Church’s tool and Believer’s best resource to bring the hope of the Gospel to children with ministries like Good News Club, 5-Day Club, Christian Youth in Action, and Camp Good News.

The “Why”:

The 2020 census showed an area population of roughly 73,419 children aged 15 and under currently living in our 8-county ministry area (this is enough to fill downtown Evansville’s Ford Center to full capacity well over 6 times). Many of these children attend one of the 71 local public elementary schools in this region, 10 of which currently have active Good News Clubs meeting inside the school buildings. Others are waiting to hear the Gospel this summer through 5-Day Clubs hosted by nearby churches and individuals in their own neighborhoods, parks, and other community spaces. With upwards of an estimated 80% (or more) of children in the USA never attending church or having any kind of Godly spiritual influence based on the truth of God’s Word, these ministries may truly be the only chance many children in our area ever have to hear and receive the Gospel. We must reach them while they can listen!

The Impossible Goal:

While we rejoice in the recent God-given ministry growth since the pandemic, our mission must remain the same as that of Jesus Himself: “that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). We are asking God to use His ministry through Child Evangelism Fellowship in the Greater Evansville Area to give all local children an opportunity to hear the Gospel.

The Prayerful Need:

In this campaign, we are asking God to provide for the needs required to charge forth in this great mission by using His people to pray, give, and come alongside in faith-filled participation. Christ calls His own throughout Scripture to “go the extra mile” — pointedly taking time, freely sacrificing assets and energy, and generously giving of resources — so that everyone can hear the Gospel (Mark 16:15).

While anyone who calls upon Christs’ name may receive this saving hope (Romans 10:13), “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?” (Romans 10:14a).

What “extra mile” step is God is calling you to take so that one more child can hear the Good News?

Will you GIVE as a financial partner to cover the practical costs incurred by ministry efforts such as: training and screening volunteers, travel and communication needed to establish new ministry in schools and beyond, and providing teachers with curriculum and children’s materials to help guide little ones to the Savior?

Will you SERVE as a volunteer: acting as the hands and feet of Christ to little ones in Good News Club setting or in the local office assisting with events and projects? Could God be calling you to participate this summer as a club host or even serve in a ministry team? There is even training offered through CEF to volunteer in more long-term staff/assistant staff capacities; could God be calling you?

Will you ESTABLISH as a pioneer: using your contacts and influence to communicate with others and work through your church with CEF to begin new ministry? Could God use you to gather a team to adopt a local elementary school and see a Good News Club begin as soon as this coming Fall semester? Perhaps you are the contact that would help CEF present the opportunity to a youth group or teen meeting to serve in Christian Youth in Action (CYIA) this summer! Or, could you be the one to begin the process of arranging or personally hosting a 5-Day Club for summer outreach this year?

Will you EXCITE as an ambassador, joining us in this year’s virtual Extra Mile Run? You can run or walk at your own choice of location and pace to help spread the word and share awareness and opportunity to participate with your friends, family, church, and community in God’s ministry to our local children through CEF! Could God use you to simply set a goal, wear a t-shirt, tell your friends, or invite and inspire others to get involved too?

Click below to partner with us in this special growth campaign! Participate prayerfully, asking God to shown you just how He would have you go YOUR “Extra Mile”, so that one more child can hear the Good News.


P.S. Don’t forget! All are invited to come and celebrate with us the great things God has done and will do through this year’s Extra Mile campaign. Make your plans to join us!