The Filipino population in Las Vegas has exploded. According to Wikipedia the Las Vegas Valley is home to over 90,000 Filipinos. That makes news form the Philippines important to many of our locals.
Typhoon Haiyan has been at the forefront of news from the Philippines. The world looked in devastation and sadness. There is an old saying "Bad news travels fast." People are still dealing with the aftermath of Haiyan.
Here is a bit of good news from the Island. Even in the midst of suffering there is joy, there is hope and there is great news. In good times and bad The Child Evangelism Fellowship has remained dedicated to ministering to spiritual, physical and social needs of the people since 1937.
Some of us have made resolutions to get involved with a ministry, some people are simply interested in sowing into the lives of children. If that sounds like you and you have a heart for the Philippines here is an organization to be aware of.
Marilou Tolentino is the Area Director for the Mindanao Division of Child Evangelism Fellowship in the Philippines.The work CEF is doing is absolutely wonderful. Marilou and I have been Facebook friends for a couple of years. It is exciting watching her involvement in the ministry. The following is an excerpt from our New Years chat Marilou says:
“Me and my family celebrated new year with the tribal people. We crossed 18 rivers & 4hrs hiked passing through steep and rocky road up to the mountain. Praise God we arrived safely and able to share the message of salvation and gave-away canned goods, used clothing, gifts and cooked rice and bihon for the children and adult everyone enjoyed the lunch fellowship. To God be the glory!”
What a wonderful way to start the new year! Marilou is just one of many involved in this organization that has been in operation 57 years. The following statement is taken from their website. It was written 50 years ago.:
"Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is a Bible-centered, worldwide, faith mission organization composed of born-again believers established in Chicago, Illinois in 1937 with the following objectives :
TO EVANGELIZE boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ
TO DISCIPLE them with the ord of God for Christian Living
TO CHANNEL them to the local Bible-believing churches"
CEF is living up to this statement of mission. CEF equips their teams with excellent extensive training. They have numerous ministries, special projects and outreaches. For more information on Child Evangelism Fellowship check out Marilou Tolentino on FaceBook. Take a look at the Child Evangelism Fellowship website cefphilippines.org
Child Evangelism Fellowship has numerous videos on YouTube. Marilou is part of the Philippines division. Judging from the many CEF videos, CEF is a global organization. According to the CEF website the organization started right here in the United States. I'm proud to be an American. GOD blesses America and we are a nation that continues to bless others.
Take a moment and enjoy these blessed wonderful children in the video.
Thanks for reading. And may the Lord richly bless you and yours.