The first part of your summer adventure is training. Training will challenge you as you learn how to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with children through Bible lessons, memory verses, songs and games.
First, during the spring, you’ll complete a one-day pre-training in or near your local area. There, you’ll meet other students you’ll serve with this summer and receive foundational training for the summer ahead.
Then, in early June, you’ll attend training at camp. It meets for about 10 days at Mt Carmel Camp near Granville, ND. There, you’ll learn the basics of sharing the Gospel with kids–how to teach Bible lessons and memory verses, as well as storytelling techniques, fun games and songs!
Every day of training is full with classes and studying, but there’s still plenty of time for hanging out with the other students. You’ll get to know other teens from across North Dakota. Friendships started during training often last way beyond the summer!
While at training, you’ll be encouraged to go deeper in your own walk with God. Through SDS (Spritiual Development Sessions), Evening Devos, and a Day of Prayer, you’ll be challenged to spend time with God and to discover what He’s saying to you. So, no, this isn’t your regular camp. It’s a lot of work. But it’s all worthwhile. Promise.
What do I do after training ends?
Once you’ve successfully completed training, you can serve as a summer missionary! What does that mean? Well, here are just a few of the opportunities that you may have the opportunity to serve at throughout the summer.
You’ll lead backyard Bible clubs, called Go Clubs, in daycares, parks, and, of course, back yards. Whether you’re in your hometown or staying someplace new, teaching clubs is always fun and memorable. During clubs, you’ll share the Gospel with kids through the lessons, verses, and songs that you learned at Training. There is nothing better than listening as a child believes in Jesus for the first time.
Camp Good News
Kids from all over the state join us at camp! It’s a crazy time of canoes, songs, lessons, games, food, learning new skills, and making new friends. When ninety-some kids and thirty-some staff get together, adventure is a guarantee. And when you counsel the children – whether through cabin devos, deep conversations under a tree, or after chapel – you’ll see what a difference Jesus’ love can make. (Note: CYIA students are invited to serve in various camp staff roles based on age, level of commitment during the summer, and maturity).
Depending on your local CEF chapter, you may have the opportunity to serve in a variety of other ministries, both locally and beyond, such as day camps, national missions trips, and more!
So, are you in?
Apply! Check back January 22 for the 2023 application
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* Go Training is a pilot program of CEF of North Dakota with the permission of Child Evangelism Fellowship, Inc.