Heartland Bible Church Neighborhood Outreach with 5-Day Club® – Summer 2012
The Bug During the spring of 2012; Child Evangelism Fellowship® (CEF®) presented to us and the church this ministry opportunity. It has always been on our hearts as a whole and as we prayed specifically about 5DC, we knew what The Lord wanted us to do.
The Neighborhood At that time, there were few children from the neighborhood attending any Heartland Bible Church program. After praying, the date was set and invites were received, we prayed some more and Phyllis and I began to canvas the neighborhood. After visiting dozens of homes and hearing many different responses the week of club finally came!
Hottest Week on Record and yet the response was well beyond all we could have imagined, with 15 children the first night and seeing an increase each night. Not to mention several parents who sat and listened and watched. Each night the gospel was clearly spoken and although the temps were in the 100’s, the kids sat, listened, and learned about Jesus Christ.
Mixed Emotions we had as it was sad to see the week end. No more children running around, sitting, or just having a ball in our back yard. However, this was just the beginning!. Using 5DC as a "springboard", in the fall when the children's ministries resumed, we were excited to see what God continued. In our pre-K group of 11, five are from our church and six others are neighborhood and the next age group up has an even larger percentage of neighborhood children.
What’s better… The greatest joy we had was a few weeks ago when one of the boys from the neighborhood who came to 5DC asked Jesus Christ into his life as Savior. Several parents too have expressed interest in coming now to church which would double our class size, Lord willing!
Can’t Wait - We are excited about Summer ’13 and 5DC and what The Lord will do for our Neighborhood!