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CCC Hosts CEF Florida Training Conference

This summer, Clearwater Christian College has had the privilege of hosting the 2011 Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) Training Camp. James Blizzard, the Local Director of Florida Heartland and CCC alumnus, is happy to be back on campus for another summer session.

"This is the 14th year we have been on the CCC campus," said Mr. Blizzard. "We enjoy holding our training camps on campus because of the quality facilities and low cost. Our training is made up of small groups where every trainee must demonstrate each lesson, present the Wordless Book, and recite missionary stories. Because of this, we enjoy the space around campus for small, 3-4 people groups."

CEF is a missionary organization that equips students and delegates to present the gospel in public schools through the avenue of Good News Clubs after school hours. "I am responsible for Polk, Harding, and Highland counties. In this area we have over 144,000 students under the age of 15," said Mr. Blizzard. Each CEF delegate is trained to take lessons into public schools through training. "This summer we will host over 400 clubs and reach over 10,000 kids."

Mr. Blizzard is a 2003 Biology alumnus. After graduation he began pursuing EMT training through nursing school and higher education, but when the Lord led him towards mission work, he accepted a ministry position at CEF. James and wife Amanda, also a CCC alumna, spent over a year raising support for their service with CEF.

"Over 85% of all people that are saved make their decision before their 15th birthday. That is a staggering statistic. If we don't train our children, who will? Martin Luther once said, 'I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the heart of the youth.'" Mr. Blizzard is passionate about his position at CEF and seeks to help train the future leaders of American churches.

Please pray for the ministry of CEF and for the future ministries of the students that were on our campus for training.