Every night, Daniella, an eight-year-old from Ghana, had the same terrifying nightmare. And every night, she would wake up screaming—also waking up everyone else in the house. Nothing she or her parents did seemed to help her sleep through the night or find peace from the alarming dreams.
Then one day Daniella attended a Good News Club®. Through the stories, songs, and activities, Daniella heard about Jesus—the Prince of Peace. She learned that Jesus came to save her from her sins and that He promised to never leave her or forsake her. That night, Daniella slept peacefully for the first time in ages with no nightmares at all. When her parents
asked what happened, she said, “I asked Jesus to be my Savior, and He is protecting me now.”
In Ghana, one in every 12 children dies before reaching the age of five. And while the country has made significant progress providing access to improved water sources, there are still about 4,000 children who die each year from
diarrhea. Even more die from pneumonia, and about 23 percent suffer from chronic malnutrition linked to poor water and sanitation.
Close to one third of children do not receive an education—one of the lowest rates in Africa. School is free to children, but additional costs are sometimes an obstacle for families. When children do attend school, the classes are overcrowded, water and sanitation facilities are lacking, and trained teachers and school books are in short supply. More than a third of children are forced to work to help provide for their families, usually on cocoa plantations where working conditions are exhausting and dangerous.
The major ministries of CEF of Ghana include Good News Clubs, 5-Day Clubs, camp meetings school ministry, open air ministry, party clubs, children’s rallies and film shows. Children are being reached in public schools, homes, beaches, lanes, playing fields, community centers, the open air, and even churches.
Through CEF, children in countries like Ghana and 148 other nations around the world are hearing the Good News of Jesus Christ—and finding true peace for their struggles and fears.