I normally don’t promote other products or ministries or otherwise on this site. But this one I will make an exception.
(Note: I was not approached by this organization to write this or otherwise promote them as I often am nor was I offered any compensation in any way. This is a review and an opinion based on my experience and should be viewed and read as such).
I was told by a friend about 3 years ago that there’s a club called the Truth Chasers Club where kids receive bible studies in the mail. She got me the information and I enrolled myself and my kids in it. Ever since then, we have been receiving bible studies in the mail. I have since dropped due to time constraints, but my kids LOVE it. They love getting mail and they love doing their lessons.
The lessons are based on age and grade so the younger kids have less reading and more hands-on activities such as coloring and book marks. As the children age, the lessons increase in size and content as well. Every time the kids receive their old lesson in the mail with hand-written notes and it graded along with the new lesson. You only receive a new lesson when you’ve returned the old one (unless you are like us and you lose yours–then after a month or so they send you a duplicate one!).
I normally don’t pay much attention to these as the kids do them on their own, but this last lesson is the one that has prompted me to write and recommend them. The lesson was on death and what happens to a believer when he or she dies. It compares the body to a house in which the soul lives and when you die, the house is buried but the soul immediately goes to be with Christ. It is accompanied by a lovely illustration of this. It was awesome in terms of explaining death to little kids, which is always a challenge!
These lessons are FREE! Let me say that again: these lessons are free (much like BSF or Bible Study Fellowship) as their mission is to promote Jesus to children around the world.
I visited their website (www.cefonline.com) and they are doing much more than the Truth Chasers Club to promote Christ. They train children and adults in evangelism and also do after school Bible clubs known as the Good News Club. I cannot attest to any other part of their work except for the Truth Chasers Club for that is all I have experience with. However, they have been around since 1937 and seem to have a great reputation for spreading God’s Word and the Good News.
That being said, they have encountered resistance and concern from parents ministering to their children (which CEF says they always have permission from the parents to do). I have no opinion on this matter as I don’t know much about it. However, all of this is recent and in today’s increasingly secular society and the push against Christ, you have to approach it as such. In my mind, you can’t do enough to expose kids to Christ. Again, I have no opinion on any other work CEF does other than the Truth Chasers Club.
In conclusion, I do recommend the Truth Chasers Club. I have seen nothing that goes against what the Bible says as truth and my kids love it. It has valuable lessons and fun kid activities. And it’s free! Just another compliment to your Biblical teachings at home and at your church, much like BSF is intended to be. Invaluable if you live in remote areas far from church and community or lacking such amazing bible studies as BSF. Check them out and decide for yourself at www.cefonline.com You can enroll online. Let me know what you think!