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What’s it all about?

Christian Youth in Action is is sponsored by Child Evangelism Fellowship®, the largest ministry to children in the world. CEF® is non-denominational and Bible-based. Our mission is to evangelize children with the Good News of Jesus and help to establish them in the Word of God and in local churches.

Through CYIA, young people are trained to teach 5-Day Clubs®, reaching the next generation with the Good News. You can experience the joy of leading children to trust Christ as Savior and learn more about Him!

Who is it for?

CYIA is for Christian teens age 13 and up who are willing to spend part of their summer being trained and then teaching 5-Day Clubs. Last year, 82 teens attended. Potential students should know this is an intense leadership/training camp. It is not for everyone. While there is a lot to learn, teens who are willing to cooperate, be teachable and work hard can be successful.

CYIA has made a big difference in the lives of hundreds of young people who have learned new skills, gained confidence, made new friends and – most importantly – led children to Christ.

Where is it?

CYIA East is held at beautiful Camp Moses Merrill, located 50 miles west of Omaha.

How does it work?

Before Camp
  • All students must complete the 2017 CYIA application (coming soon!). 
  • First year students and a parent must attend a brief conference. The date will be announced.
  • Teaching materials will be given out at the conference with some reading requirements so the teens can begin learning it early.
At Camp

Camp will begin Sunday, June 4. Must of the week students will focus on classes, study times, practicing and evaluations. The classes are practical and presented well. They include:

  • Sharing the Gospel (4 sessions)
  • Preparing/teaching a Bible lesson (5 sessions)
  • Giving an invitation and counseling
  • Making song time meaningful
  • Presenting a missionary story

During an afternoon break, teens can swim, hike or play volleyball, basketball, 9 Square in the Air or other games. A bonfire and special group activities are planned.

The meals are delicious, healthy and plentiful. Students also get snacks. Those with dietary restrictions will need to assist our cooks with their needed meals.

Camp ends Saturday afternoon with a special commissioning service to which parents and friends are encouraged to attend.

After Camp

CYIA’ers must help teach four 5-Day Clubs. They work in groups of 3 or 4 to lead the clubs, which are set up by the CEF Office. Transportation is provided if needed. Clubs are held in the the morning, afternoon or evening from June 5-August 11, so it is definitely possible to arrange around a job or summer plans.

What does it cost?

The cost to attend CYIA is $225. This includes a summer missions kit and a T-shirt. A discount of $25 is provided for each additional teen from the same family. A preregistration fee of $50 must be mailed in with the application and the full application fee may be sent with the application if desired. A late fee of $30 is required for anyone registering after May 3rd.

Can I get financial help?

CEF’s policy is “Ask God and tell His people,” and we encourage teens to do the same. Those 14 and older who are willing to send out support letters and meet other guidelines may be able to receive a salary for the clubs they teach. Some churches are also willing to pick up part of the camp expense since it is for teacher training.

Who leads camp?

Jackie Weiss, CEF local director, overseas the camp, assisted by Philip Friesen, a CEF board member, and by a number of other Godly young adults who have come through the CYIA program.  Adult cooks and local pastors also serve at camp.

What is a 5-Day Club?

5-Day Clubs are Bible clubs for kids ages 4-11. They meet for five days for 90 minutes. A host family or church invites the children and provides a meeting place and snacks. During the club, CYIA teens play games with the kids, build relationships with them, and team them a memory verse, Bible lessons, and exciting missionary story. The kids also sing and enjoy snacks and prizes.

Rejoice with us! Last summer, our staff and teens held nearly 100 clubs, planting God’s word in the hearts of over 1,500 children. Some of these children prayed to trust Christ as savior.

Still got questions?

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about CYIA. We will be glad to visit with you. We are always looking for opportunities to share CYIA with churches and youth groups. Contact Jackie Weiss or Esther Beasley by phone or email.