Pastor Andee Courson of Southside Baptist Church in Nahunta remembers Mrs. June calling for the neighborhood children to come into her living room. The occasion was for an after-school hearty helping of Little Debbie snack cakes, but also Bible stories.
Courson admits he was there mostly for the snack cakes. But he now knows it as where he was introduced to the idea of teaching the Bible to children after school, and outside the walls of the local church.
The Good News Club is one of the primary children’s evangelism programs of Child Evangelism Fellowship, founded in 1937. According to their website, “The Good News Club and 5-Day Club ministries take place in neighborhood settings such as homes, backyards, schools, and community centers all over the world. These fast-paced, one-hour programs are designed to bring the Gospel of Christ to children on their level in their environment.” Child Evangelism Fellowship estimates that last year, between these two primary children’s programs, approximately 25.4 million children heard the Good News.
In southeast Georgia, Southside Baptist Church sits adjacent to the Nahunta Pre-Kindergarten, Elementary, and Primary school campus. With this many elementary- and middle school-aged children ranging from pre-K all the way through sixth grade literally within view of the church, Courson prayed that God would open the door for an after-school Good News Club program. He had seen it happen before in other areas prior to moving back to his home, Brantley County.
Courson turned to his own childhood classmate and School Superintendent, Kim Morgan. It took the entire summer of 2019 for the school board to decide about the club meeting on school grounds, with Courson becoming discouraged. However, two weeks prior to the start of the 2019-2020 school year, the pastor received notice that his request had been approved.
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Source: Baptist Press