Operation Christmas Child

Save the date! Operation Christmas Child Packing Party at Alliance Bible Church. November 7, 2020 from 3 to 5 p.m.

What is Operation Christmas Child?

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization. Our mission is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ. We ship these simple gifts outside the United States to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease; and to children living on Native American reservations in the U.S.


We still need some items to fill the shoeboxes. Click here for a list of what we need.

Christmas in July?

Time to begin thinking about shoeboxes. This is the time of year when stores are selling school supplies cheaply. They have spiral notebooks for 25 cents and Crazy Art crayons for 25 cents and 36 Ticonderoga pencils for $1 at Walmart. Also other stores have similar sales. Please shop now for these items. If you don’t want to store them till the packing party then call Pat 778-1719 and we can arrange to get them from you. Thank you very much. Pat

Good News TV Summer Fun!

Boys and girls always look forward to summer fun, so make sure they don’t miss out on Good News TV Summer Fun! Packed with action songs, surprises and games, memory verses, and Bible lessons.

1 ~ God’s Way is the Only Way!

Video Chapters:
0:00 – Intro
0:24 – Word Up
1:11 – One Way Song
3:20 – What is Prayer?
4:30 – Memory Verse
10:04 – John 14:6 Song
11:48 – Bible Lesson
22:13 – Seven Most Important Things Song
24:02 – Missionary Story
32:29 – Outro

Lesson 2 ~ Have Faith!

Video Chapters:
0:00 – Intro
0:30 – Scramble Activity
1:05 – Word Up
2:03 – Jesus Love Me/Amazing Grace Song
4:20 – Scramble Activity
4:28 – Memory Verse
9:38 – In Him We Have Redemption Song
10:44 – Scramble Activity
10:53 – Bible Lesson
22:14 – One Way Song
24:23 – Scramble Activity
24:29 – Missionary Story
34:00 – Outro

Lesson 3 ~ God is Merciful!

Video Chapters:
0:00 – Intro
0:41 – Word Up!
1:11 – Jesus Love Me/Amazing Grace Song
3:30 – Paper Airplane Activity
3:48 – Memory Verse
9:07 – Christ Also Suffered Song
10:28 – Paper Airplane Activity
10:48 – Bible Lesson
22:58 – One Way Song
25:07 – Paper Airplane Activity
25:29 – Missionary Story
35:16 – Paper Airplane Activity
35:54 – Outro

Lesson 4 ~ Jesus Gives Hope!

Video Chapters:
0:00 – Intro
0:43 – Word Up
1:25 – One Way
3:45 – Bible Lesson
15:14 – 7 Most Important Things
17:13 – Memory Verse
22:31 – Life in His Name Song
24:11 – Missionary Story
33:44 – Outro

Lesson 5 ~ God Can Forgive!

Video Chapters:
0:00 – Intro
0:20 – Word Up
1:16 – Bigger Picture Activity
1:27 – Prayer
3:16 – One Way (Song)
5:24 – Bigger Picture Activity
5:36 – Bible Lesson
17:38 – Jesus Loves Me / Amazing Grace (Song)
19:56 – Bigger Picture Activity
20:07 – Memory Verse
23:55 – Everlasting Love (Song)
25:24 – Missionary Story
34:21 – Bigger Picture Activity
34:32 – Outro

Walking to raise funds to reach Arizona’s Children

I am so excited to be doing something that is good for me and good for the children in Arizona. For 99 days I am walking a minimum of 1 mile a day for a total of 99 miles. I am looking for sponsors that will make a $99.00 contribution to Child Evangelism Fellowship of Arizona to help us reach boys and girls in Yavapai County area.

Dear Friend,

Go to our website www.CEFArizona.com/fundraiser and complete the online SPONSOR form. You can choose my team. You can become one of the 99 sponsors that can help CEF of Arizona go after the 1 one child that no one else is reaching with God’s good news. If I can get 99 sponsor that give $99 by Labor Day, then we will have almost $10,000 to do the important work of Child Evangelism Fellowship in Yavapai County.

You can go to our website www.CEFArizona.com/fundraiser and complete the online REGISTRATION form. Then you can invite your friends to sponsor you and help us raise funds for Child Evangelism Fellowship in Yavapai County.

We would appreciate it if you would go to our website www.CEFArizona.com/fundraiser and you can make an electronic payment directly to Child Evangelism Fellowship in Yavapai County.

We have the greatest news to share with boys and girls during these difficult times. Jesus can help them love God and love their neighbor and trust Him in times when they become afraid of all the problems that are in our world.

For the Children,
Mara Byrd
Child Evangelism Fellowship of Arizona
Yavapai County Chapter
320-224-9249 cell

You can also mail a check to our local
CEF Yavapai County Chapter
P O Box 10081
Prescott, AZ 86304

COVID-19 Resources – Child Evangelism Fellowship

Dear Families and Ministry Partners,

We are so excited to share a wonderful, free COVID-19 online resource page that CEF headquarters just created for us! This easy-to-read web-page will link you directly to the following resources for your church and Good News Club students, offering…

  • “Do you wonder why?” free download booklet and GREAT video!
  • “Stuck at Home Devotional” – free 30-day devotional
  • “Good News TV” – online Good News Club posted weekly for the next 10 weeks
  • “U-Nite” YouTube channel with additional videos

Also available, please read the CEF Press Release, sharing about the Free children’s church videos for churches to use when streaming services…
FREE Children’s Church Videos for Churches to Use When Streaming Services

We are so grateful for these free resources that answer the Why” questions and offer the Hope we have in Jesus Christ!

Please know that our staff is specifically praying for each of you, your families and the community that you reach.  Please continue to stay in contact with me and share your questions, testimonies, and suggestions.

Mara Byrd 
Local Director
Child Evangelism Fellowship Of Arizona
Yavapai County Chapter
PO BOX 10081
Prescott, AZ 86304
320-224-9249 cell

John and Mary Tanzania update

Tanzania Mission Trip 2020

Habari gani toka Tanzania!
(Hello from Tanzania)

Wow!  What an amazing time watching God work in Tanzania through Pastor Michael’s ministry and how much more amazing that the Lord allowed us to be a part of it.  Thanks for joining us in His work!

Here are some highlights:

  • We got to share individually, John shared the gospel with Maasai leaders and Mary with the Massai women
  • John had the joy of baptizing six new believers coming out of the Muslim faith
  • Extreme joy sharing at a school Pastor Michael began in a 98% Muslim community.  Mary shared the wordless book gospel message with over 100 children through colored T-shirts, story and song.
  • The national Mom’s In Prayer Tanzanian leader joined Mary and 40 women for training in praying for their children, schools and teachers across the nation.
  • About 30 married couples joined us for an intense, exciting and interactive marriage seminar.
  • Each team member took on a different home fellowship in different locations joined by church leaders.
  • We had great attendance for a two day Pastor’s leadership training seminar ministering to Pastors and wives from across Tanzania and Zanzibar island. 

Exciting Moments: 

In the Pastor’s training God led me (John) to share a home discipleship series that was immediately well received and is already being used in several church home fellowships across Tanzania.

During widow’s ministry visitation and prayer for an 85 year old brand new believer out of Islam, another woman suddenly appeared also asking prayer for healing.  After I (Mary) prayed with her, I asked “Do you know this Jesus who we are praying to?”  She said, “No”.  I asked if she would like to know who He is.  That conversation led to my sharing the gospel and her receiving Christ.  Incredible joy!

Pastor Michael and the local Christian leadership are doing a remarkable Kingdom work bringing the truth of God’s word to many, especially in the Muslim community to faith in Christ.

Without you, your prayers, support, and the Lord’s calling none of this would have been possible! 

Enjoy some pics below!

With grateful hearts,

John and Mary

Food Cupboard needs replenishing

Because of the Corona virus, safe social distancing has made it more difficult for some of our church family to shop or work. We had made the excess food from the food cupboard available for our congregation to shop at church from the supply which had been designated for New Song Women. Now that the supply is already distributed, our ABC food cupboard needs to be replenished. We want to be able to continue helping our folks who aren’t working or prefer not to mingle with other shoppers in the stores. If you have any excess food, cleaning supplies, TP, or toiletries please bring them to church MONDAYS OR TUESDAYS BETWEEN 8AM AND 2 PM when June is working. Drop them in the blue basket in the entry inside the church.
Safe social distancing is supposed to last until the end of April. We are sure that there will be needs among us, since most of us do not stock up our personal supplies to last a month. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR WILLING SPIRIT TO GIVE. KEEP SAFE AND WELL. We’ll see you when this is over.

Pat Storms

Arrived U.S.

Blessed.  John and I arrived about an hour ago to LAX where we wait for our flight to Phoenix. Maria will be picking us up. Both Amsterdam and LAX airports are basically empty…. So the safest time to fly! Our flight from Amsterdam at 53 people . Lots of sleep room.  John and Mary

I will praise you as long as I live, and in Your name I will lift up my hands.
—Psalm 63:4

From Amsterdam

Blessed w Amsterdam airport at 20% capacity. Over 30 hr trip home…little sleep.

I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, for You have considered my trouble…
— Psalm 31:7a

Travel Plans, part 2

Mary and I are catching one of the last international flights out of Tanzania Saturday. Please pray that all goes well as we travel through Amsterdam to LA to Phoenix. We should be arriving Sunday night.

Psalm 57 was in my devotions this morning. Perfect for this time we are all going through!

Have mercy on me my God, have mercy on me. For in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.
― Psalm 57:1

We will let you know when we have arrived safely home and begin our two weeks of quarantine.

In Jesus’ Love,

Pastor John