CYIA 2019!


Would you be willing to give

God just one summer?


What is CYIA?

In simplicity, Christian Youth in Action (CYIA) is a ministry for teens! Child        Evangelism Fellowship® trains teens to put on 5 Day Clubs®. These are like high octane VBS’s. Teams of teens then travel around Montana during the summer months putting on these clubs with local churches.

(Need to be 13 by June 1)

Training Information

CYIA training takes place at Heritage Christian School in Bozeman, MT. Training will be June 9th– June 22nd, 2019.

Students stay at the school during the duration of the training. Class rooms become the dorms. Teens bring their own bedding!

First week is mainly academic as we train the CYIAers to put on the 5 Day Clubs.

Second week we have them put on 5 Day Clubs and evaluate, turning the head knowledge into ministry to the children!

There is always a spiritual emphasis in the CYIA ministry to challenge the teens to grow in their relationship with the Lord!

Cost: $350 for the two week training. This includes the teens summer ministry kits, t-shirts worn during the summer and room and board for the two weeks.

Summer Ministry

June 24th through August 18th, 2019

CYIAers are required to serve for four (4)  weeks during the summer ministry period. (July 4th week is taken off)

CYIAers are assigned to teams that travel throughout Montana to put on the 5 Day Clubs.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What if I can’t afford the training?

Our experience has shown that God provides for the teens to do this ministry. Many churches help provide funds for the teens. People get excited about teens serving and are more than willing to help! CEF of Montana also has some limited funds for scholarships.

  • Will there be any other costs for my teen during the summer?

CEF of Montana and churches cover the travel costs and meals throughout the summer. Teens should have some spending money for snacks or souvenirs. If your teen attends the State Fair in Billings they would need funds for riding rides, etc.

  • Will I have to drive my teen all over the state?

CEF of Montana works with parents to keep travel for families to a minimum. We try to do most of the driving for you. We would set up a meeting place near by and then drive students the rest of the way. We try to schedule them with 5 Day Clubs that are closer to your home. We also have teens stay at the State Directors home over weekends to help cut down on travel for parents. We usually travel to churches on Sunday evening and return either Friday evening or Saturday morning depending on the location. We do our very best to keep your travel at a minimum!

  • Who are the drivers for CEF?

All drivers will either be CEF Staff, State Board members, CEF Volunteers or CEF Interns for the summer. (18 as a minimum)

  • How does CEF work to protect my son or daughter?

1) All CEF staff, Interns and CEF volunteers have had a criminal background check and references questioned.

2) We have a three person rule. All activities require a minimum of three people involved so that no adult is alone with a teen. Parents are called and worked with if this situation arises do to circumstances we can’t control.

3) Anyone 18 and over who will have a connection with the teens (housing hosts, their families and volunteers participating in the 5 Day Clubs) will also have background checks and references questioned.

4) We have curfews and strict rules on where guys and girls can be.

5) We work to have guys and girls stay in separate host homes when possible.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

          State Director Dave Howe

          Contact info: 406-595-1038

How soon do I need to let CEF of Montana know I am planning being a part of CYIA?

The sooner the better. We need to coordinate the number of teens with the number of churches we are partnering with.


Please let Dave Howe know as soon as you can that you intend to participate.


Fill out the application at our website:

Applications are due by:   May 1, 2019.

You may be surprised that God will have you do more summers than “Just One”!





Gracia Burnham on 99.1

No photo description available.CEF of Montana is excited to have Gracia Burnham as the Speaker for this year’s Fund raising banquet. Her story of hope in such a terrible time inspires us to continue the work CEF is doing throughout Montana.

We are also excited to announce that this Wednesday, April 17, at 10:55AM Gracia Burnham will be on the radio!

Tune in to 99.1 The One or go to the website where you can listen online

Who is Gracia Burnham?

A missionary is someone who shares the gospel.


That’s it. The qualification to be a missionary doesn’t require you to go overseas or live in a new culture. You don’t have to know how to speak in front of hundreds or thousands of people. It just requires you to take a step of obedience, doing what Jesus told His disciples after he rose from the dead.

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Mark 16:15 NASB

However, as soon as you choose to obey God by sharing the gospel, there’s no telling where he will take you next. God might ask you to go overseas or speak in front of large crowds.

Many teenagers have come to CEF’s Christian Youth in Action (CYIA) in order to help share the gospel to children all over Montana. Their response to Jesus’s command to share the gospel results in more children coming to know Jesus as their savior.

Gracia Burnham is the widow of Martin Burnham and the mother of Jeff, Mindy, and Zach.

For Gracia Burnham, God took her to the Philippines to share the gospel. Her husband, Martin, was a jungle pilot. He delivered mail and supplies to other missionaries, and transported sick and injured patients to medical facilities. Gracia helped where she could and home schooled their children.

On Gracia and Martin’s 18th wedding anniversary their lives were taken in a different direction. The Burnhams were taken captive by a militant group of Muslims called the Abu Sayyaf Group along with several other guests from the resort they were staying at.

Though many of the captives were quickly set free, and others were killed, the Burnhams lived in captivity for over a year. They moved around, evading Philippine military, and enduring through the atrocities of their captors.

After eighteen months of captivity, the Philippine military attempted a rescue that tragically resulted in Martin’s death, and Gracia’s escape.


Gracia returned home with the nation watching. She has used the opportunity to share about her experiences and the lessons God has taught her with people throughout the country. She has also written two books about her time in captivity and the lessons she learned there and after she came home.

The CEF banquet on May 4 is where you can hear Gracia’s story and all that she has to share. Come for good food, to support CEF of Montana, and to be inspired by someone who went where God directed her, even in the extreme.

You can register for the event by clicking on the button below. Make sure you register soon because space is limited and you won’t want to miss hearing Gracia’s story.

You might also want to ask yourself if you are doing what God is asking of you. Are you spreading the gospel? Are you living for God’s glory. If anything come and find out ways that you can.

If you want to know more about Gracia Burnham before the Banquet you can visit her website.


CEF of Montana Staff Meeting

Being part of a staff meeting  sounds so important, especially to someone as young and inexperienced as I am. It means getting to be part of a team. To be included in a group of adults and be considered an equal.

The staff meeting that happened on Thursday, March 28 emphasized that even more.

The topic was CYIA (Christian Youth in Action). The entire day was spent going over the schedule for those two weeks of training. We asked questions, made suggestions and changes, and came up with a good plan for those crucial weeks of summer.

As a previous CYIAer I was excited to be a part of the planning. CYIA took two summers from my life and helped me to grow, not just as a person, but as a child of God. Even as I asked questions and made my own suggestions I knew that I was helping to impact the lives of more teens.

Please pray as the planning for CYIA continues into the details of what will be taught. Pray for the teenagers as well. That this will be a time where they take the faith they have in God and make it their own. And pray that as they do that they will realize God’s desire for each teen to share the gospel with everyone around them.


Childlike Gospel Training Radio Interview on 99.1

99.1 the One radio recently interviewed our state director, Dave Howe, about CEF of Montana’s upcoming Teacher Training Event. The interview was aired during their Community Strong segment.

To learn more about the Childlike Gospel Training event go check it out by clicking on the button below. You can register for the event there too!

Childlike Gospel Training EVent Info

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