Child Evangelism Fellowship of Maine was incorporated. Working alone, using public transportation, Margaret Harmon, the first state director began the work. Sixty-seven years later the work is still strong. The grandson of one of our original state board members, Andy Chesley, is currently our state board chairman.
Edna Sawyer Welbourn became the state director. Several years had passed without a state director. Edna joined the work at a beginning salary of $20 with no office or equipment. Her vision was to divide the work into geographical areas and put a worker in each area. In 1960 the first worker was sent to Central Maine and then workers were sent on to Northern Maine, Western Maine, Southern Maine and finally Eastern Maine. Currently, there is an active committee and director in every part of the state and many office facilities.
The first Christian Youth in Action® was conducted with 8 attending. Currently, we are at capacity with 110 attending this past year.
Camp Good News® began! Under Edna’s leadership and vision, the first week of camp was held on rented facilities in Pembroke, Maine. Thirty-five campers attended at a cost of $21 per child. Currently, Camp Good News is on it’s own property with a capacity of 100 campers per week and a seven-week summer.
June Beal’s godly leadership as state director was much appreciated during the 3 1/2 years she was able to direct the work.
John Romano’s arrival as the next state director brought to an end to an all-female staff. Under his leadership, God has brought many men and young people to serve here. Currently, there are 24 full-time and part-time staff in Maine. The work has flourished under his twenty-five years of guidance and oversight of the ministry.
Camp Good News found a permanent home in East Livermore because of a gracious gift from the Circle L Camp. The addition of many winterized buildings now allows for year-round ministry. In 1999 the State Office relocated there.
We stand in awe of God’s faithfulness and want to press on ...
...’Til Every Child Knows.
CHILD EVANGELISM FELLOWSHIP® OF MAINE, INC.
431 CAMPGROUND RD. LIVERMORE FALLS, ME 04254
(207) 897-6182 FAX: (207) 897-6199