Jessie Lofton

When Jessie became director of Eastern Maine, there were just three Good News Clubs across her area. When approached by an area pastor about starting a 5 day club, Jessie dove right in. “We didn’t have anyone at the first club, so you’re like, okay, well, tomorrow! Then the next club we didn’t have anyone, and then the third club I think we had one grandchild [of a volunteer]. That’s what it’s like here though. You can’t even be disappointed. We tried different things. And at the end, I said, ‘How about [a] Good News Club!’” But having not seen wild success, they were hesitant to get it started. “So I went, maybe in November, and they hadn’t started anything, and I just went all the way down to the island. Like, 45 minutes, and I said, ‘I will help you. I will go, I will teach with your team. So really they helped me know how to help a group start. Trial and failure, but we started a Good News Club!” This attitude of willingness, sacrifice, and persistence has started to pay off in the seven years of Jessie’s leadership. “Having grown up in Good News Club, being reached there, feeling raised by CEF in a spiritual sense, and being in Bible school due to CYIA, I realized I need to do [this]. That’s my thing. I’m teaching Good News Club in the school I was saved in! And I can’t leave. You don’t know who’s there.” Then she shares, “One time I was driving, and I see Ellsworth in the dark, up on a hill, and there’s light, and it’s like the song City On a Hill. And that was playing. And I’m like, I have to do this. This is the mission, right here. I have to.”

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