Amber Pitts

Amber Pitts

Director

Amber Pitts was born in Indiana to parents who were new Christians. Through rough times–death of a child,fostering 2 children and adoption– her family grew to know God and share Him with others. She was 5 when she trusted Christ as her Savior and 16 when she gave her life to the Lord to use however and wherever He would. Amber began teaching children in her local church as soon as they would let her, about age 14. While in college she found CEF materials and magazine and began using them in teaching in her church, not knowing until much later about Good News Clubs or training.

 

Amber Pitts was born in Indiana to parents who were new Christians. Through rough times–death of a child,fostering 2 children and adoption– her family grew to know God and share Him with others. She was 5 when she trusted Christ as her Savior and 16 when she gave her life to the Lord to use however and wherever He would. Amber began teaching children in her local church as soon as they would let her, about age 14. While in college she found CEF materials and magazine and began using them in teaching in her church, not knowing until much later about Good News Clubs or training.

After earning her degree in Elementary Education from Cedarville University in Ohio, and Grace University in Winona Lake, Indiana, she headed to the mission field and taught nearly every grade in school during 3 years of teaching at an orphanage in North Africa.

Finally, in 1988, the Lord brought her to Texas where she was married to Jim. She taught 4 years in a private Christian school before her 4 children were born. The next years were spent training and home-schooling her children, and serving children and familiesthrough teaching and leadership positions in her church. While the Lord was speaking to her about outreach, and her own children were growing up, she was searching for a way to be more involved with evangelizing children, and that is when her oldest found CEF and the summer missions program for teens, Christian Youth In Action, and Annie Falconer.

Since 2011 she has been involved with CEF of Lone Star Prairie, in 5 Day Clubs, then Good News Clubs. With Annie’s encouragement and mentoring, she has continued to become more involved each year. Amber is close to completing the CMI courses and is a certified Instructor with CEF. In the fall of 2017, God called her to a greater commitment with CEF and has had her in His own training school as well, in preparation to be Director of our Lone Star Prairie chapter of CEF. She is excited to serve the wonderful volunteers of LSP and to see how the Lord is working in our 7 counties allowing more children hear and respond to the gospel!

Amber praises God’s handiwork throughout her life and relies Proverbs 3:5-6 as her life verses. Always “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”

 


Annie Falconer

Annie Falconer

Director Emeriti

Annie Falconer was born in Texas, but lived in many places across the USA until 1980.

Annie Falconer was born in Texas, but lived in many places across the USA until 1980. She grew up with parents who were Christians, but rarely went to church. After realizing her need for a Savior at the age of 16, she put her trust in Christ. Early on her passion for reaching the lost was apparent as she witnessed to her younger sister. In her young Christian life she was involved in children’s ministry to a small degree. In 1968 while living in Utah, she was invited by a Child Evangelism Fellowship Good News Club teacher to learn to teach children. This proved to be the path to God’s planned for her. After moving from Utah, she had no close contact with CEF except to use the training and their curriculum in every church where she worked.

She and her husband Ron worked side by side in music and children’s ministry until his death in 1992.

In the year 2000 she was ready to retire from a 29 year nursing career. She had been asking God what He wanted her to do next. God showed her His will as she heard on the radio that CEF wanted to start Good News Clubs in public schools in the Dallas area. She went to work for CEF of Greater Dallas, starting clubs in public schools. Her plan was to reach as many children as possible. She soon realized she needed to teach others to do the same because the task is so great. She has Children’s Ministry Institute credentials to teach 2 of the 3 college level courses on teaching children. She has been working to build a strong ministry for reaching children in Hunt County and the surrounding area for over 11 years.

Annie is the mother of 2 sons, 2 step daughters and 10 grandchildren. She also has 5 great grandchildren. She loves spending time with the grandchildren and great grandchildren. It has been her pleasure to be with 4 of them when they trusted Christ.


Sharon Hogan

Sharon Hogan

Ambassador for Lone Star Prairie

Sharon Hogan is a Texan born on Texas Independence Day. She’s grown up in Dallas and has lived in the surrounding areas since adulthood. As a nine year old wanting to know more about Jesus and how He could be her Savior, she came to a personal faith when her family moved to Reinhardt Bible Church.

 

Sharon Hogan is a Texan born on Texas Independence Day. She’s grown up in Dallas and has lived in the surrounding areas since adulthood. As a nine year old wanting to know more about Jesus and how He could be her Savior, she came to a personal faith when her family moved to Reinhardt Bible Church. There her Sunday School teacher shared the Gospel message and she was born anew in faith. Years of wonderful Bible teaching and training, missions experiences, and growth experiences prepared her for an opportunity to receive one week of Child Evangelism Fellowship training the week after she graduated from high school.

Sharon used her CEF training in Good News Clubs in a professor’s home in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, while attending John Brown University. She later finished her college career back in Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station in the first class of educators. Years would pass before God would re-open that door to CEF.

As an elementary teacher along with advanced training as a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT), Sharon was a dyslexia coordinator for a small school district in northeast Texas. While driving from her home to her school district, she prayed for an avenue to reach the students because of the burden of their lost condition. While reviewing an Experiencing God lesson late one night at the end of a school year, God’s Spirit urged her to go to her computer and track down a CEF connection. In the process of that email, a local CEF missionary, Annie Falconer, was also praying for a way into a local Baptist church to share the vision of Good News Clubs and the church’s opportunity to reach children for Christ locally.

Annie’s and Sharon’s paths intersected! And amazingly, Sharon was passing by Annie’s street while praying for her students and Annie’s prayer was being answered because the Baptist church being sought was Sharon’s church. God’s arrangement for the two to meet was divinely orchestrated to answer both their prayers.

After a number of years as working as a volunteer where possible in a Good News Club and as an area coordinator, God clearly brought a call on Sharon’s life to retire from 30 years of public education and become a CEF missionary. In 2014 God brought some new directions by creating the Ambassador position. Sharon was asked to fill that position which continues to this day. She has taken a large portion of the Children’s Ministry Institute courses with only a few left for full CMI completion.

Sharon Hogan is a wife, mother, and grandmother of seven. She has been blessed by God and He is worthy of all her life’s efforts and praises. Titus 2: 11-14 are her life verses.

 

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