Hosted by the Community Grace Brethren Church in Long Beach last Sunday evening, the Celebration kicked off the 50th anniversary of CE National. With the number 50 being such an integral part of the evening, Ed Lewis and Timothy Kurtaneck shared about other numbers of importance: 43 years of Operation Barnabas, over 2000 people at Momentum Youth Conference, 1500 people each year equipped at the Urban Hope Training Center in Philadelphia, 70 National Institute students, and more. Great desserts, a beautiful golden decor, and time with many friends made the evening special.
How did we get to 50? In 1966, the “Youth Board” and the “Sunday School Board” merged into one entity. With the name eventually changed from the Grace Brethren Church Christian Education to CE National, 2016 now marks 50 years of ministry for this Church Effectiveness organization. We thank the Lord for His goodness, blessings and favor, and pray for many more years of effective ministry!