Jonathan Musgrave (Yoli)
Phone: (402) 484-7877
Because Jonathan trusted Christ as a child, he realized the importance of children’s ministry. The Lord allowed him to become involved in CEF as “camp pastor” for Christian Youth In Action® (CYIATM) in 1999. Eventually, the Lord led him to accept the position of local director of Lincoln at the end of 2003. By March of 2004, permission was granted to hold a Good News Club® (GNC®) in every public elementary school in Lincoln! August 13, 2005, he married his sweetheart, Yoli, and God has given them three precious children, Ariana, Ethan, and Isaac. In 2011, God allowed him to become the State Director for CEF in Nebraska. They enjoy serving the Lord together as a family reaching the children and families of Nebraska. They praise the Lord for what He is doing and for all the laborers He has raised up to work in His harvest! Please join with them through your prayers and financial partnership so that they might be even more effective in impacting the more than 250,000 elementary children in Nebraska for Jesus!
Phone: (402) 224-3558
Stephanie came to Christ at a young age thanks to the guidance of her parents. She attended CEF® Christian Youth in Action® (CYIA®) for two summers during high school. After receiving her college degree she worked in central China, teaching English. She then went to law school in Ohio, where she was able to graduate, but moved back to central Nebraska due to a health concern. She remembered her CYIA training and helped start the CEF Central Chapter in 2013. After two more years teaching in China, she returned home in April 2016. In addition to working in the Central Chapter she is attending CEF‘s Children’s Ministries Institute® (CMI®), preparing to become the Chapter director.
I came to know the Lord at the age of 16 when I heard the Gospel message and realized I was a sinner who needed Grace and Mercy. I wanted to be good and do well and God was the answer to that. As I tried serving the Lord in every capacity, whether that was at the church serving in ministry or going on mission trips, none of that was going to matter if I didn’t truly know my identity in Christ and know His love and value He had towards me personally. Three years ago, I truly encountered the love of God in a whole new way. I realized there wasn’t anything I could do more or less that would change the heart of the Father towards me…I believe if one can understand the love God has for them, their true identity in Christ and the purpose He has just for them individually to accomplish at a young age, there is no way this culture or generation will suffer without Christ any longer. This is why I decided to join CEF’s mission to reach the unreached within our nation and local area. I want to be a part of God’s plan and see lives of these children changed by living unashamedly and whole-heartedly for Christ. It’s time for us, as Christians, to show these children how to serve God with our WHOLE heart. I believe revival is coming in this generation and I believe it will start with reaching the children.
Monte & Dawn Gurnsey
Phone: (402) 684-2585
Monte and Dawn serve in the Cherry Chapter in North Central Nebraska. Monte was led to the Lord at the age of three. He was led to Christ by the lady who became the first director for the Cherry Chapter. Her favorite counseling tool was using the Wordless Book. He always had a love for children and often took a turn babysitting in the nursery for his local church. He attended a Good News Club his sixth grade year in Bassett. He really didn’t have much contact with CEF for several years even though he knew a lot of the people involved in the local ministry. Dawn was led to the Lord through a camp ministry her grandparents were involved in. There wasn’t much spiritual growth until college when she made contact with the Navigators and Campus Crusade for Christ ministries. In 1985, Monte and Dawn felt called into CEF and attended Children’s Ministries Institute® (CMI®) that fall and have served as local directors for the Cherry Chapter since that time. They have eight children, all of whom have attended Christian Youth in Action® (CYIATM) training.
Phone: (402) 413-5735
Nathan Collins is a young leader and visionary thinker. He has taught children in many states through outreaches with CEF, In The Gap, and IBLP. Nathan enjoys reading and is the author of the book My Light. Among other things, Nathan has great skill in Photo, video and audio work. With the talents and blessing God has given him, Nathan seeks to add value and effectiveness to CEF of Lincoln. Nathan’s spiritual gift is administrator/organizer; he is a thoughtful planner with leadership strengths. Nathan’s mission in being the Lincoln Coordinator is to reach children with the Light of the Gospel and teach Biblical Character. Nathan began working full time with CEF Lincoln in 2016 at the age 20. Please continue to pray that Nathan will become a great leader and have a clear understanding of the path that God has for CEF of Lincoln.
Phone: (402) 342-9272
Jackie Weiss was born and raised in Memphis, Tenn. She prayed to trust Christ as Savior at a young age, but struggled with assurance as she grew up. At the age of 22 in a revival meeting, she got that settled once and for all. “My life changed completely,” she said, “and I soon felt called to full-time Christian service.” She had been attending Memphis State University but transferred that fall to Tennessee Temple University, where she met her husband, Wes, who is from Nebraska. Wes and Jackie have served in a number of ministries in different states over the years. In 2004 they moved to Omaha for Jackie to become the Local Director for CEF. She completed the CEF training at the Children’s Ministries InstituteTM (CMI®) in the spring of 2006. Wes and Jackie have now been married for nearly 40 years and have three adult children and eight beautiful grandchildren.
Children's Ministry Specialist
Esther was born and raised in Omaha. After a discussion with her father when she was 4 years old she believed in Jesus for salvation. All 8 of her siblings have attended CYIA and have taught a Good News Club (GNC). When Esther turned 13 she began teaching 5-Day Clubs and GNCs. After graduating high school, where she was homeschooled, Esther attended the 12 week Children’s Ministries Institute. Esther’s greatest joy in life is serving Jesus, by loving and teaching children to have a relationship with God. Esther says “I can honestly say, that I would not be where I am today in my relationship with God if it were not for CEF. Through this ministry, I have experienced what it means to reach out and love other people. I would encourage any young person to attend CYIA and actively teach in an after school GNC. Nothing has impacted my personal life more than these two things.”
Art Wrigley (Emily)
Phone: (402) 867-2250
I joined the U.S. Navy in 1963 and by 1970, after seven years with plenty of time and money, yet without moral guidance, peace or purpose in my heart, I was searching for meaning in life. Another sailor, Phil Dean explained John 1:12 to me, yet I put off trusting Christ as Savior until March 15th, my last day on my tour at sea. I could not sleep as I pondered my life and future. I got out of bed and went up to the after mess deck of the ship and prayed and asked Christ to save me. From that point my life changed completely, and God had a whole new set of activities waiting for me. I grew in the Lord, eventually leading the Bible study on board the ship. I also met Emily Kaufman and we were married in 1971. After leaving the military we attended Bob Jones University. After graduating in 1976, we became church-planting missionaries to Italy with Baptist Mid-Missions. We raised six children and found that the best way to reach into Italian families was to evangelize children. We returned to the states, and in 2005, Emily almost died and was diagnosed with Cushings disease. She is currently cancer free, but because of these health issues, we could not return to Italy. Emily and I moved to the Lincoln-Omaha Nebraska area and begin attending and serving in Crossroads Bible Church. We became involved in 5-Day Clubs and through this became acquainted with Marylen Lipskey, local CEF coordinator for the CEF of Southeast Chapter. She asked us to consider working with CEF. Sensing God’s leading, I applied, was accepted, and am now working as the director for the Southeast Chapter!
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