I have been thinking about the month of May. When our children were growing up, we would on occasion hang a May basket on the door of someone special. The basket consisted of some special gift or flowers. It wasn’t anything fancy or elaborate, but would simply say, “We’re thinking of you and you are special.”

Well, we don’t have a May basket to hang on your door, but if we did, we would! We just want you to know we are thinking of you and you are special! We truly appreciate your faithful prayers for the children and for us.

In the Amplified Bible, Ephesians 6:18 reads this way,

“With all prayer and petition, pray with specific requests at all times, on every occasion and in every season in the Spirit, and with this in view, stay alert with all perseverance and petition, interceding in prayer for all God’s people.”

We certainly want to be praying for you and you for the children of WV, USA, the world and us, during the corona virus pandemic.

Ministries to the children this summer are in the planning stage, to be acted on when the restrictions are lifted. But we are looking to God and His promise, “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”

Below are praises to the Lord and prayer requests to be brought before His throne. Thank you again for your faithfulness to pray for the children and for us.

Your missionaries to the children of WV.

Harry & Lydia Boekell


Praise God for:

  • The technological platforms CEF has to offer to keep connected to the children and their families (visit cefonline.com/covid19)
  • The Good News Club® workers in the local CEF Chapters in WV, connecting with the children in their clubs.
  • The Truth Chaser Correspondence Course seeing an increase in enrollment over the last few months.
  • The local CEF Directors, Deb, John, Nathan and Randy all staying healthy and safe in these days.
  • The five online applications for Christian Youth in Action® that have been received thus far from young people to serve with CEF this summer in WV.
  • The new local CEF Committee meeting in Little Kanawha Valley Chapter, elected officers and scheduled next meeting for June 6.
  • The financial giving of God’s people to CEF of WV has remained strong over these past two months.


Ask God to:

  • Use the technological platforms of CEF to minister to the children and their families.
  • Use the Truth Chaser Correspondence Course to minister to the children enrolled.
  • Guide the local CEF Directors in WV in their planning & organizing their summer ministries.
  • Continue to call His choice young people to serve as CEF Summer Missionaries this summer.
  • Call His choice servant to be the local CEF Director in Little Kanawha Valley & North Central chapters.
  • Produce in each local CEF Director, staff & state director: humility, servant’s heart, forgiving spirits and godly influence to honor Him.
  • Continue to provide the financial resources for each local CEF Chapter & CEF State Office in these days.
  • Give much wisdom to the local CEF Directors, staff, state director, committees & boards in how to conduct the CEF summer ministries safely as the state of WV opens up.
  • Allow the children to attend the CEF Summer Ministries so they will be able to hear about Jesus.
  • Prepare the hearts of the children who attend the CEF ministries to be saved or grow in their faith.
  • Call individuals to serve on the CEF of WV State Board and to serve on the local CEF Committees.
  • Guide the CEF Eastern Panhandle chapter committee & CEF of WV State Board as they consider a couple, Ian and Nicole Vroon, to be the local CEF Director for CEF Eastern Panhandle chapter.
  • Guide the CEF of WV State Board as they begin the search for the next CEF of WV State Director.
  • Provide the Boekells a good used or new vehicle; Toyota has over 324,000 miles on it.