Hello! I am Ruth Boyatt and have been involved with Good News Clubs for four years. I've been married 36 years to a wonderful Christian man, have two grown daughters, one granddaughter and we are expecting a grandson in June.
After retiring from 32 years of public school teaching in 2013, my husband and I prayed about how to serve the Lord together. We worship at Northern Hills Bible Chapel where we've taught Vacation Bible School and Sunday School and have been church camp directors for 15 summers. However, my heart yearned to be back in the public school classroom teaching little ones about the gospel…the only thing that really matters! And since the public schools abolished prayer we wondered how can we bring the truth of the gospel there.
What a blessing it was to present the gospel within the walls of the public school! I have had to educate many Christians and non-Christians about the Supreme Court case that allows religious clubs in schools if other clubs are given space. Having spent 32 years in public schools, I know these children need the Lord and it has been wonderful to show Christian love and witness to the school staff as well. Being a part of CEF has blessed us, grown us and shown us that God is at work even in the darkest places. Praise Him for His glorious plan of salvation that we can publicly proclaim in the public schools.
We began researching how to start a Bible club in our local public school but, of course, going out alone with no organization to back us wasn’t a good idea. My husband, Joe, went searching on the internet and found Child Evangelism Fellowship and we were thrilled. Here is an organization that teaches the truth, the full gospel, in a wonderfully organized approach. We met with leadership, had amazing training on Good News Clubs, formed our team and started our first club at Brent Elementary in Finneytown.