In his best-seller, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Malcolm Gladwell defines tipping point as "the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point." This summer, we were privileged to watch the ministry of KidZ at Heart “boil over” in South Africa, Uganda, and Moldova.
In South Africa, a partnership with Walk Thru the Bible South Africa which began with a “Memo of Understanding” (MOU) signed in late 2010 reached a new threshold. Lynnette Stander, who has faithfully served as a trainer for both organizations over the past six years, accepted our appointment as KidZ at Heart’s National Trainer for South Africa. While her employment continues with Walk Thru the Bible, she now serves as an unpaid KidZ at Heart staff member to coordinate the KidZ/Walk Thru strategy for Southern Africa.
During our time in Johannesburg and Mooketsi, we selected and licensed a team of ten incredible local leaders to represent KidZ at Heart across the fifteen nations of Southern Africa. Lynnette Stander has used KidZ at Heart materials to train these leaders over the past six years, and she will now lead the team in multiplying the work of KidZ at Heart exponentially. We were able to model the new KidZ Ministry Certificate Program materials for the team of trainers and to launch them to “teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others” (2 Tim 2:2).
In Uganda, the 2012 birthplace of KidZ at Heart, we saw similar critical mass forming! In partnership with Kampala Evangelical School of Theology (KEST), our team was able to present the first round of eight "level one" KidZ Ministry Certification Program modules. Almost 100 children’s ministry teachers received the full week of training and were awarded the KidZ/KEST Teacher Certificate.
Here, too, years of “little things” have paid off. Grace Rwothumio, who hosted our first-ever cross cultural training in the restaurant where her Ugandan church rented space, agreed to serve as KidZ at Heart’s National Trainer for Uganda. Grace will coordinate a team of ten trainers selected from the national children’s ministry directors of several leading denominations. An eleventh trainer has moved back to Kenya and will “pass on” the training in his home country.
Finally, we arrived in Moldova and explored new territory with two new partners – Fellowship of Christian Athletes from Southern California and New Hope Eurasia. Talk about “boiling over!” During this third week, we discovered how KidZ at Heart can successfully assist FCA in providing dynamic cross-cultural ministry experiences for young American athletes while expanding the work of KidZ at Heart to new regions and equipping FCA leaders in other countries to successfully reach and teach young kids for Christ through evangelistic sports camps.
We wanted you to know what a difference you’ve made. Never let it be said that generous giving and heartfelt prayers are “little things.” Every member of the collective KidZ at Heart family over the past 14 years has contributed to the “boiling point” this summer. We are blessed and waiting to see what God will “cook up” next!
Gordon & Becki