This past year was full of challenges and blessings. Thank you for walking through both with us in prayer and friendship.
This newsletter serves as our 2016 Annual Report. The staff of KidZ at Heart share with you the many ways that God advanced the ministry this past year as we sought to equip people to reach and teach kids for Christ within their own culture.
We get the privilege of sharing with you what’s coming next!
In early January, the Leadership Community of KidZ at Heart (made up of the board and staff directors) spent two days together devoted to prayerful group spiritual discernment. During these days of seeking God’s heart for the future of this ministry, it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us (Acts 15:28) to make these five strategic priorities the focus of KidZ at Heart’s work for 2017-18:
- To increase the awareness of KidZ at Heart International as a ministry so that more may be equipped.
- To develop and implement specific strategies for equipping key geographical regions internationally (from introduction of the ministry to launching fully-trained local leadership).
- To develop and implement a specific and more aggressive strategy designed uniquely for the United States.
- To complete the KidZ Ministry Certification Program, including the Teacher, Advanced Teacher, Leader and Trainer Certificate.
- To fortify the health of KidZ at Heart ministry-wide, including personnel and resources.
The following day, we were struck by the enormous challenges these five statements represent. We also recognized an enthusiasm about getting to work on them! Only God can accomplish these five priorities, as Zechariah 4:6 reminds us: “ ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.”
And so we invite you to pray with us for the children of the world and for the work ahead. Without your prayers and God’s blessings, we simply have goals! With both, KidZ at Heart is reaching the 2.3 billion children in our world who need to know, love, and follow Jesus, by training the church and family leaders who are most strategically placed in the lives of these children.