There is an old adage in ministry about “working yourself out of a job.” We heard it 35 years ago as we entered ministry, and we heard it this year as we continue to minister. And, while it sounds good, there will always be more people who need to know about Jesus! There doesn’t seem to be much about retirement in the Scriptures.

Instead, spiritual leadership is more about equipping believers to do the ministry, so that the work of the kingdom can expand. We are commanded to take the truths we’ve heard and entrust them “to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Timothy 2:2). Our goal is to help those in the body of Christ to mature, to “grow and build itself up in love, as each part does its work” (Ephesians 4:16).

As KidZ at Heart enters its 15th year of ministry, we are delighted to see reliable people doing their work around the world!

Edwin, one of our earliest participants in Uganda, is now living in Kenya, building a children’s center and training others to tell kids at risk about Jesus.

Lynnette, a Walk Thru the Bible staff member in Johannesburg, coordinates training events in cities and towns across South Africa. She has recently taken KidZ at Heart training to Zambia and is now preparing to train in Malawi.

Carolina, a leader in El Salvador who we have yet to meet, has started developing a network with a huge international agency to take KidZ at Heart’s training across Central and South America. Meanwhile, she is adapting KidZ materials for Spanish-language trainees who do not read or write.

Grace, a gifted pastor in Kampala, leads a team of licensed KidZ trainers who represent every major denomination of Uganda. Working with our partner, Kampala Evangelical School of Theology, she is doing the work of reaching the children of East Africa.

Danielle and Aubrey, two young American women, are moving forward to obey God as they listen to his call on their lives to equip people to reach and teach kids for Christ within their own culture.

One of KidZ at Heart’s strategic priorities for 2017 and 2018 is to set goals for each major region of the world to be purposeful in introducing KidZ at Heart’s training, equipping others to use and replicate it, and, ultimately, to launch local leadership “as each part does its work.” It’s exciting to see teams of trainers already hard at work across their own countries in Latin America, Southern Africa, and Eastern Africa. Not far behind these teams, leaders in Eastern Europe, Western Africa, India and China are also emerging and starting to “entrust reliable people” with the truths they’ve heard.

But we aren’t done yet. As the world continues to spin out of control, too many of the 2.3 billion children still need to hear about Jesus (about 2/3 of them, to be exact). Please join with us in praying for those who are stepping forward to tell kids about God and for each team of trainers to continue to “grow and build itself up in love” as, together, we equip people to reach and teach kids for Christ within their own culture.