We have just returned from a very full and fruitful ten days in El Salvador. Although exhausted, our hearts are full. KidZ at Heart El Salvador is moving full-speed ahead! Over recent months, we have sensed God moving the work of KidZ at Heart further into regional centers of impact. El Salvador is certainly one of those centers.
Joining us on this trip were KidZ at Heart staff members Gean Stevens (Way was unable to join us) and Jim and Becky Dietz (Becky is a new staff member from Florida). We hit the ground running on October 6, had meetings, trainings, and consultations every day, and left on October 15.
During this brief trip to the country, we were able to see God accomplish the following:
- Representatives of some of the country’s largest NGOs (non-governmental organizations, similar to our non-profits), including World Vision, Compassion International, King’s Castle, and Viva Network met and agreed to work with KidZ at Heart…and with each other…for the sake of the children of El Salvador.
- Twelve new leaders completed their training and were licensed to represent KidZ at Heart using our training materials within their own country. This brings the total number of licensed trainers in El Salvador to twenty.
- Sixty participants finished the last two modules of KidZ at Heart’s Children’s Ministry Certification Program and were awarded the Children’s Ministry Teacher Certificate.
- KidZ at Heart and UEES (Evangelical University of El Salvador) entered into a partnership for the children of El Salvador, signing an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) for joint ventures in equipping teachers, parents, and church leaders to effectively reach and teach their children.
Recently, Way and Gean Stevens, KidZ at Heart’s missionaries to El Salvador, have sensed that God was calling them home to Colorado. The mold prevalent in the damp climate of Latin America is unavoidable and Gean’s body cannot tolerate it. Even as Way and Gean end their time of service in-country, we see great fruit from their years of service!
Please pray for us as we discern God’s will for reformatting the in-country leadership team, appointing key leadership for the ministry, and releasing this work into the control of Salvadoran leadership. We are already at work on new projects with the University and have been contacted by a leader from one of the major NGOs about formalizing a partnership less than 24 hours after returning home.
How exciting to see God moving the work forward!