Why were 24 people cheering and clapping in El Salvador? Because we had just declared them part of the global Christian community called KidZ at Heart!
In El Salvador, we joined with Carolina de Portillo (Regional Director for Latin America) and Rocio Carcamo (National Trainer for El Salvador) and their team, as we conducted our first-ever Great Trainers Summit. Carolina and Rocio hand-selected 24 members from their current series of KidZ Ministry Teacher Certificate program trainings. This group received training and demonstrated their ability to effectively use KidZ at Heart’s training materials to equip other adults. Then they were awarded the KidZ Great Trainers Certificate, and they were offered the opportunity to become licensed KidZ trainers. So now, they too, are part of the global KidZ at Heart community.
Josh Rasmussen (VP of Development) and Adam Ormord (Director of Regional Ministries) joined me (Gordon) as we traveled to El Salvador. (Becki had to remain in Arizona, as her father was placed in hospice just before departure. Sadly, he went home to be with the Lord while we were in El Salvador.)
KidZ at Heart is a global Christian community. Together, Christians in more than 40 countries around the world train, partner with, and mobilize networks of adults – in community. The members of the global KidZ at Heart community share something very special. We share a love for Jesus and a common desire to help children fall deeply in love with him, too!
Who is part of the community? Every prayer warrior, donor, staff member, board member, volunteer, children’s ministry leader, pastor, workshop editor, short-term team member, curriculum writer, network coordinator, training event attendee, academic partner, host, advocate, organization partner, online course student, Sunday school teacher, grandparent, caregiver, parent, and … well … probably you!
A “community” is a group of people who commit to one another for the sake of a shared cause! If you share our desire to help kids fall deeply in love with Jesus, you are invited to join the community, too. Whether you are living out your love for God in front of your own children or grandchildren, giving to the cause, praying or training…you can make a huge impact on the 2.3 billion children in our world who need to fall deeply in love with Jesus!
Then you can cheer and applaud for yourself!