Just three words sums up what KidZ at Heart International is all about. It's such a honor for me to work with such an incredible Christian organization that is reaching so many children for Christ. So here's what's it's all about:
Partner. You have relationships with children in your home, church, and community. Your proximity to those children and your relationship with them make you the most effective person to impact them. This is God’s design for passing on our faith to the next generation (Deuteronomy 6). It’s the same for the networks of adults with whom we partner across the United States and in more than 40 countries around the world where KidZ at Heart is at work.
Train. KidZ at Heart International now has more than 30 staff members living in 6 states and 5 countries. Together, the staff brings to our training events and certification programs over 500 years of experience in leading effective ministry to children. Our joy is to connect with people like you, experts in their own culture and connected to children within that culture, to share effective educational techniques and principles of spiritual formation for children. We thank God for the incredible staff he has assembled and for the gifts they bring for training networks of adults around the world.
Mobilize. When our partners and our trainers work together, the natural result is mobilization! People get moving! Churches send teams to train others cross-culturally, generous donors fund the work so children can be reached, networks of adults get trained and learn to share the training with others, and thousands of adults step forward to work effectively with the children of their own culture, helping them develop a deep commitment to Jesus. We thank God for those who go and those who give, the ones who make the work of KidZ at Heart possible.
As you can see these three things are crucial and the center to what KidZ at Heart does. As Africa Mobilizer I have a part in that. There's lots going on in 2019 with several trips to Africa.
Here's what's going on in Africa for 2019:
In May of 2019 a returning USA team will lead training in Rushenyi, Uganda. And in June of 2019 a returning USA team will lead trainings in Karatu,Tanzania. The teams will continue leading participants through the Basic Teacher Certification Program.
KidZ at Heart is excited to announce some of the 2019 plans for southern Africa also. In April, our southern Africa regional director will lead a team of trainers from South Africa (and potentially some from the U.S.) to continue training in Salima, Malawi, as well as Chipata, Zambia. In Chipata they will then have some participants ready to go through the Great Trainer Summit to become licensed KidZ at Heart trainers. Then in late October through the first part of November, Vice President of International Ministries Pat McWhorter will lead a team to train in Chongwe, Zambia, to continue training and invite qualified participants to become licensed trainers. The team will then head to a new country, Zimbabwe, to launch a Local Training Network in that country.
KidZ at Heart equips teachers all over the world that reach on average 200,000 children each year. Here are just a few quotes from teachers that attended training in various African countries. God is truly making a difference in their lives and in the children's lives that they teach!
"I know have more skills to teach children and lead them to Christ." - Blessing Ritham, Cameroon
"I love this program so much!" - Bethel, Chongwe Zambia
"This is the best training ever. It is interactive and helps you to look at the discipline." - Gertrude, Chipata Zambia
"This training was so exciting, helpful and I can't wait for the next one." - Bethel, Chipata, Zambia
"This is a helpful training and powerful. The training was great because it helped me to get new methods of teaching children." - Participant from Salima, Malawi
Prayer and Praise Update:
- Praise the Lord for our move to the USA, all went smoothly and we are slowly getting settled in Florida. Bryson is happy as can be as always and Samwel has adjusted well also and he's found work as a chef.
- Pray for upcoming trips to Africa as I start to mobilize them for 2019. KidZ at Heart will be going to Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya in 2019.
"Jesus said, "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children. And he placed his hands on their heads and blessed them..." Matthew 19:14-15 (NLT)
Happy December and have a blessed Christmas!