At age 12, God called Carolina, a young woman in El Salvador eager to serve. She responded by assisting her Sunday school teacher but was soon leading a Vacation Bible School class on her own. Since that time, Carolina’s passion to teach children and connect them with a great God has grown her leadership and influence to impact many in her country. KidZ at Heart is blessed to have her as part of our staff community and delighted to highlight her work in El Salvador as the focus of our spring campaign: From the Inside Out!
As Carolina grew from teenager to adult, she eagerly yearned to know more about helping children fall deeply in love with Jesus but was uncertain of how to help those who had influential teaching roles like herself. Teacher trainings were not happening in El Salvador – and then God led her to KidZ at Heart. Carolina learned that transformation really comes from the inside out, for teachers and children. She has many stories about those who have responded like her, and often speaks of Luis, a reluctant and skeptical boy who eventually opened his mind and heart to Jesus.
In 2013, the Lord led Carolina to be more active in the KidZ at Heart El Salvador community by opening doors for her to become a trainer and subsequently impact teachers from various church denominations on the Universidad Evangélica campus. After three years at the university, 250 teachers, leaders, and youth pastors, were trained with thousands more waiting. Carolina, along with other leaders in the community, saw an urgent need for a new generation of Christian leaders to transform El Salvador from the inside out.
What has transpired since then is an explosion of ministry opportunity in El Salvador, both in need and in the KidZ at Heart response:
- The need is great: 2 million children in El Salvador need to know, love, and follow Jesus.
- KidZ has been asked to train thousands of teachers in the largest churches in El Salvador over
the next two years, and beyond.
- KidZ at Heart El Salvador has made great progress toward a self-sustained National Training
Network with 26 National Trainers, and 60 more leaders actively preparing!
We love what Carolina has passionately shared about God’s work in El Salvador: “Leaders of children ministries have a responsibility for children to not just know about God, but really KNOW God. KidZ at Heart El Salvador has begun to turn this around!” Carolina de Portillo, KidZ at Heart
Regional Director (Latin America)
Consider giving your best gift to KidZ at Heart as part of God’s transformation of El Salvador… from the inside out!