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Dave Magnuson Vice President of Communications Troutdale, OR

News & Views / North America (October 2020)

By |2020-10-06T18:30:08-04:00October 6, 2020|Staff Blogs|

Enduring hardship: Life is hard. Life is not about denying the pain and grief of life. It is to know that whatever we face, we never face it alone. And the Spirit of God is intimately aware and present in all the circumstances of life.

As Christians, many of us think we need to put on an upbeat, “everything is fine” face even when we are struggling with the challenges of life. During these COVID-19 pandemic times, I think we have all grown weary [...]

News & Views / Latin America (October 2020)

By |2020-10-07T20:56:37-04:00October 6, 2020|Staff Blogs|

God’s Selection

One of the most important issues to consider when starting a set of eight training modules in a country was selecting someone among the participants who will later join the national team of trainers. 

The selection process has to start with prayer — asking God to hand-pick the brothers and sisters he wants as members of the KidZ at Heart national team in each country. 

It can be natural for a National Coordinator to be astounded by one participant’s skills [...]

News & Views / Europe (October 2020)

By |2020-10-06T18:09:06-04:00October 6, 2020|Staff Blogs, Uncategorized|

KidZ at Heart would like to introduce you to Valentina Lavrinenko, our Regional Director for Eastern Europe. God has given Valentina a unique story, and we would like to share it with you.

Valentina was born and raised in a Christian family from Kiev, Ukraine. She moved to Colorado in 1994 with her husband, Nikolay, and three daughters. A decade later, they became parents to a son in the United States, and [...]

News & Views / Asia (October 2020)

By |2020-10-07T19:37:35-04:00October 6, 2020|Staff Blogs|

Several of our staff members — including those from other countries — gather each week over WhatsApp messaging to pray together, praising our Father and asking him to protect us, guide us, and help us keep our eyes focused on his plan.  

Recently, our Regional Training Network Director for Asia, Lee Ruud, shared the following verse and devotional. We pray that this will comfort you and bring you into his presence.  

The Lord is near to all who call on him, [...]

News & Views / Africa (October 2020)

By |2020-10-07T19:36:11-04:00October 6, 2020|Staff Blogs|

Our feature article this month is written by Claudia Makomiku. Claudia is an engineer by profession and a longtime member of University Community Fellowship, where she went through Transforming KidZ Ministry Teacher Certificate Training. She has taught Sunday school for more than 10 years, and now serves as a co-trainer with Grace Rwothumio in Uganda.

How My Teaching Has Changed

Children sitting still, trying hard to pay attention to what the teacher is saying. No giggling, no speaking or [...]

News & Views / Prayer (October 2020)

By |2020-10-07T11:17:35-04:00October 6, 2020|Staff Blogs, Uncategorized|

The Training Resources Division of KidZ at Heart is busy making preparations. Your prayers provide vital support for the work of the staff in this area of our ministry.

  • Valorie is teaching the Hope International University course Nurturing Spiritual Formation in Children until mid-October. Students need to experience deep transformation themselves, using acquired skills to integrate spiritual practices into their teaching.
  • Tanya is overseeing the formatting and translation of KidZ at [...]

News & Views / Give (October 2020)

By |2020-10-05T14:50:14-04:00October 5, 2020|Uncategorized|

We are asking for your help to facilitate online training in such places as Nepal, El Salvador, South Africa, and Canada.

Thanks to the hard work of our Training Resources Department and our dedicated National Training Network Directors and Coordinators, we have been able to implement online training in multiple countries, with more to come in the days and weeks ahead.

We are grateful for the opportunity to continue our Transforming KidZ Ministry training, despite an unforeseen pandemic that has had a severe impact on our ability [...]

KidZ on Mission: Be Close (Sept 2020)

By |2020-09-18T14:41:19-04:00September 18, 2020|Staff Blogs, Uncategorized|

Know Your Neighborhood

Loving others flows from our relationship with God, which we share through relationships with others. Let’s get to know our neighbors.

Draw a simple map of the street where you live, using a square to indicate each house on your map. Label each house with the family name, if you know it. Make a point of having a conversation this month with as many neighbors as possible, writing down the name of each family member. Can you complete your map [...]

KidZ on Mission: Love Differently (Sept 2020)

By |2020-09-18T14:38:18-04:00September 18, 2020|Staff Blogs, Uncategorized|

Different Yet Alike

Every day, we are close to people who are different from us. Remember, God is the author of creativity, and he loves all people everywhere. Look around each day. See how many people near you are different in one or more of these ways:

  • Born in a different country.
  • Much older.
  • Much younger.
  • Different skin color.
  • Writes with a different hand than you.
  • Speaks a different language.
  • Has different physical abilities.

Put a pebble or an M&M in a jar for each difference you find every day [...]

KidZ on Mission: Reach Wide (Sept 2020)

By |2020-09-18T14:32:10-04:00September 18, 2020|Staff Blogs, Uncategorized|

Reach Wide: Ideas for Engagement

Here’s what you need:

  • A large paper or plastic world map mounted in a space that’s accessible to everyone.
  • Small paper circles or a sheet of sticky circles for each person.

Here’s what to do:

  • Each member of your family or class makes a list of the people he or she knows who live, or used to live, outside your country.
  • You can give a different color of circles to each person, or each person can print his or her initials on [...]