Becky McAllister: Blog Posts

How do you trust God during this unusual and difficult time?

By |2020-05-21T18:52:15-04:00May 21, 2020|Becky McAllister: Blog Posts, Staff Blogs|

Is this a question you have been asked or you have asked others? Or maybe you have even asked yourself? During a difficult time in our lives, we tend to ask more of these kinds of questions. Circumstances take us out of our normal daily routines, cause us to wonder what is next, and can even make us question everything we know.
Since the majority of the world has been in some kind of lockdown, I’ve been wanting to stay in communication with those we have [...]

A Story from Reni

By |2020-03-18T17:54:49-04:00March 18, 2020|Becky McAllister: Blog Posts, Staff Blogs|

  Missionaries in Reni

I would love to share an amazing story with you about one of the ways we’ve seen God work in and through our team in Ukraine! This story takes place in Reni, Ukraine. There is a group who work in a children’s care center under the ministry of Ockert and Michele Potgieter. Ockert and Michele are from [...]

Are We Finished?!

By |2020-02-19T21:13:18-05:00February 19, 2020|Becky McAllister: Blog Posts, Staff Blogs, Uncategorized|


Some people may be wondering what happens when a location finishes the 8 Modules of our Transforming KidZ Ministry Training…well I’d love to tell you!
These Modules are only the first phase of what KidZ at Heart does in each location we visit. It is part of our Launch Phase. We can spend 3-7 years finishing the 8 Modules depending on how often our team can return to each location and how much we can prepare the participants for the next phase.

Returning to Ukraine!

By |2020-01-13T22:40:29-05:00January 13, 2020|Becky McAllister: Blog Posts, Staff Blogs|

April, 2017 was the beginning of our relationship with the people in SW Ukraine!  Three years spent getting to know some wonderful people, learning the culture of this region, and encouraging each other as we all learn to help children fall deeply in love with Jesus, has been a tremendous blessing.

In March of 2020, our KidZ at Heart team will return again and we [...]

Are We “Too Familiar”

By |2019-12-04T16:21:37-05:00December 4, 2019|Becky McAllister: Blog Posts, Staff Blogs|

As we jump into the holidays, many of us will experience traditions that our families have had for generations. Traditions are what make our family time together special as we can remember many holidays doing the same things together. It helps us know what to expect and tends to cement these times into our memories. Sometimes we do not even know why we have [...]

Deepening Connections in Moldova

By |2018-10-17T15:20:07-04:00October 17, 2018|Becky McAllister: Blog Posts, Staff Blogs|

KidZ at Heart Team Leader, Debbie Rowley, noticed a variety of ages that attended the training at the three locations in Moldova. Teens and young adults were serious about their ministries and appreciated the training. One woman in Cahul told mentioned that as a school teacher, she attends many trainings, but this was the best. Many traveled by public transportation for several hours to attend the training. And the team was thrilled that Transnistrians attended for the [...]

A Cross-Cultural Mentor

By |2018-05-18T00:23:25-04:00May 18, 2018|Becky McAllister: Blog Posts, Staff Blogs|

Jackson lost his father during the Rwandan genocide. As an exchange student from Rwanda, Jackson then went on to the Coast Guard Academy. One of his classmates invited Jackson to his home for several holidays where Jackson was considered part of the family. He has since returned to serve in the Rwandan Air Force. Over a Christmas holiday, Jackson asked his classmate’s father, Andy Metroka, to mentor him.

Jackson’s uncle, Nathan Mashaija, started the Rushenyi Junior Academy in [...]

Traveling through Ukraine

By |2018-04-16T15:22:25-04:00April 2, 2018|Becky McAllister: Blog Posts, Staff Blogs|

In Bolgrad I was reunited with Maya, Natalie, Pastor Pantelei, Pastor Nicolai, and a few others.  It is wonderful to return to a location and see people you already know and can even talk to even though there is a language barrier.  We spent 2 days in this location as they progressed through Modules 3 and 4.  And at the same time they loved on us, fed us, told us all about the history of their home and worshiped with us.  There are several in [...]

New Teamwork in Nicaragua

By |2017-12-07T15:55:59-05:00December 7, 2017|Becky McAllister: Blog Posts, KidZ Stories, Staff Blogs|

In November 2017, KidZ at Heart leaders from the US and El Salvador joined to form Team Nicaragua. KidZ at Heart staff members Way & Gean Stevens (team leaders) and Carol Kendrick from the US joined Carolina de Portillo from El Salvador. The team traveled together to Nicaragua and served over 100 participants!

The first training was at the “Jovenaes IPJ Esposa del Cordero” (Bride of the Lamb) Church in Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua. The team was [...]

Surprises in Romania

By |2017-12-06T16:04:43-05:00December 6, 2017|Becky McAllister: Blog Posts, KidZ Stories, Staff Blogs|

When Nusa (who lives in Bacau, Romania) heard about the coming KidZ at Heart training, she doubted that she would get anything out of it. After all, she had already raised three of her five children to adulthood. She felt that working in children's ministry was not her passion, because she has a heart to help women who are transitioning from jail to society again.

Once she attended the KidZ at Heart training, she was excited to realize that what she learned during her training works [...]