Blog Posts

KidZ Doesn’t Put on VBS Programs in Other Countries

By |2018-04-16T15:08:19-04:00April 15, 2018|Gordon D. West: Blog Posts, KidZ Stories, Staff Blogs|

One of our favorite events of the year is Vacation Bible School. Churches across the United States attract crowds of children to their VBS programs each summer.

So why is it that KidZ at Heart does not put on Vacation Bible Schools around the world?

When we began dreaming about an international ministry to reach children for Jesus, one of our earliest contacts was the pastor of Riga Matthew Church, Pēteris Sproģis, in the capital city of Latvia. The ministry of Matthew Church was well-known across [...]

KidZ at Heart Lives Out 2 Timothy 2:2

By |2017-05-02T15:10:28-04:00May 2, 2017|Gordon D. West: Blog Posts, KidZ Stories, Staff Blogs|

In the past, we’ve shared how KidZ at Heart avoids creating dependency by not taking lots of stuff overseas, how we encourage local ownership of the ministry by not “putting on” VBS programs for them, and how we raise up local leaders by training them instead of undermining them by working directly with children. But it’s not enough to simply avoid unintended consequences. We also purposefully share training programs that can be replicated across cities, regions, and denominations.


KidZ Doesn’t Undermine Local Leaders

By |2017-05-02T15:12:25-04:00May 2, 2017|Gordon D. West: Blog Posts, KidZ Stories, Staff Blogs|

The week after a visit from a short-term missions team from North America, a young African boy blurted out to his Sunday school teacher, “Why can’t you be funny like the Americans?”

This is the alarming story that we have heard from missionaries and church leaders in more than one country. It is this sort of unintended consequence that we have sought to avoid, and why KidZ at Heart’s short-term teams do not work directly with children in other cultures. [...]

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 [...]

News and Views: Latin America (May 2020)

By |2020-05-13T20:26:16-04:00May 8, 2020|Staff Blogs|

In early March, just before the whole world essentially shut down, we were able to take an exploratory trip to Guatemala. The trip went very well! We visited with pastors from multiple locations in and around Guatemala City and shared the vision of KidZ at Heart's training. The pastors eagerly welcomed us and shared their hearts for training the Sunday school teachers, leaders, and parents of their congregations and surrounding communities.

Lord willing, we hope to lead a team to Guatemala in [...]

News and Views: Europe (May 2020)

By |2020-05-13T20:34:57-04:00May 8, 2020|Staff Blogs|

In Eastern Europe, we can see God showing us his plans for the next steps needed in each country. Sometimes we have in mind what we think should happen next, and then God shows us that isn’t necessarily in his plans. What is wonderful about this is that when our eyes are fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith (Hebrews 12:2), this isn’t a problem. In fact, it is such a relief to know that he has the perfect [...]

News and Views: Asia (May 2020)

By |2020-05-14T13:14:27-04:00May 8, 2020|Staff Blogs|

We’re anticipating a great restart in India! 

It has been a few years since we have held any KidZ at Heart training in India. In October, we began planning to restart our ministry in Chennai, India.

From my current residence in Hyderabad, India, using various forms of communication including texts and WhatsApp, I have been working with Patrick McWhorter, KidZ Chief Operations Officer and Interim Vice President of Asian Ministries, to determine the steps necessary to accomplish an August launch.

The government of India imposed a 21-day lockdown [...]

News and Views: Africa (May 2020)

By |2020-05-08T17:47:44-04:00May 8, 2020|Staff Blogs|

“The joy of the Lord is my strength."
Nehemiah 8:10

It is with great joy that Kathleen Griffin has been called to serve with KidZ at Heart International in the African Ministries Department. Kathleen served as a team member on a trip to Tanzania in 2018, and God used that short-term mission to change her life. She discovered incredible people with a love for God, sharing their music and culture, and deeply caring for their children’s future.

News and Views: Giving (May 2020)

By |2020-05-13T20:42:18-04:00May 8, 2020|Staff Blogs|

Much has been said about the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, and in turn, on giving. Here at KidZ at Heart, we have run multiple financial scenarios based on how long this virus lasts, how long our ministry teams remain grounded, and how much this pandemic impacts our donor’s ability to give.

While we fully trust God will meet our financial needs, we also know it is wise to be prepared and thoughtful about how to respond to any changes we experience in [...]

News and Views: Prayer (May 2020)

By |2020-05-13T18:32:11-04:00May 8, 2020|Staff Blogs|

• Pray that God will give us wisdom as we acclimate two people into the workflow of the Training Resources Department: Sue VanBenthem (Coordinator of Trainer Development) and Tanya Sloan (Editorial Coordinator). Tanya is on loan to the Training Resources Department as she awaits final clearance to go to Haiti full-time as our National Training Network Coordinator.

• Pray for our discernment and conversations with ministry leaders in North America as we work together to implement steps to initiate and continue Transforming KidZ [...]

News and Views: KidZ at Home (May 2020)

By |2020-05-14T13:08:37-04:00May 7, 2020|Staff Blogs|

What are the hot topics of conversation where you are right now?

These days of being at home together have brought wonderful occasions to talk and listen deeply to one another — and to God. In the KidZ community, conversation often turns to what God is using to draw us closer to himself. His amazing creativity is evidenced in the ways he uses to form each of us into his likeness.

And the KidZ at Home conversations we will be having [...]

News and Views: North America (May 2020)

By |2020-05-14T13:10:27-04:00May 7, 2020|Maureen Berger: Blog Posts, Maureen Berger: Newsletters, Maureen Berger: Prayer Updates|

Discovering God’s Higher Plan

By Maureen Berger

“… my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
— Isaiah 55:9

My journey during the past year has been nothing I could have imagined! Peek into my journey of God’s leading and provision as I enter my new role at KidZ at Heart.

Last summer: I feel the Lord preparing me for change. I don’t have any idea of what that might be, as I have [...]