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KidZ Doesn’t Put on VBS Programs in Other Countries

By |2018-04-16T15:08:19-05:00April 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 |2017-05-02T15:10:28-05:00May 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.

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KidZ Doesn’t Undermine Local Leaders

By |2017-05-02T15:12:25-05:00May 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. [...]

Spiritual Formation of Children

By |2019-11-12T15:17:52-05:00November 10, 2019|Uncategorized|

The best seat in the house. That’s what God has given us, and we are filled with gratitude.

All of us who are investing in the spiritual formation of children have an unobstructed view of God at work. We get to watch God put foundational building blocks in place so that children have an entire lifetime of enjoying the friendship of their creator. We get an up-close view of the Holy Spirit as he [...]

Legacy of a Lifetime

By |2019-11-12T11:44:02-05:00November 7, 2019|Uncategorized|

As children’s ministry leaders, we can get caught up in day-to-day demands and forget why we “signed up” in the first place. Take stock to evaluate if you’re building an eternal legacy. Here are tips I learned from my dear wife:

• Care more about the person in front of you than anything else.
• Take time to really listen.
• No matter where you are, make that space a comfortable “home.”
• Focus on loving others, not on your own [...]

KidZ in Action – A “To Do” for You

By |2019-11-12T15:34:06-05:00November 7, 2019|Gordon D. West: Newsletters|

A Time for Gratitude

Many studies show that gratitude changes our heart attitudes, enhances relationships, and reduces
stress. How can we cultivate a heart of gratitude for our families?

Materials needed: blank notepaper, envelopes, stamps, markers, pen or pencil

Read: EPHESIANS 1:15–16: “For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your
love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.”

Discuss: Have a family discussion about people [...]

Another New Beginning

By |2019-08-21T03:02:00-05:00August 21, 2019|Adam Ormord: Blog Posts|

I'm writing this article early in the morning on August 6th, 2019, while listening to the sounds of energized and refreshed voices greeting one another, laughing together, and loving really well. Our team of twelve is here in Costa Rica to present KidZ at Heart Training for the very first time in this beautiful country.

The folks from Christ's Church in Effingham, Illinois, have stepped up to this "new beginning" in Costa Rica in a really big way. Seven of us have been trained to launch [...]