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KidZ Doesn’t Put on VBS Programs in Other Countries

By | 2018-04-16T15:08:19+00:00 April 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+00:00 May 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+00:00 May 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. [...]

Deepening Connections in Moldova

By | 2018-10-17T15:20:07+00:00 October 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 [...]

Co-Learning in Southern Africa

By | 2018-10-17T15:51:53+00:00 October 17, 2018|Pat McWhorter: Blog Posts, Staff Blogs|

Hundreds of children's leaders--those trusted individuals with whom children have an ongoing relationship--gathered for training in various locations throughout Southern Africa.  These trusted leaders took their roles very seriously. They not only have ongoing relationships with children, they have a God-given responsibility to nurture these children within their own culture. Though faced with a lack of resources and training, they wanted to know the best ways to help children fall deeply in love with Jesus.

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Connected in Community. Really.

By | 2018-10-17T15:53:11+00:00 October 15, 2018|Josh Rasmussen: Blog Posts, Staff Blogs|

As I reflect on the short time I have spent with KidZ at Heart, it has already been impactful. What an honor to see the Great Commandment and the Great Commission uniquely manifested in a singular mission to reach the 2.3 billion children of the world. I have been so blessed to see God working through our beloved communities worldwide, as we train, partner with, and mobilize networks of leaders to nurture the spiritual formation of children. There is such a passion in the hearts [...]

A Global Christian Community

By | 2018-10-15T14:46:17+00:00 October 15, 2018|Gordon D. West: Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

Why were 24 people cheering and clapping in El Salvador? Because we had just declared them part of the global Christian community called KidZ at Heart!

In El Salvador, we joined with Carolina de Portillo (Regional Director for Latin America) and Rocio Carcamo (National Trainer for El Salvador) and their team, as we conducted our first-ever Great Trainers Summit. Carolina and Rocio hand-selected 24 members from their current series of KidZ Ministry Teacher Certificate program trainings. This group received training and demonstrated their ability to effectively [...]

Dietz – Newsletter October 2018

By | 2018-10-15T12:24:48+00:00 October 15, 2018|Becky Dietz: Newsletters|

You can read the entire October newletter HERE.

Their idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field, and they cannot speak; they have to be carried, for they cannot walk. Do not be afraid of them, for they cannot do evil, neither is it in them to do good.

But the Lord is the true God, He is the living God and the everlasting King. Jeremiah 10:5, 10

Scarecrows will be Scarecrows.

By | 2018-10-15T12:20:56+00:00 October 15, 2018|Becky Dietz: Blog Posts|

Their idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field, and they cannot speak; they have to be carried, for they cannot walk. Do not be afraid of them, for they cannot do evil, neither is it in them to do good. …

But the Lord is the true God, He is the living God and the everlasting King. Jeremiah 10:5, 10

 

Scarecrows are in the Bible! I just saw that this week!

Stuffed with straw [...]