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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.

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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. [...]

Optimism or Realism? Both?

By |2019-06-25T15:51:03-04:00June 25, 2019|Becky Dietz: Blog Posts, Uncategorized|

 

In recent weeks we have had a big dose of reality. And it has been hard. Very hard.

We had some very good things and some very good people and then - we didn't. Reality changed and deep loss was the new reality.

I'm learning that reality can be harder than ever when I live with the optimistic expectation that "Happily Ever After" will be the norm in this world. Reality is always harder if we are living [...]

In Loving Memory of Becki West

By |2019-06-10T16:55:24-04:00June 2, 2019|Uncategorized|

A Celebration of Life service has been scheduled for Saturday, June 22, at 10:30 a.m. at Red Mountain Community Church, 6101 E Virginia St., Mesa, AZ.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be given in honor of Becki to:

It is with great sadness we share that KidZ at Heart Co-Founder and Senior Vice President Becki West went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 2. She was surrounded [...]

Welcome Home

By |2019-05-24T01:11:18-04:00May 24, 2019|Janna Firestone: Blog Posts, Staff Blogs|

I was honored when I saw the comment on Facebook. Our team photographer and historian, Carol, captured a photo as the team arrived at the airport in Manzanillo and posted the photo on the team's Facebook page. Gaby, one of the attendees expecting to receive her KidZ Ministry Teacher Certificate commented, "Welcome home!"

It truly did feel like returning home. Mexico will always have a beautiful and special place in my heart. I love it all...the music, the [...]

Your Best Gift

By |2019-05-16T17:00:55-04:00May 16, 2019|Gordon D. West: Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

At age 12, God called Carolina, a young woman in El Salvador eager to serve. She responded by assisting her Sunday school teacher but was soon leading a Vacation Bible School class on her own. Since that time, Carolina’s passion to teach children and connect them with a great God has grown her leadership and influence to impact many in her country. KidZ at Heart is blessed to have her as part of our staff community and delighted to highlight her work in El Salvador [...]

Oh, the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus – KidZ in Uganda

By |2019-04-23T18:37:38-04:00April 23, 2019|Becky Dietz: Blog Posts, Uncategorized|

I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go … I myself will go down with you …     
and I will also bring you up again. Genesis 46:3,4  

Usually my work is done in front of my computer - writing, making cultural adjustments, rewriting, consulting, formatting, rewriting, rewriting. BUT – going to Africa meant that I could see all those typed words come to life.

As I [...]

Provide Infrastructure

By |2019-04-30T11:46:58-04:00April 23, 2019|Carolina de Portillo, Staff Blogs|

Nobody likes to talk about infrastructure. It’s boring, right? But what’s our reaction to driving on a rutted road? To running over a pothole? We get tense. We slow down. Our vehicle can be damaged—in short, a lack of infrastructure impedes progress!

Boring as it may seem, there is now a tremendous need for infrastructure in KidZ at Heart’s efforts in El Salvador. We’re literally trying to expand to the north, south, east, and [...]