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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. [...]

Your Best Gift

By | 2019-05-16T17:00:55+00:00 May 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+00:00 April 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+00:00 April 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 [...]

Establish a Training Site

By | 2019-04-29T16:18:52+00:00 April 23, 2019|Carolina de Portillo, Staff Blogs|

The Bible records many times when revival, restoration, and transformation burst forth because only one person believed, responded, obeyed—and saw God’s power in action!

In El Salvador, that one person was Carolina. Trained by KidZ at Heart in 2017, she started a Bible Club in a school, leading many children to fall deeply in love with Jesus. Then Soon after, Carolina trained to be a KidZ at Heart National Trainer. And now? KidZ has [...]

Welcome SureFire Prayer!

By | 2019-05-21T13:51:26+00:00 April 22, 2019|Gordon D. West: KidZ Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

The board and staff of KidZ at Heart International is delighted to welcome Paige Kolb and SureFire Prayer to our global Christian community. As the rich suite of resources and dynamic leaders of SureFire Prayer are grafted into KidZ at Heart, we will be better prepared than ever before to train, partner with, and mobilize networks of leaders to help kids fall deeply in love with Jesus!

Like any partnership, this one came together based on shared passion, vision, and style, with both [...]

Train a Trainer Like Ileana

By | 2019-04-29T16:13:47+00:00 April 17, 2019|Carolina de Portillo, Staff Blogs|

After attending an impactful KidZ at Heart training, Ileana was emboldened to begin holding children’s meetings in the center marketplace of her town. You see, many of the children who gather there are cared for by their grandmothers and are the sons and daughters of prostitutes or gang members. The children are cared for by their grandmothers who sell fruits and vegetables at the market. Ileana has started teaching the children using strategies and [...]

The Chatter in El Salvador

By | 2019-04-22T13:47:13+00:00 April 11, 2019|Adam Ormord: Blog Posts, Staff Blogs|

Stepping out into the early morning light I adjusted my senses to the unfamiliar sights and sounds of San Salvador. With my running shoes laced up and my headphones ready to rock, I glanced to the left and the right, determining which direction was the best.

As I contemplated my surroundings, I heard a sudden uproar of noise coming from beyond the treeline. Whatever it was, it was heading my way. I’d never heard anything quite like it before. The [...]

Speak, Lord, We Are Listening

By | 2019-03-14T16:22:13+00:00 March 14, 2019|Adam Ormord: Blog Posts|

“God told me to give you something of value, something meaningful to me, and I don’t know why.”

I spoke these emotionally fragile, hope-filled words to a man named Timothy at the close of a very special retreat day with licensed trainers in Kampala, Uganda.

He traveled a long distance to Kampala in order to be a part of the retreat. In fact, it was his second trip to the city in five days. He first attended our two-day [...]