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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. [...]

Celebrating Engagement in 2018

By | 2019-01-15T15:52:46+00:00 January 15, 2019|Janna Firestone: Blog Posts, Staff Blogs|

KidZ at Heart is a global Christian community.

As community members engage with the ministry, I want them to personally experience spiritual formation and feel compelled to passionately and clearly share KidZ at Heart with others.

With five new staff members and a fresh approach to communications, I'm already seeing this dream become a reality!

We all have a story.

As people come on staff, join a short-term trip, attend a training, or become a part of the KidZ at Heart community [...]

A Look at Content Development in 2018

By | 2019-01-15T15:50:19+00:00 January 15, 2019|Staff Blogs, Valorie Eddy: Blog Posts|

What a year this has been! It seemed like everything we worked to develop needed a huge learning curve.

Our work with Hope International University (HIU) has taught us a lot about what it means to take our in-person training material and create an on-line course. After many hours of work by our department and feedback from our colleagues at HIU, the course is in its final stage. The goal is to offer it for the first time during the summer 2019 session.

This was the year [...]

Dietz – Newsletter January 2019

By | 2019-01-15T11:22:32+00:00 January 15, 2019|Becky Dietz: Newsletters|

You can read the entire January newsletter HERE.

Come Into His Presence

All my life I've known the privilege of a praying father. But now my dad doesn't pray for me every night.

Since November 6, he talks to the Lord face to face.

The loss of my dad's prayers may be the greatest loss of my life. Something very, very important is missing.

 

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Development in 2018

By | 2019-01-15T13:03:24+00:00 January 14, 2019|Josh Rasmussen: Blog Posts, Staff Blogs|

Another year of great growth! God has led KidZ at Heart staff and board members through a number of milestones as we help children fall deeply in love with Jesus.

KidZ at Heart is setting the stage to allow for a rapid expansion of knowledge and skills. Joan, a National Trainer for KidZ at Heart, provides training in remote areas throughout the year. She conducted one specific training for 22 teachers in Olievenhoutbosch, South Africa (a place unfamiliar to [...]

2018: A Year in Review

By | 2019-01-17T11:29:18+00:00 January 14, 2019|Gordon D. West: KidZ Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

This was a year of continuing to listen for and cooperate with God’s priorities for KidZ at Heart. To the best of our ability, our staff and board gathers regularly for a variety of spiritual practices, where we attempt to create space to be with and listen to God as a ministry team. You might think of it as creating a Tabernacle experience where we can spend time with God personally.

As we continued to follow those practices together in 2018, we saw God bring new [...]

What God Has Done in 2018 – International Ministries

By | 2019-01-14T17:49:54+00:00 January 14, 2019|Pat McWhorter: Blog Posts, Staff Blogs|

What Others are Saying

"Thank you for coming and I hope you come back soon.  I have been asked to be in charge of the Children's classes at my church.  You have given me so much information to use for my teachers.  Thank you."

"Thank you for coming.  As a Pastor I should know about all of the areas in my church.  I realize now just how little I know about Children's classes.  Now I can better help my teachers."

"These [...]

Unexpected Focus for 2018 ~ North American Ministries

By | 2019-01-14T17:50:23+00:00 January 7, 2019|Janet Anthony: Blog Posts, Staff Blogs|

 A new year seems to always begin with a list of priorities, then strategies to reach those priorities, followed by tactics needed to meet the strategies. Though every year our department begins with a detailed plan, our highlight in the North American Ministries department during 2018 has surprisingly been in the area of God-prompted relationships. We have discovered that those developing relationships have been vital to the health of our department and to accomplishing those priorities as well.

  • More than 100 new relationships are beginning [...]

Children long to be loved.

By | 2018-12-12T17:02:50+00:00 December 12, 2018|Gordon D. West: Blog Posts, Gordon D. West: Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

Children long to be loved. When they are loved consistently and in meaningful ways by adults in their lives who also love Jesus, the children end up falling deeply in love with Jesus themselves. That’s the message of Deuteronomy 6.

However, that’s not the “norm” in our culture and in many others around the world. Dallas Willard shared the grim news during a talk in 2001 when he acknowledged that it is now statistically and anecdotally common to find that Christians generally do not differ significantly [...]