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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. [...]

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 [...]

Shannon Nyange March 2019 Newsletter

By | 2019-03-13T13:39:32+00:00 March 6, 2019|Shannon Nyange: Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

Great Trainer Summit Uganda 2019

Great Trainer Summit Uganda 2019 Isaiah 42:6 – I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness. I will take you by the hand and keep you.

I'm excited to share with you some wonderful things that took place recently in Uganda. This past month a team of four KidZ at Heart staff members traveled to Kampala, Uganda to conduct a Great Trainer Summit training and meet up with our partnering school Kampala [...]

A 10-Year-Old Teacher

By | 2019-03-07T20:28:40+00:00 February 28, 2019|Carolina de Portillo, Staff Blogs|

Eddie, at the young age of 10, attended his first KidZ at Heart training. Honestly, the presenters were concerned that he might be a distraction for the other attendees. The adult leaders wanted to learn how to better help children fall deeply in love with Jesus, but why was Eddie there?

Little did they know.

You see, Eddie serves as a Sunday school teacher to a group of three-year-olds at the tabernacle in Chalatenango, two hours away from his home [...]

From the Inside Out

By | 2019-03-07T20:19:05+00:00 February 28, 2019|Gordon D. West: KidZ Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

Recently, we visited the growing KidZ at Heart team in El Salvador to conduct KidZ at Heart’s Great Trainers Summit, our training of trainers. While traveling in-country, we saw churches everywhere which helped us see why El Salvador considers itself to be a Christian country. Jesus has been proclaimed there for many years, yet we were saddened to hear the results of a recent survey.

This study revealed that 54.9% of all inmates currently in the prisons of El Salvador [...]

Half way around the world – and back again

By | 2019-01-15T11:57:28+00:00 January 22, 2019|Becky Dietz: Blog Posts|

Having said all of that about prayer in my previous post, this may be a safe place for a confession: I feel like I am way out of my comfort zone and totally beyond my capacity. UNLESS … (This is a vital defining point.) Unless I am surrounded by the fervent prayers of faithful friends. Unless God finishes the work that He has begun. 

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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 [...]