Blog Posts

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.


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. [...]

The Idolatry of Security

By |2020-03-25T20:45:31-04:00March 25, 2020|Allison Gibson: Blog Posts|

We live in interesting times.  Coronavirus is ubiquitous, but the fear associated with it has spread even faster than the virus itself.  I'm someone who has not personally been affected much by the pandemic, so I've had an opportunity, almost as a neutral third-party observer, to watch what that type of fear does to people.  I won't go into the details here about panic-buying and toilet paper fights.  But as I've watched this situation unfold, one question has stood out to me.  Where does this [...]

Maureen’s March Newsletter

By |2020-03-20T16:23:31-04:00March 23, 2020|Maureen Berger: Blog Posts, Maureen Berger: Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

God is so faithful and good to His children! Read about how I have seen that truth in the past month. Contents:
  •  God's Goodness and Caring Provision
  •  A Global Look at KidZ at Heart International
  •  A Typical Week
  •  Prayer Requests
  •  Financial Support Update
  •  Join my Support Team
To read, click here: 2020 Mar Maureen Newsletter

Voices of Haiti; Life from Their Perspective – March 2020

By |2020-03-22T23:12:51-04:00March 22, 2020|Staff Blogs, Tanya Sloan: Blog Posts|

This month I am blessed to share a family with you that is very dear to my heart. It all started in February 2016 with a young boy named Benilson who was drawn to me, and I to him. A special bond grew between us, and as time went on that bond grew with his whole family. Over the past few years I have gotten to know them and feel as though I am one of them. I love this family very much. Benitho and [...]

Keep Our Eyes on Jesus

By |2020-03-22T21:10:42-04:00March 22, 2020|Staff Blogs, Tanya Sloan: Blog Posts|

When I think about the struggles of our world, I am glad I have faith in Jesus. I can not imagine getting through a day without Him. I can remember times when I have chosen the temptations of our world and found myself in a place I was never meant to go. Our Father loves us so much that He will never leave us. Keeping our eyes focused on Jesus transforms us from the inside out. Focusing on Jesus helps our clarity stay focused on [...]

Reasons for Gasping – with Delight!

By |2020-03-22T12:07:25-04:00March 22, 2020|Becky Dietz: Blog Posts|

Behold, I make all things new. Revelation 21:5

Of all the things that I will miss about my mother-in-law, (her warm smile, her delicious vegetable soup, her careful preparations when we came to visit, her devotion to Jim’s dad) I believe I will miss her “gasp” the most of all. Whenever she encountered someone she loved, or something happy or funny, or something unexpected, she would “gasp.” And her face would light up with delight! Her “gasp” was one of the most heart warming [...]

Janet Anthony Newsletter ~ March 2020

By |2020-03-18T20:37:18-04:00March 19, 2020|Janet Anthony: Blog Posts, Janet Anthony: Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

Social distancing dominates the media and our lives right now, and may prove to be very effective for slowing down the spread of the coronavirus. But I am coming to realize that social distancing is not such a new phenomenon, as much as it is a deepening of a condition we have all been living.

Read more in my recent newsletter.

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A Story from Reni

By |2020-03-18T17:54:49-04:00March 18, 2020|Becky McAllister: Blog Posts, Staff Blogs|

  Missionaries in Reni

I would love to share an amazing story with you about one of the ways we’ve seen God work in and through our team in Ukraine! This story takes place in Reni, Ukraine. There is a group who work in a children’s care center under the ministry of Ockert and Michele Potgieter. Ockert and Michele are from [...]

Nancy Tichy Newsletter ~ March 2020

By |2020-03-17T20:54:18-04:00March 17, 2020|Nancy Tichy: Blog Posts, Nancy Tichy: Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

You might say it’s a matter of genetics. My mother and my paternal grandmother were both published writers. It was a hobby for Grandmother Schroeder, but my mother was possibly more serious about finding a career in writing than she was about anything or anyone else. My propensity for writing surfaced before I left grade school.  Rather than making this a career choice, however, I moved into the realm of teaching, primarily influenced by an incredible, high school English teacher, Miss Gatzweiler.

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Shannon’s March 2020 KidZ at Heart Newsletter

By |2020-03-17T20:15:43-04:00March 17, 2020|Shannon Nyange: Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

  • This fall KidZ at Heart has short-term trips planned for several Asian countries. Our Myanmar team, led by KidZ at Heart board member Craig Omoto, is finalizing dates for either September or October for the third KidZ at Heart trip. Team leader Julie Chee is busy finalizing dates in November for our Thailand team, and we also have a trip to Indonesia scheduled for October. All three teams need team members. Is God calling you to GO?


  • A KidZ at Heart Ukraine team recently [...]