Gordon D. West: Blog Posts

The Heart of KidZ at Heart – January 2020

By |2020-01-09T11:03:20-05:00January 9, 2020|Gordon D. West: Blog Posts, Staff Blogs|

January 2020 is a month for contemplation. KidZ at Heart ended 2019 knowing the presence of God’s love and grace as he walked with us through the most difficult of our 17 years as a ministry. He brought us into 2020 refreshed and blessed. And God is continuing to grow KidZ at Heart and to deepen the ministry’s impact around the world.

We now enter a new year with anticipation about what God has ahead for us.

The Board of Directors of KidZ at Heart will gather [...]

Joy in Giving

By |2019-12-03T16:05:05-05:00December 3, 2019|Gordon D. West: Blog Posts|

One of the real joys of my position with KidZ at Heart is the privilege of meeting with our global community members who join the community as givers. As we enter a critical time of year for any non-profit ministry’s financial health, I have enjoyed reflecting on the responses I have already received in the past few weeks from those who have stretched to launch our $110,000 year-end campaign with a $70,000 challenge fund to encourage others [...]

Legacy of a Lifetime

By |2019-12-03T15:53:49-05:00November 7, 2019|Gordon D. West: Blog Posts|

As children’s ministry leaders, we can get caught up in day-to-day demands and forget why we “signed up” in the first place. Take stock to evaluate if you’re building an eternal legacy. Here are tips I learned from my dear wife:

• Care more about the person in front of you than anything else.
• Take time to really listen.
• No matter where you are, make that space a comfortable “home.”
• Focus on loving others, not on your own [...]

Children long to be loved.

By |2019-11-11T11:46:06-05:00December 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 [...]

We Invite You to Dream

By |2018-08-14T16:24:43-04:00August 14, 2018|Gordon D. West: Blog Posts, Gordon D. West: KidZ Newsletters, Staff Blogs, Uncategorized|

We’ve been talking quite a bit about spiritual formation of children and even a new project that KidZ at Heart is starting with Grafted Life Ministries. We invite you to dream with us.

Can you imagine...

  1. Casting a fresh vision for the church that thriving relationships with God and others are important at every age. There is no reason children can’t become aware of God’s presence in their everyday life. In fact, some would say they are as open to connecting with God, moment by [...]

Gordon & Becki – KidZ Newsletter July 2018

By |2018-07-19T16:44:32-04:00July 19, 2018|Gordon D. West: Blog Posts, Staff Blogs|

What does God do when he wants to get your attention?

For us, it often comes in the form of an idea bigger than we dare embrace followed by an excitement that just cannot be dampened. That’s exactly what happened to us recently.

New friends, new partners, new opportunities

God unexpectedly captured our attention in February. We were presenting our “Connecting Kids with God” workshop at the Spiritual Formation Society of Arizona’s 2018 National Conference. Since the foundation of spiritual formation is relationships, it should not have been [...]

Gordon & Becki – KidZ Newsletter May 2018

By |2018-05-18T01:28:36-04:00May 18, 2018|Gordon D. West: Blog Posts, Gordon D. West: Newsletters, Staff Blogs, Uncategorized|

We’ve seen it countless times over the past 16 years of training in other cultures. Local teachers, parents, and children’s leaders attend a KidZ at Heart training, and their lives and ministries are transformed. They embrace and immediately implement what they’ve learned. Children’s lives are impacted as they engage in and experience vital biblical truths. But something’s missing, or rather someone’s missing. During the training, attendees begin advocating for those who aren’t there to experience the same training.

This is the same situation in each country [...]

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 [...]

Gordon & Becki – KidZ Newsletter March 2018

By |2018-03-28T17:41:06-04:00March 28, 2018|Gordon D. West: Blog Posts, Gordon D. West: KidZ Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

Children and God connect with each other rather naturally and in many of the same ways that adults connect with God. As adults, we sometimes think we need to “help” both children and God to connect. But that’s not necessarily so! God and his children are pretty good at building a relationship when they are given a chance to do so.

In February, KidZ at Heart was privileged to be part of the 2018 Annual Conference of the [...]