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Gordon & Becki – KidZ Newsletter August 2017

By |2017-08-15T15:09:47-04:00August 9, 2017|Gordon D. West: KidZ Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

The news is disturbing…

“Children, as young as seven years old, are being turned into human bombs…” (60 Minutes, CBS News).

“Turkey wedding suicide bomber 'was child aged 12-14’” (BBC).

“The Iraqi security officers grip the boy tightly… This was the dramatic moment Iraqi police stopped Hussein, a 15-year-old suspected in a suicide bombing attempt for ISIS…” (CNN).

Why are terrorists now focusing on children?

George Barna, church researcher, tells us this: “If you want to shape a person’s life – whether you are most concerned about [...]

Gordon & Becki – KidZ Newsletter July 2017

By |2017-07-18T14:03:57-04:00July 18, 2017|Gordon D. West: KidZ Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

Just about every church would agree that children should be taught about God.

But is that enough?

For many years, churches have been trying to improve the quality of Sunday school and other programs for children. In an effort to make Christian education more enjoyable and to keep kids coming back, talented people have continually created better curriculum and implemented more effective teaching methodologies.

And we commend these efforts! There is much that children need to know about God and about his Bible. And we want to use [...]

Gordon & Becki – KidZ Newsletter June 2017

By |2017-06-12T11:35:37-04:00June 12, 2017|Gordon D. West: KidZ Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

Worldwide, 85% of those who receive Christ do so before the age of 15* and most life-long spiritual values and beliefs are set in place during these same years. No other age group is as open to the gospel. Never again will Christian discipleship make such an impact.

Meanwhile, George Barna, American author and researcher, has spent most of his adult life exploring the relationship between God’s church and his people. Well, his “big” people at least.

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Gordon & Becki – KidZ Newsletter May 2017

By |2017-05-21T17:19:41-04:00May 13, 2017|Gordon D. West: KidZ Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

KidZ at Heart is now halfway through our 15th year of ministry. Many times we have wondered if the ministry would last another day, let alone another decade! We have often clung to the wisdom (and reality) of Gamaliel, when he told the council: “If this program or this work is merely human, it will fall apart, but if it is of God, there is nothing you can do about it” (Acts 5:38-39). [...]

Gordon & Becki – KidZ Newsletter April 2017

By |2017-04-18T13:24:56-04:00April 12, 2017|Gordon D. West: Blog Posts, Gordon D. West: KidZ Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

The Vacation Bible School Director from our home church just stopped by the KidZ at Heart office to pick up her VBS starter kit. How that brought back fond memories from over three decades of VBS outreaches! Summer presents a terrific opportunity to cast vision for ministry to children, train new volunteers, and most importantly, reach kids from our neighborhoods for Christ! [...]

Gordon & Becki – KidZ Newsletter March 2017

By |2017-03-13T18:50:23-04:00March 13, 2017|Gordon D. West: KidZ Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

We fondly remember our first KidZ at Heart trip almost 15 years ago. Like any good short-term trip, food experiences were a memorable highlight! We got to eat grasshoppers in Uganda and kudu and ostrich in South Africa – all on the same trip.

But far more memorable were the people. We noticed as we led the first training in Kampala, Uganda, that the young adults who attended were writing down every word we said! Talk about humbling. We felt a weight of responsibility to get [...]

Gordon & Becki – KidZ Newsletter February 2017

By |2017-02-08T18:07:35-04:00February 8, 2017|Gordon D. West: Blog Posts, Gordon D. West: KidZ Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

There is an old adage in ministry about “working yourself out of a job.” We heard it 35 years ago as we entered ministry, and we heard it this year as we continue to minister. And, while it sounds good, there will always be more people who need to know about Jesus! There doesn’t seem to be much about retirement in the Scriptures.

Instead, spiritual leadership is more about equipping believers to do the ministry, so that the work of the kingdom can expand. We are [...]

Gordon & Becki – KidZ Newsletter January 2017

By |2017-01-24T12:35:28-04:00January 18, 2017|Gordon D. West: Blog Posts, Gordon D. West: KidZ Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

This past year was full of challenges and blessings. Thank you for walking through both with us in prayer and friendship.

This newsletter serves as our 2016 Annual Report. The staff of KidZ at Heart share with you the many ways that God advanced the ministry this past year as we sought to equip people to reach and teach kids for Christ within their own culture.

We get the privilege of sharing with you what’s coming next! [...]

Gordon & Becki – KidZ Newsletter December 2016

By |2016-12-08T16:31:57-04:00December 8, 2016|Gordon D. West: KidZ Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

Our family has a favorite Christmas story that we either watch or read each year: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson. As the story begins, the pending doom is immediately clear:

The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world. They lied and stole and smoked cigars (even the girls) and talked dirty and hit little kids and cussed their teachers and took the name of the Lord in vain and set fire to Fred Shoemaker’s old broken-down toolhouse. 

Gordon & Becki – KidZ Newsletter November 2016

By |2016-11-14T12:28:02-04:00November 10, 2016|Gordon D. West: Blog Posts, Gordon D. West: KidZ Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

The past five months have caused us to re-examine everything. Life is fragile and time is short. We want our lives, now more than ever, to count for something, to make a difference, to honor our loving Heavenly Father in every way we can.

So many children around the world are in need of so much. That’s why we’re doubling down to mobilize children’s ministry leaders around the world to invest in making Great Commandment kids, ones who love God with all their hearts, all [...]