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Gordon D. West: Newsletters

Your Best Gift

By |2019-05-16T17:00:55-04:00May 16, 2019|Gordon D. West: Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

At age 12, God called Carolina, a young woman in El Salvador eager to serve. She responded by assisting her Sunday school teacher but was soon leading a Vacation Bible School class on her own. Since that time, Carolina’s passion to teach children and connect them with a great God has grown her leadership and influence to impact many in her country. KidZ at Heart is blessed to have her as part of our staff community and delighted to highlight her work in El Salvador [...]

Children long to be loved.

By |2018-12-12T17:02:50-04:00December 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 [...]

What We Do…In Just Three Words

By |2018-11-15T13:34:56-04:00November 15, 2018|Gordon D. West: Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

Train. Partner. Mobilize. And give thanks!

(Okay...that was six. But you get the point.)

Partner. You have relationships with children in your home, church, and community. Your proximity to those children and your relationship with them make you the most effective person to impact them. This is God’s design for passing on our faith to the next generation (Deuteronomy 6). It’s the same for the networks of adults with whom we partner across the United States and in more than 40 countries around the world where KidZ [...]

A Global Christian Community

By |2018-10-15T14:46:17-04:00October 15, 2018|Gordon D. West: Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

Why were 24 people cheering and clapping in El Salvador? Because we had just declared them part of the global Christian community called KidZ at Heart!

In El Salvador, we joined with Carolina de Portillo (Regional Director for Latin America) and Rocio Carcamo (National Trainer for El Salvador) and their team, as we conducted our first-ever Great Trainers Summit. Carolina and Rocio hand-selected 24 members from their current series of KidZ Ministry Teacher Certificate program trainings. This group received training and demonstrated their ability to effectively [...]

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 [...]

Gordon & Becki – KidZ Newsletter February 2018

By |2018-03-01T16:49:09-04:00March 1, 2018|Gordon D. West: Newsletters, Staff Blogs, Uncategorized|

KidZ at Heart has fifteen trips planned for 2018 and more on the way! Might God have a plan for you to join one of these teams?

God continues to advance the ministry of KidZ at Heart in two ways.

  1. More short-term teams are taking KidZ at Heart to countries around the world.
  2. More training is being done by local leaders within their own countries and beyond.

KidZ at Heart is expanding in key regions of the world. Leaders in South Africa, Uganda, and El Salvador have [...]

Gordon & Becki – KidZ Newsletter January 2018

By |2018-01-27T19:39:29-04:00January 25, 2018|Gordon D. West: Newsletters, Staff Blogs, Uncategorized|

“I know, Lord, that our lives are not our own.
We are not able to plan our own course” (Jer 10:23, NLT).

“We can make our plans,
but the Lord determines our steps” (Prov 16:9, NLT).

Those verses come to life as we look back over the past 15 years. KidZ at Heart became a reality on January 1, 2003, but we truly did not know what God had planned for us and the ministry.

International Training Events:

  • In 2002 and 2003 combined (our first exploratory trip was in late 2002 [...]

Gordon & Becki – KidZ Newsletter September 2016

By |2016-09-14T13:13:51-04:00September 14, 2016|Gordon D. West: Blog Posts, Gordon D. West: Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

One of the earliest members of the KidZ at Heart support team was named Bill. He attended our home church, and due to health restrictions, we didn’t get to see this wheelchair-bound saint very often before he went home to the Lord not too long ago.

Every time we did see him, his face would light up and he would reach his hand out to greet us. He would always say the same thing, “I’m so glad you can go, because I can’t. I pray for [...]

Gordon & Becki – KidZ Newsletter April 2016

By |2016-10-18T13:59:56-04:00April 7, 2016|Gordon D. West: KidZ Newsletters, Gordon D. West: Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

For the past four years, you have heard us talk about KAHLA, KidZ at Heart Leadership Advocates, a strategy to partner with local leaders in key regions of the world to train and certify children’s ministry workers. Now we’d like to share about exciting new developments and a new name.

It all began with a “listening group” in Kampala, Uganda, in late 2011. A group of over 70 Ugandan church, civic, and children’s ministry leaders shared their hearts for children and their vision for mobilizing more [...]

KidZ Doesn’t Put on VBS Programs in Other Countries

By |2017-05-02T14:15:32-04:00August 17, 2015|Gordon D. West: Blog Posts, Gordon D. West: KidZ Newsletters, Gordon D. West: Newsletters, KidZ Stories, Staff Blogs|

One of our favorite events of the year is Vacation Bible School. Churches across the United States have attracted crowds of children to their VBS programs this 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 [...]