Gordon D. West: Newsletters

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 [...]

KidZ Doesn’t Take Lots of Stuff Overseas

By |2017-05-02T14:16:35-04:00July 15, 2015|Gordon D. West: Blog Posts, Gordon D. West: KidZ Newsletters, Gordon D. West: Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

Have you ever been on a short-term team and had to borrow extra suitcases Gordon and Becki West KidZ at Heart Foundersfor all of the “stuff” you “had to” take along to do your ministry? You don’t have to do that on a KidZ at Heart trip…

KidZ at Heart’s short-term teams take little or no stuff. And here’s why. [...]

When the Elephant Dances, the Mouse May Die (unintended consequences of short-term missions)

By |2016-10-18T14:02:45-04:00October 3, 2014|Gordon D. West: Blog Posts, Gordon D. West: Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

By Miriam Adeney

The Dangers of Short-Term Missions

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An African Christian asked his Western friend, would he like to know what doing mission with Americans is like? The friend wanted to know. So the African told him a story.

Elephant and Mouse were best friends. One day Elephant said, "Mouse, let's have a party!" Mouse agreed, and they invited all their friends. Animals gathered from far and near.

They ate. They drank. They sang. [...]