KidZ Stories

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 [...]

New Teamwork in Nicaragua

By |2017-12-07T15:55:59-05:00December 7, 2017|Becky McAllister: Blog Posts, KidZ Stories, Staff Blogs|

In November 2017, KidZ at Heart leaders from the US and El Salvador joined to form Team Nicaragua. KidZ at Heart staff members Way & Gean Stevens (team leaders) and Carol Kendrick from the US joined Carolina de Portillo from El Salvador. The team traveled together to Nicaragua and served over 100 participants!

The first training was at the “Jovenaes IPJ Esposa del Cordero” (Bride of the Lamb) Church in Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua. The team was [...]

Surprises in Romania

By |2017-12-06T16:04:43-05:00December 6, 2017|Becky McAllister: Blog Posts, KidZ Stories, Staff Blogs|

When Nusa (who lives in Bacau, Romania) heard about the coming KidZ at Heart training, she doubted that she would get anything out of it. After all, she had already raised three of her five children to adulthood. She felt that working in children's ministry was not her passion, because she has a heart to help women who are transitioning from jail to society again.

Once she attended the KidZ at Heart training, she was excited to realize that what she learned during her training works [...]

Reaching Kids, Like Luis, in El Salvador

By |2018-01-04T12:56:47-05:00November 20, 2017|Becky McAllister: Blog Posts, KidZ Stories, Staff Blogs|

Carolina knew something was wrong. In El Salvador, more than half the young people in jail self-identify as coming from a Christian family – a disturbing pattern which told of Christian parents and teachers not doing their job well. Carolina says, “The KidZ at Heart training is exactly what we need in El Salvador to fight spiritual decay.”

After first attending KidZ at Heart training in El Salvador in 2008, Carolina immediately saw the value of what she [...]

God’s Work in Moldova

By |2017-10-16T18:08:57-04:00October 16, 2017|Becky McAllister: Blog Posts, KidZ Stories, Staff Blogs|

This summer, Debbie Rowley led a team of KidZ at Heart trainers to Moldova. It was KidZ at Heart’s second trip to this former Communist bloc country. What a joy that KidZ could train teachers in this place where God’s name was “stomped out” for 70 years! That is truly a miracle. Read on—here are great stories that came out of their time with the eager learners who attended the KidZ training, as told by Debbie.

Brother Oleg [...]

Ukraine: Natalia’s Story

By |2017-10-08T13:46:52-04:00September 18, 2017|Becky McAllister: Blog Posts, KidZ Stories, Staff Blogs|

Do you know where the country of Ukraine is? Good for you! It wasn’t that long ago that KidZ at Heart really didn’t know, by actual experience, where Ukraine is—or how powerfully the KidZ training program would impact hearts there!

KidZ returned to Ukraine in 2017. And to give you a taste of the wonderful impact that has already come of KidZ at Heart training, let us tell you about Natalia.

Natalia was already an inspired and hardworking teacher [...]

Now – While the Cambodian Government is Open

By |2017-10-08T13:47:41-04:00September 11, 2017|Janna Firestone: Blog Posts, KidZ Stories, Staff Blogs|

Oudom recognized God’s hand on his life from an early age while growing up in an orphanage in Cambodia. Thankfully, his orphanage, his home, was led by the South East Asia Prayer Center (SEAPC). Oudom and his “brothers and sisters” became a close-knit group felt led to improve the education of Cambodian children. He searched for effective ways to interest children in learning, so they will engage in and enjoy the learning. Oudom found KidZ at Heart. [...]

Updates from Nepal

By |2017-07-26T14:32:20-04:00July 24, 2017|Becky McAllister: Blog Posts, KidZ Stories, Staff Blogs|

In January 2016, a team from KidZ at Heart went to Nepal for the first time. They got to know their host, Sher Lama, his wife, Kalpana, and their three sons. The Lama family operates a Children’s Home in Pokhara. This Home is used for mission purposes as missionaries come to stay. It provides a place for others to come and fellowship and pray together. During their time in Nepal, the team not only gave the three-day conference, but also served in the community as [...]

Nurturing Faith in Children in El Salvador

By |2017-07-17T12:06:47-04:00July 17, 2017|Becky McAllister: Blog Posts, KidZ Stories, Staff Blogs|

Last week, 22 participants experienced effective training on nurturing faith in kids and themselves with KidZ at Heart and Evangelical University in El Salvador. KidZ Regional Coordinators Way and Gean visited from the United States to help lead the training and encourage in-country staff to continue training throughout the year.

Lives Changing in Ukraine

By |2017-06-14T11:42:50-04:00June 14, 2017|Becki West: Blog Posts, KidZ Stories, Staff Blogs|

The KidZ at Heart team who recently went to Ukraine came back excited and full of stories! This team shared the KidZ at Heart trainings in three different locations, which was a first for this country. But to make the trip even more exciting, there was also a large late-season winter storm! Due to transportation being shut down, that caused some participants to miss the first training. The storm also meant that the third training location had to be changed just days before the event. But amid the bustle, here are several reports from our team members that give you a flavor of what happened: