Staff Blogs

News & Views, Africa (June 2020)

By |2020-06-02T19:16:45-04:00June 2, 2020|Staff Blogs|

To Be Continued …

Lynnette Stander, our Regional Director for South Africa, shares some wonderful pictures of training at the beginning of 2020. Due to the lockdown, Lynnette and her team have not been able to continue in-person training since March. After a great start to the year, it has been hard to put the training on hold.

“We started the year with training in five venues, with the two extremes 1,000 miles apart,” Lynnette said. “Three of these locations are first-time training. [...]

News & Views, giving (June 2020)

By |2020-06-03T18:25:09-04:00June 2, 2020|Staff Blogs|

A Bold Step

For the past many weeks, 59 million American children have been out of school and out of church. At KidZ at Heart, we heard God asking us to address the needs of these families as they have sought to “make the best” of this global pandemic. 

Our team responded to that call almost overnight and created our newest initiative: KidZ at Home: Nurturing Children to Love God with All Their Heart, a resource designed to equip church leaders to [...]

News & Views, prayer (June 2020)

By |2020-06-02T20:18:30-04:00June 2, 2020|Staff Blogs|

• Gordon and Becki West, our greatly loved founders of KidZ at Heart, along with their daughters Ashley (and Zechariah) and Emily (and Mike), worked together to build the vision God gave to them for this ministry. One year ago June 2, Becki went home to the Lord, so this time is difficult as Gordon, his adult children, extended family, and the KidZ at Heart family lovingly remember her. Please pray for them.

• Teams and training participants are eager to continue [...]

From the Heart of KidZ at Heart (June 2020)

By |2020-06-02T18:15:53-04:00June 2, 2020|Gordon D. West: KidZ Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

Recently, I heard the definition of “legacy” as giving to others what God has entrusted us to share … and to do so with his authority. I love that concept! And this month, between our American holidays to honor mothers and fathers, I want to speak to you about helping leaders at church and at home advance their legacies to the next generation.

KidZ at Home is our newest initiative at KidZ at Heart. Currently, we are publishing a 30-minute video [...]

How do you trust God during this unusual and difficult time?

By |2020-05-21T18:52:15-04:00May 21, 2020|Becky McAllister: Blog Posts, Staff Blogs|

Is this a question you have been asked or you have asked others? Or maybe you have even asked yourself? During a difficult time in our lives, we tend to ask more of these kinds of questions. Circumstances take us out of our normal daily routines, cause us to wonder what is next, and can even make us question everything we know.
Since the majority of the world has been in some kind of lockdown, I’ve been wanting to stay in communication with those we have [...]

News and Views: Latin America (May 2020)

By |2020-05-13T20:26:16-04:00May 8, 2020|Staff Blogs|

In early March, just before the whole world essentially shut down, we were able to take an exploratory trip to Guatemala. The trip went very well! We visited with pastors from multiple locations in and around Guatemala City and shared the vision of KidZ at Heart's training. The pastors eagerly welcomed us and shared their hearts for training the Sunday school teachers, leaders, and parents of their congregations and surrounding communities.

Lord willing, we hope to lead a team to Guatemala in [...]

News and Views: Europe (May 2020)

By |2020-05-13T20:34:57-04:00May 8, 2020|Staff Blogs|

In Eastern Europe, we can see God showing us his plans for the next steps needed in each country. Sometimes we have in mind what we think should happen next, and then God shows us that isn’t necessarily in his plans. What is wonderful about this is that when our eyes are fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith (Hebrews 12:2), this isn’t a problem. In fact, it is such a relief to know that he has the perfect [...]