As I reflect on the short time I have spent with KidZ at Heart, it has already been impactful. What an honor to see the Great Commandment and the Great Commission uniquely manifested in a singular mission to reach the 2.3 billion children of the world. I have been so blessed to see God working through our beloved communities worldwide, as we train, partner with, and mobilize networks of leaders to nurture the spiritual formation of children. There is such a passion in the hearts [...]
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 [...]
Some of us strive for it before we are ready to handle it. Some of us shirk from it when we are responsible for it. Some of us reluctantly embrace it.
It’s not easy. Perhaps the older we get, the more experience we have in the trenches, the more we understand that truth. It’s not easy. [...]
My reminder from the Lord this month comes from Colossians 3:23…Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. It is easy to drift out of that truth into performing for peoples’ expectations. God has renewed my perspective. Does that verse challenge you as well?
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A Typical Sunday School in El Salvador
A recent training event at the Evangelical University in El Salvador, hosted by Pastor Hugo, amazed him! He was impressed by the turnout and caught the enthusiasm of the people attending. He was beaming the whole time! As he talked to people independently, he heard over and over, “When can we schedule another conference for module 3 and 4? And then what about 5 and 6? [...]
We’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the word “generosity” lately. Webster defines the word as “the quality of being kind, understanding, and not selfish, especially the willingness to give money and other valuable things to others.”
God says certain people can be identified by this trait: “But generous people plan to do what is generous, and they stand firm in their generosity” (Is 32:8). And generosity is actually a characteristic of godliness: “Light shines [...]
We often ask leaders who are planning a youth, preteen or family missions trip, “Why do you want to take your young people on a missions trip?” And the answer is almost always the same: “Our young people need to learn to give.”
We don’t think that’s the right answer. In this context, we may actually be misleading our kids. It may be wrong to focus on [...]
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 [...]
1700s: Child labor was common, many hours a day. Christians lobbied for shorter hours and rest for children. They then used children’s times of rest to teach them the Bible and to read/write/do [...]