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Valorie Eddy: Blog Posts

A Look at Content Development in 2018

By | 2019-01-15T15:50:19+00:00 January 15, 2019|Staff Blogs, Valorie Eddy: Blog Posts|

What a year this has been! It seemed like everything we worked to develop needed a huge learning curve.

Our work with Hope International University (HIU) has taught us a lot about what it means to take our in-person training material and create an on-line course. After many hours of work by our department and feedback from our colleagues at HIU, the course is in its final stage. The goal is to offer it for the first time during the summer 2019 session.

This was the year [...]

Content Development – 2017

By | 2018-01-17T12:38:08+00:00 January 17, 2018|Staff Blogs, Valorie Eddy: Blog Posts|

All eight modules of the KidZ Ministry Teacher Certificate are not only written, but have already been revised and redistributed based on feedback from the field.

The content for our first course to be offered in partnership with Hope International University has been outlined and course objectives written. We are so excited about this partnership and the opportunity it gives to offer KidZ at Heart training online.

This department is growing! God is calling new volunteers and staff to meet the demand for training material both in [...]

Valorie’s Story

By | 2017-05-15T17:39:38+00:00 April 18, 2017|Staff Blogs, Valorie Eddy: Blog Posts|

KidZ at Heart recruits and trains short-term teams from across the United States and then provides the teams with field-tested training materials to use in equipping conferences around the world. It’s not just those trained and their kids who benefit. It’s a blessing for those who go on a short-term team.

As a staff member with KidZ at Heart, I am responsible for developing and adapting all of our training materials. I've also served as Team Leader for Tanzania since 2008. Being a Team Leader has been [...]

Training Content & Certification Department Looks at 2016

By | 2017-01-05T16:32:10+00:00 January 5, 2017|Staff Blogs, Valorie Eddy: Blog Posts|

Highlights of 2016

  • The first draft of the KidZ Ministry Teacher Certificate was presented in South Africa and Uganda in July, to excellent reviews. Since then, Module 1, “Nurturing Great Children,” and Module 2, “How Children Learn,” have been fine-tuned and put into final format. They will be taught in multiple locations in 2017.
  • Thanks to generous gifts from two donors, we were able to pay excellent translators who prepared training material in Kiswahili and Spanish.
  • Translators in [...]

Training Content & Certification Department Looks at 2015

By | 2016-10-18T14:00:27+00:00 January 14, 2016|Staff Blogs, Valorie Eddy: Blog Posts|

10835102_10203818067719869_4905983376417809177_oStaff have developed and translated more than 50 workshops in English, Spanish (multiple dialects), Telegu (India), Kiswahili (Tanzania), French, Chinese, Ateso and Luganda (Uganda), Latvian, Thai, and Ukrainian.

Highlights of 2015

  • Welcomed and trained new staff and volunteers serving as copy editors, writers, and translators.
  • Prepared teaching schedules and transmitted workshops for 19 international KidZ Ministry Equipping Conferences (KMEC). This includes six separate trainings in El Salvador and four for Kampala Evangelical School of Theology (KEST) in Uganda.
  • Revised 16 [...]

“Here I am. Send Me…” to Tanzania

By | 2016-10-18T14:01:12+00:00 August 17, 2015|KidZ Stories, Staff Blogs, Valorie Eddy: Blog Posts|

By: Sue Van Benthem, Team Member to Tanzania

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’ ” Isaiah 6:8

VBS has been a part of me for nearly 20 years. Yet, I sensed God saying, “No, not this year.” Imagine my surprise when, on the same day I reluctantly said, “No,” to leading VBS, my daughter-in-law, Aubrey, called to invite me to join her, and a small team, [...]

Cameroon Team needs extra prayer

By | 2015-01-23T11:31:55+00:00 January 22, 2015|Staff Blogs, Valorie Eddy: Blog Posts, Valorie Eddy: Newsletters|

Our KidZ at Heart international training teams have enjoyed such wonderful success that we sometimes forget that the enemy would love to shut down this work. He doesn't want teachers and leaders around the world to be more effective in leading children into a relationship with Jesus. The difficulties with visas, physical health and travel in Cameroon this week have reminded us to be vigilant in prayer. Thank you for seeking God's protection, direction and favor over the work in Cameroon.

With that in mind, please [...]

An Accomplishment!

By | 2016-10-18T14:02:46+00:00 September 12, 2014|Staff Blogs, Valorie Eddy: Blog Posts|

With the help and encouragement of friends - Andy Barnett, Trina Rajsich, and Evelyn Lengarwa - I climbed the trail to the saddle of Mt. Humphrey! It was steep, slippery and rocky. And there were times I wondered if it was worth the pain. BUT IT WAS! What a beautiful view of Northern Arizona and the Inner Basin of the San Francisco Peaks. Thank you, Lord, for stamina and for friends!

Val Picture of Hike 2014

New Opportunities

By | 2014-09-02T17:28:23+00:00 September 2, 2014|Staff Blogs, Valorie Eddy: Blog Posts|

I'm very excited about all the new opportunities God is giving us at KidZ at Heart. Preparing for Corazon de Nino, our Spanish-language training in the U.S., KidZtitute and KidZ Live, trainings at KEST (Kampala Evangelical School of Theology in Uganda), and teams heading to South Africa and India has kept me very busy in the last few weeks. It is such a blessing to be part of this ministry! Thank you all for partnering with me in this work that helps adults here and [...]