Blog Posts

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 [...]

KidZ at Heart Lives Out 2 Timothy 2:2

By |2017-05-02T15:10:28-04:00May 2, 2017|Gordon D. West: Blog Posts, KidZ Stories, Staff Blogs|

In the past, we’ve shared how KidZ at Heart avoids creating dependency by not taking lots of stuff overseas, how we encourage local ownership of the ministry by not “putting on” VBS programs for them, and how we raise up local leaders by training them instead of undermining them by working directly with children. But it’s not enough to simply avoid unintended consequences. We also purposefully share training programs that can be replicated across cities, regions, and denominations.

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KidZ Doesn’t Undermine Local Leaders

By |2017-05-02T15:12:25-04:00May 2, 2017|Gordon D. West: Blog Posts, KidZ Stories, Staff Blogs|

The week after a visit from a short-term missions team from North America, a young African boy blurted out to his Sunday school teacher, “Why can’t you be funny like the Americans?”

This is the alarming story that we have heard from missionaries and church leaders in more than one country. It is this sort of unintended consequence that we have sought to avoid, and why KidZ at Heart’s short-term teams do not work directly with children in other cultures. [...]

News and Views, Prayer (August 2020)

By |2020-08-10T22:19:57-04:00August 10, 2020|Staff Blogs, Uncategorized|

God moves in surprising ways, especially during uncertain times. The power of prayer is unmistakable when we join together in the Father’s work, so please surround our brothers and sisters in Europe for their needs:

  • Southwest Ukraine will finish the last of the eight modules in 2021. KidZ at Heart needs a National Coordinator to set up and oversee a Local Training Network.
  • Belarus citizens are experiencing difficulty surrounding their attempt to elect a president. Also, the government is pressuring the local church by withholding [...]

News and Views, Give (August 2020)

By |2020-08-10T22:18:14-04:00August 10, 2020|Staff Blogs, Uncategorized|

Speaking of distractions that can take your eyes off of Jesus, we recognize that this time of pandemic has many people experiencing difficult times — psychologically, emotionally, socially … and financially. We do not take it for granted that so many of you have continued faithfully to give to the work of KidZ at Heart each month in spite of it all.

Without your generous gifts, we couldn’t be helping children (and their adults) fall deeply in love with Jesus in countries around the [...]

News and Views, The View From Here (August 2020)

By |2020-08-10T22:15:31-04:00August 10, 2020|Nancy Tichy: Blog Posts, Staff Blogs, Uncategorized|

Is It Time to Dust?

Some time ago, I bought an air purifier for my home and placed it where hundreds of books are still lined up on shelves and teaching material is still boxed up against the wall. The culprit is dust, an all-pervasive element that, in excess and with humidity, can produce grime. Breathing this puts stress on the lungs, something that’s a threat to good health. Recently I wrote about an event that provided a “huge rush [...]

News and Views, Africa (August 2020)

By |2020-08-11T19:57:20-04:00August 10, 2020|Staff Blogs, Uncategorized|

Our Regional Directors and National Coordinators continue to seek creative ways to provide training and formational resources during this time of quarantine and social distancing. Lynnette Stander (Regional Training Network Director - South Africa) is working with our Training Resources Department to facilitate an online training event which will bring together participants and trainers via Zoom. They will follow the same online training format already used in Nepal. (See this month's Asia update) Our South Africa team is excited [...]

News and Views, Asia (August 2020)

By |2020-08-11T19:52:30-04:00August 10, 2020|Staff Blogs, Uncategorized|

Nepal

Sher Lama, our National Coordinator in Nepal, hosted our first Transforming KidZ Ministry online training on July 15. All the presenters and participants used Zoom. Isn’t technology wonderful? Praise God for the ability to continue training in the midst of this global pandemic!

Here is a segment of Sher’s report:

As we started Transforming KidZ Ministry online training, the Holy Spirit (our real Teacher) guided each and every one of us throughout the day from beginning to end. There were some disturbances and [...]

News and Views, Europe (August 2020)

By |2020-08-10T21:46:50-04:00August 10, 2020|Staff Blogs, Uncategorized|

Belarus had a presidential election Aug. 9. The current president, Alexander Lukashenko, has been in office since the early 1990s. This election is a highly anticipated one with many different views on what is best for Belarus.

Please pray for our friends in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. The church that hosted us last year at our first training in this country, has shared with us many instances of persecution. No matter who wins this election, [...]

News and Views, Latin America (August 2020)

By |2020-08-10T22:03:47-04:00August 10, 2020|Staff Blogs, Uncategorized|

KidZ at Heart welcomes Shelby Stodden of Christ’s Church in Effingham, Ill., as the newest member of our staff. She takes on the role of Mobilizer for KidZ’ Latin America division.

Shelby is mother to a lively 3-year-old boy, married to a loving husband, runs a home business, and is a spiritual director.

With all of that depth in ministry, God prompted her to accept the position at KidZ.

She has taken multiple trips to Costa Rica, where [...]

News and Views, North America (August 2020)

By |2020-08-10T21:34:42-04:00August 10, 2020|Staff Blogs, Uncategorized|

Up, over, jump, run, and crawl! Have you ever set up an obstacle course for kids, or gone through one yourself? It can be fun to have various types of activities as you race against others or the clock.

When life itself becomes an obstacle course, it might not be quite so fun! I do not believe that God has set up an obstacle course for us to [...]

Fear and Control

By |2020-08-06T18:26:57-04:00August 6, 2020|Maureen Berger: Blog Posts, Maureen Berger: Prayer Updates, Staff Blogs|

Fear and control. Two things that we as humans are always trying to come to grips with. I have been reading a book (With by Skye Jethani) that highlights multiple ways that humans try and cope with these and often find more problems created from their attempts. I consider my own life and see even this week how I want to control parts of my life! What about you – do you see fear or control in your life? This author’s premise is that if [...]

Tanya Sloan KidZ at Heart July 2020 Newsletter

By |2020-07-17T01:52:55-04:00July 17, 2020|Staff Blogs, Tanya Sloan: Newsletters|

Can you believe we are half-way through July. I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July holiday and are finding new and unique ways to enjoy your summer. I would love to connect with you over Zoom, a phone call, or maybe something extreme like a walk, so please reach out. In the mean-time please enjoy this months newsletter.  Blessings, Tanya

Tanya Sloan KidZ at Heart July 2020 Newsletter