Global 4/14 Day of Prayer

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global414by Nancy Tichy, Author for KidZ at Heart International

The calendar gives us a nudge

…once a year to focus on something that is very close to God’s heart.

Here are 4 prompts to consider regarding the 4 to 14Window today, April 14th.

It is by looking through this ‘window’ that we understand the character of God.  Our Heavenly Father, Who is Himself Love, loves kids!  In fact childhood is His invention – He thought it up!  His major stamp of approval: our Savior came as an infant and grew up within the protection of a loving family and spiritually healthy faith community.

  1. It is by looking through this ‘window’ that we learn about the nature of mankind. The most opportune time in human life for spiritual growth comes in that span between the years 4 and 14.  Many times major decisions are made…

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An Open House Policy

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A great word in a day of isolation!

Originally posted on KidZ KaN Make a Difference:

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When I was a teenager, my home was not open to outside guests.  I had friends, though, whose parents were open-hearted Christians. They welcomed us after youth group or weekend games.  At least one parent would be comfortable around a noisy group of high schoolers and willing to provide quality one-on-one with their kids’ friends.  I’ll be forever grateful for the encouragement this brought me.

Growing the family value of hospitality provides many challenges.  Today, parenting is stretched thin by packed schedules and demands on time that seem to grow exponentially.  Diversity of interests that come from the ages of the family’s members and financial resources – these play a part, too.  Whatever the composite picture of your family may look like, however, hospitality is a given, not an option.  Scripture makes this clear both by command and by example.  See

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KidMin is Important…but you knew that!

childdevThose of us who work with children know it. How we treat children is essential to their future…and ours.

But many have known it over the years. As revealed in Childhood and Society, the published findings from his research, Erik Erikson understood this. “Erikson believed the effectiveness of leaders in his day was limited by a major blind spot in their thinking. As they sought solutions to the problems of society, they ignored childhood. They made no connection between the ways in which children were raised and how they functioned as adults. No importance was attributed to the formative processes in childhood when considering cause or solutions for social ills.”[i]

You could have told him that.

And it’s not so different in our churches. Catherine Stonehouse has also studied children and states in Joining Children on the Spiritual Journey, her published research findings, that “church leaders suffer from a similar blindness. Although we claim to value children and give lip service to the importance of their Christian education, reference to their spiritual formation seldom becomes a significant theme in major strategies for the church.  Often senior pastors leave the care of children to support staff and volunteers without having integrated the nurturing of children into the big picture.”[ii]

You could have told her that, too.

George Barna’s findings substantiate this fact, too. Barna, who says that in all his years researching adults and ignoring children he didn’t just miss the boat, he missed the ocean, says that “if you want to shape a person’s life – whether you are most concerned about his or her moral, spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional or economic development – it is during these crucial eight years [5-12 years per Barna] that lifelong habits, beliefs and attitudes are formed.”[iii]

And you could have told him that, too.

Whether you are a children’s pastor, school teacher, volunteer Sunday school leader, parent, tutor or babysitter, don’t give up. You know what you are doing is important. Don’t forget it.       

Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it” (Proverbs 22:6).


[i] Erik Erikson, Childhood and Society, 104, as referenced by Catherine Stonehouse, Joining Children on the Spiritual Journey, 62.

[ii] Catherine Stonehouse, Joining Children on the Spiritual Journey, 62.

[iii] George Barna, Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions, 18.