LIMA — Leah Lynch has always had a passion to minister to children. “Ever since college, I’ve felt a calling from God to be involved in kids’ ministry,” she said.
Lynch has fulfilled that call in a variety of ways. She had the opportunity to work as an intern at an international ministry with kids in Mexico for six months. She has worked full time in kids’ ministry in her church.
However, when the leader of her small group joined KidZ at Heart International, a global kids’ ministry organization, Lynch felt God opening a new door.
“Our small group leader made the decision to get on board with the ministry,” she explained, “and through our relationship with them, and God closing the doors on other opportunities, I became a staff member.”
While KidZ at Heart International’s headquarters is located in Mesa, Ariz., the organization has virtual offices all over the United States. Lynch is one of four staff members located in Ohio. With 19 staff members, plus volunteers and board members, the organization has about 50 team members throughout the United States.
KidZ at Heart International’s mission is to go into other countries to connect with established missionaries, churches, leaders, teachers, daycare workers and other children’s workers. Training teams then go into 25 different countries in Africa, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East to conduct training conferences on how to effectively reach children for Christ.
“The conferences are open to anyone who works with kids in any capacity,” said Lynch.
The organization also writes and publishes in house all the materials they use in these conferences.
Lynch works about 25 to 35 hours a week from her home, which is convenient with two small children, both under the age of 3. Her official job titles include MobiliZer for Latin America and graphic artist.
As a team mobilizer, it is Lynch’s job to coordinate the training, preparation and successful launch of training sessions in Latin America which encompasses North, South and Central America. To do this, she works closely with project leaders and short-term trip team leaders. She also works with the in-country hosts to plan the conferences in the hosts’ countries.
As a graphic artist, Lynch designs brochures, banners, posters, business cards, logos and other items that help the people within the ministry.
“This job really combines all my passions: kids, mission work. The actual department I’m over is Latin America, and after my internship in Mexico I have a love for the Hispanic culture and people,” she explained. “Plus, graphic design has always been a hobby of mine, and I get to do that, as well, but for a greater purpose. I get to use my creativity to further God’s kingdom.”
Lynch, whose position is donor supported, came on staff Dec. 1, and while she is the team leader for Latin America, she does not plan to make her first trip there until 2014.
“I want to spend 2013 getting my feet wet,” she said. “I want to get the ministry off the ground.”
However, she will be leading training conferences in the States this year. Once she has a year of learning under her belt, Lynch plans on taking one trip per year to various countries in Latin America.
One of the things that Lynch enjoys is the variety in her job. “The ministry is so multi -faceted,” she said. “Every day is different.”
She also enjoys connecting with people all over the world. “I get to communicate with people around the world who are living with the same purpose I am,” Lynch said. “That purpose is to spread the Gospel. I get to do that and enjoy what I do every day.”
While there are many things she enjoys about her job, Lynch said there are a few challenges. “While a huge benefit, one of the challenges can be working in a virtual office,” she said. “Computers are wonderful and huge tool of ministry, but they can be challenging, too.”
Another obstacle Lynch sometimes encounters is the language barrier. While she has a basic grasp of Spanish from her time in Mexico, she is not yet fluent. “I’ve grown very fond of Google translator,” she said. “I am always praying that what I am attempting to communicate is portrayed correctly.”
For Lynch, KidZ at Heart International’s mission is close to her heart. “Really, it’s all about the fact that there are 2.2 billion kids around the world and while 95 percent of those kids live outside the United States, only 5 percent of the children’s ministry resources reach them,” she said. “We want those 2.2 billion kids to have the opportunity to come into relationship with Christ. That’s why I do what I do. I love kids’ ministry, and I want kids around the world to have that opportunity.”
To find out more about KidZ at Heart International, visit www.kidZatheart.org or email llynch@kidZatheart.org.
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