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July 30, 2018 - No Comments!

A Dollar and Then Some!

by Karen Miyamoto

Summer always brings back fond memories…memories of spending time with friends, camp, beach and fun!  During the summer months at ZOE equals Kids Helping Kids. This program is often adopted during Vacation Bible School for churches as a missions/outreach tool.  

Kaylin Sugihara proudly showing her Kids Helping Kids Hero sticker!

This year, Cerritos Baptist Church, a local church in Cerritos, CA adopted ZOE during their July VBS as a part of their Compassion Project.  Steph Luna, their Children’s Ministry Director was so excited to share the Kids Helping Kids project with her kids! Their VBS theme this year was “Shipwrecked.”  Throughout the week, the kids learned that when you struggle, worry, do wrong, feel lonely or are powerless…Jesus Rescues! This year’s theme connected very well with ZOE’s mission of rescuing every child!

Below is a comment from Steph on how her VBS went…

Thank you for your prayers for this week! VBS was a success! The kids loved the treasure chest and filling it with money to help other kids. They were excited about helping other kids and my co-director’s son even put in his tooth fairy money!!! The parent letters were great information to give, because I think it really moved parents to give more than they normally would. On Day 3, I gave kids $1 if they could whisper the memory verse that was on our shirts (psalm 34:19)…one 5th grade boy listed it as his God Sighting for the day, being able to earn a dollar for ZOE! Our goal was to break $1,000 and we were able to raise $1,307.45!  We appreciate your support and the opportunity to partner with you! Praising the Lord for His goodness! 

Thank you Steph and the amazing team at Cerritos Baptist Church for adopting ZOE this year.  You guys are AWESOME!!

May 30, 2018 - No Comments!

CMTA 2018

by Karen Miyamoto 

Recently, I was blessed to be able to attend the Annual Children’s Ministry conference that was held in Pasadena, CA.  ZOE has attended this event that is open to Children’s Ministry leaders for the past 7 years.


Being surrounded by leaders and volunteers that are eager to learn how to impact the next generation is always so encouraging.  These leaders and volunteers come to this conference to continually seek new and creative ways to share the love of Jesus and the

gospel their kids.  This event is always fun for me because I get to spend time with some amazing ZOE volunteers that help me at our booth for 2 days.  It’s also great seeing current ZOE supporters stop by our booth to say HELLO as well as getting to meet new people who love the work we are doing.

Dr. Jason Plunkett

This year, our newest addition to the ZOE team, Dr. Jason Plunkett who is our USA Regional Director, taught a break out session at the conference.  The topic he shared about was how the church can get involved in combatting human trafficking.  He enlightened the attendees on various human trafficking statistics as well as different signs to look for to spot a possible victim. Dr. Jason’s session was very informative and educational.

Along with various breakout sessions educating leaders and volunteers on how to teach, interact, and make church a fun place for kids, there were around 40 other vendors/ministries selling products related to Children’s Ministry and/or sharing outreach opportunities children can get involved in.  Speaking with other vendors and ministries always reminds me that there are so many people out there doing great work.  Though I may never see them again, we all take a small piece of the puzzle, to help make a difference in this world.

Being able to share about ZOE’s Kids Helping Kids program at this event with leaders impacting children is always fun.  Kids Helping Kids is a program designed to help children learn in a fun and interactive way about caring for others in need and empowering them to know that no matter how small they are, they can make a BIG difference in the world. Children are given plastic tubes to collect $15 in quarters. This small amount of change can feed, clothe, and educate a child in Thailand fora full week! Funds collected through this program play an active role in assisting ZOE International’s efforts to help human trafficking victims in Thailand.  If this program is something you would like to get your church or home school group involved in, let us know!  It’s a great tool to be incorporated during VBS as well as the holiday season.

If you are a church leader or volunteer that works with children, I highly recommend registering for next year’s CMTA conference.  You will be inundated with so many amazing resources and beneficial breakout sessions.  It’s also a great place to network with other leaders from different churches.  Working as a team is always much more fun.  Click here to get more information about CMTA.

October 2, 2017 - 2 comments

Duct Tape, Some Change and ZOE!

By Karen Miyamoto

This past summer, Higher Vision Church located in Santa Clarita, CA decided to adopt ZOE for their 2017 Vacation Bible School missions focus.  They gave each child plastic tubes to collect change through our Kids Helping Kids program.  The VBS was over the course of 5 days and the theme was Maker Fun Factory.
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June 13, 2017 - 1 comment.

Little Heroes Making a Big Impact!

Written By:   Karen Miyamoto

I love highlighting our little heroes that are doing big things!  This months’ little hero is Hope Zazueta.   Hope is 11 years old and has always had loved helping others.  In the past, she and her family have attended ZOE’s Rescue Walk, raised money for ZOE International and donated items like socks during Christmas time.  I had the honor of interviewing this amazing little girl. 

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August 24, 2015 - No Comments!

Some of These Kids Know What it Means to Go Without

Hope Chapel Del Rey Westchester

Summer is coming to an end. Wow, what a great season it has been for ZOE’s Kids Helping Kids program! Supporting churches as well as brand new churches took part and had a great time teaching children about giving to others and learning how far their money goes in Thailand. The feedback from Children’s Ministry leaders all around the U.S. has been so positive. Thank you to all those that participated this summer!

Let’s take a peek into how Hope Chapel Del Rey Westchester used the Kids Helping Kids program during their 2015 Vacation Bible School.

Our church collected $371. We only had 70 kids so it was a success for us. The children really understood what they were giving towards.  We gave out gems for good behavior throughout the day and they were able to buy things at the store. Our church and members donated quarters. The kids had the option of trading in a gem for a quarter to give to ZOE and many would give all they had. Many of our children live in shelters or the like so this gave them the opportunity to still give to others even if they don't have the resources to give otherwise. Some of them were the most generous perhaps because they understood what it means to go hungry or to be abused.

Our days were always packed and our main emphasis is bringing the Gospel to the kids. 

Thank you for allowing ZOE to be our mission's focus. It was a blessing.

Thank you Hope Chapel Del Rey Westchester for not only helping those in need in Thailand, but also motivating and encouraging children here in the States!

Interested in Kids Helping Kids for your church or family? Contact Karen for more information.

May 18, 2015 - No Comments!

A Room Full of Caring Hearts

ZOE Attends 64th Annual CMTA Conference

The 64th Annual CMTA Conference was held on May 1st and 2nd at the Pasadena Convention Center.  This particular conference is geared to train, empower, and equip Children’s Ministry leaders and volunteers in all areas. Many come from all over California to attend this conference in order to gather excellent tools to minister to our future generation. There are multiple breakout sessions during the 2-day event for attendees to choose from as well as an exhibit hall with various vendors from all over the U.S. This is an inspiring conference that brings together those who have a heart to minister to children. 

ZOE has attended this conference four years in a row now. At this conference, we promote our Kids Helping Kids program, which is a great outreach tool that churches can use at various times of the year. Each year, we are honored to meet so many wonderful people and gain new interest in the program. We are also able to share the heart of ZOE, how ZOE is fighting human trafficking, and the many stories of children’s lives that are transformed because of Jesus! It is such a powerful testimony as to how a precious life can be changed because Jesus is introduced into their lives and because someone cared about the child. Miracles happen when these two things come together and collaborate. 

It brings us great joy to see so many Children’s Ministry leaders and volunteers who care and are willing to invest in the next generation. Many give up their precious time week after week to invest in and share God's love and word. Though the future may be uncertain, the seeds that are being planted now in the hearts of these children will one day reap and, when it does, get ready for exciting things to happen!

March 23, 2015 - No Comments!

4 Ways to Have a Successful VBS!

by Karen Miyamoto, Donor Relations Manager

Oh the joys of Vacation Bible School!  It’s definitely a lot of work and man power, but when do you have a captive audience of children for an entire week where you get to share the gospel, play games, sing songs and eat snacks!  It’s also a great opportunity to share Jesus with children who would otherwise never get to hear His word.  That is powerful!  To have a successful VBS this year, follow the tips below.  Remember, you are changing lives!

1. Plan Early – Planning early for your VBS is crucial.  This will give you ample time to make any changes needed before the big day.

2. Round Up Volunteers – Volunteers are key to having a successful VBS.  You don’t want to over recruit so people are standing around but you want to have enough that all areas are well covered.  Inviting people to assist you during the week of VBS also empowers them to use their gifts and talents.  The youth at your church are great additions to your volunteer group.

3. Choose a Mission Project – Songs, crafts, stories and food are all great components of VBS but when you incorporate a mission project, it can bring your VBS to a new level.  Children want to help so why not allow them to make a difference!  ZOE has a great tool that can be used during your VBS.  Kids Helping Kids is a great outreach program where children are given plastic tubes to collect change. The change collected in these tubes goes towards the caring of the children at ZOE in Thailand.  The best part of the program?  It is free of cost to you! 

4. Communicate with Parents – Parents are entrusting you to care for their children for the week.  The more information you can give them, the better they can plan. 

Have Fun! – VBS equals fun!  This may require you to step out of your comfort zone but the kids will love returning!  If you are having fun, guaranteed, the children will as well.

To incorporate ZOE’s Kids Helping Kids into this year’s VBS, contact us today!

July 25, 2014 - No Comments!

Little Hands Making A Difference

“Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.”  Proverbs 22:6

As children become adults, there are so many life lessons parents want to teach to them.  Being obedient, smiling, making sure to say “please” and “thank you” may be just a few things on the list.  But have you ever thought about what the world would be like if we taught our children from a young age to be cheerful givers?  The keyword here is “cheerful.”  If children learned to be cheerful givers perhaps there wouldn’t be so much need in the world.

Recently at ZOE, we had asked our supporters to donate Hot Wheels as well as Rainbow Loom bracelet supplies to bless the boys and girls at ZOE Children’s Homes in Thailand.  The response was out of this world! Not only did enough Hot Wheels come in but we collected above and beyond so that each boy could have several cars of their very own!  Amidst the supporters who donated were three very special children.  Hearing the need we had, Alexandra and Michael Espin set up a lemonade stand so that they could donate funds raised for ZOE to purchase Hot Wheels and Rainbow Looms. Joy Sugihara had Rainbow Loom supplies from past birthday and Christmas gifts that she wasn’t using anymore and decided to donate them to the girls at ZOE.  What a blessing!  Thank you so much!


Joy Sugihara | Alexandra and Michael Espin

Regardless of age, something happens inside of you when you give, something almost supernatural that cannot be explained.  You become happy.  You become excited.  You become grateful.  You become less focused on yourself and focus more on how you can help others that are in need.  Opportunities to give arise because you see things differently.  The joy of giving becomes a part of life that you cannot live without.  What an amazing life lesson to teach your child.  Not only will this change your child’s life even well into their adulthood but can cause a ripple effect to transform thousands of other lives.  What a wonderful world this would be!

If you would like information on our Kids Helping Kids program at ZOE, please call Karen at 661.255.7963 or email her.