Staying Mission True - 2

20 March 2015

A. What is our mission as KKI?

King’s Kids was birthed in 1976 in Kona, through Dale and Carol Kauffman and a few other families. During their DTS outreach, they took time to teach the children and teenagers to listen to God’s voice. Thus the children became active participants and took ownership of the ministry as the words they received from God became true. Even the name, “King’s Kids,” was received by a child.

Through the years, KKI developed, and some patterns became clear trademarks of what makes KKI unique and what is its mission. Listening to the Lord with the participants (not for the participants) is central. It’s not about a program where children and teens come to participate as consumers. They shape it by what the Lord speaks to them. They own it.

Because of that, KKI had a prophetic dimension in the beginning. God speaking to the participants, they took steps of radical obedience and faith, in going to Japan expressing forgiveness during a commemoration of Hiroshima’s bombing. KKI was radically God-led. They went to USSR and Eastern Europe when these nations were still behind the Iron Curtain, prayed in front of the Berlin Wall, led the way on the “road through China”… This prophetic edge during the first twenty years allowed KKI to be used by God in mighty ways to open new fields, make breakthroughs, or discover new dimensions. Miracles and supernatural moves of God were the norm.

Another key element in the beginning was the centrality of Jesus. Jesus came first – every activity was for Him above all. Worship became a lifestyle. Participants were taught to start their day, praying: “Lord, how can I bring joy to your heart today?” In the evening, it was time to check in with Him and determine how they did, to receive His “well done” or His corrections, balanced by knowing that we already bring Him joy by who we are, not by what we do.

Even the famous choreographies were primarily a way to worship the Lord and bring joy to His heart. Based on Psalm 8:2, these worshipping kids and young people released God’s presence in dark places, silencing the enemy and making a way for God’s glory.

KKI was really YWAM for the “under eighteens”, following the same core value of knowing God and making Him known. But not only for the under eighteens. From the beginning the Lord led us to work with all generations, even if the younger ones were more in the foreground. Over time, key words of the Lord and experiences shaped KKI’s DNA and Mission Statement, now formulated in these terms: “Leading children, teenagers and families in a proven knowledge of God, bringing joy to His heart and making Him known in all the world and all the spheres of society.”[1] The small differentiations from the YWAM motto speak about a “proven” knowledge – meaning not just passing on information or head knowledge about God, but bringing people into situations where they can really experience Him in a revelatory way. “Bringing Him joy” has been added to emphasize the Levitical calling of doing everything first for Him as an act of worship. This mission statement is still being worked and reworked to make it as simple as possible without losing its accuracy and power.

KKI worked on its values very early – another indication of its prophetic anointing. The leaders at the time gathered the various words of the Lord they had received through the years, all written in Carol Kauffman’s Bible. They prayed about different key experiences they had encountered during their activities and community life. They identified six core values and, under each of them, several principles. So KKI is defined by its values, not by its programs or activities. KKI’s values are:

  1. We value our relationship with God as our first priority by growing to know Him intimately and by bringing Him joy.
  2. We value discipleship training in the context of everyday life.
  3. We value the spiritual capacity and destiny of children, preteens and teenagers.
  4. We value the importance of the family and the linking of the different generations.
  5. We value team leadership, networking and partnerships.
  6. We value a lifestyle of reaching out by making Jesus and His salvation known to all peoples, serving in ways that can extend His Kingdom into all spheres of society worldwide.

A few months ago, we expanded our six values to seven, to doubly emphasize the role that the family has to play and to underline the linking of the generations element.

KKI is not, and has never been, a children’s ministry, nor a teen or youth ministry. And it is not a family ministry, either. Our society loves to label things or put them in boxes to generalize and define (and subsequently reduce) their value. There is power in unity.[2] Bringing the generations together in unity to love God, listen to Him and obey Him radically is what KKI is all about. It’s more difficult, it may be less appealing for some who want to only be with their peers and don’t want too many adults or small kids around, but God has blessed this generational approach. We compare it to an arrow: the children and teens being the tip, the adults the shaft and the older generation the feathers. This is based on the Scripture in Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:17: “In the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions and your old men shall dream dreams.” Each generation manifests God’s anointing differently and bringing them together is just powerful!  The children and teens have this prophetic anointing and play a major role, but they don’t stand alone.

KKI is also family-based. It is not a drop-off ministry where the parents sub-contract their responsibility to specialists. Parents were always invited and many families went together on outreach with KKI. The KKI foundational scripture is Deuteronomy 6:6-7: “And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.”

So through the years, God not only spoke about the “what” (KKI’s mission), but also about the “how” (KKI’s values and principles).


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[2] Psalms 133.