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What is in the Box?

JWS Proofs

There is something special about receiving a package and experiencing the excitement of slicing through the tape or ripping the tab off in order to get the first glimpse of what is inside the box.

At Children Desiring God, hearing the UPS lady walk through the door to our offices always gets everyone’s attention. Undoubtedly, someone will ask her the big question, “What is it?” As she attempts to catch her breath after hauling our boxes up the steep stairs to the third floor, she will respond with something along the lines of: “How would I know? You are the ones who ordered it. All I can see is the box.”

The box—a dirty, travel-worn and sometimes damaged package.

In a way, our hearts are like the cardboard boxes that arrive dirty and travel-worn because we are all born with darkened, sinful hearts that fail to reflect God’s perfect righteousness. We are damaged, and there is nothing we can do in our own power to change that. But, God can! God in His mercy sent us a perfect “package” that is the only solution for our sin problem. The gift is Jesus, the Savior! Because of Jesus’ perfect righteousness and His death on the cross, He can make our sinful hearts new so that we might reflect God’s glory as we should. These are some of the truths kindergarteners are taught in our curriculum, Jesus, What a Savior!

So, back to the UPS delivery. Last Friday, when we received our deliveries, the exciting answer to “What is in the box?” was: proofs from the printer for the revised version of Jesus, What a Savior!

We are so excited to have this first set of proofs in hand after working diligently over the past two years to revise Jesus, What a Savior! What’s different about the revised version? While the truths being taught to kindergarteners will remain the same, we added many improvements:  lesson content, format, and illustrations have been updated making the lessons easier to teach; the visuals have been replaced with more colorful, original artwork; and the workbook is more interactive for the needs of young children.

We are now in the last stage of our publishing process and we are working hard to ensure that all of the details are in place so the curriculum will be ready for your classrooms.

We hope that you too will soon have the excitement of receiving a box in the mail, full of the revised Jesus, What a Savior! curriculum. Since you will have to wait a little longer before you can place an order, we want to give you a sneak peek inside the box. Have fun looking at a Sample of the revised curriculum, as well as the Scope & Sequence which will give you an overview of all the lessons. More information about the revision process is also available on our Revised Curriculum page.

Be on the lookout over the next few weeks for more information about Jesus, What a Savior! and for the official curriculum release date. Also, check back Friday to enter to win a special prize we are giving away in the Friday Contest.

Your Church, Your Sons, and Scouting


The Boy Scouts of America made national headlines a few weeks ago when it decided to allow openly homosexual youth into its membership ranks beginning January 2014. The implications of this decision are far reaching, especially for the church. Many churches, including my own, sponsor scout troops. Both my husband and son participated in the troop and enjoyed the many benefits that scouting provided. However, with this new development, what should the church do? What should you do if you have sons in scouting? (more…)

Grateful for the Ministry of Jim T

It is with joy that we thank God for the faithful ministry of a longtime Children Desiring God employee and send him off with a blessing as he moves into a new phase of life and ministry.

Jim T.

For 13 years Jim Tomaszewski has anchored our customer service efforts.

JT on the phone

Some of you may know Jim through phone conversations as he answered your questions about Sunday School curriculum, how to teach biblical truth to children or what it means to have a God-centered vision for ministry. He probably asked you a few insightful questions, too, and most likely prayed for you as you navigated the waters of children’s ministry and parenting.

JT leading small group

Jim loves children and is a very gifted teacher. His experience leading small group and helping guide and direct application has helped many children apply the truth of God’s Word to their own lives.

JT applying 1 Cor 10

We admire the fact that he is a man who applies Scripture to his own life as well!

JT training others

Jim is also a gifted trainer and has spoken at a number of events through the years. His passion to spread a vision for God-centered ministry and to equip whose who are implementing the vision in their own churches has allowed Jim to impact the lives of thousands of our ministry partners.

We’ve all been blessed by Jim’s thoughtfulness, strengthened by his encouragement, and challenged to think deeply because he asks the tough questions. And we dare not neglect to mention how his humor and joyful service has lifted our spirits! Children Desiring God is thankful to God for His faithfulness to Jim and his family.

JT and family
We pray this blessing from Psalm 125:1-2 as Jim moves into the next phase of his life and ministry:

Jim, may you continue to be one who trusts in the Lord, who like Mount Zion cannot be shaken but endures forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, may the Lord surround you from this time forth and forevermore.

Jim, we love you!


If you’ve been blessed by Jim in some way, please feel free to leave a comment for him!

On the Move

CDG Move

After 14 years of sharing office space with our brothers and sisters at Desiring God, we are on the move. We have been so blessed over the years to share facilities, office supplies, staff lunches, morning devotions and much more!

It will be bittersweet to venture out on our own, but we are excited about what God has planned for the future of Children Desiring God!

Jim & Knight

While we move, our helpful customer service team will still be available to assist with any needs you may have. However, we will only blog on Monday, Wednesday and Friday over the next few weeks as we pack, unpack and get settled in our new space.

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