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The Fruit of Vision-Oriented Children’s Ministry

Having a long-term, God-centered, Gospel-focused vision is crucial for discipling children and youth. The fruit of leading and teaching with this vision is illustrated well at North Wake Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Stephanie Jackson, children’s ministry director at North Wake, shares how vision has shaped the past decade and a half of ministry to children there: (more…)

The Fruit of Investing in the Faith of the Next Generation

Romans 10:17 says, “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” One of the great joys we have at Truth78 is receiving testimonies about the fruit of faith that comes as children hear the word of Christ in a variety of settings. (more…)

Speaking to Children So They Will Speak Truth

At the start of the Truth78 launch event in April 2018, Ryan Fullerton, head pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church spoke about the experience of using Truth78 curriculum in Immanuel’s children’s ministry. What follows is drawn from his remarks. The full video is available online here (starting at the 7:34 mark).


It’s my delight to commend Truth78 ministries to you. We’ve actively used this ministry in our Immanuel Kids ministry for many years. We had the privilege of having David and Sally (Michael) with us to minister to the church and that was a great, great blessing. (more…)

How Teaching Big Truths Prepared a Family for Suffering

When Mike and Deb Watters first started teaching My Purpose Will Stand, a study on the sovereignty of God, to their church’s sixth grade class, they were excited to explore big truths with the kids. What they didn’t realize was that God was also teaching them, preparing them for the storms that were ahead of them as a family. (more…)

When I am Afraid—Fighting Worries with the Word

I remember when every night was a struggle to get our daughter to bed. It was as if nighttime brought to her mind every possible catastrophic scenario. She was terrified! As parents, we were tempted to simply address her fears with simple, rational explanations: “See, there are no monsters under your bed.” “The dark can’t hurt you.” Etc.

Sometimes these explanations can be helpful, but they can never give our children unshakeable peace and assurance in the myriad of fearful situations they will experience both now and in the future. That’s why I am so excited about When I am Afraid, a new children’s resource from Truth78. A full-color picture book, When I am Afraid addresses one of the most common experiences of children: FEAR. It provides parents with a tool for helping their children look to God’s all-powerful Word to conquer fear and worry. (more…)

Ordinary Means, Extraordinary Fruit

As a Sunday school teacher, I have always approached the last weeks of the school year with mixed emotions. Was I faithful week to week in teaching God’s Word? Did my students “get it”? Do they give evidence of faith in Jesus? Have I seen any spiritual fruit? What about that child who seemed bored all year? What about the one who was often disrespectful in class? What should I have done differently?… The list of questions goes on and on. At times, it’s easy to lose heart when I don’t see spiritual fruit coming about in the manner I expect. Parents often struggle with these same questions and emotions regarding their children’s spiritual condition. (more…)

Encouragement from Sudan

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As a team, we are always encouraged and uplifted when we receive news of how the Lord is spreading the fame of His name throughout the nations. Recently, we received an update from one of the most pain-stricken, war-torn regions in the world: South Sudan. Since 1955, the region has experienced two civil wars and casualties of more than 2.5 million people. In this seemingly hopeless land, Emilie Gonzalez and her team are being used to share the truth of the Gospel and the beauty of God’s character to children using Sally Michael’s book God’s Names. In her message to us, Emilie writes, (more…)

When a Little Girl Prays to a Big God

How many times do we as parents miss out on recognizing God at work in the most ordinary everyday circumstances? How many times do we fail to call upon Jesus in prayer thinking that the problem isn’t “big enough” to warrant His attention? Here is a true story of how a little girl’s simple faith in a big God taught her daddy a big lesson.

Does God care about a doll coat?  Yes, He does.  God cares about doll coats and He cares about the faith of little girls.  

Driving down the highway coming home from summer vacation, a little girl was playing with her doll and doll clothes in the back seat. She hung up her doll coat on the wing window of the station wagon and noticed a few minutes later that it was gone.

“My doll coat!  It’s gone!”  she exclaimed.  After looking around the back seat and realizing that the coat had probably gone out the window, she asked her daddy to turn around and go back for the coat.

Her daddy patiently tried to explain that he was driving 65 miles an hour down a divided highway, it would be some distance before he could cross the highway, and dusk was approaching.  But the little girl was insistent.

“But it’s my favorite doll coat,” she sobbed.  But there was no way that the doll coat could be found.  They had traveled many miles since the coat was noticed to be missing and there was no way of knowing where the coat had gone out the window.  Finally her parents convinced her that it was useless to go back for the doll coat.

After a few moments of silence, the little girl said quietly, “Would it help to pray?”

Skeptical that her prayer would be answered as she desired, yet not desiring to squash his daughter’s zeal for prayer and dependency on God, Dad answered, “It always helps to pray.”

The little girl prayed simply and sincerely that God would bring back her doll coat.

A few minutes later, Dad slammed on the brakes.  “Kristi, God just answered your prayer!” he exclaimed.  He jumped out of the car and ran to the back.  There caught on the very end of the trailer they were pulling was…the doll coat! 

Dad gleefully and gratefully restored the doll coat to his daughter and the family drove on, awed by a great and glorious God who notices little things like doll coats and loves to encourage the faith of His children.

(Lord, Teach Us to Pray: Family Devotional Guide  by Sally Michael, copyright©2006, pages 141-142.)

Impacting the Next Generation in Central America: Part 2

Children Desiring God in “Liceo Cristiano Rev. Juan Bueno” Christian Schools

One of the parents in our Christian school (Escuela Cristiana Oasis) is the Christian Education Director of a network of Christian schools called “Liceos Cristianos Rev. Juan Bueno,” which are part of the Assemblies of God and are spread throughout Latin America. In El Salvador, they have 37 schools and approximately 6,000 students enrolled. This dear brother has been greatly moved as he saw God’s work in his own children, who attend our Christian school and were being taught about God using CDG materials. He asked us to consider working to bring CDG to the schools he represents. God opened the door and gave us the grace to print CDG student workbooks in El Salvador for ease of distribution, and to bless all those children. The receptiveness within the Christian schools was great, so much so that they asked us to accompany them in their monthly training meetings with their teachers, so that we could present the vision of the centrality of God in every lesson (versus the centrality of man), and also provide some practical teaching tips for using CDG. The teachers clung to this vision eagerly, and the Word is been taught freely. It is our joy to see how the children have eagerly received it as well.

Children Desiring God in Guatemala

In recent days I received a call, asking me to meet with the directors of the Association of Christian Schools in Guatemala (about 30 schools), again from the Assemblies of God. These brothers and sisters from Guatemala were deeply moved by the testimony of what God had been doing in the Liceo Cristiano schools in El Salvador. We were overjoyed to see the hunger and willingness of our Guatemalan brothers, to the point that they traveled to El Salvador by bus (5-6 hours) for the sole purpose of holding this meeting. The meeting ended at approximately 7 p.m., at which time they climbed back on the bus and returned to Guatemala, something that is extremely dangerous in Central American countries. Our prayer is that the Lord, by His grace, will grant that we can serve our Guatemalan brothers to the best of our abilities, and that many more children would be reached by the truth of seeing God’s glory through His revelation of Himself in Scripture.

Impacting the Next Generation in Central America: Part 1

Children Desiring God in El Salvador

In 2003, we began using Children Desiring God in the Sunday school classes of our church, Iglesia Cimiento Estable. It was an answer to our prayers, because we were yearning for material that could lead our children to know God, to stand in awe of His greatness, and to enjoy all His wonders. We began teaching children in our church, then in our Christian school, Escuela Cristiana Oasis. We have approximately 570 students currently using CDG in Spanish in the school, ranging from preschool to high school. Using these curricula brought about significant changes in the lives of the children, so much so that we were able to witness how their hearts began to be softened and inclined to God, seeking to experience Him in everyday life. The parents of our students also began to notice a significant change in their children, and many of them sought us out and began to attend our church, yearning for good, healthy teaching of the truth of Scripture they were learning alongside their children through the Parent Resource Pages sent to them each week.

Children Desiring God Conference in Mexico City, Mexico

By God’s grace, in July of 2013, my wife and I were given the privilege to host a Children Desiring God conference in Mexico City titled “Passing on a God-centered Legacy to the Next Generation,” as part of our visit to Iglesia Cristiana Bíblica, a church that God, by His grace, allowed us to plant some years ago. A total of 150+ pastors, Christian school principals, and teachers attended the conference. They were extremely thankful and receptive as they began to understand and consider the call that the Lord has given His people to tell of His wonders to the next generation. They were eager to use CDG materials in their Christian schools and Sunday schools.

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