My grandkids love to be read to and the evidence is scattered all over their houses—books everywhere. They love a good story filled with exciting plots, twists, interesting characters, poignant life lessons, all conveyed with colorful illustrations. But as much as they will be enriched by these wonderful stories, they need to be read something that will provide them with much more than a story. That is why I’m thankful that More Than a Story is part of the older ones reading routine.
Our global discipleship staff has the joy of working with many translation teams around the world, as part of an effort to equip the church and home globally. One of the unexpected blessings of hiring local, native speakers to help us has been hearing their feedback on how spending time on meticulous translation and theological editing of Truth78 resources is also serving them personally by fueling their passion and zeal for next-generation discipleship.
Are you using resources like the My Church Notebook as a tool for the comprehensive discipleship of your children? Do you use discipleship resources like this for all they’re worth? Are you actively looking for opportunities to seize upon even one short, simple question or statement from your child in order to “spark a great conversation”?
In our Side by Side event a few weeks ago, we asked our ministry partners to reflect on what motivates, challenges, and encourages them in their efforts to disciple their children. Jon Bloom, Co-Founder and Board Chair of Desiring God, shared how God uses family discipleship as a means of grace in children, including His use of imperfect fathers.
"It’s a privilege to teach God’s Word," share Sunday School teachers Bruce and Paige Osborne, "and the Truth78 curriculum helps us to do that." See video of the Osbornes sharing about this privilege and the benefit of using Truth78 curriculum.
Around the world, there is a huge need for solid biblical teaching that points the next generation to the glorious character and works of God, so that they might “set their hope in God” and walk in His ways.
In our recent Side by Side ministry event, K.S. Singh, chief translation consultant for Truth78, shared about a theological famine affecting children around the world and the hunger for biblically-accurate resources.
"As I look back, I can see God’s hand all over the canvas of my life," writes Suresh Singh as he shares his testimony of going from a Hindu background to salvation and now leading translation consulting for Truth78.
In case you missed it, Truth78 broadcasted a virtual ministry event on October 29th focused on striving side by side for the faith of the next generation. The event featured Truth78 Executive Director David Michael, Desiring God Co-Founder Jon Bloom, Truth78 Chief Translation Coordinator Suresh Singh, and more. You can watch a replay of the event here:
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:
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.
We hope you'll be as encouraged as we were by some of the testimonies we've received in the past few months: