Comparison Is the Thief of Contentment

Comparison Is the Thief of Contentment

“Gracie gets super excited when her big brother comes into the room and calls out ‘bubba!’ Plus she says ‘doggy’ and ‘book’ and ‘ball’ and ‘milk.’ She’s just so bright and never stops chattering!” My Facebook friend was enthusing about her 9-month-old. My 15-month-old son was currently stuck on “dada” for everything. Even “mama,” which had shown up for awhile, had dropped out of the rotation. I gritted my teeth and scrolled down past another friend’s professional family photo shoot in a sunset... Read More
Bite Back with Compassion International: A Christmas Giving Project

Bite Back with Compassion International: A Christmas Giving Project

When you see people in need, don’t wait for someone else to help them.   That’s what Nehemiah does in Week 3 of November’s 252 curriculum, “All Hands on Deck.” And it’s exactly what we want to set up the kids and families in your ministry to do during the holiday season this year!   Compassion International’s BiteBack! project addresses a unique need in Uganda and other developing countries where a single mosquito bite can lead to malaria—and even death. Malaria has been swatted out... Read More
Get Creative with Operation Christmas Child

Get Creative with Operation Christmas Child

God gave us amazing imaginations, not just for our own expression but to help others, too! In fact, check out our Bottom Line for October, Week 4: “Use your imagination to do more good.” We think Operation Christmas Child (a program of Samaritan’s Purse) is one of the most creative organizations out there when it comes to doing this. Each year, they facilitate the packing and delivery of millions of shoebox gifts to children in crisis areas and third-world countries around the globe. Most of... Read More
Christmas is Coming . . .

Christmas is Coming . . .

We know your mantra: Sunday’s comin’…   We’d like to add to it: Christmas is coming!   No, we’re not trying to stress you out. But we do know that Christmas is a wonderful time to connect kids and families in your community to what’s happening at your church, whether it’s Sunday or any other time during the week.   If you’ve been hanging out with 252 Basics very long, you know we believe the best way to vision cast for your parents and kids, and to connect with new families, is... Read More
Adventures in Friendship

Adventures in Friendship

Friends “just happen,” right?   Well, sometimes. But maintaining a friendship through the up and down times can be one of the best and toughest things that you—and the kids in your ministry—will ever do!   That’s why we’re excited to offer an entire series this June and July on what it means to be a good friend, and the tools God has given us to make it happen. For nine weeks, we’ll explore all the “one anothers” that add up to our two-month Life App:   Friendship: treating... Read More
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