Karen Hardin

Karen is passionate about equipping families to embrace God’s global heart and purposes and live out their role in His story. She loves creating mission resources, training, and hanging out with some of the cutest folks on the planet—kids.

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Chalkdust and Harvest Fields

Cover the school year in prayer

A new school year brings excitement and busy schedules. It also provides your family with opportunities to meet new people and invest in the lives of teachers and students. Since many schools have diverse populations, it’s possible that the nations may be represented in your children’s classrooms. Do you view your local school as a…

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Explore

Star Festival

Exploring traditions from other cultures is one way to expand your family’s view of the world and cultivate a heart for the peoples God loves. Learn about the Star Festival, an important annual holiday in Japan. On July 7, families across Japan celebrate Tanabata (TAH-nuh-BAH-tah), or the Star Festival, just like their ancestors have for…

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Connect with God’s World

In the last journal, you read a story about Bulat (boo-LAHT) and his family (if you missed the story, find it here). They are part of an unreached Tibetan Buddhist people group in Siberia--the Buryat (BOO-ree-aht). Enjoy learning a common Buryat greeting with your family.  Cultural Activity:  During the New Year’s season, Buryat families celebrate…

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Connect with God’s World

Meet the Buryat

Help your family embrace God’s love for the world. Read this story together to learn about and pray for the Buryat (BOO-ree-aht), the largest unreached people group in Siberia. Come with me to a city in eastern Siberia that is famous for its unique monument to a Soviet leader. A giant bronze head of Lenin…

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Live Out God’s Work

Pray for Muslims During Ramadan

From April 2-May 1, Muslims around the world observe their holy month of Ramadan. With your family, learn about and pray for Muslims during this period of fasting when many are seeking God in deeper ways. Read the story below. Then choose from the suggested activities to go deeper in learning about and praying for…

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Discover God’s Word

Jesus' Sending Strategy

When we consistently use a “God-sized” lens to share God’s Word with our family, it broadens our children’s understanding of who God is and how He acts in our world. It also changes how our children view themselves, their blessings, and their purpose.  Sharing the Bible with our children through a “God-sized” lens is not…

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Spiritual Development

It’s Never Too Early

It’s never too early to create an environment in which your children can grow to love Jesus and embrace His global purposes. Here are ways to begin cultivating a mission-minded heart in your children during their first two years of life. Discover God’s Purpose for Families With your spouse, learn more about your biblical role…

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Connect with God’s World

Life Without Bread--NONsense!

In the last journal, you watched a video about the Uzbeks (OOZ-behks), an unreached Muslim people group in Central Asia (if you missed the video, find it here).  With your family, learn about a traditional food eaten daily by most Uzbek families--non (nahn)! Cultural Activity:  Bread, or non (nahn), is sacred to Uzbek people. It…

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Connect With God’s World

Meet the Uzbek

Help your family embrace God’s love for the world. Watch and discuss this video together to learn about the Uzbek (OOZ-behk), a Muslim group in Central Asia. Afterwards, pray that this unreached people group would come to know Jesus. Watch: Watch Uzbek Kids with your family. Discuss:  Uzbek children enjoy having fun with their friends.…

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Discover God’s Word

God's Unstoppable Promise

When we consistently use a “God-sized” lens to share God’s Word with our family, it broadens our children’s understanding of who God is and how He acts in our world. It also changes how our children view themselves, their blessings, and their purpose.  Sharing the Bible with our children through a “God-sized” lens is not…

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