Karen Hardin

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

Karen Hardin's articles

Discover God’s Word:

Jesus' Great Commission

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 does not…

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Discover God’s Word:

Earthquake in Philippi

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 does not…

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Live Out God’s Work:

You Are Always Welcome

Children are naturally curious about new people. Use this family activity to cultivate a habit of welcoming those from other cultures into your home. It will help your family participate in loving others like God does. It also provides practice in asking appropriate questions that may lead to deeper conversations. Activity: You will need: slips…

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Connect With God’s World:

Street Signs in Hanoi

Note to Parents: In the last journal, you read a story about Thi Lien (tee lee-YIN) and her family (if you missed the story, find it here). They are Vietnamese, a Southeast Asian people group. What would it be like to visit the Old Quarter of Hanoi? Learn how Vietnam’s history influenced the street names…

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Explore:

Sukkot, the Festival of Booths

Note to Parents: Exploring traditions from other cultures is one way to expand your family’s view of the world and cultivate a heart for the peoples that God loves. Learn about Sukkot (soo-KOHT), the Festival of Booths, an important holiday for Jews worldwide.  Sukkot is a week-long harvest festival that dates back to the time…

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Discover God’s Word:

The God of Daniel

Note to Parents: 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”…

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Explore:

Children's Day in Japan

Note to Parents: Exploring traditions from other cultures is one way to expand your family’s view of the world and cultivate a heart for the peoples that God loves. Learn about Children’s Day, an important national holiday in Japan. The Japanese have honored boys and girls since ancient times. In 1948, Children’s Day became a…

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Live Out God’s Work:

Praying for the World: Continents

“Pray without ceasing,” (Thessalonians 5:17) points out the importance of consistency in our prayers. Doing the same thing over and over is what develops habits in our family—whether it is brushing our teeth or praying for the nations to know and follow Jesus. Perhaps you feel outside your comfort zone as you attempt to establish…

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Prayer Uprising: Children in His Story Part 5

Boys and girls have simple faith that is reflected in their prayers. God used one group of young prayer warriors to set in motion a chain of events that brought sweeping revival to Central Europe, ultimately launching the modern-missionary era. The year was 1707. The place was Silesia. In this region, now part of modern-day…

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Children in His Story Part 4

Once boys and girls understand and embrace God’s heart and purposes for the peoples of the world, most are eager to participate in God’s work. Because their enthusiasm is contagious, children find it easy to enlist others to join them. Here are two examples of children mobilizing other believers. THE YEAR WAS 2010. THE PLACE…

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