And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger… Luke 2:7a ESV
A growing number of families across the US celebrate Christmas but miss the point of Jesus. The Manger Build provides a strategy to help churches encourage men in their congregations and communities to lead the charge in keeping Christ in front of Christmas for their families. Over the years, hundreds of churches in over 30 states have hosted The Manger Build.
Calls and orders are coming in almost daily now for both our Dad’s Tools resource and The Manger Build. Every year, we get new photos and stories from leaders who are delighted with the results.
One of their first comments is “It was loud and noisy! But it was wonderful to see so many men working with their children! We’ll do this again!”
Truth is, there just aren’t many opportunities AT CHURCH to have this much fun and make this much noise with your kids! And the cool thing is that the kids are excited to take home the manger that they built with dad! It doesn’t stop there… We work hard to coach and encourage dads to lead the family in simple, object lesson devotions that help the family focus on God’s gift of salvation to us through Christ!
You help make this happen through your faithful year-round partnership in prayers and finances.
We talk about The Manger Build throughout the year but decisions are being made right now by churches across the country to participate. Join us in praying that this map will be filled with pins marking churches across the country who are hosting The Manger Build this December!
Pray also that men will step up to lead The Manger Build so that other men can bring their children (or someone else’s) to build a life sized manger. AND follow up with the devotions that could make an eternal difference for children and families.
To be honest, for many men, building the manger is a huge step, leading the devotions is an even more challenging assignment. So, pray with us that men will take courage and lead their families in the simple devotions.