It all started with a box of Lego.

Well, a box of Lego, and a mom who wanted to help. She had sons of her own, and couldn’t imagine what hundreds of thousands of boys around the globe face every day. She wanted to support Blackbox International, and to teach her kids to give and serve and help, too.

And so, together, they loaded up a box of their own Lego, along with other building toys donated by her friends. Blackbox Field Director Roger Twitchell delivered the gifts to the Dominican Republic home last Christmas. Today, those simple toys let boys a world away play and imagine, create and build.

When kids construct Lego towers, testing how high it can reach before toppling over, they find that the strongest buildings have the surest foundations. Likewise, at the Blackbox home, boys learn that the strongest lives are built on the sure foundation of Jesus Christ.

After all, God is in the construction business.

“Look,” He says of His Son, “I have laid a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; the one who believes will be unshakable” (Isaiah 28:16).

And Peter—whose nickname meant “the rock”—elaborates: “As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house…Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy” (1 Peter 2:4-5, 10).

At Blackbox, we pray that every boy who joins our family will know how chosen and precious he is. We point him to the sure foundation, Jesus Christ, so that he can lead an unshakable life. The Blackbox team of teachers, counselors, house parents, field directors, trustees and more are simply builders on a project begun long ago, teaching living stones to build on the Living Stone, because it all started with the sure foundation already laid by the Lord.

Well, His sure foundation…and a box of Lego.

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