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Every Generation in Every Nation - VeggieTales animation series on TBN from Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki
Friday, November 1, 2019 / Matt and Laurie Crouch

Two Giant Breakthroughs in Ministering to Kids Through Media.

You love your children and grandchildren (and for some longtime TBN Partners ... your great-grandchildren!) You pray for them. With all your heart, you want them to love and follow Jesus so they’ll be with you for eternity in heaven. You want them to know the truths of God’s Word because you know nothing will better equip them to succeed in life.
TBN brings wholesome, Biblically-sound programming exclusively for children.
Children are close to our hearts at TBN as well. And in recent days, God has opened two extraordinary new doors for TBN to reach and teach children. This is big!
Really BIG! 
Before we explain the exciting future we’re about to step into (with your help), let’s take a quick look back at where we’ve been.

A History of Faith and Fun

SMILE's original lovable puppet, Babushka.
Reaching and teaching children about Jesus has always been a priority for us. You may recall the early days of Saturday mornings with Jan Crouch and a pink puppet friend named “Babushka,” singing songs and telling silly jokes. Children would absorb the important lessons about God’s love and life-giving Biblical truth, while having so much fun together. 
We went to the next level when Laurie helped launch Kids Club in the 1990s, a fast-moving half-hour packed with fun, travel, music, and, of course, Bible stories. Countless kids came to know Christ and found a solid foundation for their faith through TBN programs.
Your support brings SMILEs to children around the world.
By the early 2000s, TBN offered a full slate of Saturday morning programs, but we knew we had to do more. So, 15 years ago, TBN launched SMILE (then called Smile of a Child), the world’s first 24-hour-a-day Christian network just for kids. And still, God was calling us to do more.

A Phenomenon Is Born

In December of 1993, a remarkable, faith-centered animated video series for children burst onto the scene. VeggieTales captured the imaginations of an entire generation of kids, ours included. The passion project of two brilliant men—Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki—broke new ground and set a new standard of excellence in Christian programming for children.


More than just the creative geniuses behind the art and writing, Phil and Mike also provided the voices for the series’ two beloved main characters—Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber. Over the next 10 years, VeggieTales became the most successful direct-to-video animated franchise of all time.


... we couldn’t be happier about providing this spiritually enriching program for our children at home and around the world …

In 2012, we began airing VeggieTales programs on TBN and SMILE, and we continue to this day. And we couldn’t be happier about providing this spiritually enriching program for our children at home and around the world, but our story gets even better …


Bringing Bob and Larry Back

The story of VeggieTales is not unlike a great story from the Bible—it started with great promise, followed by much tribulation and, finally, endless triumph and victory.
Let’s focus on the “triumph and victory.”
Since 2003, VeggieTales ownership, content, and creative direction have changed several times, but the most exciting news—the triumph and victory—came because a great partnership has been forged between TBN and NBCUniversal. This new partnership brings together the original creators of the show, Phil and Mike, along with the lovable characters they created, and sets the stage for creating a whole new series of children’s content—The VeggieTales Show.


... the children of the world are about to discover what our kids learned from Bob and Larry.

Right now, the fruit of this partnership will be 26 brand-new episodes, with more to come, and gives TBN the rights to the characters and the ability to translate this new content into multiple languages. That means the children of the world are about to discover what our kids learned from Bob and Larry. Namely, what Bob ended every show saying: “God made you special, and He loves you very much.” 


A behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the VeggieTales Show, a new series from TBN and VeggieTales.

In fact, translation of the VeggieTales content into Mandarin, the native language of nearly one billion Chinese people, is already underway. And more languages will follow!


Now, we mentioned “two” major breakthroughs at the opening of this partner update. Here’s the second ...



As you know, the way media content like VeggieTales is delivered and watched has been changing rapidly in recent years. For our kids, it was VHS tapes played on VCRs. Then everything moved to DVD. Now, at blinding speed, content delivery is moving to on-demand digital streaming through the internet.


That’s why TBN is on the threshold of launching Yippee, a groundbreaking new on-demand streaming service just for kids. At Yippee.tv, parents will be able to give their kids of all ages access to more than 1,000 safe, God-honoring, character-building, Jesus-glorifying programs—including VeggieTales, of course! Yippee will be the place “where characters build character™.”


Together, these two developments add up to a giant leap forward in ministry to children. We wanted you to be among the first to hear about these thrilling developments, because without you, none of this would be possible!


For the Children of the World

TBN continues to be a proud partner of Samaritan's Purse.

We’re so proud to be able to provide this new Bible-inspired content for children all over the world who have access, but we know there’s more we need to do. Meeting children’s basic needs is so important as well. That’s why this month we’re also partnering with Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse to provide blankets and Bibles for children and families in need.


That means, with the help of our friends at Samaritan’s Purse, your gift of support this month will help address both the spiritual and physical needs of children this Christmas. At the same time, it makes you a part of proclaiming the Good News to children and their parents on every inhabited continent in 17 languages. Thank you!  

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