May 22, 2024


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Christian board game True Frenemies designed by Oklahoma native

Motivated by a critique from his children, an Oklahoma native with a creative flair crafted a board game with a Christian theme.

Derek White, creator of the True Frenemies game, learned to expect honest answers when seeking out the opinions of youths.

White’s children were 9 and 12 when told him they thought one of his Sunday school lessons was boring. Determined to add more pizazz to his lesson, the dad came up with the Christian board game. 

White, 53, said True Frenemies was launched in December 2019.

He said in spite of the challenges that came with the COVID-19 pandemic, the game has achieved a fair amount of success and is now available nationwide through, as well as New Day Christian Distributors. He and his family were particularly thrilled when Oklahoma City-based national retailer Mardel Christian and Education stores began selling the game. 

 True Frenemies is a Christian board game created by Oklahoma native Derek White. [Provided]

The motivation to offer something to pique the interest of his children and other youths has led the Whites on quite the journey.

In 2018, Derek White was teaching a Sunday school class about friendships.

“Honestly, at the start, I just needed something for Sunday morning class,” said White, who currently lives in a Des Moines, Iowa, suburb, with his wife Lucy and their children, a 16-year-old son, and a 13-year-old daughter.