Saturday, September 21, 2013

Don't Forget to Pack the Kids: Short-Term Missions for Your Whole Family


Think mission trips are only for teenagers and adults-no-kids? Think again. Do you long to: --See your kids understand other cultures and levels of privilege? --Help them realize they can be ministers at any age? --Inject compassion and generosity into your daily life and their future? --Do something meaningful for others now? Don't let fears that your kids are too young, you don't have the money or the time, or anything else stop you. Start planning that life-changing experience now! Detailed, step-by-step instructions to make it happen fill this book. Pack the kids--and go!
Don’t Forget to Pack the Kids interweaves personal experience stories with extensive how-to information.
Statistics tell us over three-fourths of our kids will leave the church when they leave home. Why? Part of the reason is their feeling that church is irrelevant to their lives and they can get entertainment and fulfillment elsewhere. If we taught our kids early that the church is relevant because they are the church, and it is fulfilling because they fill it with their gifts and ministry, we could reverse those statistics.
Serving together can be a huge part of that
- See more at: http://cwareviewcrew.com/jill-richardson/#sthash.9vS7tmcj.dpuf
Don’t Forget to Pack the Kids interweaves personal experience stories with extensive how-to information.
Statistics tell us over three-fourths of our kids will leave the church when they leave home. Why? Part of the reason is their feeling that church is irrelevant to their lives and they can get entertainment and fulfillment elsewhere. If we taught our kids early that the church is relevant because they are the church, and it is fulfilling because they fill it with their gifts and ministry, we could reverse those statistics.
Serving together can be a huge part of that.
- See more at: http://cwareviewcrew.com/jill-richardson/#sthash.9vS7tmcj.dpufDon’t Forget to Pack the Kids interweaves personal experience stories with extensive how-to information.
Statistics tell us over three-fourths of our kids will leave the church when they leave home. Why? Part of the reason is their feeling that church is irrelevant to their lives and they can get entertainment and fulfillment elsewhere. If we taught our kids early that the church is relevant because they are the church, and it is fulfilling because they fill it with their gifts and ministry, we could reverse those statistics.
Serving together can be a huge part of that
- See more at: http://cwareviewcrew.com/jill-richardson/#sthash.9vS7tmcj.dpuf





 

My Review 

This book is inspiring and insightful. It takes you on a wonderful journey through missions fields and how you make this journey together, as a family no matter your age.  Since I have a heart for children, I really loved the idea of China orphanage as a mission trip. It is something the whole family can easily do and children can take a very active role in. I think of this book and I think they could have titled it Short Term Missions for Dummies, its that simplistic and informative of a book. This book gave me a lot of very practical tips to make missions work for my family, such as promoting your trip and fundraising, emotional and spiritual preparations, and physical preparations. I wished I would have found this book years ago instead of only recently. This book really opened my eyes to some aspects I never even considered in short term missions, such as having to get a letter from my husband giving me permission to take my kids out of country and vaccination that I would need to get for everyone-just the practicalities that I did not think of and the legal aspects of entering another country and the documents they require. Never would I think to get a letter from my spouse stating I can travel with my kids here in the states, just one more reason to be prepared.

Richardson informs us that 75% of children will leave the church in which they were raised upon leaving home. This figure is not really that surprising when you take a look around. There seems to be a huge gap in churches.  Richardson describes that we need to be letting our children take a more active role and less passive one within the church and offers ministry as an active role that children, even young children, can utilize to take a more active role in their church.  The hope is that when then the children actively engage, they will stay and realize the importance of the role that they play in spreading the gospel message to the ends of the earth. 

If you have any interest large or small in short term missions and spreading the love of Christ I would highly recommend this book to you.  

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About the Author

Jill has a BA in English and Education from Washington University in St. Louis and an MDiv in theology from Bethel University, St. Paul. She is an award-winning writer and speaker. Jill has published three books and numerous articles and speaks in Chicago and surrounding areas. She serves as Pastor of Discipleship at Resolution Church in Oswego, Illinois. Her three kids have been to thirteen countries, and counting.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book  to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew

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