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Don't Forget to Pack the Kids: Short Term Missions for Families Paperback – February 28, 2012
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This book could be very helpful to various kinds of readers. First, those just wanting to explore the whole idea, but still undecided. Second, those who want to go a step farther and begin the search for the particular agency/ country/ ministry that they will choose. Third, those with preliminary arrangments made, who want detailed assistance with logistics such as passports and immunizations; fundraising ideas; what to pack, and how to navigate cultural issues in their destination country. A fourth kind of reader may be interested in the journal elements of a particular trip, with its many anecdotes.
Thank you, Jill, for opening my eyes and re-inspiring me - I want to keep my 8 year old's flame ignited and going as well as to have my other children be Jesus' hand and feet. My heart is called to Africa as well as China - and while my husband probably wouldn't be able to accompany us - I'd love to be able to raise the support to take my children and I to show Jesus to those who otherwise wouldn't get to see Him. Jill's books offers very doable advice in how to prepare yourself both physical (like vaccinations), emotional and the legal side of things (I'd have to get a document stating my husband is allowing me to take the children out of the country) as well as how to evaluate if your doing the mission trip for the right or wrong reasons, things to pack and not to pack, and probably most importantly, fundraising - her family of 5 had to raise $10,000 (most of us don't have that lying around).Read more ›
I appreciated the fact that this book wasn't about "you have to do a short-term mission trip", but rather, it was about how to go about doing it as well as what a blessing it can be for the entire family. She even included resources such as a practical spiritual gifts inventory for family members and family Bible studies. The spiritual gifts inventory isn't your traditional test-type format. Instead, it lists the spiritual gift and then some ideas on what that gift would look like when applied to real life. It makes figuring out your natural, spiritual gifts much easier as you can see if that gift applies to you (or other family members).
Obviously, Jill has a heart for short-term missions, and this shines through in the writing of her book. She wants to encourage others that it can be done as a family. She doesn't gloss over the difficulties that come with short-term missions as a family.Read more ›
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!
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.
We all want to raise our children to be more than we ever imagined they could be. We all want them to out- do us all the way around. The author Jill Richardson put it in perspective for me while reading her book Don't Forget to Pack the Kids. She put it in a way I had not realized before. On the subject of spiritual gifts the church always teaches the adults how to find those within ourselves and how to apply them but they never do that for our children. The two main tasks they teach our children is how to be educated and how to be entertained. She goes on to say these are both passive and either we as the parents or the pastor will fill in the blanks for them later.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As someone who hopes to take my girls on a mission trip someday, I loved this book! Ms Richardson uses lots of her own experience to share the things we will go through. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
The message is good but this was definitely not proof read well before going to print. Several grammatical errors that made me think that even I could write a book :)Published on December 13, 2013 by Brian Glunt
Don't Forget to Pack the Kids: Short Term Missions for Families was a book I finished last week. For those of you who have not heard of this book it is about a family who takes a... Read morePublished on September 16, 2013 by Liz
This book was inspiring and insightful. Richardson does an excellent job of explaining why taking your entire family, including 3 young children under the age of 12 to China for... Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by Erika
I loved this book. The author takes the reader on a fabulous journey of all the ins and outs of how and why you can and SHOULD take your family on a short-term missions trip. Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by Jennifer Smith
This is a book I wish I wrote years ago...and a book that I'll be talking about for years to come!
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"Five years ago, few would have picked up a book about taking the family on a short-term mission. Now, more and more of us 30 and 40-somethings with kids are asking― Why can't we... Read morePublished on April 19, 2013 by Lisa
Don't Forget to Pack the Kids: Short Term Missions for Your Whole Family by Jill Richardson is a winner! Read morePublished on April 16, 2013 by KellyS
When I saw the title of this book, Don't Forget to Pack the Kids, and read the description, I knew this book could bless our family. Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by WriterR