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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.
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  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: BeachGlass (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615581188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615581187
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,893,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is about short term mission trips for families, with the focus on taking even young children along. Included are the arguments for (and for balance, against) this kind of activity, significant "how-to" passages, and many stories of the author's family's trip to work in an orphanage in China.

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.
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I have one daughter whose dream is to become a missionary, she is 8, so many have asked her, "Why?", or "You could do ABC instead." - so when I had the chance to read and review Don't Forget to Pack the Kids I was excited and Jill Richardson has reaffirmed my hearts desire to take the children on a mission trip. I've always wanted to take my children on a short term mission trip, but kept thinking I needed to wait until they were older, given that my children are 11 (she'd be fine but very sensitive), 8 (also fine and very sensitive) and 6 almost 7 (all boy, needs lot of stuff to do and often doesn't pay attention) - I kept thinking there is no way I could take them on a mission trip and have them help in the building of a well or house or church.

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).
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Jill has done a wonderful job of putting together a book about families going on short-term mission trips together. Very often, we see youth groups or adults going on short-term mission trips, but it isn't often that we see families going together. Jill takes readers through the process of deciding to go on a short-term mission trip as a family. She talks about the why's and why not's of doing a short-term mission trip as well as how to determine where to go, how to plan for it (physically, emotionally, spiritually), how to go about fundraising, and even how to keep the mission trip going after you return. She takes her real life experience of her family's short-term mission trip to China and shows how a family can do a short-term missions together. Her practical, heart-felt advice and experience truly warmed my heart.

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.
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About the Book:

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.

My Review:

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.
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