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Product Details

  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: BeachGlass (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615581188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615581187
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,402,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

More About the Author

Jill has been a high school teacher, pastor, editor, and writer, and the field is still wide open for future options. She writes in a variety of genres, having published hundreds of magazine articles, one novel, one book of plays, and two non-fiction books. Currently, she is working on a young adult novel involving one very unwilling heroine and her questionably legal friend.


Jill loves oceans, cats, chocolate, teenagers, her family, the Cubs, and God, not necessarily in that order. She is also a professional speaker and is available for speaking engagements.

Jill is represented by Diana Flegel at Hartline Literary Agency.

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The tone of this extremely well-written book is conversational.
Katherine Harms
Jill has done a wonderful job of putting together a book about families going on short-term mission trips together.
Marine Corps Nomad
I highly recommend this a book to read for anyone who reads the title and thinks....hmmmmm, maybe......
Erika

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By voxbox on March 19, 2012
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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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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 :)
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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 short missions trip to a Chinese orphanage. Leaving behind everything they know, to help serve and donate their time to help care for children. It mixes personal experience stories with a traveling "How-to" guide for anyone else that may be considering trips. This all stemmed from the desire to have their children understand the latest technology and toys are not the most important things in life. There really are starving children out there. They would give anything to live a life with items we take for granted.

We have within our reach everything we need or want, within a fifteen minute radius and I believe we become numb to that. The author, Jill Richardson, feared this culture of prosperity and instant gratification would in fact affect her kids view on life in regards to needs and wants. Don't we all?

This book was amazing and illustrated their mission trip in so many ways that touched my heart.

I want to share an excerpt that literally brought tears to my eyes:

Her daughter holding a child in the nursery: " I don't want to leave her mom.

She's sleeping sweetheart. Becca (twelve) looked at the sleeping child.

When will she have her surgery?

The orphanage now routinely funded the surgery for cleft palates. I don't know how old they have to be. They say they come out with barely a scar. They'll make her little mouth beautiful.

I don't want to leave her, how could anyone just leave her?

I know. Mom? She set the little girl into the crib.

What? She's already beautiful (pg. 13)".
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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 ministry work in an orphanage is actually a great idea! The book is incredibly well written and filled with humorous anecdotes and emotional personal accounts of her young daughters' personal experiences working in the orphanage. Richardson also provides advice on deciding whether your family should pursue ministry and provides helpful tips in picking and preparing for a family ministry trip. I highly recommend this a book to read for anyone who reads the title and thinks....hmmmmm, maybe......
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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. I found this book to not only be inspiring but very practical. From fundraising ideas in chapter 6 to dealing with all the realities of missions trips I thought this book was a wonderful read and very inspiring to step out of my comfort zone and actually do this one day! The author reminds us through her own personal stories woven into her tips such as things like you can't think of this mission trip as a "vacation" as she describes having to "sleep" on a train with her family. This book has so many tips like making sure your health records are up to date to being certain you "pack Jesus" and spend a huge amount of time in prayer and planning and learning about the country you will eventually visit. If you have ever considered a short-term missions trip but thought you should wait to go once the kids were older, you might want to read this book and reconsider what God might have you do while your children are still young and what God might teach your children out of their effort to serve and love people around the world!
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This is a book I wish I wrote years ago...and a book that I'll be talking about for years to come!

Mrs. Richardson covers short-term missions (STM) with the family from "soup to nuts". Covering everything from getting ready (the kids, the finances AND the suitcases) to getting back, this book is sprinkled with vignettes from the author's own experiences. These pack a punch, and show how a STM trip can really affect the young ones in your family as they grow.

Admittedly, a STM experience is NOT for everyone, but if you're eager to grow in your faith, encourage your children to discover and use the gifts God has blessed them with, and minister as a family, this IS the book for you.

At a reasonable cost that will easily pay for itself and then some...please use this as part of your family's preparation before you actually step foot on the plane, and leave well prepared to start a life of adventure!
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