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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.
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)".Read more ›
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 ›
Jill Richardson, author of Don't Forget to Pack the Kids, gives you an insightful look at traveling across the world to do missionary work with their 3 kids and this book can be considered a great resource in 'how to and why you should.'
On a personal note, my husband and I took our 4 children to Europe on a vacation (ages 9 months, 6, 8 and 10) and this book would have been invaluable at that time! From the opening statements of "why would anyone take kids to do God's mission work, especially so far, with so many perils?" It's simple. It's what he asks of us! Children need to be aware that the world out there is not always Happy Meals and X-boxes, but of those that go without, those that need to hear God's message and God willing, those missionaries with the resources and love in their hearts to deliver it.
Richardson delivers this book in a detailed, organized format. It's nearly step by step and check list oriented, so you can follow along with what's needed to be done and why. I love how this author gives detailed explanations and stories of why something should be done. She covers many topics from language barriers to food to cultural dressing and more.
One of the gifts of this book is the inclusion of the Spiritual Gift Inventory Appendix. If I could have memorized just one section of this book, it would be this one! It's insightful, uplifting, encouraging. It gives so much meaning to the premise of what mission trips are all about AND walking a daily walk with faith!
5 stars for Don't Forget to Pack the Kids!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 13 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
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!
Mrs. Read more
"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
Jill has done a wonderful job of putting together a book about families going on short-term mission trips together. Read morePublished on April 9, 2013 by High Desert Homestead
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
"Don't Forget to Pack the Kids" looks like a short read at only 134 pages but I am here to warn you that this book will consume you entirely for more than just reading those pages. Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by C. Cowger