- 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: #3,346,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Don't Forget to Pack the Kids: Short Term Missions for Families Paperback – February 28, 2012
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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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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)".
This is a short read but it will leave a lasting impression on you. If you are interested in missions, volunteering at all I recommend you read this. Even if you are traveling overseas this is an excellent travel and packing guide as well. Yes, there is some content that can be graphical but it is short lived and really puts the writers experiences into perspective. It is a truly inspiring read and I recommend!
**I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product 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.
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).
I'll definitely be re-committing the desire to do some mission work, even if it's just out West or in the mountains of Kentucky to begin with, to prayer and see if the Lord begins to move my husband's heart to do this, even if it's just his blessing for us 4 to go. Fundraising scares me, especially big time fundraising, but I know I can draw the strength from the Lord and He will provide and give us those people who will help fund us. If you've ever wondered if you can take many small children on a short term mission trip, if will have any affect, and how to do it - grab Jill's book and a high lighter and get to reading.
**I received a free copy of this book from the author through Christian Women Affiliate in exchange for posting my honest opinion, no other compensation was given - I'm disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.
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