Thursday, April 25, 2013

Don't Forget to Pack the Kids by Jill Richardson~

Don't Forget to Pack the Kids: Short-Term Missions for Your Whole Family by Jill Richardson. Short-term missions have traditionally been the province of singles, youth groups, and married-with-no-kids. 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 do something meaningful for others with our kids? 
Why do we have to wait until they’re teens and then and pack them off on a youth group trip?
Why can’t we let them experience using their gifts in ministry now? 
And why can’t we discover those gifts alongside one another in an experience they’ll never forget? Well, you can. With some planning specifically geared toward making a family mission trip successful, you can. And you should. Don’t Forget to Pack the Kids interweaves personal experience stories with extensive how-to information.

 Statistics tell us over three-fourths of our kids will leave the church when they leave home. Why? Part of the reason is their feeling that church is irrelevant to their lives and they can get entertainment and fulfillment elsewhere. If we taught our kids early that the church is relevant because they are the church, and it is fulfilling because they fill it with their gifts and ministry, we could reverse those statistics. Serving together can be a huge part of that. Author BIO: Jill has a BA in English and Education and an MDiv in theology. She is ordained in the Free Methodist Church and has served as a worship, preaching, and discipleship pastor. She is also a professional speaker available for speaking engagements. Jill is represented by Diana Flegel at Hartline Literary Agency. With three daughters, three cats, and (thankfully!) only one husband, she keeps busy otherwise with community theater, gardening, reading, scrapbooking, and bugging her last child to do 4H projects. Jill loves oceans, cats, chocolate, teenagers, her family, the Cubs, and God, not necessarily in that order. Follow Jill on her Website, Blog, Click here , her Facebook Click here , Twitter, Click here, Click here for

"Don't Forget to Pack the Kids"
(Short Term Missions for the Whole Family)
By Jill  M. Richardson~

This is such an informative book for anyone thinking about following the Call from God to go into all of the world and make disciples for Jesus, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. This business of winning souls for Jesus can be for Gods children of all ages. This little book of only 134 pages is packed full of valuable information you will need to know when you decide to follow the Call to
be Messengers for the Kingdom of God. Mission Trips are not just for adults and teenagers. This is a
guide to anyone with a desire to go and make a difference in other lives. Do something now, you do not
have to wait until everyone is grown!
On page 37 you will find reasons to go and reasons not to go. You know God has not always used
 perfect people to spread the Gospel. In chapter 8 " Don't ever Cross the Chopsticks", I failed to find anything about chopsticks, but there is a lot of educational  information there and throughout this book to prepare you when you are going on short term missions with your family.
So if you are going I would suggest you pick up a copy of Jill's book for each one in your family, "Don't Forget to Pack the Kids."
She has shown in her book there is no age limit for us to minister to others on a Short Term Mission Trip
in your state, in another state in our country or across the world.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book 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

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