We took a day trip last week and enjoyed listening to the newest audio drama release from Brinkman Adventures.
5 Hours of Adventures
Recorded on 4 CD’s.
Each episode is approximately 25+ minutes long.
For ALL Ages
Retails for $27.99 (purchase by donation only, whatever amount you feel led to give)
MP3 download version also available. See web site for more details.
What is included:
These are short stories told in audio drama style of mission trips taken by real missionaries. They are full of suspense, daring escapes, and total reliance on God for provision and safety and making a way where there is no way. They are inspiring and faith building. They challenge you to believe and share your faith in Jesus Christ, to believe in the God of the impossible, Jehovah, and his love for mankind.
These stories are full of the kind of exciting adventures my kids loved!
This set contains 4 Disks. Stories on each disk include:
- Ep. 01 – God’s Mule.
- Ep. 02 – Mountain Mover.
- Ep. 03 – Silent Ambassador
- Ep. 04 – Translating Trouble
- Ep. 05 – Man-Up
- Ep. 06 – Acorns & Oaks
- Ep. 07 – A Saint’s Story Pt 1
- Ep. 08 – A Saint Story pt 2
- Ep. 08 – A Saint Story pt 2 (2)
- Ep. 09 – Untouched
- Ep. 10 – Busy Bees and a Bullhorn
- Ep. 11 – Missionary Tourist Pt 1
- Ep. 12 – Missionary Tourist Pt 2
How We Used The Brinkman Adventures, Episode 3:
We enjoyed these CD’s so much! We took it with us on a day trip to enjoy the beauty of the fall and listen to amazing stories (testimonies) of God working in peoples lives. The kids were on the edge of their seat the whole time we listened to these stories on our trip. They wouldn’t let a moment go by when one disk ended, they immediately wanted me to put the next disk into the player.
I know we will listen to these audio drama’s again and again. We have been audio drama fans for many many years. When our children were very little we first began listening to christian missionary CDs and audio bible dramas for kids. It is such a fun way to learn to listen and go on an adventure by listening and imagining all the places and people and events being described.
Here are a few examples of the fun stories we listened to:
In the first story, Ep. 1- God’s Mule, the missionary Tomas, secretly transports bibles to closed countries and has to rely on God to help in big and small ways to accomplish this impossible task that could land him in prison or even killed.
In the second story, Ep. 2 – Mountain Mover, another story about Tomas, he secretly smuggled 4,000 bibles in 14 years, then 5,000 bibles in one trip, and 10,000 bibles in another trip in 100 suitcases that the authorities never opened and their machines broke just as he and his team approached the lines to be inspected. God showed his power in mighty ways to protect Tomas and make a way for the impossible.
In the third story, Ep 3 – Silent Ambassador, a young girl named Evyline becomes a kid with a mission. She puts a kids club together and organizes the collection and filling of 200 shoeboxes of supplies for Operation Christmas Child. When they learn about what she has done, she gets to become an Ambassador for the charity and travel around the country speaking on their behalf and also travel to the Dominican Republic to deliver the charity’s 100 millionth shoebox.
Story after story, 12 stories in all, each one will inspire you and your kids to live bigger and bolder and more outrageous for God. They will encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and trust God to do the impossible to help you spread the news of his kingdom.
Further the Learning:
Play It Out: One of the best parts of being a kid is getting to play. Role play, active play, imaginative play, you name it and play is just fun and a great way to learn. My kids were so inspired by the stories, they wanted to act out some of the adventures at the park. We had been on the road for several hours and were headed back home but decided to stop and let them stretch their legs and their imaginations. This was a great opportunity for them to imagine crossing bridges, climbing mountains, escaping dangers, and reaching areas of the world with the gospel.
Map It: Print out or draw out a world map. Have the kids locate where in the world the mission assignment takes place. Then have them learn more about that country and the culture of the people who live there. If it is known what country or state the missionary came from, have them mark that too. They can then find out what it cost to travel to that country, live there, and what kind of finances a missionary would need to complete the assignment. Perhaps this will inspire them to help raise money for missions. At the bare minimum it will expand their understanding of the geographic locations of different peoples around the world.
Art It: Draw It/Color It/Paint It. This activity does so much to help a person’s mind understand and remember the story. We have found this activity to be very inspirational. You can start with a blank page and let the kids draw the story, or give them a printed coloring page (many free ones available online) and have them color either during or after the story.
Unit Study: We loved these CD’s so much that we are going to go around the world in 12 weeks with them. We are going to create 12 mini unit studies and take 1 audio drama a week and listen and study the country the missionary went to and the people who live there. We will fill in a map, make a timeline of events, make a recipe, a craft, and pray for the missionary and people they are reaching every day that week. We will start on a small scale and do this for 12 weeks, one missionary story a week, starting in January.
Curriculum: There are so many areas you could incorporate these stories on CD with your curriculum: Bible, Language Arts, Culture Studies, Geography, History, Travel, Politics, Religion, Public Speaking, etc. I would like to create some lesson plans and put something together for next year for a year long missions focused curriculum. Perhaps we can turn Brinkman Adventures into a year long missions unit study, or keep it to the 12 weeks and fill in the rest of the year with their other audio volumes 1 and 2. I found some great resources online for kids to learn about missions including worksheets, crafts, and lots of activities. Also on their website are short written stories about each missionary and more information about their real life experience. Brinkman Adventures also offers a curriculum called Ignite for ages 8-12 for $49 suggested donation. This looks really good and may be an option for folks who don’t have time or feel comfortable to make their own lesson plans.
Invite Friends: I could really see this as a 12 month course and do this with a homeschool coop either in a local area or online with other families. It would also be great to do with a bible study and with a youth group. If doing with a bible study or youth group, I would definately check into Brinkman Adventures pre-made curriculum. I am considering putting an online coop together and get several other homeschool families together on this with us, each family getting their own CD’s, and then we can follow some lesson plans to further the learning and put our faith in action, and finally do a blog hop online where all the families can share our experiences together. Let me know if you want to participate in this project.
Stay tuned for a future updates on this project. Perhaps we can get missionary companies to offer a give away here or perhaps we can even help them raise funds for their missions outreach and needs. Let me know if you want to participate in this adventure. I think this has the potential to be life transforming if we can catch the vision for it!
Be sure to follow Brinkman Adventures on their social media links for all the latest news and product updates. They currently offer three volumes on CD sets with amazing missionary stories. They also have a pre-made curriculum with lesson plans called Ignite that looks great.
Check out what other homeschool families on the TOS Review Crew had to say about using Brinkman Adventures in their home.