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Brinkman Adventures Review

My kids love listening to exciting stories.  Brinkman Adventures delivers!  Brinkman Adventures introduces kids to Christian missionary heroes who’s lives encourage children in their faith as they share their breathtaking adventures to various locations around the world and their faith in God.

We were recently sent Brinkman Adventures Season 4 for review.

Season Four of the Brinkman Adventures contains over five (5) hours of exciting stories with a Christian focus.   These stories were inpired by the exciting missionary lives of Dr. Nik Ripken, Carl Ralston, and others.   There are twelve (12) exciting stories included in Season 4 and each story lasts just under a half hour.

Episodes included in Season 4:

DISK 1

  • A Paradise Lost (Episode 37)
    • Location Focus: Missions Family Camp in Wisconsin
    • Theme Focus: God is in control
  • Remember Nhu (Episode 38)
    • Location Focus: Cambodia
    • Theme Focus: Perseverance
  • Aisha’s Fear (Episode 39)
    • Location Focus: Overcome Fear with Love
    • Theme Focus: Middle East

DISK 2

  • Heart Song (Episode 40)
    • Location Focus: Russia
    • Theme Focus: Tenacious Faith
  • The Crashed Kitchen (Episode 41)
    • Location Focus: Zambia
    • Theme Focus: God doesn’t make mistakes.
  • Crisis In The Congo (Episode 42)
    • Location Focus: Congo
    • Theme Focus: People over projects.

DISK 3

  • The Mysterious Palm Feller (Episode 43)
    • Location Focus: Congo
    • Theme Focus: Confronting Evil
  • War of the Raccoons (Episode 44)
    • Location Focus:  Wisconsin
    • Theme Focus: Faithfulness in Work
  • The Five Guys (Episode 45)
    • Location Focus: Secret Location
    • Theme Focus: Listening to God

DISK 4

  • Toughest Man (Episode 46)
    • Location Focus: Secret Location
    • Theme Focus: Surrendering Everything
  • Cambodian Quest (Episode 47)
    • Location Focus: Cambodia
    • Theme Focus: Going Deeper With God
  • What Brings Us Together (Episode 48)
    • Location Focus: Wisconsin
    • Theme Focus: Glorifying God

These stories are great for the whole family!  We love listening to all the Brinkman Adventures stories.  They are thrilling, funny, encouraging, and sometimes a bit hair raising, and they keep the kids on the edge of their seats.  We have been blessed in the past to review these wonderful stories in our homeschool.  Be sure to read about our review of Season 3 so you can see more about how our family uses these in our home.

Some of the important, silly, and adventurous faith building things my kids have learned about while listening to these stories are:

  • unshakable faith in God
  • surrendering everything to God
  • houseboats in Cambodia
  • frozen prisons in Russia
  • dangerous alleys in the Middle East
  • dodging angry hippos
  • taming rogue robots
  • trust in God during times of pain

Brinkman Adventures introduces families to unsung Christian heroes,  real men and women who have devoted their lives to sharing the gospel and the struggles and triumphs they went through.  These stories strengthen your faith and provide important discussions about life and inspire teachable moments for faith building with your kids.  They just might inspire you and your kids to do more for God in your daily life, your local community, and maybe inspire them to reach beyond their local community too.

Be sure to check out these REAL STORIES that are featured in Season 4.

There is a page called FUN STUFF  where you will find a few  PDF sketches you can use as coloring pages from various episodes, and some videos to watch about missions and about the making of different episodes.

About Brinkman Adventures:

Brinkman Adventures was created by Ian Bultman and his family.  They are radio stories that tell the adventure of various missionaries and Christians around the world.  His children and extended family play many of the characters as they retell these stories and really bring the story to life.

The stated purpose / mission / goal of Brinkman Adventures on their website is “to reach as many people as possible with these incredible, life changing stories. Our board is passionate about the scope and breadth of this ministry and the potential for future opportunities such as curriculum, family camp & mission scholarships. By God’s grace and through His empowering we hope to inspire, motivate, and facilitate the next generation of Christian world changers.”

So far, they have created 5 Seasons with 12 episodes in each one.  Be sure to check out their website and FREE audio samples to learn about all of these great adventures.

Be sure to check out this video interview with Ian Bultman and his family to learn more.

New Development:

In addition to the wonderful audio adventures, Brinkman Adventures has developed a new venture: Mission based CURRICULUM! The curriculum centers around the Brinkman Adventures Audio Series. Their hope is to raise up a new generation of youth who have a heart for world wide missions. Check out this brief video for more information.

Social Media

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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/BrinkmanAdventures/

Blog: http://blog.brinkmanadventures.com/

Homeschool Review Crew

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Brinkman Adventures Season 3 Review

We took a day trip last week and enjoyed listening to the newest audio drama release from  Brinkman Adventures.

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The Brinkman Adventures: Season 3

5 Hours of Adventures

Recorded on 4 CD’s.

12 Episodes

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:

Disk 1

  • Ep. 01 – God’s Mule.
  • Ep. 02 – Mountain Mover.
  • Ep. 03 – Silent Ambassador

Disk 2

  • Ep. 04 – Translating Trouble
  • Ep. 05 – Man-Up
  • Ep. 06 – Acorns & Oaks

Disk 3

  • 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

Disk 4

  • 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.

Fall Afternoon

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.

Fall at Park

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!

Social Media

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.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Brinkman-Adventures-152895116079/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/BrinkmanAdventures/videos/

Brinkman Adventures Season 3 Review

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