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.
Fish Flix is a wonderful family friendly company on a mission to bring you the greatest movies that inspire your faith at affordable prices. They have hundreds of great movies to choose from. Most of their movies are very affordable and priced between $5 and $20. They have movies that appeal to everyone of all ages: Family movies, Kids movies, Action, Romance, Feature Films, Dramas, Christian History, Apologetics, and more. They offer free shipping on orders over $35 and they also offer a 10% off coupon for signing up for their newsletter.
Faith Of Our Fathers
Full Length Feature Film
Star Cast Starring: Stephen Baldwin, Si Robertson, Kevin Downs, Robert AR White
$9.99 on sale ($14.99 retail price)
The movie takes place in both the past in Vietnam and the present in America, and connects them with a common thread as two sons try to find out what happened to their dads who were soldiers during the war.
Three men meet in the Vietnam War 50 years ago. Two of the men had kids and a wife waiting back home for them and they wrote letters to their families. Over the course of time, the two men formed a friendship on the battle field. One man loved God and took his bible with him everywhere during battles. Others on the squad were annoyed by his faith. The other soldier was a strong fighter and didn’t know God and didn’t want to know God. Both men formed a bond and in the end as one led the other to Jesus, they gave their lives for each other on the battle field.
25 years later, their grown sons, named Wayne (Robert AR White) and John Paul (Kevin Downs), are searching for answers. Their paths cross when John Paul locates Wayne’s number in the phone book and calls him. But Wayne refuses to talk to him. John Paul travels across the country to meet Wayne who doesn’t want to meet, but finally gives in to the encounter by agreeing to share the letters for $500 a piece if John Paul will travel to the Vietnam Wall Memorial with him. He had started on the journey to see the wall years earlier but was forced to stop because of a traffic accident that killed his mom and he had been to devastated to complete the journey.
On their journey, they have several problems and while John Paul turns to God regularly to solve his problems, Wayne doesn’t want anything to do with God and keeps screwing up his life. The dynamics between the two sons is very similar to the relationships of their fathers. Along the journey they read the letters one at a time and the scene goes back and forth between Vietnam and the battle field, and the roads of America and problems / stresses they face in our culture.
They both eventually find peace and healing after meeting the third man, played by Stephen Baldwin, who was their dads’ Sargent in Vietnam. He served with and was in charge of their dads. He knew both men and saw their death. He put in the missing pieces for them and encouraged them to complete the journey. He gave them a gift and his message of grace, and his kindness melted Wayne’s heart to receive the gospel.
All along it was John Paul planting the seeds of faith as he lived out his struggles in front of Wayne, but it was the third man who had known both their fathers that watered the seed with love and honor of their father’s memories, and as he shared his faith with them his message brought healing and caused that seed of faith to sprout in Wayne’s heart. This is an awesome story of healing wounded relationships, faith in God, hope for a better tomorrow, and loving each other as we face battles both in war time and in our day to day living.
We absolutely loved this movie! There are eight of us in our family and as you can see everyone took a spot on the couches or floor with blankets and popcorn for an evening of inspiring entertainment.
The older four children loved the movie. The two youngest kids sat next to daddy and they fell asleep about half way through the movie as it was past their normal bedtime.
I can also see how this would be a great addition to American History studies, Cultural studies, and bible studies too. We are Duck Dynasty fans and it was fun to see Si Robertson being his usual silly self acting as a store clerk in this movie too. Our whole family enjoyed this film and would recommend it for everyone.
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Have you ever come under attack because you stand up for something? Have you been critisized because your talents and skills cause you to stand out? Be encouraged today, because God has placed talents and gifts inside you that are meant for you to stand up and shine brightly with them, expanding the light of his Kingdom, illuminating a dark world, and bring Him glory through it all.
As I listened to the words of Jesus this morning in my bible study, I realized he is saying he wants you and me to Stand Up, Stand Out, and Shine Bright. He wants you to do good and stand out so others can see his light shining from you. That is not boastful. That is not prideful. Those are the words of Christ Jesus.
Jesus told us to “DO” and to “STAND” and to “SHINE”.
To “do”, to “stand”, and to “shine” are ACTION words. They are the opposite of “take a seat”, “stay seated” and “you may be seated” words we hear spoken today. I don’t think Jesus would have defined his followers the way they appear today, seated and asleep.
If you asked the average person today how they would define a Christian, most would say something like: “A Christian is a person who follows a religious teacher named Jesus by going to a building with four walls on Sunday to sing about him, pray, and hear a bible story”. Jesus NEVER ever said for his followers to live like that. Jesus gave his followers an assignment to stand out, to do good, and to shine and illuminate the darkness. He told them to go out two by two to heal the sick, cast out demons, feed the hungry, set captives free and preach the Kingdom of God in all the earth. Yet sadly, the “Christian life” amounts to sitting in a pew on Sunday for most believers of Jesus today.
If a person, or group of people, are followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, then they will do what he did and obey what he said. The churches who are doing, standing, and shining, are the churches we see growing exponentially today, just as the early church that Jesus created did. Miracles are happening as those believers pray for others, cast out demons, heal the sick, restore sight to the blind, raise the dead, and set the captives free, and thousands of lives are being fed, clothed, and transformed, and the Christian believer is a bright light in that city.
Christians, and their churches, that shine the brightest in a city, also take the most criticism from other Christians that don’t choose to shine. They have let their lamps grow dark outside of their four walls of their buildings, and they criticize those who stand out and shine bright.
This happens constantly, but I will use this one recent example to illustrate this point. I recently heard a pastor of a small church in a decaying city criticizing pastors of larger churches. He often points fingers at them and puts them down in discussions with his congregation. He says that these larger churches are not truly following God or else they wouldn’t have such large congregations of people. He says that they are prideful to have musical instruments and singers on stage and putting on a show. He says these pastors are misappropriating funds to have large budgets for their church to fly around the US and the World and put money into these large outreach efforts. He says they are showing off and worldly to draw in large crowds.
Yet while he critisizes others, his own church’s light is dying. He has no impact in his decaying city. Even though he stays busy going here or there doing this or that, he and his congregation contain no new life and no change or growth. In the community and even within the four walls of his building, there is no opportunity for the followers of Jesus to shine, even though he states weekly that they are in the midst of “revival”. They host revivals (evening sermon meetings that last from anywhere from 3 days to 7 days) monthly through out the year. I have attend several at that church and other local churches, I have spoken to these pastors and their guest evangelists, and from what I can tell, these churches are not really in revival. It is just a word that label their meetings that they host that are different than Sunday service.
Revival is basically spiritual CPR. To revive is to breathe new life into a dying or dead situation. Their church and their city continues to die despite their efforts at “revival”. It is not effective. There is no spiritual CPR happening in the revival meetings that I have seen for many years. Many years ago in the 1970’s and mid 1980’s I did witness true revivals that changed cities. But after that, except for a few dynamic on fire churches, what I witnessed across this nation was a sleeping church who’s light grew dim in their communities.
Christians speak about revival, but many have become lukewarm in allowing God to be Lord in every decision. They trade out God’s word about living: eating, raising children, marriage, healing and raising the dead, casting out demons, etc. instead for an acceptance of government guidance in regards to daily living, education of children, health care, jobs, morals, etc. They enjoy a “tax exempt” status and follow the social / political rules. They may get a pat on the back or their name in the paper if they do a good event, but sadly most churches, don’t bring positive change to their communities. Though God is honored during the service on Sunday or Wednesday, God is not the Lord of their daily living decisions 24/7. Instead the congregation often seems to hide behind the four walls of the church building, hides their gifts and talents that were purposed to expand the Kingdom within their cities, and wait…wait…wait…asleep…until Jesus returns…all the while they never realize their lamps ran out of oil and they no longer were effective to shine God’s light into a dark world.
I just want to shout from the rooftops “WAKE UP O CHURCH! WAKE UP O BRIDE OF CHRIST WHO HAS FALLEN ASLEEP. YOUR LAMPS NEED TENDING. KEEP SHINING BRIGHT AND STAND UP AND STAND OUT”.
“Your eyes are like a window for your body.
When they are good, you have all the light you need.
But when your eyes are bad, everything is dark.
If the light inside you is dark, you surely are in the dark.”
How do we keep our lamps supernaturally full and shining bright? Jesus is returning for a Bride who is awake and her lamp is full of spiritual oil and she is shinning bright and doing good, obeying the commands of Isaiah 58 while she loves God with her whole heart and loves her neighbor.
Jesus said to becareful because you will fail at shining if your light goes dark. That seems obvious. But he made it very clear as if it were not obvious or like we might forget if not reminded. As if we are like the man who looks in the mirror and steps away and forgets what he looked like in that mirror. He is right. We easily forget that we must not let our light go dark. Jesus said if your eyes are bad, and you let darkness into your life, you can not shine. How can your eyes bring darkness into your life? The eyes are the door that Satan uses to tempt you. When you follow through with that temptation you bring darkness into your life. So it is key to remove the darkness and temptations from in front of your eyes and look upon Jesus and obey him.
Jesus said if you love him, you will obey him. He said to shine bright, stand out, and beam as brightly as you can like a lighted city on a hill, and a lamp on a high stand in your house. Think about that for just a minute. Has your power in the house ever gone out and you had to light a candle or use a lamp for light? I have had this happen many times in my life, and I put that candle or lamp on the highest table in the center of the room so that the room is lit up and I can see where to go and what I am doing. That candle or lamp can shine so bright that we can even cook a simple meal, or play games by it’s light. However, if I placed that light in a corner of a room, it would not light up the room well enough for us to see.
When we stand out and shine, we send forth HIS light that is in us so that God will be glorified. Others will give God praise when they see you doing good and shining bright. Christians who stand out, who shine bright, often come under attack from both other Christians and non-Christians. It can be a hard and lonely choice to stand out, and would be much easier to hide, or sit on a pew and let others do the shining. But to obey Jesus (not your denomination, not your pastor, not religious rules or traditions), as a child of God, you must be placed on a high place and stand out so that everyone around you can see what is around them with the light that you are shining forth. The darkness of their situation is transformed and lit up by the light you shine. You are the lamp that must shine bright while you are doing good. Don’t get burned out doing good, don’t fall asleep, and don’t hide your light or let it go out.
Think about it. If every Christian obeyed the words of Jesus and stood out on a high place and shined forth God’s light while doing good, surely this world would experience true revival. It would look a whole lot different. Surely multitudes of people would come to Jesus and give God praise for the good they see you do and the church would truly experience a spiritual CPR revival and grow exponentially.
“You are like light for the whole world.
A city built on top of a hill cannot be hidden,
and no one would light a lamp and put it under a clay pot.
A lamp is placed on a lampstand,
where it can give light to everyone in the house.
Make your light shine,
so that others will see the good that you do
and will praise your Father in heaven.”
Wake up, stand up, and be the light of the world, giving light to everyone while we stand out and shine bright while doing good.
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Give thanks to God!
May your Thanksgiving be filled with love,
forgiveness, peace, blessings, joy, and thankfulness.
“God loves you and has chosen you as his own special people.
So be gentle, kind, humble, meek, and patient.
Put up with each other, and forgive anyone who does you wrong,
just as Christ has forgiven you.
Love is more important than anything else.
It is what ties everything completely together.
Each one of you is part of the body of Christ,
and you were chosen to live together in peace.
So let the peace that comes from Christ control your thoughts.
And be grateful.
Let the message about Christ completely fill your lives,
while you use all your wisdom to teach and instruct each other.
With thankful hearts, sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.
Whatever you say or do should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus,
as you give thanks to God the Father because of him.”
Did you know that offering praise to God can bring blessing?
We frequently speak by faith that Jesus said “where two or more are gathered in his name, he is there in the midst of them”. We speak this forth knowing with confidence that Jesus is wtih us when believers gather together and he hears our prayer and intercedes for us.
But did you know that Father God also said that he inhabits (dwells/lives in) the praises of his people? God is there with you and he is physically dwelling inside your praise.
There is also an exchange that happens when we praise. An exchange is when you give something and receive something back. There is a promise of blessing according to Psalm 112:1 “The Lord will bless EVERYONE who praises him and gladly obeys his teachings.”
That is awesome! You can receive blessings today, right now!
There are at least 477 verses in the bible that mention praise. That is a whole lot and it is very clear that God wants us to know about praise and what pleases him.
My earnest prayer is that you will take time today, and each day, to give him PRAISE and be BLESSED!