CWA Reviews

Don’t Forget to Pack the Kids

ImageJill Richardson/ Don’t Forget To Pack the Kids: Short Term Missions for your Whole Family

ISBN-10: 0615581188 | ISBN- 13: 978-0615581187 | List Price: $8.00 Softcover, $3.99 Kindle |Format: Softcover and Kindle | Page Count: 134

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, BlogFacebookTwitterLinkedin or on Youtube.

My Review:

I wish this book had been available when I was in ministry many years ago. I traveled with young children at home. The plan Jill Richardson wrote about in “Don’t Forget To Pack the Kids” is ideal. Children learn to speak by listening to us. They learn how to walk, sing and pray!

I loved Chapter 10, Pack Jesus. The entire book is a basic family leadership guide for parents who desire to work for the Lord, along with their children. Beginning with the internet – to the trip outside the US – it is a truly marvelous step by step planning treat.

I would recommend this book for every ministry with children.


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