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Do you or your family enjoy audiobooks?
Is radio theater style productions something that catches your attention?
What about hearing stories of missionaries in the field?
If you answered yes to any or all of those questions, then keep on reading to learn more about Brinkman Adventures!
About Brinkman Adventures
While they may reference a missionary from the past, the stories told in their adventures are modern missionaries braving places in our world now.
The stories are told through the format of radio drama. This means you not only hear each character read their lines, but you get sound effects to help spark your imagination.
Beachglass ministries, a non-profit, non-denominational Christian organization, is behind the Brinkman Adventures. Through them, they hope to inspire others to enter the much-needed field of missionary work.
To date, there are 5 seasons available. Season 4 is the one we received for review and contains 12 episodes.
Episodes in Season 4 of Brinkman Adventures
A Paradise Lost
The Crashed Kitchen
Crisis In The Congo
The Mysterious Palm Feller
War of the Raccoons
The Five Guys
What Brings Us Together
Listeners are transported to Cambodia, Russia and the Middle East while learning about modern missionaries like Dr. Nik Ripken and Carl Ralston.
Our Thoughts on the Missionary Stories from Brinkman Adventures
My youngest is enthralled with these.
If I ask him to tell me about a particular episode, he’ll start recounting it all with an excited voice.
We have listened to a few of these together. But, for the most part, he has been the lone listener.
It all stemmed from his becoming impatient with me to sit down with him. Instead, he commandeered my computer (with the mp3 files) and listened on his own while snacking and drawing.
“I really like the episode, A Paradise Lost, with the storm. It was so crazy with people looking for the kids and the storm raging on with the mom giving birth that night, too.”
“Remember Nhu was neat. I liked when a lady says “That not me!” with a strange voice. I just didn’t know why it was only helping girls as there might be boys who need help, too.”
A Parent’s Thoughts on Missionary Stories
As a Christian parent, I am thrilled to have my boys exposed to these stories. It is easy to think of missionaries living in the past. Yet, there are many places in our world that need the light of Christ brought to them! I’d venture to say that there is an opportunity to do that even in our own communities.
It is through these stories that my boys can see that Christ’s call for us to spread the Good News is meant for everyone. And, that some locations are still quite hostile towards Christians.
I also like that each episode has a general theme associated with it. There are many things that are common in peoples’ lives such as trusting God, listening to Him and ultimately surrendering everything. Those are the types of themes found in this missionary stories.
And, as my youngest grows a little more mature, I am starting to share with him the real stories behind each of the episodes. He has a decent grasp on the difference between fantasy and reality now. And, I do not do him any service by avoiding talks over how the world really is.
Slavery still exists. Some areas have a ban on any religion not sanctioned by the government. Natural disasters can wipe away lives in an instant. To deny these and other truths is to do a disservice to all.
Final Takeaway Thoughts
While we may never head overseas to be missionaries like those people in the Brinkman Adventures, we can actively pray for them or do other things that assist their missions. And, we can be light to the world by living out our faith.
Listening to missionary stories like these from Brinkman Adventures is another way to open up the world to your family. And, they just may open up discussions about faith and our call to live as Christians in a secular world.
At a minimum, your kids may be entertained and educated in the process.
How do you approach the topic of Christian missionaries in your home?
Would this resource be great for your family?
Past Brinkman Adventure Reviews
Don’t just take my word for how we found this to be. Visit Brinkman Adventures review post on the Homeschool Review Crew website to see what other homeschooling parents thought about this resource.