Venturing With God in Congo {Review}

(Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.)

We have been reading Venturing with God in Congo by Darrell Champlin from Conjurske Publications together,  and really enjoying it. As we just recently held our annual Missions Conference, we were so happy to receive this book for review!

Darrell Champlin and his wife Louise. Louise had grown up in the Belgian Congo of Africa, in a family which had most members had gone to the mission fields. He had written this book in parts, and after his death his wife Louise compiled it into this non-fiction missionary account.

Let’s begin with the quality of this book. This is a good quality, hardcover book. Since I like to add books which will last into our home library, this was important to me. The cover art is amazing! I am showing you both the front and back covers. so you can see how beautiful Congo was to the Champlin family.

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This book is 290 pages long, and has included pronunciation tips several times throughout the book, along with a short page at the beginning. There is an eight page gallery of photos taken during the span of this story which were fun to look at.

There is scripture used throughout, and those who read this blog regularly will know how please I was to see that all of the scripture used was from the 1611 King James Version.

We belong to a very missions minded church, so this sort of book is always a treat for me. As I said above, we just finished up our Missions Conference, and this was an excellent way to extend it!

The personal sacrifices made by missionary families are daunting, but God calls us all to be missionaries. For many, the call is to “go.” For those who are not called to go, we must send. Missionary giving is so important, so that we become part of spreading the  Word of God and need for salvation throughout the world.

Some of the things given up by the Champlins were modern life, financial security, and safety, among others. They lived on very little in the Congo, $28.00 per month! The rest of their $128.00 of support went into the actual ministry. They gave up modern life because the people they were reaching were living as if it were 100 or more years in the past. They lived in a jungle home, where the windows were just openings and couldn’t be closed, where people or animals could enter at will, so there was much danger.

Darrell Champlin has written the most vivid descriptions of the wild life and the people in Congo, I could actually visualize it! The incredible stories of thise who came to Christ should bring anyone who doesn’t know Him straight to their knees.

One such story (my favorite, actually) gives an account of a man called Lulu Bekanga. This man struck terror into the hearts of the people. He had been raised with witchcraft and satan worship. Now, as an adult, he was working as a head policeman for a territorial Belgian agent, terroriging the villagers. When Champlin began his very first service in the Congo, Lulu Bekanga shouted “The first person in this village who believes in this Jesus, I personally will bury!” God works, though, because the first person to accept Jesus as savior was a nephew of Lulu’s, and in his culture he was forbidden to kill a family member. In another of God’s miracles, Lulu Bekanga was the second person their to accept The Lord Jesus as his Savior! At his baptism, he asked to take a new name, and chose Bekanga Paul after Paul in the New Testiment. Thus, like Saul the persecutor of Christian became Paul the messager of The Lord, Lulu Bekanga the murderer became BeKanga Paul, seeking souls for The Lord.

Learning about this missionary family, their work, and the people they served for The Lord was inspiring to me. Through this book, I was pricked in the heart about missions giving. It may do that to you, but read it anyway! It is a fascinationg read, and you’ll be better for it, in my opinion.

I very highly recommend Walking With God in Congo. I do suggest reading ahead before reading each chapter to younger children, as he doesn’t sugar coat the lifestyles of the people. There is much promiscuity in the lives of the people, and no knowledge of right and wrong in that area when the missionary family arrives. I think teens can handle this, but use it as a discussion and teaching point.

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Missions Conference 2020

We had our Misions Conference at our church Mesa Baptist from March 1 through March 4.

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Jeremy and Kari Randle are serving in Baden-Wurttemberg Germany Kari wasn’t able to be here, as her father was having surgery, but Jeremy was, and we really enjoyed hearing from him!

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Larry and Sonny Harrison are serving in Whitehorse Yukon, Canada. Their church plant is Calvary Baptist. The Northern Lights are visible from there!

Our third missionaries for the conference are Glenn Kosiorek and hiis wife Shelley. They are serving in Alabama, and also sing as the Crosspoint String Band, singing and playing old fashioned bluegrass gospel music. Their church plant is Redemtion Baptist Church in Albertville, Alabama.

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We had such a grand time! Wonderful messages, great meals before churc on Monday through Wednesday, and WONDERFUL music from Glenn and Shelly Kosiorek! You can see videos of some of their music on their Facebook page.

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Let’s Go Geography {Our Review}

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

My boys and I are having a lot of fun Let’s Go Geography Year 2 a weekly homeschool geography curriculum from Let’s Go Geography

Let’s Go Geography is such a fun way to learn, especially if a lot of world or across states travel is not within your budget, as is the case for OUR family!

We received a two year access to Year 2, which means we have a full two years time to get all of the lessons downloaded for use. This will allow us to go at our own pace, even if “our pace” is slower than expected. You can see below in the middle column what year two covers:

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While I would love to have done Year 1 first, I definitely feel that each year can stand on its own, so we can always get it later if we like. In addition, I feel that each lesson stands alone, so that we can skip around based on interests. After a bit of learning about the continents in the first lesson, The boys chose and completed their travel journal covers.

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They chose to 3-hole punch and use them as title pages, instead of putting them on the outside cover.
Although Antarctica is not one of the lessons this time around, they were given a short video about it for viewing.
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From there, we chose to begin with the United States of America. The boys’ favorite so far has been “The Mountain West” because this is the part of the USA where we live. Within each chapter is the following:
  • Are You Ready?

Continent:

North America Country:

the United States of America Capital (of the United States of America

Largest City (of the Mountain West):

Official Language:  Least Populous State:

(compare to USA: 323,625,762)

  • Map It!

Printing out one or two maps, coloring specific states according to clues.

Here, you can see the boys doing map work.

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  • The Flag

We printed out a page of flags, the boys colored them according to the instructions and then adhered them to a page with the continent printed on it, and then connecting it by a line to where the flag is from.

  • The Music

We were given in this chapter 2 video links, one for the National Anthem of the USA, and one of a folk song of the old west cowboy days.

  • Let’s Explore!

There are a few pages with pictures and facts about different places in the region, along with videos about different places. A favorite of the boys was a video about the balloons ascending in Albuquerque NM, because We happen to live in the area, and have twice bneen to the International Balloon Festival.

  • Create!

In this lesson, it’s a coloring page about the Buffalo.

  • Craft

There is generally an optional craft.

  • Printables

Every printable needed for this lesson.

Probably my favorite thing about this curriculum is that the videos the boys click on are through safeyoutube, which until now, I had never even heard about. I appreciate that the authour of this gave thought to doing that!

My kids have so enjoyed this, and even some of “The Batman’s” action figures have been enjoying learning with him! 🙂

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“The Puzzler” Got Mail!

Weeks ago, “The Puzzler” wrote a letter to President Trump and asked for an autographed picture. He ran to the outgoing mailbox to send it, and then realized he should have actually put our address in the letter. Soooo, he did it all over again and went to mail the second letter.

TWO days later he started asking every single day if it had come yet. Well, finally it came this past Thursday. He was so thrilled!

Fresh from the mailbox . . .

And carefully framed, because he wants this protected!

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A Day in the Life of a Spoiled Furbaby

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Freezer Prep For January!

Fourteen new meal, ready for the freezer!

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“The Artist” and I did all of this in just a couple of hours!

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“The Batman’s Birthday!

25 yers ago, we began our adoption journey with “The Batman.” He was age 2 when he came to us, and time has gone so very quickly! Today, he is 27 years old! This past Saturday, he and I went for our traditional birthday lunch, just the two of us. He asked for Buffalo Wild Wings this time.

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I didn’t get a picture of our lunch, but here’s dessert!

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As you can see, his wishes for gifts have not changed through the years.

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As always, Red Robin is “The Batman’s” choice for his birthday dinner out with the family.

 

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And, another birthday done!

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