We've spent the last year studying various continents and cultures. It has, by far, been one of our favorite courses of study of all time. It has been both eye opening and humbling. I was delighted, then, when I received an opportunity to review Growing Up Wild, a Christian Missions Homeschool Curriculum series from Wild Brothers Productions, with my kids.
Christian Missions Homeschool Curriculum
I've long believed that as a Christian, we should always either be going or sending in regards to domestic and international missions. I went on my first mission trip in 1997. Throughout our homeschool years, I've made it a point to include the study of Christian missions and Christian missionary work as we've studied different cultures and peoples. In fact, we frequently use the World Watch List 2021 to learn about where Christians face the most extreme persecution.
We also personally know several missionaries. So we've heard some fun stories about life on the mission field. In 2018, our family packed up our passports and went on a mission trip to Yamaranguila, a municipality in Intibucá, Honduras, in 2018.
That trip made a lasting impression on my kids, and gave them a real heart for missions.
Which is just one of the (many) reasons we include Christian missions studies in our homeschool.
When we were studying Asia last year, I discovered The Wild Brothers on YouTube and fell in love with their pet cuscus, Newt, that they'd rescued. It wasn't long before the kids were asking if they could watch The Wild Brothers outside of school time. LOL
As a modern missionary family living in the jungle of Southeast Asia, their videos fit right into our study of Asia. Since my kids wanted to watch them and didn't realize they were learning, it was a fantastic find.
Imagine my excitement, then, when I learned about the Growing Up Wild video-based Christian missions homeschool curriculum! This curriculum is one that Mike and Libby Wild created while their family was living among the Wano people in Indonesia. Mike and Libby Wild completed four years of missionary training in Florida before relocating with their family to Papua, a province of Indonesia.
This curriculum was designed to help homeschool families include missionary studies in their easily. The DVD set contains 5 DVDs, or “volumes.” Each volume has three episodes. Each episode focuses on a different aspect of life as a missionary and includes an activity guide. The activity guide makes this an ideal resource for homeschool families and/or Sunday school teachers.
The DVDs are geared toward 4th-8th grade students, but I think that they appeal to all age. My 8yo was hooked when the first episode showed the cat eating a real mouse. I think the series is ideal for families to use together to learn more about life on the mission field.
Learning about what it is really like to be a missionary in a remote area has been fascinating to my kids. My 8yo absolutely LOVED Volume 1 Episode 3 that showed how the family routed water to their home. To think, it's more than just turning the faucet!
Use this DVD series to get your kids excited about Christian missions. It will encourage them to impact the world for God's glory!
Be sure to also check out these fun resources:
- The Adventures in Creation series
- Check out the latest Wild Brothers Vlog
- Subscribe to The Wild Brothers on YouTube
- The Wild Brothers: Islands of the Four Kings movie
My kids are already asking when we can go on another family mission trip. I suppose I need to start planning. ;)