“Don’t Forget To Pack the Kids, Short Term Missions for Your whole Family” by “Jill Richardson” ~ Book Review by Villageanne

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“Don’t Forget to Pack the Kids” looks like a short read at only 134 pages but I am here to warn you that this book will consume you entirely for more than just reading those pages.  I loved this book.  It was information that anyone can use even if they are not going on a mission. Just traveling cross country with kids is a challenge these days and this information could make that trip safer and more enjoyable.  I wish I had read these tips before we started cross country with our daughter all those years ago.   It was entertaining yet Spiritual at the same time.  I really don’t know how to explain it.  You will just have to read the book.

The author writes in a manner that reached out and touched my heart.  She shares information about her and her family while on a mission.  She goes into detail about the transformations that occur in her young daughters.  I felt like I was there with them.  I felt like I knew her daughters and the others whom they interacted with. I could see her daughter with long hair feel more confident as the ladies just bragged on what beautiful hair she had.  I loved this book

The advice was usable even if one is not going out of the country.  I found myself even reading the appendix with great interest.  I liked how she told the story from different perspectives. This book had a storyline but it also had tips.  It was different than I expected.  I highly recommend it and give it a 5 star rating. 


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.


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, Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin or on Youtube.


You can purchase this book at your local bookstore or at this Amazon Link

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



I received this book free in exchange for a review through CWA.  This does not impact my review in anyway.  I give honest reviews.

About the Author ()

I am just a simple country gal. I have been married to my best friend for over 34 years. We have two beautiful daughters, two Son In Laws and four grandchildren. My family is the most important thing to me. I love them dearly. I love life to the fullest.

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