I homeschool a high ...

Lori asked:

I homeschool a high schooler and I am thinking of creating a semester missions based "course". I'm not sure where to start, but I know I want to incorporate book/multimedia learing with hands on missions work. Where do I start?Thanks,lori

Jack Answered:

Thanks, Lori, for your interest and your question. Here are some suggestions:

Books: 1) Look up "Paul Borthwick" on Amazon.com. He has several books on missions. They are not heavy nor long but pithy and very instructive. I know Paul personally and recommend them highly. 2) If your church library has a copy of Ruth Tucker's From Jerusalem to Iryan Jaya, borrow it. It is a wonderful biographical history of Christian missions from the days of the Apostles to the present time. I'm sure you student will love it. 3) Samuel Escobar. The New Global Mission: The Gospel from Everywhere to Everyone (Christian Doctrine in Global Perspective) (InterVarsity Press). I also know Samuel personally. He is Peruvian, but writes English very well, and has lived a lifetime in thinking about and doing mission. A little heavier than Borthwick's works, but well worth reading.

Videos I'm sure that your local Christian book store would have a selection of mission videos, incuding biographies. I'm just not familiar with them. However, InterVarsity has resources, especially ones they have made for the Urbana Student Mission Convention. I asked one of my friends who works at InterVarsity to list them for me. This is her reply: The following DVDs are available through the InterVarsity store: www.intervarsity.org --> store (upper right hand corner): In order of most to least likely helpful: Calling Series: Urbana 06 --> Video Series Urbana 03 Kingdom Collection: Media Resources --> Missions Urbana 06 Summary: Urbana 06 --> Summary DVD Urbana 2000 Videos on DVD: Media Resources --> Missions

You could take a look at these and see if you find something interesting. Most of these collections have very short (3 to 5 minutes) presentations, but which are good for stimulating discussion.

Hands On As for the Hands On part. You could look up www.shorttermmissions.com and arrange a mission trip. Or, talk to your pastor about local mission opportunities.

Well, this is a start. I hope you find something helpful in these suggestions.

Jack

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