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 known a few people who, recently, have gone out on missions trips to various parts of Africa. This has led my kids to some curiosity about this part of the world and what it is like to be a missionary, in general. I know I always enjoy stories and testimonies of this sort, so I was definitely more than willing to read and review Venturing with God in Congo from Conjurske Publications. Join Darrell Champlin and experience some of those powerful moments they encountered in their missionary years, beginning in 1954.
When I was younger I had considered joining the Peace Corps, maybe it was not really missions work but at the time that was all I knew of ways to go and provide care and support to areas with desperate need. Not sure what happened that I never went, but as I get older, I greatly admire those men and women, young and old, who are so willing to go and serve. As my oldest son grows, he seems to become all the more eager to travel the world. Hopefully sharing Jesus as he goes. 🙂
Venturing with God In Congo is a collection of stories from the 1950s and 1960s, so you aren’t just travelling to Africa, you are also going back in time! How exciting is that. Within the pages of this lovely, very sturdy book we received, are stories of the many adventures that made up his time in Africa.
Can you imagine suddenly finding a cobra in your living room? We read about their little mud and stick house (makes me feel better about my long term renovation house), how it eventually went up in flames and then was replaced with a cement block house (much like our own). I read stories like this and am so moved by the faith had, to simply know and not fear, because God is in control of all things. I get squeamish just looking at the snakes in their enclosures at the zoo.
“Do you know God?”
Do I really know God? Who is the God that I serve? Do I really believe that He is my provider and protector? I write this in surrounded by people in fear of this virus that seems to be everywhere. That is taking over and causing people to act and think foolishly. I read Psalm 91 and I think of the power in those words. In every place and situation we need to claim these promises as our own.
There are so many ways in which this book is just amazing! We loved reading and learning how to pronounce words in Lingala as we read through this memoir.
My kids liked seeing the family tree and also the timeline of major events. As we read, we would often go back to see where things were – the visuals really made this book come alive – even the photographs inside helped my kids to see what was as we went along.
My younger son loves maps – he is my boy who is in all those details – so he appreciated the map that was included in this book. Charting the travels of Darrell and his family. Looking these places up online as we went along to see what they look like now.
What amazing truths and lessons we learn here in what our faith can look like. There is something admirable about these men and women and children who are willing to just go wherever God may call them. With little to nothing, they go out to boldly and lovingly teach the good news of God’s salvation – And God ALWAYS shows up in the big things and in those littler things. Glory!
This book is so much more than a collection of testimonies regarding missions work in the Congo. This is a blueprint of what great faith looks like. I think of these as letters, written to direct and instruct us in the way we should go. The way we should live, does it show our faith?
Without a vision the people perish. Let us know, let us go and let us share this vision that God has for His world and His people. This book, it is a call for everyone of us to consider, “Do we know God?” There is so much that our great God has for us but we must be willing to cast it all aside and follow Him. Let us get uncomfortable, let us be challenged to draw near to Jesus, to reach out and to share and love as He does!
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