Number of Pages: 157
Vendor: New Hope Publishers
Publication Date: 2006
|Dimensions: 9 X 7 1/2 (inches)|
Availability: In Stock
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Located in: Wapato, WA
Submitted: December 28, 2006
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm almost experiencing the empty nest. My husband, Kevin, and I have either feast or famine! Either the teenager son and daughter are home with a wide assortment of friends, or they are all gone, and we sit and wonder what to do with our quiet house! I love cats, and we currently have a sort of pscho one named Annabelle, who is fascinated with having us obey her every whim...fresh water, fill the food dish, change the cat box. Those of you who know cats, you know what I mean. I used to teach full time, but both my husband and I felt God calling me to resign and work full time serving Him. So I help Kevin, who is a full time pastor, at church, work to raise the teenagers, write for Woman's Missionary Union and New Hope Publishers, and teach, encourage, walk, and breathe missions! I have a heart for missions, outreach and embracing others with the love of Christ. Kevin and I feel that God has called us to serve Him in an international setting, but He has us waiting until our nest is truly empty. :)
What was your motivation behind this project? My love for preschoolers and families and missions and sharing the love of Christ, whenever, however, was a huge motivation for this book. Sometimes, my mind just goes off on tangents with ways families can do missions, or individuals can help others. I think that is God's way of getting me to get those ideas down, so other people can look at a book, and say, "Hey, we can do that! Let's do it!" That's my dream, for others to get involved with people - relationships, loving, caring, sharing, helping each other out. How awesome our world would be!
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I'm so excited about this book! Families are the perfect place to begin learning about missions. We've all read the research that says that a child's first teacher is his parents. That's so true. The home is the place where things closest to our hearts are taught and experienced and passed on. Families on Mission gives a wide variety of ideas - activities, hands-on projects, helping others suggestions - to help parents teach their family how to be a compassionate, loving, helping example of Christ. Ideas in Families on Mission begins at home, and spreads out to the community, country, and world. The neat thing is that the ideas can be used for all ages of children and stages of family development! I'm sure that teachers, grandparents, and other leaders that work with young children will benefit from the ideas included in this book. I loved writing it! I believe so strongly in preschoolers and parents and the importance of the family as the core of teaching world view and values...I just can't say it enough! Families rock!
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? My first and most important influence is Jesus Christ. Over the last several years, He has led me on a journey of growing closer to Him. I am continually learning more about the Bible, God's plan for my life, His promises, and His view of the people He loves. I am inspired by His plan to reach out to human kind. What an awesome God! Of course, I also love to read (as almost all writers do!). I love CS Lewis, Madeleine L'Engle, JRR Tolkien. I love good writers. Children's books are wonderful as well, and Jan Brett is one of my most favorite illustrators. I'm fascinated by the detail she puts into her work. And I have absolutely loved any book that I've read by New Hope Publishers. The spiritual refreshment and information gained is a great source of growth for me.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I love writing, and I love helping others! I do have books in print for preschoolers and children, of which I am very excited! I Can Pray, I Can Give, I Can Do It, and I Can Be More Like Jesus are the titles (available at wmustore.com). I love the different cultures featured in these books, the content, and the languages that young children are exposed to when they read. The newest one, I Can Be More Like Jesus, features my nephews as the main French American characters! I was able to take the photos, a new experience for me, and it is so neat. Actually, most of my family is somewhere in the book...I hope readers can check out these books. Great for families, preschoolers, libraries, churches...