The following audio download was provided by The Brinkman Adventures for the purpose of this TOS Schoolhouse Crew review.
God's providence is evident throughout the circumstances shared in the Brinkman Adventures Season 2: Episodes 13-24. This series is about a modern homeschooling missionary family. The Brinkman family includes Jack and Susan Brinkman and their eight children Ian, Kate, Charlie, Hope, Isaac, Michelle, Kitri, and Gracie. As they share the gospel throughout the world, additional characters are introduced. Though some of the true circumstances have been fictionalized, each episode is based on true stories.
They share additional information about each of the true stories on their website. These verses inspired the family to share their missionary stories:
"No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light. For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have." Luke 8:16 - 18
When we placed an order at our homeschool conference last year, we received a copy of the first Brinkman family adventures Audio drama Dangerous Waters. The second season resumes 3 years after the first series ends and shares some of the Brinkman family adventures that happened during that time. Episodes in season 2 include:
On the Run
The Brinkman family sings together which is woven into the stories including one about a trucker's strike. In addition to the episodes listed, a song written and performed by their daughter is included. The episodes flow together in such a way that we wanted to keep listening all the way through. Some have two parts, others tell of complete adventures in the 25 minutes. All are engaging and enjoyed by all ages in our family. At times friends have listened with us, too. I love missionary stories of God's love and how they share His truth.
We were all delighted with the opportunity to review season 2. My daughter burned the downloaded recordings onto CDs for us.
Our guest speaker at our monthly 4H meeting shared about honeybees, and the next Brinkman adventure episode that we listened to on the way home that day included a story about the son Ian and his dad helping out with a neighbor's bees.
When we got home that evening, bees were all around our wisteria gathering pollen.
Jesus the Messiah is the Son of God, the lamb sacrificed for our sins. A true story is shared of a young boy "Hadi" who after believing this truth is punished by his family. Hadi's Choice is an example to our kids of modern religious persecution.
Science is included, too, as unfamiliar topics are shared. The mention of explosive sniffing harnessed bees and poisonwood trees led us to research more about what we heard on these CDs. The alligator aka "TAMMY" the Terrible awful man-eating monster yikes!, a jaguar, crocodile, baby opossum in a banana bowl, and a candy bar eating monkey are in these adventures, too.
How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? Romans 10:14
Mexican banditos, pirates, a sting operation... "When we follow God, sometimes we give up comfort and even safety." Following Jesus is what these stories are all about. The Brinkmans aren't perfect. They share their struggles and their sins in a way that clearly points to God. These modern adventure stories show clearly how God is woven into their lives in both everyday and in extraordinary situations.
Normal and not so normal day to day situations are shared mixed with what seems more like the perceived idea of missionary work. After dealing with termites in her room, my daughter pointed out a reference to termites when we listened to the CDs again.
Their perspective is obviously Christian; read the doctrinal statement shared on their website. "The mission is to introduce people to Christ." You can also read some of the real stories shared by the "Brinkman" family on their blog. Connect with the Brinkman Adventures on Facebook.