God called us to the mission field as a family and so I am convinced that our ministry should happen as a family. This wasn’t our first time traveling as a family, but it was our first time intentionally trying to involve the kids in the goal of our travels. Before leaving we talked with the kids to explain our goals of this trip. We talked about how our goal was to be a blessing to the families we were visiting, so that meant it was about them and not about us. We took the kids shopping to pick out treats for their kids.
The morning of departure finally came
During the car ride I had downloaded some audio books for us to listen to together. My only mistake was not downloading more as I didn’t know that it would work so well! I had to space them out over our 6 days drive as it was one of their favorite car activities.
The days in the car were long, but all in all the boys did really well. I had books for them to color in, we listened to silly songs and audio books and they played imaginary games together. I gave them each a blank book for a picture journal of what we did over our time there.
After three days in the car we made it to our first stop…
It was a lot more work traveling together, but it was worth it. The boys enjoyed the travels even with the long hours in the car. They are learning flexibility – how to sleep and live in many different environments. However most importantly we were able to do ministry together as a family. They were stretched at times, but that is what growing is all about. We came home tired and covered in heat rash and bug bits, but also with some great memories.
More Pictures to come!