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Preparing our children to fulfill God’s purpose

We pour our hearts into preparing our children to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives.

We love them deeply, intimately, sacrificially. We know there is a time to shelter, a time to prepare, and a time to release. Yet, when the time comes, it can be incredibly hard to let them go….

When my teen-aged sons told me they wanted to play airsoft at an event hosted by a young man named Russell, I immediately started asking questions?

“Who is this guy? Where did you meet him? Who else will be there?”

My husband and I have homeschooled Roger and Ryan from the start. They’ve been blessed with amazing friends. Over time, I’ve come to appreciate their ability to make wise decisions about relationships.

That said, I’d never met this young man, and I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about dropping them off at his house and driving away. However, my apprehension soon turned to delight….

God invites His children on amazing adventures!

After meeting Russell Winter and talking with his father, it quickly became apparent that the Winter family follows hard after Jesus. Later, when I came to pickup my sons, Russell’s father, Al Winter, shared how God orchestrated events that led Russell to embark on a 7-week adventure through the cities and jungles of Ecuador.

The highlight of that trip was when Russell met Mincaye, the last surviving Waodani Indian from the raiding party that killed five Christian missionaries back in 1956. (My sons had read biographies of two of those missionaries: Jim Elliot and Steve Saint’s father, Nate Saint.)

Today, Mincaye is an evangelist.

Hearing about Russell’s experience, it quickly became apparent that his adventure had the potential to inspire homeschoolers — especially parents who know these precious children we hold so close must one day be released to fly on their own.

And so — we are excited to share with you our newest release: Walking with the Waodani.

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In both Walking with the Waodani and our companion blog series, you’ll learn about Russell’s experience and meet his energetic travel partner, 70-year-old Gary Moon. (Russell confessed that sometimes he had trouble keeping up with Gary, despite the fact that Gary was more than 50 years his senior!)

You’ll gain insight into the incredible story that inspired thousands to join the mission fields. You’ll also learn about a ministry that is doing amazing things.

It’s okay! You can trust Him. God loves your children even more than you do!

Certainly, not all of our children will travel miles from home and venture deep into the Amazon jungle. However, Russell’s experience reminds us that God is trustworthy. He loves our children even more than we do, and “His arm is not too short” to reach them — wherever they go!

Go to Part One of Walking with the Waodani

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6 thoughts on “Preparing our children to fulfill God’s purpose

  1. That is so so cool! Sewing now, praying for the reaping in 8 years as this family has enjoyed with their son.

    1. Yes, Nicole! We’re nearing the end of the homeschool journey over here with one son in his junior year and another in his senior year. It’s an incredible privilege to travel this path. And then, one day, they strike out on adventures of their own!

  2. My son Aaron and I enjoyed spending time with Russell and Gary on the trip. I thought then how proud his parents must be. Living proof of the fact that Our Faithis made manifest by our obedience to the word of God. Keep going Russ.

    1. GARY ALFORD! Good to hear from you. I still remember what you were teaching me about boxing and KO’s. Haha

      Hope all is well with you and Aaron(Mr. Big Beard)…

  3. I love this, thank you so much

    1. You are most welcome, Illianna. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement!

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