Having a “wild” child and a budding missionary myself, I knew this review would be great for us when I first heard about it, but little did I know how helpful it would be for our family at this time in our lives. This DVD series is made up of four volumes, each with three episodes and including a supplemental activity guide for extended learning opportunities.
Each episode is approximately 15 minutes in length and gives an in-depth look at life in the jungle and the wonderful aspects of missionary life in general. The pictures of the Wild family interacting with the native Wano people are truly breathtaking. This series was birthed out of a passion for sharing the love of missionary work with the next generation in hopes of encouraging future missionaries in their calling.
For this review, the Crew members were given Volume 1 and Volume 4 for review and there was a palpable excitement when our package arrived and we were able to begin learning about the “Wild’s”. I was very interested to see how my children would react to such a culturally different way of living.
I have to say I was not very surprised to find that with the first episode on Volume 1 they were hooked. My wild boy wanted to know how we could go visit the “Wild’s” and if they would take in one more “wild boy” (he would fit in so well there- he might even be a little too “wild” for them). He loved seeing how they interact with the wildlife at their doorsteps including handling snakes, living with HUGE spiders, and even watching Phineas-the cat- feast on a rather large rat. It was truly a dream for my wild boy!!
My daughter was not as equally as excited about the wildlife, but I could see the excitement about how living amongst a native people group could impact their lives for the Lord. I feel that their mission was completed when I could see the dream of mission work become more deeply rooted in her heart.
Disclaimer- I received no compensation for this post. I did receive one copy each of Volume 1 and Volume 4 of the Growing Up Wild series at no charge to assist in my writing this review. The opinions in this post are mine alone and were in no way influenced by outside sources.