We received two of five volumes of Growing Up Wild, a video series which introduces the viewers to life as a missionary in Papua, Indonesia. This area is very mountainous and they live among the Wano people. Although the videos were created for ages 5 - 12, I was totally interested in them, so I'd say these are great for all ages. The title is called such, because the family's last name is Wild. This family is comprised of 4 brothers, mom and dad, as well as a cat and a dog.
Let me give you a description of the two volumes we were given. On Volume 1 is Home Sweet Hut where you will learn all about the Wano huts and how they are built, Supply Trip where you can see just how important it is to know what you have and what you need and how they get their supplies using a bush plane and a helicopter; and the last episode is called Sun & Water where they explore the power of the sun using solar panels and find out how they get fresh water from a mountainous stream.
Volume 4 contains Amazing World Around Us which shows all types of exciting animals and creations that God has made including pythons, spiders and stick bugs; Adventures in Culture will show how different the Wano people are from our American culture and even shows 2 of the boys getting their nose pierced just like the people they live among and with; the last episode is called Tribal Calling and it describes how they were led to become missionaries to a tribe in the middle of the jungles of Indonesia.
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As soon as we received the videos all of my children were ready to watch. So that night we watched the first volume in it's entirety. We talked about all that we had seen and I explained that soon our friends would be experiencing a similar change in their lives. That next week we slowed down and watched each episode individually and then tried to complete a few of the activities that went with the episode.
One of their FAVORITE activities was trying to build a Wano hut. However, since where we live is currently under construction, they decided to try to make the huts out of Play Dough. I was not able to get a picture of their huts, but I will tell you that this is a regular asked for activity. Apparently, the first hut wasn't great so they keep thinking of ideas on how to make it stay and turn into the hut, especially with a hole on top so that the smoke can come out from cooking.
Another one of the activities included drawing a sketch of a beautiful tree in our neighborhood. I had the girls do this separately so that they wouldn't influence each other on which tree was most beautiful. This was the activity that went with the Home Sweet Hut episode. Here's a picture of Arianna's choice of tree and then her drawing it and finally one of the finished product.
I believe that these DVD's have been a blessing to our family. I plan on sharing them with other families in our church so that other children can get a birds eye view of how it is to live as a missionary and connect more easily with those in our church family who have chosen this same path. I also hope that this will give my children a more global heart and be open to the call of God to wherever and whatever He calls them too.
Be sure to check out all the other reviews of Growing Up Wild by clicking on the banner below. Also be sure to head on over to their Jungle Journal where they talk about living in Papau. You can even check out some of the trailers of these DVD's and the others too.
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