Thursday, October 12, 2017

Brinkman Adventures REVIEW

Brinkman Adventures
We really enjoy listening to audio dramas so when I had the chance to review the Brinkman Adventures Season 4 I was excited. I had never heard of Brinkman Adventures.  After looking at their website I was even more intrigued since their audio dramas are based on true missionary stories as told by the fictional Brinkman family (but even they are based off a real family).  Not only does each episode teach you a key bible theme but you also learn about real life missionaries.

There are currently 5 seasons available with a 6th one on the way.  It's very refreshing to listen to the family dynamics of the Brinkman family while also following the exciting lives and adventures of the missionaries involved in each episode. These missionary stories will not dissapoint.  There are warnings on some of the episodes for those 10 and under to have a parent present due to some scary incidents in the episode.  There are 12 episodes in Season 4 that include
  • A Paradise Lost - God is in Control
  • Remember Nhu - Perseverance
  • Aisha's Fear - Overcoming Fear with Love
  • Heart Song - Tenacious Faith
  • The Crashed Kitchen - God Doesn't Make Mistakes
  • Crisis in the Congo - People over Projects
  • The Mysterious Palm Feller - Confronting Evil
  • War of the Raccoons - Faithfulness in Work
  • The Five Guys - Listening to God
  • Toughest Man - Surrendering Everything
  • Cambodian Quest - Going Deeper with God
  • What Brings Us Together - Glorifying God
I listed the bible themes after each title.  The Brinkman Adventures website also lists who is featured (the Brinkman family and/or missionaries involved) and the region they are in. I absolutely love that the stories are about real life missionaries.  You learn God is in control when the Brinkmans annual family camp is interrupted by the dam breaking and their campground being flooded out. Not only are their camp plans diverted but mom, Susan, who is not due with the baby for another month delivers baby Micah earlier than planned.  All through the episode there are obstacles to overcome.  Each challenge teaches them that though we have plans and would like to be in control of everything we do, God truly is the one in control and when we don't understand our circumstances, God has it covered. Despite the flood and a washed out bridge, God gives them ideas to carry on with the camp anyway.  When Peter destroys the eggs, they still have baked oatmeal.  When mom goes in to labor, there is a midwife among them to help deliver the baby. The real life missinary Carl Ralston is in this episode but doesn't make it to the camp until the very end of the camp due to the weather and road conditions, but as always with God's timing, he is right on time with a timely message for the campers. God is always with us, we can trush him (Phil 4:6-7).

Each episode is loaded with intrigued, excitement and lessons learned.  We need more wholesome entertainment like this that sows the word of God into our children's hearts.  The character lessons learned in each episode are refreshing and appreciated.  When Kitri doesn't really want to go to Cambodia in Cambodian Quest but feels she has to, she soon learns that sharing God's love can be so rewarding. Her and her mother travel to Cambodia to the Remembering Nhu home to help deliver sewing machines for the girls. Despite her attitude she soon softens when she sees God's love being shared in the caring for the girls and a sick woman's baby.  It changes her and her focus. The excitement in this episode ramps up when one of the girl's previous "owner" finds out she is at the house and seeks her out to get her back.  You must listen to this episode to find out if they make it safely back to the Remember Nhu house.

I thought it was so cool that after listening to the Remembering Nhu episode which is about rescuing girls out of slavery in Cambodia that the girl who played Nhu was the real life Nhu! Nhu was a 13 year old girl sold into slavery.  Back in the states Carl Ralston is going to college and hears a story about Nhu and has a heart to go to Cambodia to rescue girls out of slavery. The end result of this fascinating story is Nhu opening the Remember Nhu house where they now help keep girls from ever being sold into slavery.

Each story has its own fascinating true background story that can be found on the Brinkman Adventures website.  In Aisha's Fear we learn how God not only gave Aisha courage to endure but ended up in the salvation of not only herself but also of her evil, antagonistic husband. Even the police chief and his family come to know Christ through Aisha!  We learn that perfect love casts out fear and that God's supernatural power overcomes faith killing fear.

I could go on forever about these stories.  I just love this series!  I wholeheartedly recommend you take the time and invest in the Brinkman Adventures Season 4 for your library.  You'll need to get a copy for yourself to find out the outcomes of Dimitri, his wife Natalia and son Alexi in Heart Song when Dimitri is emprisoned for teaching the gospel to his son and neighbors.  Does Aunt Sarah, after years of ministry, finally get any results in Zambia or survive the ensuing car crash? Do Jack and Kate survive the hippo attack in Crisis in the Congo?  Does Yanick the witchdoctor get his way or does missionary Glen Chapman successfully confront him in The Mysterious Palm Feller? What happens to Ians robot in War of the Raccoons? Who are the mysterious men that take Jack and Nik to an unknown place in The Five Guys?

The seasons can be purchased on CD or digitally through emailed download link.  We received ours as a download and I had no problems with it at all.  We even figured out how to listen to it on our TV through our Roku device using wifi.  This kids liked this since we could sit and relax in the living room as we listened to the episodes.  Of course War of the Raccoons would be my sons favorite with robots and paintball guns!  My favorite was the The Crashed Kitchen because I loved how Sarah learned that despite seemingly negative circumstances lack of progress, God indeed does not make mistakes.  

Brinkman Adventures
You can connect with Brinkman Adventures on FACEBOOK.  Please also take the time to check out the other reviews on this series through the link below. 

Brinkman Adventures Season 4

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