I remember hearing about the Benge missionary biography series, Christian Heroes: Then and Now, when my kids were little, and filing them away into the "someday" category.
But recently, something happened that made me want to read them...now.
Why We're Reading Missionary Biographies in our Homeschool
On a vacation with friends a few months ago, we were talking about the state of the world. My wise friend told me about George Muller, and how he trusted God with every penny and every detail of his life. One morning, Muller didn't have any food to feed the 100+ orphans in one of his orphanages. All of the children sat down at a table and prayed over empty plates, thanking the Lord for providing for them. Just then, there was a knock at the door. A baker had been up all night baking bread, feeling convicted by God that the children in the orphanage needed it. As the bread was being dispersed, a milk-cart driver knocked on the door. His cart had broken down nearby, and instead of letting all the milk go to waste, he thought perhaps the orphans could use it.
This is the anecdote from George Muller: The Guardian of Bristol's Orphans that convinced me we, that I, needed to, read these books. We are called to seek out the goodness of God, and these books remind me that no matter what is happening in the world, the promise is that He will never leave us or forsake us.
Recently, I teamed up with YWAM publishing to offer you a customized bundle of these life-changing books. I'm so excited to be a part of this great deal!
Christian Heroes: Then and Now Bundle
Making the decision about which titles to buy can be daunting. I had actually added and removed several of these from my shopping cart earlier in the year! It was providential for my friend to talk about George Muller so that I had a definite place to start with this series.
I was able to choose 5 books that I thought you might enjoy, and that I want to read, as well. You can get this bundle of 5 books for $30, which is $19 less than usual, and you'll get free shipping as well.
When I chose books, I wanted to keep in mind that my friend Tricia at Juice Box Homeschool also has a bundle of books available. I chose different titles so that, if you'd like, you can get two bundles without repeating any titles.
5 Missionary Biographies
George Muller- Like I mentioned above, George Muller was our introduction to this series. Muller had a troubled youth, but while attending a Bible meeting with a friend, it hit him that God's word had to be true and that his duty should be to serve the Lord. He decided to become a missionary, but God had other plans by keeping him close to home to serve as a director of many orphanages. God's provision in each area of his life is what stands out to me so much in this biography.
Lottie Moon- This missionary began her life in a well-to-do family two decades before the Civil War began. Although she was indifferent to her family's faith as a child, her faith grew as a teenager. Lottie joined her sister as a missionary in China and went on to spend 40 years serving as a humble missionary in the country.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer- My lacking education never taught me about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, pastor, theologian, and World War II hero. Bonhoeffer was a young man when the Nazi party rose to power in 1933, and was immediately opposed to it. Bonhoeffer led underground seminaries while Nazis persecuted Christians and those who didn't comply with the regime's rules. After years of clandestine resistance and even spying, Bonhoeffer was captured by the Nazi's and executed.
Sundar Singh- Singh became a devout Christian as a teenager, despite growing up in a Hindu family. He risked his life by hiking over the Himalaya mountains to bring the Good News of Christ to the people of Tibet.
Betty Greene- Greene was a part of the Women's Airforce Service Pilots program during World War II, using her love of Jesus and of flight to serve others. She participated in a dangerous, experimental high altitude flights. After the war, Greene began a new ministry, Mission Aviation Fellowship.
While I could never do these beautifully-written books justice in just a few paragraphs, I hope you'll consider adding them into your homeschool! This bundle offer is good through July 31st.