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My guest today is Joe Holman. He's the homeschooling father of nine, and he's my pastor. Joe, it's a special pleasure to have you on the program.
Thanks, Mike, I'm excited to be here.
Joe, this last summer you and a whole bunch of folks from our church, including your 14-year-old son, Seth, took a trip to Romania. What was the purpose of the trip?
We went there mainly for evangelism and also to train up church leaders in a church that we helped start there. The youth went in order to do backyard Bible clubs in remote villages, one-on-one evangelism, and also just to assist behind the scenes.
What would you tell parents who are considering a short-term missions trip with their homeschool teenager?
Do it! Without a doubt, do it. I'm going to do it with all of my children as they become teens. My son Seth and I—the time of bonding and fellowship—we traveled together to the other side of the world; we spent time in hotels, taxicabs, vans, sharing Christ together, serving together. And what we did and the experiences that we had and the bonding that took place—it was worth every penny. I would say: do it, do it, do it!
Joe, did Seth have any special experiences on the trip?
You know, one thing that was really neat that happened to him is one day he was late coming to the van and I had to go looking for him. When I found out it was late it was because he had bought a pair of shoes with his own money to give to a young teenager in a village, and the next day he led that same teenager to Christ. How can you repeat an experience like that? It was just incredible.
Parents, consider joining your teen for an experience of a lifetime. I'm Mike Farris.