But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Acts 1: 8
Whether in your neighborhood or in the jungles of a foreign land, we have been commanded to share the Word. Our family is blessed to know a few missionary families serving in Africa, Ireland and Indonesia. Over the years we have been able to see a glimpse of what life is like for them; the challenges they face, the joys they receive, the adventures they have. Just a glimpse. Recently, we were able to take a closer look at life in Indonesia through Growing Up Wild.
The Wild Family is a missionary family serving the Wano Tribe in Indonesia. While serving in Indonesia, the Wild Family were led to create a series of educational DVDs that would show the day to day life of a missionary family living in the jungle. The purpose of the DVDs would not only be used as a tool to share their experiences but to encourage children to learn more about missions and to impact the world around them. Throughout the videos the Wild boys, Morgan, Kian, Hudson and Asher, guide us through their world with their parents, Mike and Libby, providing narration. The Wilds filmed and produced this series on their own. Now that is a great hands on homeschool project!
The Growing Up Wild DVDs each consist of three 15 min episodes that take you into the daily lives of the Wild brothers. There are 5 DVDs available and we were able to enjoy Volume 1 and Volume 4. On these two volumes we learned about: Home Sweet Hut, Supply Trip, Sun & Water, Amazing World Around Us, Adventures in Culture and Tribal Calling. Growing Up Wild is designed with 5 -12 year olds in mind but will be enjoyed by your whole family!
The information about life as missionaries in remote locations and seeing how life is for them was fascinating. To get a picture of how the Wilds have adapted to live among the Wano people while maintaining the comforts of their homeland was fun to see. From the outside, the Wilds’ hut looks much like that of the Wano people but once you are inside there is a beautiful blend of both cultures…. and the Lego loft is outstanding. You will learn about how the Wano people deal with conflict inside their tribe, their food and how they are hearing and responding to the Gospel. My husband was impressed with their water system and it is amazing to see how they use God’s creation to provide clean water and power.
Not only are the DVDs informative and entertaining but an activity DVD is included. After viewing each episode, the Wild Mom, Libby, gives a variety of activities that can be done to reinforce what was learned and to serve as a starting point for deeper research on a variety of topics. After viewing Home Sweet Hut on Volume 1 one of the activities was to make a venn diagram to compare our home with the Wilds. We decided to do ours on the dry erase board so even our youngest could join in the fun. The activities that are suggested are broad enough that their is something for everyone. Build your own Wano hut from sticks, interview an elderly person in your family, take a trip to the zoo to see native animals, observe bugs in your yard and make a solar oven to bake a pizza or cookies.
Growing Up Wild DVDs are a great addition to your homeschool or co-op. We have watched the DVDs more than once and I know we will watch them again. You can use these as a tool for science, nature study, geography and more! Our family would love to have the other three volumes to enjoy.
A precautionary note: The Wano people are in their native dress throughout the videos. I expected nothing different. If you are going to be bothered by seeing tribal members in native clothing, then you may want to preview the videos at www.thewildbrothers.com to make sure you are comfortable with these DVDs. The Wilds also take an approach that some may have issues with. The Wano people have their noses pierced through the septum. In Volume 4, two of the Wild brothers are allowed to have their septum pierced as well and you get to see the whole process. If your family does not agree with this, it could offer a great point of discussion. I don’t share this as a point for you not to buy it but so if your convictions differ, you can be prepared to discuss. We thoroughly enjoyed all the episodes and had a great discussion after each one!
You can buy all 5 Volumes for $80.99 plus shipping/handling. A 15% discount!
And you are supporting a homeschooling, missionary family in the wilds of Indonesia while learning about impacting your world through sharing the gospel!
Other Crew members were able to enjoy Growing Up Wild as well, so please stop by the Crew to see what others are saying about the Wild Brothers. Make sure you take time to visit www.thewildbrothers.com to learn more about Growing Up Wild.
Disclaimer: As a member of TOS Review Crew, I received a complimentary copy of this product for the purpose of review. No compensation was made. The thoughts/opinions expressed in this post are my own.