Does your family enjoy listening to audio adventures? Are you fascinated by stories of missionary experiences? The Brinkman Adventures might just be calling your name then! Our family recently received The Brinkman Adventures Season 2: Episodes 13-24 via digital download, to review for TOS Crew. We’ve been enjoying these true and dramatized stories of missions adventures, brought to life by the Brinkmans!
The Brinkman Adventures is a radio drama series that mixes together the escapades of a large family with true-life happenings of Christian missionaries around the globe. Produced and voiced by—you guessed it—the Brinkman family, these audio dramas share tales of excitement, peril, challenges and God’s move among the nations in an exciting and family-friendly way. These stories provide hours of interesting listening for families with children of all ages (although some of the more perilous adventures carry a parental guidance reminder). Stories from Belize, China, Hong Kong, South America, Mexico and the United States are told in the context of a family’s travels and service to other missionaries. Here is a listing of the titles included in Season 2:
- “The Mystery Ring”
- “Blue Hat and T-Shirt Bible”
- “How Big Is Your God, Part 1”
- “How Big Is Your God, Part 2”
- “Mexico by Bus”
- “Treehouse Academy”
- “Pirates of Mayan Island”
- “Sapphire Slaves, Part 1”
- “Sapphire Slaves, Part 2”
- “Hadi’s Choice”
- “Castle of Secrets”
- “On the Run”
While each episode is more or less a stand-alone drama, each story is linked together by the travels of the Brinkman family. When “The Mystery Ring” starts, the Brinkmans are about to drive a bus filled with curriculum, chickens and the 10 members of their family from the U.S. all the way to Belize. Along the way, they encounter angels in disguise, former missionaries with amazing tales to tell, danger from crocodiles, a busted radiator, beekeeping misadventures and tales of children rescued from slavery. (Several of the later episodes are recommended for children ages 10 and up, but you know your children best and can make that decision yourself.) The Brinkmans see God at work, experience challenges that build character, and have cool opportunities to share Christ with others and provide needed supplies for a jungle school.
Mostly, my son and I listened to these dramas together, while Jackson’s dad was able to join us for several episodes. They provided great lessons about life in other countries; the challenges missionaries can face; and, as one title implies, how big our God is!
We only experienced a couple of challenges with this audio drama set. First, while the voice acting is superb and the stories are fascinating, sometimes the audio goes from being easy to hear to so softly spoken that it’s hard to understand what the speaker is saying (especially with some of the very young speakers). That doesn’t happen very often, though, and even with that, we really enjoyed listening! Second, our family thoroughly enjoyed ALL the episodes….except for the “Sapphire Slaves” episodes and a couple of the following ones. While the topics (current-day child slavery, for example) they deal with are both timely and important, they’re more difficult to listen to simply because of the emotional impact. What is wonderful is that the stories include real rescues and mention organizations that are involved in this important work. (More information about them is also included on The Brinkman Adventures website.)
My son Jackson has this to say about The Brinkman Adventures Season 2: Episodes 13-24: “I think it’s just a good audio series. I could recommend it to friends but those episodes (the ones mentioned above) do take a darker edge. Also, those two episodes have a warning at the beginning about intense parts and they are right. Be warned if you listen to episodes with this warning. The first four episodes were my favorites, but I couldn’t pick one favorite out of those, because they were all so good.”
I especially enjoyed “Blue Hat and T-Shirt Bible.” As you’ll discover when you listen to this episode, you never know in what form God might send you help!
What will your family get out of The Brinkman Adventures? You’ll enjoy listening to the trials and challenges faced and overcome by a large family. You’ll be encouraged by true stories of missionaries and the hazards they’ve faced across the world. And, you’ll be reminded, as will your children, that our unseen God is always working behind the scenes to bring men, women and children to Himself, to provide for their needs and show His love. You can’t find this kind of entertainment just anywhere!
The Brinkman Adventures Season 2: Episodes 13-24contains 12 episodes and more than 5 hours of listening enjoyment. The CD series can be purchased from The Brinkman Adventures website for a suggested donation of $25, and the digital downloads can also be purchased there for a suggested donation of $17. At the time of this posting, the CDs also include free shipping!
Other TOS Crew Members also reviewed The Brinkman Adventures Season 2: Episodes 13-24. You can check out their reviews through the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog!