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Short-term Missions and Homeschoolers

Vol. 51, Prg. 11–15
March 15–19, 2004

You’ve accepted the challenge to teach your teen at home. Now you’re wondering how you can instill in him a servant’s heart and a concern for the underprivileged. Have you considered sending him on a short-term mission trip? Three guests join Mike Farris to share how short-term mission trips kindled in them a passion for the lost. Their experiences differed widely—ranging from organizing Bible clubs to caring for orphans to doing construction work—but they all describe the personal impact as life-changing. Two of these short-term missionaries later returned to the mission field for subsequent trips or longer time-commitments. One has gone on to found a mission organization of her own. No high schooler should miss this heart-touching, mind-stretching opportunity.

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An Opportunity for Your Teen?
Teen Trip Opened Door for Service: Interview with Ken Shipe
Father and Son—Serving Together: Interview with Joe Holman
To Romania: Interview with Jayme Metzgar
Regeneration Ministries: Interview with Jayme Metzgar

Guest: Tuesday

Ken Shipe

Ken Shipe was homeschooled from 1st through 12th grade. When he was 14, he went on his first mission trip to Haiti. Since then, he has gone to Romania and twice to Mexico, where he put his skills to work assisting with construction projects. He now works as a machinist for K-Form, Inc., and is building a house in his spare time. Ken lives in Lovettsville, Virginia, and enjoys singing, playing the guitar, riding trail bikes, and traveling. He hopes to do many more mission trips in the future, and is excited to serve in whatever way God arranges.

Guest: Wednesday

Joe Holman

Joe Holman has been married to his best friend, Denise, for more than 19 years. During that time, the Lord has given them 9 children, and they are expecting their 10th child in September. The best thing Joe has ever done is commit his life to being a follower of Jesus Christ when he was in college pursuing a degree in business. After receiving his master's degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Joe became a pastor in Colorado. Joe has been the pastor and teaching elder of Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville, Virginia, since February 2000.

World evangelism is a priority to the Holmans. Joe and Denise have traveled to Mexico, Africa, and France to share Christ. Each year, they plan on taking one of their children to another country in order to continually keep world missions on the family's heart. For the next mission trip, Joe will be taking his son Jacob to Africa.

Guest: Thursday & Friday

Jayme Metzgar

Jayme Metzgar is the founder and president of Regeneration Ministries, a non-profit organization begun in 1998 that works among abandoned babies in Romania. The second daughter of Home School Legal Defense Association co-founder Mike Farris, Jayme was homeschooled from kindergarten through high school and graduated in 1995. During a year spent in Romania doing mission work in 1997, she served at a local orphanage, returning to the United States with a burden for Romania's abandoned children.

Jayme and her mother, Vickie Farris, co-authored the book A Mom Just Like You in 2000. Jayme lives in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, with her husband Todd and daughters Corina and Abigail.

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