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Friday, March 13, 2020

Conjurske Publications: Venturing With God in Congo ~ a TOS review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. 

I love adding missionary stories like Venturing With God in Congo from Conjurkse Publications to our homeschool read-aloud time. Let me tell you about this new book we received that was written by Darrell Champlin.

Venturing with God in Congo is an autobiography that tells of Champlin’s missionary adventures in the Congo jungles during the 1950’s and 60’s. This hardcover book is jam-packed with adventure stories all the while Darrell Champlin and his family share the gospel of Jesus Christ in the deep jungles of the Congo.

Can you imagine living on just $28 a month? Well that’s what the Champlin’s did during their first term in the Congo. Eventually, their total monthly support rose to $168 but the majority of the money went into the mission. This families love of Christ is clear and evident in each page as they poured their hearts into the Congolese people.


I have been reading Venturing with God in Congo out loud to the children during the day, here, there, and everywhere. Because we are on the road so much now that spring baseball/softball has started I make sure to keep books in my read aloud basket in the van. Everyone has been enjoying the stories, even my most sensitive kids.

I will say the cover of the book is what caught our attention right away! The snack and then the eyes of the predator cautiously waiting to pounce made us want to open the pages of the book and dive in. Upon doing so we found a timeline of important events that span from 1917-1965 that includes the birth of the Champlin’s children and other important events. There is also a map of Congo where towns are mapped out so you can see the exact location.
There are also several pages of black and white photographs that give a first hand look into life and important events in the Congo. I always enjoy seeing photographs such as these as they help to paint the true picture of the stories and gives you a connection to the people in the story.

With over 50 stories you get to read just how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things for His glory! Darrell and Louise Champlin’s courage and devotion to God and the greater mission is truly inspiring for all. I can only pray that my children will be able to live for God with such sacrificial love of the Lord as best expressed by Borden of Yale: “NO RESERVES, NO RETREATS, NO REGRETS.”
Be sure to check out what my CrewMates thought of this book by clicking the banner below. I definitely recommend you getting your hands on a copy for your own family.

Venturing with God in Congo {Conjurske Publications Reviews}
Format ~ hardcover book 
Price ~ $14.99

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