Star Wars themed math worksheets

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May I send my child math worksheets or any other material with the Star Wars theme? Is it Ok even though it is about a war and characters have weapons? I found a great math workbook by brainquest, but it only comes in that theme. Please let me know if appropriate. It is for a 6 yr old boy in Bangladesh.
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Kristine Wilhelm

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Silke Pschibl

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Hi Kristine,

it's great that you found something for our child, which can help him at school.

But I would only send it to him if he told you that he knows and likes starwars.

Otherwise it might be a bit too much of  war theme for a 6 year old who might not have regular access to TV, don't you think?

Best regards and God bless you.

Silke

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Debbie Skacel Tovar

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I'm all for Star Wars, but, just personal opinion, here, the page on the left especially is a bit scary, so even if the kid watched a lot of TV, for a six year old, I would like something more fun.  There are millions of workbooks in the world to choose from, so I think if there is any question on things, that we are better to say no, and choose something else.
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Thank you for your input. I should have paid attention to my first instinct. I wouldn't even be asking if I didn't already have some qualms about it. Thanks for helping me do the right thing. I love this forum. I will find something else for my boy!
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Kristine, right as I was looking at your post and my wife walked by and said "Austin (our 6 year old son) has that book." :) He loves Star Wars and he will talk your ear off about all the characters. I was just going to say that was very thoughtful of you to consider that a child living in a different country might have a different view of war and weapons than our kids here. I might not have thought anything of it. We only sponsor a girl right now so we're not sending anything like that but I would really love for us to sponsor a little boy also and if we do I'll have to remember to be conscious of this sort of thing.
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I've been able to visit some of my sponsor kids.On my trip to Honduras last year the pastor of one partner church provided a military escort for us to the neighborhood where they are located.We probably didn't need it but he believed we did.We had four soldiers with us and the pastor used did not use any Compassion funds to pay for it.

Violence is extreme in these countries.The pastor and his family were led by God to plant a church in this area about 18 years ago.The drug gangs had control and they beat his wife and killed his nephew.They began partnering with Compassion about 4 years ago and have about 260 kids in the program.Violence is way down in this area.

The drug gangs start recruiting kids at about age 12 and train to them transport drugs and even train them to kill rival gang members.Here's a video on Youtube. Type in Unreported World and look for the video El Salvador Child Asassins. 
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That is really something, William. God bless that pastor and his family. I think a lot of us here in the United States don't realize how fortunate and blessed we are to be able to live our lives and travel in this country free of the fear of violence. I know that I didn't think much about what was going on in other countries around the world before I started sponsoring with Compassion, and without considering what conditions are like in some of these other countries it is easy to just take our way of life for granted. Now I follow and read the news for Colombia more than I read US news and I am always thinking about our little Ana and praying for her safety. I have only been her sponsor for about five months now but I love her like she was my own child. You know, on one hand it is a helpless feeling to think that this child that I care so much about is in a place that might be dangerous for her but on the other hand I know that praying for her does infinitely more than anything else I could do even if I was right there with her because God is ultimately the one who protects and provides for these children. I know that human trafficking is a problem in Colombia as well as drugs and I am so glad that Compassion starts their program at such an early age because, as you pointed out, it seems like the children in a lot of these countries chose a path for themselves at a very young age that will alter the course of their lives. I will try to watch that video. I just watched a video about the "Street Kids" in Bogotá not long ago that had me in tears. I have started to make myself watch some things like that recently, even though it's heartbreaking, just so that I will know something about what's really going on out there. I can tell that you have an awesome heart to help these children, William. God bless you for that.
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Hi Adam.I had no idea what I was getting into with this ministry 4 years ago.Way in over my head for sure.I didn't think about this much either before then.Poverty is so bad there and people are desperate to survive that the drug gangs are usually the only choice they see.

When I come home from the Compassion trips I go through the worst culture shock.I already knew what I was going to see since I had seen so much of it on tv and read about it.It's what our country has become that puts me in a state of shock.I see now how God has empowered us to change everything around us.
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That is so true, William. If everyone in this country was of the same mindset then this world would be a different place. It really would. There might not be any kids going to bed hungry tonight around the world. With organizations like Compassion we are able to actually help make a difference in people's lives in places where there is no other help available and there are not a lot of (or any) options for providing the means to support your family. I try to constantly remind myself that I will stand before God and give an account of how I used the resources that he gave me to manage in this life. All of us will. That really is a terrifying thought. Wealth is only a blessing if we share it.
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Wow, William that is crazy. What center in Honduras did you visit? I have visited Honduras twice and it is so sad to think of my girls living in areas like this.
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William Blair

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Hi Hilary.We went to HO370 for 2 days.That's the one I wrote about here and we went to HO367.We have a Facebook page.Honduras Sponsor Tour Oct. 17-21,2014. Sure causes you to see things differently right? This is why I try to encourage people to go on these tours.
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HO367 is my Franklin's centre :) I will look for your FB group, do you have photos of that centre there?
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William Blair

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I was looking through the FB page and didn't see any. When we were at HO367 we saw the classroom they were adding on.
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That is really neat! Thank-you William :) I joined the group and asked, in case some people have photos that they didn't post :)
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William Blair

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Excellent. Now you gotta sign up for a group tour.  :)