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As Christians, we are called to serve. One thing my boys have learned over the past few years is that serving can be fun and fulfilling while helping others. Rather than hearing the “I’m bored” cry this summer, why not plan a summer of service for the family? Thanks to Adventures in Odyssey (Day by Day in Our World is one of several blog partnering with them for promotion), this can go from a great idea to reality this year.
Why a Summer of Service?
Have you noticed how much emphasis the current culture places on the kids having a good ‘self-esteem’? While a good sense of self-worth isn’t a bad thing, the path taken by many adults of puffing up the kids by telling them they are important and valuable. Looking around, I don’t see that this method of creating self-worth is leading to improved generations. (Some might say that today’s kids are more self-centered, disrespectful of authority, and depressed than ever before.)
However, heading God’s call to love Him and serve others CAN help build the selfless, confident children many of us long to parent. In my own family, I have found the boys have grown in so many ways when they do respond to the call to serve. For a few years, R has helped out at our parish’s Vacation Bible School and really enjoyed that role. He’s already looking forward to that week this coming July, even if he’s going to graduate from mom’s helper with a small group and try a different role.
Join Adventures in Odyssey on a summer of service to discover how fun it can be to serve others!
Adventures in Odyssey, the beloved audio series from Focus on the Family, has encouraged kids toward a stronger faith for 25 years. Whit, Connie, Eugene, and the other loveable characters from Odyssey have shared countless adventures with kids across the world in the classic audio dramas, books, videos, and devotionals, fulfilling the AIO promise to help kids discover, imagine, and grow.
This summer, Adventures in Odyssey is joining with Christian bookstores across the country, inviting kids to participate in a Summer of Service. They’re promoting the biblical message, “When you serve, everybody wins,” encouraging kids to serve their families, their communities, and their world. Whether it’s baking cookies for an elderly neighbor or putting together a care package for missionaries overseas, kids will discover that serving can be a blast!
How the A.C.T.S. (A Call to Service) challenge and contest works:
Kids who join A.C.T.S. can pick up a service log and collect fun character stickers for hours served at participating bookstores throughout the summer, or download a serving log online at whitsend.org. At the end of the summer, kids can record and upload a short video telling how they serve and why they’d like to become an Adventures in Odyssey Ambassador.
A hundred winners will get the brand new AIO Album, and after online voting, two grand prize winners (one boy and one girl) will get to travel on an exciting Good-Goers Mission Based Adventure trip to another country with a parent! The out-of-country destination will be announced on a live podcast May 22—hosted by AIO actors Katie Leigh (Connie) and Chris Anthony (Chris)—which you can watch at whitsend.org/acts. You don’t want to miss it!
Grab a few freebies to help kick off your own summer of service