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Last month, I shared a bit about Adventures in Odyssey’s Summer of Service campaign this summer. Well, schools are out across the country signaling the arrival of ‘summer’. Here in Alaska we have an unusual heat wave which indicates summer is truly here. And, it’s the perfect time to be considering how to service others. Day by Day in Our World is proud to be partnering with Adventures in Odyssey to promote the Summer of Service with this month considering the power of imagination.
The Power of Imagination & How to Unleash it
Have you noticed the amount of time children are spending hooked to electronics such as TVs, iPads, computers, and video games?
My boys are not immune to the draw of those electronic gadgets and I notice that the more time they spend with them the less creativity I see from them. We sometimes declare electronic free days (like yesterday) and watch them eventually find other ways to spend their time and start to engage their imagination in play.
Using all those electronic devices doesn’t leave much room for kids to dream up their own visual images—like the ones that fill their minds when they hear a great story! Rather than passively receiving images, kids actively engage in making images themselves when they hear a good story. Their imaginations are enriched and stimulated, and the material becomes more personal and memorable. For me, that’s one of the great things about reading a good book ~ getting to imagine the story in your head. It’s also why I’m often disappointed in movies made from a great book as they often fall short of what I imagined!
Adventures in Odyssey is all about great stories—and the power of the imagination. The beloved audio dramas are heard on over 700 radio stations, and AIO has recently expanded to books and devotionals—including The Imagination Station series, a fast-growing line of early chapter readers. You can check them out by downloading a FREE e-book of Imagination Station #1: Voyage with the Vikings!
This summer, Adventures in Odyssey encourages kids to write their OWN stories, as they join in ACTS: A Call to Serve! AIO is helping children use their imaginations to serve their family, community, and world this summer—maybe by sending a care package to a missionary or baking cookies for the local fire department. Check out www.whitsend.org/acts for details and a chance to win fabulous prizes, including a mission trip with a parent to Costa Rica!
More important than prizes are the stories your child will tell about the creative ways they served others, and how they grew as a result. And what they come up with really might change the world!
Don’t miss grabbing the ACTS “Summer of Service” kit, too!
A Creative Story of Service
Fourteen-year-old Matthew, a dedicated Adventures in Odyssey fan and natural tech whiz, was inspired by a trip to the Apple store to create a smartphone app for his church. Since then, he has created 21 apps for different ministries, including his local pregnancy resource center, Joni and Friends (an international ministry for people with disabilities), and even an “Adventures in Odyssey Fan News” app! Matthew used his God-given talents and imagination to bless others through technology. Which of your kid’s unique gifts are waiting to be unleashed for God’s use?
The Power of Imagination & Imagination Station Books
My boys have loved reading the Imagination Station books. We reviewed The Imagination Station #5 (Showdown with the Shepherd) & #6 (Problems in Plymouth) last year and will be sharing our thoughts on books #8:Battle for Cannibal Island , #9:Escape to the Hiding Place, and #10: Challenge on the Hill of Fire this week.
Wishing you could get your kids hooked on this fantastic series? After you download the free digital copy of Voyage with the Vikings, head over to my Imagination Station Books 1 to 3 giveaway for your chance to engage a child’s imagination. The giveaway ends on July 1, 2013.