Thursday, May 16, 2013

Summer of Service Launch Party!!!

Join Adventures in Odyssey this summer 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 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 You don’t want to miss it!


Why serve?

Our culture puts an extravagant amount of energy into raising kids who will grow up to feel good about
themselves. In schools, clubs, homes, and even at church, adults have made a decided effort to bolster
children’s “self-esteem” –not by actually encouraging kids do something that’s worthwhile, but by
simply telling them they are important and valuable.

At the turn of the century, researchers predicted that the next generation would respond to these
efforts of raising self-esteem by being filled with optimism and civic duty. Unfortunately, recent research
shows the opposite. Kids coming of age today are more self-centered, disrespectful of authority, and
depressed than ever before.

In a very real way, then, the best path toward building selfless, confident children is to help and
encourage them toward a growing and thriving faith in God. And that includes obedience to what God
teaches—not because it makes kids feel good, although it often does—but because they’re following
God’s instructions to love Him and serve others. That builds a faith they can count on and carry with
them into adulthood—which is the greatest gift any parent can bestow on their child.

·         The free downloadable mp3 file of the AIO Service episode, available here: (note: downloads are only accessible through this link)

·         The free PDF download of summer service ideas for kids, also available here:

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