Monday, June 17, 2013

A.C.T.S. Part II: Imagine

A.C.T.S. stands for A Call To Service. It's a summer challenge hosted by Adventures in Odyssey. Please check out my first A.C.T.S. post last month here to find out how your kid(s) can participate in the challenge/contest. A.C.T.S. Summer of Service is a wonderful way to use our imagination to find creative & fun ways to serve God and others by using our unique gifts.

Unleashing Imagination
Children are spending more and more time in front of TVs, iPads, computers, and video games. That 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.

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! An ACTS “Summer of Service” kit is available for download at http://www.tyndale.com/blog/index.php/acts-summer-of-service-kit/.

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?

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To Enter: Leave a comment here with your email address. Please share how you and your family plan to serve this summer or share the fun and creative way(s) you and your family have used in serving others.
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2 comments:

  1. I'm serving as the preschool leader at our church's VBS this summer. I plan on having my children help with set up. My kids also like to help shop for donations for the food bank.

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