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The Bible is full of wonderful verses about serving others.
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, ...
As a mom of 5 children ages 8 and under it is my ministry to teach my children the importance of serving others whether it be their siblings, parents, friends, strangers, etc. God has called us to serve others.
So what is serving? Serving is using our God given gifts and talents to help others. Adventures in Odyssey has come out with some wonderful tools to help you teach children about serving, this program is called A.C.T.S.
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.
One of the few ways we serve in our home is by making homeless bags. When we leave our home at least one time during our travels we see someone standing in a median holding a sign "homeless, will work for food", "need a job" or "I am hungry". God has really stressed upon my heart to do something about it. What He stressed up in my heart I didn't want to share with anyone but my children because the Bible says to keep helping others between Him and yourself BUT I am sharing because maybe someone else can benefit from this post or idea. I decided to get my kids involved. I picked up white lunch bags and had my kids coloring them. My 5 year old decided to write God (heart) you on them, even my 1 year old is coloring them. Inside I will print off scripture verses accompanied with crackers (or some type of packaged food) and a bottle of water. I will hand them to the less fortunate, as I do my children and I will pray for them.
Here’s how to simply get started with the A.C.T.S.! Challenge:
- Download a free episode about serving: The Business of Busyness
Get your FREE e-book of Imagination Station #1, Voyage with the Vikings. Plus you can download and print a Summer of Service Kit.
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