We’ve Got a Job to Do!

In the July 2009 ParentLife editorial I wrote about a chapel service I attended this year. Ms. Ford led her first graders in a program about sharing the good news. Over and over again, these adorable first graders repeated, "We’ve got a job to do!"

This service made me wonder how we do — together as families — sharing the gospel or participating in service projects that communicate God’s love to others. Sometimes when we are so busy that we struggle to spend time together having family devotions, it is difficult to take the next step and plan those service projects together. But it is well worth the effort!

fom_logo_featured.jpgOur church holds a weekly summer Kidz Club in a local apartment complex that we have participated in with our boys. They see the reason we are there is to love those kids and tell them about Jesus. Service spurs a greater understanding how we are all responsible for carrying the good news of Jesus to others.

If you are looking for a longer time of service for your family, the North American Mission Board has several family mission trips available in their Families on Mission program. These trips are designed for the entire family to participate together. There are two more trips this summer. Find out details here.

What are ways that you witness and serve others as a family? Are there specific ways you tell others about Jesus over the summer months? We would love to hear your thoughts!

Fun Vacation Destinations

As a little boy, I knew that July was the month we always went on our big family vacation for the year. More often than not we went to Myrtle Beach, SC, for a week of sun and fun! When planning our July 2009 issue of ParentLife, it seemed natural to plan our lead feature "On the Road Again: Making Vacations Fun" all about the family vacation. We listed a few fun destinations for possible trips but were overflowing with a few more ideas. Whether you are looking for a week’s vacation, a weekend getaway, or a day trip, here are some places and sites to enjoy together as a family:

top_left_logo.jpgPigeon Forge/Gatlinburg, Tennessee — Adjacent to America’s most visited national park, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg offer attractions like Dollywood, all types of shopping, and tons of restaurants all within a short distance of hiking, camping, white water rafting, and beautiful mountain scenery.    

 

museumLogo_sm.gifCincinnati, Ohio —Home to the Kings Island and Boomerang Bay mega-theme park complex, you could spend days enjoying these attractions. Stay at the Great Wolf Lodge or Coco Key resorts that  feature indoor water parks. Nearby visit the one of a kind Creation Museum, a great conversation starter about God’s role in creating the world with all its wonder and complexity.

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Branson, Missouri —In Branson, most people think of the musicals and variety shows available, but there also is Silver Dollar City and its related attractions. Now through August 9 is National KidsFest as well, making it a great time to visit.

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Glorieta, New Mexico —Many people know Glorieta as a conference center, but Glorieta also offers special rates for family vacations. Glorieta is tucked in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at the southern most part of the Rocky Mountain chain, so offers guests the chance to relax, recharge and rediscover. Check out their special rate for pastors and church staff.

Where do you plan to spend your family vacation? Or are you staying close to home this year?