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Twelve in Twelve – A Family Making a Difference, One Country at a Time!

Think about your everyday life – school, family, friends, hobbies, etc. Can you imagine giving it all up for a year? Well, that is exactly what the Lewis family did. J.D. Lewis and his sons Jackson, age 14, and Buck, age 9, put their lives on hold for an entire year for a wonderful reason……so that they could make a difference in the world.

It all began in 2010, when Jackson asked J.D. “Why aren’t we doing more to make a difference?” That prompted J.D. to come up with a grand plan – he and his sons would take a year and travel all over the world. They would volunteer in 12 different countries on all the continents, visiting one country each month. And thus the idea for Twelve in Twelve was born. Today, the Lewises’ plan is in action – they started off in July 2011 and are now in the middle of their year of service. They are already making a huge difference and well on their way to making an even bigger one!

In this video, the Lewises talk about the incredible experience they are having with Twelve in Twelve.

Additional Resources:

  • Here is an article that tells all about the Lewises and their amazing journey.
  • Here is Jackson’s blog website, in which he chronicles his family’s great adventure.

Topics for Discussion:

  • What would it be like to put your life on hold and travel the world like the Lewises are doing?
  • If you could help people anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?

Take Action:

  • Create your own Twelve in Twelve! Can you think of 12 things you can do to help others in the next 12 days, weeks, or months?
  • Visit the Twelve in Twelve website to learn more about this incredible effort and how you can help support it!

Teacher Features:

  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.


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