Dial-A-Story for Kids

Our kids enjoyed talking on the phone when they were small.  Years ago children could Dial-A-Story and listen to a recorded Bible story provided by Child Evangelism Fellowship. The story changed weekly.

I used to have Dial-A-Story and its phone number taped to our phone. The children and their friends would frequently dial and listen.  When the story ended a recording gave an additional phone number kids could call if they had questions. Aunt Hazel would be there to talk with them.

One day I called Aunt Hazel to introduce myself and express my appreciation for what she was doing.

She explained that she was 88-years old and didn’t get out much anymore, but she could still talk on the phone.  She said it was her greatest joy to talk with the youngsters who called. Often her callers were teenagers with questions about life and death issues.

One day our 7-year-old daughter came to me and confessed that she and her friend had secretly called Aunt Hazel. She said she felt guilty because they had pretended they didn’t know anything about Jesus. They allowed her to tell them about Jesus and pray with them—even though they were already Christians.

I said I was glad she told me what she’d done, but she needs to call and apologize to Aunt Hazel herself.  She was too embarrassed and ashamed and begged me to call for her. I finally relented and called while she listened at my side.

Aunt Hazel said she remembered the girls and knew all along that they were playing a game. Of course she forgave them—and enjoyed their call immensely.

Aunt Hazel served the Lord her entire adult life. She said she never wanted to live to be 100.  She died at 99.  The Lord answered her prayer.

  • Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.           Romans 12:11
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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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6 Responses to Dial-A-Story for Kids

  1. Liana says:

    What a wonderful upbringing your children have had Kathleen. I never knew such a blessing existed.

    • Kathleen says:

      Yes, the Lord has been very good to us and to them. It’s all about what we do with Jesus once we know Him. There is nothing in our past that He cannot help us overcome.

  2. Byron S says:

    Thank you for your post on this. Good story! My daughter (just turned six) considers the dial-a-story a necessary part of the bedtime routine. It even blesses us as parents. We had to call our lady back (Mrs. VanDoren) because we accidentally hit the 1 button and got her while one of our kids was screaming. We wanted to comfort her that she wasn’t hearing a kid being attacked by who knows what. She was very kind. Both of us became Christians through CEF Good News Bible Clubs though we are from Christian families. God bless you and your writing.

  3. Cheryl Burdon says:

    I love this post! So wholesome & refreshing in light of the world conditions.

  4. Kathleen says:

    Yes, it IS wholesome, isn’t it! The world indeed, is in turmoil. I do believe we are living in the last days as described in 2 Timothy 3:1-5. The peace people are searching for is only found in Jesus.

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