Mission First. Partnerships Always.
Odyssey is a youth ministry serving the six schools, which comprise the International Schools of China (ISC). We partner with each school to effectively develop students to become all that they were created by God to be, for their good and His glory.
If you look closely at Odyssey’s guiding mission statement and read between the lines a little bit, you’ll notice something a bit unique from most organizations. Those whom we exist to serve and those who sponsor and support us are one in the same. Our “clients” and our “stakeholders” are the same entities. The separate website, the logo, and the branding of everything we do can be misleading, causing confusion as to which group we are a part of and who we serve. Odyssey is actually not a SEPARATE organization from ISC. We are a small department WITHIN ISC. So, why would a small department develop a mission statement, tag line, a website, a LOGO?! No other department in ISC or in an individual school would have such audacity, right? Seems almost . . . subversive.
To be honest, at times it has felt odd and in the past I asked myself, “are we isolating ourselves by carrying around this “branding” all the time?” But, more and more I’m beginning to see the value to ALL the things we have accomplished as a small team to refine our identity and articulate where we fit in the LDi and ISC family. To put a slight twist on the age-old motto of the US armed forces, this year I have decided our motto will be: mission first and partnerships always. Without our partners we wouldn’t have ANYTHING to do and without a mission we wouldn’t know WHAT to do! Our mission isn’t incredibly detailed, but it is clear we exist to serve our partners – our mission is simply to help you achieve yours! So, as we go into this new school year you can expect to see Odyssey providing more resources for schools that deliberately focus on the careful blend of education, discipleship and TCKs. You can expect to see creative and sophisticated trainings for students that challenge them to grow and give back to their communities. You can expect that we will strive to continually improve the practical application of our mission so that everything we do better equips you and strengthens our partnership in our shared vision of developing students for their good and God’s glory.