For Parents

Dear Parents,

We appreciate you and realize the importance of your involvement in each step of the process of your child going on a summer missions trip with Teen Missions. We want to make the process of learning about our summer program as easy as possible and welcome your input as we seek to improve that process. Please find a sample of information, developed especially for you, on this page. If you would like further information, you can download our Parent Information Packet at the bottom of the page, or request a hard copy via our ‘Contact Us’ page.

– Monika Foulkes

How can a Teen Missions trip benefit your son or daughter?

Spiritual growth

A clear presentation of the Gospel — Each team at the Lord’s Boot Camp attends the evening rally for cheers, announcements, worship and a message from God’s Word delivered by guest speakers and our own full-time missionary staff. The message of salvation, through the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross, is clearly presented (especially during the first few rallies) and an opportunity is given to respond and take that first step as a new believer in Christ. All teens are also encouraged to lay down any hindrances to their spiritual walk and/or summer ministry. Our trained full-time missionary staff and leaders are available afterward to offer encouragement, counsel, Scripture, and prayer.

Faith grows — Most teens see their faith increase as they see God provide support, answer prayer, and use their efforts to make a difference for God’s kingdom.

Establishing better habits

Getting ‘unplugged’ — Today’s world is FULL of distractions, many of them might even be ‘good’ things. During the summer, however, each young person agrees to part with electronics (video games, mobile phones, iPods etc), sports, movies, dating, etc. This helps reduce distractions and encourage relationship building with the entire team as well as nationals in the host country.

Teamwork — Training at the Lord’s Boot Camp is tough and requires teamwork. When one falls or becomes discouraged, others come alongside to encourage and support. Learning to work with others is a valuable life skill in both work and ministry.

New talents and experiences

Many team members don’t realize that their personal talents and interests are very much needed in the work of the Lord. We present them with many different aspects of mission work and ministry, realizing they might discover, for the first time, how God might lead them in future ministry.

Increased vision and understanding of world missions

Improved understanding about our world — Teens will learn about other languages, customs, and cultures. They will also experience the beauty of God’s creation as they visit some of the world’s most famous and beautiful landmarks.

Increased awareness of the needs of missionaries and of the unreached — John 3:16 says “that God so loved the WORLD”. Your teen will likely have a better ‘global’ burden for the opportunities to serve and pray for the lost worldwide. Our teams have built remote jungle airstrips for missionary pilots, life-saving bridges in the African bush, a frontier hospital in Papua New Guinea, and hundreds of churches, schools, and orphanages, (often from the ground to a closed in roof) before departure. Our teams partner with local youth and churches to conduct open-air evangelism and one-on-one witnessing. These efforts have resulted in thousands of decisions for Christ and in some cases, new churches were born due to the success of these efforts. When the summer is completed, the teens realize that God can use them NOW to do things they never before dreamed possible while heightening the realization of the needs and possibilities for future mission involvement and support.

Want more information?

This page has included a sample of information, developed specifically for you. For further ideas and information about our ministry, expanding upon what is written on this page, please download and read our Parent Information Packet.