5. They might experience hardships. If a parent wishes to protect their child from difficulties that may require of them to implement problem solving skills, conflict/resolution skills, or anything related, don’t send them on a mission trip.
4. They might get sick, both physically & emotionally. It’s true, students & adults have been known to catch a cold, the flu or eat/drink something disagreeable to their stomachs while on a mission trip. Also, being away from home may cause “homesickness.” If your child has not conquered homesickness by the teen years, it’s best to wait until until they graduate & move into the safe and friendly confines of college.
3. They could be forced to tell a stranger what they believe & why they believe it. If you’ve ever had to endure the potentially embarrassing & stressful task of talking to someone about Jesus, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
2. It could alter the way your son/daughter lives the rest of their lives. Your son/daughter’s outlook on life may suddenly change. All the entertainment that used to fill their lives 24/7 might quickly disappear. Their friends and yes, even you, probably won’t understand or appreciate the drastic changes that might take place.
1. They might encounter extreme sorrow. No parent wants to see their teenager depressed or gloomy. After witnessing real suffering and poverty on a mission trip, it’s likely they will feel guilty about all the nice things they have. Have them stay home where it is safe & comfortable.
In the unlikely event that you ARE interested in having your son or daughter go on the short term mission trip to Bolivia to work along side missionaries Rich & Sandee Farthing (click here to learn more about Bolivian Hope Center) you are invited to an informational meeting in room 309 @ 10 a.m. Sunday, October 16.
Feel free to leave your comments. I’d like to know how many of your agree with me.