Thoughts for Parents of Teenagers #67 – Encourage Missions and Service

“Sure, they’re watching videos, playing games and hanging out online. But today’s wired teens are also using social networks and the Internet to make a world of difference.” –

Unlike my generation X (Post Baby Boomer), today’s generation has a greater optimism for change and are more willing to make a difference. This is a good sign and we shouldn’t let it pass by without trying to guide their desire to impact the world. By modeling and encouraging selfless involvement in missions and local service you can help your children develop a desire to serve others in the name of Jesus Christ.

There are LOTS of charities trying to do good things around the world. The difference we can make is doing it all with the Gospel and God’s love being the primary message along with real physical help and compassion. Sending our kids (or taking them) on missions trips is a great way for them to grow in their faith, their love for others, and their relationship with us. Our youth group has raised over $30,000 in the years I have been here for World Vision. When presented with a need and a challenge, our kids respond! Your family could adopt a World Vision child and make a difference in a life.
Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do” Ephesians 6:7-8 (ESV) Even though we don’t have a mission trip planned right now, there is plenty you can do to serve right here in Princeton. Talk to your kids about serving in Awana (High School students), Children’s Ministries, or the Nursery (13 and older), technology (audio/video). Our church needs help with chairs, cleaning, and lots more.

Where will you serve together?