Teen Missions was founded in 1970 by a group of men and women who were passionate about getting youth involved in missions. The founder  Robert M. Bland, spent many years as a Youth For Christ director in Chillicothe, Ohio and recruitment director for the Christian Service Corps. The years he spent in ministry made him aware of several things that birthed the idea of Teen Missions:

  • There were many young people who wanted to serve the Lord in missions but were not extremely talented and did not have the required skills.
  • A young girl once said that everyone had explained to her, “Come back when you have finished college and then you can get involved in the Lord’s work.” She stated, “I want to do something for the Lord now, not five years from now.”
  • In many mission conferences, there were no teenagers present at all. They evidently felt that missions were for older people. Mr. Bland felt there was an obvious need to get teenagers involved since they are the next generation of missionaries and leaders.

The innovative idea of involving teenagers in missions continued to develop and that summer the first Teen Missions team embarked to the country of Mexico. Though it was a meager beginning, the program took off and now boasts of over 40 teams that travel to 30 some countries each year. The goal of Teen Missions is to awaken teenagers to the needs in missions, acquaint them with the reality of life on the mission field and give them an opportunity to serve the Lord through work projects and evangelism. Each team member is required to raise their own support to cover the cost of their summer team, which gives them practical experience in raising finances, similar to what other missionaries must do before they go overseas. The money the teens raise goes towards building costs, plane tickets, food and any other supplies needed for their time overseas.


  1. I was part of the 1990 team to a bible camp in manitoba but can’t remember exactly where it was and wondered if that is information you all might have. It was through the Merit Island Florida location . Ours had been signed up one a couple other groups one being a drama troop to the UK I think but our groups filled up or got canceled and we ended up on the Canada team. I know we went through winnipeg and then drove quite a long time after that over a day I thought. There where northern lights most evenings and the windows frosted up. We had to build our own Lutrine but mostly worked on dorm buildings for a bible camp serving first nations children I am unsure of the groups.

  2. Looking for anyone from the 1977 Manaus, Brazil team. (Puraquequara – New Tribes Mission). We built a school building. I just popped on Google Maps…..and the building is actually still there! Sweet memories.

  3. Wow so encouraging to me as a parent of 3 children to learn of your Teen Mission Ministry. We live in the South Pacific Islands of Fiji and would love to involve my children in this kind of mission field so they could effectively involve in our Home Ministry. Does the Teen Mission also accepts interested teens from the Pacific Islands? Thank you. Will be praying for your Ministry. Love and prayers from the South Pacific.

    1. Makelesi, Yes, we do accept overseas participants. You would be responsible for your round-trip transportation to/from Florida. We also run the same program in New Zealand/Australia. Please email our office for more information about that program. [email protected]

    2. I just happened upon the Teen Missions video on YouTube and came to the website. I was a member of the 1981 team to the Fiji Islands. It was an experience that shaped my life and my view of the world. Interestingly, a former member of that team who lives in South Africa now was traveling through my home area here in the U.S. and looked me up. The bonds formed are for a lifetime.

      1. Hi Kostner, Greetings from Indonesia.

        It is so interesting to see a new concept of serving God. Me and my best friends are actually going to start this kind of mission through Soccer in Jakarta Indonesia, and we are looking for a mentors. It can be such a great honour to have a chance to talk about it with Teen Missions which I believe can be supporting us with its experiences.

  4. Hello Brethren,

    Warm greetings in Jesus’Name from Burundi. So ,I would like to ask you if it is possible to help me to start Teen Missions in Burundi ,because I have appreciated your programs as a young christian of Nyanza-Lac Baptist Church in Burundi. I saw that your programs can help children and christian youth in Burundi to reach unchurched children and youth. I have this passion of reaching children and youth in Burundi because many of them are attracted by muslims. Thank you so much ,and I shall be grateful if my request is put into your consideration ,and God bless you.

  5. our lord jesus bless you
    dear friends i amdr abdalla from egypt
    jop physisian j p
    age 54
    follow christ church in egypt married and have 3 childrens can i hafe charing in your programs how blease explain
    thank you

  6. Wow Larry as a kid I thought you were so much older — loved you and your southern spirit — can’t believe you got that tarantula off that rope — I really looked up to you and thank you for being so kind,,,, over 100 degrees – we built a church and a school as voodoo drums were in the hills slept in tents etc

  7. In my now 54 years, the summer of 1978 was the single, most significant of all as I participated on a work team to Haiti (outside of Port-au-Prince). It stretched my perspective on Christ, my worldview, my appreciation of family and friends, and my understanding of missions. That time in my life has stayed with me as if I had returned only a week ago.

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