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 International. 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. Below we are offering information specific to parents as well as links to program details to aid your navigation of our website.
How can a Teen Missions trip benefit your son or daughter?
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.
Daily Personal Devotions — One part of the daily schedule never changes throughout Boot Camp training, travel, field service, and Debrief. Each morning, all summer, all activities stop for 30 minutes of private personal devotions—a time for reading God’s Word and prayer. We hope this will help to set a pattern that becomes a life-long habit.
Bible Memory Verses — Team members learn a Bible memory verse each day (Monday – Saturday) and recite it word-perfect to a leader. Team members learn 40 of the most useful memory verses for youth and for outreach (Preteens learn 19 verses). Each weekend the team enjoys memory verse quizzing as a fun way to review what they have learned. Those who struggle with memorization can receive one-on-one assistance in learning all the memory verses.
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, cell 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.
Discipline — The entire summer program involves rules that are necessary for safety, team unity and a positive Christian testimony in transit and while overseas. Leaders are trained to teach and enforce proper discipline. Through the summer, team members learn self-control, respect for authority and the value of order and discipline.
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.
Diligence, Hard Work & Potential — During the summer, each team is given a significant project that many require new skills. Both work and evangelistic assignments will involve hard work and patient determination to see each task through to its completion. Character and confidence are built as the team members learn the truth of Philippians 4:13 (I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. )
Thankfulness — We take much for granted. Each day we have a roof over our head, clean water, parents who provide for our food and clothing… wash our clothes. We enjoy our music and other material comforts. Most of the world does not live like we do. Most team members return home much more thankful for the ‘little’ things that really aren’t that ‘little’ after all!
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.
Below is a partial listing of the hands-on training and ministry experience offered over the years during the summer mission trip program. (Note: Not all of these areas are offered every year):
|Music Ministry - Voice||Basic Steeltying||Motorcycle Missions|
|Music Ministry - Instrumental||Basic Concrete Mixing||Well Drilling (water)|
|Drama||Truss Building||Gospel Film Making & Videography|
|Puppet / Children's Ministry||Building Layout||Sports Evangelism|
|Teaching English as a Second Language||Maturity ( Four-part Bible-based series||Medical Missions|
|Phonics||Servanthood (Four part Bible based series||Orphan Ministries|
|Basic Blocklaying||Presenting the plan of Salvation||Training National Teens|
|Basic Carpentry||Advanced Evangelism||Mission Aviation|
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.
What are the basics of the Teen Missions Program?
|Training (two weeks) at the Lord's Boot Camp prepares youth spiritually and physically for their summer trip and builds team discipline & unity.|
Project (three to four weeks) in the host country conducting various work projects and evangelism using music, drama, puppets & testimonies in partnership with the host church or mission.
Debrief consists of (4 to 5 days) at Teen Missions Retreat Center where teams fellowship, share testimonies, compete in memory verse quizzes and attend classes preparing them for continued service after returning home.
The summer trip program consists of three basic parts:
Training at the Lord’s Boot Camp —
The Lord’s Boot Camp begins with a wake-up call before dawn’s early light and proceeds to a timed Obstacle Course that builds reliance on the Lord’s strength and team unity. Obstacles include Elijah’s Chariot, The Children of Israel’s Luggage, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Mount Sinai, the Wilderness Wanderings, the Slough, the Maze, the 5 D’s of the Devil, Needle’s Eye, Red Sea, Jacob’s Ladder and finally the Wall. Afterwards, all activity stops for 30 minutes of personal devotions followed by Bible and Evangelism classes as well as practical training in basic construction skills, music, drama and much more. Evening rallies offer an opportunity for team cheers, worship and a message from God’s Word. On Commissioning night, each team member and leader makes an individual choice to take the Gospel literally around the world.
Project in the host Country —
Teen Missions teams tackle some of the most diverse, remote and challenging projects available. Work teams can lay foundations, raise walls and assemble a roof for a church, orphanage or school. Evangelistic teams perform open-air presentations (including music, drama, puppets and personal testimonies). All teams are trained in personal and group evangelism. Work teams do outreaches on weekends and as opportunities arise during the week.
Debrief at Teen Missions’ Retreat Center —
Teams return to the Teen Missions Retreat Center in Merritt Island, FL for their last few days together. Teams share testimonies of what the Lord has done during the summer. All teens look forward to a quiz competition to declare the year’s champion.
Reviews, Tips & Testimonies from Teen Missions
(click on buttons or titles to visit each page…)
FAQs — Visit our most Frequently Asked Questions page
Facebook Page — Teen Missions Facebook page has more than 40,000 fans and more than 600 reviews available for your reading pleasure. You can also find thousands of mission trip photos on our facebook gallery.
Youtube Videos — Boot Camp Clips, Devotionals & Testimonies
Mission Trip Reports — Each team sends two reports per week while on the field. These reports are posted on the Teen Missions website as they come in. Browse the hundreds of reports from around the globe to learn first-hand how God has used each team.
Media Features on Teen Missions — Browse news articles and special features from newspapers, magazines, radio and television.
(How to decipher and translate your team member’s letter home!)
Over the years, we have developed abbreviations and names that mean something at Boot Camp, but when shared in a letter home can be like reading in a foreign language. Below is our best effort to help you translate our Boot Camp dialect. Enjoy!
SB —Special Blessing Training
MC— Master of Ceremonies for evening Rally
MTA—Missionary to America
FTM—Former Team Member
SPP—Secret Prayer Partner
GG—God’s Gentleman (teen boys’ class)
GG—Grubby to Grace (teen girls’ class)
RR—Rough to Righteouness (preteen boys’ class)
RR—Rags to Riches (preteen girls’ class)
Quiz—Weekly Bible memory competition between team members and other teams