Having been A Street child in rehabilitation for a year and being taken to formal school where i was for the next six year's, the gospel of the Lord was not very appealing to my life as it was delivered by the project staff who also had the mandate to discipline us with corporal punishment. At the end of my primary school, i was given the first opportunity in the project to attend the Lords Boot Camp in the summer of 1998 which gave me a life changing opportunity that i only came to know after i had left teen missions. Many people noticed the change in me in terms of Prayer behavior, interaction and commitment to life matters which i had not realized my self. In fact at the end of the camp, i remember one of my leaders (MARGARET teen missions Uganda) approached me and inquired whether there is anything that has changed in my life ''Charles do you feel any change in yourlife ever since you came to this camp?'' to her dismay my reply was that i feel no change at all and that the only benefit have obtained during this camp was a certificate, t.shirt, and the food which i have been depositing daily in the toilet. I also made her know that iam extremely happy to return home because i was fed up with such life in the camp and stated that i would never again set foot in teen missions, a thing that i had to repent about later. to be honest, these where my words but the Lord had already done his work in me. though i didn't know, the people around me back at home started to notice the different me, this gave the project officers encouragement to take more children to the camp during the next lot. The word i received during the 40 days of the camp kept me strong for the next 10 years +. I was glad to share this testimony with the teens when i had the opportunity to visit the Kaberamaido Site where i had taken some teens from my work place to receive the same wonderful discipleship that i had 10 years ago. they all had wonderful testimonies and wanted to have another opportunity. I was amazed that the same principles and christian ideals that were passed to us many years ago were still the same cherished values being instilled to the now campers.All children need to experience the life training opportunity that will not leave them the same for the rest of their lives.
Uganda East Africa
I went on a Teen Missions team three summers in a row when I was 16-18 years of age. Teen Missions was life changing!! It is where God called me into full time Christian service...knowing that is what I would be doing with my life one day. Teen Missions is where I truly learned to start trusting God. From stories of boot camp, to working together as a team to get 100 pieces of luggage onto a train in a 3 minute time period, to seeing jobs accomplished at work sites or people coming to know Jesus, Teen Missions is a life changing time! I praise God that my parents allowed me to serve with TMI for 3 summers. My sister also went on a team. She was greatly impacted as well. Please know that TMI has changed so many lives for the good. A few other kids from the church I grew up at also chose to go after I had had such a great experience. God is good and truly works thorugh this amazing ministry!
Starting in 1994, four of our five children have been on at least one team each. Our oldest didn't go because we never heard of Teen Missions until she was too old. Teen Missions was a positive, life changing experience for every one of our kids who went. It would take much too long to expound on all the blessings and benefits they gained from participating. As a mother, I encourage parents everywhere to encourage their kids to go on at least one TMI summer team. You will be glad you did.
I have called myself a "client served" for my rating because I am the parent of four kids who went on Teen MIssions Summer Mission Teams. Until 1994, I had never heard of this organization, but that year, my daughter got a brochure in her "BRIO" magazine, and asked if she could go. After reading the brochure, I told her that if God brought in the money, she could go, but I could not afford to pay for it. Well, God brought in every penny of what was needed to cover her project assignment expense, and she went to central Siberia on a mission team. It would be impossible for me to explain all the ways in which my daughter benefited from going on this mission team. She gained deeper understanding of God's Word, a much greater realization of the many ways in which she is blessed (something she did NOT understand fully before the team). She learned to work together with others as a team for a common goal, she learned to take on greater responsibility - I could go on and on. She went on only that one team, but her younger sister went on 4 summer teams, learning all these things and more. Later on, our two adopted kids went on one summer team each - and each gained benefits and blessings I could never have given them here. I cannot thank God enough for how He used the ministry of Teen Missions International in the lives of my children. 2002 is the last interaction I had with Teen MIssions as a parent, and I highly recommend this for every young person!
I spent 3 summers overseas with TMI and it was life-changing in that it opened my eyes to a world that I had never known existed. I spent the summer of 1990 in Pakistan. While there, my team was able to work for a camp that needed new structures built. We worked manually, but also were able to interact with local kids who had never seen an American before in their small remote village 9000 feet up in the Himalayas! This year I will have the opportunity to represent TMI during a concert tour. I can't wait! TMI is an organization that I wholly support and would encourage anyone to go on a team or join as a team leader.
I have been on four summer trips with TMI, one preteen and four teen, and I can definitely say that each and every one has been life changing. I know for sure that I would not be the person I am if I had never gone on a TMI trip. I have never in my life felt as close to the Lord as I do when I`m on a summer trip. The bond that grows between you and your team mates is amazing, and there is nothing else as incredible as when your standing under the big top with 500 other teens, all covered in dirt, sweat and mosquito bites with your hands raised praising the Lord of host. I have worked hard on each of my teams, I`v helped build a house and a dorm, I`v installed a septic tank, and biked over mountains to reach the children on the other side. And I`v seen the hungry look in the eyes of men and women who want to know of the God I serve. That to me makes each summer worth whatever hardships I have to go through. No one can know how truly blessed they are until they have seen families who can`t afford to clothe their children, or seen homeless men and women who`s lives have been ruined by drugs and alcohol. Without Teen Missions int. I would never have known what it was like to look at people who have no hope I thank God that He ever directed me to TMI.
I found out about Teen Missions in 1985 at school. I went on a mission trip to Germany and it simply changed my life. Again, in 1989 I went on another mission trip to the Philippines. This year, I had the privilege of sending my daughter on a mission trip to Ecuador. The trips are amazing but the amazing part is the change that occurs in your heart. Teen Missions uses teenagers to change the world! They teach these kids how to do hard manual labor, live up to high expectations with no exceptions, and work together as a team in a foreign country. Most of us parents feel like raising teenagers mean we are living in a foreign country trying to navigate the trials of teenage-hood. It is a great organization - it gives people the opportunity of a lifetime to go to a foreign country, preach the gospel, and learn a lot about yourself in eight weeks! Simply amazing because I can't think of a better word to describe an organization that cares so much for the people they serve!
I am not on staff or have recently donated to the ministry, but I am a former team member and leader. My life was drastically changed by TMI when I went on my first team as a 14 year old. It is intense and the intensity that exists in the organization is for a reason. We live in a very permissive society now that has been training children to have no rules and to do whatever they want. Working in Canada with a government licensed daycare, I see that as the rules keep changing to promote that kind of attitude. I was a social work major and I have also had years of experience in youth ministry both in a pastoral role and in working with other teen-oriented mission organizations and have found the result of lack of rules and organizations. On my first team, I had been a high-school drop-out due to depression, completely spoiled, lazy, and materialistic. I had a strong victim's mentality and a lack of personal responsibility attitude. Being at Teen Missions helped me to overcome much of that as I was encouraged to see all that I could do, all that I needed, and what God could do. I did overcome depression through a lot of hard work and counselling, went back to school and finished, because I learned the limitations I thought I had were just thoughts and that God could help me overcome everything. I went back for 3 more teams. Once as a team member, Twice as a leader, where I saw once more the reason and logic behind the rules, the intensity, and saw for myself the life change in the teens that I lead. Also, as all the staff, from the President on down, raise their own support to be year-long staff, you know that the money spent is not paying anyone's salaries and that the staff is not there for the money (though I do not have a problem with organizations paying their staff at all) and truly believe in the ministry of this organization. This, of course, is not including all they are doing in Africa to help with the aids orphans, provide safe housing to girls going to school, building airstrips to remote areas, building churches, dorms, or any of the other practical work they have been doing for missionaries and other organizations all over the world! I am only waiting for my children to be old enough so that I can send them or can join myself to go on another team!
This is an amazing organization. I served on a team to Germany in 2006. It was incredible to get to do this as a 15 year old. I was so scared, but The Lord provided in so many ways!! Such a life changing experience for me, my team members, and the people we got to meet. Definitely worth supporting.
I am a member of the public, a volunteer, a person who's children have participated many times, and someone who's life changed a lot through this ministry. My husband led one team, but usually stays home and works. I went once as a teenage team member and 20 times as a leader of all ages except mustard seeds. My 3 sons have been many times and eventually became leaders. One son and his wife went to the free bible college which uses the work-study program and now are full time missionaries with TMI. They, and all other missionaries there, including the names listed as pres. Etc. raise support through churches, friends, etc. the monies do not come from monies contributed to a students summer team, etc. when a team member or leader goes on a mission trip, thy raise support for food, travel ( air fares, trains, trucks, etc) , building supplies for project, evangelistic and other printed materials they take with them, a sight seeing event they try to do once during the project, and money for a third world teen to participate in their own country. All of this is specified and info can be given if you are interested. It is a wonderful group, but is not like other more traditional non profit organizations. They are quite candid and above board with their financials and are audited each year. As leaders, we have to turn in very detailed forms showing monies spent and must supply receipts. I would give to this group, helping a young person or leader go on these life changing trips. If you are ever near NASA! fl, you are only about 10 miles from Teen Missions. Drop in and take a tour. But not in the summer...it is too busy right then and not nough time to take you around. Try the fall, winter or spring. Also, they could use volunteers in many ways during any time of the year. Come and help!