Monday, September 07, 2015

Is your kid going on a mission trip? Parents beware.

I'm not at liberty to go into details but I just heard a tragic story  that I can't get out of my head. If you are considering sending your innocent teenager off on a mission trip to somewhere like El Salvador, which is infamous for its violence ask a few questions of the representatives of the mission group. How are the volunteers housed and what steps are taken to ensure that no kid is left alone? Even if they give you a reasonable answer, do you really want your son or your daughter in a place where they are in constant danger and have to be guarded (by whom?) in order to be spared from robbery or rape? If you want your child to be acquainted with a little hard work and gratitude for what they have it's too, too late to wait until they are teenagers and you are foolish to send your child to a dangerous place for the sake of charity.

 I beg you to instead send them to a mission in Appalachia, South Dakota or Mississippi.   At the very least, if something bad should happen in the US you will be able to go to the police. In Latin America your son or daughter will be helpless, and at the mercy of possibly hostile, greedy or dangerous authorities.


Lola said...

This is very good advice. Friends of ours are big into sending their kids/grand kids on 'mission' trips. Growing up, my parents wouldn't have even considered spending the money on travel to a foreign country for me to have a mission trip. The nuns at my high school encouraged groups of us to go into a Catholic worker House to serve. Always with an adult.

I'm not really sure what our 'rich' by world standards kids actually do in these foreign countries that is significantly more important than what they can do here.

newguy40 said...

My now adult son went on two mission trips to South Dakota Indian Reservation and did a great deal of construction and field labor at harvest time. It was a good experience for him and he learned alot about himself and his brothers and sisters.

He had an opportunity to go on a mission trip to Haiti. But, Mom and I discussed with him that the dangers to him outweighed what he could do for those folks. And, the Haitian's need a lot of help.

Thanks for the post on this important subject. Parents need to be prudent at all times when it comes to their kids safety.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"In Latin America your son or daughter will be helpless, and at the mercy of possibly hostile, greedy or dangerous authorities. "

1) Even if knowing Spanish?
2) Even if knowing how to get along with Hispanics?

In other cases, I would of course second the warning, except of course that if above 18 or 21 the young ones are legally free to go whether parents want them to or not.

Has the real liberty of not obeying parents when you think them wrong, when you are already 18 or 21, been lost?