How can you create a mission trip that includes church members back at home? Adam Walker Cleaveand at Pomomusings has a host of ideas on how to use social media (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc) to promote your mission activities in real-time and while on-the-road so that parents and church members can be a part of the experience, too:
On the middle school mission trip, being in an area that had both wifi and 3G service was obviously great. I could post live real-time updates/photos/videos, which was fun for parents to see. And I could just post a lot more as well. I would do some quick posts after we got settled in to a location or ministry site, and get some fun shots of the kids. Luckily, the place we were staying at night had wifi, so after lights out, I could lay in my sleeping bag + air mattress, type up a summary post of the day and upload some larger images and videos. It was a really good mix of both small, short, real-time updates throughout the day, and longer reflection posts at night.
Check out the first post of three here for more ideas and actual examples of using social media to enhance mission experiences with youth and your church.