Unless you are an even bigger procrastinator than I am, you've already made all the plans for your summer youth mission trip. But it's not too late to add a local mission "trip" to your schedule, too! That's what our youth group did this summer as we decided to serve right in our own backyard.
Each day of the week we gathered at the church and then went out to serve in food pantries, ministries reaching out to low-income families, a local charter school for inner-city kids, and an opportunity to pass out water to homeless persons. True - it wasn't as exotic as a trip to Mexico, but the ministry we did together was just as impactful.
Now, let there be no doubt: I'm a fan of long-distance mission trips (and even heard my first call to ministry with children and youth during a mission trip when I was 18), but there are some great reasons to consider a local mission experience for your youth:
What other advantages might there be to a local mission experience?