Over the years I have been a church youth group volunteer and have been to Mexico several times with teenagers. I think these trips are great because they give our teens a different perspective on the world. This is always true: We go places intending to make a difference, but we often find that the biggest difference happens within us. I encourage you to get involved with your church with short-term missions. Yes, it may cost you some vacation time, but what an experience.
From time to time I come across blogs of missions teams that go to Ukraine, both adult groups and youth. I don't really have a blog list for them because they come and go so quickly, plus they're kind of hard to find. Here's a video of some youth that went to Ukraine in 2004. I guarantee you they came home changed. About a week ago, Valya and I watched it and we wept together.
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