GO MAKE DISCIPLES.
IT WAS HUMBLING TO REFLECT ON HOW I ENDED UP THERE. NEVER IN MY DREAMS WOULD I HAVE THOUGHT I’D BE DOING YOUTH MINISTRY IN HAITI...
EVERYTHING BEGAN WITH AN IMAGE. THE HEART SUFFERED UNDER THE STRAIN OF DEEPLY ROOTED THORNS, BLEEDING AND BRUISED, BARELY BREATHING, WAITING FOR SOMETHING OR SOMEONE TO DESTROY THE WICKED PLANT. CHOKING, THE HEART BECAME SELFISH AND COMPLACENT WITH MISERY...
WHY DOES MY GOD PROVIDE SO WELL FOR ME, BUT NOT FOR MY STARVING AND LONELY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN HAITI? MOSTLY, WHAT DOES THIS EXPERIENCE MEAN FOR MY LIFE BACK IN THE STATES? CAN I GO ON LIVING MY LIFE THAT IS SO LUXURIOUS COMPARED TO THE SIMPLE LIFESTYLE I’VE LIVED HERE? OR DO I SIMPLY HAVE MORE GRATITUDE FOR WHAT I HAVE BEEN GIVEN?
THESE QUESTIONS ALL SEEM TOO HARD TO ANSWER. MAYBE THE REAL PROBLEM IS THAT I DON’T WANT TO KNOW THE REAL ANSWER...
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WHAT IS LIFE TEEN MISSIONS?
Life Teen Missions is answering the call from Christ’s final command in Matthew 28:19, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” through our specific ministry to teens. We invest in the lives of the youth around us by going out to them, inviting them into relationship and teaching them what it means to follow Christ.
Prayer is the foundation of all Christian life. As missionaries, we are called to be “contemplatives in action”. All our activity flows out of our prayer life, which includes both personal and communal prayer. Our prayer, the heartbeat of our communities, includes a daily personal holy hour, daily mass where available, and a devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Our missionary communities consist of single adults and families committed to a full life in Christ. Life Teen mission communities share a common vision, pray and discern together, and do all things for the Glory of God. Each member lives this out by embracing their unique role and by building trust through vulnerability, affirmation, and encouragement. Community life offers a safe but challenging place to live out our faith.
All Life Teen Missionaries are disciples committed to the person of Jesus Christ and His mission. Being a disciple of Christ demands a response to go out and create even more disciples. As Life Teen missionaries, we desire to be witnesses to all, to journey with an intimate small group and to invest ourselves entirely in our disciples.