Recently I had the privilege of going with a group of nine men on a mission project to help a small church near the Canadian border. The project was to hang sheetrock in four bedrooms and a bathroom of a church parsonage in expectation of the new pastor arriving. The small church could not do the project on their own and so these men had decided to go help out.
Included in the group were three teenagers from our youth group. To be honest, I expected them to lose interest in the project about half way through the day. To my pleasant surprise, they worked just as hard as the adults and were a significant help to the overall completion of the project. In a day and time in which many people think of teenagers as slackers, it was a wonderful experience to work with some that are very focused on helping others and serving Christ through mission involvement.
I have to wonder if more teens would be involved in such projects if we just asked them. The next time your church heads out on some kind of mission effort, why not invite the teens to come along. They may be more help than you realize.