Q. Our daughter participated in a mission project with our church this summer, helping construct a church in another country. Couldn't those people have built their own church without a bunch of unskilled teenagers from America?
We sometimes forget that most people in the world have very little. It takes all their energy just to keep their families alive.
Elsewhere in your letter, you mention that this village had no church building before this, and the new structure will enable them to reach out to their neighbors with the message of Christ. Only eternity will reveal the impact of this project.
Mission projects like this are valuable for another reason: They can help young people realize the needs of others, and lift their vision for God's work in other parts of the world.
Jesus Christ died to save people from even the most remote corners of the world – people we may never know during our lifetimes, but who will be with us in heaven forever.