5 Things you can do to help your teenager grow a heart of compassion for the extreme poor

The teenage years can be tough.  Your child is pulling away, trying to mature into a young adult.  You are struggling to know the balance between letting them spread their wings and how to continue to guide and advise them.  As a parent you want your teen to have a global view and see the blessings we have living in this country and worship God freely.  Here are some tips on how to help them grow a heart of compassion for the poor:

1.       Encourage your teenager to go on local or foreign missions trips.

2.       When a disaster strikes, set a budget for what you can give and ask your teenager to help you do internet research to find the best Christian organizations active in that country.

3.       Serve together at a ministry that helps the extreme poor; sometimes these opportunities are tough to find, but keep searching and get on email lists for future service projects.

4.       Attend a fundraising event of your favorite International Christian charity together.

5. Take your child overseas, not for vacation but for an education they will never forget.

What ideas do you have?

About C.H. Dyer

I am the CEO of Bright Hope. I am dedicated to helping those who earn less than $1.00 a day. There are one billion people in my target market (the extreme poor) and I could use some help. I am a Christian, father of three (two are internationally adopted), entrepreneur, speaker, improving writer and amateur photographer.

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