Growing up, you kind of just imagine that anything is possible. As we grow, and age we realize that unless we really dig in, change does not just happen. Today’s world is a different world and because we travel so much more than before, change everywhere is needed. My teens are seeing a different world through the reality of travel. Sometimes what they see is eye-opening.
The world we live in can be a very challenging place for young adults, I know I have a few of my own. What I always tell my kids is that change begins as an outgrowth of your passion. Change is infectious and can truly make big differences when you follow what drives you. Travel is something that is not affordable to everyone, but through church programs, many that could not travel can.
How Young Adults Use Shoes and Travel To Help Communities Worldwide
As my children work on projects within our church, they begin to understand change and how working together builds a stronger wall. Change and positive change comes about when it starts without our youth and then carries into our communities.
Through our church and young teen community, they have found a way to support other places in the world and our local community. Here’s how young adults use shoes and travel to help communities worldwide.
The Story Behind Change
Change happens when a process that is much needed is not in place. In fact, change began for one of my kids when they discovered others needed help. Journeys to foreign destinations are a large part of our lives in my family.
Many young adults crave travel but simply can’t afford it. The area the church was traveling on a mission trip with teens from our church was Honduras. Many teens wanted to go but the funding for them was just not available.
My boys soon learned that others in the area may not be so fortunate. What they learned is that there are ways to help others travel and when they travel they also help the countries they were headed too. Stepping right up to help others, they allowed what they already knew to help them fuel the donations.
Our Previous Travel Lent A Hand In Understanding
Our teens had already experienced life in the Dominican Republican and they knew that every pair of shoes could make a difference. Seeing is believing while affirmation sealed the deal, that somehow they could help other countries. Moreover, they could help fix right in their own community to live the dream of travel.
Here my kids brought bags of pencils, colored pencils and other donations to provide. There they learned that it costs over $120 for a school uniform, which is exactly what family makes.
Often children have to be chosen between in a household, who will go to school because of the financial poverty. Additionally, the shoes cost an additional $60. Shoes, something that can be donated and makes a change. Impactful first-hand experience.
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Once we learned that our church had a Shoe Drive set up to offset the cost of the trip for those who could not afford it, simply getting involved was closure to helping both the destination and those who wanted to go!
Additionally, we learned that the shoes were going to be donated to those in need in that country! Worldwide help and local community help were all under one roof with one drive. They were amazed and ready to dig in! Shoes and travel really go together well!
First, my teens told our immediate family members to clean out their closet, pair up their shoes and give them to us. Then, my teens cleaned out their own shoes, ridding what they don’t use, or have outgrown. Pairing each setup, bagging them and getting ready to help out others locally and worldwide.
Further, my kids asked me to place a note on our local community website as a call to action to our neighbors to donate and I did. Shoes were dropped off by the 100’s to our church only minutes away.
Last, they marked our calendar for the drive at our church and made sure our used shoes were dropped off on time, to the right location so we could make an impact on those 10’s of thousands of pairs needed to finance the trip and be donated to the country in need.
Travel Makes A Difference
Take your kids with you as you travel the world. Travel is the best education. No matter how many times we get letters from our schools about time missed, I can tell you, I would never change a thing.
Traveling teaches kids about how fortunate they are, and shows them the opportunities they are privy too! Seeing the world changes their attitudes and perspectives and helps to form the people we want them to turn into one day!
In order to understand the world, you have to take part in it. The difference-maker is travel and seeing the world with eyes wide open.