My daughter just returned from a mission trip to Chile this summer. She and 5 classmates from Wisconsin Lutheran taught VBS at a number of ELS mission churches there as well as canvassed neighborhoods and also did some cleanup and painting of the churches and classrooms.
I just want to say this has been one of the greatest experiences of her life and I believe she has changed. She has a much greater appreciation for not only the prosperity of America comparatively but also for the importance of mission work. She was very sad to leave Chile and already is making plans to return next summer for an extended stay. We'll see if that holds through out the school year. However her love of Spanish and appreciation for mission work will definately be stregthened regardless.