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SHOULD YOU TAKE YOUR CHILD SOMEPLACE DANGEROUS?

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  • 1. SHOULD YOU TAKE YOUR CHILD SOMEPLACE DANGEROUS?
  • 2. Should you take your child someplace where the water is not safe?
  • 3. Where they could be injured far from an English-speaking doctor
  • 4. Someplace where the police might take bribes?
  • 5. Yes
  • 6. And it might save their life when they are a teenager.
  • 7. My wife Katharine and I have gone on five church mission trips with our daughters: three times to Mexico and twice to Guatemala.
  • 8. Our first trip was a short hop across the border to Juarez for two days. Twenty-one children, twenty parents and one grandparent built two houses.
  • 9. The homes had three rooms, each 12 feet by 12 feet. Our younger daughter had just turned seven.
  • 10. I don’t know which was scarier: Watching my 7 year-old climb up on the roof with a hammer or…
  • 11. Or watching her run around, playing with barefoot children who lived in packing crates in the desert.
  • 12. Nine years later, when she was a senior in high school, and we chaperoned 60 American high school students on a mission trip to Mexicali.
  • 13. These two busloads of teens came home with a changed view of life.
  • 14. They are less concerned about designer jeans.
  • 15. They are less worried about their problems—which somehow seem smaller.
  • 16. How can short trips like these save your child’s life?
  • 17. How can trips that immerse our children into a world with less safety and comfort actually protect them?
  • 18. Because it builds compassion
  • 19. It builds character.
  • 20. Because it inoculates them from consumerism
  • 21. Because it helps protect them from depression
  • 22. Is playing on an unpaved Mexicali road safer than the keys to your car on a Saturday night?
  • 23. Take your child someplace dangerous and find out.