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What it Looks Like to Teach in Thailand [Photo Journal]
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Should Newlyweds Go to the Mission Field?
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Looking for Missionaries Who Can Teach
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When Your Escape from Ministry Becomes Your Ministry
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4 Ways Pastors Can Prepare Future Missionaries [Free Resource]
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Leaving Home to Go Home
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Will You Pray with Us? [Prayer Journal September 2016 ]
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When You Don’t Want to Get on the Plane
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How to Involve Your Church in Your Missions Journey
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How Do I Know if I’m Ready for Missions? [Free Download]

What it Looks Like to Teach in Thailand [Photo Journal]

Dorothy Yeung lives in Thailand to share the love of Christ in the classroom. Take a peek into her life overseas below. Photos courtesy of Dorothy Yeung
Dorothy Yeung lives in Thailand to share the love of Christ in the classroom. Take a peek into her life overseas below. Photos courtesy of Dorothy Yeung

Situated on the outskirts of the city, Bangkok Christian International School operates in stark contrast to the famous Buddhist temples that attract tourists and the local faithful alike. At this growing school, students from around the world converge to receive a Christian education taught by a devoted staff. Dorothy Yeung is in her first year teaching at BCIS, where she teaches over 100 students about music and how to worship God through it. Scroll through her photo journal below to see what it looks like to serve and teach in Thailand. Meet Dorothy   Sawatdee-ka! I’m Dorothy from Toronto, Canada,…

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Should Newlyweds Go to the Mission Field?

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Should newlyweds go to the mission field? Much like marriage and ministry, the answer is nuanced. Photo by TEAM

In mobilizing folks to the field, I run across people from all walks of life. From the teenager to the young married to the family of five and the retiree. I love that God is calling people of all generations to the nations with his name. Inevitably, I will meet with engaged couples and those on the verge of engagement. Usually, both people are passionate about going overseas, and now, they want to go together. I can’t think of a more beautiful picture than an earthly marriage telling of the coming, better marriage! Most couples are eager to get to the…

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Looking for Missionaries Who Can Teach

Around the world, teachers are making disciples by sharing the love of Christ in the classroom. 
Photo by TEAM
Around the world, teachers are making disciples by sharing the love of Christ in the classroom. Photo by TEAM

‘Remember your promise’ When Tim and his wife moved to Asia, they had a plan. They would serve as Christian educators for a few years in Hong Kong, then move to teach in another more spiritually deprived country. But soon, two years in Hong Kong turned into 11, and Tim and his family never made the move. In 2009, Tim found himself saying goodbye to a dear friend and mentor who served faithfully as a missionary to those with little spiritual witness in East Asia. Before Dave passed away, he charged Tim one last time. “God has called you to…

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When Your Escape from Ministry Becomes Your Ministry

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Burnt out and worn down, Steve Dresselhaus was ready to resign from being a missionary. Until he went kayaking. Photos courtesy of Steve Dresselhaus

What is your passion? What is the thing you get most excited about? The thing you would be doing if all your dreams came true? Whatever it is, Steve Dresselhaus guarantees you can turn it into a ministry — and he should know. For over a decade, the TEAM missionary has led people to the Lord, discipled new believers, counseled couples and more, all while kayaking on the beautiful Sea of Cortez in Mexico. Steve actually started kayaking as a way to escape mission work. In 1996, the pastor was burnt out to the point that he sent TEAM his…

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4 Ways Pastors Can Prepare Future Missionaries [Free Resource]

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Pastors and church leaders, you are key players in preparing a potential missionary for cross-cultural service. Here are actionable ways you can shepherd missionaries in your church. Photo by TEAM

Someone comes to you, their pastor, and says they feel called to ministry. That’s awesome! But what can your church do from there? The temptation could be to send potential missionaries from your church to a missions agency and let the organization take care of the rest. While agencies have valuable resources for churches, many agencies agree: The local church is the one God has called and equipped to fulfill the Great Commission. That means the church gets to play an important role in assessing and preparing missionary candidates for global ministry. Below are four areas where church participation and support…

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Leaving Home to Go Home

Missionaries often live between two continents and consider both to be home. One missionary records his reflections on the transition between the two. Photo by TEAM
Missionaries often live between two continents and consider both to be home. One missionary records his reflections on the transition between the two. Photo by TEAM

The day started normally enough. Our two oldest children woke us up by crawling into our bed. My wife wearily got up when she heard our third through the baby monitor. I took advantage of a few extra minutes of sleep until the kids’ questions and requests forced me to greet the land of the living. As usual, lots of coffee was consumed at my in-laws’ house where we were staying. But always behind the coffee, or along with it, was a sadness mixed with a little excitement. Today we were leaving the United States to return to our ministry in…

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Will You Pray with Us? [Prayer Journal September 2016 ]

"Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest."" - Matthew 9:37-38 | Photo by TEAM
"Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest."" - Matthew 9:37-38 | Photo by TEAM

School is back in session for missionaries serving as teachers around the world. Join us in praying for them and other workers proclaiming the gospel in word and deed. To follow along daily, you can download a printable copy of the Prayer Journal below. September 1-7   GLOBAL | From traveling schools for nomadic children to Bible institutes for aspiring missionaries, the education world is back in gear for another year of academic and spiritual growth. Please pray for TEAM teachers and school staff around the world as they build lesson plans, create warm environments and get to know students. Pray…

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When You Don’t Want to Get on the Plane

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Anna Key never thought she would be a teacher in Germany. But God called her to serve missionary kids, and she is committed to obey – no matter the cost. Photo by TEAM

Six years ago in Albany, New York, I weighed my three suitcases for what seemed the millionth time, anxiously watched the scale hit almost exactly 50 pounds for each one, shed tears as I hugged my family goodbye and sat at my gate, waiting to begin my journey to teach in Germany. I was no stranger to goodbyes, moving, transition or travel, and yet, that day, you may never have seen a more reluctant or terrified traveler. Although I knew God had called me to serve missionary kids, teaching had never been part of my plan. What was I thinking?…

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How to Involve Your Church in Your Missions Journey

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Interested in pursuing missions? God has ordained the church to walk with you and send you. Photo by TEAM

Whether you perceived it through a gentle whisper or a monumental experience, when God grips your heart for overseas missions, you know. This is a wonderful, yet also uncertain realization, as it leaves you thinking, “Now what?” What do you do with this interest? First, know that even though this may be a time of uncertainty, you can be encouraged that you are not alone in this endeavor. Second, don’t wait to start the conversation with your church. Too many times, people don’t have these conversations with their churches. Or they wait until they are at the point in the…

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How Do I Know if I’m Ready for Missions? [Free Download]

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No one is ever fully ready for missions, but with some critical thought, you can leave for the field armed with wisdom and a healthy perspective. Photo by TEAM

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you.” Luke 14:28-29, NIV Jesus said a lot of radical things during his time on earth, but in Luke 14, he settled in for a moment of plain common sense: People who jump into things before they’re ready frequently live to regret it. In the missions world, we like to celebrate passion, risk-taking…

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