Archive - October 2013

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Should You Pay for Your Own Mission Trip?
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In Defense of the Charity Gift Catalog
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Christianity in Japan: Take A Bow? Believers Say No Thanks
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When Missionary Calls Don’t (Seem To) Come True
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Monthly Prayer Journal: October 2013

Should You Pay for Your Own Mission Trip?

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An estimated 2 million Americans go on mission trips each year. Should more of them cover their own costs? Photo by Mark Bickel

This is the first of a three-part series exploring self-funding short-term missions. In this post, we look at saving for a mission trip as a spiritual discipline. Read Part II. In August, Eliza* got two pieces of good news: a nannying job, and the email she had been hoping for. It was an offer to participate in the School of Biblical Studies, a nine-month Bible training program offered through Youth With A Mission (YWAM). As with most YWAM programs or any mission trip, participants generally raise support to cover their costs. But as Eliza considered fundraising, she peeked into her…

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In Defense of the Charity Gift Catalog

Today, TEAM Stewardship Manager Mark Watson contributes to the blog, addressing the growing trend of Christmas charity gift catalogs. If you’re like me, starting right about now, your mailbox is cluttered with Christmas charity gift catalogs. Especially if you’ve been involved in missions or child sponsorship for a long time, these catalogs will find their way in-between other catalogs for shoes, sweaters, electronics, hunting gear and just about everything else. You may drop your holiday postal pile on your kitchen table and ask yourself, “Should I look through all these gift catalogs this year? Should I look through any of them?”…

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Christianity in Japan: Take A Bow? Believers Say No Thanks

Christianity in Japan
Men pray at a shrine in Japan. For Japanese Christians, choosing not to pray to the dead at a funeral can be a defining moment. Photo by Robert Johnson / TEAM

In Japan, the moment of truth for a Christian often comes during a funeral. At Buddhist funerals — which constitute around 90 percent of them in Japan — the custom is for mourners to pay their respects by bowing before the deceased and offering up a prayer to the dead, often along with some incense. When it comes to Christianity in Japan, that practice poses a big problem. Most Japanese Christians stop praying to the dead and other spirits when they start following Jesus. According to Stella Cox, a longtime TEAM missionary in Japan, funerals are often big social events…

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When Missionary Calls Don’t (Seem To) Come True

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The former TEAM hospital in far western Nepal is a rustic but vital hub both for health care and the gospel in the rural region. Taking a long view of the missionary call and God’s sovereignty is helping workers there who recently lost their jobs. Photo by Robert Johnson / TEAM

The call of a new missionary usually goes like this: give up almost everything safe in your life. Pound the pavement for months — if not years — to raise funds. Board an international flight still soaked with tears from an emotional send-off and the blessings of your closest friends and family. Log 18 months in language school. Change the world. But what if it all comes crashing to a halt before that last part, the happy ending, ever comes? You don’t have to look far for stories of a missionary call cut short by illness, a death in the…

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Monthly Prayer Journal: October 2013

Thank you for joining us in praying for TEAM’s work around the world. Click here to download a .pdf of the October 2013 Prayer Journal. 1 EAST ASIA The “Bell” people are an unreached minority group living in Asia. The Bell Alliance is a consortium of churches, agencies and field workers committed to reaching the Bell people. TEAM is helping to lead the Bell Alliance and has sent our first worker to begin language study. Pray for the Bell Alliance as we meet October 1-2 to hear reports and pray and plan together. 2 GERMANY Jeff and Anne Ingram have just…

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