Archive - 2014

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Christmas Traditions
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4 Creative Ways to Use the TEAM Wish List
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Giving Back on GivingTuesday
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Monthly Prayer Journal: December 2014
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Social Media for Missionaries (Part 3: FAQs)
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Longing for Love (TEAM’s Wish List)
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What is Member Care?
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Monthly Prayer Journal: November 2014
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Social Media for Missionaries (Part 2: Blogging)
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Raising Up Healthy Missionary Kids

Christmas Traditions

Photo by Robert Johnson/TEAM

Christmastime is an incredible opportunity to share the love of Christ and the miracle of his birth with others. Christmas traditions are a special way of preparing for this time of year, and they can vary between every family, community and country. All across the globe, Christmas traditions are as unique as the people who live there. Sometimes they involve big, elaborate celebrations, and other times it is the small and simple traditions that make Christmas so special. Here are a few interesting traditions that can be found in different countries all over the world. In Venezuela, instead of driving…

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4 Creative Ways to Use the TEAM Wish List

TEAM’s Wish List meets the real needs of others by supporting ministries and projects in areas all around the world. Photo by Robert Johnson/TEAM

It’s almost Christmas, and that means family gatherings, good food and gift-giving. This year, consider incorporating the Wish List into your holiday festivities. Every year, TEAM missionaries submit projects and ministries that need support, and these requests are compiled into both a print and online gift catalog. Your gifts and donations to our Wish List will bring joy to people all around the world! Here are four fun and unique ways to make the Wish List a new favorite Christmas memory for you and your family: 1)      Involve the kids Let your children and grandchildren pick out items from the…

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Giving Back on GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity. Photo courtesy of GivingTuesday.org

Charities, families, businesses, community centers and students around the world will come together tomorrow for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back (source: GivingTuesday.org). GivingTuesday, now in its third year, is redefining what it means to give during the holiday season. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (December 2, 2014), there will be a worldwide celebration of giving back as people across the globe give to charities, ministries and organizations. You can be a part…

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Monthly Prayer Journal: December 2014

Photo by Robert Johnson/TEAM

Thank you for joining us in praying for TEAM’s work around the world. 1 EAST ASIA Our ministry area leaders who are responsible for our workers and projects in East Asia will be meeting with a consultant in Hong Kong on Dec 2 to evaluate our current strategies and to explore new opportunities.  Pray that we will be able to effectively connect what is happening here with our other ministry areas in Asia and around the world. 2 ASIA Leaders from all our ministry areas in Asia will be gathering together in Hong Kong Dec 2-5. Pray for this significant meeting that…

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Social Media for Missionaries (Part 3: FAQs)

There are multiple ways to use social media to connect with others, and we’re here to answer your most frequently asked questions. Photo by Robert Johnson/TEAM

Welcome to our three-part series on how missionaries can use social media to connect with friends and supporters. Be sure to check out our first post where we shared tips on how to use Facebook for your ministry, and the second post in our series that focused on how to make the most out of your blog. We frequently receive the same questions from missionaries about Facebook, Twitter, blogging and more, and have compiled some general ideas and suggestions based on these conversations. We understand that there are countless resources for learning about and managing social media; our hope is to…

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Longing for Love (TEAM’s Wish List)

TEAM’s Wish List meets the real needs of others by supporting ministries and projects in areas all around the world. Photo by Robert Johnson/TEAM

Amy Carmichael, missionary to India for over 55 years, said, “You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.” As Christians, we are able to love because Christ first loved us (1 John 4:19). Not only are we able to love, but we are called and even commanded to love (Mark 12:31, Ephesians 4:2, 1 Peter 4:8). One of the greatest and most meaningful ways to show love to others is by giving your time, money, resources, energy and prayers to those who need it. All around the world, people are desperate for love. Desperate to know someone…

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What is Member Care?

Missionaries are ordinary believers living obediently to the call God has placed on their lives. They aren’t exempt from the struggles and trials that come to everyone. The question may be raised, who cares for those who are constantly caring for others? At TEAM, our answer for this vital need is member care.

Picture this: A young woman embarks on a cross-cultural mission with a burden to bring the light of Christ to unreached people. She must invest years learning an extremely difficult language in order to serve in her new country. She experiences civil unrest and natural disasters as she is adjusting to life in a new part of the world. As a single woman in a male-dominated culture, she is limited in where she can go and what she can do. While God provides a team of caring coworkers to surround this young woman, the team changes frequently as different members…

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Monthly Prayer Journal: November 2014

Photo by Robert Johnson/TEAM

Thank you for joining us in praying for TEAM’s work around the world. 1 JAPAN BJapan, a media ministry started by TEAM missionary Steve Tygert and now run by TEAMer Tim Selander and Satoru Yanagitani, had success earlier this year using shortwave radio to reach Japanese men. So we are trying another season of shortwave, which begins November 2nd. Please pray for the gospel to reach the hearts of radio fans and shortwave hobbyists in Japan! 2 SOUTHERN AFRICA Wayne and Pam Wideman write, “Please pray for Wayne’s teaching in night class this term. There are 11 students—all professional/vocational people….

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Social Media for Missionaries (Part 2: Blogging)

Your supporters want to know what is going on in your life and in your ministry, and blogging is the perfect way to keep them up-to-date. Photo by Robert Johnson/TEAM

Welcome to our second installment of our three-part series on how missionaries can use social media to connect with friends and supporters. Be sure to check out our first post where we shared tips on how to use Facebook for your ministry! We frequently hear the same questions from missionaries about Facebook, Twitter, blogging and more, and have compiled some general ideas and suggestions based on these conversations. We understand that there are countless resources for learning about and managing social media; our hope is to simply invite you to discover new ways of using these tools to connect with…

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Raising Up Healthy Missionary Kids

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God often calls the entire family to service, and missionary kids play a vital role in their parents’ ministries. Photo by Robert Johnson/TEAM

We asked Josh McQuaid, TEAM’s Director of Organizational Engagement, to share about his experience growing up as a missionary kid (MK) in South America. Today, Josh discusses some tangible ways you can support and help raise up a generation of healthy and happy missionary kids. For missions-minded churches and savvy individual ministry partners, the notion of caring for your missionary will be nothing new. It may be second nature for you to pray, write encouraging notes, send care packages or even visit in person. But even if you’re doing all of this, you might be overlooking one of the most…

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