Archive - 2015

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Why Local and Global Missions Need Each Other
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Monthly Prayer Journal: September 2015
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Six Steps for Thriving After Your Short Term Mission Trip
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Is Your Newsletter Mobile-Ready?
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Monthly Prayer Journal: August 2015
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Photo Journal: Japan
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7 Critical Points When You Can Serve Your Missionary
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Generosity Makes a Difference: Wish List Update
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Monthly Prayer Journal: July 2015
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How Broken is Too Broken?

Why Local and Global Missions Need Each Other

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We are desperately in need of a more nuanced conversation around the topics of local and global mission. Photo courtesy of Melissa Barber

Mission agencies like TEAM exist because of our conviction that mission is incomplete if it ignores those beyond our immediate geographic reach. A critical aspect of the agency’s task within the church is to remind the larger community of far-flung needs that might otherwise be forgotten. We have beaten this drum loudly and persistently. In our passion to keep the global unreached in the North American church’s vision, however, we have sometimes encouraged the belief that international mission is of a higher order than domestic mission. We have inadvertently created the belief that international missionaries are the hardcore, the totally committed,…

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Monthly Prayer Journal: September 2015

Photo by TEAM

Thank you for joining us in praying for TEAM’s work around the world. 1 TEAM’S 125TH ANNIVERSARY Please pray for the Asia tour as we visit the work of TEAM in Taipei from Sept. 1-3, the Evergreen work from Sept. 4-6, and then Beijing from Sept. 7-9. This will be a time with TEAM friends, Board members, and staff to see and honor the work God has given us to do over the last 125 years. 2 JAPAN Flossie Epley and Rita Schellenberg ask for prayer for Christian Academy in Japan and those connected with CAJ for the many transitions…

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Six Steps for Thriving After Your Short Term Mission Trip

There are beneficial things you can do to help yourself thrive after a short-term missions experience. Photo by TEAM

All short-term trips are supposed to end. But having a return ticket in your backpack doesn’t make the journey home a breeze. Below are six simple steps you can take to weather one of the toughest parts of going overseas: coming home. 1. RESUME YOUR OLD ROUTINE Your body doesn’t know if it’s 3 a.m. or 3 p.m., your pantry is empty and your clothes are tangled at the bottom of a suitcase. After a season of adventure, it might sound like the last thing you want to do, but getting back into a normal rhythm of life is crucial. Sleep…

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Is Your Newsletter Mobile-Ready?

One column or two? Resist the temptation to create your regular multi-column masterpiece, and go with one column instead.
One column or two? Resist the temptation to create your regular multi-column masterpiece, and go with one column instead.

Producing a regular ministry newsletter is a struggle and triumph few can fully appreciate if they haven’t endured it themselves. You rack your brain for ideas in a slow month, or make painful cuts in a full one. You spend hours finding the perfect words and pictures. Maybe you even try to emulate the design elements from another missionary’s newsletter. Finally, you stand back with pride and hit “send” — only to have your supporters open your newsletter on a smartphone, turning your hard-earned glory into a mess of tiny fonts on an oversized layout. The good news about living…

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Monthly Prayer Journal: August 2015

Photo by TEAM

Thank you for joining us in praying for TEAM’s work around the world. 1 MEXICO Art and Vicki Reyes write, “We are so grateful for the help to rebuild Emmanuel Evangelical Church of Los Cabos, which was destroyed by Hurricane Odile last year! Construction should be finished early this month. Please pray that the Lord will be glorified in this place.” 2 TEAM’S 125TH ANNIVERSARY Please pray for TEAM leadership and guests as they travel together to see the work God is doing in Asia and Africa. We are trusting the Lord to help build relationships that will lead to…

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Photo Journal: Japan

The Pagaragans work in Japan.

Meet Team Kibou: Jeff, Kelly, Taylor, Bailey, Kendyl, Reagan, and Colson Pagaragan. Originally from Hawaii, they are a fun, bubbly family serving with TEAM in Japan. The Pagaragan’s vision is to “bring hope for the future to the unreached in Japan by spreading the fragrance of the knowledge of Christ everywhere.” In Japanese, “kibou” means hope or a belief grounded on substantial evidence. The Pagaragans are a perfect example of the hope of the gospel and grounded belief that comes from trusting Christ. Jeff and Kelly are in language training and will be working with the Tokyo Metro Ministry Initiative…

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7 Critical Points When You Can Serve Your Missionary

There are many ways that you can care for the missionaries you are sending and impact the kingdom for good. Photo by TEAM

As believers, we are all called to reach the nations. This might mean a personal call to go, send, welcome, train or any number of other individual tasks. In all likelihood, we will each be called to serve in different ways at different times in our lives. While each of these tasks can feel a little daunting if we’re un-experienced, it is the “sending” role that leaves many of us particularly baffled. If you are in the role of sender, you may find yourself thinking, “There has to be more to this than simply writing a check.” You are so…

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Generosity Makes a Difference: Wish List Update

Children in the SOAR program made thank you cards for the gifts they received through TEAM’s Wish List.

If you have ever supported a missionary or a project through giving, prayer or encouragement, you have made a difference in someone’s life. Often, we don’t get to see the direct results of our gifts – we must trust that the Lord uses our generosity to plant seeds and cultivate growth – so it’s exciting to have a day like this one, when we get to hear from one of the beneficiaries of TEAM’s Wish List. Sometimes, we get the blessing of hearing firsthand how our gifts directly affect the lives of those to whom they are given. TEAM’s Wish…

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Monthly Prayer Journal: July 2015

Photo by TEAM

Thank you for joining us in praying for TEAM’s work around the world. 1 PAPUA Pray for the upcoming annual Merauke Youth Camp from June 27 to July 3. Pray that God would be glorified throughout the week of camp and the young people would be challenged with the gospel and empowered to share the good news within their spheres of influence. 2 SOUTHERN AFRICA Eric and Susan Binion write, “Two temporary librarians are supposed to come to UBI in July and September; pray for a permanent librarian.” 3 UKRAINE Kurt and Rochelle zurBurg write, “Please keep praying for the…

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How Broken is Too Broken?

Photo by Giorgio Raffaelli, Copyright Creative Commons License 2.0.

Prospective missionaries often get the impression that mission agencies are looking for perfect people. They can certainly be forgiven for this feeling. After all, we require forms to be completed, essays to be written, references to vouch for you and tests to be passed — all before we even let new members into the organization. There are good reasons for all of these steps in the assessment process, and they ultimately lead to healthier mission agencies, healthier individuals serving overseas and healthier ministry itself. Even so, I am yet to find a mission agency that isn’t deeply aware of the…

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