Archive - January 2016

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Photo Journal: Thailand
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How to Support Your Supporting Church
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7 Fundraising Tips for Your Short-Term Mission Trip
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A Short-Term Mission Trip to Japan Changed My Life
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3 Things I Learned On My Short-Term Missions Trip
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How God Used Urbana to Call TEAM Workers
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Monthly Prayer Journal: January 2016

Photo Journal: Thailand

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Short-term missionary, Hanna Smith travelled through Thailand to document the work of ministry leaders there.

Hanna Smith traveled from New Orleans to Thailand to serve on a short-term mission trip. She used her gifts as a photographer to document workers in the field. Scroll through to catch a glimpse of missions in Thailand along with commentary from Hanna.                              Want to go and experience Thai culture for yourself? Join TEAM on a vision trip to Thailand and Southeast Asia this summer. Learn more about ministry opportunities and see firsthand the need for the gospel to be spread throughout this region.

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How to Support Your Supporting Church

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Your supporting church is spiritually and financially investing in your short-term missions trip. Here's tips on how you can support them, too. Photo by TEAM

As a logistics coordinator for short-term missions, I am constantly encouraged by the faith of the missionaries I work with. Recently, a short-term missionary I am working with came to me with one of the most beautiful questions I’ve been asked during my time with TEAM: “How can I bless my supporting church through my mission trip?” My heart soared. Here at TEAM, one of our highest values is the church from beginning to end. We engage existing churches in cooperative efforts to establish new reproducing churches worldwide. It is encouraging to know our short-term missionaries are just as passionate about strengthening the church as we are….

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7 Fundraising Tips for Your Short-Term Mission Trip

Fundraising for your short-term missions trip can be difficult. Here are seven tips to make fundraising for mission trips a blessing instead of a burden.

So, you’re ready to go on a short-term mission trip. Awesome! You’ve done your research, completed your application and gotten your immunizations. Now comes the best part: fundraising. For many, raising support is the toughest part of going on a mission trip. There are so many myths and falsehoods surrounding support raising, (Fundraising is asking for handouts. It will alienate my friends. It’s another step I have to do before I can start my real ministry.…) that it’s easy to lose sight of the blessing fundraising brings to all who are involved. You’re not just asking people to write a check,…

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A Short-Term Mission Trip to Japan Changed My Life

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A short-term mission trip to Japan gave one couple vision for longer-term missionary service with a few plot twists along the way. Photo by TEAM

It certainly wasn’t the first short-term trip I had taken. My husband and I knew before we were married that we wanted to be missionaries in Japan, as we had traveled there with our church and other organizations. Short-term ministry was nothing new to us, but on March 11, 2011, as we saw the tsunami hit Japan in one of the worst disasters the country ever experienced, we knew we had to go back and help. In our mind, we wanted to just go and aid the country we loved in their hour of need. What we didn’t know is that…

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3 Things I Learned On My Short-Term Missions Trip

Short-term missions isn't one size fits all, but here are three lessons I learned on my short-term missions trip to Greece.

Short-term missions isn’t one-size-fits-all. Every trip is different. Every person is different. But when I traveled to Greece this past summer, I learned three important lessons that likely apply to anyone considering being a short-term missionary. It will be harder than you expect. Yes, there will be the planes delayed, luggage lost and miscommunication, but these won’t make or break your trip. When I was called to step out of my comfort zone and go on this trip in the first place, I reached points where I doubted this was what I was supposed to be doing, and in those moments…

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How God Used Urbana to Call TEAM Workers

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Urbana Student Missions Conference has been the catalyst for thousands to enter the mission field, including some serving with TEAM. Photo by TEAM staff

What does it look like to be “called” to missions? Last week 15,000 college-aged students gathered at the Urbana Student Missions Conference to wrestle with the same question. Many TEAM missionaries and staff are currently serving because of their experience at Urbana. Read the testimonies of Rachel and Doug, who both received their missions callings at Urbana, but whose obedience to that call has taken them down different paths. When You’re Called to Go Doug Witzig’s Story: I made a commitment at summer camp between my sophomore and junior years in high school to be open to becoming a missionary.  When Urbana…

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Monthly Prayer Journal: January 2016

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Thank you for joining us in praying for TEAM’s work around the world. 1 GLOBAL As people everywhere celebrate the coming new year, pray that the hearts of those who don’t know Jesus will be opened to Him and that the hearts of those who already know Him will be encouraged to continue boldly following Him and proclaiming the gospel in the year ahead. 2 MIDDLE EAST Workers write, “One of the often big obstacles Christian workers face is obtaining residence permits for living legally in the country where they serve.  Recently, this has once again become an obstacle for…

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