Author - Katie Back Salmon

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The Essential Guide to Packing For Your Mission Trip
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7 Things to Never Do on a Mission Trip [Video]
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20 Questions to Help You Prepare for a Mission Trip
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A Church in Mexico Refined Through Fire
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A GIFt For Everyone on Your List
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Worse than Prison: Refugees in Czech Republic Detained
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An Interview with Missionaries to Australia
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Six Steps for Thriving After Your Short Term Mission Trip

The Essential Guide to Packing For Your Mission Trip

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Every mission trip is different, but there are few essential items every short-term missionary shouldn't leave home without.

Whether you wait until the eleventh hour or have been packing and re-packing for months, here’s your comprehensive mission trip packing list. Download the checklist here to cross off items as you pack them! THE ESSENTIALS Don’t pull out of the driveway without these items in your bag. Bible and Journal Keep your journal handy to record your experiences and what God is teaching you. If you are serving in a security-sensitive area, like the Middle East, check with the long-term missionaries there before you bring Christian materials. Cash and Debit/Credit Card Find out how to best obtain the local currency when…

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7 Things to Never Do on a Mission Trip [Video]

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From bad t-shirts to wild gestures, watch this video for tips on how to avoid common mission trip blunders.

Whether you’re going on a mission trip to Thailand or Guatemala, there are a few universal best practices you should know. Watch the video below for a comical look at the blunders short-term missionaries have been known to make. Then, read on for practical tips that will help you avoid these common mission trip mistakes. 1. Don’t be loud and obnoxious. Going to a new place you’ve only seen in photos is exciting. With each novel experience, you might feel like snapping a few selfies and voicing great delight. It’s important to remember that while this is an experience for you, it’s another Monday for the people…

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20 Questions to Help You Prepare for a Mission Trip

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Cultural preparation is critical to a short-mission trip. Jumpstart your cultural learning with these 20 questions. Photo by TEAM

Preparing for a short-term mission trip doesn’t stop when your funds are raised and your flight is booked. Before jetting off on your short-term mission trip, it’s critical to have an understanding of the culture in which you will be living and serving. Having knowledge of your host country’s unique customs will engender the respect you need from locals to be successful in ministry. It also might save you from a cultural blunder or two! To build a foundation of cultural competency, spend time answering the following diagnostic questions. You can download a printable version with space to record your findings here.  Questions to Help…

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A Church in Mexico Refined Through Fire

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TEAM staff pray for Pastor Rodriquez and his wife as they work to bring light to La Paz. Photo by TEAM staff

Pastor Rafael Rodriguez and the El Faro congregation in La Paz know adversity. In seven years, their church in Mexico has been burglarized three times, and last year an arsonist ignited their sanctuary — just to watch it burn. But through every setback, God has refined their community and sharpened their focus. When Pastor Rodriquez trusted Christ 30 years ago, he did not feel called to be a pastor. “I didn’t know you could be that,” he recalls. “I just wanted to serve. That’s all I wanted to do.” Years later, Rodriquez connected with La Paz de Cristo, a TEAM church plant, where he was…

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A GIFt For Everyone on Your List

Something for the outdoor enthusiast, athlete and your mom. We have a GIFt for everyone this year.

This Christmas season, we have a gift for everyone on your list. When you honor a loved one through a gift on TEAM’s Wish List, you invest in the innovative ways TEAM missionaries are sharing the gospel in word and deed all around the world. Plus, you don’t have to wrap anything. Keep scrolling to see 10 items in our GIFt catalog. 1.  The Teacher Robot kits for a Christian school in Germany will allow a teacher to expand the middle school robotics class, increasing students’ proficiency in math, problem-solving and, potentially, dancing. (Source) 2.  The Athlete Missionaries around the world use sports ministry to…

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Worse than Prison: Refugees in Czech Republic Detained

Prague, Czech Republic. Photo by TEAM

Sasha Flek is the pastor of TaCesta Church in Prague, where he serves with TEAM workers. Today, Pastor Flek shares his church’s reaction and response to the influx of refugees in Czech Republic, a country currently under scrutiny for violating the human rights of migrants. As critical needs grow in the global refugee crisis, TEAM missionaries continue to partner with the local church to welcome the nations arriving on their doorsteps. This month, we are sharing these testimonies and hope you will follow along on TEAM’s social media and blog. For some refugees, Czech Republic is just a train stop…

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An Interview with Missionaries to Australia

Ray and Marti Williams of TEAM Australia at Missions Place by TEAM in Maryville, TN

Ray and Marti Williams are TEAM missionaries in Adelaide, Australia with a 30-year tenure overseas. Recently, on a stateside visit, the Williamses sat down with TEAM in Maryville, Tennessee, to share their take on calling, authenticity and what it means to be a “mate.” Often, we hear of people being “called” to missions, which can be quite abstract. Can you articulate how God has called you? Marti Williams: I personally was called to follow the Lord in career missions as a 14-year-old at a youth rally. And God reminded me of that as I got older. … Sometimes you have to…

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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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