Category - Missionary Life

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Want To Do Missions? Begin Preparing Now.
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When Missionary Calls Don’t (Seem To) Come True
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The Greatest Enemy of Missionary Careers

Want To Do Missions? Begin Preparing Now.

Today, TEAM’s Director of Hub Development and mobilization guru Josh McQuaid shares how to take big steps this year toward becoming a missionary or broadening your missions perspective. It’s that time of year again: the beginning. January is well underway, but Christmas seems like just yesterday. The parties are over. The ornaments have come down (of course, not in my house, but I hear this is true for most people). And resolutions have been made, maybe already broken. Maybe this year you have your sights set on exploring that missionary calling you’ve been feeling. Or you are preparing to start talking…

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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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The Greatest Enemy of Missionary Careers

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Keeping the Peace: A TEAM workers in Peru laughs with local church members. Numbers show that resolving conflict with team members and national workers is essential for successful long-term missionary careers. Photo by Robert Johnson / TEAM

Here’s a little secret: Missionaries are ordinary people. And just like ordinary people, sometimes they have conflicts about ordinary things like misplaced dishes. These days, good missionary care teams keep an eye out for interpersonal conflict as the source of potential burnout. As it turns out, it’s not a new problem. Not by a long shot. TEAM writer Lisa Renninger was recently researching for a project on TEAM’s history and stumbled upon a story of narrowly avoided-missionary burnout set in Venezuela over a century ago. In 1906, two pioneering missionary families, the Bachs and the Christiansens, had established a new…

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