Category - Missions Resources

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10 Steps to Writing a Memorable Missionary Newsletter
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We Give Because They Can’t Go Without Us
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How to Write an Awesome Support Letter
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Why the Missionary Must Consider Envy
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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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It’s Time to Redefine a “Normal” Christian
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5 Things No One Tells You About Church Planting
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40 Days of Stillness + Free Lent Prayer Guide

10 Steps to Writing a Memorable Missionary Newsletter

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Staring at a blank screen when you sit down to write your missionary newsletter? Try out these time-tested tips to make updating your supporters a joy.

This is part one of two-part series on missionary newsletters. Read part two, “How to Design a Beautiful Missionary Newsletter,” here. It was the kind of moment every ministry worker on a support trip looks forward to: The woman shared how excited she always got to see my blue newsletter envelope in the mail. Then she took me to the church sanctuary and told her friend, You’ve got to meet Beth. She’s been to Asia and Africa and all over the place! It was great. Except that I’d been to Asia once, my missions organization didn’t send people to Africa…

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We Give Because They Can’t Go Without Us

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Stewarding what God gives us is not a chore for our checklist, it’s an opportunity to join God in redeeming the world. Photo by TEAM

A few years back, I heard a story by Greg Matte, pastor of First Baptist Church in Houston, that shook me to the core. He explained that his friend was throwing a surprise party for his wife’s 40th birthday. (For the sake of this story, we will say their names are Eric and Mary.) When Mary arrived at the house, she was shocked at all the friends who came out. Toward the end of the night, everyone went around the circle and said one word that described what Mary meant to them. Eric was the last one to say something,…

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How to Write an Awesome Support Letter

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If you're stuck staring at a blank screen, here are some tips and tricks to help you write an effective support letter.

Writing a support letter can seem like the highest hurdle to overcome in the support-raising journey — until you have the right tools in hand. Here are some great tips and tricks to writing a fantastic letter with all the key components that will make “the ask” for support a success. And once you’ve written your awesome support letter, be sure to download this Excel template to keep track of your support team’s contact information and your financial progress. Less is more. Fit all the necessary information on one page, front and back. Period. Being clear and concise is key. Attention will…

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Why the Missionary Must Consider Envy

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In cultures where the group is more highly valued than the individual, envy can occur when the status quo is threatened. Missionaries from an individualistic culture need to be mindful of these differences and how they affect their ministry. Photo by TEAM

Have you ever thought about how envy plays out in culture? In Western capitalistic societies we do not usually think about envy, though it is a universal human emotion. Many people in the Majority World take steps to avoid becoming the target of envy. Being envied (or perceived as envious) carries significant social, and sometimes material cost. Envy is a feeling of disappointment or ill-will at the advancement of another person in happiness, success, reputation or the possession of anything desirable. It can be characterized by “I wish I had what you have,” or more intensely by “I wish you did not have what…

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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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It’s Time to Redefine a “Normal” Christian

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In a world that offers us new reasons to be afraid or dismayed every day, what if we change the definition of a normal Christian? Photo by TEAM

Recently, I sat only a few feet away from an awe-inspiring person — a woman who has spent 60 years serving people in a place others choose to avoid. As a young woman, she left her home for a place so opposed to Christians, I cannot write her name. For nearly her whole life, she has provided medical care for chronically-ill Muslims in hopes that each would find true healing in Christ. As she spoke of her Muslim friends, the fire of love burned through her eyes and her words. It was impossible to leave her presence without thinking, “How does a person…

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5 Things No One Tells You About Church Planting

In the days leading up to the 50th Super Bowl, football experts across the U.S. made their predictions known to the media. But Zach Harrod was probably the only one making public predictions in Prague — and hoping it would help him plant a church. Step into the ministry of church planting, and God is bound to surprise you with the directions He takes you. Around the world, missionaries have found themselves befriending acrobatic rock dancers, painting Bible stories in the park, working as baristas, using fish to grow tomatoes and, yes, making TV appearances as one of the few…

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40 Days of Stillness + Free Lent Prayer Guide

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What will God do in our lives this Lent as we become still and pray daily? Photo by TEAM

Have you considered this bold invitation from God: “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations” (Ps. 46:10, NIV)? In the frenetic craziness of our world, what might happen if you, me and millions of people accepted God’s challenge and found time to “be still’” with him, even for a few minutes? What if we all did it on the same days, for 40 consecutive days, in anticipation of the greatest day in human history, Easter Sunday? What might God say to us? What might he be planning to do “among the nations”?…

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