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When Your Missionary Calling Hits a Dead End
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15 Questions to Ask Someone After a Mission Trip
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When Your Sweet Tooth Leads Someone to Jesus
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How to Avoid Burnout and Thrive on the Mission Field
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7 Ways to Pray for Sports and Recreation Ministries [June Prayer Focus]
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8 Things Missionaries Wish Their Supporters Knew
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8 Public Speaking Tips for Missionaries
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Preaching the Gospel with a Paintbrush
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7 Ways to Pray for Creative Arts Ministries [May Prayer Focus]
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Preparing for Missions: 6 Tips for a Healthy Goodbye

When Your Missionary Calling Hits a Dead End

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After many closed doors, Kristine wondered if she would ever make it to the mission field to fulfill her missionary calling. Until the right door opened. Photo by TEAM

In November 2014, I was in a classroom that had a piano with a wooden cutout of a sheep leaning against it. It was as if the sheep was cautiously peering around the corner of the piano. In that moment, I thought, I don’t want to be like that sheep. I want to be the kind of sheep that goes charging around the corner if I think I hear my Shepherd’s voice. Have you ever been that sheep, longing to follow the Shepherd, thinking you heard His voice, but hesitating because you’re not quite sure? I have — many times….

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15 Questions to Ask Someone After a Mission Trip

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Know a team, friend or loved one returning from a mission trip? Curious to know how it went? Help them process their experience with this list of 15 thoughtful questions to ask after a mission trip.

“It was life-changing.” “It was amazing.” “It’s hard to put into words.” If you’ve ever asked a short-term missionary about their experience, you’ve probably heard one of these statements in response. Returning short-term missionaries often benefit from processing their experiences. In fact, TEAM recommends each of our short-term missionaries debrief from their trip with both their missions coach and their church community. However, helping someone process a cross-cultural mission trip isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Often, the questions asked are so broad that missionaries struggle to articulate answers without going on an hour-long tirade. Short-term missionaries also tend…

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When Your Sweet Tooth Leads Someone to Jesus

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If A.J. hadn't had a craving for apple crisp, Celestino might not know Jesus. Read this inspiring story about salvation and discipleship in Guatemala. Photo by TEAM

Have you ever craved a dessert so strongly you just knew it had to be from the Lord? Probably only if you’re prone to exaggeration. But after you hear Celestino’s story, you might think twice about your next hankering for sugar cookies. You see, Celestino didn’t have time for church. And after a lifetime of alcoholism and meeting Christians who only cared how much he could tithe, Celestino didn’t really have an interest in church either. Maybe that’s why TEAM missionary A.J. got a craving for apple crisp soon after he moved to Guatemala. That fall day, the grocery store…

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How to Avoid Burnout and Thrive on the Mission Field

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What happens when missions becomes miserable? A former missionary shares her best tips on how to avoid burnout and thrive on the mission field.

I had been on the mission field for 10 months. I was holed up in one of the few less-than-desirable guest houses in a remote East Asian mountain town. I was relentlessly vomiting from food poisoning, and there was only one public outhouse for all of the guests’ bathroom needs. There was no running water. And I could hear the rats scurrying in the walls. I was miserable. I remembered the romantic visions that filled my head as I prepared to go to the mission field. The excitement that bubbled out of me at the mention of this faraway place…

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7 Ways to Pray for Sports and Recreation Ministries [June Prayer Focus]

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From basketball to rock climbing, sports and recreation ministries bring people together and open incredible doors for the Gospel! Discover seven ways you can pray for Christ to be known through these ministries this month. Photo by TEAM

There’s a reason your VBS program has a game time: Fun things attract people, even if you make them listen to a lesson first. But sports and recreation ministry is much more than getting people to sit down for a devotional. When you coach a team, you get to teach discipline from a biblical perspective. When you counsel a camper, you get to pray with them about their struggles. When you organize kayaking trips, you get to spend hours talking about God. Recreation lets people bond in a non-threatening way, which opens incredible doors for the Gospel! This month, will…

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8 Things Missionaries Wish Their Supporters Knew

For many missionaries, it’s difficult to share the nitty-gritty of missionary life with their supporters. To give voice to the unsaid, here are eight things missionaries wish their supporters knew.

For every missionary sharing the Gospel cross-culturally, there is a team of people making the work possible from sending churches to the many individuals praying and giving financially. No one can serve alone. But even though missionaries share a tight bond with their supporters, it can be hard to honestly share the ins and outs of missionary life. To shine a light on the things unsaid, we asked several missionaries, “What do you wish your supporters knew?” Their answers might surprise you. “Sometimes I feel like I’m not adding anything to my team.” Going from a life of ministry in…

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8 Public Speaking Tips for Missionaries

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Missionary, does the thought of public speaking make your palms sweat? To help, here are eight public speaking tips to help you rock your next presentation.

As a missionary, a big part of your job is building relationships with supporters. Public speaking is a great way to share your story and invite a large number of people into partnership with your ministry at one time. It’s also a great way to make even the most outgoing person break a sweat! Public speaking is one of the biggest fears people face. In fact, 74 percent of people admit to getting nervous before giving a speech. Whether you get a few butterflies or downright freeze in front of people, you’re not alone. But you don’t have to let…

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Preaching the Gospel with a Paintbrush

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In Thailand, a creative arts ministry is giving new meaning to the “art of evangelism.” Discover how Buddhists are learning about Jesus through paintings. Photo by TEAM

Every artist has a story to tell. Some tell it through vague symbolism. Others let you take away your own meaning. But when TEAM missionary Kennedy Paizs sits down at his easel, he makes no attempts at subtlety. He creates art to lead Thai Buddhists to Christ. On any given day, you might find Kennedy painting Bible stories, co-hosting an art show or telling Bible stories while volunteers paint illustrations. “It is a good, fun way to interact with people,” Kennedy says. “We get to talk about the painting, and it’s not so directly about them, even though they know…

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7 Ways to Pray for Creative Arts Ministries [May Prayer Focus]

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Missionaries around the world are using video, painting, radio, music composition and more to share the greatest story ever told — and God is changing hearts for eternity. Photo by TEAM

Ever since Jesus started telling parables, His followers have known how effectively stories can point people to God. Stories encourage us to let down our guards. They let us see God in ways our stubborn, skeptic hearts couldn’t otherwise. That’s why missionaries around the world tell Christ-centered stories through video, painting, radio, music composition and more. Through creative arts ministries, they get to share the greatest story ever told — and God changes hearts for eternity. Will you pray with us this month for creative arts ministries? Click the image below to get a printable version of these needs. Then, sign…

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Preparing for Missions: 6 Tips for a Healthy Goodbye

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Preparing for missions? Moving overseas and saying goodbye to the people and places you love is not easy. Here are six tips on how to leave well.

When Jesus told us to “go to all the world,” “go” meant leave!   Leave home. Leave family. Leave what’s familiar, and go to what is strange to you. For a missionary, all the studying, fundraising, preparation and planning marches inexorably to this point: time to “go.” Two letters. One small step into the aircraft door. One big turning point. That moment can be an intensely lonely moment, both for those leaving and those who are left.  However, both parties are in company with a lot of people in today’s world. Jerry Jones, a blogger who lives in China and…

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