Tag - mission trip

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5 Ways to Debrief After Your Short-Term Mission Trip
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15 Questions to Ask Someone After a Mission Trip
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How to Choose a Short-Term Mission Trip
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Don’t Underestimate Your Potential to Mobilize Missionaries
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Is a Vision Trip Right for You?
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5 Things I Learned From Teaching English Overseas
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Why I Took a Gap Year to Teach in Taiwan
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What Happens on a Vision Trip?
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How to Teach English Overseas and Be a Missionary Too
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How to Write an Awesome Support Letter

5 Ways to Debrief After Your Short-Term Mission Trip

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To extend the impact of your short-term mission trip, having a debriefing plan in place to help you process your experience is crucial. Photo by TEAM

Short-term mission trips are once-in-a-lifetime experiences that can be highly impactful for both the participants and those they serve. However, coming home after such an intense foreign experience is often a difficult process to navigate. You’re likely to experience reverse culture shock, and accepting the realities of being back home may take longer than you anticipate. That’s why having a plan to debrief your short-term mission trip is so important. If you’ve recently returned from a short-term mission trip, here are five practical tips for a healthy and productive debriefing process: 1.     Share your experience with others. People…

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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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How to Choose a Short-Term Mission Trip

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With thousands of mission trip opportunities available to you, how do you find the best fit? Here's some practical advice to help you choose a mission trip with confidence. Photo by TEAM

A new interest in missions is often accompanied with an urgent desire to just go. But choosing a mission trip isn’t always easy. Where will you go? To do what ministry? And when? As you process through the thousands of opportunities available to you, here’s some practical advice on how to choose a mission trip. Pray About Three Topics It sounds like a Christian platitude, but really, the first thing you should do is pray. Prayer can help you discern your direction, but more importantly, prayer centers you on God’s direction. Here are three prayer topics to pursue as you…

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Don’t Underestimate Your Potential to Mobilize Missionaries

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Do you think of yourself as a missions mobilizer? If you've served overseas before, God can use your experience to mobilize even more workers to the field. Photo by TEAM

For the gospel to spread, people must be mobilized to go spread it. And if you’ve ever served as a missionary (even short-term), you are uniquely equipped to show others where and how they can serve, too.  When I began getting my classmates involved in missions, I had no idea it would one day be my full-time ministry to mobilize the church to missions. I started small. And today, I want to show you how you can do the same. How I Became an Accidental Missions Mobilizer   In college, a TEAM missions coach recognized my desire to serve God in missions,…

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Is a Vision Trip Right for You?

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A vision trip is not a short-term mission trip. It's an opportunity for people to explore what it would actually be like to serve overseas.

Ever tried on snazzy red sweater only to find it makes you look like a tomato? Or discovered that you actually love your cousin’s boring hand-me-downs? Sometimes things just don’t turn out the way we expect. It’s why clothing stores provide fitting rooms, colleges arrange campus visits and employers conduct interviews. And it’s why TEAM offers vision trips. A vision trip is a short-term experience designed to help globally-minded Christians explore life on the mission field. Participants travel to see ministries up close, encounter a new culture and spend quality time with current missionaries. To go on a vision trip,…

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5 Things I Learned From Teaching English Overseas

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After a summer teaching English in Spain, a short-term worker shares her best advice for anyone considering teaching overseas. Photo by TEAM

Last summer, I served as a short-term missionary in Utrera, Spain, for six weeks. During this time, I lived with a missionary, taught English and participated in a local Spanish church. God taught me many things during my time teaching in Spain. Here are five key lessons I would pass on to someone else considering teaching overseas for a short period of time. 1.  Seize the Opportunity to Share Christ Teaching English might not be the first thing you think of when you consider ministry opportunities overseas, but teaching English can help you build those relationships with locals, giving you a chance to share…

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Why I Took a Gap Year to Teach in Taiwan

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After college, I took a gap year to explore God's path for me, and I ended up teaching in Taiwan. Photos courtesy of Victor Hsiao.

Between college graduation and starting medical school, I took a gap year as a missionary in Taiwan. In high school, I developed a passion for missions and considered pursuing ministry full time instead of going to college. I was wisely advised, however, to attend college to better equip myself for whatever God had in store for me, long-term missions or not. During college, I was challenged to share and live out my faith in new environments where there were few Christians, such as the school swim team or my summer research internship in China. As graduation approached, I still loved…

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What Happens on a Vision Trip?

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What happens on a vision trip? Recent trip participants reflect on their experiences and how it helped them explore their missions calling. Photo by TEAM

This summer, 15 people set out on TEAM Vision Trips across the globe. Teams traveled to Japan, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Guatemala to catch a glimpse of how God is building his church in each place and explore how he might be calling them to be a part of building it there, too. Unlike a traditional short-term mission trip, a vision trip’s purpose is not ministry activity, but rather to explore the challenges and opportunities for long-term ministry in a different culture. This year, participants spent time with long-term missionaries to ask them candid questions about missionary life and work….

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How to Teach English Overseas and Be a Missionary Too

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Teaching overseas is opening up new doors to share the gospel in countries around the world. Photo by TEAM.

We all have gifts that God has given us to effectively share the gospel. Have you ever considered that your fluency in English is one of them? Today, more and more people are getting certified in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and using it overseas to meet practical needs and make disciples. Kristin Dykstra, a TEAM missions coach serving in Illinois, majored in TESOL at Moody Bible Institute and now equips others to use English education in global missions. Her love for TESOL first grew while participating in a student exchange program in Russia, teaching English to non-native…

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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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