Tag - missionary calling

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How to Identify Missionaries in Your Church
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When Your Missionary Calling Hits a Dead End
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How Do You Know You’re Called to Missions?
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When God Calls You Off the Mission Field
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Why Your Call to Missions Matters + How to Find It
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When God Tells You to Wait on Missions
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A Short-Term Mission Trip to Japan Changed My Life
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How God Used Urbana to Call TEAM Workers
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When Missionary Calls Don’t (Seem To) Come True

How to Identify Missionaries in Your Church

How to Identify Missionaries In Your Church
Whether it be a one-on-one meeting or a church-wide event, begin to develop ways that you can identify missionaries in your church. Photo by TEAM

If I were to give you a one-question test right now, how would your church fare? Here’s the question: Are there people in your church interested in sharing the Gospel cross-culturally? If you are like many churches, your answer might be, “I don’t know.” A commitment to mission work often involves a deeply personal call from the Holy Spirit. But because everyday communities can see how an individual is gifted, church communities have the remarkable opportunity to call out the cross-cultural gifts they see in potential missionaries. What does this actually look like? Here are four ways you can proactively identify and prepare your congregation…

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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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How Do You Know You’re Called to Missions?

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Discerning if you're called to missions can seem mysterious, but it doesn't have to be. Six workers share how they knew God was calling them to serve. Photo by TEAM

How can you know you’re called to missions? Especially when the very concept of “calling” can seem vague, mysterious and even painstaking to figure out? Sure, it’s nuanced. But confidently knowing your missionary calling is not impossible, either. Read five workers’ unique testimonies of how God called them to serve. Open Doors   “Our calling to missions started by Susan and I both saying that we would never be missionaries, and that kind of got God’s ear,” says Scott Downing, a worker in Chad. Scott and Susan both grew up as missionary kids in Africa, but never considered a life of…

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When God Calls You Off the Mission Field

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When her daughter developed serious health issues, Deb traded her exciting life among nomads in East Asia for doctors' offices in suburbia. But through her deferred dream, Deb learned critical lessons about her true calling in life. Photos courtesy of Deb Wyss

One of my clearest memories from my seven years in East Asia is lying inside a nomad tent, under a blue tarp, while rain gently drummed my entire body. I was alone — alone in the sense that there was no one like me for miles and miles around. Baby yaks stirred within arms reach on one side, and a family of nomads with wild hair snored on the other. How did a girl from the suburbs of Minnesota get here? I thought. It was a feeling of elation, as I had long yearned to live among this unreached people group. But it was also…

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Why Your Call to Missions Matters + How to Find It

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It's not just a matter of passion. Having a true call to missions is a vital to ministry and doesn't have to be difficult to discover.

I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but when I see a tiny airplane on the cover of a journal, or a canvas that reads “Adventure is Waiting”, my heart starts to swell with longing. I immediately want to be on a plane or adding a stamp to my passport or in the middle of a busy European café, soaking in the sights and sounds. When you pair a longing for adventure with a desire to share the hope of Jesus Christ with the world, missions seems like the natural next step. I agree, you may be on to…

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When God Tells You to Wait on Missions

I recently spoke with a woman who, after returning from a yearlong mission trip, was ready to turn around and head right back to the mission field. She was transitioning between college and career, her job in the States wasn’t what she wanted to do forever and, most of all, she genuinely felt called to be a missionary. So, what’s the holdup? Time to pack the bags and go! Well, not quite yet. Pausing Can Be Part of the Plan First, we had to ask some pretty key questions: Is her desired ministry area in a place to accept new missionaries? Is there…

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A Short-Term Mission Trip to Japan Changed My Life

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A short-term mission trip to Japan gave one couple vision for longer-term missionary service with a few plot twists along the way. Photo by TEAM

It certainly wasn’t the first short-term trip I had taken. My husband and I knew before we were married that we wanted to be missionaries in Japan, as we had traveled there with our church and other organizations. Short-term ministry was nothing new to us, but on March 11, 2011, as we saw the tsunami hit Japan in one of the worst disasters the country ever experienced, we knew we had to go back and help. In our mind, we wanted to just go and aid the country we loved in their hour of need. What we didn’t know is that…

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How God Used Urbana to Call TEAM Workers

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Urbana Student Missions Conference has been the catalyst for thousands to enter the mission field, including some serving with TEAM. Photo by TEAM staff

What does it look like to be “called” to missions? Last week 15,000 college-aged students gathered at the Urbana Student Missions Conference to wrestle with the same question. Many TEAM missionaries and staff are currently serving because of their experience at Urbana. Read the testimonies of Rachel and Doug, who both received their missions callings at Urbana, but whose obedience to that call has taken them down different paths. When You’re Called to Go Doug Witzig’s Story: I made a commitment at summer camp between my sophomore and junior years in high school to be open to becoming a missionary.  When Urbana…

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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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