Tag - missionary communication

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How to Wow Your Supporters with Video Updates
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Don’t Say the ‘M’ Word: Sharing Ministry from High-Security Nations
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8 Ways to Serve Missionaries Coming Home
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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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How to Design a Beautiful Missionary Newsletter in 5 Steps
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10 Steps to Writing a Memorable Missionary Newsletter
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Is Your Newsletter Mobile-Ready?
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Social Media for Missionaries (Part 3: FAQs)
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Social Media for Missionaries (Part 2: Blogging)

How to Wow Your Supporters with Video Updates

Creating powerful missionary update videos is easier than you think. You just need a few simple tools and strategies.
Creating powerful missionary update videos is easier than you think. You just need a few simple tools and strategies.

Missionaries have sent written letters to supporters from day one (think Paul). But today, missionaries have exponentially more outlets and mediums to share their stories, and video should be near the top of that list. As TEAM’s multimedia video producer, I constantly see the power of video help missionaries engage supporters and share God’s incredible work. Using video from the early fundraising process through your time on the mission field will help your supporters, friends and family better visualize what your life and ministry looks like on a day to day basis. And when people can better understand your ministry,…

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Don’t Say the ‘M’ Word: Sharing Ministry from High-Security Nations

For missionaries in high-security nations, communication is a constant concern. One careless email can endanger an entire ministry.
For missionaries in high-security nations, communication is a constant concern. One careless email can endanger an entire ministry.

My heart rate skyrocketed in seconds, and my blood pressure probably followed suit soon after. “You got to be kidding me! Why?” I couldn’t believe it had happened once again. “I have said multiple times not to use the ‘M’ word.” Not spelling out “missionary” is basic security 101 for anyone working in a high-security country — a nation where surveillance is high and the Gospel is either not welcomed or is discouraged. My immediate reaction was anger, but it was a cover emotion for fear. Would this be the time that someone was actually reading my communication? What would…

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8 Ways to Serve Missionaries Coming Home

  When Karyn left for the mission field, she thought she’d never return. She gave up her job as a high school English teacher and planned to retire in Japan. But 19 years in, things took a turn. Personal matters brought Karyn back to the U.S. By then, her teacher’s certificate had expired. She didn’t have money for a new certification. And the entire process of finding a job had moved from newspaper ads to online job boards. It was a crushing experience — but a familiar one to many returning missionaries. Ask missionaries about coming home, and they may…

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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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How to Design a Beautiful Missionary Newsletter in 5 Steps

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You don't have to be a graphic designer to design a beautiful missionary newsletter. Apply these 5 tips to create an appealing newsletter your supporters will love to read.

In a previous post, we shared our 10 step process to writing a memorable missionary newsletter. Now, your polished copy deserves a design that’s just as clean and appealing. Thankfully, with email services like Mailchimp or Constant Contact, sending a beautiful missionary newsletter is easier than ever. With those resources in hand, here are my favorite tips for creating a delightful email newsletter. How can they read it, if they can’t read it? As a graphic designer, the biggest problem I’ve noticed with poorly designed email newsletters is that they’re just too much work to read. You might have the…

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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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Is Your Newsletter Mobile-Ready?

One column or two? Resist the temptation to create your regular multi-column masterpiece, and go with one column instead.
One column or two? Resist the temptation to create your regular multi-column masterpiece, and go with one column instead.

Producing a regular ministry newsletter is a struggle and triumph few can fully appreciate if they haven’t endured it themselves. You rack your brain for ideas in a slow month, or make painful cuts in a full one. You spend hours finding the perfect words and pictures. Maybe you even try to emulate the design elements from another missionary’s newsletter. Finally, you stand back with pride and hit “send” — only to have your supporters open your newsletter on a smartphone, turning your hard-earned glory into a mess of tiny fonts on an oversized layout. The good news about living…

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Social Media for Missionaries (Part 3: FAQs)

There are multiple ways to use social media to connect with others, and we’re here to answer your most frequently asked questions. Photo by Robert Johnson/TEAM

Welcome to our three-part series on how missionaries can use social media to connect with friends and supporters. Be sure to check out our first post where we shared tips on how to use Facebook for your ministry, and the second post in our series that focused on how to make the most out of your blog. We frequently receive the same questions from missionaries about Facebook, Twitter, blogging and more, and have compiled some general ideas and suggestions based on these conversations. We understand that there are countless resources for learning about and managing social media; our hope is to…

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Social Media for Missionaries (Part 2: Blogging)

Your supporters want to know what is going on in your life and in your ministry, and blogging is the perfect way to keep them up-to-date. Photo by Robert Johnson/TEAM

Welcome to our second installment of our three-part series on how missionaries can use social media to connect with friends and supporters. Be sure to check out our first post where we shared tips on how to use Facebook for your ministry! We frequently hear the same questions from missionaries about Facebook, Twitter, blogging and more, and have compiled some general ideas and suggestions based on these conversations. We understand that there are countless resources for learning about and managing social media; our hope is to simply invite you to discover new ways of using these tools to connect with…

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