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Actionable Ways to Get Kids Involved in Missions
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How High Schoolers Can Prepare for Missions
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How to Choose a Short-Term Mission Trip
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How to Honor Your Parents When You’re Called to Missions
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How God Used Urbana to Call TEAM Workers
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3 Ways Millennials See Missions Differently

Actionable Ways to Get Kids Involved in Missions

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Trying to get the kids in your life involved in missions? Here are actionable strategies with links to resources to help you get started. Photo by TEAM

Jon Acuff writes about a conversation he had with his daughter when she was five. Flipping through a magazine, she saw a picture of a starving child and asked her dad, “That’s pretend, right?”  Acuff writes that what he really felt she was asking was, “You’re not okay with that, are you? Are you doing anything about this, Dad?” Over the years, adults may become desensitized to the suffering around us, but often children can bring us back to reality: We’re not okay with that, are we? Are we doing something about it? When it comes to local and global missions,…

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How High Schoolers Can Prepare for Missions

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Even if missions is years away, preparing doesn't have to wait. Here are four things high school students can do today to prepare for missions. Photo by TEAM

As a missions coach, I regularly meet high school students who are exploring what role missions could play in their life after graduation. For many, the likelihood of serving overseas long-term is years away. But that doesn’t mean preparing for ministry has to wait. Here are four things high school students can do right now to get ready for a future in missions. 1. Form a close-knit Christian community In his book, Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer reminds believers that community with Christ, each other and the world around us is vital to making decisions and pursuing goals.   Living life…

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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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How to Honor Your Parents When You’re Called to Missions

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Following God overseas as a missionary is a decision that affects not only the missionary but also the missionary's parents left behind. It's possible to navigate these difficult conversations while honoring each other and God's calling. Photo by TEAM

I was sitting in a living room with a young man, his parents and another mentoring couple, when I realized the parent-child dynamic is strong and complex, even in adulthood. This young man was feeling called to serve cross-culturally, and there were tears, confusion and confessions. How do you follow God in your calling and honor your parents, even if they are not on board?  As a missions mobilizer, I was curious and anxious as I thought about the strong emotional pull for potential missionaries to be both true to God and respectful and loving to their parents. I set out to…

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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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3 Ways Millennials See Missions Differently

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Millennials are changing the missions landscape and taking on challenges in ways previous generations have not.

The highways of online media are strewn with attempts to explain millennials, my hard-to-pin-down generation that’s currently somewhere between the ages of 14 and 34 — and even that range is a little squishy. Churches, marketers and, yes, missions agencies, would love to know exactly what makes millennials tick. But most attempts to put us in a box fall short. Millennials — even millennial Christians — are not monolithic. They defy unifying definitions, aside from superficial observations (“Those millennials and their iPhones!”) that often apply as much to other generations as they do to 20-somethings. There is little doubt, however,…

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