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  • Genre:RELIGION
  • SubGenre:Christian Ministry / Missions
  • Language:English
  • Pages:62
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098334833

Short-Term Mission Team Essentials - Together On The Journey

by Ann Borquist

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Overview
Short-Term Mission Team Essentials - Together on the Journey is an easy to use 3-session training guide that equips STM leaders to prepare their teams to be God's instruments of hope in overseas settings. There is also a Preparation section to help the leader lay the groundwork for the experience. The guide is a dynamic, interactive training program that includes sections on devotional materials, team-building, cross-cultural ministry skills, language learning and logistics. The guide can be adapted to any size of team, context and duration of short-term mission trip.
Description
"We will never forget you!" These words reverberate in the hearts of sisters and brothers in Christ around the world from Brazil and Bolivia, to Thailand, D.R. Congo, and Bulgaria, then back to Phoenix, Westfield, Cincinnati, San Juan and Portland. Each short-term mission (STM) team goes out with a desire to bless and encourage, certainly not to harm or offend. However, the sad truth is that teams that arrive in their host country with little or no cross-cultural ministry preparation may inadvertently create dependency, and they can even destroy relationships that will take years to restore. How can your STM team become a channel of blessing instead of confusion and animosity? Well-prepared STM teams can be living bridges of understanding, compassion and love between different parts of the Body of Christ. God wants to use STM experiences to teach team members as well as their hosts about God's grace, provision, protection and faithfulness. How can you learn to walk with God and one another on the journey with your hosts, your home church and with each team member? STM teams have the potential to make a real difference, whether in a remote rural community in Rwanda, a neighborhood in Bulgaria or a women's shelter in Mexico. At the same time, the lessons the team learns from their host country sisters and brothers will help them to reach out in creative, powerful ways back at home, bringing fresh meaning to Phil. 1:3: "I thank my God every time I remember you."
About the author
Rev. Dr. Ann Borquist serves as a Global Consultant for "Mission From Everywhere to Everyone" with International Ministries, ABCUSA. She currently works with partner Baptist conventions in the Asia-Pacific Region and around the world. Her ministries include theological education, church-based community and economic development, servant leadership, cross-cultural missionary training and work with refugees. She and her husband Bruce have also served in the Philippines, the US, Brazil and in Aotearoa New Zealand. In this guide, Ann shares from her own experience and the insights of many global servants, STM leaders and host country partners in both training and receiving short-term mission team members in a wide variety of international contexts.
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