Ready To Go Devotions For Mission And Service

Ready to Go Devotions for Mission and Service PDF
Author: Mark Ray
Publisher: Abingdon Press
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Category : Religion
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Book Description: Ready-to-Go Devotions for Mission and Service is a toolkit of daily devotionals for youth mission trips. The devotions in this book address every aspect of the mission experience, from leaving home and sleeping on the floor to dealing with language barriers and grumpy teammates. Each devotion includes a relevant Bible story, a commentary that connects that story to the mission experience, and a section that challenges the reader to take specific actions on the trip, back home, or both. The book includes devotions in preparation for, during, and after the mission trip or service project. The ready-to-go format allows the youth worker to quickly assemble a customized devotional journal for participants, matching each day’s selection to what’s likely to happen that day. The devotions could also be used in a group setting, which would allow the youth worker to pick devotions based on what has happened during the trip or event. Either way, the devotions point to the larger biblical and personal significance of mission trip or service project happenings . What if you held a mission trip and nobody changed? It’s a haunting, daunting question, one that youth workers and researchers across America are beginning to ask. Short-term mission trips (STM) have exploded in popularity since the mid-1990s, thanks in part to the Internet, which makes connecting with mission agencies and mission recipients easier than ever. Sociologist Kurt Ver Beek estimates that the number of North American short-term missionaries grew from 125,000 in 1989 to as many as four million in 2003. Many of those short-termers are teenagers. According to Christianity Today, more than two million American teens enter the mission field every year. Pollster George Barna reports that 15 percent of U.S. Christian teens have done a short-term mission trip, while the National Study of Youth and Religion found that 29 percent of all teens had participated in a short-term mission trip or religious service project. Unfortunately, the impact of short-term mission trips may be short-term as well, both for those who go on mission trips and for those who receive mission teams. Ver Beek recently surveyed North Americans who worked in Honduras after a 1998 hurricane, as well as those who were served by them. He found that the North American work teams had “little or no lasting impact” on the communities they served and that missionaries reported only “a small, positive, lasting change” in their own lives. The situation isn’t hopeless, however, according to Robert Priest, associate professor of mission and intercultural studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. “In research with Ph.D. students at Trinity,” he wrote in Christianity Today, “I’ve been impressed that while STM may not always or automatically produce desired results, the right sorts of STM, carried out in the right sorts of ways, and accompanied by the right sorts of reflections, have potential for good.” Unfortunately, youth workers don’t always build “the right sorts of reflections” into their mission trips. At best, they allot time in the daily schedule for reflection or debriefing. At worst, they just hope and pray that their students will somehow be transformed by the mission experience. The existing literature isn’t much help. Books on mission-trip planning offer plenty of advice on selecting a mission agency, raising money, coordinating transportation, handling emergencies, entering closed countries, and re-entering the “normal” world, but they offer precious little advice on using the mission experience to impact the participants’ lives. The handful of available mission-focused devotional guides offer some assistance, but they typically take a one-size-fits-all approach. Usually presented as mission journals, these guides assume trips will be a certain length or include certain elements, such as dealing with non-English speakers. Ready-to-Go Devotions for Mission and Service fills the void, offering targeted, topical devotionals that can help turn short-term missions into life-changing experiences.


Lifted Into Christ S Arms For Mission And Service

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Author: Marian S. Taylor
Publisher: Balboa Press
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Languages : en
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Book Description: Over twenty years ago, we went on our first mission trip. Nervousness was a main ingredient concerning the prospect of going on the trip. This story is an attempt to share about the experience so that others can have a small window into the struggle and uncertainty that can accompany Gods call to service. It doesnt matter how far away from home or how different the circumstances might be from your own community, there are personal situations and feelings that impact each individual in their desire to serve. This is a story about going to the mission field and the situations and reactions that occurred over approximately twenty years of my experience in leading mission teams of youths and adults. As the story opens, I am reflecting on the things that brought me to the mission. I am in deep thought as my mind moves through the years of coming to the mission . . . the fears, the joys, the service, the love expressed and received. The girls are in the cabin, getting ready for breakfast, and I am sitting on the porch, doing my devotions for the day and reflecting on the call to mission. After all of these years, it is so evident that the call to mission is answering Gods call through fear and trepidation and overzealous bouts of helper high.


Before You Go

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Author: Jack Hempfling
Publisher: Xulon Press
Format: PDF, Docs
Category : Religion
Languages : en
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Book Description: How does it happen that two people can be experiencing the same circumstances and conditions on their mission trip, and one person is having a great time, while the other is miserable as can be? And how can one short term mission team prepare so diligently for the practical ministry they'll be doing and be so ineffective as a group, while another team that seems less polished or skilled makes a huge mark in the culture they visit? Could it be that the heart preparation is more important than it is given credit for? In "Before You Go," experienced short term mission leader and trainer Jack Hempfling takes you on a 40 day journey that will bring you face to face with attitudes and issues that if not addressed, can make you or your group ineffective on the field. Get the most for your short term mission effort, finances, and preparation by getting your hearts ready. Walk with the Lord through this devotional and be equipped, informed, and made ready to joyfully pierce the darkness with all that you do. "I wish someone had given me a copy of Jack's book when I was first starting out" - Peter Warren, Director, Youth With a Mission, Denver "Wonderfully done ... I would highly recommend that every missionary candidate prayerfully use this devotional tool, and by so doing, avoid many difficulties, and increase their fruitfulness" - Tom Brazell, International Ministries Director, Elim Fellowship "Each day the devotionals keep getting better" - Don Richter, Director, Harvest Preparation International Ministries "I will require every future team member to purchase and read "Before You GO," before we go " - Pastor Carol Missik, Living Word Church and Operation Capital City


Before You Go

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Publisher: Xulon Press
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On Mission

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Author: Patric Knaak
Publisher: New Growth Press
Format: PDF, Kindle
Category : Religion
Languages : en
Pages : 129
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Book Description: Extend the impact of any mission trip with a gospel-centered, grace-motivated devotional and travel journal from Serge. This guided, ten-day devotional helps Christians—young or old—process and remember the surprising, moving, and potentially life-changing lessons learned.


My Heart Christ S Home

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Author: Robert Boyd Munger
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Format: PDF
Category : Religion
Languages : en
Pages : 32
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Book Description: More than ten million readers have enjoyed Robert Boyd Munger's spiritually challenging meditation on Christian discipleship. Imagining what it would be like to have Jesus come to the home of our hearts, Munger moves room by room considering what Christ desires for us. In the living room we prepare to meet Christ daily. In the dining room we examine together what appetites should and should not control us. We even explore the closets in our lives that Christ can help us clean out. Munger's practical and profound booklet (now revised and expanded) helps you give Christ control over all of your life.


War Ready

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Author: Paul Buckner
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Book Description: A 31 day devotional for those serving on Church Safety and Security Teams. A day by day devotional that looks at what matters most and how to stay encouraged in, at times, a stressful ministry! Written by the Church Safety Guys, this book touches on some key components in the Church/Place of Worship Safety & Security Ministry. Meant to encourage you or your team, this is the 1st book in the devotional series specifically for individuals volunteering in this ministry. For more information, about the non-profit group- Church Safety Guys, visit: www.churchsafetyguys.com. Our mission is to train, equip, and disciple, churches in safety and security ministries!


Living Unbroken

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Author: Tracie Miles
Publisher: David C Cook
Format: PDF, Mobi
Category : Family & Relationships
Languages : en
Pages : 194
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Book Description: Unlike other books on divorce, Living Unbroken takes a deep dive into understanding and overcoming the emotional toll divorce, separation, and the loss of a serious long-term relationship has on a woman’s well-being. As someone who has walked this path, Tracie Miles leads women on a powerful, life-changing journey that provides much-needed hope, encouragement, and practical guidance for living their best life even if it’s not the life they once imagined. Her biblically sound approach teaches readers how to trust in God’s promises and restore their self-confidence and hope for the future.


The Gospel According To The Simpsons

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Author: Samuel F. Parvin
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
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Category : Religion
Languages : en
Pages : 122
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Book Description: Introducing a complete revision of the study guide to the best-selling bookThe Gospel according toThe Simpsons, complete with new studies on episodes ofThe Simpsonsas well as studies for discussing other popular animated comedies such asFamily Guy,King of the Hill, andFuturama. This new edition features a session plan for a "green retreat" based onThe Simpsonsfeature film and the environmental filmAn Inconvenient Truth, as well as a listing of DVD availability for each episode with cross-references to the relevant chapters in the book.


Serving With Eyes Wide Open

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Author: David A. Livermore
Publisher: Baker Books
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Category : Religion
Languages : en
Pages : 204
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Book Description: Short-term mission trips are great ways to impact the kingdom. Yet they can lack effectiveness because of mistakes or naiveté on the part of participants. In this insightful and timely book, David A. Livermore calls us to serve with our eyes open to global and cultural realities so we can become more effective cross-cultural ministers. Serving with Eyes Wide Open is a must-have book for anyone doing a short-term mission or service project, whether domestic or overseas. Foreword by Paul Borthwick.


This Is The Day

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Author: Tim Tebow
Publisher: WaterBrook
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Category : Religion
Languages : en
Pages : 226
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Book Description: ECPA BESTSELLER • The New York Times best-selling sports star and media icon motivates readers to stop postponing dreams and start making them happen now because—this is the day. Beyond Tim Tebow's exploits as a Heisman-winning football player, he is widely known and respected for his exemplary character and personal excellence, which have made him a role model for millions. When Tim interacts with the public, he often encounters people who feel “stuck”—unable to take action on matters ranging from daily life to pursuing lifelong dreams. In response, Tim often identifies a crippling fear or lack of courage, to which he advises: “now is the time to take some risks, to quiet the voices of defeat, to step forward and make a mark, because this is the day.” In this inspiring, motivational book, readers will receive the advice and encouragement to daily move from “pause” to “play” in finding deeper meaning and success. Tim illustrates the book's themes with stories from his personal life that will delight all readers, including his an update on his dream pursuit of a baseball career.


Mission Trips That Matter

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Author: Don C. Richter
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Category : Religion
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Book Description: Churches and other organizations are launching mission trips with ever-increasing frequency. Don Richter describes how those on mission can become servant-guests who embody Christ's love. He provides a number of aids to support that process, including: spiritual practices, mission trip stories, key biblical passages, activity and reflection suggestions "for the journey". Mission Trips That Matter will inspire and guide groups to reflect on their life together as they prepare for, engage in, and interpret short-term mission trips and service projects. Book jacket.


Experiencing God Day By Day

Experiencing God Day by Day PDF
Author: Henry T. Blackaby
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Format: PDF, Mobi
Category : Religion
Languages : en
Pages : 404
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Book Description: 365-day devotional based on the modern classic Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby.


Let S Go

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Author: Melissa Heiland
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Book Description: You have committed to serving the Lord on a short-term mission trip. Whether this is your first trip or you are a seasoned traveler, this book is designed to help you get the most out of your missions experience as you prepare to go and while you are on the field.The book contains 12 weekly devotions to be completed during the 3 months prior to your trip. It also includes 10 daily devotions to use while you are on the field.The devotions contain a Bible passage with a key verse highlighted, a few words of challenge or inspiration, and an action step. The book also includes journal lines for your thoughts and prayers.


Ready To Go Bible Messages 2

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Author: Pilgrim Preacher
Publisher: Pilgrim Preacher
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Category : Religion
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Book Description: The Pilgrim Preacher’s Ready-to-Go Bible Messages provide practical, neat subjects that are professionally formatted and easily remembered. The content captures a Christian perspective and is credited theology which has been tested in both the auditorium and classroom. The sermons in this volume range in length, and cover subjects in both Testaments of the Bible. The Bible version can be easily swapped out for the user's preferred version. These Ready-to-Go Bible Messages are essential for main church services, bible conferences, bible camps, mid-week bible study, discipleship sessions, campus study sessions, adult classes, personal bible study, and more... In volume two, subjects covered include, fasting, the divine will, the resurrection, outreach, end times, and more… “I have been a minister for eighteen years and I wish I had come across your outlines from the beginning. There have been times when I have struggled to compile messages and they have not been as good as yours. I am won over. Be sure, I will be recommending these courses to fellow ministers.” G. Muldoon Get this book today and engage your congregation in the themes of revival, evangelism, and Christian assurance. The author is ordained with over thirty-five years in ministry. He is an authority on the book's subject matter having trained many parishioners. With keen insight into life and ministry, he has written and delivered these sermons to help you to be the best that you can be. Get this book today and be all you can be!


Ready To Go Bible Messages 1

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Author: Pilgrim Preacher
Publisher: Pilgrim Preacher
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Book Description: The Pilgrim Preacher’s Ready-to-Go Bible Messages provide practical, neat subjects that are professionally formatted and easily remembered. The content captures a Christian perspective and is credited theology which has been tested in both the auditorium and classroom. The sermons in this volume range in length, and cover subjects in both Testaments of the Bible. The Bible version can be easily swapped out for the user's preferred version. These Ready-to-Go Bible Messages are essential for main church services, bible conferences, bible camps, mid-week bible study, discipleship sessions, bible college block courses, adult classes, personal bible study, and more... In volume One, subjects covered include, prayer, faith, reformation, steadfastness, convictions, and more… Get this book today and engage your congregation in the themes of revival, evangelism, and Christian assurance. “I presented your lessons at a recent bible camp, and they went over spectacularly. The ordered outlines are a big help both for me and my audience. A few people responded to the message. I will recommend your courses to other ministers.” M. Anul The author is ordained with over thirty-five years of theological experience. He is an authority on the book's subject matter having trained many parishioners. With keen insight into life and ministry, he has written and delivered these sermons to help you to be the best that you can be. Get this book today and be all you can be!


At Your Best

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Author: Carey Nieuwhof
Publisher: WaterBrook
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Category : Business & Economics
Languages : en
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Book Description: “A perceptive and practical book about why our calendars so rarely reflect our priorities and what we can do to regain control.”—ADAM GRANT “Carey’s book will help you reorganize your life. And then you can share a copy with someone you care about.”—SETH GODIN You deserve to stop living at an unsustainable pace. An influential podcaster and thought leader shows you how. Overwhelmed. Overcommitted. Overworked. That’s the false script an inordinate number of people adopt to be successful. Does this sound familiar: ● Slammed is normal. ● Distractions are everywhere. ● Life gets reduced to going through the motions. Tired of living that way? At Your Best gives you the strategies you need to win at work and at home by living in a way today that will help you thrive tomorrow. Influential podcast host and thought leader Carey Nieuwhof understands the challenges of constant pressure. After a season of burnout almost took him out, he discovered how to get time, energy, and priorities working in his favor. This approach freed up more than one thousand productive hours a year for him and can do the same for you. At Your Best will help you ● replace chronic exhaustion with deep productivity ● break the pattern of overpromising and never accomplishing enough ● clarify what matters most by restructuring your day ● master the art of saying no, without losing friends or influence ● discover why vacations and sabbaticals don’t really solve your problems ● develop a personalized plan to recapture each day so you can break free from the trap of endless to-dos Start thriving at work and at home as you discover how to be at your best.


Love Life Again

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Author: Tracie Miles
Publisher: David C Cook
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Category : Religion
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Book Description: In Love Life Again, Tracie reminds readers they each get only one life to live and inspires them not to take it for granted. Through compelling personal stories and powerful insights from Scripture, she helps women identify the stumbling blocks to their joy and offers tools and insights to take back control of their happiness. Every chapter ends with a practical call to action to motivate readers to begin loving their lives again. She also offers reflection questions, prayers, and creative ideas to help readers smile. Love Life Again helps readers learn how to live the abundant lives Jesus died for them to have, despite the circumstances they may face.


Short Term Missions Workbook

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Author: Tim Dearborn
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
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Category : Religion
Languages : en
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Book Description: Going on a short-term missions trip can be a life- and faith-transforming experience. It can enrich the way we view the world. It can cause us to rely on God more fully. It's an opportunity to develop deep relationships with our team and the people we serve. A short-term missions experience can also involve weeks of physical and spiritual challenges. An unprepared team can wreak havoc on each other and the people they intend to serve. To get the most out of a missions trip, we need to go prepared. Whether we're going on our own or with a team, the keys to preparation are here in this workbook. In this ten-week course, you will find a concise summary of crosscultural principles help in facing spiritual warfare tips on avoiding a tourist mentality spiritual preparation through individual or group Bible study questions for individual reflection and group discussion This revised and expanded edition includes updated content throughout and new chapters on facing risks, fears, and suffering, and making the most of the trip after returning home. If you are planning to go on a short-term missions trip, don't leave home without working through this book!


Cross Cultural Servanthood

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Author: Duane Elmer
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Format: PDF, ePub
Category : Religion
Languages : en
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Book Description: Duane Elmer asked people around the world how they felt about Western missionaries. The response? "Missionaries could be more effective if they did not think they were better than us." The last thing we want to do in cross-cultural ministry is to offend people in other cultures. Unfortunately, all too often and even though we don't mean it, our actions communicate superiority, paternalism, imperialism and arrogance. Our best intentions become unintentional insults. How can we minister in ways that are received as true Christlike service? Cross-cultural specialist Duane Elmer gives Christians practical advice for serving other cultures with sensitivity and humility. With careful biblical exposition and keen cross-cultural awareness, he shows how our actions and attitudes often contradict and offend the local culture. He offers principles and guidance for avoiding misunderstandings and building relationships in ways that honor others. Here is culturally-savvy insight into how we can follow Jesus' steps to become global servants. Whether you're going on your first short-term mission trip or ministering overseas for extended periods, this useful guide is essential reading for anyone who wants to serve effectively in international settings with grace and sensitivity.