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Less of Me More of Him

The theme for this journal comes from John the Baptist in John 3:30:

          “He must become greater; I must become less.”

When John stepped aside to give Jesus center stage, he was saying in effect, “My life is not about my popularity, power or success! My life is all about HIM, Jesus, the Savior of the world. He must become greater; I must become less.” The mission trip you are about to go on is less about you, and more about HIM. And you’ll have a great trip if you Become less self-centered and much more Christ-centered. May you discover in the days ahead that less is really more! Less of you will mean more of HIS peace, HIS generosity, HIS kindness, HIS humility, HIS courage, HIS unconditional love and grace. Your mission trip will be a life-changing experience if you will let yourself become more and more like Jesus Christ.  ($8.50)

After reviewing this journal here’s what Pam wrote about this journal:
“I absolutely loved it. These are such wonderful, foundational concepts for Christian life. I pray that everyone who uses this journal will be transformed by the amazing power of the Holy Spirit working through all that you have done to create such a wonderful invitation to grow in faith. I truly loved the experience of walking through this journal!”

Pre-Trip Themes

More of His PEACE   /   More of His Thankfulness   /   More of His OBEDIENCE   /   More of His DIRECTION   /   More of His PRAYER   /   More of His FAITH   /   More of His COURAGE

Mission Day Themes

More of His WELCOME   /   More of His UNCONDITIONAL LOVE   /   More of His HUMILITY   /   More of His HELPFULNESS   /   More of His GRACE   /   More of His KINDNESS   /   More of His PATIENCE   /   More of His JOY   /   More of His GENTLENESS   /   More of His FORGIVENESS

Post-trip Themes

More of His GENEROSITY   /   More of His SERVICE   /   More of His MISSION   /   More of His SIMPLICITY   /   More of His ABUNDANT LIFE   /   More of His SACRIFICE   /   More of His WISDOM


All TalkPoints journals feature the 7-10-7 format:

  • 7 days of devotionals before departure; up to 10 days of guided reflection at the mission site; 7 days of devotion after the trip
  • Useful for training and orientation before departure
  • Provides a guide for daily group debriefing
  • Lots of blank, open pages for personal writing and reflection
  • 64 full color pages and spiral bound for easy use and durability in the field
  • Only $8.50 (For mission organizations interested in a discount for bulk quantities, contact talkpoints@aol.com.)

 

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Go Mad! Make a Difference

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. (Hebrews 13:16)

Hebrews 13:16 helps us to know what we can do to Make A Difference:

Go MAD by doing good!
Go MAD by sharing what you have and who you are with others!
Go MAD by sacrificing your time, talent and money!
Go MAD by pleasing God.

When we make a difference, we become different! And gradually we grow to be more and more like Jesus in the way we relate, love and serve. So, during your mission trip and for the rest of your life,

Go MAD and have a perfectly MAD mission trip!   ($8.50)

Here’s what Gayle Hotchkiss wrote about the “Go MAD” journal:
Hi Frank, we just returned last night from our High School mission trip to Guatemala and we used the “Why NOT” journal.  I just want you to know that the team loved it and I think it’s the best one yet. It created many great conversations. To date we have used every journal you offer and started over for the Jr. high trip this year.  We will be looking at “Go MAD” next year! Thanks for putting your heart and the heart of God into creating these journals.

Pre-trip Themes   /   Go MAD — GO!   /   Go MAD — DO GOOD!   /   Go MAD — SHARE!   /   Go MAD — SACRIFICE!   /   Go MAD — PLEASE GOD!   /   Go MAD — RISK!   /   Go MAD — TRUST!

MAD Mission Day Themes   /   Go MAD — WELCOME!   /   Go MAD — BE YOURSELF!   /   Go MAD — SERVE!   /    Go MAD — LOVE!   /   Go MAD — BELIEVE!   /   Go MAD — DO JUSTICE!   /   Go MAD — LOVE MERCY (kindness)!   /   Go MAD — WALK HUMBLY!   /   Go MAD — FORGIVE!   /   Go MAD — PERSIST

Post-trip Themes   /   Go MAD — Be Thankful!   /   Go MAD — BEFRIEND!   /   Go MAD — CARE!   /   Go MAD — REJOICE!   /   Go MAD — GIVE!   /   Go MAD — DREAM!   /   Go MAD — SUCCEED!

All TalkPoints journals feature the 7-10-7 format:

  • 7 days of devotionals before departure; up to 10 days of guided reflection at the mission site; 7 days of devotion after the trip
  • Useful for training and orientation before departure
  • Provides a guide for daily group debriefing
  • Lots of blank, open pages for personal writing and reflection
  • 64 full color pages and spiral bound for easy use and durability in the field
  • Only $8.50 (For mission organizations interested in a discount for bulk quantities, contact talkpoints@aol.com.)
Why Not? Let your light shine

Why Not? Let Your Light Shine

Why Not? Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)

To let YOUR light shine is to contribute to the good of others — to make life better for someone else. Maybe it’s a friendly “hello,” wiping the tables, speaking a kind word, carrying a brick, encouraging someone who’s discouraged, going after a tool, digging a hole, giving a smile. It’s the many small things and large things God wants you to do in order to love and serve others. During the days of the mission trip, why not let your light shine before others, so that they will see your good deeds and be attracted to the light of Jesus who is the light of the world.

Here’s what Gayle Hotchkiss wrote: Hi Frank, we just returned last night from our High School mission trip to Guatemala and we used the “Why Not” journal.  I just want you to know that the team loved it and I think it’s the best one yet. It created many great conversations.To date we have used every journal you offer and started over for the Jr. high trip this year.  We will be looking at  “Go MAD” next year! Thanks for putting your heart and the heart of God into creating these journals.  ($8.50)

Pre-trip Themes   /   Why not SHINE?   /   Why not CHOOSE?   /   Why not LOVE?   /   Why not PRAY?   /   Why not SERVE?   /   Why not LEARN?   /   Why not TRUST?

Mission Day Themes   /   Why not CONNECT?   /   Why not BE A LIGHT?   /   Why not BELIEVE?   /   Why not LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR?   /   Why not BE KIND?   /   Why not ENCOURAGE?   /   Why not FORGIVE?   /   Why not PRAISE?   /   Why not HANG IN THERE?   /   Why not CELEBRATE?

Post- trip Themes   /   Why not BE THANKFUL?   /   Why not WITNESS?   /   Why not LEARN?   /   Why not PLANT SEEDS OF HOPE?   /   Why not BE GENEROUS?   /   Why not WORSHIP?   /   Why not SHINE?


All TalkPoints journals feature the 7-10-7 format:

  • 7 days of devotionals before departure; up to 10 days of guided reflection at the mission site; 7 days of devotion after the trip
  • Useful for training and orientation before departure
  • Provides a guide for daily group debriefing
  • Lots of blank, open pages for personal writing and reflection
  • 64 pages and spiral bound for easy use and durability in the field
  • Only $8.50 (For mission organizations interested in a discount for bulk quantities, contact talkpoints@aol.com.)
Sole Stories

Sole Stories

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” (Isaiah 52:7)

Shoes tell a lot about us, and the soles on our shoes, if they could talk, would tell story after story about where we’ve been, what we’ve seen and experienced. Exploring our soles’ stories of service, conversations, relationships, challenges and successes can help us understand why God takes our soles and our souls on these journeys. It helps us to move from sole stories to soul stories. This journal will help you to remember your past sole stories, make some new sole stories and share your sole stories on the mission field and beyond. ($8.50)

Pre-Trek Themes   /   Beautiful …the feet of those who CHOOSE   /   Beautiful …the feet of those who SERVE   /   Beautiful …the feet of those who LEARN   /   Beautiful …the feet of those who PRAY   /   Beautiful …the feet of those who LOVE   /   Beautiful …the feet of those who BLESS   /   Beautiful …the feet of those who TRUST

Mission Trek Themes   /   Beautiful …the feet of those who STEP UP   /   Beautiful …the feet of those who WELCOME OTHERS   /   Beautiful …those who PROCLAIM PEACE   /   Beautiful …those who WALK THE TALK   /   Beautiful …those who BRING GOOD NEWS   /   Beautiful …those who FOLLOW GOD’S LEAD   /   Beautiful …the feet of those who DO GOD’S WORK   /   Beautiful …those who PROCLAIM SALVATION   /   Beautiful …the feet of those who proclaim, “OUR GOD REIGNS!”   /   Beautiful …the feet of those who are FAITHFUL

Post-Trek Themes   /   Beautiful …the feet of those who GIVE THANKS   /   Beautiful …the feet of those who GIVE   /   Beautiful …the feet of those who CHANGE   /   Beautiful …the feet of those who PERSIST   /   Beautiful …the feet of those who WITNESS   /   Beautiful …the feet of those who WORSHIP   /   Beautiful …the feet of those who HOPE


All TalkPoints journals feature the 7-10-7 format:

  • 7 days of devotionals before departure; up to 10 days of guided reflection at the mission site; 7 days of devotion after the trip
  • Useful for training and orientation before departure
  • Provides a guide for daily group debriefing
  • Lots of blank, open pages for personal writing and reflection
  • 64 pages and spiral bound for easy use and durability in the field
  • Only $8.50 (For mission organizations interested in a discount for bulk quantities, contact talkpoints@aol.com.)
Loaves & Fishes

Loaves & Fishes

This journal draws its inspiration from the story of the boy who gave his lunch of 5 loaves and 2 fish to Jesus, and his small gift was multiplied to feed the multitude of hungry people. Each of the 7 days before, 10 days during and 7 days after invites you to think about your own hunger, God’s provision, even abundant provision, and ends with the question, “What do I have to give?” Each lesson has a page of scriptures, prayers and reflection questions related to the theme for that day plus a second “Open Basket Page” for journaling, note-taking, drawing, and whatever the Lord gives you to fill your “open basket.”   ($8.50)

Pre-Trip Themes   /   HE LANDED!   /   NOTICE PEOPLE!   /   COMPASSION!   /   LEADERSHIP   /   LEARN!   /   WELCOME!   /   BREAD OF LIFE

Mission Day Themes   /   CHALLENGE!   /   GO and SEE!   /   GENEROUS!   /   DIRECTION!   /   COMMUNITY!   /   PRAY!   /   GIVE THANKS!   /   DISCIPLES!   /   EVERYONE!   /   ABUNDANCE!

Post-Trip Themes   /   GRATITUDE!   /   GIFTS!   /   GUIDANCE!   /   SUFFERING!   /   DISCOVER!   /   NOURISHMENT!   /   CONTENT!


All TalkPoints journals feature the 7-10-7 format:

  • 7 days of devotionals before departure; up to 10 days of guided reflection at the mission site; 7 days of devotion after the trip
  • Useful for training and orientation before departure
  • Provides a guide for daily group debriefing
  • Lots of blank, open pages for personal writing and reflection
  • 64 pages and spiral bound for easy use and durability in the field
  • Only $8.50 (For mission organizations interested in a discount for bulk quantities, contact talkpoints@aol.com.)
Dressed

Dressed To Serve

As you pack for mission, remember to include the servant clothing God wants you to wear during the trip. This is how St. Paul described the wardrobe of God’s Spirit: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience… And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. (Colossians 3:12-14 NIV) It’s a fashion combination that’s always in style.   ($8.50)

Pre-Trip Themes   /   CHOSEN   /   HOLY   /   LOVED   /   SPIRITUAL CLOTHES   /   COMPASSION   /   HUMILITY   /   PATIENCE

Mission Day Themes   /   GENTLENESS   /   KINDNESS   /   FORGIVENESS   /   DISCIPLINE   /   LOVE   /   UNITY   /   PEACE   /   THANKS   /   WISDOM   /   WORSHIP

Post-Trip Themes   /   THANKS   /   LOVING GOD   /   LOVING MYSELF   /   WORSHIP   /   WORDS   /   MY DEEDS


All TalkPoints journals feature the 7-10-7 format:

  • 7 days of devotionals before departure; up to 10 days of guided reflection at the mission site; 7 days of devotion after the trip
  • Useful for training and orientation before departure
  • Provides a guide for daily group debriefing
  • Lots of blank, open pages for personal writing and reflection
  • 64 pages and spiral bound for easy use and durability in the field
  • Only $8.50 (For mission organizations interested in a discount for bulk quantities, contact talkpoints@aol.com.)
Swimming Upstream

Swimming Upstream

A mission trip can be a lot like swimming UPstream against the current. Someone might ask, “You’re going where to do what???? You must be out of your mind!! Is it safe?” And you can quickly find yourself swimming UPstream against the current.

We’re sometimes tempted to “go with the flow.” But listen to St. Paul, another voice, as he writes to the Christians in Rome: Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking…Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. (Romans 12:2 The Message)  This journal is a lot like a swimmer’s manual for your team. It has 7 pre-trip days to help prepare you for the swim of your life, 10 on-site days to help you to dive in, get wet and exercise some servant muscles, and 7 post-trip days as you continue your UPstream swim back home. ($8.50)


All TalkPoints journals feature the 7-10-7 format:

  • 7 days of devotionals before departure; up to 10 days of guided reflection at the mission site; 7 days of devotion after the trip
  • Useful for training and orientation before departure
  • Provides a guide for daily group debriefing
  • Lots of blank, open pages for personal writing and reflection
  • 64 pages and spiral bound for easy use and durability in the field
  • Only $8.50 (For mission organizations interested in a discount for bulk quantities, contact talkpoints@aol.com.)
Whats Your GPS

What’s Your GPS?

(Globally Positioned to Serve)

Do you want to be Globally Positioned to Serve? Short-term mission trips can help us to learn a lot about being GPS. We need God’s divine direction to help us find our way through the ups and downs of a short-term mission trip. Listen to Isaiah 30:18ff: “Just as the Master kept you alive during the hard times, he’ll keep your teacher alive and present among you. Your teacher will be right there, local and on the job, urging you on whenever you wander left or right: ‘This is the right road. Walk down this road.'”  This journal will help you and the members of your team find your way down the right road, the one God wants you to walk.  ($8.50)

Pre-Trip Themes   /   Globally Positioned with God’s Word   /   Globally Positioned to Hear God’s Call   /   Globally Positioned for Guidance   /   Globally Positioned by Grace   /   Globally Positioned for Strength   /   Globally Positioned for Mercy   /   Globally Positioned to Learn

Mission Day Themes   /   Globally Positioned to Serve   /   Globally Positioned to See/Notice/Love   /   Globally Positioned to Pray   /   Globally Positioned for Patience   /   Globally Positioned to Persist   /   Globally Positioned for Simplicity   /   Globally Positioned for Courage   /   Globally Positioned for Change (Repentance)   /   Globally Positioned to Trust   /   Globally Positioned for a New Direction

Post-Trip Themes   /   Globally Positioned to be Thankful   /   Globally Positioned for Goodness   /   Globally Positioned for Generosity   /   Globally Positioned to Witness   /   Globally Positioned for Abundance   /   Globally Positioned to Persist   /   Globally Positioned for the Future


All TalkPoints journals feature the 7-10-7 format:

  • 7 days of devotionals before departure; up to 10 days of guided reflection at the mission site; 7 days of devotion after the trip
  • Useful for training and orientation before departure
  • Provides a guide for daily group debriefing
  • Lots of blank, open pages for personal writing and reflection
  • 64 pages and spiral bound for easy use and durability in the field
  • Only $8.50 (For mission organizations interested in a discount for bulk quantities, contact talkpoints@aol.com.)
Everyday People

Everyday People

Most of us see ourselves as ordinary, everyday people, like common clay pots a gardener would use for growing flowers. But in the hands of God, the Master Potter, we are transformed from lumps of ordinary clay into unique, beautiful and useful creations.  2 Corinthians 4:7 says, “We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”  St. Paul writes, “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life–you’re sleeping, eating, going-to-work and walking-around life–and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.” (Romans 12:1) This journal gives you 7 pre-trip days, 10 on-site days, and 7 back home days to embrace what God, our Master Potter, is about to do with you and through you. ($8.50)

Pre-Trip Themes   /   Everyday People CHOOSE   /   Everyday People BLESS   /   Everyday People PRAY   /   Everyday People are HUMBLE   /   Everyday People have a PURPOSE   /   Everyday People LOVE   /   Everyday People LIVE

Mission Day Themes   /   Everyday People are CALLED   /   Everyday People SERVE   /   Everyday People BELONG   /   Everyday People FEEL   /   Everyday People NEED HELP   /   Everyday People CHANGE   /   Everyday People PERSIST   /   Everyday People MAKE MISTAKES   /   Everyday People TRUST   /   Everyday People WITNESS

Post-Trip Themes   /   Everyday People GIVE THANKS   /   Everyday People ARE RICH   /   Everyday People GIVE   /   Everyday People FORGIVE   /   Everyday People HOPE   /   Everyday People FOCUS   /   Everyday People are ORDINARY PEOPLE


All TalkPoints journals feature the 7-10-7 format:

  • 7 days of devotionals before departure; up to 10 days of guided reflection at the mission site; 7 days of devotion after the trip
  • Useful for training and orientation before departure
  • Provides a guide for daily group debriefing
  • Lots of blank, open pages for personal writing and reflection
  • 64 pages and spiral bound for easy use and durability in the field
  • Only $8.50 (For mission organizations interested in a discount for bulk quantities, contact talkpoints@aol.com.)
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Prepare to Serve: A Mission Team Leader’s Planning and Devotional Guide

This new journal is FREE to those who will help to plan and organize a mission trip team when you order TalkPoints mission trip journals. PREPARE TO SERVE is a hands-on tool designed to help prepare your heart for servant leadership. It will also help you and your leadership team to organize and lead your mission team.

To view and print the entire journal click on the View Sample below. To order a printed copy, click on the Order button below.

Thanks!

Rev. Dr. Frank Nelson, author

Do Love Walk

Do/Love/Walk

Here’s the question: “Why are you going on this mission trip?” Micah 6:8 gives the answer:  What does the Lord require of us? To do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.

The Do/Love/Walk journal will guide your devotionals as a team to help you focus more on doing justice, loving kindness and walking humbly with God and each other during the 7 days before the trip, up to 10 days during the trip, and the 7 days after the trip. It will help you and your team plant the seeds of justice, mercy and humility that are so needed in the garden of today’s world. ($8.50)

Pre-Trip Themes   /   JESUS INVITES US!   /   WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?)   /   LOVE IS KIND   /   DO JUSTICE   /   TRUE GREATNESS   /   JESUS QUALITIES

Mission Day Themes   /   GOD’S MISSION   /   THE RIGHT CLOTHES   /   THREE REQUIREMENTS!   /   LOVE MOTIVATES   /   GOD’S STRENGTH   /   THE HUMBLE FATHER   /   A GREAT PARTY!   /   PLEASING GOD   /   THE RICH & POOR   /   KINDNESS AND FAITH   /   WALK WITH THE POOR

Post-Trip Themes   /   THE BIG THREE   /   GOD LOVES US   /   BE KIND   /   HUMBLE YOURSELF   /   GOD’S WAY   /   GOD LOVES JUSTICE   /   A LIFE OF PRAISE


All TalkPoints journals feature the 7-10-7 format:

  • 7 days of devotionals before departure; up to 10 days of guided reflection at the mission site; 7 days of devotion after the trip
  • Useful for training and orientation before departure
  • Provides a guide for daily group debriefing
  • Lots of blank, open pages for personal writing and reflection
  • 64 pages and spiral bound for easy use and durability in the field
  • Only $8.50 (For mission organizations interested in a discount for bulk quantities, contact talkpoints@aol.com.)
Whats Your Story

What’s Your Story?

If you dial 7-10-7 on your cell phone, you won’t reach anyone, but if you put What’s Your Story? in the hands of your mission team, they will have 7 days of devotionals to prepare them spiritually for the trip, up to 10 days of storytelling during the trip, and 7 reflection days back home. This is a great 24-day story companion for your mission team as they walk through what could be one of their most life-changing experiences. Through guided prayer, scripture, and reflection, team members will discover God’s story more clearly and learn to tell it to others. ($8.50)

Pre-Trip Themes   /   representatives of Jesus Christ   /   new clothing   /   a living sacrifice   /   love   /   light of the world   /   true greatness   /   trust

Mission Day Themes   /   being a servant   /   yes!!!   /   help!!!   /   don’t worry, be happy!   /   love is a verb!   /   attitude is everything   /   we are family!   /   good and evil   /   faith alive   /   hang in there!

Post-Trip Themes   /   1 Peter 2:1-10   /   Matthew 6:24-33   /   John 14:1-7   /   Psalm 73:22-28   /   John 15:12-17   /   Psalm 1   /   Ephesians 2:8-10


All TalkPoints journals feature the 7-10-7 format:

  • 7 days of devotionals before departure; up to 10 days of guided reflection at the mission site; 7 days of devotion after the trip
  • Useful for training and orientation before departure
  • Provides a guide for daily group debriefing
  • Lots of blank, open pages for personal writing and reflection
  • 64 pages and spiral bound for easy use and durability in the field
  • Only $8.50 (For mission organizations interested in a discount for bulk quantities, contact talkpoints@aol.com.)