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.)