[tis] Hope 😍 – 20/2016 – Update from Brian Thompson @bt4jc

I love how Brian Thompson stays connect, personal, and vision-driven in his email newsletters. And how he's able to live an integrated live.

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The third week of our training here in Hemet, California, is to be an ordinary STS workshop led by the attendees of the past two weeks of training. My role is to oversee (with another instructor) a team of people leading the workshop. Then we have one last week of training here before I take off to lead training in Guatemala for ten days.

Source: [tis] Hope 😍 – 20/2016

Overcoming Obstacles On The Path To Leadership – Foundational Missions Leadership Moment # 49

Overcoming Obstacles On The Path To Leadership – Foundational Missions Leadership Moment # 49

Scott McClelland shares about overcoming obstacles on the path to leadership. This segment originally appeared in an episode of the Engaging Missions Show.

Listen to the Episode Below

Visit FXMissions.com to connect with Scott. Subscribe to the show in iTunes or Stitcher to get more great content like this.

If you have a leadership question, send it to feedback@engagingmissions.com.

Finally, if you think God might be calling you to step up and be involved in a short-term missions trip, consider FX Missions as an option.

Tips for Setting Up a Quality Online Newspaper with Paper.li

Tips for Setting Up a Quality Online Newspaper with Paper.li

Paper.li can be a great way for missionaries and church planters to share find and share great content, but only if you do it right. Otherwise, you might end up sharing things that embarrass you and others. Watch this short video and I'll show you the complete process from start to finish.

When I first started using Paper.li, I was sometimes embarrassed (or even aghast) because of what was in my paper. But then I connected with a friend who suggested a couple of tweaks. As we go through this video, I'm going to show you exactly what he suggested by setting up a brand new paper, complete with my content strategy.

Here are my 3 keys

  1. Create a content strategy
  2. Refine your Paper.li content
  3. Turn on social sharing

Of course, you'll also have to actually create a Paper.li paper. And we'll go through that, too. So…let's get started.

Create a Content Strategy

Before you create your paper, you'll need to define what kinds of things you want to share and what sources you want to pull from. For my content strategy, I want to build a paper out of the things I've shared on Twitter and a select list of guests, friends, and trusted resources.

When I started this, I created a Twitter list with all of the sources I wanted to pull from.

That's my secret sauce.

Create Your Paper.li

  1. First, navigate to http://paper.li

  2. Then connect your Twitter account

  3. On the top left corner, you'll find a “Paper.li” menu – click that

  4. Then click “Create New Paper”

  5. Enter some keywords or the title of your proposed paper

  6. Review the content and create the paper

Refine Your Content

Now that you have a newspaper, you'll want to refine the newspaper itself and also make sure it aligns with your content strategy. To do that, click the “gear” menu in the top right and edit the paper's settings.

For your content strategy, you'll want to make sure you're sharing your tweeted links, as well as the custom Twitter list (or lists) you've created for the paper. And you'll want to deselect the “Paper.li Top Stories.”

They might be good. But you never know what they might find on Twitter. So, it's a good idea to make sure you've selected the sources yourself.

Set up Sharing

Don't forget to turn on the sharing options for maximum engagement.

Save your Settings

If you found this article and video valuable, I'd love it if you'd take a second to give me a thumbs up and to share it.

And visit http://engagingmissions.com/paperli to see the results. And visit http://engagingmissions.com/subscribe to have God stories delivered right to your earbuds.

Update from Alan Smith of @coffeecupmnstry

Here's an update from Alan Smith of CoffeeCup Ministries. I hope and pray that you're encouraged and challenged.

And, if you are, I'd suggest that you support Alan in prayer and connect with him to get to know more.

We have had some exciting times with young people this summer in our summer program at Community Servants in Wherry Housing. We have had outstanding young people from Amarillo and Ft. Worth, TX as well as from Orlando, FL.
These groups have painted, mowed lawns, trimmed brush, formed and poured new concrete sidewalks as well as lead VBS and singing to our widows and elderly residents.
Renee and I have had the opportunity to pour into their lives during their stays here with stories of Christ's workings in our lives as well as sharing encouraging words of direction and counsel from the Word of God.
I also was honored to preside over the Blessing of the Bikes for 72 bikers this past April, along with performing a wedding of two of the bikers after pre-marital counseling with Renee and I.
It has been a busy but blessed and rewarding summer for us at CoffeeCup Ministries thus far.

Update from Caleb Suko in Ukraine

I hope you are encouraged by this update from Caleb Suko, who was a guest on the Engaging Missions Show. If you enjoy this short update, please check out his blog and podcast at SukoFamily.org

Summer is a very busy time in Ukraine. Here in Odessa, along the shore of the Black Sea we have hundreds of thousands of tourists. This drives prices up on rentals and makes it very difficult for many of the refugees that we work with. Currently, the group of about 500 refugees is negotiating with the city concerning their living arrangements. It looks like they're going to have to start paying regular rent where they are staying in a government building. Few have the means to pay this rent so some are considering going back to Eastern Ukraine. Prayers for this group of refugees is appreciated as well as for us as we minister to them.

Want to Help? Check out DonorSee

Want to Help? Check out DonorSee

If you've been looking for a way to help people in need and to have a more personal connection, DonorSee might be the answer for you.

I heard about this a couple of weeks ago on the Bad Missionary Podcast. It's a fairly new podcast on my list but I listen regularly and enjoy it.

Anyway, Gret (the missionary) is in the process of launching DonorSee. I think it's probably the perfect blend of micro-giving, personal connection, and built-in accountability.

giving to donorsee

What is DonorSee anyway?

It's an app. A platform. A way to connect with people in need. People who missionaries and aid workers know have needs. And to help fund what they need.

It could be $30 for medicine. Or $200 for the wood to make pews for a church. Or any number of other things.

The small projects. The overlooked people. The opportunities to come together and make a powerful difference in the Kingdom. And in somebody's life.

And what makes it cool is that, because it's a platform, not a huge organization, you can hear back about what's going on. Personally. From the aid workers and missionaries.

You might see a video or a photo of them receiving the medicine they needed. Who knows?

And because the updates are provided directly by the missionaries and aid workers, there aren't any long delays. No form letters.

Not that there's anything wrong with those. But if you want to be able to make a significant difference for a small amount of money, know that the needs are real, and to hear back about what's going on, DonorSee is probably for you.

We tried it out.

We've been teaching my daughter about money. One of our friends gave us a Dave Ramsey piggy bank (it's called something else). She's been saving, spending, and giving.

Well, she wanted to help. So we took some money of ours, put it together with what my daughter had saved (to give), and made a donation.

We didn't cover all of the need. But we covered the last few dollars.

And now we're invested.

It's not about the money

At least not for us. Not right now.

Because we've put a little of our treasure with this little girl, a little of our hearts goes with it. We care a little more. And we have an opportunity to live our faith in front of our children.

And – yes – to make a difference in the life of a little girl who needs some medicine.

And maybe to glorify God a little.

Check out DonorSee

Take a minute to check out DonorSee. Visit the website at DonorSee.com. Download the DonorSee app and at least check it out.

And give them a like on Facebook.

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