This timeline details TEAM’s founding, history, and the countries where we have worked.
TEAM's founder, Fredrik Franson, a son of Swedish immigrants to Nebraska, meets the famous evangelist D.L. Moody in Chicago and becomes part of his church.
Franson goes to the Utah territory to minister to some 30,000 Swedish immigrants who had gone there for inexpensive land.
Franson leaves on an extensive ministry in Europe where he hears the well-known missionary statesman, Hudson Taylor, challenge people to go to China with the Gospel. From that encounter, Franson forms six missionary sending agencies in various European countries. All six agencies continue to send out missionaries to this day.
After arriving back in America, Franson forms a training class in Brooklyn, New York. Franson's first class on October 14, 1890, is recognized as the "birthday" of TEAM. The early name for the agency was "The Scandinavian Alliance Mission," which reflects Franson's vision to bring churches together into an alliance to send out missionaries. Classes are also initiated in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Omaha.
The first band of 35 missionaries board a train for the West Coast on January 17, 1891, and eventually reach China.
En route to China, the early missionaries pass through Japan, which becomes a new field for the mission.
A small group goes to Swaziland in southern Africa.
Missionaries in Venezuela and Colombia
Following one of his lengthy trips to the field, Franson dies while resting at the home of some friends in Idaho Springs, Colorado.
Missionaries in Netherlands Antilles
Missionaries in Mozambique and Portugal
Missionaries in Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia)
Missionaries re-enter Japan and Pakistan
Missionaries in Tibetan Frontier
Name changed to TEAM – The Evangelical Alliance Mission
Missionaries in Taiwan, Papua (Western Dutch New Guinea), and Java
Missionaries in France and Spain
Missionaries in Korea
Missionaries in Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Arab World
Missionaries in Southeast Europe
Missionaries in Peru
Missionaries in Trinidad
Missionaries in Austria
New headquarters in Wheaton, Illinois, occupied
Missionaries in Central Asia
Missionaries in Nepal
Missionaries in Chad and merger with Sudan United Mission
Merger with The Orinoco River Mission (Venezuela)
Missionaries in Italy
Missionaries in Brazil and merger with Japan Evangelical Mission
Missionaries in Philippines
Missionaries in Mexico
Missionaries in Hong Kong, re-enter Mozambique
Missionaries in Czech Republic
Missionaries in Russia
Missionaries in South Asia
Missionaries in England, Ireland, Germany, Poland, and merger with Bible Christian Union
Missionaries in Dagestan
Missionaries in Ukraine
Missionaries in Southeast Asia
Missionaries in Australia
Missionaries in Honduras and Middle East
Missionaries in areas of Asian Minorities
Missionaries in Sweden
Missionaries in Costa Rica
Missionaries in Guatemala and Greece