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Called Home — to Reach the Same People 
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12 Job Skills Missionaries Gain on the Mission Field
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Reaching the Lost in North America [August Prayer Focus]
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4 Ways Busy Pastors Can Engage in Missions
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TEAM Eats: Sz Ji Dou (Funny Beans)
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When Crazy Dreams Become Reality
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How Do I Become Qualified for Missions?
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From Seeker to Church Leader [July Prayer Focus]
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June TEAM Eats: Rellenitos de Platanos from Guatemala
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From Basketball Drills to Bible Studies

Called Home — to Reach the Same People 

Missionaries Keith and Dawn Moore pose outside of their home in Charlotte, NC.
Keith and Dawn Moore spent years serving as missionaries in Latin America — but then God called them back to the United States. Keep reading to see how God is using them in Charlotte.

After serving overseas for nearly 30 years, Keith and Dawn Moore were back in their home country for a new assignment. Except it didn’t feel like home anymore. This wasn’t the first time they’d felt like strangers. When they served as TEAM missionaries in Colombia and Honduras, Keith and Dawn grew accustomed to hearing “What are you doing here?” Their light skin and hair made it a natural question. Over time, they learned to welcome their visibility as a way to strike up conversations and start friendships. But now they were transitioning from ministry in Latin America to ministry in…

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12 Job Skills Missionaries Gain on the Mission Field

  If you’re looking for a job, you’ve probably heard this advice: Just reframe your job skills to fit the job you’re looking at! But if you’re like a lot of missionaries, you probably have this lingering feeling that other people just don’t get it.  What value could the business world see in leading a home Bible study? Or raising kids in a foreign country? Or planting a church? Or any number of other ministries? Well, today you’re going to find out. Recently, I talked with career coaches, HR experts and former missionaries to create a solid list of transferrable…

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Reaching the Lost in North America [August Prayer Focus]

An American missionary and a Muslim refugee embrace despite their different religions.
This month, we are praying for missionaries in North America who bring the Gospel to unreached peoples in our own backyards!

It’s the news no parent ever wants to hear: “Your child is sick.” Joram and Ousa were living in a foriegn country — the violence in Syria forced them to flee as refugees to Jordan. They were just starting to settle into life there when they got the diagnosis.  Their son, Adnan, had leukoencephalopathy, a disease that affects white matter in the brain. By the time they were able to get asylum in the U.S., Adnan’s illness had advanced to the point that he was bedridden and unable to communicate.  That’s when Joram and Ousa met TEAM missionaries Miles and…

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4 Ways Busy Pastors Can Engage in Missions

A busy pastor checks his phone to keep up with his work.
Sometimes the busyness of pastor life makes it difficult to engage in missions. Keep reading to see ways you can help give your church a global perspective.

Yes, you want your church to engage in missions. But you also want to get home before 9 p.m. at least one day this week, right? As a pastor, you likely have a long to-do list and are an expert at balancing priorities. As one mentor told me when I first became a children’s pastor, “It’s all about spinning plates, and most weeks, you are deciding which plate is OK to fall and break.” While most pastors would agree they want their church to engage in missions, it’s easy for missions to become an afterthought or goal for after things…

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TEAM Eats: Sz Ji Dou (Funny Beans)

This month we made an asian green bean dish from Taiwan.
Check out this delicious recipe for sz ji dou, which one of our missionaries in Taiwan affectionately calls "funny beans."

My husband and I both grew up as missionary kids in Taiwan. This meant growing up eating Chinese food. My mother would often bring home unusual-looking beans from the market. They were dark green and very long. We grew up calling these beans “funny beans”.  As adults, we have come to love eating what we now know to be called sz ji dou ( 四季豆 ) at local restaurants. This dish is those same familiar funny beans fried up with a delicious sauce.  Although this recipe does not quite match the texture of the restaurant dish, the flavors are terrific….

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When Crazy Dreams Become Reality

Sibo attended Bible college under TEAM missionaries
Thanks to supporters like you, Sibo got to to pursue God's call on her life at Swaziland Evangelical Bible College.

Growing up in the southern African nation of eSwatini, Sibonginkhosi (Sibo) had two kinds of dreams. She had goals and aspirations for what she would do and become as she prepared to launch into her future. But the dreams she experienced during sleep were quite different. Sometimes she saw herself teaching God’s Word, or singing in a church, or praying for the sick. In other dreams, a spiritual mentor urged her, “Choose the calling!” And during her waking hours, Sibo kept hearing the same message from trusted friends and leaders. A Childhood of Scarcity The middle child of seven children,…

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How Do I Become Qualified for Missions?

A man reads a book at a Bible study
What does it really take to be a missionary? Keep reading to see some of the qualifications for being successful on the field!

As a missions coach, one of the questions I receive is, “What do I need to do to be qualified for missions?”  Many people nail down the “who” and the “where” before they address the “what” in their missionary call. But as one missionary in the Middle East, Neena*, explains, “Our ‘call’ to another country does not exempt us from any further duties.” When it comes to being effective cross-cultural witnesses, being strategically equipped is just as important has having a personal calling. For some, that equipping means attending seminary to be the best church leader you can be. For…

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From Seeker to Church Leader [July Prayer Focus]

A group of men in Honduras consult their Bibles.
Every church needs to train leaders for the future. Join us this month in praying for missionaries who train local church leaders and missionaries.

For Jose, it was just another normal run around the park. He didn’t know that he would end up having a conversation that would change his life and his family. But that day at the park, Jose met members of TEAM missionaries Ralph and Ellen’s church plant in Mexico. They invited Jose and his wife, Amilia, to be a part of one of their house churches. Soon, Jose put his faith in Christ and was baptized. Since then, he has been actively sharing his faith with everyone he meets! The change in Jose was so apparent that his wife and…

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June TEAM Eats: Rellenitos de Platanos from Guatemala

In Guatemala, people eat this fried dessert that is a combination of plantains, chocolate, sugar and black beans. See the full recipe below!

While I was in language school in Guatemala, my teacher had the class do various activities outside of the classroom in order to learn Spanish in specific situations. One of the activities we would do as a class was cooking together. Rellenitos de plátanos were one of the first recipes we made, and they continue to be one of my favorite Guatemalan foods. A typical Guatemalan breakfast consists of eggs, black beans, a piece of soft cheese, fried plantains, tortillas, and coffee. I find it interesting that these snacks/desserts include some of the same ingredients from breakfast — just making…

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From Basketball Drills to Bible Studies

A basketball coach stands with a basketball on his hip as he watches campers run basketball drills.
Basketball camp was enough to get Rico and Carmelo interested, but a missionary's willingness to answer their questions is what really made an impact.

Rico and Carmelo may have been cousins, but they could hardly be more different. Where Rico was quiet and serious, Carmelo always had something to say — and it was often a joke. But they did share two things in common: a love of basketball and a longing for real answers about their faith. Like most Italians, the boys grew up in the Catholic Church. It was a critical part of their culture. But when a kid asked their priests questions, they were often met with a similar refrain: You don’t need to be thinking about that. Thankfully, friends like…

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