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11 Years of Church Couldn’t Give Her Peace
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3 Character Traits Every Church Planter Needs
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Church Ministry — it Might Not Be What You Expect [October Prayer Focus]
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TEAM Eats: Picado de Rábano
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How to Become a Missionary
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If You Want to Reach Mom, Teach Her Kids ESL
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When Does Sacrifice Become Neglect?
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Changing Lives through ESL [September Prayer Focus]
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TEAM Eats: Irish Soda Bread
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Hispanics are Giving Up the American Dream — for Missions

11 Years of Church Couldn’t Give Her Peace

Two Italian women walk along the waterline.
Francesca was doing all the right things — praying, reading Scripture, going to church. But she still couldn't find the peace she saw in her evangelical friends.

Francesca felt like she was going to explode — and being around Christians only made things worse. They were so happy and peaceful. They prayed like they really knew God and shared Bible verse with real conviction. But when Francesca tried the same things, it all fell flat. It wasn’t just her Catholic church that was the problem. Francesca had tried going to church with the evangelicals. She read Scripture. She prayed. She even went to extra Bible studies with her church friends. So why did Francesca’s evangelical friends have so much peace while she just felt tired and upset?…

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3 Character Traits Every Church Planter Needs

Jeff Ingram sits and plays a game with a child
Over 30 years of planting churches, Jeff Ingram has learned three character traits every church planter needs. Today, he shares his keys to success!

So you’re thinking of planting a church? Perhaps you’re wondering whether you’ve got the right stuff. When my wife and I started planting churches in Europe in 1992, we didn’t know what all we were getting into. But along the way, we’ve learned some key character traits every church planter needs. Today, I’d like to describe just a few. Diligence  When we left for Europe in 1992, my dad had just started his own business — an auto-painting and body shop. I heard firsthand how much time, effort and money it cost him. I can assure you, he had to…

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Church Ministry — it Might Not Be What You Expect [October Prayer Focus]

People raise their hands in worship at a church ministry happening in Australia
TEAM has church ministries going on all over the world, and we are taking this month to focus on praying for them. Keep reading for specific ways to pray.

Steve didn’t look like your regular pastor. After all, he spent a lot of his time Kayaking out on the water. Didn’t pastors have more “churchy” things to do?  That’s what Susana was wondering when Steve invited her and her group of friends to go Kayaking with him. But when Steve confirmed that he was a pastor, Susana immediately opened up. She told Steve all about her difficult life. She had been divorced twice, and she was currently raising three teenagers on her own. Steve and Susana quickly became friends, and Steve invited her to his house church.  Susana and…

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TEAM Eats: Picado de Rábano

The finished picado de rábano
Try out this recipe for a delicious side dish all the way from Guatemala called picado de rábano!

This month’s recipe comes from TEAM missionaries David and Diana Stoddard, who serve at Central American Theological Seminary in Guatemala. They both rave about picado de rábano. This radish salad is crisp and fresh and goes with almost any main dish. It’s a delightful good-for-you dish. Try it out and let us know what you think in the comments! Also, while you are enjoying this dish, take time to pray for missionaries serving in Guatemala. Although the country is far from being considered unreached, protestant Christians are still in the minority. A lot of people in this area are saturated…

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How to Become a Missionary

A potential missionary sits with his friends to discuss how to become a missionary
Are you interested in becoming a missionary but don't know where to start? Look no further! We broke down the process into 5 main steps most missionaries go through!

The pursuit of becoming a missionary is ambiguous. It starts as a dream, and the process of taking it from a dream to reality includes a lot of little “next steps” that aren’t super clear.  In my role as a missions coach, that is exactly what I like to help people do. I help people take their best next step as they discern how God wants to use them in cross-cultural ministry. So, here is a simple overview of the main steps toward becoming a missionary. Talk with Your Church It’s easy to feel like cross-cultural mission work is an…

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If You Want to Reach Mom, Teach Her Kids ESL

Two women sit and discuss the Bible
All over the world, Christians are taking advantage of the opportunity to share the Gospel through ESL. Keep reading to see how TEAM missionaries in Mexico used it to reach Aitana!

Aitana didn’t know much about Jesus. Although she lived in an area of Mexico that was strong in religious traditions, her understanding of spiritual things was vague. Even after she grew up, got married and became a mother, Aitana had questions.  She couldn’t understand the emphasis in her culture on worshiping saints. It seemed like there was a major focus on bringing lots of offerings, too. Was she doing enough good deeds to get into heaven? Would the sins she struggled with, like pride, be her undoing? Little did Aitana know that an English class would help her find the…

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When Does Sacrifice Become Neglect?

A man bows his head and prays
Missionary work requires sacrifice. But what happens when that sacrifice comes at the expense of your family? Keep reading to see how one missionary found his answer in the book of Mark.

Today’s blog post comes from a TEAM missionary working in the Middle East. For his safety, we have kept his name and location private. When we arrived on the mission field, we expected to see an attitude of intentional self-sacrifice. I want that attitude in missionaries I support personally, and churches want that in us. Jesus apparently wanted that, too, or He wouldn’t ask Christians to carry their cross. But we all know that it’s really the missionaries who are supposed to do that a little bit more than everyone else. It’s a role prescribed for missions workers. And we…

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Changing Lives through ESL [September Prayer Focus]

An ESL teacher teaches students starting with the English alphabet.
Teaching English as a second language gives missionaries opportunities to build relationships with their students and show them the love of Christ.

Okay, picture this: You’re on a bus crowded with people. You’ve had a long day and you just want to get home. You’re minding your own business, but the bus is so crowded that people keep bumping into you.  You’ve taken all you can when all of the sudden, someone steps on your foot. You cry out in pain and grab your toes. Now you’re faced with a choice: You can either scream and yell a few choice words at your attacker, or you can slowly put your foot back on the ground and put a smile on your face….

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TEAM Eats: Irish Soda Bread

Irish soda bread doesn't look like your standard loaf of bread. It is lumpy and hearty.
Check out this recipe for a hearty bread all the way from our missionaries in Ireland! This isn't the normal bread you would expect. Keep reading to check it out!

I love Irish food. It’s hearty and wonderful, especially on a cold wet day. In Ireland, traditional food consists of meat (beef, ham, chicken or lamb), root vegetables (potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips, onions) cabbage, oats and bread — lots of bread! Almost every food order in Ireland comes with “brown bread” also known as “soda bread.”  It’s heartier and not fluffy like white bread. It’s nutty and full and tummy-filling! An older woman gave me this recipe after I complimented her on the bread she made for a ladies’ brunch. She said, “It’s just a regular brown bread,” but I…

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Hispanics are Giving Up the American Dream — for Missions

Group picture of the Emmanuel Church congregation, planted by TEAM missionaries
Art Reyes' parents worked hard to give him the American Dream. They were shocked when Art told them he was moving back to Mexico — as a missionary. Photo courtesy of Vicki Reyes.

¡Lea esta publicación en español aquí! “Why? I worked so hard to bring you to the USA so you could have a future! Now, you are taking your family back to Mexico? Why?”  The Lord is using Hispanic American missionaries to share the Gospel in Spanish-speaking countries. Already familiar with the language and the collective Hispanic culture, these missionaries can usually jump into ministry without years of language school or cultural faux pas.   But for the missionary’s family — especially parents — doing ministry in Latin America can feel like ungratefulness. Almost half of adult Hispanics in the U.S. are first…

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