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Serving Where Christians Aren’t Welcome [June Prayer Focus]
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How God’s Using Facebook and COVID-19 to Save Tribal Souls
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How COVID-19 Can Prepare You for Missions
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Hope Amid Death: COVID-19 Ministry in Latin America
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What If My Church Doesn’t Want to Send Me?
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Island Tribes Building the Church [May Prayer Focus]
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TEAM Eats: Recipes to Make on Quarantine
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Helping Missionary Kids Thrive on Home Assignment
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One Man’s 30-Year Search for a Bible
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Guided Lectio Divina: Jesus in the Midst of the Storm

Serving Where Christians Aren’t Welcome [June Prayer Focus]

A missionary sits with a refugee woman
This month, we're praying for missionaries who serve in countries that are hostile to the cause of Christ. Discover how you can lift them up in prayer!

When we think of sharing our faith, a lot of different things come to mind. We think of everything from inviting our neighbors to church, to sharing our faith with strangers at outreach events. We think of reading our Bibles in public and having conversations with others. All of these things have one thing in common: They require us to be able to talk openly about our faith. For missionaries in certain parts of the world, talking openly about their faith comes with severe consequences. Evangelizing in these parts of the world can mean deportation or even prison. In some…

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How God’s Using Facebook and COVID-19 to Save Tribal Souls

TEAM missionary Walter Kennedy reads the Bible at his desk. During COVID-19, he does missionary work online.
TEAM missionary Walter Kennedy didn't have much of an interest in Facebook. That is, until COVID-19 hit, and he saw an opportunity for online discipleship.

Before COVID-19, Walter Kennedy didn’t even know how to send a message on Facebook. Today, he’s ministering to nearly 2,000 tribal people through his own Facebook group — and people are being saved. Walter has spent his career ministering among the Hatam tribe of Papua, Indonesia. It’s a group that only received the Gospel 60 years ago. And few outsiders speak their tribal language. Walter and his wife, Diane, started out in a mountain jungle so remote, they had to build their own house. Since then, they’ve helped establish a Bible school, taught Bible classes, mentored church leaders, written Bible…

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How COVID-19 Can Prepare You for Missions

Two men sit outside at a table and talk. Feature photo: Preparing for missions during COVID-19
COVID-19 has forced us to adapt and live our lives in ways we never have before — kind of like missionaries. Turns out, preparing for missions during COVID-19 has big advantages.

If you’re an aspiring missionary, COVID-19 may seem like a major roadblock to your plans. Short-term trips are being postponed. Carefully planned timelines for departure are now in shambles. And everyone keeps talking about how “the world will never be the same.” But Beth Fussner, a former missionary and TEAM’s learning and development project director, sees things with a bit more optimism. “There’s so many times when God’s people were on delays and detours. … And all of those things, when you look at the Scripture, at the stories, you realize that God either caused them or used them,” Fussner…

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Hope Amid Death: COVID-19 Ministry in Latin America

COVID-19 hasn't stopped God's work! From aid packages to medical evacuations, see how God is using missionaries in Latin America!

“Leche!” shouts a little boy. He grabs the can of milk out of a bag and starts hugging and kissing it. Missionaries pitch in to buy a coffin so their friend can be buried in the cemetery instead of a mass COVID-19 grave. Churches pool their money and start committees to provide food for the neediest families in their neighborhoods. When the new coronavirus turned into a pandemic, many people wondered, “Will COVID-19 put global missions on hold?” And while missions does look a bit different these days, we’re happy to report that God is still working to transform lives. …

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What If My Church Doesn’t Want to Send Me?

Three men walk and talk
Having a sending church is vital to thriving on the mission field. But what happens if your church doesn't want to send you?

One aspect of going as a missionary through TEAM is that every missionary, from a short-termer to a career missionary, has a sending church. A sending church is the local church where you have served, grown and shared your calling to ministry. It is the group of people who stand with you as you prepare to go. They listen and pray as you face challenges in a new culture, and they surround you with care as you return home. As they prepare to go, some missionaries-to-be find their church ecstatic to see what God will do through their cross-cultural ministry….

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Island Tribes Building the Church [May Prayer Focus]

A TEAM missionary hugs her Papuan friend.
60 years ago, the Hatam Tribe didn't have the Gospel — but now they do! And they're working hard to continue establishing the church in Papua.

A lot can happen in 60 years. And no one knows this better than the Hatam tribe of Papua, Indonesia. See, just 60 years ago, people in this tribe were all afraid of each other. Violent murders were a normal part of life. But now, thanks to the work of TEAM missionaries, the Hatam have come to know Christ! They no longer fear one another or live in violence. They go to church and learn about the Bible. They are learning to love one another like Jesus loves them. But turning from a society reliant on violence to a society…

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TEAM Eats: Recipes to Make on Quarantine

This month, we have FOUR recipes for you! And the best part: you can make all of them with things you probably already have at home!

With all the social distancing, a lot of us have found ourselves with some spare time on our hands. Missionaries are no different. All around the world we are having similar experiences staying in our homes and adjusting to a new normal of social distancing. Missionaries are still at work sharing the Gospel, but the ways they are doing that look a little different now. Instead of going out and meeting their neighbors, missionaries are working on intentionally building relationships through video calls and other online avenues. Much like the rest of us, instead of sharing a meal with their…

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Helping Missionary Kids Thrive on Home Assignment

Two women study the Bible with MKs
The next time missionary kids come to visit your church, use some of these great tips to make them feel welcome. We got them straight from missionary parents!

For most of us, missionary kids are an anomaly of life. They come to our churches for a year or a single Sunday while their parents are on home assignment. And we hardly get to know them before they leave again for the mission field. But on the Global Missions Podcast, TEAM Missionary Kid Coordinator Valerie Williams explains why these kids need your love — and how you can impact their lives in just one church visit. Listen to the podcast episode to find out: What “home” means to missionary kids What to do before missionary kids come for a…

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One Man’s 30-Year Search for a Bible

A man reads a Bible
After his Bible was stolen, Diyar spent decades searching for another one. How would he find one without knowing any Christians?

Thirty years ago, Diyar owned the most powerful book in the world. He didn’t fully understand it. It went against everything he’d ever heard about God. And he knew he had to find its meaning. But the book was too powerful to go unnoticed, especially in Diyar’s Middle Eastern country. Someone discovered Diyar’s book and stole it from him. Diyar tried everything he could to find another copy, but it was impossible. Impossible, until his wife, Talora, attended an ordinary wedding. A “Chance” Encounter Talora didn’t expect anything unusual to happen at the wedding. But as she got ready, a…

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Guided Lectio Divina: Jesus in the Midst of the Storm

The Mediterranean Sea
Where is Jesus in the midst of the storm? A lectio divinia study through Mark 4:35-41 helps us see Him!

For thousands of years, believers have used lectio divina as a way to meditate on God’s word and draw closer to Him. Readers take in the text four times, asking four simple questions. Then, they listen for the Lord’s voice. This method of reading Scripture is powerful in everyday life. And in times of distress, it gently causes us to slow down, quiet our souls and remember that Jesus is present with us. Wherever you are in life, we want to invite you to an online lectio divina experience. Emiko Mitchell, a logistics coordinator at TEAM, will be your guide…

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