Archive - December 2013

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Be Still
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Muslims and Christmas
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Christmas Roundup
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Two Important Days You’ve Never Heard Of
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Monthly Prayer Journal: December 2013

Be Still

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A nativity scene in Japan beckons busy passersby to be still. Photo by Robert Johnson / TEAM

Things are pretty quiet at the TEAM offices this week. As they should be. In a few days, the new year will arrive with a flurry and we will rush to meet it. There will be plenty of time for all that, later. For now, it’s time to be still. Today is the final moment of Advent, and we join with Christians around the world as they inhale and wait for the clock to strike midnight, so we can all shout: Joy to the world! Merry Christmas, from the staff and missionaries of TEAM.

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Muslims and Christmas

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Children dance during a Christmas event at a TEAM cultural center in a Muslim-majority city. Photo by Robert Johnson / TEAM

Every family has unique Christmas traditions. For TEAM families working in Muslim-majority countries, Christmas in not just a time to gather with loved ones, but also to welcome friends who often don’t understand the true meaning of the holiday. We talked with six TEAM workers serving in Muslim contexts about how they use their celebrations to open doors. Since every country is different, their experiences might not reflect what happens in other regions of the Muslim world, or even on the other side of town. But their insights can help us see Christmas from a slightly different angle this year….

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Christmas Roundup

Christmas is a global holiday, perhaps the most global of all. For TEAM missionaries around the world, it’s a unique opportunity to share Christ in post-Christian cultures or among communities that are normally reluctant to discuss the gospel. Each year, TEAM workers find myriad creative ways to publicly celebrate Christmas, in addition to the many (likely a majority) who invite friends and neighbors into their homes for a meal or small celebration. Here’s a look at just a few of the ways our people are reaching out for Christmas this year: Japan TEAM missionaries in Japan take Christmas to a…

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Two Important Days You’ve Never Heard Of

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A cosmopolitan hub of culture and commerce, Vienna, Austria is also a destination for human trafficking. Photo by Robert Johnson / TEAM

This week kicks off with two significant dates that are probably unfamiliar to most of us. Today is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, a day designated by the United Nations to focus on eradicating forms of modern-day slavery, such as human trafficking, sexual exploitation, and child labor. The irony should not be lost on Christians that yesterday was the beginning of Advent (Dec. 1), when we focus our hearts on the coming of Christ, who ultimately frees us from all forms of bondage. The other big day happens tomorrow: #GivingTuesday. In just its second year, #GivingTuesday is…

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Monthly Prayer Journal: December 2013

Thank you for joining us in praying for TEAM’s work around the world. Click here to download a .pdf of the December 2013 prayer journal. 1 SPAIN Don and Paula Cabeen write, “Paula Cabeen had neck surgery on November 26 and will be recovering over the next several weeks. Pray for God’s healing hand to be upon her and bring restored health.” 2 PAPUA Please pray for two survey teams that will be going out in December from the Papua National Mission Board to seek out unreached areas of Papua for future missionary assignments. Pray that the next 11 national…

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