Archive - January 2014

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The Choice
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Want to Do Missions? Begin Preparing Now.
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Do Missions Work?
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Why We Do What We Do
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[VIDEO] Visit Us This Year!
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Monthly Prayer Journal: January 2014

The Choice

Asian city at night
Photo by Jimi Allen for TEAM

Every so often, we’re going to post glimpses of the daily life of missionaries at work, in an occasional series we’ll call Field Journals. This is the first post, written for us by a TEAM worker in East Asia who will remain anonymous. Walking home one night from church, I glanced down the street while waiting for the light to change at an intersection and spotted a homeless man digging through a trash can. He was dirty, with long, unkept hair and a scraggly beard. Though the temperature was in the lower 40s, he was wearing almost no clothes. He…

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Want to Do Missions? Begin Preparing Now.

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Discover three simple ways to help you start preparing for missions. Photo by TEAM

Today, TEAM’s Director of Organizational Engagement Josh McQuaid shares how to take big steps this year toward becoming a missionary or broadening your missions perspective. Do you have your sights set on exploring that missionary calling you’ve been feeling? Do you want to start talking with some missions agencies and take the first steps toward missionary service? Or maybe you’ve just resolved to be a more globally-minded Christian? At TEAM, we meet a lot of people interested in missions. A lot. Some of them are truly prepared for overseas service. Others think they are but haven’t quite gotten there yet,…

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Do Missions Work?

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TEAM founder Fredrik Franson (far left) and the first group of TEAM missionaries to head to Swaziland, in southern Africa, circa 1892. TEAM archives photo

Last December, over 3,000 people gathered in a hot stadium in Manzini, Swaziland, to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Evangelical Church. The Swazi denomination — not to be confused with greater Evangelicalism — was founded by TEAM missionaries in the early 1890s and now has hundreds of nationally led churches across southern Africa. They invited TEAM CEO Scott Henson to speak about TEAM’s legacy there, which includes founding schools and hospitals along with building churches. He shared the stage with Sibusiso Dlamini, Swaziland’s prime minister and himself a product of the Evangelical Church. Milestones like this are worth a…

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Why We Do What We Do

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TEAM missionary Craig Querfeld visits a community development project in Arequipa, Peru. Craig shared a video with us that helped bring missions into a fresh perspective. Photo by Andy Olsen / TEAM

Sometimes the language we use to describe missions becomes so familiar that it loses its power to inspire. Craig Querfeld, a TEAM missionary in Peru (that’s him, above), recently put us on to a video that brings into fresh perspective why we do what we do. A couple of years ago, Peru’s agency for promoting its tourism and exports — called PromPerú — sent a film crew and some of the nation’s most famous celebrities to the small town of Peru, Nebraska, population 569. Their mission: To enlighten their fellow “Peruvians” about just what it means to be Peruvian. The…

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[VIDEO] Visit Us This Year!

Here’s an easy resolution you could accomplish in this New Year.

If you haven’t visited us yet in one of our Missions Places (or at our main offices in Wheaton), this year may be your chance. But if your travels aren’t taking you near our storefronts in Wheaton, Ill., or Maryville, Tenn., we’ve made it easier than ever to come see us. You can take a video tour of both our Missions Places online, hosted by our very own and talented Melissa Barber. Watch the video here.

If you’re not familiar with all this Missions Place talk or just how excited we are about it, you can read the backstory here in the latest issue of TEAMHorizons magazine. There are lots of exciting things coming down the pipe this year for our Missions Places and Hubs, advancing collaboration among missions organizations and churches. So stay tuned!

Locate our missions places here.

Monthly Prayer Journal: January 2014

Thank you for joining us in praying for TEAM’s work around the world. Click here to download a .pdf of the January 2014 prayer journal. 1 GLOBAL Pray that this year we would see strongholds of evil broken, unreached areas become reached with the gospel, and revival in churches across the globe for the glory of Jesus our King. 2 EAST ASIA From Jan. 2-13, Phil S. will be in several places conducting training for leaders in East Asia. Pray for facility in the language, freedom in the Spirit, and good relationship building with the leaders. 3 ZIMBABWE TEAM Zimbabwe will hold…

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