Archive - May 2014

1
6 Lessons from a New Missionary
2
3 Ways Millennials See Missions Differently
3
What’s So Great About TEAM?
4
How To Choose A Missions Agency
5
Everyday Prayer
6
Monthly Prayer Journal: May 2014

6 Lessons from a New Missionary

In their first months as missionaries among garbage dump workers in Guatemala, Justin and Jenny Burkholder dealt with loneliness and Chick-fil-A cravings, among other challenges. Photo by Robert Johnson / TEAM

In a Field Journal this week, a TEAM missionary in Guatemala shares what he’s learned — and been surprised by — during his first months as a missionary. It has been six months since my wife, Jenny, and I boarded a plane in Chicago and moved to Guatemala City. Our lives have changed dramatically since then. In the last year, we both stepped away from full-time jobs, liquidated everything we owned, and said good-bye to the place we called home for the seven years. We left behind the best friends we have ever made. And we did so while Jenny…

Read More

3 Ways Millennials See Missions Differently

milennial christian
Millennials are changing the missions landscape and taking on challenges in ways previous generations have not.

The highways of online media are strewn with attempts to explain millennials, my hard-to-pin-down generation that’s currently somewhere between the ages of 14 and 34 — and even that range is a little squishy. Churches, marketers and, yes, missions agencies, would love to know exactly what makes millennials tick. But most attempts to put us in a box fall short. Millennials — even millennial Christians — are not monolithic. They defy unifying definitions, aside from superficial observations (“Those millennials and their iPhones!”) that often apply as much to other generations as they do to 20-somethings. There is little doubt, however,…

Read More

What’s So Great About TEAM?

We believe missions agencies should work together with local churches and national believers to advance the kingdom of God. Photo by Robert Johnson / TEAM

We usually aim to be more informative than self-promotional on this blog. But occasionally, we do both at once. This follow-up to a recent post about how to choose a missions agency explains a few things that we believe (in our humble opinion) make TEAM a special place to serve. Our mobilization team recently shared this with our U.S. staff. There are plenty of great missions agencies out there. We believe we’re all on the same side, working toward the same goals and serving the same God. For more than a century, TEAM has been placing passionate people on the…

Read More

How To Choose A Missions Agency

Which way to go? With so many options for overseas service, asking yourself the questions below will help steer you in the right direction. Photo by Robert Johnson / TEAM

Technology, accessible travel and global banking have made it easier than ever to pack up and move overseas. So it may seem like an easy choice to go abroad as an independent missionary without being attached to a missions agency. But while the freedom and flexibility of going it alone can be a benefit for some missionaries, the majority of missionaries find that the positives of journeying with an agency far outweigh any drawbacks. Whether you’re deciding between missions agencies, considering your church as your “agency,” or contemplating going out on your own, ask yourself these questions as you weigh…

Read More

Everyday Prayer

TEAM missionaries and local language experts work on translating the Bible for the Kwong tribe in Chad. Photo by Robert Johnson / TEAM

At the first of every month, we publish a monthly prayer focus, which delivers specific, up-to-date ways you can pray for TEAM missionaries on the field. Now, how many times do we say, “I’m praying for you” in response to an email or Facebook update from a missionary? When we’re honest, in the hustle and bustle of our days, we know it’s easier to say it than do it. Even during our regular prayer times, it’s hard to remember to pray for missionaries if we don’t have regular contact with them or can’t quite recall the specifics of their ministry….

Read More

Monthly Prayer Journal: May 2014

Photo by Robert Johnson/TEAM

Thank you for joining us in praying for TEAM’s work around the world. Click here to download a .pdf of the May 2014 prayer journal. 1 JAPAN Judy Galley writes, “As I drive out to rural areas, pray for God’s guidance in reaching every home safely with witness of Jesus and the gospel. Please pray for the Holy Spirit’s victorious working. Pray also for Nora Handa, for strength and guidance as she also comes to help in this work.” 2 SOUTH ASIA Workers write, “The visa news in March was more encouraging with two one-year visa extensions granted! Continue to pray…

Read More