Archive - September 2014

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[VIDEO] Zimbabwe: Life-Giving Goats
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Finding My Place
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Planting the Seeds of Love
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Social Media for Missionaries (Part 1: Facebook)
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Meet Our Missions Place Site Managers
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Monthly Prayer Journal: September 2014

[VIDEO] Zimbabwe: Life-Giving Goats

Tawanda shows off his newest kid with pride. He was given a goat through the goat project a number of years ago and has now grown the number of goats he owns to four. Photo by Robert Johnson/TEAM

Over 1.4 million people living in Zimbabwe, fifteen percent of the population, have been diagnosed with AIDs1. By 2011, there were one million children living in Zimbabwe who had been orphaned as a result of parents dying from AIDs2. In a land plagued by disease, mothers are often unable to nurse due to health concerns. Many children are orphaned at a young age, left alone to find nourishment or die. Zimbabweans are facing the harsh realities of the AIDS epidemic, and countless children and orphans are suffering as a result. Karanda Mission Hospital, located in northern Zimbabwe, provides community healthcare,…

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Finding My Place

Some missionaries aren’t evangelists or great teachers, but every person is needed to play a role in building Christ’s kingdom. Photo by Robert Johnson/TEAM

We asked Dr. Doug Lindberg to share about the need for people with different gifts and talents in the mission field. This opinion column appears in the fall 2014 issue of Horizons magazine, which hits mailboxes starting this week. Mission hospitals breed chaos. Physical needs and illness are constant and often dramatic. In a single day at our hospital in Nepal, I could see multiple patients from a car accident, do a C-section, do rounds on 25 inpatients, discipline a staff member, treat a bear bite in the ER, orient a new foreign volunteer, diagnose and treat typhoid fever, and find a half-eaten…

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Planting the Seeds of Love

Along with other volunteers, Alecia planted wheat seeds into the soil after cleaning up the debris left behind by the tsunami floodwaters. Photo by Alecia Tallent.

We asked Alecia Tallent, TEAM’s Global Ministries Administrative Assistant, to share about her experience on a short-term missions trip to Japan. Alecia and her husband went with TEAM Serve to provide relief work after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disasters. Even though it had been more than seven months since the disaster, debris still littered the coastline, and thousands of people still lived in temporary housing. TEAM had partnered with CRASH Japan, a relief organization, and we lived at one of the CRASH bases in Tono that was being run by TEAM missionaries Jim and Eileen Nielsen. The Nielsens…

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Social Media for Missionaries (Part 1: Facebook)

Social media can be an excellent tool for engaging others in your ministry. Photo by Robert Johnson/TEAM

Blogging, tweeting, posting and sharing are fabulous ways to share about your ministry, but navigating the world of social media and online communication can seem confusing and overwhelming. We’re here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be! Today, you’re reading the first installment of a three-part series on how missionaries can use social media to connect with friends and supporters. We frequently hear the same questions from missionaries about Facebook, Twitter, blogging, and more, and have compiled some general ideas and suggestions based on these conversations. We understand that there are countless resources for learning about and managing…

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Meet Our Missions Place Site Managers

Missions Places are open, inviting spaces where global-minded people gather to chat about missions and find a place to relax and connect. Photo by Robert Johnson/TEAM

It’s an exciting time at TEAM! Our first Missions Place, located in Maryville, Tennessee, turned one year old in July. Our second Missions Place, located in Wheaton, Illinois, is right behind with a birthday this week, and a third Missions Place in Grapevine, Texas is expected to open this fall. Our Missions Places are all about community and connection. These spaces serve as a bridge between our everyday world and the “missions” world, bringing people and communities together to learn about what God is doing across the globe. (Read more about what a Missions Place is here!) Behind every great…

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Monthly Prayer Journal: September 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 September 2014 prayer journal. 1 PHILIPPINES David and Kathy North would like prayer for the Holy Spirit to prepare hearts in the Consolacion area on Cebu where they are beginning new church plants. 2 JAPAN Please pray for Christian Academy in Japan as they begin a new school year with the theme, “Rooted, Growing, Seeking.” Ask God to direct CAJ to the Head of School that can effectively lead this school beginning with the 2015-2016 school year. 3 SOUTH ASIA Workers write, “Our…

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