Archive - September 2015

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An Interview with Missionaries to Australia
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An Inside Look at TEAM 125 Celebrations
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A Ministry Marathon
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Finishing the Race in Missions | A Poem
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Photo Journal: Australia
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Why Local and Global Missions Need Each Other
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Monthly Prayer Journal: September 2015

An Interview with Missionaries to Australia

Ray and Marti Williams of TEAM Australia at Missions Place by TEAM in Maryville, TN

Ray and Marti Williams are TEAM missionaries in Adelaide, Australia with a 30-year tenure overseas. Recently, on a stateside visit, the Williamses sat down with TEAM in Maryville, Tennessee, to share their take on calling, authenticity and what it means to be a “mate.” Often, we hear of people being “called” to missions, which can be quite abstract. Can you articulate how God has called you? Marti Williams: I personally was called to follow the Lord in career missions as a 14-year-old at a youth rally. And God reminded me of that as I got older. … Sometimes you have to…

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An Inside Look at TEAM 125 Celebrations

Shared stories and smiles in Atlanta, GA on March 27, 2015

This year in cities around the United States and Canada, friends and members of the TEAM family have gathered to celebrate 125 years of TEAM’s work around the world.  The night is a celebration focused on honoring the past, celebrating the present and casting vision for the future of TEAM. Here’s an inside look into TEAM’s 125th Anniversary Celebrations in the United States! As people arrive and check in, many eagerly scan name tags for names they recognize – old friends and former colleagues are quickly reunited before the evening has even begun.  As appetizers are served, attendees connect with friends…

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A Ministry Marathon

Ministry is not a sprint, but a marathon to the finish line. Photo by TEAM

Today we welcome a long-term worker in South Asia to the TEAM blog. After decades on the field, she shares with us a poignant reflection of her ministry among Muslims. Because of governmental opposition to the gospel and gospel workers in her region, her identity will remain anonymous.  Before I left to serve overseas, I had a litany of worries. What if the language is too hard to learn? What if I’m lonely? Will I be able to adjust to the conservative culture of South Asia? Will I be able to make friends? Will I be able to lead someone into God’s kingdom?…

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Finishing the Race in Missions | A Poem

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. -Hebrews 12:1

Today on the blog, TEAM missionary David Weaver shares a page from his poetry collection with us. David and his wife, Joy, have served with TEAM in the Philippines since 1991, where they launched the Church Planting Institute (CPI) to equip Filipino believers for church planting in Asia. David is a gifted communicator and penned his poem “The Race” to express the unique endurance needed for a lifetime of ministry.  As a missionary, I must always ask myself why do I do what I am doing?  I must have the right motivation if I am to run the race all the way to…

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Photo Journal: Australia

A South Carolina native, Kristen Kelly spent many summers serving overseas during high school and college. Now a Clemson University graduate, Kristen has spent the last five months serving as a ministry apprentice at a church plant in Adelaide, Australia. Check out the snapshots below from Kristen as she tells us in her own words about life and ministry in Australia.

Something about Kristen!

God has been gracious to combine my love for learning, travel, and culture with my desire to serve Him and spread the Gospel. I am currently five months into serving as a ministry apprentice (intern) at Trinity Bay Church, where I serve in the young adult and women’s ministries. Words cannot describe how God has provided for me, guided me, and taught me more about His love for me and His people since the day I felt led to do overseas mission work in South Australia.

God has been so good to provide me with whatever I have needed in Australia. A non-Christian Irishman who owns a bike shop down the road lent me his very own bike to ride around. Who does that? I use this to go to and from the church office and for joy rides along the coast.

God has been so good to provide me with whatever I have needed in Australia. A non-Christian Irishman who owns a bike shop down the road lent me his very own bike to ride around. Who does that? I use this to go to and from the church office and for joy rides along the coast.

I have learned that every Australian birthday has to have fairy bread. Fairy bread is literally a slice of bread cut into fourths, covered in butter, and then dipped into color-coated sprinkles. So, sugar bread.

I have learned that every Australian birthday has to have fairy bread. Fairy bread is literally a slice of bread cut into fourths, covered in butter, and then dipped into color-coated sprinkles. So, sugar bread.

The young adults at my church put together a concert to share the story of Jesus’ death and bodily resurrection through song. It was amazing to see God’s people using the gifts that He has given them to their full potential.

The young adults at my church put together a concert to share the story of Jesus’ death and bodily resurrection through song. It was amazing to see God’s people using the gifts that He has given them to their full potential.

Outback Stars

I was blessed with the opportunity to go on a road trip through the Australian outback. There was nothing for miles and miles and miles. Under cloudless nights and the Milky Way, I saw God’s grandeur, His creativity, and how awesome He is up close. I couldn’t miss it.

I have not convinced myself to eat a kangaroo burger yet, but I have had a kangaroo and emu pizza. You can pretty much convince me to eat anything that is on a pizza.

I have not convinced myself to eat a kangaroo burger yet, but I have had a kangaroo and emu pizza. You can pretty much convince me to eat anything that is on a pizza.

Women's Growth Group

I co-lead some of these women in our women’s growth group. For Easter, we hosted an event where women could come into a welcoming environment and make chocolate eggs and grass crosses.

Paying with plastic has a whole new meaning here. Australian bills are not only plastic, but are different colors and sizes, so you know exactly what you are getting when you pull out a bill. I love it.

Paying with plastic has a whole new meaning here. Australian bills are not only plastic, but are different colors and sizes, so you know exactly what you are getting when you pull out a bill. I love it.

I wrote a report on Ayer’s Rock in 6th grade for Ms. Roberts. Who knew that I’d travel to see it eleven years later?

I wrote a report on Ayer’s Rock in 6th grade for Ms. Roberts. Who knew that I’d travel to see it eleven years later?

USA Game Night

I threw a USA game night for the church youth complete with baseball, country music, Cracker Jacks, Hershey’s chocolate, and Moon Pies.

Want to connect with Kristen? Follow her on Instagram or check out her blog.

PRAY

Pray for Kristen to have clarity and authenticity in her discipling relationships with young women in Adelaide. Pray also that these women will be led of the Spirit to disciple others.

While Australians have access to the gospel, the prevalence of post-modern pluralism has led to the decline of the evangelical church. Less than 8% of Australians engage in weekly Christian worship. Pray for a revival of the Australian church.

Pray that God will send more workers to Australia.

GIVE

You can help TEAM send more missionaries like Kristen by supporting the Global Outreach (GO) Fund. Click here to give!

SERVE

There is a great need for workers in Australia. Missionaries are needed for teaching, discipling and church planting. Click here to learn more about TEAM’s ministries in Australia and view service opportunities in Adelaide.

 

 

Why Local and Global Missions Need Each Other

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We are desperately in need of a more nuanced conversation around the topics of local and global mission. Photo courtesy of Melissa Barber

Mission agencies like TEAM exist because of our conviction that mission is incomplete if it ignores those beyond our immediate geographic reach. A critical aspect of the agency’s task within the church is to remind the larger community of far-flung needs that might otherwise be forgotten. We have beaten this drum loudly and persistently. In our passion to keep the global unreached in the North American church’s vision, however, we have sometimes encouraged the belief that international mission is of a higher order than domestic mission. We have inadvertently created the belief that international missionaries are the hardcore, the totally committed,…

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Monthly Prayer Journal: September 2015

Photo by TEAM

Thank you for joining us in praying for TEAM’s work around the world. 1 TEAM’S 125TH ANNIVERSARY Please pray for the Asia tour as we visit the work of TEAM in Taipei from Sept. 1-3, the Evergreen work from Sept. 4-6, and then Beijing from Sept. 7-9. This will be a time with TEAM friends, Board members, and staff to see and honor the work God has given us to do over the last 125 years. 2 JAPAN Flossie Epley and Rita Schellenberg ask for prayer for Christian Academy in Japan and those connected with CAJ for the many transitions…

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