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…Read More
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.
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.
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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.
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,…Read More
All short-term trips are supposed to end. But having a return ticket in your backpack doesn’t make the journey home a breeze. Below are six simple steps you can take to weather one of the toughest parts of going overseas: coming home. 1. RESUME YOUR OLD ROUTINE Your body doesn’t know if it’s 3 a.m. or 3 p.m., your pantry is empty and your clothes are tangled at the bottom of a suitcase. After a season of adventure, it might sound like the last thing you want to do, but getting back into a normal rhythm of life is crucial. Sleep…Read More
Meet Team Kibou: Jeff, Kelly, Taylor, Bailey, Kendyl, Reagan, and Colson Pagaragan. Originally from Hawaii, they are a fun, bubbly family serving with TEAM in Japan. The Pagaragan’s vision is to “bring hope for the future to the unreached in Japan by spreading the fragrance of the knowledge of Christ everywhere.” In Japanese, “kibou” means hope or a belief grounded on substantial evidence. The Pagaragans are a perfect example of the hope of the gospel and grounded belief that comes from trusting Christ. Jeff and Kelly are in language training and will be working with the Tokyo Metro Ministry Initiative…Read More
As believers, we are all called to reach the nations. This might mean a personal call to go, send, welcome, train or any number of other individual tasks. In all likelihood, we will each be called to serve in different ways at different times in our lives. While each of these tasks can feel a little daunting if we’re un-experienced, it is the “sending” role that leaves many of us particularly baffled. If you are in the role of sender, you may find yourself thinking, “There has to be more to this than simply writing a check.” You are so…Read More
Prospective missionaries often get the impression that mission agencies are looking for perfect people. They can certainly be forgiven for this feeling. After all, we require forms to be completed, essays to be written, references to vouch for you and tests to be passed — all before we even let new members into the organization. There are good reasons for all of these steps in the assessment process, and they ultimately lead to healthier mission agencies, healthier individuals serving overseas and healthier ministry itself. Even so, I am yet to find a mission agency that isn’t deeply aware of the…Read More
Each month, we will feature a TEAM missionary in our new Photo Journal series. See what it’s like to live and work overseas through the eyes of the missionaries themselves. Don’t forget to check back each month for a new missionary and ministry area! Meet Glenn, a TEAM missionary in Guadalajara, Mexico. Glenn grew up in Illinois, and his missions experience began during high school, when he went on four short-term mission trips with his youth group. During college at Taylor University, Glenn continued going on mission trips, organizing and advocating for missions at his school. “It was through these experiences…Read More
This year, TEAM is turning 125, and as we celebrate around the world, it’s got us asking some questions: “How are we holding up?” “Where are we going?” “What are these stones?” That last question may seem a little odd, but it’s one God expects his people to ask, and its answer has great power. In Joshua 4, God told the Israelites to make a memorial: one stone for every tribe that crossed the Jordon River on dry land. When their children asked, “What are these stones?” Joshua explained, they should share what God did for them, “that all the…Read More
We asked Charles Davis, a retired TEAM missionary and author of Making Disciples Across Cultures (IVPress), to share about the modern understanding of church. This opinion column also appears in the spring 2015 issue of Horizons magazine. How can we go to church if we are the church? When we do go to church, how do we know a church is actually there? How can there be many churches when there is only “one body?” The modern understanding of the word “church” is flawed. For starters, it rarely appears without another adjective, such as mega, multi-site, small, universal, invisible, cell, emergent,…Read More