Archive - 2015

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Photo Journal: Guadalajara
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Monthly Prayer Journal: June 2015
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125 Years of TEAM: Celebrating Stones of Remembrance
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Monthly Prayer Journal: April 2015
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Just Church
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The Healing Power of Hope
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Monthly Prayer Journal: March 2015
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I Would Like To Sing a Hymn
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What Are You Giving Up for Lent?
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Monthly Prayer Journal: February 2015

Photo Journal: Guadalajara

Glenn Skala works in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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…

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Monthly Prayer Journal: June 2015

Photo by TEAM

Thank you for joining us in praying for TEAM’s work around the world. 1 GREECE Brad and Jamie Newport write, “During the year the focus on serving and proclaiming the gospel to the Afghani, Iranian, Iraqi, Syrian etc refugees in Athens allowed us the joy in May to hand pick from all these refugees those who would most benefit from attending week long summer camps that run from June 1 to the 17th. Pray as each day these Muslim men, women, and children will be studying Christ from the Gospels as well as being served and loved on by a…

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125 Years of TEAM: Celebrating Stones of Remembrance

Retirees, former missionaries, supporting church members, appointees and staff gathered in Dallas for the first of eight Anniversary Events celebrating TEAM’s 125 years of history. Photo by Joel Hager/TEAM

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…

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Monthly Prayer Journal: April 2015

Photo by Robert Johnson/TEAM

Thank you for joining us in praying for TEAM’s work around the world. 1 PAPUA The Indonesian government has established new, more restrictive visa regulations. Please pray that the 7 visas currently in process will be granted without issue or delay. 2 EAST ASIA Workers write, “Several groups of short-termers are coming to our area. Pray for an effective short-term experience for each one visiting our ministry area and that they will consider returning. Pray also for the training for church leaders that started in March.” 3 GUATEMALA Justin and Jenny Burkholder write, “In April, Justin has the opportunity to teach…

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Just Church

Church must be defined by the way believers function when they gather together and not by the organizational structures that facilitate the gathering. Photo by Robert Johnson/TEAM

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,…

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The Healing Power of Hope

Naomi directs children in games that help to build community. Naomi and Anne love and serve not only the vulnerable women but their children as well. Photo by Robert Johnson/TEAM
Naomi directs children in games that help to build community. Naomi and Anne love and serve not only the vulnerable women but their children as well. Photo by Robert Johnson/TEAM

Naomi Duff and TEAM missionary Anne Hoyt are reaching out to women in Chad’s sex industry and helping them realize their true worth as daughters of God. Today, Naomi shares some insight into what they do and how the Vulnerable Women Initiative in Chad is helping these women find hope, healing and purpose through Christ. It’s the third day that Rita is in labor. I rush her from the hospital to a specialized mother and child unit. N’Djamena traffic is at its worst at 7:30 a.m., so we crawl along, but every bump in the road produces a gasp of pain from…

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Monthly Prayer Journal: March 2015

Photo by Robert Johnson/TEAM

Thank you for joining us in praying for TEAM’s work around the world. 1 SPAIN Workers write, “We received a generous donation of a 4000+ sq. ft. prefab building and we are in the process of doing the necessary steps to set it up on the land and use it. Pray that we can find a good architect, get the permits, receive the needed funds and have it ready for the summer activities.” 2 TAIWAN Nancy Leet writes, “We are moved to see four women in preparation for baptism. Each one has a unique story of how they were moved…

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I Would Like To Sing a Hymn

The sanctuary of Emmanuel Evangelical Church of Los Cabos was destroyed in Hurricane Odile. Photo courtesy of Vicki Reyes

UPDATE, APRIL 2015: A generous family has offered to donate funds to help rebuild Emmanuel Evangelical Church in Los Cabos! For every $1 given, they will match two and a half times ($2.50) up to $35,000. If this goal is met, this will provide all the funds needed to begin construcion on a new worship center in May. Will you  join us in supporting this church and help them meet their goal? Click here to give! We asked Vicki Reyes, TEAM missionary in Mexico, to provide an update on how their community is rebuilding after Hurricane Odile ravaged the Baja California Peninsula…

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What Are You Giving Up for Lent?

Lent is the 40-day period leading up to Easter when Christians practice a sacrifice of some kind, and spend extra time in prayer and worship. Photo by Robert Johnson/TEAM

What are you giving up for Lent? Did you hear this growing up? Not me. My childhood was spent in a non-liturgical church, so when I heard the word “lent,” I immediately thought about something coming off my clothes. I had no idea about a Christian calendar. But maybe you did grow up in a liturgical setting, and for you Lent invokes ideas of giving up something fun, like chocolate. I know a lot of people who give up coffee for Lent, but that’s just crazy-talk. As I’ve grown, I’ve come to appreciate the liturgical calendar as a way for…

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Monthly Prayer Journal: February 2015

Photo by Robert Johnson/TEAM

Thank you for joining us in praying for TEAM’s work around the world. 1 SOUTHERN AFRICA Lynda Collison writes, “Pray for Zion Bible College of Swaziland as they begin classes in February. Pray for the teachers and the students as they start another year of studies. Pray also for Leaders Bible College and the students who complete their modules by correspondence.” 2 EAST ASIA Workers write, “Please continue to pray for a visa for Sam and Grace, workers in East Asia. They also need some progress with their US citizenship.” 3 UKRAINE Kurt and Rochelle zurBurg write, “Pray with us for the…

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