Archive - October 2016

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How to Pray For Missionaries This Month [November Prayer Journal]
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When Learning a New Language, Pray First and Speak Second
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5 Things I Learned From Teaching English Overseas
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In Pakistan, Being a Doctor is More Than Medicine
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Why I Took a Gap Year to Teach in Taiwan
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What Happens on a Vision Trip?
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Fighting Nepal’s Food Scarcity One Classroom at a Time
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How You Can Pray for the Nations This Month [October Prayer Journal]

How to Pray For Missionaries This Month [November Prayer Journal]

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"The history of missions is the history of answered prayer." - Samuel Zwemer | Photo by TEAM

TEAM missionaries serve in over 35 countries so that Christ will be known and worshipped among the nations. You can tangibly partner in their ministry through praying for their work every day this month. Thank you for your prayers. To easily follow along, download a printable copy of the November Prayer Journal below. November 1 – 7   PHILIPPINES | David and Kathy North write, “As we approach our one-year anniversary of the ministry here in Consolacion, we are so amazed at how a church has sprung up and now we are praying about the need to have 2 services each Sunday in our slot in…

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When Learning a New Language, Pray First and Speak Second

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What happens when you want to share the gospel, but lack the vocabulary to do it? For many missionaries, this is the reality of their first years on the field. This growth season can feel frustrating and helpless. But as worker Amanda Keeny shares, her weakness in the Russian language strengthened a better communication plan: prayer. Photo by TEAM

I used to think that in the moments of crisis, you should first seek all available solutions, and then, when there’s nothing else that can be done, pray. I knew prayer was important but believed it was more like a Hail Mary pass. When everything seems hopeless, you just kind of chuck your prayer up into the air, hoping it will stick. But the longer I’ve served as a missionary in Ukraine with TEAM, the more that belief has been proven wrong.  For the times in the past year when I felt like (and had the language abilities of) a child, prayer…

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5 Things I Learned From Teaching English Overseas

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After a summer teaching English in Spain, a short-term worker shares her best advice for anyone considering teaching overseas. Photo by TEAM

Last summer, I served as a short-term missionary in Utrera, Spain, for six weeks. During this time, I lived with a missionary, taught English and participated in a local Spanish church. God taught me many things during my time teaching in Spain. Here are five key lessons I would pass on to someone else considering teaching overseas for a short period of time. 1.  Seize the Opportunity to Share Christ Teaching English might not be the first thing you think of when you consider ministry opportunities overseas, but teaching English can help you build those relationships with locals, giving you a chance to share…

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In Pakistan, Being a Doctor is More Than Medicine

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People in northern Pakistan have been known to travel for hours to be seen by doctors at Bach Christian Hospital. And it's not because Bach is the only hospital around. Photo by TEAM

Most mornings, Dr. Luke Cutherell’s alarm rings at 4:30 a.m. — that is, if he wasn’t already awake operating all night. After a quick run, Cutherell studies his Bible over breakfast, and by 7:00 a.m., he’s at Bach Christian Hospital in northern Pakistan, making rounds with inpatients. An hour later, he gathers with a multinational staff of 225 nurses, physicians and surgeons to pray for the healing work ahead. Then he’s off to the clinic, where 300 to 400 people are eagerly waiting to receive treatment for everything from kidney stones to cancer. These patients have traveled distances ranging from…

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Why I Took a Gap Year to Teach in Taiwan

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After college, I took a gap year to explore God's path for me, and I ended up teaching in Taiwan. Photos courtesy of Victor Hsiao.

Between college graduation and starting medical school, I took a gap year as a missionary in Taiwan. In high school, I developed a passion for missions and considered pursuing ministry full time instead of going to college. I was wisely advised, however, to attend college to better equip myself for whatever God had in store for me, long-term missions or not. During college, I was challenged to share and live out my faith in new environments where there were few Christians, such as the school swim team or my summer research internship in China. As graduation approached, I still loved…

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What Happens on a Vision Trip?

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What happens on a vision trip? Recent trip participants reflect on their experiences and how it helped them explore their missions calling. Photo by TEAM

This summer, 15 people set out on TEAM Vision Trips across the globe. Teams traveled to Japan, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Guatemala to catch a glimpse of how God is building his church in each place and explore how he might be calling them to be a part of building it there, too. Unlike a traditional short-term mission trip, a vision trip’s purpose is not ministry activity, but rather to explore the challenges and opportunities for long-term ministry in a different culture. This year, participants spent time with long-term missionaries to ask them candid questions about missionary life and work….

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Fighting Nepal’s Food Scarcity One Classroom at a Time

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A worker in Nepal is using her skills as a gardener to cultivate relationships with students.

TEAM worker  Marinda has been counseling people through their fear of death since she was 18 years old. The death of their plants, that is. From her first job out of high school at a retail garden center to her certification as a master gardener, she taught customers, school children and landscaping clients how to tend plants with confidence. But these days, training kitchen garden teachers at Kathmandu International Study Centre (KISC), she’s engaging a culture whose cultivation struggles extend far beyond a pair of brown thumbs. “Nepal really came on the map for me when I learned how much…

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How You Can Pray for the Nations This Month [October Prayer Journal]

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. | Ephesians 6:18, NLT. Photo by TEAM

From Europe to North America to the Middle East, TEAM workers are serving among Muslim populations to make Christ known. This month, please join us as we pray for their ministries and the work of other TEAM missionaries each day. Thank you for your prayers. To follow along daily, download a printable copy of the October Prayer Journal below. October 1-7   SOUTH ASIA | A vision trip to South Asia will be taking place Oct. 1-19 and will be led by two TEAM workers. Pray God makes his will known to the five participants as to “what’s next” short- and long-term. Pray,…

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