Archive - 2016

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What it Looks Like to be a Missionary in the Czech Republic [Photo Journal]
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A Syrian Refugee Mother’s Impossible Choice
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7 Critical Things I Learned as a Refugee Volunteer
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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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What it Looks Like to Teach in Thailand [Photo Journal]
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Should Newlyweds Go to the Mission Field?

What it Looks Like to be a Missionary in the Czech Republic [Photo Journal]

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The Pardo family left New Mexico in 2016 to serve among a Mongolian population living in Czech Republic. Scroll through to see images from their journey. Photos courtesy of Maria and Servy Pardo

Servy and Maria Pardo’s ministry straddles two continents and cultures. In 2016, their family of five moved to Prague, but with the unique focus of serving a Mongolian immigrant population living in the Czech Republic. Scroll through their photo journal to see for yourself what it’s like to be a missionary in eastern Europe.   Meet the Pardo Family    Dobrý den! Сайн байна уу! Hello, we are the Pardo family! After we served for 19 months in Mongolia as missionaries and for four and a half years in pastoral ministry, God called us to the Czech Republic to serve…

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A Syrian Refugee Mother’s Impossible Choice

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Widowed by the Syrian civil war, Amira fled to safety with her unborn child only to be faced with more hardship. Photo by TEAM

To protect our missionaries and the people they serve, all names and locations in this post have been changed or withheld. We appreciate your prayers for missionaries serving in sensitive regions around the world. You’re a new mother with a choice before you: If you go to work, your baby will have no one to care for her. If you stay home, you won’t have money to care for her. What do you do? If it seems an impossible choice, don’t worry. Whatever you decide, your in-laws say they will kidnap your child anyway. And if all that seemed like…

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7 Critical Things I Learned as a Refugee Volunteer

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Cross cultural relationships aren’t neat and tidy. They require flexibility, humility and compromise. I felt this personally in my friendship with Burundian refugees this year. Here’s what I wish I would have known from the beginning. Photo by TEAM

As a missions coach at TEAM, I love getting to walk alongside others who feel called to international ministry. But I was challenged early on by an applicant who asked, “What are you doing in cross-cultural ministry?” A little jarred, I honestly responded, “Great question. I can tell you that right now, I’m not involved.” That moment launched the past year of befriending and loving refugees in Knoxville, Tennessee. After that conversation, I did some research and found a local nonprofit agency committed to providing protection and assistance in refugees’ journeys. They set me up as an English tutor for…

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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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What it Looks Like to Teach in Thailand [Photo Journal]

Dorothy Yeung lives in Thailand to share the love of Christ in the classroom. Take a peek into her life overseas below. Photos courtesy of Dorothy Yeung

Situated on the outskirts of the city, Bangkok Christian International School operates in stark contrast to the famous Buddhist temples that attract tourists and the local faithful alike. At this growing school, students from around the world converge to receive a Christian education taught by a devoted staff. Dorothy Yeung teaches over 100 students about music and how to worship God through it at BCIS. Scroll through her photo journal below to see what it looks like to serve and teach in Thailand. Meet Dorothy Sawatdee-ka! I’m Dorothy from Toronto, Canada, currently serving as an elementary music teacher at Bangkok…

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Should Newlyweds Go to the Mission Field?

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Should newlyweds go to the mission field? Much like marriage and ministry, the answer is nuanced. Photo by TEAM

In mobilizing folks to the field, I run across people from all walks of life. From the teenager to the young married to the family of five and the retiree. I love that God is calling people of all generations to the nations with his name. Inevitably, I will meet with engaged couples and those on the verge of engagement. Usually, both people are passionate about going overseas, and now, they want to go together. I can’t think of a more beautiful picture than an earthly marriage telling of the coming, better marriage! Most couples are eager to get to the…

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