Archive - 2019

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When Missionaries Leave Adult Children Behind
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Experience, Wisdom and Language Learning [May Prayer Focus]
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April Team Eats: Recipe for Sadza
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From Ancestor Worship to Jesus Worship
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4 Lessons from My First 5 Years on the Field
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Breaking Walls in College Students’ Hearts [April Prayer Focus]
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‘If He Made Us to be a Nose, He Wants Us to Sniff’
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The 5 Best Books on Church Planting
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Why Translation Work is Vital for Kingdom Growth [March Prayer Focus]
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How Do You Truly Immerse Yourself in a Culture?

When Missionaries Leave Adult Children Behind

Jocelyn and her parents have found ways to maintain their relationship, even after her parents moved to Zimbabwe for missions as a second career. Photo courtesy of Jocelyn Potter

If Jocelyn Potter and her boyfriend didn’t get engaged and married in the next four months, they would have to wait years to try again. That is, if they wanted Jocelyn’s parents to be there and not just watching the video in the Zimbabwean bush. Jocelyn’s mom and stepdad, Cheryl and Dave Jereb, were TEAM missionaries on home assignment.  They had about four months to visit friends and family and then return to Zimbabwe. So, Jocelyn and her boyfriend got engaged and planned the wedding in three months. “We scheduled the wedding for a Friday, and their plane ticket ……

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Experience, Wisdom and Language Learning [May Prayer Focus]

A woman in her golden years runs errands
For missionaries serving in their golden years, mission work presents some unique challenges. Join us this month in praying for missionaries over the age of 50 working all around the world.

“Why can’t you stay with us?” The question came from TEAM missionary Georgia Landis’ 6-year-old granddaughter, sitting in the backseat of the car. Georgia was on her way to the airport to return to the mission field. Her daughter drove, with her two kids in the backseat.   After a lovely visit in the States, the heart-wrenching moment that no one was ever ready for had rolled around: It was time to say goodbye. Again. The coming separation had Georgia and her daughter in tears. So when her granddaughter innocently asked her to stay, it was nearly impossible to say…

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April Team Eats: Recipe for Sadza

Learn how to cook maize like a Zimbabwean with this recipe for Sadza and Peanut Butter Greens!

Maize is the staple food for most tribes in Zimbabwe. People often make a maize dish called sadza, where they cook cornmeal like a thick cream of wheat and serve it with cooked greens. The sadza is mounded high and people generally pinch off some, make a small ball, indent it with their thumb and use it to scoop up veggies. My husband, Jon, and I especially enjoy peanut butter cooked greens. Check out how to make sadza and peanut butter greens for yourself!   Ingredients for Sadza: 1¼ cups white cornmeal/corn flour Water Ingredients for Peanut Butter Greens 1…

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From Ancestor Worship to Jesus Worship

Missionaries try to reach people who are caught in ancestor worship like these people here.
Through your support, people like Dumisani are freed from the practices of ancestor worship. Now they're learning to study the Bible for themselves!

Dumisani was a good South African. He grew up believing everything his parents taught him — to go to church on Sundays, but then to worship the ancestors and put his faith in traditional healers the rest of the week. But when he started his freshman year of college, a group called the Zion Students Christian Organization caught his attention. Out of curiosity, Dumisani began attending some of their Bible studies. The more Dumisani learned about the Word, the more it challenged everything he thought he knew about salvation. And at one open-air church service on campus, Dumisani was faced…

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4 Lessons from My First 5 Years on the Field

People pray together in a church in a different culture
Every missionary has to learn new cultures. But what if those cultural differences go deeper than you imagined? Learn about this and three other missionary lessons!

Recently, I celebrated the five-year anniversary of becoming a TEAM missionary in Taiwan. Each year has been quite different, with its own share of surprises, disappointments and small victories. Today, I’m sharing four missionary lessons I’ve learned along the way. 1. Metacultural differences in thinking can go deeper than we expect. Through years of cross-cultural learning and teamwork in Taiwan, I’ve realized I didn’t simply cross from one culture to another but moved into a whole different neighborhood of national and local cultures. It’s a different metacultural context. We generally understand cultural differences by taking the way we would think…

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Breaking Walls in College Students’ Hearts [April Prayer Focus]

Breaking Walls in College Students’ Hearts
College is many students' first chance to truly explore religion one their own. Pray for missionaries trying to guide these students onto the right path.

Beatriz had grown up in a strict, Catholic home, but she always felt disgusted by the hypocrisy of her family and their church. Now that she was on her own, studying at the University of Minho, Beatriz was determined to stay as far away from religion as possible. So when her friend, TEAM missionary Diane, invited her to an English and board game night inside a local church building, she hesitated. But when Beatriz arrived at the church, she felt welcomed — and even comfortable! So comfortable, in fact, that she even decided to attend a conversational workshop the group…

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‘If He Made Us to be a Nose, He Wants Us to Sniff’

Bible Translation
God gives us special gifts for a reason. So how can He use someone with a love of languages?

Jaya was the daughter of a pastor. She went to a Christian high school. She’d grown up reading the Scriptures — and yet, she didn’t know what most Scripture meant. Because there were no clear Bible passages printed in Jaya’s mother tongue. So when she read the Scriptures, she only understood a fraction of what was written. Jaya needed Bible translators. Jaya needed Grace and Keith McCune. Made for Bible Translation Jaya’s predicament is one that tugs at the heartstrings of Grace and Keith. As TEAM missionaries in the Philippines, they help translate Scripture into heart languages throughout Asia. “The…

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The 5 Best Books on Church Planting

The 5 Best Books on Church Planting
There are hundreds of books on church planting, so how do you choose between them? One missionary gives his top five picks!

Most of us follow the same pattern when we want to learn about something before we do it: Hop on over to Amazon and we see what books are available. However, if you type “church planting” into the Amazon search bar, it spits back 845 different resources. If you don’t know much about church planting, it can be nearly impossible to decide where to begin. So, let me help! I’ve spent 5 years church planting Guatemala, and in my experience, these are the top five books every church planter should have on their shelf. 1. Apostolic Church Planting: Birthing New…

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Why Translation Work is Vital for Kingdom Growth [March Prayer Focus]

Millions of people are still waiting for a Bible translation in their language. Will you pray for Bible translators as they fill this critical need?

Down through the years, written communication has served as a vital way to spread knowledge. Even God chose to deliver His message of salvation primarily through the written word. But what if you didn’t have His written Word in your language? How would your relationship with the Father look if you couldn’t study the Scriptures for yourself? How would you even understand what He’s like? There are about 2,000 language groups who grapple with that reality today. That’s why missionaries around the world serve through translation ministries. It’s hard work, but the long-term payoff is immeasurable. This month, pray with us…

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How Do You Truly Immerse Yourself in a Culture?

Two local woman with a missionary
It's one thing to live in a culture, but how do you truly immerse yourself in one? It's a question as old as the Church.

Cultural immersion is a term that’s thrown around a lot in the world of missions. Missionaries are told they need to “integrate” — engage in the local daily life and try to understand the local people. Of course, this is easier said than done. How do you immerse yourself in a culture while also taking time to learn the language, find schooling for your kids and help your family adjust to life overseas? Fortunately, you’re not the first to face this dilemma. Here are some words of wisdom from those who have done it before: Learn the Language The importance…

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