Archive - April 2019

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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]

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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