Archive - December 2019

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Ruined by Gambling, Redeemed by Christ
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Minorities in Missions: When You’ve Never Fit in Anywhere
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They Burned Their Weapons and Started a Missionary Movement
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TEAM Eats: Kolachkes
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How to Navigate Pregnancy on the Mission Field
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What’s Happening at Christmas (December Prayer Focus)

Ruined by Gambling, Redeemed by Christ

Two men in Cebu sit in the marketplace
Gerald's gambling addiction ruined his life, but thanks to friends like you, Gerald was plugged into a church that showed him a new way.

How do you know when your gambling habit’s gotten out of hand? Probably when you stop coming home . . . for three months straight. Gerald had a mind for greatness. He started his business at a young age and quickly earned millions in pesos, the Philippines’ currency. He had more than enough to support a wife and two sons. It’s no wonder Gerald thought a little gambling at the casino would be harmless. However, his great mind didn’t prepare him for how gambling sucks people in and takes over their lives. Gerald stopped coming home for three months. He…

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Minorities in Missions: When You’ve Never Fit in Anywhere

A TEAM missionary laughs with her neighbors
Serving as a minority comes with a unique perspective and set of challenges. Missionaries share their experiences and their tips for how to keep going.

¡Lea esta publicación en español aquí! Recently, I was at a missions conference where I joined a seminar on Latina women in leadership. One of the participants, a first-generation American with Hispanic background made a comment that struck me. She said, “I feel called to go serve in Japan, but if I don’t fit in here in America where I was born because I’m a minority, how much harder will it be to fit in, in a different country?” As a missions coach, I have a list of different reasons why people choose not to go overseas: fear of the…

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They Burned Their Weapons and Started a Missionary Movement

headshot of Yakobus
As a child, Yakobus learned to kill and eat people. As an adult, he's equipping missionaries from his tribe to reach more tribes with the Gospel!

From the time he was born, Yakobus’s parents pounded one message into his head: Be afraid. Trust no one. His childhood home didn’t have windows, lest assassins sneak in during the night. His parents taught him to never leave home unarmed. When Yakobus grew up, his parents said, he needed to be able to kill people. But there was one person Yakobus and his family didn’t fear. “We were never afraid of God, because we didn’t even know that God exists,” Yakobus says. Yakobus’s people believed that they were utterly alone, in a constant fight for their lives. But today,…

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TEAM Eats: Kolachkes

Finished cookies surrounded by Christmas decor
Check out this recipe for traditional Czech cookies! Then, take some time to pray for the Czech people.

Today’s recipe was originally published by The Hungry Bluebird.  Merry Christmas! These cookies come all the way from the Czech Republic and they are delicious! These light and sweet cookies are easy to make and will add some cultural diversity to your upcoming Christmas parties and family dinners.  Even though there isn’t sugar in the cookie dough itself, the cookies get just the right amount of sweetness from the jam or cream cheese filling in the middle. In that way, these buttery, flaky cookies are similar to  American pastries Try them out for yourself because they are super yummy and…

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How to Navigate Pregnancy on the Mission Field

Pregnancy is uniquely challenging when you live abroad. See how one missionary navigated this challenge, and what she learned in the process. (Stock photo)

Pregnancy — it can be a beautiful thing, but it can also be a stressful experience. Finding a doctor, learning new things, growing a human. But for missionaries, the stress is often multiplied. They have to navigate all of the challenges and logistics of being pregnant while living in a foreign country!  Some families decide to stay on the field to have their baby, and some decide it’s best to go back home. How do you know what’s best? One TEAM missionary shared her story and the valuable lessons she learned. Finding Out You’re Pregnant Claire and her husband were…

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What’s Happening at Christmas (December Prayer Focus)

Two women hand a Christmas wreath on a door.
Christmas is coming up and for missionaries, that means outreach opportunities. Keep reading to see how you can pray for outreaches this month!

The Christmas season is here — and that means great outreach opportunities for missionaries.  In many cultures, Christmas opens people up to the idea of faith in God. The decorations, the music and the events are all constant reminders that something important is going on. It makes people curious.  With this in mind, missionaries around the world will host Christmas parties at their churches and homes. They’ll hold choir concerts where unsaved neighbors can hear the Gospel. They may even invite friends to celebrate the actual holiday together. Even if Christmas isn’t celebrated in a culture, missionaries can share about…

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