Archive - May 2020

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How God’s Using Facebook and COVID-19 to Save Papuan Souls
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How COVID-19 Can Prepare You for Missions
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Hope Amid Death: COVID-19 Ministry in Latin America
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What If My Church Doesn’t Want to Send Me?
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Island Tribes Building the Church [May Prayer Focus]

How God’s Using Facebook and COVID-19 to Save Papuan Souls

TEAM missionary Walter Kennedy reads the Bible at his desk. During COVID-19, he does missionary work online.
TEAM missionary Walter Kennedy didn't have much of an interest in Facebook. That is, until COVID-19 hit, and he saw an opportunity for online discipleship.

Before COVID-19, Walter Kennedy didn’t even know how to send a message on Facebook. Today, he’s ministering to nearly 2,000 tribal people through his own Facebook group — and people are being saved. Walter has spent his career ministering among the Hatam tribe of Papua, Indonesia. It’s a group that only received the Gospel 60 years ago. And few outsiders speak their tribal language. Walter and his wife, Diane, started out in a mountain jungle so remote, they had to build their own house. Since then, they’ve helped establish a Bible school, taught Bible classes, mentored church leaders, written Bible…

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How COVID-19 Can Prepare You for Missions

Two men sit outside at a table and talk. Feature photo: Preparing for missions during COVID-19
COVID-19 has forced us to adapt and live our lives in ways we never have before — kind of like missionaries. Turns out, preparing for missions during COVID-19 has big advantages.

If you’re an aspiring missionary, COVID-19 may seem like a major roadblock to your plans. Short-term trips are being postponed. Carefully planned timelines for departure are now in shambles. And everyone keeps talking about how “the world will never be the same.” But Beth Fussner, a former missionary and TEAM’s learning and development project director, sees things with a bit more optimism. “There’s so many times when God’s people were on delays and detours. … And all of those things, when you look at the Scripture, at the stories, you realize that God either caused them or used them,” Fussner…

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Hope Amid Death: COVID-19 Ministry in Latin America

COVID-19 hasn't stopped God's work! From aid packages to medical evacuations, see how God is using missionaries in Latin America!

“Leche!” shouts a little boy. He grabs the can of milk out of a bag and starts hugging and kissing it. Missionaries pitch in to buy a coffin so their friend can be buried in the cemetery instead of a mass COVID-19 grave. Churches pool their money and start committees to provide food for the neediest families in their neighborhoods. When the new coronavirus turned into a pandemic, many people wondered, “Will COVID-19 put global missions on hold?” And while missions does look a bit different these days, we’re happy to report that God is still working to transform lives. …

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What If My Church Doesn’t Want to Send Me?

Three men walk and talk
Having a sending church is vital to thriving on the mission field. But what happens if your church doesn't want to send you?

One aspect of going as a missionary through TEAM is that every missionary, from a short-termer to a career missionary, has a sending church. A sending church is the local church where you have served, grown and shared your calling to ministry. It is the group of people who stand with you as you prepare to go. They listen and pray as you face challenges in a new culture, and they surround you with care as you return home. As they prepare to go, some missionaries-to-be find their church ecstatic to see what God will do through their cross-cultural ministry….

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Island Tribes Building the Church [May Prayer Focus]

A TEAM missionary hugs her Papuan friend.
60 years ago, the Hatam Tribe didn't have the Gospel — but now they do! And they're working hard to continue establishing the church in Papua.

A lot can happen in 60 years. And no one knows this better than the Hatam tribe of Papua, Indonesia. See, just 60 years ago, people in this tribe were all afraid of each other. Violent murders were a normal part of life. But now, thanks to the work of TEAM missionaries, the Hatam have come to know Christ! They no longer fear one another or live in violence. They go to church and learn about the Bible. They are learning to love one another like Jesus loves them. But turning from a society reliant on violence to a society…

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