Archive - 2022

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From Mission Field to Missionary Force
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Looking Back on Stories from 2022: God’s Work Continues
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December Prayer Focus: Pray for TEAM, Behind the Scenes!
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International Churches: A Prelude to Heaven
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Building a Bridge of Hope
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November Prayer Focus: Praises Heard ‘Round the World
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Why You Need a Missions Agency in a Changing World
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Japanese Park Ministries Offer a “Level Step” to the Gospel
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October Prayer Focus: Ministering Peace in the Midst of Trauma
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We’re Here, We’re Ready, We’re Waiting: Mobilizing the Latin American Church

From Mission Field to Missionary Force

Man speaking at a missions conference.
Today’s cross-cultural missions are marked by a movement “from everywhere, to everywhere.”

The auditorium of Iglesia Impacto in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, was filled to the brim as volunteers buzzed around the room handing out booklets and TEAM pens. The event was promoted as a kind of “Missions 101” for Latin American believers eager to learn more about global, cross-cultural missions.   Planned and coordinated by TEAM Mobilization Director, David Puerto, the global missions training was conducted entirely in Spanish and spoke to the very heart of the Latin American church and its desire to embrace God’s global mission.  Initially, around 60 people were expected to attend the event. When 120 registered and 150 showed…

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Looking Back on Stories from 2022: God’s Work Continues

As 2022 draws to a close, all of us here at TEAM are so grateful for the many things God has done in our midst throughout the world. We wish that we could share EVERY story from TEAM’s 500+ global workers and their ministries! But even though we can’t (think how tired my typing fingers would be!), it is our joy and blessing to feature one story each month in our Ministry Updates.  For December, we thought you might enjoy hearing some Ministry Update….updates! Here are some new reports from the folks you “met” here on the blog throughout the…

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December Prayer Focus: Pray for TEAM, Behind the Scenes!

Group of TEAM staff at a retreat.
Missions organizations like TEAM include many folks who work behind the scenes to make cross-cultural work possible around the world.

Each month we invite you, our faithful TEAM friends, to pray for a specific aspect of cross-cultural missionary work. We are so grateful to you for covering TEAM’s 500+ global workers and their ministries in prayer each month.  Now as we approach a new year full of exciting challenges and opportunities ahead, we turn our attention to the other side of the missionary-sending coin…the folks that keep things running smoothly for our global workers serving around the world.  For the month of December, we invite you to lift up our “home office” staff as they prepare, equip and support our…

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International Churches: A Prelude to Heaven

Congreagation worshiping during a church service.
One of the greatest needs in international churches is for interim (short-term) and transitional pastors.

Imagine entering a place where people from many nations gather as one. The faces are a kaleidoscope of color. Multiple languages, cultures, and backgrounds find commonality in the Gospel.  This is the scene at international churches. Sounds like heaven, doesn’t it? Jeff Winters agrees. “There’s something so rich about having so many cultures in one place worshipping God,” says Jeff. “It’s a prelude to heaven when you go to an international church.” Jeff is a retired pastor who with his wife Judy served as an interim, or short-term, pastor at an international church in Turkey.  Jeff and Judy stepped in…

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Building a Bridge of Hope

River running through Am Timan in Africa.
God has uniquely positioned TEAM Chad to help build a literal bridge of hope over troubled waters.

Life in the sub-Saharan country of Chad is not easy. In this landlocked African nation twice the size of Texas, there is only one major airport and few paved roads. With problems such as water-borne illness and poor sanitation, Chad has one of the lowest life expectancies of any nation in the world.  And yet Chad is a harvest field that is desperate for the Light. For TEAM global workers Scott and Eric, as well as their wives and families, Chad is home. Here among nomadic Muslim people groups in southeastern Chad, God uses TEAM’s holistic approach to ministry to…

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November Prayer Focus: Praises Heard ‘Round the World

Congregation worshiping together.
As 2022 draws to a close, TEAMers around the world praise God for His many blessings.

As the holiday season approaches, we reflect on all that took place in the passing year. For TEAM, 2022 has been a year with its own share of challenges and trials, but also its joys and triumphs. In short, we see the ever-faithful hand of God, and we know we have much to be thankful for.  We reached out to TEAM’s 500+ global workers around the world and asked them to share praises of how God has moved this year. What encouraging reports we received! Truly we can say, “How Great is Our God!” As we read through various testimonials,…

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Why You Need a Missions Agency in a Changing World

Three men talking around a table.
Now more than ever, a good sending organization is key to a successful cross-cultural missionary journey.

It’s no secret that a lot has changed in the last few years. Everyone is navigating the new waters of a post-pandemic world, and global missions is no exception. A few years ago, we shared some important reasons to partner with a missions agency, all of which are still valid considerations.  Now, maybe more than ever, there are new, additional factors to consider. Here are three things to think about:  Believe it or not, retirement is in your future!   Wait, I won’t be a missionary forever? Believe it or not, most missionaries return to their host country at the…

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Japanese Park Ministries Offer a “Level Step” to the Gospel

People worshiping at the park.
Yoyogi Park in Tokyo plays host to a pair of unique, effective, and multi-cultural outreach ministries.

In Japanese, “shiki ga takai” (しきが高い ) refers to a “high step.” The phrase means that it’s difficult to enter somewhere – not literally, but figuratively. Shiki ga takai is something we’ve probably all experienced at one time or another. It’s that moment when you feel like an outsider. The situation is daunting, and it’s difficult to bring yourself to take that initial step.    For TEAM Japan’s David McClanahan and his co-laborers, years of cross-cultural ministry have shown that exploring Christianity can be a “high step” for the Japanese people. Many come from Buddhist, Shinto, or atheistic backgrounds, and regard…

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October Prayer Focus: Ministering Peace in the Midst of Trauma

Refugee woman crying.
Millions of people around the world suffer the effects of trauma brought on by war, human trafficking, natural disasters, and more.

“Can I come back where everyone loves me?” This was the plaintive cry of a young mother, traumatized and displaced by the war in Ukraine.   In the safe harbor of a neighboring country, Nadia (name changed) met TEAM global workers who provided temporary shelter and cared for her and her children. She soon left for another European country, prepared to make a new life there. In this new location, however, Nadia felt disturbingly unwelcome – a stranger in a strange land. In desperation, she called TEAM workers weeks later crying, and asked “Can I come back where everyone loves me?” …

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We’re Here, We’re Ready, We’re Waiting: Mobilizing the Latin American Church

Guatemala city at night.
God is raising up missionaries from all over the globe, especially in Latin America.

Julieta Murillo sees change on the horizon, and she’s not alone. As a TEAM board member and the Director of SIM Latin America, Julieta is a witness to the amazing work God is doing in her home country of Ecuador and other Latin American nations.   “In the last decade, [global missions] is a topic that has been taught in Latin America,” Julieta explains. “There is a genuine interest to know more. We are ready to be connected to the world and to know how we can participate as global missionaries. This is something that is recent in most of Latin…

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