Author - Bethany DuVal

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On an Island Without the Bible
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Ruined by Gambling, Redeemed by Christ
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They Burned Their Weapons and Started a Missionary Movement
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11 Years of Church Couldn’t Give Her Peace
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Bitter Enemies Reunited in Christ
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12 Job Skills Missionaries Gain on the Mission Field
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From Basketball Drills to Bible Studies
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How to Find a Job After the Mission Field
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When Missionaries Leave Adult Children Behind
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The Day Evil Spirits Stopped Being Scary

On an Island Without the Bible

Simson led the Bible translation team for the Hatam Bible. Here he sits at his desk.
Simson was desperate for a Hatam-language Bible. But he never imagined he would join — and ultimately lead — the Bible translation team that made it happen.

Imagine this: You’re on an island, and you can only keep a few Bible verses. The rest will be wiped from your memory. Which verses do you choose? Give it just a little thought, and the question quickly becomes complicated. You could use up all the verses on explaining Gospel. But what about God’s character? What pleases God? How does He think of you? How should you relate to others in light of Christ? Even if you had years to choose, you would agonize over what you were missing. But you might understand a little of what Simson Dowansiba felt….

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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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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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11 Years of Church Couldn’t Give Her Peace

Two Italian women walk along the waterline.
Francesca was doing all the right things — praying, reading Scripture, going to church. But she still couldn't find the peace she saw in her evangelical friends.

Francesca felt like she was going to explode — and being around Christians only made things worse. They were so happy and peaceful. They prayed like they really knew God and shared Bible verse with real conviction. But when Francesca tried the same things, it all fell flat. It wasn’t just her Catholic church that was the problem. Francesca had tried going to church with the evangelicals. She read Scripture. She prayed. She even went to extra Bible studies with her church friends. So why did Francesca’s evangelical friends have so much peace while she just felt tired and upset?…

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Bitter Enemies Reunited in Christ

Julio and Libia sit together and study the Bible.
You would never guess that Julio and LIbia were once bitter enemies. Keep reading to see the amazing way God worked in their lives!

On Sunday mornings, Libia and Julio don’t look like anything special. Just two close friends worshiping God, maybe imagining their future together. You would never guess that this time last year, they wouldn’t speak to each other — much less be in the same room together. Or that they were bitter enemies for five long years. The fact that they happily sit together at church now? TEAM missionary Dawn Moore says it’s nothing short of a miracle.   Peruvian Couple Seeks Better Life in States Libia and Julio’s relationship was complicated from the beginning.  They both grew up in Peru as…

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12 Job Skills Missionaries Gain on the Mission Field

  If you’re looking for a job, you’ve probably heard this advice: Just reframe your job skills to fit the job you’re looking at! But if you’re like a lot of missionaries, you probably have this lingering feeling that other people just don’t get it.  What value could the business world see in leading a home Bible study? Or raising kids in a foreign country? Or planting a church? Or any number of other ministries? Well, today you’re going to find out. Recently, I talked with career coaches, HR experts and former missionaries to create a solid list of transferrable…

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From Basketball Drills to Bible Studies

A basketball coach stands with a basketball on his hip as he watches campers run basketball drills.
Basketball camp was enough to get Rico and Carmelo interested, but a missionary's willingness to answer their questions is what really made an impact.

Rico and Carmelo may have been cousins, but they could hardly be more different. Where Rico was quiet and serious, Carmelo always had something to say — and it was often a joke. But they did share two things in common: a love of basketball and a longing for real answers about their faith. Like most Italians, the boys grew up in the Catholic Church. It was a critical part of their culture. But when a kid asked their priests questions, they were often met with a similar refrain: You don’t need to be thinking about that. Thankfully, friends like…

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How to Find a Job After the Mission Field

  When Peter returned from the mission field with his family, he wasn’t worried about his job hunt. He’d studied aviation and spent years as an aviation missionary in Papua New Guinea. He was sure to land something. But when Peter started his job hunt, no one wanted him. Nonprofits didn’t call Peter back. Big airport jobs were snapped up by returning military personnel. And regional airports paid too little to support a family. As Peter faced rejection after rejection, he began to wonder, “God, are you done with me? Did we make a mistake leaving?” Peter’s situation isn’t uncommon….

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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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The Day Evil Spirits Stopped Being Scary

Man in cloud of incense
Jian was completely non-religious — until it came to appeasing his ancestors. What would it take to break their hold over him?

Having kids creates all kinds of fears: careless babysitters, cleaning supplies, everything a child could possibly put in her mouth. But Jian’s fear was far more sinister. Jian* was worried about relatives — his dead relatives. Whatever their personalities in life, Jian’s ancestors were fearsome in death. They had to be placated every April or they would wreak havoc. Or so Jian was taught. And if they wanted to hurt Jian, what better way than to hurt his daughter? As an atheist, Jian knew he shouldn’t be afraid of ghosts. Yet, he couldn’t help but wonder, what if it was…

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