Author - Heidi Chupp

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The Enneagram for Missionaries: Tips for Overseas Life
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Clean Water for Today – and Tomorrow
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Freed from Addiction — Through Recycling
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Discipling Christians to Live Their Faith at Work
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What Does a Bible Translator Do When. . .
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When God Calls a Church Planter to Reach Refugees
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If You Want to Reach Mom, Teach Her Kids ESL
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Called Home — to Reach the Same People 
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When Crazy Dreams Become Reality
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How American Football is Winning European Souls

The Enneagram for Missionaries: Tips for Overseas Life

Moving abroad
Moving abroad can reveal a side of yourself you didn’t know. The Enneagram can help you process what’s happening and submit it more fully to Christ.

I don’t even recognize myself anymore, Christine thought to herself. Have I changed this much? Christine knew that she was going through an intensely stressful season of life — starting a new business with her new husband, while navigating a new culture and new language in a new country. She’d been preparing for the external upheaval. But what she didn’t expect was the upheaval she saw in herself. Some of her actions and thoughts surprised and disturbed her: Anger at her circumstances, and her excessive attempts to control them. Difficulty in expressing her feelings and needs. Frustration at her limited…

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Clean Water for Today – and Tomorrow

Water Well in Zimbabwe
With a well built to last at least 30 years, the Kanyemba village in Zimbabwe will be able to make long-term investments to grow their community.

Under a bright blue sky, in the dry shrubland of northern Zimbabwe, a small group gathered around a concrete platform and an odd-shaped contraption with two handles. It was a brand new well. The members of Kanyemba village took turns, two at a time, to crank the well, pulling the water up from its underground reservoir. The new handles were stiff at first, but the more they were used, the easier the job became. Children, women and men all stepped up and took their turn. Anyone who wanted to help was welcome. As everyone waited and watched for the first…

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Freed from Addiction — Through Recycling

Men sort bottle caps as part of recycling project
Zhenya had lost everything to his addiction. But a surprise job at a recycling plant — and an unlikely friendship — led Zhenya to redemption.

Kurt drove away from the rehab center — and from his friend Zhenya. As the miles went by, he felt a growing relief. For the first time in months, the heavy burden of responsibility that came with helping Zhenya was lifting. Caring for Creation and Their Community Kurt and Rochelle zurBurg have served as TEAM missionaries in Odessa, Ukraine, for more than 12 years. Their ministry has included a variety of activities — from apartment building repairs to backpacking to teaching science classes. It is always, “at its core,” Kurt says, “about serving people and sharing Jesus with them in…

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Discipling Christians to Live Their Faith at Work

Being a Christian means following Jesus everywhere — even at work. But what happens when your profession's best practices conflict with God's commands?

“For the longest time, I thought my job … was to figure out how to help people transform their relationships.” Henry*, a conflict management specialist, was taking a closer look at his role when he realized something: “That’s not exactly my job.” A Tool for Christian Professionals Henry had been working through the Vocational Manifesto, a discipleship program designed for Christian professionals. The program helps people find areas of brokenness in their professions (e.g. poor financial stewardship) and then replace them with ethical practices. Henry is a TEAM missionary serving in a professional role, in a nation where traditional Gospel…

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What Does a Bible Translator Do When. . .

A group of men in Chad work on a Bible translation project
Bible translation is rarely about simply replacing one word with another. Bible translators share some of their trickiest challenges and how they overcame them.

The journey of a TEAM Bible translator begins long before the first word of Scripture is written down. It includes undergoing extensive training, cultivating cultural sensitivity and navigating the possibilities of a difficult climate or an unfriendly reception. And once the translation work begins, each language project has unique challenges all along the way. For example … … After 10 long years, still searching for just the right word for “hope.” … Discovering two very different words for “God.” … Realizing that your recommendations as translation consultants don’t go over too well with the translation team. So, what’s a Bible…

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When God Calls a Church Planter to Reach Refugees

Anne and her refugee friend
Anne Ingram became a missionary to plant churches. But in the height of the refugee crisis, she discovered in a new ministry.

When TEAM missionary Anne Ingram went looking for a way to connect with her German community, she didn’t expect to find it among a group of refugees. Anne and her husband, Jeff, moved to Dresden in late 2013 to plant a church. She would walk the streets near their home, asking God how she could reach out to their new neighbors. Right around the same time, the German government decided to open the nation’s borders to people displaced by war, poverty and violence in their own countries. The refugees poured in by the tens of thousands, from places like Eritrea,…

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If You Want to Reach Mom, Teach Her Kids ESL

Two women sit and discuss the Bible
All over the world, Christians are taking advantage of the opportunity to share the Gospel through ESL. Keep reading to see how TEAM missionaries in Mexico used it to reach Aitana!

Aitana didn’t know much about Jesus. Although she lived in an area of Mexico that was strong in religious traditions, her understanding of spiritual things was vague. Even after she grew up, got married and became a mother, Aitana had questions.  She couldn’t understand the emphasis in her culture on worshiping saints. It seemed like there was a major focus on bringing lots of offerings, too. Was she doing enough good deeds to get into heaven? Would the sins she struggled with, like pride, be her undoing? Little did Aitana know that an English class would help her find the…

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Called Home — to Reach the Same People 

Missionaries Keith and Dawn Moore pose outside of their home in Charlotte, NC.
Keith and Dawn Moore spent years serving as missionaries in Latin America — but then God called them back to the United States. Keep reading to see how God is using them in Charlotte.

After serving overseas for nearly 30 years, Keith and Dawn Moore were back in their home country for a new assignment. Except it didn’t feel like home anymore. This wasn’t the first time they’d felt like strangers. When they served as TEAM missionaries in Colombia and Honduras, Keith and Dawn grew accustomed to hearing “What are you doing here?” Their light skin and hair made it a natural question. Over time, they learned to welcome their visibility as a way to strike up conversations and start friendships. But now they were transitioning from ministry in Latin America to ministry in…

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When Crazy Dreams Become Reality

Sibo attended Bible college under TEAM missionaries
Thanks to supporters like you, Sibo got to to pursue God's call on her life at Swaziland Evangelical Bible College.

Growing up in the southern African nation of eSwatini, Sibonginkhosi (Sibo) had two kinds of dreams. She had goals and aspirations for what she would do and become as she prepared to launch into her future. But the dreams she experienced during sleep were quite different. Sometimes she saw herself teaching God’s Word, or singing in a church, or praying for the sick. In other dreams, a spiritual mentor urged her, “Choose the calling!” And during her waking hours, Sibo kept hearing the same message from trusted friends and leaders. A Childhood of Scarcity The middle child of seven children,…

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How American Football is Winning European Souls

football ministry
American football is a new idea in Europe. But it’s opening hearts to other unusual ideas — like the Gospel. Photo courtesy of Jakub Pláteník

On a damp and wintry afternoon in Prague, Czech Republic, TEAM missionary Zach Harrod was running down the street — not for exercise, not to escape danger, but simply to go from one meeting to another. He and his wife, Míša, had just spent time with friends who were part of their support team. And now Zach had to hurry to his next meeting — football practice. The rest of the afternoon, Zach coached, recruited, hauled equipment between locations and led conditioning workouts and practices. Zach and Míša live with this interesting mix of ministry every day — helping plant…

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