Author - Suzanne Pearson

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Defined by Christ: A Call to Prayer
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Sunrise on a New Beginning
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January Prayer Focus: Anti-Trafficking Ministry Around the World
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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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Japanese Park Ministries Offer a “Level Step” to the Gospel
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We’re Here, We’re Ready, We’re Waiting: Mobilizing the Latin American Church

Defined by Christ: A Call to Prayer

What defines you? In 2023, it’s a popular question. We all seem to be trying to wrap our minds around the question of identity – that which defines us. As followers of Jesus, we want our identity to be rooted in Christ. To that end, TEAM, as an organization with many members, has defining values that anchor us.   But it’s important that these values aren’t just platitudes that we post on a webpage and then go about our business. For these concepts to truly define us as missional workers and as disciples of Jesus, they need to be lived out…

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Sunrise on a New Beginning

Sunshine through the city buildings in Italy.
“Alba” in Italian means “Sunrise.” And that’s just what the Alba Safe House and Recovery Program in Italy is all about…the sun rising on a brighter day for women in need of a new start.

For many of us, when we think of Italy, we envision the breathtaking architecture, stunning landscapes, and incredible food. But what we may not know is that Italy is also home to a subculture that can be cruel to the weak and vulnerable.   Prostitution is legal in Italy, and the infrastructure for social services is sparse, even for its own citizens. For these reasons among others, Italy is an epicenter for sex trafficking. The result is a sea of women, many of them foreigners in a country far from their own. They are trapped in the sex industry but…

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January Prayer Focus: Anti-Trafficking Ministry Around the World

Girl looking straight ahead.
"What was broken in relationship can only be healed in relationship." These words are the hallmark for TEAM’s anti-trafficking ministries.

According to the Human Trafficking Hotline, there are over 40 million victims of trafficking worldwide. TEAM is acutely aware of the global crisis of sex trafficking and we thank God for opening doors to anti-trafficking ministry opportunities in various regions.  For this month’s Prayer Focus, we invite you to join us in praying for anti-trafficking ministries and those they serve in these specific ways:  1. PRAY for global workers to find and connect with those in need in a post-COVID climate.  In many areas, especially in places where prostitution is legal, it was relatively straightforward prior to the pandemic to…

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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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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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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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