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Guided Lectio Divina: Jesus in the Midst of the Storm
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Praying Through COVID-19 [April Prayer Focus]
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Praying Psalm 46 in a Time of Crisis
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TEAM Eats: Flammkuchen
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Sewing to Sow Gospel Seeds [February Prayer Focus]
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TEAM Eats: Espinacas Con Garbanzos
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A Former Monk and a Miracle Book [January Prayer Focus]
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TEAM Eats: Kolachkes
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What’s Happening at Christmas (December Prayer Focus)
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The Refugee Who Built a Gospel Shelter for Refugees

Guided Lectio Divina: Jesus in the Midst of the Storm

The Mediterranean Sea
Where is Jesus in the midst of the storm? A lectio divinia study through Mark 4:35-41 helps us see Him!

For thousands of years, believers have used lectio divina as a way to meditate on God’s word and draw closer to Him. Readers take in the text four times, asking four simple questions. Then, they listen for the Lord’s voice. This method of reading Scripture is powerful in everyday life. And in times of distress, it gently causes us to slow down, quiet our souls and remember that Jesus is present with us. Wherever you are in life, we want to invite you to an online lectio divina experience. Emiko Mitchell, a logistics coordinator at TEAM, will be your guide…

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Praying Through COVID-19 [April Prayer Focus]

  News about COVID-19 is everywhere, bombarding us with frightening and overwhelming reports. As Christians, we know we can bring the scary and overwhelming to God. But where do we start? How do we pray effectively and purposefully when it feels like the whole world has descended into chaos?  This month, we’re focusing our prayers on people impacted by COVID-19. Keep reading to see specific ways you can pray for missionaries (and everyone else) who are being impacted by COVID-19 and the precautions taken to stop the spread. 1. Pray against loneliness for people in isolation. God created people to…

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Praying Psalm 46 in a Time of Crisis

Women praying together
Join us today in praying Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God”, is a favorite verse for retreats at mountain cabins and lakeside cottages. But the psalm itself assumes a very different setting. In verse 1, God is an ever-present help, and again in verses 4, 5, 7, and 11, His presence brings courage and strength. But have you noticed that in verses 2, 3, and 6, the ‘nations are in uproar”? The invitation to be still and to seek God takes place in the midst of chaos and worldly drama, not in a quiet sanctuary. It reminds us of Habakkuk who…

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TEAM Eats: Flammkuchen

Looking down at flammkuchen, which looks similar to a square pizza with cheese and bacon
This German, pizza-style dish is delicious and so simple anyone can make it! Keep reading to see how we made it!

Flammkuchen is a specialty of the region of Germany where we live and serve as TEAM missionaries.  Back in the day, German farmers would bake bread once a week. To test the oven temperature before they baked bread, they would put this small assortment of bread, creme fraiche and cheese into the oven. And that creation eventually evolved into what we know today as flammkuchen, or “pie baked in flames.”  Nowadays it’s the German version of pizza. It’s easy to eat on the go, or you can get it at a nice restaurant. It’s very simple to make, which is…

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Sewing to Sow Gospel Seeds [February Prayer Focus]

Marice teaches a woman to sew
Workplace and job skills ministries give people a sense of value and purpose. But most importantly, they help people find their identities in Christ!

In Papua, Indonesia, women used to be seen as less than the household animals. Because men had to pay a high bride price, they worked their wives very hard. They wanted to make sure they got their money’s worth. Women had to tend the gardens, carry all the heavy food and wood and care for the children.  But then TEAM missionary Charlotte Griffiths came and started teaching a sewing class. Learning how to sew gave women a new status in their community. Now these women provide clothing for their families — and extra income.  One of the women in this…

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TEAM Eats: Espinacas Con Garbanzos

This month we made tapas from Spain! This lovely spinach and bean dish is perfect for chilly winter days!

This month, our TEAM Eats dish comes all the way from Spain! TEAM missionaries Sharon and Carey Owens love the Spanish tradition of going out for tapas. Tapas are delicious food served on small plates, like an appetizer. One of the Owens’ favorites is espinacas con garbanzos, a chickpea and spinach dish.  Sharon says this is the perfect hot dish for a cold winter day. It’s great alone or with crackers or a baguette!  “We love it in the winter months when it’s chilly. Sort of like a different type of chili. Delicious! Warms you up from the inside out,”…

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A Former Monk and a Miracle Book [January Prayer Focus]

A man works on translating the Bible
This month, we're focusing our prayers on translation ministries around the world. Learn what goes into Bible translation and how you can pray!

Chaow sat on the bus and flipped the book over and over in his hands. It was such a small book. Yet it represented years of hard work for lots of people.  And now, it was finally ready.  The book was the first translation of the book of Matthew into a language used by a very influential Buddhist people group. And the bus Chaow was on was headed to a monastery to distribute it.  Chaow had been a monk himself once, so he had some idea of how the people would react. But this didn’t stop him from walking up…

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TEAM Eats: Kolachkes

Finished cookies surrounded by Christmas decor
Check out this recipe for traditional Czech cookies! Then, take some time to pray for the Czech people.

Today’s recipe was originally published by The Hungry Bluebird.  Merry Christmas! These cookies come all the way from the Czech Republic and they are delicious! These light and sweet cookies are easy to make and will add some cultural diversity to your upcoming Christmas parties and family dinners.  Even though there isn’t sugar in the cookie dough itself, the cookies get just the right amount of sweetness from the jam or cream cheese filling in the middle. In that way, these buttery, flaky cookies are similar to  American pastries Try them out for yourself because they are super yummy and…

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What’s Happening at Christmas (December Prayer Focus)

Two women hand a Christmas wreath on a door.
Christmas is coming up and for missionaries, that means outreach opportunities. Keep reading to see how you can pray for outreaches this month!

The Christmas season is here — and that means great outreach opportunities for missionaries.  In many cultures, Christmas opens people up to the idea of faith in God. The decorations, the music and the events are all constant reminders that something important is going on. It makes people curious.  With this in mind, missionaries around the world will host Christmas parties at their churches and homes. They’ll hold choir concerts where unsaved neighbors can hear the Gospel. They may even invite friends to celebrate the actual holiday together. Even if Christmas isn’t celebrated in a culture, missionaries can share about…

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The Refugee Who Built a Gospel Shelter for Refugees

As a refugee himself, Ebi knew the challenges other refugees faced. Sharing from God's provision was a natural outflow of his faith.

In 2016, Ebi lost his country. In 2017, he lost his family — and hope for his future. Alone in a foreign country, Ebi felt devastated, angry and directionless. But God had a plan no one could have predicted. This lonely refugee was about to become a force for the Gospel among Muslim refugees. A Broken Life Leads to Christ Ebi and his family illegally immigrated from Iran to Greece in 2016. By the next year, Ebi’s life was in such disarray that his wife decided she couldn’t remain with him. She took the kids and left.  But through the…

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