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When Does Sacrifice Become Neglect?
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Changing Lives through ESL [September Prayer Focus]
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Reaching the Lost in North America [August Prayer Focus]
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From Seeker to Church Leader [July Prayer Focus]
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When a Middle School Dropout Finds Jesus at Camp [June Prayer Focus]
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Experience, Wisdom and Language Learning [May Prayer Focus]
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Breaking Walls in College Students’ Hearts [April Prayer Focus]
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Why Translation Work is Vital for Kingdom Growth [March Prayer Focus]
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She Wanted Senior Discounts — But Found Jesus [February Prayer Focus]
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3 Keys to Muslim Ministry — and Their Pitfalls

When Does Sacrifice Become Neglect?

A man bows his head and prays
Missionary work requires sacrifice. But what happens when that sacrifice comes at the expense of your family? Keep reading to see how one missionary found his answer in the book of Mark.

Today’s blog post comes from a TEAM missionary working in the Middle East. For his safety, we have kept his name and location private. When we arrived on the mission field, we expected to see an attitude of intentional self-sacrifice. I want that attitude in missionaries I support personally, and churches want that in us. Jesus apparently wanted that, too, or He wouldn’t ask Christians to carry their cross. But we all know that it’s really the missionaries who are supposed to do that a little bit more than everyone else. It’s a role prescribed for missions workers. And we…

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Changing Lives through ESL [September Prayer Focus]

An ESL teacher teaches students starting with the English alphabet.
Teaching English as a second language gives missionaries opportunities to build relationships with their students and show them the love of Christ.

Okay, picture this: You’re on a bus crowded with people. You’ve had a long day and you just want to get home. You’re minding your own business, but the bus is so crowded that people keep bumping into you.  You’ve taken all you can when all of the sudden, someone steps on your foot. You cry out in pain and grab your toes. Now you’re faced with a choice: You can either scream and yell a few choice words at your attacker, or you can slowly put your foot back on the ground and put a smile on your face….

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Reaching the Lost in North America [August Prayer Focus]

An American missionary and a Muslim refugee embrace despite their different religions.
This month, we are praying for missionaries in North America who bring the Gospel to unreached peoples in our own backyards!

It’s the news no parent ever wants to hear: “Your child is sick.” Joram and Ousa were living in a foriegn country — the violence in Syria forced them to flee as refugees to Jordan. They were just starting to settle into life there when they got the diagnosis.  Their son, Adnan, had leukoencephalopathy, a disease that affects white matter in the brain. By the time they were able to get asylum in the U.S., Adnan’s illness had advanced to the point that he was bedridden and unable to communicate.  That’s when Joram and Ousa met TEAM missionaries Miles and…

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From Seeker to Church Leader [July Prayer Focus]

A group of men in Honduras consult their Bibles.
Every church needs to train leaders for the future. Join us this month in praying for missionaries who train local church leaders and missionaries.

For Jose, it was just another normal run around the park. He didn’t know that he would end up having a conversation that would change his life and his family. But that day at the park, Jose met members of TEAM missionaries Ralph and Ellen’s church plant in Mexico. They invited Jose and his wife, Amilia, to be a part of one of their house churches. Soon, Jose put his faith in Christ and was baptized. Since then, he has been actively sharing his faith with everyone he meets! The change in Jose was so apparent that his wife and…

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When a Middle School Dropout Finds Jesus at Camp [June Prayer Focus]

A group of Christian campers in Mexico
Join us this month in praying for Christian camps happening around the world. Ask God to guide the many missionaries leading the camps!

Francisco was a middle school student. He was at an age when most boys should be learning and growing. But that wasn’t his story. At school, Francisco struggled with learning. And at home, his family struggled to make ends meet. So the decision seemed natural: Francisco would drop out of school and find a job instead. But the only job he could find was dangerous. And paid him nearly nothing. So before long, Francisco stopped studying or working altogether. Without an education, his future looked bleaker every day. Francisco did have one thing going for him though: He’d been attending…

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Experience, Wisdom and Language Learning [May Prayer Focus]

A woman in her golden years runs errands
For missionaries serving in their golden years, mission work presents some unique challenges. Join us this month in praying for missionaries over the age of 50 working all around the world.

“Why can’t you stay with us?” The question came from TEAM missionary Georgia Landis’ 6-year-old granddaughter, sitting in the backseat of the car. Georgia was on her way to the airport to return to the mission field. Her daughter drove, with her two kids in the backseat.   After a lovely visit in the States, the heart-wrenching moment that no one was ever ready for had rolled around: It was time to say goodbye. Again. The coming separation had Georgia and her daughter in tears. So when her granddaughter innocently asked her to stay, it was nearly impossible to say…

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Breaking Walls in College Students’ Hearts [April Prayer Focus]

Breaking Walls in College Students’ Hearts
College is many students' first chance to truly explore religion one their own. Pray for missionaries trying to guide these students onto the right path.

Beatriz had grown up in a strict, Catholic home, but she always felt disgusted by the hypocrisy of her family and their church. Now that she was on her own, studying at the University of Minho, Beatriz was determined to stay as far away from religion as possible. So when her friend, TEAM missionary Diane, invited her to an English and board game night inside a local church building, she hesitated. But when Beatriz arrived at the church, she felt welcomed — and even comfortable! So comfortable, in fact, that she even decided to attend a conversational workshop the group…

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Why Translation Work is Vital for Kingdom Growth [March Prayer Focus]

Millions of people are still waiting for a Bible translation in their language. Will you pray for Bible translators as they fill this critical need?

Down through the years, written communication has served as a vital way to spread knowledge. Even God chose to deliver His message of salvation primarily through the written word. But what if you didn’t have His written Word in your language? How would your relationship with the Father look if you couldn’t study the Scriptures for yourself? How would you even understand what He’s like? There are about 2,000 language groups who grapple with that reality today. That’s why missionaries around the world serve through translation ministries. It’s hard work, but the long-term payoff is immeasurable. This month, pray with us…

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She Wanted Senior Discounts — But Found Jesus [February Prayer Focus]

Woman with a Bible
Seeker Bible studies are a great tool for reaching people who aren't ready to go to church. Will you pray for the missionaries around the world leading seeker studies right now?

Leticia* thought she was only going to the local Office of the Aging to get her senior discount card. She never expected the errand to change her life forever. But as the she stood in line, she began chatting with the woman in line next to her. Two hours later, a clear friendship had formed. And two weeks after that, Leticia invited her new friend over for a visit. Leticia’s new friend was TEAM missionary Sandy Rios, who serves in Mexico with her husband. The couple eagerly accepted Leticia’s invitation. They soon began meeting regularly and studying the Bible with…

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3 Keys to Muslim Ministry — and Their Pitfalls

Mosque
God is opening new doors to reach Muslims. Find out how you can engage with them — and what traps to avoid as you share the Gospel.

Today’s blog post comes from a missionary working in the Middle East. For his safety, we have kept his name and location private. In 1987, my wife and I got a call asking if we would like to help new university students coming from the Middle East. We were excited for the opportunity as we were already preparing to work among Muslims in Central Asia. Before long, we were inviting Muslim students to our home, taking them out to shop, and helping them adjust to life in the U.S. One day, while at a large grocery store, we passed in…

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