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A Ministry Marathon
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Photo Journal: Australia
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What Are You Giving Up for Lent?
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The Spirituality of Fundraising
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Everyday Prayer
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What You Should Know When Supporting Disaster Relief

A Ministry Marathon

Ministry is not a sprint, but a marathon to the finish line. Photo by TEAM

Today we welcome a long-term worker in South Asia to the TEAM blog. After decades on the field, she shares with us a poignant reflection of her ministry among Muslims. Because of governmental opposition to the gospel and gospel workers in her region, her identity will remain anonymous.  Before I left to serve overseas, I had a litany of worries. What if the language is too hard to learn? What if I’m lonely? Will I be able to adjust to the conservative culture of South Asia? Will I be able to make friends? Will I be able to lead someone into God’s kingdom?…

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Photo Journal: Australia

A South Carolina native, Kristen Kelly spent many summers serving overseas during high school and college. Now a Clemson University graduate, Kristen has spent the last five months serving as a ministry apprentice at a church plant in Adelaide, Australia. Check out the snapshots below from Kristen as she tells us in her own words about life and ministry in Australia.

Something about Kristen!

God has been gracious to combine my love for learning, travel, and culture with my desire to serve Him and spread the Gospel. I am currently five months into serving as a ministry apprentice (intern) at Trinity Bay Church, where I serve in the young adult and women’s ministries. Words cannot describe how God has provided for me, guided me, and taught me more about His love for me and His people since the day I felt led to do overseas mission work in South Australia.

God has been so good to provide me with whatever I have needed in Australia. A non-Christian Irishman who owns a bike shop down the road lent me his very own bike to ride around. Who does that? I use this to go to and from the church office and for joy rides along the coast.

God has been so good to provide me with whatever I have needed in Australia. A non-Christian Irishman who owns a bike shop down the road lent me his very own bike to ride around. Who does that? I use this to go to and from the church office and for joy rides along the coast.

I have learned that every Australian birthday has to have fairy bread. Fairy bread is literally a slice of bread cut into fourths, covered in butter, and then dipped into color-coated sprinkles. So, sugar bread.

I have learned that every Australian birthday has to have fairy bread. Fairy bread is literally a slice of bread cut into fourths, covered in butter, and then dipped into color-coated sprinkles. So, sugar bread.

The young adults at my church put together a concert to share the story of Jesus’ death and bodily resurrection through song. It was amazing to see God’s people using the gifts that He has given them to their full potential.

The young adults at my church put together a concert to share the story of Jesus’ death and bodily resurrection through song. It was amazing to see God’s people using the gifts that He has given them to their full potential.

Outback Stars

I was blessed with the opportunity to go on a road trip through the Australian outback. There was nothing for miles and miles and miles. Under cloudless nights and the Milky Way, I saw God’s grandeur, His creativity, and how awesome He is up close. I couldn’t miss it.

I have not convinced myself to eat a kangaroo burger yet, but I have had a kangaroo and emu pizza. You can pretty much convince me to eat anything that is on a pizza.

I have not convinced myself to eat a kangaroo burger yet, but I have had a kangaroo and emu pizza. You can pretty much convince me to eat anything that is on a pizza.

Women's Growth Group

I co-lead some of these women in our women’s growth group. For Easter, we hosted an event where women could come into a welcoming environment and make chocolate eggs and grass crosses.

Paying with plastic has a whole new meaning here. Australian bills are not only plastic, but are different colors and sizes, so you know exactly what you are getting when you pull out a bill. I love it.

Paying with plastic has a whole new meaning here. Australian bills are not only plastic, but are different colors and sizes, so you know exactly what you are getting when you pull out a bill. I love it.

I wrote a report on Ayer’s Rock in 6th grade for Ms. Roberts. Who knew that I’d travel to see it eleven years later?

I wrote a report on Ayer’s Rock in 6th grade for Ms. Roberts. Who knew that I’d travel to see it eleven years later?

USA Game Night

I threw a USA game night for the church youth complete with baseball, country music, Cracker Jacks, Hershey’s chocolate, and Moon Pies.

Want to connect with Kristen? Follow her on Instagram or check out her blog.

PRAY

Pray for Kristen to have clarity and authenticity in her discipling relationships with young women in Adelaide. Pray also that these women will be led of the Spirit to disciple others.

While Australians have access to the gospel, the prevalence of post-modern pluralism has led to the decline of the evangelical church. Less than 8% of Australians engage in weekly Christian worship. Pray for a revival of the Australian church.

Pray that God will send more workers to Australia.

GIVE

You can help TEAM send more missionaries like Kristen by supporting the Global Outreach (GO) Fund. Click here to give!

SERVE

There is a great need for workers in Australia. Missionaries are needed for teaching, discipling and church planting. Click here to learn more about TEAM’s ministries in Australia and view service opportunities in Adelaide.

 

 

What Are You Giving Up for Lent?

Lent is the 40-day period leading up to Easter when Christians practice a sacrifice of some kind, and spend extra time in prayer and worship. Photo by Robert Johnson/TEAM

What are you giving up for Lent? Did you hear this growing up? Not me. My childhood was spent in a non-liturgical church, so when I heard the word “lent,” I immediately thought about something coming off my clothes. I had no idea about a Christian calendar. But maybe you did grow up in a liturgical setting, and for you Lent invokes ideas of giving up something fun, like chocolate. I know a lot of people who give up coffee for Lent, but that’s just crazy-talk. As I’ve grown, I’ve come to appreciate the liturgical calendar as a way for…

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The Spirituality of Fundraising

We can’t let myths and bad examples keep us from the truth: biblical stewardship is one of the most valuable discipleship tools in our Great Commission kit. Photo courtesy of TEAM

I travel quite a bit in my line of work. When you talk to strangers on an airplane, there are very few things that tend to shut people up faster than saying “I’m a pastor.” “I’m a fundraiser” is definitely one of those few. A fundraiser is right up there with used car salesman and lawyer when it comes to negative perceptions. What is it about fundraising that makes it such a cringe-worthy profession? I think it boils down to a couple of scary myths, and a few falsehoods, coupled with the damaging example of those who have abused the…

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Everyday Prayer

TEAM missionaries and local language experts work on translating the Bible for the Kwong tribe in Chad. Photo by Robert Johnson / TEAM

At the first of every month, we publish a monthly prayer focus, which delivers specific, up-to-date ways you can pray for TEAM missionaries on the field. Now, how many times do we say, “I’m praying for you” in response to an email or Facebook update from a missionary? When we’re honest, in the hustle and bustle of our days, we know it’s easier to say it than do it. Even during our regular prayer times, it’s hard to remember to pray for missionaries if we don’t have regular contact with them or can’t quite recall the specifics of their ministry….

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What You Should Know When Supporting Disaster Relief

Japan disaster relief
Not all international ministries are equipped to respond to all disasters. TEAM responded to earthquakes and tsunami in Japan in 2011 (above), but chose not to make a formal fundraising appeal for typhoon relief in the Philippines. Photo by Robert Johnson / TEAM

Today, TEAM Chief Advancement Officer Arnie Adkison contributes to the blog. He addresses how you can make the most difference when tragedy strikes, and shares some of how TEAM decides when to get involved. Last week a retired TEAM missionary couple in southern Illinois had no idea that as they headed out to church, the home they would later return to was about to become rubble. While they prayed and worshiped with their church community, a tornado ripped through their town and destroyed their house and everything in it, leaving them with little more than the clothes they were wearing….

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