Category - Ministry Updates

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Building a Bridge of Hope
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Japanese Park Ministries Offer a “Level Step” to the Gospel
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Farmhouse Turned Sanctuary for Ukrainian Refugees [Photo Journal]
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A People Highly Prized by God
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Nabin’s Story: Healed and Redeemed by Christ
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Families Transformed by the Gospel in Papua
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Refining Gold in Pakistan
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Gospel Work Continues in War-Torn Ukraine
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Patience Leads to Promise in Zimbabwe
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How God Connected Displaced Teenagers, a Missionary Kid and a Stick of Gum

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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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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Farmhouse Turned Sanctuary for Ukrainian Refugees [Photo Journal]

Volunteers in front of the farmhouse.
Matthew and Sara Titus led a diverse team in this amazing project.

Since Day One of the Ukraine war, TEAM’s Matthew and Sara Titus have worked tirelessly to provide shelter and support to refugees. Their initial efforts included visits to Poland as well as renovating a series of apartments and other buildings in Prague, Czech Republic.  Now about an hour outside of Prague, the Tituses’ latest project is renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse to provide housing for displaced families as they struggle to find a new normal.                                                    …

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A People Highly Prized by God

Group walking up a hill in Papua.
Holistic community development enables people to see that God cares for them and the issues they face each day.

James didn’t mince words in his epistle to the early Church. “Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food,” says James. “If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?” (James 2:15-16 NIV)  The effort to address both physical and spiritual needs is often referred to as “holistic ministry.” When these principles impact an entire community, the result is holistic community development or “transformational development.”   Michael Cochran, his wife Susan, and their four young children know first-hand that transformational…

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Nabin’s Story: Healed and Redeemed by Christ

Man with walker and assistant in southeast Asia.
Nabin is a living testimony, but the journey hasn’t been easy.

In a dark, cramped room in southeast Asia, a young man lay paralyzed and in despair. On the wall next to him sat a row of Hindu idols, collecting dust and unable to help him see any purpose or hope ahead. Yet today this young man, healed and redeemed by Christ, proclaims the Gospel to his friends and neighbors. The journey to this happy ending was not an easy one, but it is one marked by the faithfulness of the God who heals and redeems…  Two Friends on a Walk  The story began on a typical February day in 2020….

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Families Transformed by the Gospel in Papua

Papuan family with two children.
The light of Christ now shines through Hatam families once entrenched in darkness.

How do we impart biblical truth while also respecting important cultural traditions? As we follow Jesus’ command to “go into all the world,” how do we make sure we don’t “go” like a steamroller? This is perhaps one of the greatest challenges of cross-cultural ministry, especially when it comes to something as central to a society as its concept of “family.”  God’s heart for marriage and family is seen throughout Scripture. For traditionally Judeo-Christian cultures, a loving and nurturing family dynamic is easily understood. But what about in cultures where family relationships look very different? How can we as the…

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Refining Gold in Pakistan

40th Celebration at Zarephath Bible Seminary.
Zarephath Bible Seminary is a shining example of globalized discipleship which spans 40 years.

The word Zarephath in Hebrew means “a place where gold is refined.” For 40 years, God has been refining gold for His Kingdom in Pakistan through Zarephath Bible Seminary. What began as an initiative of mostly western missionaries has grown into an amazing institution led by Pakistani leaders who train up other leaders to impact their nation for Christ.  It Began with a Question The ZBS journey began in the mid-1970s. TEAM global workers saw the need for a Bible training program in Pakistan. They began asking the question, “How can we train local leaders to be pastors and leaders…

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Gospel Work Continues in War-Torn Ukraine

Odesa Cityscape
Despite the devastation of war, the Holy Spirit is on the move in Ukraine.

Two years ago, we braced ourselves for a pandemic that rocked the world and called the Church to prayer. Today, we have a new reason to go to our knees, this time in intercession for the nation and people of Ukraine. The Russian invasion which began Thursday, February 24 is the most aggressive act of war in Europe since World War II. At the time of the Russian invasion, TEAM had two global workers in Ukraine, Maria* and Samantha*. Both were safely evacuated shortly before the onset of fighting but left behind churches, ministries, and Ukrainian believers they know and…

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Patience Leads to Promise in Zimbabwe

Children attending school under the temporary shelter
The school in Nyamukaiwa is a dream come true many years in the making.

Waiting. Not many of us like it, and yet so often we’re stuck doing it. We wait for a package to arrive. We wait for an open dentist appointment. We wait for COVID restrictions to lift. We wait for an answer to prayer.  Tom and Lois Jackson, TEAM workers in Zimbabwe, have gotten really good at waiting. And after many years, God is rewarding their patience and endurance in amazing ways. But let’s start from the beginning… “A Lesson in Patience” Tom came to Africa in 1976 as a second-generation missionary, having grown up there. His parents, Russ and Marge…

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How God Connected Displaced Teenagers, a Missionary Kid and a Stick of Gum

Medical ministry at a children's hostel
Jonah and his mom have found their purpose in serving an amazing and brave community of children.

Imagine the scene: three hundred children and teens fleeing for their lives. They live in a region continually ravished by a war that began decades before they were born. Some sojourn as orphans, others sent away by desperate parents hoping for a better life for them – a life protected from the resident evil and horrendous dangers of their homeland. God in His mercy leads this vulnerable band of young wanderers, teenagers leading and caring for the youngest among them, into the jungles of a neighboring nation. He gives them sanctuary and a new start in a place with mountains…

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