Category - Ministry Updates

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Making Disciples who Make Disciples
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The Church Planting Program That Became a Filipino Movement
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The Church is Shifting South — and That’s Good for Missions
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A Hurricane Destroyed Her Neighborhood — and Led Her to Christ
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COVID is Still Changing Our Ministries — and God is Still Working
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‘Now It’s Our Turn’: A Papuan’s Call to Reach Papuans
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‘More than Just a Basketball Thing’
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When a Muslim Dreams of a Missionary
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When Your Church Still Can’t Meet in Person — or Online
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Building House Churches Through Outdoor Adventures

Making Disciples who Make Disciples

The Church is strengthened when mature Christians take time to mentor fellow believers and live life together.
The Church is strengthened when mature Christians take time to mentor fellow believers and live life together.

When Stuvan read the message from a colleague introducing him to Balraj, a church planter asking for discipleship, he paused before answering. It could have been a no brainer. Stuvan, a south Asian TEAM missionary, is passionate about mentoring national workers in foundational Christian beliefs. Instead, he took the time to ask questions, do research and pray for guidance. Was Balraj serious about serving God and about being trained? Was he faithful? Did Balraj have the time for discipleship with Stuvan? Was he available? And was Balraj willing to learn? Was he teachable? “I really wanted to make sure,” Stuvan…

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The Church Planting Program That Became a Filipino Movement

Thanks to CPI's network, dozens of churches like this one in Mangaldan have been planted across the Philippines.
Thanks to CPI's network, dozens of churches like this one in Mangaldan have been planted across the Philippines.

The students at the Church Planting Institute are a mismatched bunch. High school dropouts and college professors. A former gang member and a former aspiring priest. Mature believers and brand new ones. But they’re all attending the CPI because they share two things in common. “It’s basically, do you believe in Christ? Are you passionate about Him enough to invest your life in multiplying for Christ?” says TEAM missionary David Weaver. “And if you are, then … we’ll take you wherever you’re at and disciple you from there.” This easy entry philosophy might not lend the Filipino school much prestige,…

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The Church is Shifting South — and That’s Good for Missions

Serving in ministry with Mexican believers has taught Emily to ask different questions and read Scripture with a new perspective.
Serving in ministry with Mexican believers has taught Emily to ask different questions and read Scripture with a new perspective.

In Ecclesiastes, Solomon warns us, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun” (1:9). With that said, I believe we need to pay careful attention to what God may be doing in each generation. Today, I am thankful for the shift in the global Church from the Global North/West to the Global South. As Christian belief declines in the North, it is thriving in places like Africa, Asia and Latin America. And these regions are increasingly sending their own missionaries. Now, before you worry that I’m somehow…

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A Hurricane Destroyed Her Neighborhood — and Led Her to Christ

Gaby thought Christians were fanatics. Now, Gaby’s whole life is centered on knowing God and leading others to Him.
Gaby thought Christians were fanatics. Now, Gaby’s whole life is centered on knowing God and leading others to Him.

“I remember that my mother told me, ‘Now that you know about the word of God, are you ready to wear a straightjacket?’” Those aren’t the words you expect a Christian mother to say to her newly-saved daughter. But Gaby knew her mom’s teasing came from a place of inexpressible joy. Gaby married and had children young, so she spent years trying to recapture her youth. While her husband “worked all the time,” Gaby says, “I really like to be in the streets.” Her mom tried to tell her about God. Gaby thought it was madness to give up freedom…

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COVID is Still Changing Our Ministries — and God is Still Working

Covid-19 has cost many missionaries access to their host countries. New strategies and perseverance are vital for the work to continue.
Covid-19 has cost many missionaries access to their host countries. New strategies and perseverance are vital for the work to continue.

As I write this from Asia, we are weary from yet another round of strict restrictions on travel and gatherings. The world entered the third wave in June; Asia is facing some of our hardest days yet. Today, six countries in Asia are in the top 10 countries facing the highest new cases per day. Eighteen months ago, one colleague was out of her host country for the New Year’s break when COVID-19 hit. The borders were closed, and she returned to the States. She’s now been stateside for more than a year. Another colleague was in the United States…

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‘Now It’s Our Turn’: A Papuan’s Call to Reach Papuans

Papuan pastor Nimbrot preaches at a baptismal service
Nimbrot (left) knows the Gospel because of Western missionaries. Now he's calling his people to continue Christ's mission.

Nimbrot was a kid when white, Western missionaries came to his part of Papua, Indonesia. “Now,” Nimbrot says, “it’s our turn.” It’s a rare attitude in Nimbrot’s tribe, the Auyu. Since the first missionaries came to and left South Papua, the Church there has struggled with discipleship and growth. Nimbrot decided to become a pastor in his 20s and was quickly sucked into a leadership vacuum. Without any Bible training, he became a regional leader for his denomination. But Nimbrot was already thinking beyond his region. He knew there were many tribes, deep inside Papua’s jungles, who hadn’t heard the…

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‘More than Just a Basketball Thing’

Cristian felt like he was falling apart. Now, through sports ministry and discipleship, he’s a passionate believer with a vision to spread the Gospel.
Cristian felt like he was falling apart. Now, through sports ministry and discipleship, he’s a passionate believer with a vision to spread the Gospel.

When two visitors showed up at Cristian’s middle school, he had no idea that the basketball program they promoted would end three long years of loneliness. It wasn’t easy growing up in La Paz, Mexico, where Cristian regularly navigated offers of drugs, family dysfunction and his own adolescent hormones. And he was doing it pretty much all on his own. He’d had some good friends, neighbors who provided a safe space and a listening ear — and who also pointed him to Jesus. But they moved away. Where Cristian had once found friendship and spiritual guidance, now there was only…

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When a Muslim Dreams of a Missionary

A Middle Eastern man walks outside
With crushing debt, a dying mother and a looming prison sentence, Murad was in desperate need of a miracle. Then, he dreamed of a missionary.

Every salvation story is different. Murad began his by hitting a pedestrian with his car. The accident wasn’t necessarily all his fault, but in Murad’s Middle Eastern country, that doesn’t matter. The person at fault is the one who doesn’t get hurt The medical bills stacked up quickly, and Murad was responsible for all of them. Tradition also required Murad to pay a separate amount as an apology to the family. The full amount was 20 times what Murad made in one month. In the midst of that crisis, Murad’s family was hit with another: Murad’s mother, Qismah, was diagnosed…

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When Your Church Still Can’t Meet in Person — or Online

With limited internet access, one Peruvian church has had to think differently about how to do church during an ongoing pandemic.
With limited internet access, one Peruvian church has had to think differently about how to do church during an ongoing pandemic.

Throughout the pandemic, churches have celebrated the power of online services. People who would never have set foot in a church could casually hop online for a bit of hope. But for people in the community of Ciudad de Dios, going online for church is an impossible luxury. Located on the outskirts of Arequipa, Peru, the neighborhood is made of people working simple jobs with meager wages. Any internet access comes in the form of cell phone data. And with schools online during COVID-19, families have had to use most of their data for their children’s educations. Now, well into…

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Building House Churches Through Outdoor Adventures

When Steve and Lois Dresselhaus invite you to kayak, be ready for deep conversations about God and worship at sea.
When Steve and Lois Dresselhaus invite you to kayak, be ready for deep conversations about God and worship at sea.

TEAM missionary Steve Dresselhaus was in his usual place of worship on Sunday morning. Not in a sanctuary, but in nature. Not with a congregation, but with fellow ocean enthusiasts. Not in a pew, but in the seat of a kayak on the Sea of Cortez. One of his friends paddled up. “Steve, I like this church,” the man told him. A Ministry Born out of Burnout On any given week, Steve and Lois Dresselhaus see church happening around their dinner table, in a kayak, in someone’s yard, on a hike or in their living room. It takes place during…

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