Category - Ministry Updates

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‘Nobody Believes in God Here’
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How God’s Using Facebook and COVID-19 to Save Papuan Souls
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Hope Amid Death: COVID-19 Ministry in Latin America
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One Man’s 30-Year Search for a Bible
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The Riots That Led to Friendship
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Discipling Christians to Live Their Faith at Work
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What Does a Bible Translator Do When. . .
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On an Island Without the Bible
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Ruined by Gambling, Redeemed by Christ
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They Burned Their Weapons and Started a Missionary Movement

‘Nobody Believes in God Here’

Anne reads her Bible
Becoming a Christian was life-changing for Anne, but her partner hated it. Was following Jesus going to cost Anne her closest relationship?

Despite its post-Christian culture, Germany loves a good Easter celebration. They take four days to celebrate, from Good Friday through Monday. They hold Easter markets and share amazing food. They shut down offices. Few people actually believe in the miracle of the holiday, but they know the story. So when a German celebrates Easter as a believer for the first time, it’s a day like no other. For the first time, this wonderful holiday has meaning beyond what they could ever have imagined. But on Easter of 2017, Anne wasn’t feeling all the joy she was supposed to. It had…

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How God’s Using Facebook and COVID-19 to Save Papuan Souls

TEAM missionary Walter Kennedy reads the Bible at his desk. During COVID-19, he does missionary work online.
TEAM missionary Walter Kennedy didn't have much of an interest in Facebook. That is, until COVID-19 hit, and he saw an opportunity for online discipleship.

Before COVID-19, Walter Kennedy didn’t even know how to send a message on Facebook. Today, he’s ministering to nearly 2,000 tribal people through his own Facebook group — and people are being saved. Walter has spent his career ministering among the Hatam tribe of Papua, Indonesia. It’s a group that only received the Gospel 60 years ago. And few outsiders speak their tribal language. Walter and his wife, Diane, started out in a mountain jungle so remote, they had to build their own house. Since then, they’ve helped establish a Bible school, taught Bible classes, mentored church leaders, written Bible…

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Hope Amid Death: COVID-19 Ministry in Latin America

COVID-19 hasn't stopped God's work! From aid packages to medical evacuations, see how God is using missionaries in Latin America!

“Leche!” shouts a little boy. He grabs the can of milk out of a bag and starts hugging and kissing it. Missionaries pitch in to buy a coffin so their friend can be buried in the cemetery instead of a mass COVID-19 grave. Churches pool their money and start committees to provide food for the neediest families in their neighborhoods. When the new coronavirus turned into a pandemic, many people wondered, “Will COVID-19 put global missions on hold?” And while missions does look a bit different these days, we’re happy to report that God is still working to transform lives. …

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One Man’s 30-Year Search for a Bible

A man reads a Bible
After his Bible was stolen, Diyar spent decades searching for another one. How would he find one without knowing any Christians?

Thirty years ago, Diyar owned the most powerful book in the world. He didn’t fully understand it. It went against everything he’d ever heard about God. And he knew he had to find its meaning. But the book was too powerful to go unnoticed, especially in Diyar’s Middle Eastern country. Someone discovered Diyar’s book and stole it from him. Diyar tried everything he could to find another copy, but it was impossible. Impossible, until his wife, Talora, attended an ordinary wedding. A “Chance” Encounter Talora didn’t expect anything unusual to happen at the wedding. But as she got ready, a…

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The Riots That Led to Friendship

burned building in Papua in August 2019
In the Summer of 2019, violent protests in Papua left burning buildings in their wake — but these protests also led to a surprising friendship.

People barricaded the streets. They threw stones at local businesses. They set buildings on fire. The people of Papua, Indonesia, were not happy, and they wanted the government to know. As TEAM missionaries serving in Papua, Devon and Katie Hayes thought it best to keep a low profile during the protests. They tried to avoid big groups of people in the streets and parks. And eventually, the Indonesian government sent military troops to clean up the situation. Devon and Katie warned their sons Seth (age 6) and Nick (age 3) about what was going on. But kids aren’t necessarily concerned…

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Discipling Christians to Live Their Faith at Work

Being a Christian means following Jesus everywhere — even at work. But what happens when your profession's best practices conflict with God's commands?

“For the longest time, I thought my job … was to figure out how to help people transform their relationships.” Henry*, a conflict management specialist, was taking a closer look at his role when he realized something: “That’s not exactly my job.” A Tool for Christian Professionals Henry had been working through the Vocational Manifesto, a discipleship program designed for Christian professionals. The program helps people find areas of brokenness in their professions (e.g. poor financial stewardship) and then replace them with ethical practices. Henry is a TEAM missionary serving in a professional role, in a nation where traditional Gospel…

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What Does a Bible Translator Do When. . .

A group of men in Chad work on a Bible translation project
Bible translation is rarely about simply replacing one word with another. Bible translators share some of their trickiest challenges and how they overcame them.

The journey of a TEAM Bible translator begins long before the first word of Scripture is written down. It includes undergoing extensive training, cultivating cultural sensitivity and navigating the possibilities of a difficult climate or an unfriendly reception. And once the translation work begins, each language project has unique challenges all along the way. For example … … After 10 long years, still searching for just the right word for “hope.” … Discovering two very different words for “God.” … Realizing that your recommendations as translation consultants don’t go over too well with the translation team. So, what’s a Bible…

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On an Island Without the Bible

Simson led the Bible translation team for the Hatam Bible. Here he sits at his desk.
Simson was desperate for a Hatam-language Bible. But he never imagined he would join — and ultimately lead — the Bible translation team that made it happen.

Imagine this: You’re on an island, and you can only keep a few Bible verses. The rest will be wiped from your memory. Which verses do you choose? Give it just a little thought, and the question quickly becomes complicated. You could use up all the verses on explaining Gospel. But what about God’s character? What pleases God? How does He think of you? How should you relate to others in light of Christ? Even if you had years to choose, you would agonize over what you were missing. But you might understand a little of what Simson Dowansiba felt….

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Ruined by Gambling, Redeemed by Christ

Two men in Cebu sit in the marketplace
Gerald's gambling addiction ruined his life, but thanks to friends like you, Gerald was plugged into a church that showed him a new way.

How do you know when your gambling habit’s gotten out of hand? Probably when you stop coming home . . . for three months straight. Gerald had a mind for greatness. He started his business at a young age and quickly earned millions in pesos, the Philippines’ currency. He had more than enough to support a wife and two sons. It’s no wonder Gerald thought a little gambling at the casino would be harmless. However, his great mind didn’t prepare him for how gambling sucks people in and takes over their lives. Gerald stopped coming home for three months. He…

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They Burned Their Weapons and Started a Missionary Movement

headshot of Yakobus
As a child, Yakobus learned to kill and eat people. As an adult, he's equipping missionaries from his tribe to reach more tribes with the Gospel!

From the time he was born, Yakobus’s parents pounded one message into his head: Be afraid. Trust no one. His childhood home didn’t have windows, lest assassins sneak in during the night. His parents taught him to never leave home unarmed. When Yakobus grew up, his parents said, he needed to be able to kill people. But there was one person Yakobus and his family didn’t fear. “We were never afraid of God, because we didn’t even know that God exists,” Yakobus says. Yakobus’s people believed that they were utterly alone, in a constant fight for their lives. But today,…

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