Category - Ministry Updates

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When Life Gives You Anxiety… Start a Debate Team?
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What Happens When You Tell God No?
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A Shelf Full of Gods — and No Hope
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‘All This Will End’: A Refugee’s Story
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His Search for Christ Led Him to Prison
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How Basketball Reached a Teenage Atheist
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Reaching Grandma Through a Kids’ Ministry
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When You Think Selling Yourself Is Your Only Option
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She Gave Up Her Parents — and She’s Not Sorry
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A Suicidal Mom and the Bully Who Reached Her

When Life Gives You Anxiety… Start a Debate Team?

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Melissa's anxiety disorder used to keep her from school and activities she enjoyed — like debate team. Would switching schools be the answer? Read her story to find out!

The panic attacks could hit at any time — on the way to school, in class, hanging out with friends. One moment, Melissa was an ordinary schoolgirl. The next, she was gasping for breath, suffocating on the sidewalk. What made it extra baffling was that Melissa wasn’t a shy kid. She was outgoing, friendly and determined. And yet, these panic attacks were slowly taking over her life. As Melissa started the 11th grade, she wondered how she would make it through the year. And soon, she would lose grip of everything. Too Anxious for School Melissa’s school was well-organized, with…

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What Happens When You Tell God No?

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Kwenzo had a mom and nine siblings to support. So when God called him to ministry, he thought it was impossible.

Kwenzo’s father was dead. His mother had eight other children to support. And as the oldest son, Kwenzo couldn’t just watch his family struggle. Ever since high school, he’d wanted to be an electrical engineer. It wasn’t just interesting. It could provide for his family! So when God called Kwenzo to a livelihood of ministry, he resisted. What about school? Kwenzo thought. How can I take care of my family on a minister’s salary? But then came the dreams. A Savior He Had to Follow Kwenzo was in high school when he met Jesus. A friend invited him to church,…

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A Shelf Full of Gods — and No Hope

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She needed community. It was the doctor's orders, but for Machiko, all it took was a going a walk around the block to find what she so desperately needed. Read her story! Photo by TEAM

You need to join a club or social circle so you’ll have interaction with others on a regular basis, Machiko’s doctor said. You risk getting dementia if you don’t. When Machiko* went for her annual check-up, she already knew she struggled with depression. She knew she was socially withdrawn and battled an anxiety disorder called hikikomori. But she never thought her lack of a social life could cause her to lose her mind. She needed company — she needed friends. She needed help. It was overwhelming. When she got home, she decided to take a walk down the street to…

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‘All This Will End’: A Refugee’s Story

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As a single mom to nine kids, Amal knew hardship. But nothing could prepare her for the devastation she'd face when Syria went to war. Photo by TEAM

It had been three days since Amal* lost her son in a bombing outside Aleppo. Not lost as in dead. Lost. Missing. Gone. Kadan was playing in the street with his friends when a plane dropped a bomb on them. It killed two children and shot shrapnel through 11-year-old Kadan’s abdomen. Kadan’s brother ran home to tell the family, but Amal wasn’t home. Rescue workers quickly loaded Kadan into an ambulance. By the time Amal got home and heard the news, her son was gone. Amal rushed to the local hospital, but Kadan had already been transferred somewhere else. In…

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His Search for Christ Led Him to Prison

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When the authorities interrupted an underground church service, Milad knew he and his friends would have to flee. But where? Keep reading to find out. Photo by TEAM

As the prison door closed behind Milad, he knew his entire life was about to change. Just being discovered with a Bible was a criminal offense in his Middle Eastern country. But being caught in an underground church meeting? Was there any recovering from that? Milad had only been a Christian for eight short months. And he had tried to do everything right during that time — meeting secretly, being discreet about his faith. But his city was full of spies. Even if Milad got out of prison, they would never stop watching him. If he ever got free, there…

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How Basketball Reached a Teenage Atheist

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Octavio was an atheist but loved to play basketball. Discover how TEAM missionaries shared the Gospel with Octavio through a basketball camp ministry in Mexico.

In Octavio’s experience, Jesus was just part of a cultural religion — not a Savior who changes your life. So it was no wonder when the 15 year old boy decided to become an atheist. Octavio had learned about evolution in school. It seemed impossible that the scientific theory and God could both be real. And no one he talked to had a convincing answer to his doubts. He started looking into other religions, but they couldn’t answer his questions either. At 15, Octavio decided God couldn’t be real. And he might have stayed that way if it weren’t for…

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Reaching Grandma Through a Kids’ Ministry

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Who says VBS is only for the kids? Hear Mira's story — how she, a grandmother, is hearing the Good News alongside her family. Photo by TEAM

Mira heard the Gospel when she was 7 years old. But it didn’t come alive for her until missionaries held a vacation Bible school — for her grandchildren. When it comes to VBS, you may think it’s all about the kids. After all, their parents aren’t going to be at craft time or enjoy the snacks your church made or listen to the Bible story you prepared. But a church in Guadalajara, Mexico, is discovering that God has big plans for the grown-ups who take kids to VBS. A 6-Year-Old’s Prayer TEAM missionaries Carlos and Sandy Rios held their church…

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When You Think Selling Yourself Is Your Only Option

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At the young age of 13, Sandra became a child bride. After years of abuse, childbirths, abortions and rape, read about how she came to find life in Jesus. Stock photo by TEAM

The bleeding just wouldn’t stop. Sandra was in the middle of her most recent in-home abortion. And this time, she could feel the life draining from her like the blood pooling up around her body. How had it come to this? How had she ended up lying here, dying in her own home? When she thought back to her childhood, Sandra knew the answer to those questions. Sold by Her Own Family Sandra was born in a town on the western border of Chad. Her mother died when she was an infant, so she was raised mostly by her aunt,…

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She Gave Up Her Parents — and She’s Not Sorry

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When Liyana enrolled in Bible college, her mom kicked her out of the house. But that didn't stop her from pursuing her missionary calling. Photo by TEAM

When Liyana* decided to go to Bible college, she knew her ancestor-worshipping father probably wouldn’t take it well. But she didn’t expect her Christian mother to disapprove. She certainly didn’t expect to be kicked out of the house! In a flash, she went from living in a nice neighborhood to worrying about having bus money — or running water. All that, just because she wanted to share the Gospel with her fellow South Africans. Raised in Two Religions Liyana grew up between two different spiritual worlds. Her mother came from a strong Christian background. Her father came from Zionism —…

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A Suicidal Mom and the Bully Who Reached Her

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When Elina told her religious leader she was going to kill herself, he said: I don't have time for you. Photo by TEAM

As the phone rang on the other end, Elina* didn’t know what to expect. How would her Hindu priest react when she told him she was planning to take her own life? That she was at the end of her rope? That even the thought of her three kids wasn’t enough to stop her? She longed for words of comfort and direction. Instead, the priest promptly told her he was too busy to deal with her. So when her friend had suggested Elina call their Christian pastor before doing anything, she had nothing to lose. But Simon Kumaresal is no…

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