Category - Ministry Updates

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How a Water Bottling Factory is Reaching Orphans
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What Does a Missions Coach Do? [Photo Journal]
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7 Facts You Should Know About Taiwan
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Does Europe Need Missionaries?
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5 Reasons to Be a Missionary in Lesser-Known Lesotho
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An Alcoholic and a Missionary Get on a Plane…
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7 Last-Minute GIFts to Finish Your List
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Why Would You Read in Your Own Language?
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6 Gifts That Will Change a Child’s Life This Christmas
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Eight Meals Until They Get to Eat

How a Water Bottling Factory is Reaching Orphans

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In South Africa, an HIV epidemic has orphaned over 2 million children. Read how two missionaries are using their skills in engineering and marketing to help these children flourish. Photo courtesy of Brett and Kara Richstone

“Why don’t you have HIV?” “Why do we have HIV if we haven’t had sex?” “Why don’t we see our parents on holidays?” These aren’t questions a typical engineer deals with during work. But for Brett Richstone, a TEAM missionary and water bottling plant manager, nothing about the last few years has been typical. He starts his day with factory maintenance, applying for licenses or filling orders for fresh spring water. But by the afternoon, he’s leading a Bible study, buying groceries for an entire village and having heart-to-heart conversations with children affected by HIV and AIDS. It all began…

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What Does a Missions Coach Do? [Photo Journal]

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A missions coach helps people connect their talents and passions with an opportunity to serve on the mission field. Learn more about their ministry of mobilization below. Photos by Leslie Lesher

Deciding to become a missionary is a complex, faith-stretching and, sometimes, lengthy process. Questions like “How do I know if I’m really called?” or “What will I actually do overseas?” are not always easy to answer. To help, every potential missionary with TEAM journeys with a missions coach. Coaches answer questions, make ministry connections and, most importantly, pray with every person in the process. Leslie Lesher has been serving as a TEAM missions coach since 2016. Scroll through her photo journal below to learn what a missions coach does and how she can help you find the right missions opportunity….

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7 Facts You Should Know About Taiwan

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Taiwan's culture is a captivating tapestry of old and new traditions. Here are seven facts about Taiwan you should know before you see it for yourself. Photos by TEAM

When the Portuguese landed in Taiwan, they called it “Formosa,” meaning “beautiful island.” And appropriately so. Taiwan teems with natural wonders like cascading rivers, hot springs and the highest mountains in Northeast Asia. Today, this natural beauty is the backdrop for some of the world’s most technologically advanced cities. Here are seven facts about Taiwan you should know before you see this tapestry of ancient and new for yourself. 1. It’s the size of Belgium with the population of Australia.   Taiwan is one of the most densely populated countries on the planet. It is only slightly bigger than Belgium and home to…

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Does Europe Need Missionaries?

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The majority of Europeans identify with the Christian faith. So why is there a need for missionaries there? Photo by TEAM.

When you think of mission work, what comes to mind probably isn’t someone in France discussing theology with a neighbor over cappuccinos. But the reality is, Europe critically needs more Christian missionaries to make disciples. There are several reasons we leave Europe off the map when we think of spreading the gospel “to the ends of the earth.” The most glaring one being that the gospel has already been spread there. In the New Testament, we read about the gospel’s early adoption in Europe through Paul’s letters to the church in modern-day Greece, Italy and Turkey. Marble statues, massive cathedrals…

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5 Reasons to Be a Missionary in Lesser-Known Lesotho

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Lesotho doesn't make international headlines very often, but this lesser-known nation is in need of Christian workers to go and share the gospel.

When we consider overseas missions, we are often captivated by impact. We consider locations, gifts and desires to “maximize” kingdom effectiveness. Many of us look at cities like London, Tokyo or Dubai where we pray that the ripple effect of our efforts will carry on for generations. The longing is God-given, and if the Lord leads us there, we should joyfully accept the privilege. But it’s good to remember Jesus isn’t confined to big cities and major outposts of industry and commerce. He cares about the less dense populations, the marginalized and the forgotten but equally wanted. He cares about…

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An Alcoholic and a Missionary Get on a Plane…

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When Marti got on a plane to flee his problems, he couldn't have imagined the series of events that would unfold when his seatmate "just happened" to be a missionary. Photo by TEAM

If TEAM missionaries hadn’t seen it themselves, Marti’s* story would almost be too much like a Hallmark movie to believe: A broken marriage. A soul-searching trip to South America. An encounter with a wise, older man. And a fight to rebuild Marti’s life before it’s too late! It’s not just the set-up, though. From beginning to end, the coincidences are absurd, too frequent — and perfect proof of God’s hand. That’s why we had to share it with you. Coincidence 1: Alcoholic Marti Gets a Seat Next to Missionary Steve In 2013, Marti had driven his wife to the edge…

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7 Last-Minute GIFts to Finish Your List

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Give them gifts that make a difference. Browse our last-minute GIFt catalog to find the perfect last-minute gifts for everyone on your list.

You only have six more days to find the perfect gifts for friends and family. But don’t panic, because we’ve got you covered! When you give a thoughtful gift through TEAM’s Wish List, you not only put a smile on your loved one’s face, but also on the face of someone truly in need this Christmas. Check out this guide to gifts that make a difference, and find unique ways to honor the special people in your life. 1.  A Gift for Musicians Strike a chord with a musician you love by giving a gospel choir in Northeast Asia the support they…

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Why Would You Read in Your Own Language?

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Students in a region of Chad are coming alive as they read their language for the first time. But in order to sustain a literacy movement they need books.

Why would you learn to read in your own language when you could learn French or Arabic instead? For generations in Chad, the answer has been that you wouldn’t. Schools push their students toward success by teaching all classes in Arabic or French. Local languages are used for conversations in the village. But when a neighbor girl asked Rivers Camp for help with her homework, the TEAM missionary quickly saw that the plan for success was failing. When Rivers asked the girl to read a French sentence she’d written in her notebook, “she read beautifully,” Rivers says. “The problem was,…

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6 Gifts That Will Change a Child’s Life This Christmas

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The best gifts can't be wrapped.

Hope is a gift that can’t be manufactured or purchased or wrapped. But it can be given. This Christmas, as we celebrate the hope we have in Christ, consider sharing this gift with children around the world. 1. Books and Classroom Supplies  In Pakistan, Christians have historically faced persecution as the minority population in a Muslim context. But at a Christian school for girls, teachers are empowering young women with an education and the confidence to be bold in their faith. Tuition rates are kept intentionally low, but this means teachers work on tight budgets and are held back by…

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Eight Meals Until They Get to Eat

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When Zama was 17, she was orphaned and left to care for her four younger siblings. On the weekends she never knew where their meals would come from. Then she met Bonga.

The sickness that struck Zama’s parents might have been AIDS, or it could have been an ordinary illness. For Zama, the results were the same: By the time she was 17, she was head of her household, caretaker to four younger siblings and balancing high school concerns alongside the worry of where she would get her next meal. The weekends were the worst. Zama’s school provided free lunches during the week, giving the children just enough strength to get through an evening and morning with no dinner or breakfast. After Friday’s lunch, they were on their own. For the next…

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