Category - Missionary Life

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TEAM Eats: Picado de Rábano
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When Does Sacrifice Become Neglect?
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TEAM Eats: Irish Soda Bread
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Hispanics are Giving Up the American Dream — for Missions
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12 Job Skills Missionaries Gain on the Mission Field
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TEAM Eats: Sz Ji Dou (Funny Beans)
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June TEAM Eats: Rellenitos de Platanos from Guatemala
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What It’s Like to be Raised by Missionaries
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May TEAM Eats: Recipe for Apple Torte
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How to Find a Job After the Mission Field

TEAM Eats: Picado de Rábano

The finished picado de rábano
Try out this recipe for a delicious side dish all the way from Guatemala called picado de rábano!

This month’s recipe comes from TEAM missionaries David and Diana Stoddard, who serve at Central American Theological Seminary in Guatemala. They both rave about picado de rábano. This radish salad is crisp and fresh and goes with almost any main dish. It’s a delightful good-for-you dish. Try it out and let us know what you think in the comments! Also, while you are enjoying this dish, take time to pray for missionaries serving in Guatemala. Although the country is far from being considered unreached, protestant Christians are still in the minority. A lot of people in this area are saturated…

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When Does Sacrifice Become Neglect?

A man bows his head and prays
Missionary work requires sacrifice. But what happens when that sacrifice comes at the expense of your family? Keep reading to see how one missionary found his answer in the book of Mark.

Today’s blog post comes from a TEAM missionary working in the Middle East. For his safety, we have kept his name and location private. When we arrived on the mission field, we expected to see an attitude of intentional self-sacrifice. I want that attitude in missionaries I support personally, and churches want that in us. Jesus apparently wanted that, too, or He wouldn’t ask Christians to carry their cross. But we all know that it’s really the missionaries who are supposed to do that a little bit more than everyone else. It’s a role prescribed for missions workers. And we…

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TEAM Eats: Irish Soda Bread

Irish soda bread doesn't look like your standard loaf of bread. It is lumpy and hearty.
Check out this recipe for a hearty bread all the way from our missionaries in Ireland! This isn't the normal bread you would expect. Keep reading to check it out!

I love Irish food. It’s hearty and wonderful, especially on a cold wet day. In Ireland, traditional food consists of meat (beef, ham, chicken or lamb), root vegetables (potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips, onions) cabbage, oats and bread — lots of bread! Almost every food order in Ireland comes with “brown bread” also known as “soda bread.”  It’s heartier and not fluffy like white bread. It’s nutty and full and tummy-filling! An older woman gave me this recipe after I complimented her on the bread she made for a ladies’ brunch. She said, “It’s just a regular brown bread,” but I…

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Hispanics are Giving Up the American Dream — for Missions

Group picture of the Emmanuel Church congregation, planted by TEAM missionaries
Art Reyes' parents worked hard to give him the American Dream. They were shocked when Art told them he was moving back to Mexico — as a missionary. Photo courtesy of Vicki Reyes.

¡Lea esta publicación en español aquí! “Why? I worked so hard to bring you to the USA so you could have a future! Now, you are taking your family back to Mexico? Why?”  The Lord is using Hispanic American missionaries to share the Gospel in Spanish-speaking countries. Already familiar with the language and the collective Hispanic culture, these missionaries can usually jump into ministry without years of language school or cultural faux pas.   But for the missionary’s family — especially parents — doing ministry in Latin America can feel like ungratefulness. Almost half of adult Hispanics in the U.S. are first…

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12 Job Skills Missionaries Gain on the Mission Field

  If you’re looking for a job, you’ve probably heard this advice: Just reframe your job skills to fit the job you’re looking at! But if you’re like a lot of missionaries, you probably have this lingering feeling that other people just don’t get it.  What value could the business world see in leading a home Bible study? Or raising kids in a foreign country? Or planting a church? Or any number of other ministries? Well, today you’re going to find out. Recently, I talked with career coaches, HR experts and former missionaries to create a solid list of transferrable…

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TEAM Eats: Sz Ji Dou (Funny Beans)

This month we made an asian green bean dish from Taiwan.
Check out this delicious recipe for sz ji dou, which one of our missionaries in Taiwan affectionately calls "funny beans."

My husband and I both grew up as missionary kids in Taiwan. This meant growing up eating Chinese food. My mother would often bring home unusual-looking beans from the market. They were dark green and very long. We grew up calling these beans “funny beans”.  As adults, we have come to love eating what we now know to be called sz ji dou ( 四季豆 ) at local restaurants. This dish is those same familiar funny beans fried up with a delicious sauce.  Although this recipe does not quite match the texture of the restaurant dish, the flavors are terrific….

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June TEAM Eats: Rellenitos de Platanos from Guatemala

In Guatemala, people eat this fried dessert that is a combination of plantains, chocolate, sugar and black beans. See the full recipe below!

While I was in language school in Guatemala, my teacher had the class do various activities outside of the classroom in order to learn Spanish in specific situations. One of the activities we would do as a class was cooking together. Rellenitos de plátanos were one of the first recipes we made, and they continue to be one of my favorite Guatemalan foods. A typical Guatemalan breakfast consists of eggs, black beans, a piece of soft cheese, fried plantains, tortillas, and coffee. I find it interesting that these snacks/desserts include some of the same ingredients from breakfast — just making…

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What It’s Like to be Raised by Missionaries

A girl plays with a soccer ball on the beach at sunset
Growing up on the mission field presents kids with experiences and challenges that give them a unique perspective on the world.

For most kids, getting grape jam instead of strawberry jam on their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches isn’t a big deal. It might even just be a matter of personal preference. But when Marti Williams got grape jam as a kid, she knew it meant something else entirely. Marti grew up as a missionary kid in South Africa. And at a young age, she knew when her parents had extra financial support — because she and her siblings would get treated to strawberry jam. During leaner months, they got by just fine with grape. But looking back, Marti sees the…

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May TEAM Eats: Recipe for Apple Torte

People in Austria enjoy many different desserts and one of them is the pictured apple torte, which resembles an American cheese cake.
A common dessert in Austria is this delicious apple torte. Check out the recipe below and try it out for yourself!

Today’s TEAM Eats comes from Melissa Lundquist, a TEAM worker in Austria. I recently met a colleague at an Austrian café. We usually meet in the afternoons, during the traditional kaffee und kuchen (afternoon coffee and cake) time. There are so many coffeehouses in Vienna to choose from! We’ve been to traditional ones and we’ve been to modern ones, both of which have pros and cons — but the idea of afternoon coffee and cake is the same regardless. When you walk into a coffeehouse in Austria, you’re greeted by a glass display case of cakes and desserts. After you…

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How to Find a Job After the Mission Field

  When Peter returned from the mission field with his family, he wasn’t worried about his job hunt. He’d studied aviation and spent years as an aviation missionary in Papua New Guinea. He was sure to land something. But when Peter started his job hunt, no one wanted him. Nonprofits didn’t call Peter back. Big airport jobs were snapped up by returning military personnel. And regional airports paid too little to support a family. As Peter faced rejection after rejection, he began to wonder, “God, are you done with me? Did we make a mistake leaving?” Peter’s situation isn’t uncommon….

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