Category - Missionary Life

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What It’s Like to Be a Single Missionary
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The Truth About Being a Missionary at Christmas
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What it Looks Like to be a Missionary in the Czech Republic [Photo Journal]
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When Learning a New Language, Pray First and Speak Second
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What it Looks Like to Teach in Thailand [Photo Journal]
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Should Newlyweds Go to the Mission Field?
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Leaving Home to Go Home
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When You Don’t Want to Get on the Plane
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How Do You Know You’re Called to Missions?
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What Life on the Mission Field is Really Like

What It’s Like to Be a Single Missionary

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The fear of staying single keeps some potential missionaries off the field. Read what six workers say it's really like to be single and serve. Photo by TEAM

She’s known as the MacGyver of missionaries. She spent 15 years traveling with nomadic cattle-herders, single-handedly wired her desert home with solar panels and still has her water delivered by donkeys. But Tillie Tiller’s adventurous life in Chad slammed into a wall when she turned 39. That’s when she realized she wasn’t getting married. “In so many missionary biographies, in the middle of nowhere, a single guy shows up, and it is a perfect pairing. … Up until age 38, I thought it was going to happen,” Tillie says. “At age 39, I was pretty sure it wouldn’t happen, so…

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The Truth About Being a Missionary at Christmas

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Leaving behind beloved Christmas traditions is a true cost of being a missionary. But this sacrifice makes room for new traditions that will illuminate the meaning of Christmas in fresh ways.

I love Christmas. My mama always called me her “Christmas girl.” When I was growing up there was nothing like waking up at Grandma’s house on Christmas morning. The Christmas tree twinkling in the early morning hours, holiday smells wafting from the kitchen, stockings filled with treasures. Listening to my dad read the Christmas story from the Bible and thinking about Mary giving birth in the stable to Baby Jesus warmed every inch of my soul. Even crawling half asleep into a freezing cold car to go home felt like a magical part of the whole experience to me. Yes, my…

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What it Looks Like to be a Missionary in the Czech Republic [Photo Journal]

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The Pardo family left New Mexico in 2016 to serve among a Mongolian population living in Czech Republic. Scroll through to see images from their journey. Photos courtesy of Maria and Servy Pardo

Servy and Maria Pardo’s ministry straddles two continents and cultures. In 2016, their family of five moved to Prague, but with the unique focus of serving a Mongolian immigrant population living in the Czech Republic. Scroll through their photo journal to see for yourself what it’s like to be a missionary in eastern Europe.   Meet the Pardo Family    Dobrý den! Сайн байна уу! Hello, we are the Pardo family! After we served for 19 months in Mongolia as missionaries and for four and a half years in pastoral ministry, God called us to the Czech Republic to serve…

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When Learning a New Language, Pray First and Speak Second

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What happens when you want to share the gospel, but lack the vocabulary to do it? For many missionaries, this is the reality of their first years on the field. This growth season can feel frustrating and helpless. But as worker Amanda Keeny shares, her weakness in the Russian language strengthened a better communication plan: prayer. Photo by TEAM

I used to think that in the moments of crisis, you should first seek all available solutions, and then, when there’s nothing else that can be done, pray. I knew prayer was important but believed it was more like a Hail Mary pass. When everything seems hopeless, you just kind of chuck your prayer up into the air, hoping it will stick. But the longer I’ve served as a missionary in Ukraine with TEAM, the more that belief has been proven wrong.  For the times in the past year when I felt like (and had the language abilities of) a child, prayer…

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What it Looks Like to Teach in Thailand [Photo Journal]

Dorothy Yeung lives in Thailand to share the love of Christ in the classroom. Take a peek into her life overseas below. Photos courtesy of Dorothy Yeung

Situated on the outskirts of the city, Bangkok Christian International School operates in stark contrast to the famous Buddhist temples that attract tourists and the local faithful alike. At this growing school, students from around the world converge to receive a Christian education taught by a devoted staff. Dorothy Yeung teaches over 100 students about music and how to worship God through it at BCIS. Scroll through her photo journal below to see what it looks like to serve and teach in Thailand. Meet Dorothy Sawatdee-ka! I’m Dorothy from Toronto, Canada, currently serving as an elementary music teacher at Bangkok…

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Should Newlyweds Go to the Mission Field?

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Should newlyweds go to the mission field? Much like marriage and ministry, the answer is nuanced. Photo by TEAM

In mobilizing folks to the field, I run across people from all walks of life. From the teenager to the young married to the family of five and the retiree. I love that God is calling people of all generations to the nations with his name. Inevitably, I will meet with engaged couples and those on the verge of engagement. Usually, both people are passionate about going overseas, and now, they want to go together. I can’t think of a more beautiful picture than an earthly marriage telling of the coming, better marriage! Most couples are eager to get to the…

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Leaving Home to Go Home

Missionaries often live between two continents and consider both to be home. One missionary records his reflections on the transition between the two. Photo by TEAM

The day started normally enough. Our two oldest children woke us up by crawling into our bed. My wife wearily got up when she heard our third through the baby monitor. I took advantage of a few extra minutes of sleep until the kids’ questions and requests forced me to greet the land of the living. As usual, lots of coffee was consumed at my in-laws’ house where we were staying. But always behind the coffee, or along with it, was a sadness mixed with a little excitement. Today we were leaving the United States to return to our ministry in…

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When You Don’t Want to Get on the Plane

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Anna Key never thought she would be a teacher in Germany. But God called her to serve missionary kids, and she is committed to obey – no matter the cost. Photo by TEAM

Six years ago in Albany, New York, I weighed my three suitcases for what seemed the millionth time, anxiously watched the scale hit almost exactly 50 pounds for each one, shed tears as I hugged my family goodbye and sat at my gate, waiting to begin my journey to teach in Germany. I was no stranger to goodbyes, moving, transition or travel, and yet, that day, you may never have seen a more reluctant or terrified traveler. Although I knew God had called me to serve missionary kids, teaching had never been part of my plan. What was I thinking?…

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How Do You Know You’re Called to Missions?

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Discerning if you're called to missions can seem mysterious, but it doesn't have to be. Six workers share how they knew God was calling them to serve. Photo by TEAM

How can you know you’re called to missions? Especially when the very concept of “calling” can seem vague, mysterious and even painstaking to figure out? Sure, it’s nuanced. But confidently knowing your missionary calling is not impossible, either. Read six workers’ unique testimonies of how God called them to serve. Open Doors   “Our calling to missions started by Susan and I both saying that we would never be missionaries, and that kind of got God’s ear,” says Scott Downing, a worker in Chad. Scott and Susan both grew up as missionary kids in Africa but never considered a life…

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What Life on the Mission Field is Really Like

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Deb went to the field as a single woman and came home as a mother. Each season taught her something powerful about what it really means to be a missionary.

They arrived on our doorstep in East Asia, travel weary, hungry and tired. Of course, we had no warning that they were coming, and as I got their beds ready in our tiny home, I wondered how long our houseguests would stay. They had journeyed two days down the mountain to get here, and I knew a short stay was probably not what they had in mind. As I scrambled to get a hearty meal ready for our guests, I tried to prepare myself emotionally to live in their story for the next while.     About a year earlier,…

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