Category - Prayer Focus

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Summer Camps Open Doors for the Global Church
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Prayer Needs Abound for War Refugees and Workers
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True Enlightenment in Christ: Praying for Buddhists
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Special Prayer Alert: Ukraine
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Open Doors, Open Hearts and Open Minds: Praying for Atheists
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3 Ways to Pray for Muslims
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How to Pray for 1.1 Billion Followers of Hinduism
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God’s Calling Missionaries from Every Nation. Here’s How to Pray.
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What Missionaries are Thankful for This Year
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The Unique Prayer Needs of New Ministries

Summer Camps Open Doors for the Global Church

Kids at summer camp.
More than just silly songs and bug spray, summer camps play a vital role in reaching families with the Gospel worldwide.

S’mores over the campfire. Water balloon fights. Swimming in the lake. Any number of craft projects involving yarn and popsicle sticks. As a child of the 1970’s and 1980’s, these are my fond memories of summer camp. Also as a native Virginian, I have the tendency to think of summer camp as a very “American” tradition. The most cross-cultural aspect of my summer camp experiences was singing “Kumbaya” on taco night.  Since starting at TEAM a few months ago, I’ve learned that summer camp ministries are a vibrant part of God’s work around the world! These short-term but highly impactful…

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Prayer Needs Abound for War Refugees and Workers

Ukraine refugees getting supplies from a resource tent.
Traumatized and spiritually hungry people in and around Ukraine as well as those helping them desperately need our prayers.

Nearly 5 million Ukrainian war refugees have crossed borders into other countries, and an additional 6-8 million internally displaced people have migrated west within Ukraine. This month’s Prayer Focus is on relief and ministry efforts for these refugees, also known as the diaspora. Just before the Russian invasion, TEAM evacuated its two workers from Ukraine. (You can read their stories here.) But TEAM’s ministry work both inside and outside of Ukraine was only beginning. Within days of the first bombings, TEAM workers in the Czech Republic began receiving refugees, and other TEAM ministry areas were soon to follow. Global workers…

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True Enlightenment in Christ: Praying for Buddhists

Asian boy ringing a bell in the temple
Half a billion Buddhists worldwide await the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Join us in praying for Buddhists.

There is a Japanese adage that says, “The nail that sticks out gets hit!” This mindset of not wanting to stand out or be different from others is a pervasive way of thinking among Buddhist cultures. The cost for Buddhists to follow Christ is often great as they attract the attention of their family and friends in a way that may not be pleasant. Over 500 million people ascribe to Buddhism worldwide, and most of those are concentrated in Asia. Countries such as China, Japan, Thailand and Myanmar have deeply rooted Buddhist traditions and beliefs, accounting for hundreds of people…

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Special Prayer Alert: Ukraine

The Russian invasion of Ukraine which began Thursday, February 24, 2022 is being called the most aggressive act of war in Europe since World War II. As an international mission organization, TEAM is monitoring the situation in Ukraine and its effects on the world.  First, by way of update, TEAM had two global workers in Ukraine as of a few weeks ago. Both were safely evacuated prior to the Russian attack. They leave behind ministries, churches, and their Ukrainian brothers and sisters. As members of the Body of Christ, we recognize the importance of prayer amid these challenging times. We…

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Open Doors, Open Hearts and Open Minds: Praying for Atheists

Girl standing in doorway overlooking mountains in a pondering thought.
Great diversity of thought and worldview exists among people who identify as atheists. But regardless of what path has led them to that conclusion, atheists need the truth and hope of the Gospel.

In this month’s Prayer Focus, we continue our series in which we invite you to join us in praying for followers of world religions other than biblical Christianity. We’ve spent time the last couple of months praying for Hindus and Muslims, and this month we are focusing on people around the world who identify as atheists.  According to the Joshua Project, just shy of one billion people, or 12.7% of the world’s population classify themselves as atheistic or “non-religious.” It’s important to note, however, that the term “atheist” can mean different things across different cultures.  Scott Andrews, a TEAM global…

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3 Ways to Pray for Muslims

The Quran, the central religious text of Islam, contains references to more than fifty people and events also found in the Bible.
The Quran, the central religious text of Islam, contains references to more than fifty people and events also found in the Bible.

Christians have more in common with a Muslim than you may think. “You would probably share more values with a Muslim neighbor than with a secular one,” says Cody, a TEAM missionary in Asia whose ministry brings him in daily contact with Muslims. “Muslims are very focused on family and children and a moral society.” Although values may be similar, theological beliefs are not. Cody points out three big areas of disagreement Muslims bring up in regards to Christianity: Jesus is not God, Jesus did not die on the cross and the Bible in its current form is unreliable. Brian…

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How to Pray for 1.1 Billion Followers of Hinduism

Bells have symbolic meaning in Hinduism. The curved body of the bell represents Ananta. The clapper or tongue of the bell represents Saraswati, who is the goddess of wisdom and knowledge.
Bells have symbolic meaning in Hinduism. The curved body of the bell represents Ananta. The clapper or tongue of the bell represents Saraswati, who is the goddess of wisdom and knowledge.

As we start a new year, we are focusing on world religions and how to pray for the various followers among them. This month we will look at Hinduism. The wide and great diversity among what Hindus believe and practice can be somewhat overwhelming. About 15% of the world’s population call themselves Hindu and pride themselves on their liberal and accepting stance toward all other world religions. When a faith already encompasses 33 million gods, what’s one more god to the mix, right? The concept and truth of following just one is difficult for their beliefs and culture to grasp….

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God’s Calling Missionaries from Every Nation. Here’s How to Pray.

Christian missionaries are increasingly coming from the Global South. Now it’s time to lift them up in prayer.
Christian missionaries are increasingly coming from the Global South. Now it’s time to lift them up in prayer.

When a Brazilian decides to become a missionary, she faces challenges most American missionaries don’t. An American missionary might worry about living in a slightly more expensive nation, like Japan or Germany. But one Brazilian real is worth just 18 U.S. cents. When a Brazilian sets out for Europe or parts of Asia, raising support takes an act of God. Like an American, the Brazilian missionary will go to language school. But before she can learn her host country’s language, she’ll likely need to learn English — the language of instruction. And, if our missionary is like many Brazilian workers,…

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What Missionaries are Thankful for This Year

Brenda (center) has been able to serve for nearly 40 years — even during a pandemic, thanks to her supporters.
Brenda (center) has been able to serve for nearly 40 years — even during a pandemic, thanks to her supporters.

We spend most of the year asking you for prayer, and God spends all year moving through those prayers. This month, instead of asking missionaries how we can pray for them, we asked what they’re thanking God for in their ministries and in their personal lives. We hope you’ll take a moment to praise God with us — and share your own stories of praise in the comments! Indonesia: Local Evangelists Sharing Jesus Every Week “We are deeply thankful for three Indonesians who are part of our evangelism team in Merauke, Indonesia,” says TEAM worker Jared Riepma. COVID-19 continues to…

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The Unique Prayer Needs of New Ministries

Every ministry has a beginning. Join us in prayer for some of the new ministries God is creating right now.

The Korat people of Thailand don’t consider conversion lightly. Buddhism is so woven into their culture that switching religions is seen as akin to changing one’s nationality or family ties. In many ways, for the Korat, religion is about relationships. And that’s why Mek, a Thai pastor, is ready to try a new kind of outreach. Next year, his church is partnering with TEAM missionaries Amy and Ryan Green to start a community center. “Our plan is to … serve the community, build relationships and look for opportunities to share the Gospel and train disciples to … make disciples,” Ryan…

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