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TEAM Eats: Aşure (Noah’s Ark Pudding)
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The Refugee Who Built a Gospel Shelter for Refugees
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When God Calls a Church Planter to Reach Refugees
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Fleeing Home, Finding Hope [November Prayer Focus]
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What You Need to Know Before Becoming a Missionary
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TEAM Eats: Marbled Bundt Cake
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11 Years of Church Couldn’t Give Her Peace
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3 Character Traits Every Church Planter Needs
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Church Ministry — it Might Not Be What You Expect [October Prayer Focus]
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TEAM Eats: Picado de Rábano

TEAM Eats: Aşure (Noah’s Ark Pudding)

Aşure (or Noah's ark pudding) is a Middle Eastern dessert with a bit of everything in it! Check out the recipe our missionaries shared with us.

This month our recipe is the Turkish dish Aşure (Noah’s ark pudding)! Our version is based off Elizabeth Taviloglu’s recipe at the Spruce Eats. Our missionaries in Turkey love gathering with their friends and neighbors for potlucks. “Having everyone bring something different makes it fun to learn about other people and try new foods,” one missionary says. “Also, miraculously, we always have the right types of food that we need!” Turkish neighbors often bring this dish over in their own bowls. When the missionaries finish eating it, they often make a new dish in the same bowl and return it…

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The Refugee Who Built a Gospel Shelter for Refugees

As a refugee himself, Ebi knew the challenges other refugees faced. Sharing from God's provision was a natural outflow of his faith.

In 2016, Ebi lost his country. In 2017, he lost his family — and hope for his future. Alone in a foreign country, Ebi felt devastated, angry and directionless. But God had a plan no one could have predicted. This lonely refugee was about to become a force for the Gospel among Muslim refugees. A Broken Life Leads to Christ Ebi and his family illegally immigrated from Iran to Greece in 2016. By the next year, Ebi’s life was in such disarray that his wife decided she couldn’t remain with him. She took the kids and left.  But through the…

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When God Calls a Church Planter to Reach Refugees

Anne and her refugee friend
Anne Ingram became a missionary to plant churches. But in the height of the refugee crisis, she discovered in a new ministry.

When TEAM missionary Anne Ingram went looking for a way to connect with her German community, she didn’t expect to find it among a group of refugees. Anne and her husband, Jeff, moved to Dresden in late 2013 to plant a church. She would walk the streets near their home, asking God how she could reach out to their new neighbors. Right around the same time, the German government decided to open the nation’s borders to people displaced by war, poverty and violence in their own countries. The refugees poured in by the tens of thousands, from places like Eritrea,…

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Fleeing Home, Finding Hope [November Prayer Focus]

Several refugee children stand in the middle of a refugee camp
This month, we are praying for refugees — people who have been forced to leave their homes because of dangerous situations.

Serena knew her family was different, but she didn’t know why. Her family celebrated Christmas, even though no one else did. And they seemed to live by a different set of rules than everyone else. As Serena grew up, she realized her parents were different because they were Christians in a Muslim society. She accepted Christ when she was 15 years old and started attending her parents’ underground church. But then the unthinkable happened — their church was discovered. Serena’s parents were able to escape to Austria, but Serena had to stay behind. For nine months she was in hiding,…

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What You Need to Know Before Becoming a Missionary

Two women sit and talk.
Life as a missionary is a constant learning experience, but there are some things that would be good to know before you head to the field. Keep reading to find out what they are!

Missionary life can be both a wild adventure and, at times, a struggle. But there is one thing for sure — being a missionary is a learning experience. Whether you’re getting ready to head to the field, or you have years of missionary experience, there is always more to learn. I talked with some of our missionaries about things they wish someone had told them before they went to the mission field. Find the right fit Just like with anything else, no missionary work will be all fun all the time. There is no such thing as a perfect fit….

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TEAM Eats: Marbled Bundt Cake

This yummy marbled bundt cake comes all the way from Austria! Keep reading to try it out for yourself!

This recipe comes all the way from TEAM missionaries in Austria. Austria is known for its wide variety of sweet desserts. This lemon and chocolate bundt cake is one of the many treats you can find in an Austrian coffee shop. Or, if you follow this recipe, you can have it right in your own home! While you’re enjoying this dish, take some time to pray for the country of Austria. Although 82.9 percent of the country profess to be Christian in some way, shape or form, only 0.6 percent of the country is evangelical. And an estimated 356,000 people…

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11 Years of Church Couldn’t Give Her Peace

Two Italian women walk along the waterline.
Francesca was doing all the right things — praying, reading Scripture, going to church. But she still couldn't find the peace she saw in her evangelical friends.

Francesca felt like she was going to explode — and being around Christians only made things worse. They were so happy and peaceful. They prayed like they really knew God and shared Bible verse with real conviction. But when Francesca tried the same things, it all fell flat. It wasn’t just her Catholic church that was the problem. Francesca had tried going to church with the evangelicals. She read Scripture. She prayed. She even went to extra Bible studies with her church friends. So why did Francesca’s evangelical friends have so much peace while she just felt tired and upset?…

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3 Character Traits Every Church Planter Needs

Jeff Ingram sits and plays a game with a child
Over 30 years of planting churches, Jeff Ingram has learned three character traits every church planter needs. Today, he shares his keys to success!

So you’re thinking of planting a church? Perhaps you’re wondering whether you’ve got the right stuff. When my wife and I started planting churches in Europe in 1992, we didn’t know what all we were getting into. But along the way, we’ve learned some key character traits every church planter needs. Today, I’d like to describe just a few. Diligence  When we left for Europe in 1992, my dad had just started his own business — an auto-painting and body shop. I heard firsthand how much time, effort and money it cost him. I can assure you, he had to…

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Church Ministry — it Might Not Be What You Expect [October Prayer Focus]

People raise their hands in worship at a church ministry happening in Australia
TEAM has church ministries going on all over the world, and we are taking this month to focus on praying for them. Keep reading for specific ways to pray.

Steve didn’t look like your regular pastor. After all, he spent a lot of his time Kayaking out on the water. Didn’t pastors have more “churchy” things to do?  That’s what Susana was wondering when Steve invited her and her group of friends to go Kayaking with him. But when Steve confirmed that he was a pastor, Susana immediately opened up. She told Steve all about her difficult life. She had been divorced twice, and she was currently raising three teenagers on her own. Steve and Susana quickly became friends, and Steve invited her to his house church.  Susana and…

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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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