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What Does a Bible Translator Do When. . .
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How to Become a Sending Church
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On an Island Without the Bible
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TEAM Eats: Espinacas Con Garbanzos
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A Former Monk and a Miracle Book [January Prayer Focus]
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Ruined by Gambling, Redeemed by Christ
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Minorities in Missions: When You’ve Never Fit in Anywhere
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They Burned Their Weapons and Started a Missionary Movement
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TEAM Eats: Kolachkes
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How to Navigate Pregnancy on the Mission Field

What Does a Bible Translator Do When. . .

A group of men in Chad work on a Bible translation project
Bible translation is rarely about simply replacing one word with another. Bible translators share some of their trickiest challenges and how they overcame them.

The journey of a TEAM Bible translator begins long before the first word of Scripture is written down. It includes undergoing extensive training, cultivating cultural sensitivity and navigating the possibilities of a difficult climate or an unfriendly reception. And once the translation work begins, each language project has unique challenges all along the way. For example … … After 10 long years, still searching for just the right word for “hope.” … Discovering two very different words for “God.” … Realizing that your recommendations as translation consultants don’t go over too well with the translation team. So, what’s a Bible…

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How to Become a Sending Church

A group of people sit together over a meal to discuss their missions strategy
Most churches want to send missionaries around the world. The question is, how do you make it actually happen?

Did you know every single TEAM missionary has a sending church? Whether they are going for two weeks or 20 years, staying here in North America or serving in Southern Africa, we believe so strongly that God has called the church to send missionaries that TEAM has made it our mission to help them do so! Most churches would say they want to be a church that sends her people outside her walls, whether that is across the street or across the globe. But how does a church become a church that sends people? With over 500 sending churches in…

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On an Island Without the Bible

Simson led the Bible translation team for the Hatam Bible. Here he sits at his desk.
Simson was desperate for a Hatam-language Bible. But he never imagined he would join — and ultimately lead — the Bible translation team that made it happen.

Imagine this: You’re on an island, and you can only keep a few Bible verses. The rest will be wiped from your memory. Which verses do you choose? Give it just a little thought, and the question quickly becomes complicated. You could use up all the verses on explaining Gospel. But what about God’s character? What pleases God? How does He think of you? How should you relate to others in light of Christ? Even if you had years to choose, you would agonize over what you were missing. But you might understand a little of what Simson Dowansiba felt….

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TEAM Eats: Espinacas Con Garbanzos

This month we made tapas from Spain! This lovely spinach and bean dish is perfect for chilly winter days!

This month, our TEAM Eats dish comes all the way from Spain! TEAM missionaries Sharon and Carey Owens love the Spanish tradition of going out for tapas. Tapas are delicious food served on small plates, like an appetizer. One of the Owens’ favorites is espinacas con garbanzos, a chickpea and spinach dish.  Sharon says this is the perfect hot dish for a cold winter day. It’s great alone or with crackers or a baguette!  “We love it in the winter months when it’s chilly. Sort of like a different type of chili. Delicious! Warms you up from the inside out,”…

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A Former Monk and a Miracle Book [January Prayer Focus]

A man works on translating the Bible
This month, we're focusing our prayers on translation ministries around the world. Learn what goes into Bible translation and how you can pray!

Chaow sat on the bus and flipped the book over and over in his hands. It was such a small book. Yet it represented years of hard work for lots of people.  And now, it was finally ready.  The book was the first translation of the book of Matthew into a language used by a very influential Buddhist people group. And the bus Chaow was on was headed to a monastery to distribute it.  Chaow had been a monk himself once, so he had some idea of how the people would react. But this didn’t stop him from walking up…

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Ruined by Gambling, Redeemed by Christ

Two men in Cebu sit in the marketplace
Gerald's gambling addiction ruined his life, but thanks to friends like you, Gerald was plugged into a church that showed him a new way.

How do you know when your gambling habit’s gotten out of hand? Probably when you stop coming home . . . for three months straight. Gerald had a mind for greatness. He started his business at a young age and quickly earned millions in pesos, the Philippines’ currency. He had more than enough to support a wife and two sons. It’s no wonder Gerald thought a little gambling at the casino would be harmless. However, his great mind didn’t prepare him for how gambling sucks people in and takes over their lives. Gerald stopped coming home for three months. He…

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Minorities in Missions: When You’ve Never Fit in Anywhere

A TEAM missionary laughs with her neighbors
Serving as a minority comes with a unique perspective and set of challenges. Missionaries share their experiences and their tips for how to keep going.

¡Lea esta publicación en español aquí! Recently, I was at a missions conference where I joined a seminar on Latina women in leadership. One of the participants, a first-generation American with Hispanic background made a comment that struck me. She said, “I feel called to go serve in Japan, but if I don’t fit in here in America where I was born because I’m a minority, how much harder will it be to fit in, in a different country?” As a missions coach, I have a list of different reasons why people choose not to go overseas: fear of the…

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They Burned Their Weapons and Started a Missionary Movement

headshot of Yakobus
As a child, Yakobus learned to kill and eat people. As an adult, he's equipping missionaries from his tribe to reach more tribes with the Gospel!

From the time he was born, Yakobus’s parents pounded one message into his head: Be afraid. Trust no one. His childhood home didn’t have windows, lest assassins sneak in during the night. His parents taught him to never leave home unarmed. When Yakobus grew up, his parents said, he needed to be able to kill people. But there was one person Yakobus and his family didn’t fear. “We were never afraid of God, because we didn’t even know that God exists,” Yakobus says. Yakobus’s people believed that they were utterly alone, in a constant fight for their lives. But today,…

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TEAM Eats: Kolachkes

Finished cookies surrounded by Christmas decor
Check out this recipe for traditional Czech cookies! Then, take some time to pray for the Czech people.

Today’s recipe was originally published by The Hungry Bluebird.  Merry Christmas! These cookies come all the way from the Czech Republic and they are delicious! These light and sweet cookies are easy to make and will add some cultural diversity to your upcoming Christmas parties and family dinners.  Even though there isn’t sugar in the cookie dough itself, the cookies get just the right amount of sweetness from the jam or cream cheese filling in the middle. In that way, these buttery, flaky cookies are similar to  American pastries Try them out for yourself because they are super yummy and…

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How to Navigate Pregnancy on the Mission Field

Pregnancy is uniquely challenging when you live abroad. See how one missionary navigated this challenge, and what she learned in the process. (Stock photo)

Pregnancy — it can be a beautiful thing, but it can also be a stressful experience. Finding a doctor, learning new things, growing a human. But for missionaries, the stress is often multiplied. They have to navigate all of the challenges and logistics of being pregnant while living in a foreign country!  Some families decide to stay on the field to have their baby, and some decide it’s best to go back home. How do you know what’s best? One TEAM missionary shared her story and the valuable lessons she learned. Finding Out You’re Pregnant Claire and her husband were…

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