TEAM Christian Missions Blog

Exploring cross-cultural ministry around the globe.
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Families Transformed by the Gospel in Papua
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Summer Camps Open Doors for the Global Church
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Questions to Ask a Missions Organization
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Refining Gold in Pakistan
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Prayer Needs Abound for War Refugees and Workers
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When God Changes Our Plans
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Gospel Work Continues in War-Torn Ukraine
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True Enlightenment in Christ: Praying for Buddhists
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10 Not-So-Silly Questions You May Have About Missions
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Patience Leads to Promise in Zimbabwe

Families Transformed by the Gospel in Papua

Papuan family with two children.
The light of Christ now shines through Hatam families once entrenched in darkness.

How do we impart biblical truth while also respecting important cultural traditions? As we follow Jesus’ command to “go into all the world,” how do we make sure we don’t “go” like a steamroller? This is perhaps one of the greatest challenges of cross-cultural ministry, especially when it comes to something as central to a society as its concept of “family.”  God’s heart for marriage and family is seen throughout Scripture. For traditionally Judeo-Christian cultures, a loving and nurturing family dynamic is easily understood. But what about in cultures where family relationships look very different? How can we as the…

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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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Questions to Ask a Missions Organization

Question mark in a bubble
When choosing what organization can best help you fulfill your missions calling, it’s important to know what questions to ask.

If you’re considering becoming a missionary, one of the first steps you’ll take is choosing what sending organization to partner with. “Why do I need a missions organization?” you may ask. This is a big question that a missions coach can answer best. But the short version is that missions organizations like TEAM will train and equip you to serve, support you each step of the way and provide an infrastructure that will maximize your effectiveness in missions. So then, the next question is obvious. Which organization do I choose? This is another complex question that we can talk through…

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Refining Gold in Pakistan

40th Celebration at Zarephath Bible Seminary.
Zarephath Bible Seminary is a shining example of globalized discipleship which spans 40 years.

The word Zarephath in Hebrew means “a place where gold is refined.” For 40 years, God has been refining gold for His Kingdom in Pakistan through Zarephath Bible Seminary. What began as an initiative of mostly western missionaries has grown into an amazing institution led by Pakistani leaders who train up other leaders to impact their nation for Christ.  It Began with a Question The ZBS journey began in the mid-1970s. TEAM global workers saw the need for a Bible training program in Pakistan. They began asking the question, “How can we train local leaders to be pastors and leaders…

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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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When God Changes Our Plans

The Junker family.
The Junker Family knows that God’s plans are always best.

“If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.” We’ve likely all heard this saying before, but it still takes us by surprise when things don’t go the way we expected. We so often have the best of intentions for our family, lives, and ministry and it throws us for a loop when God takes us in a different direction. Jon and Tammy Junker, TEAM global workers in Japan, know what that feels like. Jon was a missionary kid, born and raised in Japan. Tammy grew up in California, and served as an English teacher and with TEAM’s…

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Gospel Work Continues in War-Torn Ukraine

Odesa Cityscape
Despite the devastation of war, the Holy Spirit is on the move in Ukraine.

Two years ago, we braced ourselves for a pandemic that rocked the world and called the Church to prayer. Today, we have a new reason to go to our knees, this time in intercession for the nation and people of Ukraine. The Russian invasion which began Thursday, February 24 is the most aggressive act of war in Europe since World War II. At the time of the Russian invasion, TEAM had two global workers in Ukraine, Maria* and Samantha*. Both were safely evacuated shortly before the onset of fighting but left behind churches, ministries, and Ukrainian believers they know and…

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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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10 Not-So-Silly Questions You May Have About Missions

Common questions from potential missionaries
When it comes to entering the mission field, there are no silly questions.

Growing up I had a high school teacher with a poster in his class that read, “The only silly question is the one you didn’t ask.” In Mr. Johnson’s case, this referred to the complex world of algebra, but for potential missionaries, the dilemma can be the same. If you’re considering going to the mission field, you’ve likely already thought about the “big” questions – what type of ministry you’ll do, where you’ll go, etc. But often, potential missionaries wonder about the day-to-day aspects of missionary life as well. Maybe you have some of these details swirling around in your…

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Patience Leads to Promise in Zimbabwe

Children attending school under the temporary shelter
The school in Nyamukaiwa is a dream come true many years in the making.

Waiting. Not many of us like it, and yet so often we’re stuck doing it. We wait for a package to arrive. We wait for an open dentist appointment. We wait for COVID restrictions to lift. We wait for an answer to prayer.  Tom and Lois Jackson, TEAM workers in Zimbabwe, have gotten really good at waiting. And after many years, God is rewarding their patience and endurance in amazing ways. But let’s start from the beginning… “A Lesson in Patience” Tom came to Africa in 1976 as a second-generation missionary, having grown up there. His parents, Russ and Marge…

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