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DIY: “Joy to the World” Ornament
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From AIDS Orphan to Aspiring Doctor
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When Medical Workers Go to the Ends of the Earth [December Prayer Focus]
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Why “Us vs. Them” Won’t Reach a Lost World
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Giving Your Community a Voice in Your Calling
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A Tiny Apartment That Restores Hearts [VIDEO]
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Ministry and Hospitality: One and the Same? [November Prayer Focus]
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How American Football is Winning European Souls
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Why Guilting People into Missions Ultimately Fails
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When the Nations Come to Us

DIY: “Joy to the World” Ornament

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Gather the family together to make this Christmas keepsake and remember the reason Christ came to Earth! Photo by TEAM

Christmas is more than a holiday. It’s a time when we remember that Christ came to Earth so the whole world could experience true joy and lasting relationship with Him. This year, we want to help you create a tangible reminder of why we celebrate. This ornament is also a great reminder to pray for those all over the world who have yet to hear the Good News — and the missionaries sharing it. Ready? Let’s get started! This craft is perfect for the whole family, ages 6 and up. Download instructions and templates here. Prep time: 30 min. Dry…

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From AIDS Orphan to Aspiring Doctor

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Nandi was orphaned by AIDS at a young age, but thanks to the support of friends like you, she now has more opportunities than she ever dreamed possible. Photo by TEAM

Most AIDS orphans couldn’t dream of becoming military doctors or getting into politics. Most don’t get to lead Bible studies or vacation Bible school classes. But because of friends like you, 17-year-old Nandi is dreaming big and using her gifts for God! Read on to find out how you changed Nandi’s life! Orphaned at 3 Nandi lost her mom and brother when she was just 3 years old. And though she was young, she treasures her memories of them. Her mom was an elementary school teacher. Her brother was smart and a good friend. And tuberculosis and HIV killed them…

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When Medical Workers Go to the Ends of the Earth [December Prayer Focus]

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Sharing the Gospel through medical missions often sends workers into the most remote, and often most diseased, parts of the world in the name of Jesus. Will you join us in praying for these missionaries? Photo by TEAM

There’s an old saying that “people don’t care what you know until they know that you care.” If anyone understands that, it’s Jesus. During His ministry on Earth, He often healed people’s physical ailments before tending to their spiritual needs. Being the hands and feet of Christ means that we are called to bring hope and healing. For this reason, medical missionaries go into the most remote, and often most diseased, parts of the globe. This December, will you pray with us for medicine and healthcare ministries around the world? Click here to get a printable version of these requests,…

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Why “Us vs. Them” Won’t Reach a Lost World

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How does an "us vs. them" mentality limit our call to missions? Keep reading to find out. Photo by TEAM

In Luke 10, Jesus calls the crowds to “[love] your neighbor as yourself,” prompting a religious leader to ask, “And who is my neighbor?” Luke tells us the lawyer intended the question to “justify himself.” How does the question justify the questioner? By limiting those he was responsible to love. In an earlier post, I shared my belief that, when it comes to mobilizing people toward global missions, we often fail because we tend to wield the law instead of meeting people with the Gospel. The religious ruler of Luke 10 asks a question that naturally rises out of law-based…

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Giving Your Community a Voice in Your Calling

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Does your relationship with your church impact your involvement in missions? Keep reading to see how your calling and community are often intertwined. Photo by TEAM

“What does your church say about going to Ghana?” Hmm…. Now that was a question I hadn’t considered before. What did my church have to say about what country I was serving in and what I was doing while there? When someone asked me that question after I returned from a summer mission trip to West Africa, I was a little surprised. It’s not that my church wasn’t involved in sending me. They had financially supported me and told me they were proud of me. But when I stopped and thought about it, I realized I hadn’t taken a moment…

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A Tiny Apartment That Restores Hearts [VIDEO]

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A true picture of hospitality — watch how TEAM missionaries are utilizing their resources in Paris to provide member care for other missionaries. Video by TEAM

The Robelots work as regional member care coordinators for TEAM in Europe and Chad. The couple became missionaries in 1987 and have since developed a heart to help their fellow missionaries through difficult seasons. The Robelots prayerfully decided to purchase the studio apartment located above their house, which has become known as The Upper Room. Now missionaries come there for rest, renewal, recreation and restoration. Video Transcript: Missy says, “When we moved into this house, we noticed that there was an apartment. We began praying that maybe this would become an apartment that would serve to just allow missionaries to come…

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Ministry and Hospitality: One and the Same? [November Prayer Focus]

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Setting tables, pouring coffee, hosting retreats... Around the world, missionaries share the Gospel through simple acts of hospitality. Photo by TEAM

Everyone needs food and rest — which may be why nothing has as much potential to bring strangers together as fellowship and sharing meals. This gives missionaries around the world huge opportunities to share Christ’s love through hospitality, whether it’s providing a safe place of retreat for fellow missionaries who are feeling burned out or running a cafe in the heart of Tokyo that attracts people from all walks of life. This November, will you pray with us for hospitality ministries around the world? Click here to get a printable version of these requests, and sign up here to get…

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How American Football is Winning European Souls

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American football is a new idea in Europe. But it’s opening hearts to other unusual ideas — like the Gospel. Photo courtesy of Jakub Pláteník

On a damp and wintry afternoon in Prague, Czech Republic, TEAM missionary Zach Harrod was running down the street — not for exercise, not to escape danger, but simply to go from one meeting to another. He and his wife, Míša, had just spent time with friends who were part of their support team. And now Zach had to hurry to his next meeting — football practice. The rest of the afternoon, Zach coached, recruited, hauled equipment between locations and led conditioning workouts and practices. Zach and Míša live with this interesting mix of ministry every day — helping plant…

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Why Guilting People into Missions Ultimately Fails

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When you think about your involvement in missions, are you motivated by the law — by a sense of duty — or by the grace of the Gospel? Photo by TEAM

In our Sending Church Training events, I often lead a session about “embracing spiritual conviction.” Every time I facilitate this session, I knowingly disappoint the attendees. Here’s why. In a room full of church missions leaders, everyone thinks “embracing spiritual conviction” means they’ll learn ways to motivate their congregations toward missions. In that environment, I let everyone down by refusing to talk about behaviors and focusing instead on affections. When it comes to mission motivators, it doesn’t really work to only think about behaviors — what people do — without also thinking about affections — why they do what they…

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When the Nations Come to Us

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After 30 years of ministry in the Middle East, one missionary couple is taking their Muslim ministry to the States. Photo by TEAM

Syrian refugee Ibrahim* instantly tensed when he saw the American couple approaching from across the park. Would they be friendly? What would they think when they realized he couldn’t speak English? “As-Salaam-Alaikum,” said the American man warmly as soon as he was within earshot of Ibrahim. Ibrahim’s fears immediately melted away. This American knew the traditional Arabic greeting: “Peace be unto you!” Astonished and relieved, Ibrahim and his family made their first two American friends, TEAM missionaries Miles and Ava Douglas*, that day in the park. Two Nations, One Ministry When the Douglases moved to America after 30 years in…

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