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When School Credit Meets Global Missions
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What the Psalms Taught Me About Safety in Missions
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Why Missionary Kids Need Missionaries, Too
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7 Ways to Pray for Teaching and Education Ministries [September Prayer Focus]
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Does God Care Where I Go?
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Building a Kingdom of Diversity
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Is It Possible to be Japanese and Christian?
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The Business Secret Every Missionary Knows
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5 Ways to Debrief After Your Short-Term Mission Trip
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7 Ways to Pray for Ministries that Train Church Leaders [August Prayer Focus]

When School Credit Meets Global Missions

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Internships by TEAM are designed to help students try out their skills and passions in a global environment and to grow not only professionally, but also spiritually. Photo by TEAM

If you’re a student looking for internship credit, you could spend a summer at a corporate office fetching coffee and making copies — or you could spend it on the other side of the world sharing the Gospel while growing in your field of study! Getting to travel and serve overseas is exciting on its own. The fact that you can do that while also fulfilling internship requirements makes it even better. Internships by TEAM was designed for students who want to try out their skills and passions in an international environment. Here are four ways you will benefit from…

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What the Psalms Taught Me About Safety in Missions

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Missions work isn't always safe. But TEAM missionary Beth Barthelemy uses the Psalms to remember that no matter what we do in life, there is true safety in God's sovereignty. Photo by TEAM

In the summer of 2008, I spent two months in the Middle East. My time was focused on discipling Christian women by training local teachers in English and leading Bible studies among nurses at a local hospital. My first day there, I accompanied my hosts to a local wedding reception. Upon arrival, we saw a group of men celebrating by shooting guns straight up into the air. My hosts explained that this was a cultural celebratory tradition, regretfully sharing about the unfortunate deaths that occur from falling bullets. I lay in bed that night, listening to gunshots in the distance,…

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Why Missionary Kids Need Missionaries, Too

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Even though missionary kids grow up in a Christian atmosphere, it's not uncommon for them to struggle with their faith. See how one TEAM missionary couple is reaching these students in the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Laura O'Day

When it comes to reaching the lost, few people think of missionary kids. After all, their parents are the ultimate Christians, right? But according to TEAM missionaries Seth and Laura O’Day, the MK status as super Christian offspring can be exactly what hinders them from becoming devout believers themselves. “They’ve gotten used to burying things … because it looks bad for their family if they’re obviously having a problem with something,” says Seth. And what could look worse than an MK having doubts about God? When MKs struggle with their faith, many would rather pretend than reach out for help….

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7 Ways to Pray for Teaching and Education Ministries [September Prayer Focus]

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Education has the power to break poverty cycles and point people to Jesus. And thanks to your support, there are more opportunities for education all around the world. Photo by TEAM

Education is one of the most powerful tools you can offer another person. Not only does it prepare someone to live a more fulfilling life, rise above poverty and avoid exploitation, but also, education empowers people to live up to their highest potential as followers of Christ. This September, will you pray with us for teaching and education ministries around the world? Click here to get a printable version of these requests, and sign up here to get the new prayer focus in your inbox each month. 1. Pray for increased faith in students’ hearts. Hai* enrolled at a TEAM-affiliated…

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Does God Care Where I Go?

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Many prospective missionaries feel God is leading them to move overseas, but don’t know where. Does that even matter? Consider the following perspective. Photo by TEAM

Many of us prefer to deal with situations in black-and-white terms and steer clear of the gray areas in the Bible. We like rules, even if we fail to stick to them. But there are areas where Scripture is less clear about what to do, like, “What college should I go to?” or “Who should I marry?” For missionaries, the question is often, “Does God care where I go overseas?” Many prospective missionaries feel God is leading them to move their lives across the world, but don’t know where. They may have some thoughts of where they would like to go,…

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Building a Kingdom of Diversity

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From their 20-plus years of missionary work in Africa to their continued service in the States, David and Marjory Patrick have been trailblazers for promoting diversity in missions. | Photo courtesy of David Patrick

As she listened to African-American missionaries from her home church tell their stories in front of the congregation, 14-year-old Marjory heard a voice — small at first, but distinct. She was completely enthralled with these brave men and women who put their lives on the line for the sake of the Gospel. Could she ever be like them? Then, she heard the voice again. Louder this time, and clearer: “You are looking at your future.” Several years later, a visiting pastor offered David Patrick a pamphlet called “Hearing the Call of God.” David flipped through it as the author, David…

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Is It Possible to be Japanese and Christian?

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TEAM missionary Roberta Peabody shares the struggles and the payoffs of working with new Christians in a Japanese returnee ministry. Photo by TEAM

When Kira* accepted Christ, she thought she had everything she needed. Kira and her friend, Azumi*, found Jesus while living in America for their husbands’ jobs. They both joined a large church that was full of energy and strong ministries. But after five years overseas, Kira returned to Japan, and quiet loneliness engulfed her like a fog. No one understood her new beliefs, including her own husband. He wanted her to stay home on Sundays because those were his days off from work. When she found a Christian mom’s group, he discouraged her from going because of the money she…

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The Business Secret Every Missionary Knows

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Following God into new situations and cultures will very likely catapult you into a VUCA environment. What does that mean for a missionary's journey? Photo by TEAM

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” That’s the proverb we quote when it comes to making something good out of a bad situation — something sweet out of something sour. But what about intentionally picking lemons so you can make lemonade? Global corporations do that! The international market environment is described as volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA). In other words, it hands out lemons and demands leaders who can make lemonade. And it turns out that the best way to develop those demanded abilities is to work in a situation that demands those abilities. Some large corporations are…

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5 Ways to Debrief After Your Short-Term Mission Trip

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To extend the impact of your short-term mission trip, having a debriefing plan in place to help you process your experience is crucial. Photo by TEAM

Short-term mission trips are once-in-a-lifetime experiences that can be highly impactful for both the participants and those they serve. However, coming home after such an intense foreign experience is often a difficult process to navigate. You’re likely to experience reverse culture shock, and accepting the realities of being back home may take longer than you anticipate. That’s why having a plan to debrief your short-term mission trip is so important. If you’ve recently returned from a short-term mission trip, here are five practical tips for a healthy and productive debriefing process: 1.     Share your experience with others. People…

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7 Ways to Pray for Ministries that Train Church Leaders [August Prayer Focus]

7 Ways to Pray for Ministries that Train Church Leaders [August Prayer Focus]
Missionaries around the world are training church leaders to carry on the Gospel to the next generation. Read more to find out how you can be praying for these ministries. Photo by TEAM

Change is only lasting if it outlives us. That’s why so many TEAM missionaries invest in ministries that train church leaders and national missionaries. By teaching at Bible colleges, sending students on internships and coaching them on how to disciple others, missionaries around the world ensure that local believers have the skills to make more disciples. And in that way, this vital work ensures that Christ’s kingdom will continue to grow on this earth until His return. This August, will you pray with us for ministries around the world that train leaders and national missionaries? Click here to get a printable…

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