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Breaking Walls in College Students’ Hearts [April Prayer Focus]
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‘If He Made Us to be a Nose, He Wants Us to Sniff’
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The 5 Best Books on Church Planting
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Why Translation Work is Vital for Kingdom Growth [March Prayer Focus]
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How Do You Truly Immerse Yourself in a Culture?
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The Day Evil Spirits Stopped Being Scary
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TEAM Eats: Recipe for Chicken Karahi
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She Wanted Senior Discounts — But Found Jesus [February Prayer Focus]
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3 Keys to Muslim Ministry — and Their Pitfalls
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Creating a Missionary Care Plan

Breaking Walls in College Students’ Hearts [April Prayer Focus]

Breaking Walls in College Students’ Hearts
College is many students' first chance to truly explore religion one their own. Pray for missionaries trying to guide these students onto the right path.

Beatriz had grown up in a strict, Catholic home, but she always felt disgusted by the hypocrisy of her family and their church. Now that she was on her own, studying at the University of Minho, Beatriz was determined to stay as far away from religion as possible. So when her friend, TEAM missionary Diane, invited her to an English and board game night inside a local church building, she hesitated. But when Beatriz arrived at the church, she felt welcomed — and even comfortable! So comfortable, in fact, that she even decided to attend a conversational workshop the group…

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‘If He Made Us to be a Nose, He Wants Us to Sniff’

Bible Translation
God gives us special gifts for a reason. So how can He use someone with a love of languages?

Jaya was the daughter of a pastor. She went to a Christian high school. She’d grown up reading the Scriptures — and yet, she didn’t know what most Scripture meant. Because there were no clear Bible passages printed in Jaya’s mother tongue. So when she read the Scriptures, she only understood a fraction of what was written. Jaya needed Bible translators. Jaya needed Grace and Keith McCune. Made for Bible Translation Jaya’s predicament is one that tugs at the heartstrings of Grace and Keith. As TEAM missionaries in the Philippines, they help translate Scripture into heart languages throughout Asia. “The…

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The 5 Best Books on Church Planting

The 5 Best Books on Church Planting
There are hundreds of books on church planting, so how do you choose between them? One missionary gives his top five picks!

Most of us follow the same pattern when we want to learn about something before we do it: Hop on over to Amazon and we see what books are available. However, if you type “church planting” into the Amazon search bar, it spits back 845 different resources. If you don’t know much about church planting, it can be nearly impossible to decide where to begin. So, let me help! I’ve spent 5 years church planting Guatemala, and in my experience, these are the top five books every church planter should have on their shelf. 1. Apostolic Church Planting: Birthing New…

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Why Translation Work is Vital for Kingdom Growth [March Prayer Focus]

Millions of people are still waiting for a Bible translation in their language. Will you pray for Bible translators as they fill this critical need?

Down through the years, written communication has served as a vital way to spread knowledge. Even God chose to deliver His message of salvation primarily through the written word. But what if you didn’t have His written Word in your language? How would your relationship with the Father look if you couldn’t study the Scriptures for yourself? How would you even understand what He’s like? There are about 2,000 language groups who grapple with that reality today. That’s why missionaries around the world serve through translation ministries. It’s hard work, but the long-term payoff is immeasurable. This month, pray with us…

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How Do You Truly Immerse Yourself in a Culture?

Two local woman with a missionary
It's one thing to live in a culture, but how do you truly immerse yourself in one? It's a question as old as the Church.

Cultural immersion is a term that’s thrown around a lot in the world of missions. Missionaries are told they need to “integrate” — engage in the local daily life and try to understand the local people. Of course, this is easier said than done. How do you immerse yourself in a culture while also taking time to learn the language, find schooling for your kids and help your family adjust to life overseas? Fortunately, you’re not the first to face this dilemma. Here are some words of wisdom from those who have done it before: Learn the Language The importance…

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The Day Evil Spirits Stopped Being Scary

Man in cloud of incense
Jian was completely non-religious — until it came to appeasing his ancestors. What would it take to break their hold over him?

Having kids creates all kinds of fears: careless babysitters, cleaning supplies, everything a child could possibly put in her mouth. But Jian’s fear was far more sinister. Jian* was worried about relatives — his dead relatives. Whatever their personalities in life, Jian’s ancestors were fearsome in death. They had to be placated every April or they would wreak havoc. Or so Jian was taught. And if they wanted to hurt Jian, what better way than to hurt his daughter? As an atheist, Jian knew he shouldn’t be afraid of ghosts. Yet, he couldn’t help but wonder, what if it was…

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TEAM Eats: Recipe for Chicken Karahi

Recipe for Chicken Karahi
You don't have to go to the Middle East for a taste of delicious Pakistani cuisine! Try one missionary family's favorite recipe for chicken karahi.

Chicken karahi became a favorite Pakistani dish with our family because we often ate it while visiting our sons at their boarding school. There was this wonderful hole-in-the-wall restaurant there which made the very best chicken karahi. You got to choose your chicken, and then they got started preparing it! It is generally eaten with roti — a type of flatbread — and plain yogurt, in case the spices were too hot. Here’s how to make Chicken Karahi! See full ingredients list below. Ingredients: 12 pieces of chicken 2½  tbsp cooking oil 1 tsp salt 1 bulb garlic, minced or…

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She Wanted Senior Discounts — But Found Jesus [February Prayer Focus]

Woman with a Bible
Seeker Bible studies are a great tool for reaching people who aren't ready to go to church. Will you pray for the missionaries around the world leading seeker studies right now?

Leticia* thought she was only going to the local Office of the Aging to get her senior discount card. She never expected the errand to change her life forever. But as the she stood in line, she began chatting with the woman in line next to her. Two hours later, a clear friendship had formed. And two weeks after that, Leticia invited her new friend over for a visit. Leticia’s new friend was TEAM missionary Sandy Rios, who serves in Mexico with her husband. The couple eagerly accepted Leticia’s invitation. They soon began meeting regularly and studying the Bible with…

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3 Keys to Muslim Ministry — and Their Pitfalls

Mosque
God is opening new doors to reach Muslims. Find out how you can engage with them — and what traps to avoid as you share the Gospel.

Today’s blog post comes from a missionary working in the Middle East. For his safety, we have kept his name and location private. In 1987, my wife and I got a call asking if we would like to help new university students coming from the Middle East. We were excited for the opportunity as we were already preparing to work among Muslims in Central Asia. Before long, we were inviting Muslim students to our home, taking them out to shop, and helping them adjust to life in the U.S. One day, while at a large grocery store, we passed in…

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Creating a Missionary Care Plan

People sitting in church
When it comes to missionary care, most of us have good intentions — but how do you make sure those intentions become reality?

Working at TEAM, the number one question I get from local churches is, “How do we take better care of our missionaries?” As a missions agency, TEAM provides proactive care for the ups and downs of missionary life. But most churches understand that they can offer something an agency simply can’t provide. As one missionary shared with me during a training session, “Sometimes you just need someone to make a casserole and eat it at the table with you.” This “casserole care” belongs to the community who has discipled and walked alongside the missionary long before they were sent with…

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