The TEAM Blog

Go to the nations. Be the body of Christ. Blog about it.

1
Monthly Prayer Journal: March 2014
2
Why Cities Matter (INFOGRAPHIC)
3
Field Journal: Learning Rocket Science
4
[Video] Graffiti Gospel
5
Monthly Prayer Journal: February 2014
6
The Choice
7
Want To Do Missions? Begin Preparing Now.
8
Do Missions Work?
9
Why We Do What We Do
10
[VIDEO] Visit Us This Year!

Monthly Prayer Journal: March 2014

Photo by TEAM

Thank you for joining us in praying for TEAM’s work around the world. Click here to download a .pdf of the March 2014 prayer journal. 1 SPAIN Workers write, “The youth group of Santa Ursula Church continues to be a blessing! Please pray that these young hearts hunger and thirst for the absolute truth of God’s Word and can see and understand the futility of sin! They love being together! We are having a retreat March 1-3, so please pray that their hearts would be molded, impacted, transformed, challenged, and led by God, and that they would see His might,…

Read More

Why Cities Matter (INFOGRAPHIC)

urban missions
China is a quickly urbanizing country where, by some estimates, more than 20,000 new skyscrapers will be built in the next two decades. Robert Johnson / TEAM

You may have heard it, the saying often attributed to pastor and author Tim Keller, about why God loves the city more than he does the country. The country has more trees than people. The city has more people than trees. Because God loves people more than he loves trees, he loves the city more than he loves the country. This bit of tongue-in-cheek probably strikes you differently depending on whether you live among the trees or the concrete. But at least as it relates to global missions strategy, there is much truth in it. Urban mission is one of…

Read More

Field Journal: Learning Rocket Science

Community development, La Paz, Mexico
Photo by Pete Johnson / TEAM

In a Field Journal this week, TEAM missionary Emily Johnson shares about her journey to understand poverty in the town where they live in Baja, Mexico. I have a friend who lives in the neighborhoods where we work. She has two children and one on the way. Her husband works hard and so does she. Like many of their neighbors, they live in a house with walls made of cardboard and a metal laminate roof. One day, after a tropical storm, she called me. I thought perhaps it was to ask for help. I had been worried about them after…

Read More

[Video] Graffiti Gospel


Video by Joel Hager / TEAM

TEAM places a high value on storytelling. We love to inspire and educate the church by offering peeks into what God is doing around the world. Occasionally, we even publish stories that have only a roundabout connection to TEAM, simply because we feel they are unique or noteworthy enough to tell. When good things are happening in the kingdom of God, we are happy to share them!

This video highlights the budding Christian graffiti scene in Adelaide, Australia. Josh Routley, one of the artists interviewed in the video, is a student at a TEAM-partnered college. Josh and others like him are trying to bring hope into the often brooding and anger-filled culture of street art.

Check out the video in HD here. You can also read more about Australian street art in the accompanying story from Horizons, TEAM’s magazine.

Learn more about what TEAM is up to in Australia and how you can get involved there.

Monthly Prayer Journal: February 2014

Thank you for joining us in praying for TEAM’s work around the world. Click here to download a .pdf of the February 2014 prayer journal. 1 SWEDEN Stewart and Beth Webster write, “On February 1, we will lead a seminar at an Alpha workshop in Örebro about running the Alpha Marriage Course. Pray that we will communicate clearly from our experience about the practical areas and inspire many others to hold the course in their churches.” 2 AUSTRALIA Ray and Marti Williams write, “Classes at the Adelaide College of Ministry begin in February, and each year it is a challenge to…

Read More

The Choice

Asian city at night
Photo by Jimi Allen for TEAM

Every so often, we’re going to post glimpses of the daily life of missionaries at work, in an occasional series we’ll call Field Journals. This is the first post, written for us by a TEAM worker in East Asia who will remain anonymous. Walking home one night from church, I glanced down the street while waiting for the light to change at an intersection and spotted a homeless man digging through a trash can. He was dirty, with long, unkept hair and a scraggly beard. Though the temperature was in the lower 40s, he was wearing almost no clothes. He…

Read More

Want To Do Missions? Begin Preparing Now.

Today, TEAM’s Director of Hub Development and mobilization guru Josh McQuaid shares how to take big steps this year toward becoming a missionary or broadening your missions perspective. It’s that time of year again: the beginning. January is well underway, but Christmas seems like just yesterday. The parties are over. The ornaments have come down (of course, not in my house, but I hear this is true for most people). And resolutions have been made, maybe already broken. Maybe this year you have your sights set on exploring that missionary calling you’ve been feeling. Or you are preparing to start talking…

Read More

Do Missions Work?

TEAM historic photo Franson
TEAM founder Fredrik Franson (far left) and the first group of TEAM missionaries to head to Swaziland, in southern Africa, circa 1892. TEAM archives photo

Last December, over 3,000 people gathered in a hot stadium in Manzini, Swaziland, to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Evangelical Church. The Swazi denomination — not to be confused with greater Evangelicalism — was founded by TEAM missionaries in the early 1890s and now has hundreds of nationally led churches across southern Africa. They invited TEAM CEO Scott Henson to speak about TEAM’s legacy there, which includes founding schools and hospitals along with building churches. He shared the stage with Sibusiso Dlamini, Swaziland’s prime minister and himself a product of the Evangelical Church. Milestones like this are worth a…

Read More

Why We Do What We Do

TEAM missions Peru
TEAM missionary Craig Querfeld visits a community development project in Arequipa, Peru. Craig shared a video with us that helped bring missions into a fresh perspective. Photo by Andy Olsen / TEAM

Sometimes the language we use to describe missions becomes so familiar that it loses its power to inspire. Craig Querfeld, a TEAM missionary in Peru (that’s him, above), recently put us on to a video that brings into fresh perspective why we do what we do. A couple of years ago, Peru’s agency for promoting its tourism and exports — called PromPerú — sent a film crew and some of the nation’s most famous celebrities to the small town of Peru, Nebraska, population 569. Their mission: To enlighten their fellow “Peruvians” about just what it means to be Peruvian. The…

Read More

[VIDEO] Visit Us This Year!

Here’s an easy resolution you could accomplish in this New Year.

If you haven’t visited us yet in one of our Missions Places (or at our main offices in Wheaton), this year may be your chance. But if your travels aren’t taking you near our storefronts in Wheaton, Ill., or Maryville, Tenn., we’ve made it easier than ever to come see us. You can take a video tour of both our Missions Places online, hosted by our very own and talented Melissa Barber. Watch the video here.

If you’re not familiar with all this Missions Place talk or just how excited we are about it, you can read the backstory here in the latest issue of TEAMHorizons magazine. There are lots of exciting things coming down the pipe this year for our Missions Places and Hubs, advancing collaboration among missions organizations and churches. So stay tuned!

Locate our missions places here.

Copyright © 2015. Created by Meks. Powered by WordPress.