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Monthly Prayer Journal: October 2013
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The Greatest Enemy of Missionary Careers
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Preparing for a Short-Term Mission Trip: What Nationals Wish You Knew
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Bridging the Gap Between Missions and Communities
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Monthly Prayer Journal: July 2013
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Monthly Prayer Journal: June 2013
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Monthly Prayer Journal: May 2013
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Monthly Prayer Journal: April 2013
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Monthly Prayer Journal: March 2013
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Monthly Prayer Journal: February 2013

Monthly Prayer Journal: October 2013

Thank you for joining us in praying for TEAM’s work around the world. Click here to download a .pdf of the October 2013 Prayer Journal. 1 EAST ASIA The “Bell” people are an unreached minority group living in Asia. The Bell Alliance is a consortium of churches, agencies and field workers committed to reaching the Bell people. TEAM is helping to lead the Bell Alliance and has sent our first worker to begin language study. Pray for the Bell Alliance as we meet October 1-2 to hear reports and pray and plan together. 2 GERMANY Jeff and Anne Ingram have just…

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The Greatest Enemy of Missionary Careers

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Keeping the Peace: A TEAM workers in Peru laughs with local church members. Numbers show that resolving conflict with team members and national workers is essential for successful long-term missionary careers. Photo by Robert Johnson / TEAM

Here’s a little secret: Missionaries are ordinary people. And just like ordinary people, sometimes they have conflicts about ordinary things like misplaced dishes. These days, good missionary care teams keep an eye out for interpersonal conflict as the source of potential burnout. As it turns out, it’s not a new problem. Not by a long shot. TEAM writer Lisa Renninger was recently researching for a project on TEAM’s history and stumbled upon a story of narrowly avoided-missionary burnout set in Venezuela over a century ago. In 1906, two pioneering missionary families, the Bachs and the Christiansens, had established a new…

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Preparing for a Short-Term Mission Trip: What Nationals Wish You Knew

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Hand in Hand: A U.S. short-term missions team serves closely with Mexican workers in Baja California, Mexico. One TEAM missionary offers ways to make trips more about long-lasting relationships than "projects." Photo by Mark Bickel

Last year, Marcela Garcia, a university-educated Mexican woman who studied political science and Mexican history, sat down with a TEAM missionary in Baja California to discuss the American short-term missions teams that were coming to their church. Garcia runs the VBS program at Emmanuel Evangelical Church of Los Cabos, and the missionary, Vicki Reyes, wanted to know how visiting missions teams could be more effective. Their conversation produced valuable insight into preparing for a short-term mission trip to do the most good and the least harm, prioritizing relationships above all else. 1. Use Caution With Gifts First, the women discussed, groups…

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Bridging the Gap Between Missions and Communities

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TEAM’s recently opened Missions Place in Maryville, Tennessee, just outside Knoxville. Photo by Andy Olsen / TEAM

“Mission” is a funny word. It has almost as many meanings as people you might ask to define it. When used in an overseas context, as it is in our name, The Evangelical Alliance Mission, it conjures images of workers in far-off cities, eating exotic food and speaking hard-to-learn languages. When used in U.S. communities, “mission” is likely to bring to mind your local meal outreach or homeless shelter, or maybe a young couple living “missionally” by deliberately moving into a distressed inner-city neighborhood. It is used by religious and non-religious people alike — the former often attach varying degrees…

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Monthly Prayer Journal: July 2013

Thank you for joining us in prayer for TEAM’s work around the world. Click here to download a .pdf of the July 2013 Prayer Journal. 1 PAPUA Nathan Jansen writes, “Please pray for the 6th Annual Merauke Youth Camp from July 1-5th. Pray for the approx. 200 attendees to enjoy times of worship, fellowship, and opportunities to make commitments to follow the Lord!” 2 CZECH REPUBLIC Please pray for the English camp that has been going on from June 29th-July 5th. Pray that many adults, teens, and children will hear and respond to the Good News as they spend a…

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Monthly Prayer Journal: June 2013

Thank you for joining us in prayer for TEAM’s work around the world. Click here to download a .pdf of the June 2013 Prayer Journal. 1 CHURCH CONNECTIONS Please pray over TEAM’s Explore workshop being hosted by Bethany Baptist Church and Grace Church in central Illinois May 30th – June 2nd. The purpose of the workshop is to glorify God by helping the church identify potential cross-cultural workers for God’s global harvest.  2 SPAIN Steve and Cheryl Albrecht write, “The United Choir of Tenerife (four from our church are participating) has a concert in the Santa Ursula theatre. They did…

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Monthly Prayer Journal: May 2013

Thank you for joining us in prayer for TEAM’s work around the world. Click here to download a .pdf of the May 2013 Prayer Journal. 1 GLOBAL Please pray for Doug Witzig who will be traveling with 3 Christian businesspeople for a second survey trip into Myanmar. We hope to identify sectors of the society and industries in the economy that a future Launch Team will be able to explore in greater detail. Pray for these Launch Team members to be mobilized in the coming year. 2 CHURCH CONNECTIONS Jim Rathbun will teach a culminating Perspectives class May 2 at…

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Monthly Prayer Journal: April 2013

Thank you for joining us in prayer for TEAM’s work around the world. Click here to download a .pdf of the April 2013 Prayer Journal. 1 ITALY Steve Thompson recently became Ministry Area Leader for Italy. Pray for a smooth transition into that role and that God would help him be a wise servant in this new position. 2 SOUTH AFRICA Pray for Eric Binion and a team of students from Union Bible Institute as they travel to Lesotho for cross-cultural ministry. Pray for a fruitful time both in the lives of the students and the people they minister to….

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Monthly Prayer Journal: March 2013

We invite you to join us in praying to the Lord every day as we lift up these requests from our missionaries around the world. Click here to download a .pdf of the March 2013 Prayer Journal. 1 US Please pray for the Board meetings March 1st and 2nd.  Pray for good, clear communication and wisdom to know next steps to take. 2 AUSTRALIA Ray and Marti Williams write, “First weekend in March is our all-church camp. We are looking to establish some good relationships. Pray that we can learn to love each other somewhere besides inside the church building….

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Monthly Prayer Journal: February 2013

We invite you to join us in praying to the Lord every day as we lift up these requests from our missionaries around the world. Click here to download a .pdf of the February 2013 Prayer Journal. 1 EAST ASIA A worker writes, “Joy on the Journey Camp will hold two winter camps the first two weeks of February. They have been booked full for months. Please pray for the volunteers and staff as they work with the young people and for the new boiler that it and all the equipment works well.” 2 CHAD Scott and Suz Downing write, “Jan….

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