TEAM Christian Missions Blog

Exploring cross-cultural ministry around the globe.
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Special Prayer Alert: Ukraine
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Open Doors, Open Hearts and Open Minds: Praying for Atheists
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Early African American Missionaries Who Changed the World for Christ
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How God Connected Displaced Teenagers, a Missionary Kid and a Stick of Gum
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3 Ways to Pray for Muslims
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Making Disciples who Make Disciples
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How to Pray for 1.1 Billion Followers of Hinduism
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The Church Planting Program That Became a Filipino Movement
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God’s Calling Missionaries from Every Nation. Here’s How to Pray.
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The Church is Shifting South — and That’s Good for Missions

Special Prayer Alert: Ukraine

The Russian invasion of Ukraine which began Thursday, February 24, 2022 is being called the most aggressive act of war in Europe since World War II. As an international mission organization, TEAM is monitoring the situation in Ukraine and its effects on the world.  First, by way of update, TEAM had two global workers in Ukraine as of a few weeks ago. Both were safely evacuated prior to the Russian attack. They leave behind ministries, churches, and their Ukrainian brothers and sisters. As members of the Body of Christ, we recognize the importance of prayer amid these challenging times. We…

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Open Doors, Open Hearts and Open Minds: Praying for Atheists

Girl standing in doorway overlooking mountains in a pondering thought.
Great diversity of thought and worldview exists among people who identify as atheists. But regardless of what path has led them to that conclusion, atheists need the truth and hope of the Gospel.

In this month’s Prayer Focus, we continue our series in which we invite you to join us in praying for followers of world religions other than biblical Christianity. We’ve spent time the last couple of months praying for Hindus and Muslims, and this month we are focusing on people around the world who identify as atheists.  According to the Joshua Project, just shy of one billion people, or 12.7% of the world’s population classify themselves as atheistic or “non-religious.” It’s important to note, however, that the term “atheist” can mean different things across different cultures.  Scott Andrews, a TEAM global…

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Early African American Missionaries Who Changed the World for Christ

When most people think of early Western missionaries, names like William Carey, Adoniram Judson, and TEAM’s own Fredrik Franson come to mind. Alongside these well-known evangelists were unsung African American heroes of the faith, dedicated men and women responding to the call of the Great Commission. In celebration of Black History Month, we are honored to share a few of those stories. George Liele It is amazing to realize the first recorded American missionary was African American. His name was George Liele and he was a former Virginia-born slave who began ministering in Jamaica in 1783, a full decade before…

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How God Connected Displaced Teenagers, a Missionary Kid and a Stick of Gum

Medical ministry at a children's hostel
Jonah and his mom have found their purpose in serving an amazing and brave community of children.

Imagine the scene: three hundred children and teens fleeing for their lives. They live in a region continually ravished by a war that began decades before they were born. Some sojourn as orphans, others sent away by desperate parents hoping for a better life for them – a life protected from the resident evil and horrendous dangers of their homeland. God in His mercy leads this vulnerable band of young wanderers, teenagers leading and caring for the youngest among them, into the jungles of a neighboring nation. He gives them sanctuary and a new start in a place with mountains…

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3 Ways to Pray for Muslims

The Quran, the central religious text of Islam, contains references to more than fifty people and events also found in the Bible.
The Quran, the central religious text of Islam, contains references to more than fifty people and events also found in the Bible.

Christians have more in common with a Muslim than you may think. “You would probably share more values with a Muslim neighbor than with a secular one,” says Cody, a TEAM missionary in Asia whose ministry brings him in daily contact with Muslims. “Muslims are very focused on family and children and a moral society.” Although values may be similar, theological beliefs are not. Cody points out three big areas of disagreement Muslims bring up in regards to Christianity: Jesus is not God, Jesus did not die on the cross and the Bible in its current form is unreliable. Brian…

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Making Disciples who Make Disciples

The Church is strengthened when mature Christians take time to mentor fellow believers and live life together.
The Church is strengthened when mature Christians take time to mentor fellow believers and live life together.

When Stuvan read the message from a colleague introducing him to Balraj, a church planter asking for discipleship, he paused before answering. It could have been a no brainer. Stuvan, a south Asian TEAM missionary, is passionate about mentoring national workers in foundational Christian beliefs. Instead, he took the time to ask questions, do research and pray for guidance. Was Balraj serious about serving God and about being trained? Was he faithful? Did Balraj have the time for discipleship with Stuvan? Was he available? And was Balraj willing to learn? Was he teachable? “I really wanted to make sure,” Stuvan…

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How to Pray for 1.1 Billion Followers of Hinduism

Bells have symbolic meaning in Hinduism. The curved body of the bell represents Ananta. The clapper or tongue of the bell represents Saraswati, who is the goddess of wisdom and knowledge.
Bells have symbolic meaning in Hinduism. The curved body of the bell represents Ananta. The clapper or tongue of the bell represents Saraswati, who is the goddess of wisdom and knowledge.

As we start a new year, we are focusing on world religions and how to pray for the various followers among them. This month we will look at Hinduism. The wide and great diversity among what Hindus believe and practice can be somewhat overwhelming. About 15% of the world’s population call themselves Hindu and pride themselves on their liberal and accepting stance toward all other world religions. When a faith already encompasses 33 million gods, what’s one more god to the mix, right? The concept and truth of following just one is difficult for their beliefs and culture to grasp….

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The Church Planting Program That Became a Filipino Movement

Thanks to CPI's network, dozens of churches like this one in Mangaldan have been planted across the Philippines.
Thanks to CPI's network, dozens of churches like this one in Mangaldan have been planted across the Philippines.

The students at the Church Planting Institute are a mismatched bunch. High school dropouts and college professors. A former gang member and a former aspiring priest. Mature believers and brand new ones. But they’re all attending the CPI because they share two things in common. “It’s basically, do you believe in Christ? Are you passionate about Him enough to invest your life in multiplying for Christ?” says TEAM missionary David Weaver. “And if you are, then … we’ll take you wherever you’re at and disciple you from there.” This easy entry philosophy might not lend the Filipino school much prestige,…

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God’s Calling Missionaries from Every Nation. Here’s How to Pray.

Christian missionaries are increasingly coming from the Global South. Now it’s time to lift them up in prayer.
Christian missionaries are increasingly coming from the Global South. Now it’s time to lift them up in prayer.

When a Brazilian decides to become a missionary, she faces challenges most American missionaries don’t. An American missionary might worry about living in a slightly more expensive nation, like Japan or Germany. But one Brazilian real is worth just 18 U.S. cents. When a Brazilian sets out for Europe or parts of Asia, raising support takes an act of God. Like an American, the Brazilian missionary will go to language school. But before she can learn her host country’s language, she’ll likely need to learn English — the language of instruction. And, if our missionary is like many Brazilian workers,…

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The Church is Shifting South — and That’s Good for Missions

Serving in ministry with Mexican believers has taught Emily to ask different questions and read Scripture with a new perspective.
Serving in ministry with Mexican believers has taught Emily to ask different questions and read Scripture with a new perspective.

In Ecclesiastes, Solomon warns us, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun” (1:9). With that said, I believe we need to pay careful attention to what God may be doing in each generation. Today, I am thankful for the shift in the global Church from the Global North/West to the Global South. As Christian belief declines in the North, it is thriving in places like Africa, Asia and Latin America. And these regions are increasingly sending their own missionaries. Now, before you worry that I’m somehow…

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