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TEAM Eats: Kolachkes
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How to Navigate Pregnancy on the Mission Field
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What’s Happening at Christmas (December Prayer Focus)
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TEAM Eats: Aşure (Noah’s Ark Pudding)
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The Refugee Who Built a Gospel Shelter for Refugees
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When God Calls a Church Planter to Reach Refugees
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Fleeing Home, Finding Hope [November Prayer Focus]
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What You Need to Know Before Becoming a Missionary
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TEAM Eats: Marbled Bundt Cake
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11 Years of Church Couldn’t Give Her Peace

TEAM Eats: Kolachkes

Finished cookies surrounded by Christmas decor
Check out this recipe for traditional Czech cookies! Then, take some time to pray for the Czech people.

Today’s recipe was originally published by The Hungry Bluebird.  Merry Christmas! These cookies come all the way from the Czech Republic and they are delicious! These light and sweet cookies are easy to make and will add some cultural diversity to your upcoming Christmas parties and family dinners.  Even though there isn’t sugar in the cookie dough itself, the cookies get just the right amount of sweetness from the jam or cream cheese filling in the middle. In that way, these buttery, flaky cookies are similar to  American pastries Try them out for yourself because they are super yummy and…

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How to Navigate Pregnancy on the Mission Field

Pregnancy is uniquely challenging when you live abroad. See how one missionary navigated this challenge, and what she learned in the process. (Stock photo)

Pregnancy — it can be a beautiful thing, but it can also be a stressful experience. Finding a doctor, learning new things, growing a human. But for missionaries, the stress is often multiplied. They have to navigate all of the challenges and logistics of being pregnant while living in a foreign country!  Some families decide to stay on the field to have their baby, and some decide it’s best to go back home. How do you know what’s best? One TEAM missionary shared her story and the valuable lessons she learned. Finding Out You’re Pregnant Claire and her husband were…

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What’s Happening at Christmas (December Prayer Focus)

Two women hand a Christmas wreath on a door.
Christmas is coming up and for missionaries, that means outreach opportunities. Keep reading to see how you can pray for outreaches this month!

The Christmas season is here — and that means great outreach opportunities for missionaries.  In many cultures, Christmas opens people up to the idea of faith in God. The decorations, the music and the events are all constant reminders that something important is going on. It makes people curious.  With this in mind, missionaries around the world will host Christmas parties at their churches and homes. They’ll hold choir concerts where unsaved neighbors can hear the Gospel. They may even invite friends to celebrate the actual holiday together. Even if Christmas isn’t celebrated in a culture, missionaries can share about…

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TEAM Eats: Aşure (Noah’s Ark Pudding)

Aşure (or Noah's ark pudding) is a Middle Eastern dessert with a bit of everything in it! Check out the recipe our missionaries shared with us.

This month our recipe is the Turkish dish Aşure (Noah’s ark pudding)! Our version is based off Elizabeth Taviloglu’s recipe at the Spruce Eats. Our missionaries in Turkey love gathering with their friends and neighbors for potlucks. “Having everyone bring something different makes it fun to learn about other people and try new foods,” one missionary says. “Also, miraculously, we always have the right types of food that we need!” Turkish neighbors often bring this dish over in their own bowls. When the missionaries finish eating it, they often make a new dish in the same bowl and return it…

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The Refugee Who Built a Gospel Shelter for Refugees

As a refugee himself, Ebi knew the challenges other refugees faced. Sharing from God's provision was a natural outflow of his faith.

In 2016, Ebi lost his country. In 2017, he lost his family — and hope for his future. Alone in a foreign country, Ebi felt devastated, angry and directionless. But God had a plan no one could have predicted. This lonely refugee was about to become a force for the Gospel among Muslim refugees. A Broken Life Leads to Christ Ebi and his family illegally immigrated from Iran to Greece in 2016. By the next year, Ebi’s life was in such disarray that his wife decided she couldn’t remain with him. She took the kids and left.  But through the…

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When God Calls a Church Planter to Reach Refugees

Anne and her refugee friend
Anne Ingram became a missionary to plant churches. But in the height of the refugee crisis, she discovered in a new ministry.

When TEAM missionary Anne Ingram went looking for a way to connect with her German community, she didn’t expect to find it among a group of refugees. Anne and her husband, Jeff, moved to Dresden in late 2013 to plant a church. She would walk the streets near their home, asking God how she could reach out to their new neighbors. Right around the same time, the German government decided to open the nation’s borders to people displaced by war, poverty and violence in their own countries. The refugees poured in by the tens of thousands, from places like Eritrea,…

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Fleeing Home, Finding Hope [November Prayer Focus]

Several refugee children stand in the middle of a refugee camp
This month, we are praying for refugees — people who have been forced to leave their homes because of dangerous situations.

Serena knew her family was different, but she didn’t know why. Her family celebrated Christmas, even though no one else did. And they seemed to live by a different set of rules than everyone else. As Serena grew up, she realized her parents were different because they were Christians in a Muslim society. She accepted Christ when she was 15 years old and started attending her parents’ underground church. But then the unthinkable happened — their church was discovered. Serena’s parents were able to escape to Austria, but Serena had to stay behind. For nine months she was in hiding,…

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What You Need to Know Before Becoming a Missionary

Two women sit and talk.
Life as a missionary is a constant learning experience, but there are some things that would be good to know before you head to the field. Keep reading to find out what they are!

Missionary life can be both a wild adventure and, at times, a struggle. But there is one thing for sure — being a missionary is a learning experience. Whether you’re getting ready to head to the field, or you have years of missionary experience, there is always more to learn. I talked with some of our missionaries about things they wish someone had told them before they went to the mission field. Find the right fit Just like with anything else, no missionary work will be all fun all the time. There is no such thing as a perfect fit….

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TEAM Eats: Marbled Bundt Cake

This yummy marbled bundt cake comes all the way from Austria! Keep reading to try it out for yourself!

This recipe comes all the way from TEAM missionaries in Austria. Austria is known for its wide variety of sweet desserts. This lemon and chocolate bundt cake is one of the many treats you can find in an Austrian coffee shop. Or, if you follow this recipe, you can have it right in your own home! While you’re enjoying this dish, take some time to pray for the country of Austria. Although 82.9 percent of the country profess to be Christian in some way, shape or form, only 0.6 percent of the country is evangelical. And an estimated 356,000 people…

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11 Years of Church Couldn’t Give Her Peace

Two Italian women walk along the waterline.
Francesca was doing all the right things — praying, reading Scripture, going to church. But she still couldn't find the peace she saw in her evangelical friends.

Francesca felt like she was going to explode — and being around Christians only made things worse. They were so happy and peaceful. They prayed like they really knew God and shared Bible verse with real conviction. But when Francesca tried the same things, it all fell flat. It wasn’t just her Catholic church that was the problem. Francesca had tried going to church with the evangelicals. She read Scripture. She prayed. She even went to extra Bible studies with her church friends. So why did Francesca’s evangelical friends have so much peace while she just felt tired and upset?…

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