TEAM Christian Missions Blog

Exploring cross-cultural ministry around the globe.
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What If My Church Doesn’t Want to Send Me?
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TEAM Eats: Recipes to Make on Quarantine
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Helping Missionary Kids Thrive on Home Assignment
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One Man’s 30-Year Search for a Bible
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Guided Lectio Divina: Jesus in the Midst of the Storm
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Praying Through COVID-19 [April Prayer Focus]
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How to Weigh Missions Agencies Against Each Other
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Praying Psalm 46 in a Time of Crisis
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TEAM Eats: Flammkuchen
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The Riots That Led to Friendship

What If My Church Doesn’t Want to Send Me?

Three men walk and talk
Having a sending church is vital to thriving on the mission field. But what happens if your church doesn't want to send you?

One aspect of going as a missionary through TEAM is that every missionary, from a short-termer to a career missionary, has a sending church. A sending church is the local church where you have served, grown and shared your calling to ministry. It is the group of people who stand with you as you prepare to go. They listen and pray as you face challenges in a new culture, and they surround you with care as you return home. As they prepare to go, some missionaries-to-be find their church ecstatic to see what God will do through their cross-cultural ministry….

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TEAM Eats: Recipes to Make on Quarantine

This month, we have FOUR recipes for you! And the best part: you can make all of them with things you probably already have at home!

With all the social distancing, a lot of us have found ourselves with some spare time on our hands. Missionaries are no different. All around the world we are having similar experiences staying in our homes and adjusting to a new normal of social distancing. Missionaries are still at work sharing the Gospel, but the ways they are doing that look a little different now. Instead of going out and meeting their neighbors, missionaries are working on intentionally building relationships through video calls and other online avenues. Much like the rest of us, instead of sharing a meal with their…

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Helping Missionary Kids Thrive on Home Assignment

Two women study the Bible with MKs
The next time missionary kids come to visit your church, use some of these great tips to make them feel welcome. We got them straight from missionary parents!

For most of us, missionary kids are an anomaly of life. They come to our churches for a year or a single Sunday while their parents are on home assignment. And we hardly get to know them before they leave again for the mission field. But on the Global Missions Podcast, TEAM Missionary Kid Coordinator Valerie Williams explains why these kids need your love — and how you can impact their lives in just one church visit. Listen to the podcast episode to find out: What “home” means to missionary kids What to do before missionary kids come for a…

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One Man’s 30-Year Search for a Bible

A man reads a Bible
After his Bible was stolen, Diyar spent decades searching for another one. How would he find one without knowing any Christians?

Thirty years ago, Diyar owned the most powerful book in the world. He didn’t fully understand it. It went against everything he’d ever heard about God. And he knew he had to find its meaning. But the book was too powerful to go unnoticed, especially in Diyar’s Middle Eastern country. Someone discovered Diyar’s book and stole it from him. Diyar tried everything he could to find another copy, but it was impossible. Impossible, until his wife, Talora, attended an ordinary wedding. A “Chance” Encounter Talora didn’t expect anything unusual to happen at the wedding. But as she got ready, a…

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Guided Lectio Divina: Jesus in the Midst of the Storm

The Mediterranean Sea
Where is Jesus in the midst of the storm? A lectio divinia study through Mark 4:35-41 helps us see Him!

For thousands of years, believers have used lectio divina as a way to meditate on God’s word and draw closer to Him. Readers take in the text four times, asking four simple questions. Then, they listen for the Lord’s voice. This method of reading Scripture is powerful in everyday life. And in times of distress, it gently causes us to slow down, quiet our souls and remember that Jesus is present with us. Wherever you are in life, we want to invite you to an online lectio divina experience. Emiko Mitchell, a logistics coordinator at TEAM, will be your guide…

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Praying Through COVID-19 [April Prayer Focus]

  News about COVID-19 is everywhere, bombarding us with frightening and overwhelming reports. As Christians, we know we can bring the scary and overwhelming to God. But where do we start? How do we pray effectively and purposefully when it feels like the whole world has descended into chaos?  This month, we’re focusing our prayers on people impacted by COVID-19. Keep reading to see specific ways you can pray for missionaries (and everyone else) who are being impacted by COVID-19 and the precautions taken to stop the spread. 1. Pray against loneliness for people in isolation. God created people to…

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How to Weigh Missions Agencies Against Each Other

A woman sits at a computer with books stacked up next too her
There are lots of great missions agencies out there. How do you weigh the pros and cons? Here are some helpful ways to narrow down your options.

There are hundreds of missions agencies out there, and for good reason. People are diverse, cultures are vast, and denominations differ. Yet it can be overwhelming for the would-be missionary. How do you choose between missions agencies when multiple ones seem right? Or when all of the options have a flaw? Or when each agency can only offer you part of your vision? Part of my role as a TEAM missions coach is to help potential missionaries discern which missions agency is best for them. Sometimes the choice seems obvious, but it’s often a matter of weighing pros and cons…

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Praying Psalm 46 in a Time of Crisis

Women praying together
Join us today in praying Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God”, is a favorite verse for retreats at mountain cabins and lakeside cottages. But the psalm itself assumes a very different setting. In verse 1, God is an ever-present help, and again in verses 4, 5, 7, and 11, His presence brings courage and strength. But have you noticed that in verses 2, 3, and 6, the ‘nations are in uproar”? The invitation to be still and to seek God takes place in the midst of chaos and worldly drama, not in a quiet sanctuary. It reminds us of Habakkuk who…

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TEAM Eats: Flammkuchen

Looking down at flammkuchen, which looks similar to a square pizza with cheese and bacon
This German, pizza-style dish is delicious and so simple anyone can make it! Keep reading to see how we made it!

Flammkuchen is a specialty of the region of Germany where we live and serve as TEAM missionaries.  Back in the day, German farmers would bake bread once a week. To test the oven temperature before they baked bread, they would put this small assortment of bread, creme fraiche and cheese into the oven. And that creation eventually evolved into what we know today as flammkuchen, or “pie baked in flames.”  Nowadays it’s the German version of pizza. It’s easy to eat on the go, or you can get it at a nice restaurant. It’s very simple to make, which is…

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The Riots That Led to Friendship

burned building in Papua in August 2019
In the Summer of 2019, violent protests in Papua left burning buildings in their wake — but these protests also led to a surprising friendship.

People barricaded the streets. They threw stones at local businesses. They set buildings on fire. The people of Papua, Indonesia, were not happy, and they wanted the government to know. As TEAM missionaries serving in Papua, Devon and Katie Hayes thought it best to keep a low profile during the protests. They tried to avoid big groups of people in the streets and parks. And eventually, the Indonesian government sent military troops to clean up the situation. Devon and Katie warned their sons Seth (age 6) and Nick (age 3) about what was going on. But kids aren’t necessarily concerned…

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