Tag - Church Ministries

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How to Make Missions Part of Your VBS
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Why Limiting Your Missions Strategy Won’t Limit You
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Why the Church’s Future is Written in Spanish
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AIDS Almost Killed Him, You Gave Him Hope
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Is It Possible to be Japanese and Christian?
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When Your Sweet Tooth Leads Someone to Jesus
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Does Europe Need Missionaries?
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Church Plants Need Your Prayers [January Prayer Focus]
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An Alcoholic and a Missionary Get on a Plane…
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A Church For People Who Don’t Trust Church

How to Make Missions Part of Your VBS

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Discover five easy ways to add cross-cultural ministry elements to your VBS event this year! Photo by TEAM

Children’s ministers, unite! It’s the time of year where your trunk is full of plastic decorations, inflatable balls and paper cups waiting to become a spaceship craft. That’s right: vacation Bible school is almost here! For many churches, vacation Bible school is one of the biggest events of the year. But this event is not just a great way for your church to engage with your community — it’s also a great way to disciple children about God’s heart for the nations! Now, many of us might be thinking, How am I supposed to add one more thing to our…

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Why Limiting Your Missions Strategy Won’t Limit You

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Will creating a long-term missions strategy keep you from hearing God's voice? Check out these 3 tips to stay firm but flexible in your church's plan for missions! Photo by TEAM

We’re firm believers that every church should have a long-term strategy for its global missions work — one that provides focus and clarity on where to invest your resources and people. But having a strategy isn’t without its challenges. For example, what happens if your church decides to focus on missions in Asia… and then someone in your church senses a call to go to Kenya? Do you refuse to support them because they don’t fit with the bigger strategy? Or do you toss aside the strategy every time someone comes with a new idea? How do you know if…

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Why the Church’s Future is Written in Spanish

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The church is rapidly growing in Latin America — and so are false doctrines, like the prosperity gospel. Read our Q&A to find out how a TEAM missionary is steering new believers in a better direction. Photo by TEAM

If you want to know where the Church is growing, don’t look to your local seeker-friendly, hipster church. Don’t look for the closest liturgical service either. According to TEAM missionary and former missionary kid Justin Burkholder, the best place to look is in a Pentecostal service… in Latin America. “We just sort of assume Latin America’s Catholic, … but a lot of Latin America is very evangelical, and mainly it’s highly neo-Pentecostal,” Justin says. In 1970, evangelical Christians numbered only 12.8 million in Latin America. By 2020, they’re expected to reach 203 million, according to the Center for the Study…

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AIDS Almost Killed Him, You Gave Him Hope

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Danilo* was running from God for years, but one day he received life-altering news that changed everything. Keep reading to find out how your support impacted his life! Photo by TEAM

This time last year, Danilo* was surprised to even be alive. After years of running from God, Danilo found out he had AIDS in October 2016. He wondered if he’d even live to see another Christmas! But through your caring support, you gave Danilo a second chance. And today, he’s celebrating Christmas as a brother in Christ! Keep reading to discover how God used you to change Danilo’s life forever! The Sin He Couldn’t Defeat Danilo’s story was ordinary at the beginning. When Danilo was a young man, TEAM missionaries Jim and Sara Rodson* planted a church in his Southeast…

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Is It Possible to be Japanese and Christian?

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TEAM missionary Roberta Peabody shares the struggles and the payoffs of working with new Christians in a Japanese returnee ministry. Photo by TEAM

When Kira* accepted Christ, she thought she had everything she needed. Kira and her friend, Azumi*, found Jesus while living in America for their husbands’ jobs. They both joined a large church that was full of energy and strong ministries. But after five years overseas, Kira returned to Japan, and quiet loneliness engulfed her like a fog. No one understood her new beliefs, including her own husband. He wanted her to stay home on Sundays because those were his days off from work. When she found a Christian mom’s group, he discouraged her from going because of the money she…

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When Your Sweet Tooth Leads Someone to Jesus

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If A.J. hadn't had a craving for apple crisp, Celestino might not know Jesus. Read this inspiring story about salvation and discipleship in Guatemala. Photo by TEAM

Have you ever craved a dessert so strongly you just knew it had to be from the Lord? Probably only if you’re prone to exaggeration. But after you hear Celestino’s story, you might think twice about your next hankering for sugar cookies. You see, Celestino didn’t have time for church. And after a lifetime of alcoholism and meeting Christians who only cared how much he could tithe, Celestino didn’t really have an interest in church either. Maybe that’s why TEAM missionary A.J. got a craving for apple crisp soon after he moved to Guatemala. That fall day, the grocery store…

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Does Europe Need Missionaries?

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The majority of Europeans identify with the Christian faith. So why is there a need for missionaries there? Photo by TEAM.

When you think of mission work, what comes to mind probably isn’t someone in France discussing theology with a neighbor over cappuccinos. But the reality is, Europe critically needs more Christian missionaries to make disciples. There are several reasons we leave Europe off the map when we think of spreading the gospel “to the ends of the earth.” The most glaring one being that the gospel has already been spread there. In the New Testament, we read about the gospel’s early adoption in Europe through Paul’s letters to the church in modern-day Greece, Italy and Turkey. Marble statues, massive cathedrals…

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Church Plants Need Your Prayers [January Prayer Focus]

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Missionaries around the world serve to help the church bloom and grow. Here's how you can partner with them through prayer this month. Photo by TEAM

At TEAM, our New Year’s resolution is always to serve you better than the year before. This year, we’ve changed our monthly prayer focus to make it even easier to use. We hope these simple requests will help you pray not only for TEAM missionaries but for every missionary you know! Sign up here to get the new prayer focus sent to your inbox each month. You can unsubscribe at any time. Whether they’re teaching in a school or passing out tracts, every missionary’s goal is to see the local church bloom and grow. The church is where new believers…

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An Alcoholic and a Missionary Get on a Plane…

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When Marti got on a plane to flee his problems, he couldn't have imagined the series of events that would unfold when his seatmate "just happened" to be a missionary. Photo by TEAM

If TEAM missionaries hadn’t seen it themselves, Marti’s* story would almost be too much like a Hallmark movie to believe: A broken marriage. A soul-searching trip to South America. An encounter with a wise, older man. And a fight to rebuild Marti’s life before it’s too late! It’s not just the set-up, though. From beginning to end, the coincidences are absurd, too frequent — and perfect proof of God’s hand. That’s why we had to share it with you. Coincidence 1: Alcoholic Marti Gets a Seat Next to Missionary Steve In 2013, Marti had driven his wife to the edge…

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A Church For People Who Don’t Trust Church

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A church plant in Guatemala is quickly becoming a refuge for people ready to give up on church. But amidst rapid growth, challenges persist. Photo courtesy of Iglesia Reforma

Tragedy and chaos are familiar to the average Guatemalan. If you fail a class in school, well, that’s not good, but it’s common; hopefully you’ll do better upon repeating it. If you are badly hurt in an accident, well, you can’t count on great care at the public hospital and can’t afford a private one, so hopefully you’ll get better. If  your husband drinks too much or hangs around other women, well, you’ll likely separate, and hopefully you’ll make enough to feed your family, even if that means you only see your kids for an hour each night. Chaos. Disorganization….

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