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Wells of Hope for Muslims in Chad [VIDEO]
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6 Ways to Pray for Creation Care Ministries [April Prayer Focus]
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Fighting Nepal’s Food Scarcity One Classroom at a Time
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When Your Escape from Ministry Becomes Your Ministry
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Planting a Future for Zimbabwe’s Aged-Out Orphans
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INFOGRAPHIC: The Value of a Goat
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A Crazy Man, Fish and the God Who Provides
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Forecast: Famine
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[VIDEO] Zimbabwe: Life-Giving Goats
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More Than a Well

Wells of Hope for Muslims in Chad [VIDEO]

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In Chad, a well ministry is making life easier for people who previously had to walk for miles just to gather water. But even greater: Muslim villages are getting to hear the Gospel for the first time! Watch this video to learn more. Video by TEAM

Video Transcript: Scott Downing has been drilling wells in southeastern Chad for over three years. He works with local Muslim men to find safe sources of drinking water. It improves the villagers’ health. And it shows the love of Jesus. Scott says, “I’ll probably say it a number of times, but it’s really just a tool for us to be with people. So we don’t want it to be all-consuming, and the equipment be so cumbersome that it drives our ministry. We just want to use it as a tool to be with people. “We call it ‘mat time.’ We’re…

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6 Ways to Pray for Creation Care Ministries [April Prayer Focus]

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Missionaries are caring for the planet to teach people about the God who made it. Will you pray for them?

Whether it’s ruined soil, contaminated water or disease caused by piled up garbage, there’s no doubt that environmental destruction hurts people deeply. In the midst of that hurt, many people doubt God’s power, His love or that He even exists. That’s why missionaries around the world are shining a light on God’s handiwork through creation care ministries. By teaching sustainable farming methods, cleaning beaches and more, missionaries get to show how faithfully God has provided for our physical needs — and that opens doors to share about the eternal life He offers all of us. This April, will you pray…

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Fighting Nepal’s Food Scarcity One Classroom at a Time

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A worker in Nepal is using her skills as a gardener to cultivate relationships with students.

TEAM worker  Marinda has been counseling people through their fear of death since she was 18 years old. The death of their plants, that is. From her first job out of high school at a retail garden center to her certification as a master gardener, she taught customers, school children and landscaping clients how to tend plants with confidence. But these days, training kitchen garden teachers at Kathmandu International Study Centre (KISC), she’s engaging a culture whose cultivation struggles extend far beyond a pair of brown thumbs. “Nepal really came on the map for me when I learned how much…

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When Your Escape from Ministry Becomes Your Ministry

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Burnt out and worn down, Steve Dresselhaus was ready to resign from being a missionary. Until he went kayaking. Photos courtesy of Steve Dresselhaus

What is your passion? What is the thing you get most excited about? The thing you would be doing if all your dreams came true? Whatever it is, Steve Dresselhaus guarantees you can turn it into a ministry — and he should know. For over a decade, the TEAM missionary has led people to the Lord, discipled new believers, counseled couples and more, all while kayaking on the beautiful Sea of Cortez in Mexico. Steve actually started kayaking as a way to escape mission work. In 1996, the pastor was burnt out to the point that he sent TEAM his…

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Planting a Future for Zimbabwe’s Aged-Out Orphans

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Many aged-out orphans in Zimbabwe face unemployment and a lack of skills to change their lives. But an agricultural training program is planting the seeds for a hopeful future. Photos courtesy of Steve and Anthea Love

“How can you go back and help the children of the very people who took your family’s livelihood?” a supporter asked TEAM missionary Anthea Love before she left for Zimbabwe. A missionary’s departure for the field doesn’t usually prompt questions about bitterness. But then, most missionaries aren’t returning to the nation where their family lost everything. Sixteen years ago, in an effort to right colonial-era wrongs, Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe introduced land reform that seized 4,000 white farmers’ land. Among those farmers were Anthea’s parents. With a mix of corruption and poor execution, the redistribution project led to the collapse…

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Value of a Goat

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When you buy a goat for a family in need, you give the sustainable gift of nutrition and income.

In Zimbabwe, milking goats fill a critical need for children whose mothers have been lost to disease. Scroll through the infographic below to see how a goat gift is the gift that keeps on giving.     Visit TEAM’s Wish List to explore other tangible ways that you can invest in the work of TEAM missionaries around the world.

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A Crazy Man, Fish and the God Who Provides

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Dave and Cheryl Jereb provide food, skills training and the gospel message to their community through Fish for Life. Photo courtesy of Cheryl Jereb

History is full of missionaries who found success by blending in with the local culture. TEAM missionary Dave Jereb found it while building a reputation as a crazy, old, white guy. Dave and his wife, Cheryl, came to Zimbabwe two years ago with a vision to provide sustainable food sources and job training for needy communities through aquaponics, a self-contained system for growing produce and fish.   The fish live in tanks, and the nutrient-rich water is piped into plant beds where crops grow hydroponically. The plant roots cleanse the water, which is then pumped back into the fish tanks….

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Forecast: Famine

Environmental missionaries are those sent cross-culturally to labor with Christ — the Creator, Sustainer and Redeemer of all creation — in caring for the environment and making disciples among all peoples. Photo by Robert Johnson/TEAM

We asked Lowell Bliss to share about the importance of environmental missions. This opinion column appears in the winter 2014 issue of Horizons magazine. In July 2010, missions leaders and environmental experts met in Manhattan, Kansas, for the first Environmental Missions Consultation. A TEAM missionary from the Arab Peninsula attended. Among the work accomplished, a definition was constructed: “Environmental missionaries are those sent cross-culturally to labor with Christ — the Creator, Sustainer and Redeemer of all creation — in caring for the environment and making disciples among all peoples.” Though the event felt inaugural, it’s common knowledge missionaries have been serving through reforestation, sustainable…

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[VIDEO] Zimbabwe: Life-Giving Goats

Tawanda shows off his newest kid with pride. He was given a goat through the goat project a number of years ago and has now grown the number of goats he owns to four. Photo by Robert Johnson/TEAM

Over 1.4 million people living in Zimbabwe, fifteen percent of the population, have been diagnosed with AIDs1. By 2011, there were one million children living in Zimbabwe who had been orphaned as a result of parents dying from AIDs2. In a land plagued by disease, mothers are often unable to nurse due to health concerns. Many children are orphaned at a young age, left alone to find nourishment or die. Zimbabweans are facing the harsh realities of the AIDS epidemic, and countless children and orphans are suffering as a result. Karanda Mission Hospital, located in northern Zimbabwe, provides community healthcare,…

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More Than a Well

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While well drilling projects are becoming popular and are transforming entire communities, there is more to sustainably solving community water crises than simply accessing the water table. Photo by Robert Johnson/TEAM

Water. We swim in it, drink it, cook with it – and for the pure joy of it we turn on the sprinkler and run through it. A lack of clean water can have huge implications for a community – and they go way beyond thirst. The lack of sanitation cuts lives short and the trek to collect water can steal a person’s most productive hours – keeping generations ill, undereducated, and impoverished. The answer, it would seem, is to access the water that is already there: drill a well. While well drilling projects are becoming popular and are transforming…

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