When Felicity* heard the call to full-time missions in the Middle East, she thought she knew what to expect. After all, she’d grown up as a missionary kid in a Middle Eastern nation. She grew up with Muslim friends. She knew the Quran almost as well as she knew the Bible, and she could debate apologetics along with the best of them. But when she arrived in her new country, she realized none of it had prepared her for the ministry ahead of her. “In high school, I would sit down with neighbor kids and we’d play, and … our…Read More
Every artist has a story to tell. Some tell it through vague symbolism. Others let you take away your own meaning. But when TEAM missionary Kennedy Paizs sits down at his easel, he makes no attempts at subtlety. He creates art to lead Thai Buddhists to Christ. On any given day, you might find Kennedy painting Bible stories, co-hosting an art show or telling Bible stories while volunteers paint illustrations. “It is a good, fun way to interact with people,” Kennedy says. “We get to talk about the painting, and it’s not so directly about them, even though they know…Read More
Ever since Jesus started telling parables, His followers have known how effectively stories can point people to God. Stories encourage us to let down our guards. They let us see God in ways our stubborn, skeptic hearts couldn’t otherwise. That’s why missionaries around the world tell Christ-centered stories through video, painting, radio, music composition and more. Through creative arts ministries, they get to share the greatest story ever told — and God changes hearts for eternity. Will you pray with us this month for creative arts ministries? Click the image below to get a printable version of these needs. Then, sign…Read More
Ever wonder what a missionary actually does? Well, today William Santiago, TEAM worker in Puerto Vallarta, shows us how he’s navigating his first week as a missionary in Mexico, where he intends to engage in discipleship through creative arts. Follow along as he establishes a routine in a new home with new challenges. Day 1 I’m exhausted. I stayed up too late preparing, and I couldn’t rest well because I was excited! I felt kind of like a kid trying to get to sleep on Christmas Eve. Note to self: Setting out to the airport at 4:30 a.m. is not nearly as exciting as…Read More
For many Muslims around the world, government and social restrictions make accessing the gospel nearly impossible. In these “closed countries,” Christian workers must be both creative and careful in how they share the gospel message with their Muslim neighbors. Increased Internet access, however, has created a new avenue for Muslims to gain access to the teachings of Jesus: through the smart phones in their pockets. Now, through digital media, Christian ministry workers can engage large Muslim audiences with the gospel, and the interactive networks like Facebook give users the platform to ask questions and receive personal responses. Dave and Janet* are TEAM workers who see fruit from this…Read More
Two months ago, Kameron and Erin Toews boarded a plane in South Dakota and landed in Zimbabwe to serve at Karanda Missions Hospital. Check out their photo journal below as they give us a day-in-the-life glimpse of ministry and culture in southern Africa.
Pray that Erin will have confidence, patience and humbleness as she goes through orientation in a hospital setting very different than what she’s used to in America.
Pray that Kameron will have an eye to see stories that need to be told around Karanda.
Pray that God will teach the Toews to find their worth in Christ, not in completing a to-do list, and that they will find some good local friendships.
Praise God for the wonderful missionary relationships they’ve been able to build already.
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Right now there are 47 different opportunities for you to serve in Zimbabwe. Missionaries are needed in the areas of education, medical care and business. Click here to learn more about TEAM’s ministries in Zimbabwe and view service opportunities.
Each month, we will feature a TEAM missionary in our new Photo Journal series. See what it’s like to live and work overseas through the eyes of the missionaries themselves. Don’t forget to check back each month for a new missionary and ministry area! Meet Glenn, a TEAM missionary in Guadalajara, Mexico. Glenn grew up in Illinois, and his missions experience began during high school, when he went on four short-term mission trips with his youth group. During college at Taylor University, Glenn continued going on mission trips, organizing and advocating for missions at his school. “It was through these experiences…Read More
Video by Joel Hager / TEAM
TEAM places a high value on storytelling. We love to inspire and educate the church by offering peeks into what God is doing around the world. Occasionally, we even publish stories that have only a roundabout connection to TEAM, simply because we feel they are unique or noteworthy enough to tell. When good things are happening in the kingdom of God, we are happy to share them!
This video highlights the budding Christian graffiti scene in Adelaide, Australia. Josh Routley, one of the artists interviewed in the video, is a student at a TEAM-partnered college. Josh and others like him are trying to bring hope into the often brooding and anger-filled culture of street art.