Tag - missionary life

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Farmhouse Turned Sanctuary for Ukrainian Refugees [Photo Journal]
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On the Same Wavelength: Meet the Thompsons
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Missions Vocabulary 101
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When God Changes Our Plans
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God’s Calling Missionaries from Every Nation. Here’s How to Pray.
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What Missionaries are Thankful for This Year
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Helping Our Children Through Uncertain Times
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COVID is Still Changing Our Ministries — and God is Still Working
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5 Things to Expect Your First Year as a Missionary
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Missionaries with Chronic Health Problems Need Your Prayers

Farmhouse Turned Sanctuary for Ukrainian Refugees [Photo Journal]

Volunteers in front of the farmhouse.
Matthew and Sara Titus led a diverse team in this amazing project.

Since Day One of the Ukraine war, TEAM’s Matthew and Sara Titus have worked tirelessly to provide shelter and support to refugees. Their initial efforts included visits to Poland as well as renovating a series of apartments and other buildings in Prague, Czech Republic.  Now about an hour outside of Prague, the Tituses’ latest project is renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse to provide housing for displaced families as they struggle to find a new normal.                                                    …

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On the Same Wavelength: Meet the Thompsons

Retirees then and now.
“We walked with spiritual giants.” Steve and Cindy Thompson share their journey of 35 years in ministry with TEAM Italy.

They were two all-American kids growing up in the 1960’s. She was a little girl with a big heart to reach the unreached. He was a Michigan kid with a knack for radio broadcasting. Their journey translated into 35 years of faithful TEAM ministry and serves as encouragement of God’s faithfulness.  “God has a real sense of humor”  Steve grew up in a Christian home with parents who loved the Lord. As a teenager, Steve says, “I wasn’t as close to the Lord as I should have been. I accepted Christ as Savior, but I didn’t have any idea what…

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Missions Vocabulary 101

Missionary vocabulary 101
Learn the language of missions with this quick reference glossary.

If you’re just beginning to explore what it means to be a missionary, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by words and phrases in the “language” of missions. Some terms are used the same way across various missions agencies and audiences, while others are specific to a given mission organization. So what does it all mean? Here’s a quick and easy guide to “Missions Vocabulary 101” to bring you right up to speed with the latest in missions lingo.    Key Terms in the “World” of Missions  Of course, we can’t speak for every partner in the international missions community, but…

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When God Changes Our Plans

The Junker family.
The Junker Family knows that God’s plans are always best.

“If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.” We’ve likely all heard this saying before, but it still takes us by surprise when things don’t go the way we expected. We so often have the best of intentions for our family, lives, and ministry and it throws us for a loop when God takes us in a different direction. Jon and Tammy Junker, TEAM global workers in Japan, know what that feels like. Jon was a missionary kid, born and raised in Japan. Tammy grew up in California, and served as an English teacher and with TEAM’s…

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God’s Calling Missionaries from Every Nation. Here’s How to Pray.

Christian missionaries are increasingly coming from the Global South. Now it’s time to lift them up in prayer.
Christian missionaries are increasingly coming from the Global South. Now it’s time to lift them up in prayer.

When a Brazilian decides to become a missionary, she faces challenges most American missionaries don’t. An American missionary might worry about living in a slightly more expensive nation, like Japan or Germany. But one Brazilian real is worth just 18 U.S. cents. When a Brazilian sets out for Europe or parts of Asia, raising support takes an act of God. Like an American, the Brazilian missionary will go to language school. But before she can learn her host country’s language, she’ll likely need to learn English — the language of instruction. And, if our missionary is like many Brazilian workers,…

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What Missionaries are Thankful for This Year

Brenda (center) has been able to serve for nearly 40 years — even during a pandemic, thanks to her supporters.
Brenda (center) has been able to serve for nearly 40 years — even during a pandemic, thanks to her supporters.

We spend most of the year asking you for prayer, and God spends all year moving through those prayers. This month, instead of asking missionaries how we can pray for them, we asked what they’re thanking God for in their ministries and in their personal lives. We hope you’ll take a moment to praise God with us — and share your own stories of praise in the comments! Indonesia: Local Evangelists Sharing Jesus Every Week “We are deeply thankful for three Indonesians who are part of our evangelism team in Merauke, Indonesia,” says TEAM worker Jared Riepma. COVID-19 continues to…

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Helping Our Children Through Uncertain Times

How do we help our kids find peace in the midst of uncertainty when we’re struggling to find peace ourselves?
How do we help our kids find peace in the midst of uncertainty when we’re struggling to find peace ourselves?

We were supposed to fly back to our African home over a month earlier. Instead, we found ourselves settling in another completely unexpected place. My children had laid their heads in dozens of different locations over the past seven months. “Home” had become this fluid word meaning wherever we had currently been staying for the short while, and somehow even my 4-year-old understood. We had been hoping and praying that we would return to South Africa soon, but our future was very unclear. Thankfully, our children were doing well. They had embraced the nomad life like champs and had taught…

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COVID is Still Changing Our Ministries — and God is Still Working

Covid-19 has cost many missionaries access to their host countries. New strategies and perseverance are vital for the work to continue.
Covid-19 has cost many missionaries access to their host countries. New strategies and perseverance are vital for the work to continue.

As I write this from Asia, we are weary from yet another round of strict restrictions on travel and gatherings. The world entered the third wave in June; Asia is facing some of our hardest days yet. Today, six countries in Asia are in the top 10 countries facing the highest new cases per day. Eighteen months ago, one colleague was out of her host country for the New Year’s break when COVID-19 hit. The borders were closed, and she returned to the States. She’s now been stateside for more than a year. Another colleague was in the United States…

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5 Things to Expect Your First Year as a Missionary

Your first year as missionary is less about bold ministry than it is about diligent studying and acclimation.
Your first year as missionary is less about bold ministry than it is about diligent studying and acclimation.

“Your goal for the first term is to survive and want to come back.” When Eric Binion got this advice, he was a new missionary in South Africa. And at first, it sounded as absurd to him as it probably sounds to you. Eric already wanted to be in South Africa. Plus, a missionary’s first term is generally four years in-country. After language school, you still have two years to dedicate fully to ministry. Why aim for such a low goal? Decades later, Eric is giving the same advice. So, what should you expect your first year as a missionary?…

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Missionaries with Chronic Health Problems Need Your Prayers

From finding the right care to fighting shame, missionaries with chronic health conditions have a whole set of unique prayer needs.
From finding the right care to fighting shame, missionaries with chronic health conditions have a whole set of unique prayer needs.

When Noelle and Lee* sensed God calling them to Italy, they put out a fleece. Noelle has an autoimmune disorder that requires treatment every six weeks. If God provided a place for treatment, they would move forward. “He provided, so we came,” Noelle says. The treatment wasn’t local, but it was doable. Every six weeks, Noelle travelled to Germany for blood product infusions that keep her immune system from attacking itself. Thankfully, travel among European countries was easy. Then COVID-19 began to spread. Borders closed. “Without this treatment, I can deteriorate very quickly,” Noelle says. “It was a bit frightening…

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