Tag - Prayer Focus

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True Enlightenment in Christ: Praying for Buddhists
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Special Prayer Alert: Ukraine
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Open Doors, Open Hearts and Open Minds: Praying for Atheists
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How to Pray for 1.1 Billion Followers of Hinduism
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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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How to Pray for Post-Christian Cultures
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How to Pray for Missionaries in Limbo During COVID-19
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How to Pray for Missionaries in Language School
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How to Pray for Missionary Teachers During COVID-19

True Enlightenment in Christ: Praying for Buddhists

Asian boy ringing a bell in the temple
Half a billion Buddhists worldwide await the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Join us in praying for Buddhists.

There is a Japanese adage that says, “The nail that sticks out gets hit!” This mindset of not wanting to stand out or be different from others is a pervasive way of thinking among Buddhist cultures. The cost for Buddhists to follow Christ is often great as they attract the attention of their family and friends in a way that may not be pleasant. Over 500 million people ascribe to Buddhism worldwide, and most of those are concentrated in Asia. Countries such as China, Japan, Thailand and Myanmar have deeply rooted Buddhist traditions and beliefs, accounting for hundreds of people…

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Special Prayer Alert: Ukraine

The Russian invasion of Ukraine which began Thursday, February 24, 2022 is being called the most aggressive act of war in Europe since World War II. As an international mission organization, TEAM is monitoring the situation in Ukraine and its effects on the world.  First, by way of update, TEAM had two global workers in Ukraine as of a few weeks ago. Both were safely evacuated prior to the Russian attack. They leave behind ministries, churches, and their Ukrainian brothers and sisters. As members of the Body of Christ, we recognize the importance of prayer amid these challenging times. We…

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Open Doors, Open Hearts and Open Minds: Praying for Atheists

Girl standing in doorway overlooking mountains in a pondering thought.
Great diversity of thought and worldview exists among people who identify as atheists. But regardless of what path has led them to that conclusion, atheists need the truth and hope of the Gospel.

In this month’s Prayer Focus, we continue our series in which we invite you to join us in praying for followers of world religions other than biblical Christianity. We’ve spent time the last couple of months praying for Hindus and Muslims, and this month we are focusing on people around the world who identify as atheists.  According to the Joshua Project, just shy of one billion people, or 12.7% of the world’s population classify themselves as atheistic or “non-religious.” It’s important to note, however, that the term “atheist” can mean different things across different cultures.  Scott Andrews, a TEAM global…

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How to Pray for 1.1 Billion Followers of Hinduism

Bells have symbolic meaning in Hinduism. The curved body of the bell represents Ananta. The clapper or tongue of the bell represents Saraswati, who is the goddess of wisdom and knowledge.
Bells have symbolic meaning in Hinduism. The curved body of the bell represents Ananta. The clapper or tongue of the bell represents Saraswati, who is the goddess of wisdom and knowledge.

As we start a new year, we are focusing on world religions and how to pray for the various followers among them. This month we will look at Hinduism. The wide and great diversity among what Hindus believe and practice can be somewhat overwhelming. About 15% of the world’s population call themselves Hindu and pride themselves on their liberal and accepting stance toward all other world religions. When a faith already encompasses 33 million gods, what’s one more god to the mix, right? The concept and truth of following just one is difficult for their beliefs and culture to grasp….

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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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How to Pray for Post-Christian Cultures

A church stands in Dresden, Germany, a post-Christian culture
Post-Christian cultures see the Church as a quaint relic at best — and dangerous at worst. Pray for post-Christian cultures to see Christ’s life-transforming love.

When a missionary goes to serve in Europe, most people assume they must have a pretty easy time. After all, there are already church buildings everywhere. But TEAM missionary Jessica Applegarth describes it differently: “I heard a missionary here in Ireland says they feel like they spend all of their time pulling rocks out of the soil. [It’s] incredibly important for the planting process, but you don’t see any growth. You’re not even to the planting seeds stage yet.” For generations, Europeans have seen religion used to gain political power. They’ve watched religious leaders abuse the vulnerable without being held…

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How to Pray for Missionaries in Limbo During COVID-19

Masked woman rests forehead on hands
COVID-19 is keeping missionaries from returning to their countries of service. Here's how you can pray for them.

Some missionaries take years to raise their support. Most take many months. Iona and Perry* raised their full support in just 102 days. And they did it in the middle of global pandemic. Any other year, people might have seen such success as God rushing the couple to the mission field. But it’s been six months since the couple finished raising their support, and they’re still waiting to go. “We were planning on leaving for Southeast Asia in September 2020, but that ship has sailed, and we are still in the U.S.,” Iona says. “The borders will not open for…

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How to Pray for Missionaries in Language School

Annie Wilson talks with teenage girls in Spanish.
Language school can be physically, emotionally and spiritually exhausting. But TEAM missionaries like Annie Wilson (left) say it's all worth it.

If anyone is qualified to tell you how to pray for missionaries in language school, it’s Annie Wilson. After all, the TEAM missionary has gone to three kinds of language school in three countries: France, Chad and Mexico. Stepping into her first ministry assignment, Annie thought learning a new language would be a breeze. After all, if God called her to ministry, He should make it easy, right? “God definitely had to knock me down off my high horse and humble my heart within my first couple months of learning French,” Annie says now. Language school lays a critical foundation…

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How to Pray for Missionary Teachers During COVID-19

Missionary teachers, Durban Bible College
The school year is in full swing, and missionary teachers are trying to build a new normal for their students. Here are three ways you can pray.

With schools back in gear (both online and in-person), now is a great time to pray for cross-cultural teachers and their students. With this new world we’re in, people have been making some tough decisions. Administrators had to decide how to provide good educations while keeping everyone safe — and that doesn’t look the same everywhere. Teachers are working to create quality experiences online and through social distancing. And many students are filled with fear of catching COVID-19. In times like these, the best thing we can do for missionary-teachers and the children they serve is pray. Keep reading to…

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