Tag - prayer

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Can Short-Term Ministry Have a Long-Term Impact? [September Prayer Focus]
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The Perfect Place to Share the Gospel [August Prayer Focus]
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Would You Betray Your Parents for Jesus? [July Prayer Focus]
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Forced to Start Over — with Nothing [June Prayer Focus]
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How One VBS Brought an Entire Family to Christ [May Prayer Focus]
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Real-World Slavery — Will You Turn a Blind Eye? [April Prayer Focus]
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When Water Brings Eternal Hope [March Prayer Focus]
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Refugees in Christ: A Lent Guide
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A Lost People — and a Tremendous Opportunity [January Prayer Focus]
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When Medical Workers Go to the Ends of the Earth [December Prayer Focus]

Can Short-Term Ministry Have a Long-Term Impact? [September Prayer Focus]

short-term ministry
As we celebrate 50 years of short-term ministry at TEAM, please ask God to provide more short-term workers for a long-term impact.

Eight years ago, TEAM missionaries in Tokyo leased the site for what would become the SonRise Cafe. The vision was to create a missional coffee shop, where people could feel welcome — and get to hear the Gospel. But the only structure that stood there was a concrete shell. They needed pretty much everything, from floors and ceilings to kitchen cabinets. How would they get it all done? Their time was eaten up by other ministries. And then there was the matter of funds. It was impossible for them to accomplish on their own. That’s when five men from the…

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The Perfect Place to Share the Gospel [August Prayer Focus]

education ministries
Around the world, teachers and students are gearing up for another year of learning. Will you pray for opportunities to share the Gospel?

Jian* was already behind when he started at his new school. It was a full quarter into the school year. Then, for the first two months, Jian had a far-off look in his eyes. His teachers weren’t sure he was even paying attention. But one of Jian’s teachers was TEAM missionary, Rachel*. Jian’s lack of interest couldn’t stop her from talking to him about “the Father,” “the Son” and “the Word.” And one day, suddenly, Jian wanted to know more. Jian decided to specifically ask Rachel to tell him more about the Son — he wanted to know Jesus the way…

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Would You Betray Your Parents for Jesus? [July Prayer Focus]

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If leaving your religion meant leaving your culture and family, would you do it? Read about the obstacles missionaries face when reaching Buddhists and see how you can pray! Photo by TEAM

How do you lead someone down Christ’s narrow path when they believe almost every path leads to salvation? That’s a question missionaries in Buddhist-majority countries face every day. And not only do Buddhists struggle to understand their need for a Savior, but they also face external pressure to remain in the faith of their family. In Buddhist cultures, to turn your back on the religion of your parents is to betray them on the deepest level. Your community will cut you off, taking away your friends, limiting your job opportunities and even kicking you out of your home. Overcoming these…

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Forced to Start Over — with Nothing [June Prayer Focus]

refugee ministries
Around the world, refugees are being displaced every day. Read how refugee ministries are addressing this crisis and how you can pray. Photo by TEAM

Fear swept over Farrah* as rebel soldiers pulled her family over to the side of the road. They hadn’t even made it to the Jordanian border yet. She and her family had packed all their money in socks and fled their Iraqi village after rebel forces took over. But now, here they were, face-to-face with the people they were trying to escape. When the soldiers yelled for everyone to get out of the vehicle, Farrah obeyed. Instantly, there was a gun at her head. She knew they wanted the money. Slipping a hand inside one of the socks, she thought,…

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How One VBS Brought an Entire Family to Christ [May Prayer Focus]

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VBS isn't just for the kids. Discover how you can pray for VBS ministries that are impacting entire families around the world this summer! Photo by TEAM

Daisy had no idea how a simple “yes” would change her life. A few years ago, her son asked if he could go to vacation Bible school. Daisy’s decision to let him go still impacts her family today. That VBS is where Daisy met TEAM missionaries Art and Vicki — who then introduced her whole family to Christ. Now, Daisy and her husband serve as teachers in the Emmanuel Evangelical Church in Mexico. All because of one decision. All because of one vacation Bible school. This May, will you pray with us for VBS and summer camp ministries? Sign up…

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Real-World Slavery — Will You Turn a Blind Eye? [April Prayer Focus]

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Slavery still exists in our world. Will you join us in praying for an end to human trafficking? Photo by TEAM

There are more slaves in the world today than there were during the American Civil War. Eighty percent are women — half are children. Some slaves are trafficked for manual labor, but most are forced into underground sex work. They suffer unspeakable physical and psychological torment. And many don’t come out alive. We believe God’s people must break cycles that keep the vulnerable oppressed. So, we invite you to pray with us this month for human trafficking victims. Pray against the systems that keep them oppressed. And pray for healthy, sustainable solutions that will bring an end to slavery in…

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When Water Brings Eternal Hope [March Prayer Focus]

World Water Day
Will you pray with us for communities around the world that need clean water and the hope that Living Water brings? Photo by TEAM

There’s a reason Jesus used water as a metaphor to describe salvation in John 4:14. Simply put, we can’t survive without it. Yet, in many parts of the world, clean, life-giving water is difficult — or impossible — to come by. That’s why so many missionaries strive to meet this physical need — and use it as a tool to share the Gospel. Through water-based ministries, missionaries are finding ways to build relationships with those they are trying to reach. They also have the chance to show God’s love and mercy in a very real, tangible way. This March, will…

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Refugees in Christ: A Lent Guide

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Lent is a season rich in remembrance. This year, join us as we reflect on the refugee crisis and our ultimate hope of salvation through Christ. Photo by TEAM

Lent is a season rich in imagery. As we reflect on the life and ministry of Christ, and remember His suffering and resurrection, we are reminded of the darkness that pervades our world, as well as the hope of new creation. We remember what we have lost to a world broken because of sin. We remember how, before Jesus made a way, we were foreigners to the family of Christ. We remember how in the most broken of circumstances, God continues to move in and through His people. As we reflect on all this, may another picture come to mind:…

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A Lost People — and a Tremendous Opportunity [January Prayer Focus]

Dar Sila
This month, pray that unreached people in Dar Sila, Chad, will hear the Gospel for the first time! Photo by TEAM

The people of Dar Sila, Chad, lack doctors, schools and basic infrastructure. So, when their region was hit by wave of Sudanese refugees, they didn’t have much to offer. Over a decade later, short-term aid workers are coming to help refugees, but few offer relief to the local people — who are also struggling to get by. On top that, this region is 99 percent Muslim, which means they have no one to hear their prayers. But right now, Dar Sila is experiencing peace for the first time in many years, which is creating openness to the Good News and…

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When Medical Workers Go to the Ends of the Earth [December Prayer Focus]

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Sharing the Gospel through medical missions often sends workers into the most remote, and often most diseased, parts of the world in the name of Jesus. Will you join us in praying for these missionaries? Photo by TEAM

There’s an old saying that “people don’t care what you know until they know that you care.” If anyone understands that, it’s Jesus. During His ministry on Earth, He often healed people’s physical ailments before tending to their spiritual needs. Being the hands and feet of Christ means that we are called to bring hope and healing. For this reason, medical missionaries go into the most remote, and often most diseased, parts of the globe. This December, will you pray with us for medicine and healthcare ministries around the world? Click here to get a printable version of these requests,…

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