Tag - refugee ministry

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When the Nations Come to Us
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A Syrian Refugee Mother’s Impossible Choice
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7 Critical Things I Learned as a Refugee Volunteer
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Loving, Not Fearing, Your Muslim Neighbor
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Muslim Refugees Find Christ in Greece
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Worse than Prison: Refugees in Czech Republic Detained
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7 Ways to Pray for the Refugee Crisis This Week
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Protests Lead to Refugee Ministry in Germany
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God’s Heart for Refugees + 3 Ways to Help Right Now
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Why We Love Immigrants

When the Nations Come to Us

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After 30 years of ministry in the Middle East, one missionary couple is taking their Muslim ministry to the States. Photo by TEAM

Syrian refugee Ibrahim* instantly tensed when he saw the American couple approaching from across the park. Would they be friendly? What would they think when they realized he couldn’t speak English? “As-Salaam-Alaikum,” said the American man warmly as soon as he was within earshot of Ibrahim. Ibrahim’s fears immediately melted away. This American knew the traditional Arabic greeting: “Peace be unto you!” Astonished and relieved, Ibrahim and his family made their first two American friends, TEAM missionaries Miles and Ava Douglas*, that day in the park. Two Nations, One Ministry When the Douglases moved to America after 30 years in…

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A Syrian Refugee Mother’s Impossible Choice

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Widowed by the Syrian civil war, Amira fled to safety with her unborn child only to be faced with more hardship. Photo by TEAM

To protect our missionaries and the people they serve, all names and locations in this post have been changed or withheld. We appreciate your prayers for missionaries serving in sensitive regions around the world. You’re a new mother with a choice before you: If you go to work, your baby will have no one to care for her. If you stay home, you won’t have money to care for her. What do you do? If it seems an impossible choice, don’t worry. Whatever you decide, your in-laws say they will kidnap your child anyway. And if all that seemed like…

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7 Critical Things I Learned as a Refugee Volunteer

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Cross cultural relationships aren’t neat and tidy. They require flexibility, humility and compromise. I felt this personally in my friendship with Burundian refugees this year. Here’s what I wish I would have known from the beginning. Photo by TEAM

As a missions coach at TEAM, I love getting to walk alongside others who feel called to international ministry. But I was challenged early on by an applicant who asked, “What are you doing in cross-cultural ministry?” A little jarred, I honestly responded, “Great question. I can tell you that right now, I’m not involved.” That moment launched the past year of befriending and loving refugees in Knoxville, Tennessee. After that conversation, I did some research and found a local nonprofit agency committed to providing protection and assistance in refugees’ journeys. They set me up as an English tutor for…

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Loving, Not Fearing, Your Muslim Neighbor

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As Muslims continue to migrate to the United States, the opportunity for Muslim ministry is greater than ever.

Today, we welcome a long-term worker in the Middle East to the TEAM blog. He shares his thoughts on the unprecedented opportunity North Americans have today to engage in Muslim ministry. Because of governmental opposition to the Gospel and gospel workers in his region, his identity will remain anonymous. When I was a newcomer to the Middle East 30 years ago, I quickly realized that effective communication requires interpreting language through the filter of culture. For example, the common phrase “Bukra, Insha’Allah” is easily translated as “Tomorrow, if Allah wills.” But with time and experience, I learned that in application, the real meaning is…

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Muslim Refugees Find Christ in Greece

Refugees in Athens are welcomed by Hellenic Ministries.

As critical needs grow in the global refugee crisis, TEAM missionaries continue to partner with the local church to welcome the nations arriving on their doorsteps. Today we welcome a long-term worker in Greece to give us a snapshot of his work among refugees from the Middle East. Every European country has been impacted to some degree by the influx of refugees. Athens, Greece, where we live, is a crossroads for many of these refugees pouring into the European Union. The news stories capture much of the heartache, difficulties and challenges for the refugees. They also capture the challenge nations…

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Worse than Prison: Refugees in Czech Republic Detained

Prague, Czech Republic. Photo by TEAM

Sasha Flek is the pastor of TaCesta Church in Prague, where he serves with TEAM workers. Today, Pastor Flek shares his church’s reaction and response to the influx of refugees in Czech Republic, a country currently under scrutiny for violating the human rights of migrants. As critical needs grow in the global refugee crisis, TEAM missionaries continue to partner with the local church to welcome the nations arriving on their doorsteps. This month, we are sharing these testimonies and hope you will follow along on TEAM’s social media and blog. For some refugees, Czech Republic is just a train stop…

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7 Ways to Pray for the Refugee Crisis This Week

Christians in Austria gather to pray. Photo by TEAM

As critical needs grow in the global refugee crisis, TEAM missionaries continue to partner with the local church to welcome the nations arriving on their doorstep. This month we are sharing these testimonies and hope you will follow along on TEAM’s social media and blog.  Today, we begin seven days of dedicated prayer for global refugees and the missionaries among them. We invite you to join us and have created a daily prayer guide available for download below.  DAY 1:  Germany is expected to receive more migrants than any other country in the European Union (Source). In Dresden, a TEAM missionary partners with a local…

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Protests Lead to Refugee Ministry in Germany

After the tragic murder of Khalid, a refugee from Eritrea in Germany, two missionaries were called into action and found themselves intersecting with Khalid's story in a surprising way. Photo by Jeff Ingram

The global refugee crisis presents new opportunities for Christians to share the gospel in word and deed. As critical needs grow, TEAM missionaries continue to partner with the local church to welcome the nations arriving on their doorstep. This month we are sharing these testimonies and hope you will follow along on TEAM’s social media and blog.  Today, Jeff Ingram, worker in Germany, gives his first-hand account of an event that made headlines earlier this year and shares how God has continued to involve his family in refugee ministry.  One Monday evening in January 2015, my wife and I went mattress shopping in downtown Dresden….

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God’s Heart for Refugees + 3 Ways to Help Right Now

Syrian woman in the camp for displaced persons in Qatma, Syria

In the summer months, the world took notice as the global refugee crisis crescendoed into the worst of its kind since World War II. TEAM missionaries in Europe have long felt the effects of these migration trends in their ministries and daily lives. As critical needs grow, workers continue to respond to this changing landscape through the local church. Today on the blog, we welcome Doug Anderson, TEAM’s associate director, who offers us a biblical foundation for loving the stranger. We’ve seen the frightening images of tsunamis propelling an avalanche of water ashore. We’re all familiar with the rush of…

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Why We Love Immigrants

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Greece and other southern European nations have become overwhelmed with immigrants fleeing violence and persecution in North Africa, Afghanistan, the Middle East, and other largely Muslim regions. TEAM workers are finding ways to show Christ’s love amid the hardship. TEAM photo.

Earlier this year, a TEAM worker watched as two men embraced. One of the men was a Muslim who had become a Christian, and one was a former Islamic fundamentalist who, until recently, had been abusing the other man. Now he was asking more about Jesus. This didn’t happen in Afghanistan or Pakistan or Iraq. It was in an immigrant community in southern Europe. Immigration is not just a hot topic in the United States. In fact, it is a much more formidable issue in many other countries. Per capita, at least 20 nations receive more immigrants than the United…

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