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She Wanted Senior Discounts — But Found Jesus [February Prayer Focus]
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An Inside Look at TEAM 125 Celebrations
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125 Years of TEAM: Celebrating Stones of Remembrance
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What is Member Care?
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New Look, Same Blog
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What’s So Great About TEAM?
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How To Choose A Missions Agency
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A Tale of Two Photos
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What is Community Development?
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TEAMHorizons is Online!

She Wanted Senior Discounts — But Found Jesus [February Prayer Focus]

Woman with a Bible
Seeker Bible studies are a great tool for reaching people who aren't ready to go to church. Will you pray for the missionaries around the world leading seeker studies right now?

Leticia* thought she was only going to the local Office of the Aging to get her senior discount card. She never expected the errand to change her life forever. But as the she stood in line, she began chatting with the woman in line next to her. Two hours later, a clear friendship had formed. And two weeks after that, Leticia invited her new friend over for a visit. Leticia’s new friend was TEAM missionary Sandy Rios, who serves in Mexico with her husband. The couple eagerly accepted Leticia’s invitation. They soon began meeting regularly and studying the Bible with…

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An Inside Look at TEAM 125 Celebrations

Shared stories and smiles in Atlanta, GA on March 27, 2015

This year in cities around the United States and Canada, friends and members of the TEAM family have gathered to celebrate 125 years of TEAM’s work around the world.  The night is a celebration focused on honoring the past, celebrating the present and casting vision for the future of TEAM. Here’s an inside look into TEAM’s 125th Anniversary Celebrations in the United States! As people arrive and check in, many eagerly scan name tags for names they recognize – old friends and former colleagues are quickly reunited before the evening has even begun.  As appetizers are served, attendees connect with friends…

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125 Years of TEAM: Celebrating Stones of Remembrance

Retirees, former missionaries, supporting church members, appointees and staff gathered in Dallas for the first of eight Anniversary Events celebrating TEAM’s 125 years of history. Photo by Joel Hager/TEAM

This year, TEAM is turning 125, and as we celebrate around the world, it’s got us asking some questions: “How are we holding up?” “Where are we going?” “What are these stones?” That last question may seem a little odd, but it’s one God expects his people to ask, and its answer has great power. In Joshua 4, God told the Israelites to make a memorial: one stone for every tribe that crossed the Jordon River on dry land. When their children asked, “What are these stones?” Joshua explained, they should share what God did for them, “that all the…

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What is Member Care?

Missionaries are ordinary believers living obediently to the call God has placed on their lives. They aren’t exempt from the struggles and trials that come to everyone. The question may be raised, who cares for those who are constantly caring for others? At TEAM, our answer for this vital need is member care.

Picture this: A young woman embarks on a cross-cultural mission with a burden to bring the light of Christ to unreached people. She must invest years learning an extremely difficult language in order to serve in her new country. She experiences civil unrest and natural disasters as she is adjusting to life in a new part of the world. As a single woman in a male-dominated culture, she is limited in where she can go and what she can do. While God provides a team of caring coworkers to surround this young woman, the team changes frequently as different members…

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New Look, Same Blog

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Photo by Andy Olsen / TEAM

This week, our blog got a little face lift. We love the new look and hope our readers will, too. We put a lot of thought into making the blog more engaging and user-friendly, as well as creating something that would do justice to TEAM’s beautiful photography. But most of all, we want to create a space for thoughtful dialogue. TEAM’s ministries are broad and diverse. On any given day, our hundreds of missionaries are serving in myriad contexts around the globe — urban and rural, churched and unchurched, Eastern and Western, advanced and primitive. This complex ministry mixture makes for…

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What’s So Great About TEAM?

We believe missions agencies should work together with local churches and national believers to advance the kingdom of God. Photo by Robert Johnson / TEAM

We usually aim to be more informative than self-promotional on this blog. But occasionally, we do both at once. This follow-up to a recent post about how to choose a missions agency explains a few things that we believe (in our humble opinion) make TEAM a special place to serve. Our mobilization team recently shared this with our U.S. staff. There are plenty of great missions agencies out there. We believe we’re all on the same side, working toward the same goals and serving the same God. For more than a century, TEAM has been placing passionate people on the…

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How To Choose A Missions Agency

Which way to go? With so many options for overseas service, asking yourself the questions below will help steer you in the right direction. Photo by Robert Johnson / TEAM

Technology, accessible travel and global banking have made it easier than ever to pack up and move overseas. So it may seem like an easy choice to go abroad as an independent missionary without being attached to a missions agency. But while the freedom and flexibility of going it alone can be a benefit for some missionaries, the majority of missionaries find that the positives of journeying with an agency far outweigh any drawbacks. Whether you’re deciding between missions agencies, considering your church as your “agency,” or contemplating going out on your own, ask yourself these questions as you weigh…

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A Tale of Two Photos

The photos we choose to share in missions photography should represent subjects as the treasures they are, made in God's image. Photographs by Robert Johnson / TEAM

Robert Johnson, TEAM’s Creative Director and Editor-in-Chief of Horizons magazine, shares about subjectivity and how we portray people in images. Her collection of doll parts filled a storage shed behind her house. Plastic arms, legs, heads, and bodies spilled from overstuffed bags onto the concrete floor. Maria Delfina Hernandez had built a small business with these doll parts salvaged from a dump in Guatemala City, cleaning them up, piecing them back together and selling them at low cost in the market. She’s been doing this for years. A gospel analogy using baby doll parts, Hernandez’s story is inspiring to me…

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What is Community Development?

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Staff at Potter’s House, a TEAM-partnered ministry in Guatemala City, work to empower families in a community near a massive garbage dump. Improving life for such communities is a long-term process. Photo by Robert Johnson / TEAM

“Development” is a word thrown around a lot these days: international development, economic development, community development, sustainable development, etc. Years ago, it was a concept often seen as separate from missions work, safely contained on one side of the wall that divided ministries of “word” and ministries of “deed.” But today, the church is a lot more comfortable knocking down that wall and allowing those ministries to commingle into a more holistic approach. At TEAM, community development is one of our core ministry focus areas (we have 24 of them in total). Because this is a broad term that’s sometimes…

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TEAMHorizons is Online!

TEAMHorizons aims to tell the stories of God’s transforming power around the globe that would otherwise go unnoticed, miracles of grace that build our faith in the Savior. We are posting new feature stories every week to horizons.team.org that you won’t find anywhere else! Current stories include a travelogue by a veterinarian from his trip to South Asia, the use of new church-planting methods in Japan, living faithfully in Spain, and more. Some great Christmas stories are in the works and will be published later in December, so please be sure to check out horizons.team.org every week!

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