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Why Would You Read in Your Own Language?
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Eight Meals Until They Get to Eat
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How Many Bibles Do You Own?
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Last-Minute Gifts That Make a Difference
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A Church in Mexico Refined Through Fire
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INFOGRAPHIC: The Value of a Goat
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A Crazy Man, Fish and the God Who Provides
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Make a World of Difference on Giving Tuesday
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Two Important Days You’ve Never Heard Of
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In Defense of the Charity Gift Catalog

Why Would You Read in Your Own Language?

Students in a region of Chad are coming alive as they read their language for the first time. But in order to sustain a literacy movement they need books.

Why would you learn to read in your own language when you could learn French or Arabic instead? For generations in Chad, the answer has been that you wouldn’t. Schools push their students toward success by teaching all classes in Arabic or French. Local languages are used for conversations in the village. But when a neighbor girl asked Rivers Camp for help with her homework, the TEAM missionary quickly saw that the plan for success was failing. When Rivers asked the girl to read a French sentence she’d written in her notebook, “she read beautifully,” Rivers says. “The problem was,…

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Eight Meals Until They Get to Eat

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When Zama was 17, she was orphaned and left to care for her four younger siblings. On the weekends she never knew where their meals would come from. Then she met Bonga.

The sickness that struck Zama’s parents might have been AIDS, or it could have been an ordinary illness. For Zama, the results were the same: By the time she was 17, she was head of her household, caretaker to four younger siblings and balancing high school concerns alongside the worry of where she would get her next meal. The weekends were the worst. Zama’s school provided free lunches during the week, giving the children just enough strength to get through an evening and morning with no dinner or breakfast. After Friday’s lunch, they were on their own. For the next…

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How Many Bibles Do You Own?

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Operation Joshua aims to give every Greek family access to the New Testament.

How many Bibles do you own? Two? Ten? As I am writing this, I have a Bible sitting next to me on my desk, a Bible app on my phone and an Internet full of websites that can pull up a Bible in seconds. I so often take for granted having the inspired Word of God at my fingertips at any time. But for so many around the world, easy access to Scripture is simply not the reality. You might immediately think of an unreached tribal community or a rural village. You probably do not think of Greece. One of the…

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Last-Minute Gifts That Make a Difference

This Christmas, give gifts that make a difference. Photo by TEAM

In just three days, many of us will gather with family and friends to exchange gifts as we celebrate the greatest gift of all. If you are still searching for a thoughtful gift to give, we have rounded up a list of gifts that make a difference, not just for the receivers but in the lives of people around the world. TEAM is certainly not the only place you can make a great gift. Scroll through to see selections from several organizations that are spreading the gospel in word and deed, and consider giving in honor of a loved one this Christmas. Bikes and Vehicles…

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A Church in Mexico Refined Through Fire

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TEAM staff pray for Pastor Rodriquez and his wife as they work to bring light to La Paz. Photo by TEAM staff

Pastor Rafael Rodriguez and the El Faro congregation in La Paz know adversity. In seven years, their church in Mexico has been burglarized three times, and last year an arsonist ignited their sanctuary — just to watch it burn. But through every setback, God has refined their community and sharpened their focus. When Pastor Rodriquez trusted Christ 30 years ago, he did not feel called to be a pastor. “I didn’t know you could be that,” he recalls. “I just wanted to serve. That’s all I wanted to do.” Years later, Rodriquez connected with La Paz de Cristo, a TEAM church plant, where he was…

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Value of a Goat

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When you buy a goat for a family in need, you give the sustainable gift of nutrition and income.

In Zimbabwe, milking goats fill a critical need for children whose mothers have been lost to disease. Scroll through the infographic below to see how a goat gift is the gift that keeps on giving.     Visit TEAM’s Wish List to explore other tangible ways that you can invest in the work of TEAM missionaries around the world.

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A Crazy Man, Fish and the God Who Provides

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Dave and Cheryl Jereb provide food, skills training and the gospel message to their community through Fish for Life. Photo courtesy of Cheryl Jereb

History is full of missionaries who found success by blending in with the local culture. TEAM missionary Dave Jereb found it while building a reputation as a crazy, old, white guy. Dave and his wife, Cheryl, came to Zimbabwe with a vision to provide sustainable food sources and job training for needy communities through aquaponics, a self-contained system for growing produce and fish.   The fish live in tanks, and the nutrient-rich water is piped into plant beds where crops grow hydroponically. The plant roots cleanse the water, which is then pumped back into the fish tanks. Within a few months, fresh…

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Make a World of Difference on Giving Tuesday

Your gift on Giving Tuesday can make a world of difference in someone's life. Photo by TEAM

There’s a special thrill to picking out the perfect gift for someone. That’s what this weekend will be about for many of us: studying ads, fighting traffic, facing the cold and pushing through crowds, all to hear a loved one say, “It’s just what I wanted!” This Tuesday, we have the chance to make people all around the world say those very words. Giving Tuesday is an international day to set aside our desires as consumers and give to those truly in need. Each year, God uses this day to raise millions of dollars for non-profits around the world, and…

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Two Important Days You’ve Never Heard Of

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A cosmopolitan hub of culture and commerce, Vienna, Austria is also a destination for human trafficking. Photo by Robert Johnson / TEAM

This week kicks off with two significant dates that are probably unfamiliar to most of us. Today is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, a day designated by the United Nations to focus on eradicating forms of modern-day slavery, such as human trafficking, sexual exploitation, and child labor. The irony should not be lost on Christians that yesterday was the beginning of Advent (Dec. 1), when we focus our hearts on the coming of Christ, who ultimately frees us from all forms of bondage. The other big day happens tomorrow: #GivingTuesday. In just its second year, #GivingTuesday is…

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In Defense of the Charity Gift Catalog

Today, TEAM Stewardship Manager Mark Watson contributes to the blog, addressing the growing trend of Christmas charity gift catalogs. If you’re like me, starting right about now, your mailbox is cluttered with Christmas charity gift catalogs. Especially if you’ve been involved in missions or child sponsorship for a long time, these catalogs will find their way in-between other catalogs for shoes, sweaters, electronics, hunting gear and just about everything else. You may drop your holiday postal pile on your kitchen table and ask yourself, “Should I look through all these gift catalogs this year? Should I look through any of them?”…

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