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Open Doors in the Heart of the Amazon

By World Team Manaus

In the northwest corner of the city of Manaus sits an informal settlement of over 4,000 people. The residents hail from over 30 different Amazonian tribes, some of which have little to no gospel witness. This is Parque das Tribos and is one of many indigenous settlements that have sprung up in and around the jungle city over the past few decades. Its existence opens a world of possibility in a region that has been nearly impenetrable for generations.

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Preparing Workers Through Coaching

by Koleen M. French, Appointee Coach, World Team USA Sending Centre

A core value of World Team is training and releasing leaders. This training begins the moment someone is accepted into World Team as an appointee—a member of World Team who is preparing for full-time service.

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Living among Central Asian Muslims

Article by a World Team missionary serving in Central Asia

There is considerable continuity in the Islamic world. The vocabulary and religious practices that you find in most Muslim communities will have a lot of overlap and familiarity. However, differences in culture flesh themselves out in every context, despite what religion one adheres to. This is no different for Central Asian Muslims.

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Compass: An Opportunity to Receive Hands-on Training for the Mission Field

Written by Article by Emily Thomas / Director of Compass
Written by Emily Thomas, Director of Compass

When you hear the phrase, ‘Life on the mission field,’ what comes to mind? Maybe you think, ‘That sounds like a blast!’ or ‘I could never uproot my life and move to another country!‘ or ‘I am not prepared to engage a culture that I know almost nothing about—including the language!’ At World Team, we recognize that there is a lot to know before you go to the field. To get started, the most important question potential workers can ask themselves is –Am I called to missions?

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Church Planting Principles

Written by Ron Smith / Ron & Amy Smith serve as a Church Planters in Milan, Italy

Church planting is easy. At least on paper. Reality seems to have a way of raising its ugly head to introduce quite a few wrinkles along the way. That said, there are a few principles that the cross-cultural church planter would do well to maintain to see a healthy, thriving, and multiplying church begin to sprout. These are personal principles I have picked up along the way while church planting in Italy.

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The Impact of Short-Term Missions

An interview with Tom Buursma, the Field Director of World Team in the Philippines

Daniel: How did you get started in missions?

Tom: The story kind of starts at Urbana in 1996 for me. Some 20,000 students gathered there, and George Verwer, the head of OM (Operation Mobilisation), gets on stage with his global jacket and massive inflatable earth ball, you know. It was an experience for me; not just hearing his passion for the lost, not just the call to missions that he gave – what really moved my heart, more than anything else, was the way he prayed for the world and how he prayed for specific people groups and their needs.

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Competency: What Kind of Qualifications Do I Need to Become a Missionary?

The 4 C’s: Calling, Character, Chemistry, Competency

Article by Daniel Topf, PhD

In a way, none of us is qualified to do God’s work, be it at home or overseas. Serving the Lord, especially in a fulltime capacity, is a tremendous privilege and a sacred responsibility, something that we are only able to do by God’s grace. Writing as an apostle, Paul affirmed in 2 Cor. 3:5 that “our competence comes from God” (NIV). At the same time, there are certain qualities that will help you to become a better cross-cultural worker, as we will highlight in the following.

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Stories From Miss Ginny • God’s Wisdom Needed Daily

Caring for victims of a vicious attack

In every area of our ministry, we depended on the Lord’s wisdom day by day, whether it was caring for patients, teaching children, helping in the churches, or all the other activities in which we were involved. A vivid reminder of this is an incident that happened in May of 1978.

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Why Is Paraguay a Mission Field?

The Significance of Diaspora Ministry in an Age of Global Migration

Article by Daniel Topf, PhD

World Team is in the process of expanding its missionary work into Ciudad del Este in Paraguay and, at first glance, it may not be that obvious why this Latin American country is such a priority when it comes to fulfilling the Great Commission. After all, one could argue, Latin America is a continent with a strong Roman Catholic identity and a growing number of evangelical churches. Operation World, for instance, reports that 6.3% of Paraguay’s population is evangelical, while Joshua Project counts 8.01% in this category.1

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Stories From Miss Ginny • Waterfalls

Waterfalls, Helicopters, Australians and a Cup of Coffee

If you listened carefully after a good rainfall, you could stand in our yard and hear the distinct noise of a waterfall. This was surprising because the waterfall was located over two hours’ walk away, near the village of Sungai Durien.

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