Some would say that it goes against gaucho tradition to change oneâ€™s religion. Maybe that explains why the work of the Gospel among the people of Rio Grande do Sul has historically been slow. Gaucho, a term first used to refer to the regionâ€™s cattle herders, has come to refer to all natives of Brazilâ€™s southernmost state. Proud people with a strong cultural identity, they tend to influence others even when they move into new communities. We believe that gauchos, once transformed by the power of Jesus, will influence others wherever they go.
Cambodia has a complex history with multiple layers of influence from India, Thailand, Vietnam and the colonial French. One of the most profound impacts on the country was that of Pol Pot and the communist Khmer Rouge when 2 million people were massacred.
World Team has been working in Cambodia for more than a decade and currently has teams in several locations across the country meeting spiritual, physical and emotional needs through holistic church-planting ministries. Innovative teams characterize the Cambodia field with ministries ranging from schools for the poor, medical ministries, business, and grass roots evangelism.
Ministry in Cameroon is as varied as the languages, cultures and environment of this West African nation. World Team has been church planting in Cameroon since the 1980s. We minister in deed, through healthcare and micro business. We minister in truth, through Bible translation and chronological Bible storytelling. We minister in love, investing in lasting relationships and building communities of believers.
Ministry in Toronto grew out of World Team's church planting apprenticeship ministry. God is using this ministry to foster a church-planting movement in the Greater Toronto area! Churches are being planted in the Filipino, Jewish, Russian, Spanish and Thai Lander communities. Other multicultural have been established. There is a critical need for trainers and mentors to continue nurturing this young church-planting movement and encourage outreach to other people groups.
Sometimes people are isolated from the gospel by economic and class lines, rather than geographic or political lines. In Chile, the greatest response to the gospel has come among the lower classes. In the 1980s, when World Team first began working in Chile, there were very few believers among the growing upperclass and no known missionaries. For more than 20 years World Team workers have steadily built relationships and nurtured a growing body of believers among the upper class in Santiago.
"To be Hui is to be Muslim." There are more than 10 million Hui people in China, making them the nation's largest Muslim people group. Hui tend to live within tight knit communities and share strict rules about food, dress and other areas of daily life. You'll find Hui living in all parts of China, but many live within the nation's major cities. The Hui are the most urban and educated minority group in China.
The Uyghurs were once the chief merchants along the Silk Road that linked East and West. Living at the crossroads of the world, they were exposed to many worldviews. Arab armies brought Islam, and eventually, to be Uyghur was to be Muslim. Centuries of fighting for control of the region, known as The Great Game, has left Uyghurs split across arbitrary borders. Today, more than 10 million live in the far northwest of China, with hundreds of thousands living in neighboring Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. As China undergoes western expansion, the Uyghurs are facing rapid changes from new technology and the influx of large numbers of Han Chinese.
Half of World Team's roots come out of Cuba. The Cuban, American and Canadian founders of West Indies Mission (now World Team) were also the founders of Los Pinos Nuevos (LPN) - a large network of evangelical churches including a seminary. The church in Cuba today is strong and vibrant, despite decades of hardship under communist rule and severe economic policies.
Bill Stothers will tell you that missions is the "greatest adventure of my life". As a boy he dreamed of being a professional baseball player. That dream ended at age 20. Soon after, he and wife Priscilla were called to serve as church planters in the Dominican Republic. American GIs had played baseball in the sugarcane fields of the DR. It caught on and kids grew up playing in neighborhood clubs. Today the DR is a hotbed of young baseball talent that feeds US Major League teams. Bill leads a team of 18 volunteer chaplains who provide spiritual care for 30 Major League baseball academies and 6 winter league ball teams. Bible studies and chapels are held weekly, young men and staff are having significant spiritual conversations, and lives are being transformed by the power of the gospel.
"Thirty years ago (1979) the first church plant could fit in one car!" Today it would certainly take a caravan of tour buses to fit all of the churches. World Team has seen an incredible demonstration of God's blessing upon our 30+ years of ministry in France.
A multicultural team of North American and European missionaries, and French church leaders, work interdependently as France VIE. It's a play on words, "VIE" means life, and the initials stand for "a vision to plant churches." France VIE has a vision to see 50 churches planted within the next 20 years. In the greater Paris area, there is only one church for every 50,000 people.
World Team's ministry in Guadeloupe stretches back to the 1940s when a survey of the island found no believers but evidence that seeds had been sown years earlier. Following several years of pioneering evangelism and the critical influence of a newly converted French Judge, in 1951 the Evangelical Association of Guadeloupe was formed and a mini Bible school began. By 1995 there were 29 congregations throughout the tiny island's population centers. Churches were full, including many young people.
World Team has a long standing relationship with the national association of Haitian churches, known as MEBSH, now a group of 488 churches. World Team partners with MEBSH in evangelism, discipleship and leadership training of Haitians of all ages, urban and rural, poor and well-off. The MEBSH churches and their institutions offer vital social services in the name of Christ to needy people: schools, radio, medical care, well-drilling, orphan care, trade schools, and community health and literacy projects.
Italians esteem beauty in nature, the arts and people. Ironically, with such a rich appreciation for their environment, the Italians live in spiritual darkness. Most know little to nothing of the Scriptures. The majority of Italians culturally observe the main Roman Catholic rites while freely living and believing their own version of spirituality. Some worship materialism, Buddhism, New Age, meditation, fortunetellers, or just their own idea of spirituality.
Kalimantan Barat (West Kalimantan) is a multicultural province of Indonesia, with over 20 different ethnic groups, the largest being the Dayaks. In 1933, Greet vanâ€™t Eind, a young single woman, ventured out on her own to (then) West Borneo. A movement was launched among the Dayaks, and other missionaries started arriving in the late 1940's. An indigenous church was formed (GPPIK) in 1954 and spread throughout the jungles. While World Team has no resident missionaries in Kalimantan since 1996, we continue to enjoy a good working relationship and partnership with the 150+ churches planted.
Tucked between Romania and Ukraine, Moldova is little known to much of the world. Moldova has a long and turbulent history, having been repeatedly fought over and dominated by its neighbors. The fall of the Soviet empire in 1991 brought independence, but power struggles and economic trouble continue to plague the nation. Ranked as the poorest European country, life is hard for most Moldovans. Communism and Orthodox Christianity offer little relief for peopleâ€™s daily needs or hope for their future. And yet, Moldovans are spiritually open and we have opportunities to help grow the church by investing in its church leaders.
Modern life is colliding with centuries of unchanged tradition among the remote tribal peoples of Papua, one of the worldâ€™s last frontiers. Television and even cell phones have made their way deep into the jungle interior long dominated by arrows, stone axes and pagan traditions. Within a few short generations many Papuans have made the transition from Stone Age practices to the 21st century. Thankfully, in some regions, these rapid changes have been preceded by pioneer missionary efforts and a movement of Godâ€™s Spirit among a handful of tribes.
However, there is an urgent need for more workers and prayer warriors to further the work of the Gospel throughout Papua so that its people donâ€™t trade ancient religious practices for a new set of modern or secular idols. Join us to see the Gospel make inroads into these yet unreached regions.
Peru is a land of diversity and an open door of ministry opportunity. Many are searching for answers that traditional religions and imposed Marxist philosophies have failed to give. From church planting in the Amazon region, to mentoring Peruvian pastors in the Jungle area of San MartÃn, to mentoring and training church planting teams in the capital city of Lima, many are searching for answers and training to enable them to multiply the church. An exciting, new thrust is beginning to take shape among the Chinese sub-culture of Lima. Over 400,000 strong, the Chinese of Lima represent an unreached people group waiting to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ.
The Philippines was originally composed of tight-knit villages each with its own demi-gods and sacred objects. In the 1500s the Spaniards converted Filipinos to Catholicism, sometimes by force. But the conversion was shallow. People merely exchanged their local sacred objects for a crucifix, rosary, or an image of a saint while maintaining their original animistic beliefs.
To this day, Filipinos are attached to physical objects believed to have spiritual powers. People fight for the chance to gain a blessing by touching a holy object. When a prayer is answered, the object is honored, not God. Spiritism and witchcraft are common, intermingled with religious rituals required in order to please God. Paul sounds as if he were describing Filipinos in Romans 10:2-3: â€œI know what enthusiasm they have for the honor of God, but it is misdirected zeal. For they donâ€™t understand that Christ has died to make them right with God. Instead they are trying to make themselves good enough to gain Godâ€™s favor...â€
One of World Teamâ€™s core values is Training and Releasing Leaders. World Teamâ€™s involvement in Singapore centers on equipping Asian leaders from Nepal, India, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and the Philippines for cross-cultural service with various churches and mission agencies.
Opportunities exist in this emerging field. For more information search for ministry opportunities in Southern Africa.
Spain is experiencing a whirlwind of change. Recent years of economic growth, increasing secularism, and the impact of a liberal government have served to dull people to their tremendous need for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Traditionally known as a bastion for the Roman Catholic Church, many Spaniards have stopped going to church and no longer believe in God. The void left behind is being filled by secularism, materialism, gambling and the occult. Waves of immigrants from North Africa are flooding Spainâ€™s job mar- ket and contributing to rising social tensions.
And yet, the Evangelical Church has experienced growth in recent decades. Historically missionary work has focused on urban areas, leaving many towns and villages largely unreached. There is a great need for missionaries who can creatively communicate an unchanging Gospel message while living in community with Spanish friends and neighbors.
For over 100 years, the truth of the Gospel has been preached among the some unreached people groups without much success... until now. God is moving in the hearts of the Hindustani and some are coming to know Him. They are turning from their countless idols to worship the one true God.
World Team, in partnership with local organizations, is training local believers to evangelize and disciple in their own communities. House churches are forming and growing in spiritual maturity. This is a unique time in the history of Suriname. Join God in His work. More workers are needed to help evangelize, disciple and train leaders.
When World Team missionaries first encountered these indigenous people over 50 years ago, they were not met with open arms. Both the Trio and the Wayana were suspicious of their motives. More than once they considered killing them. Each tribe would soon learn not only about pure motives, but that the love of Jesus Christ would motivate them to do the same.
A full half century later, 98% are believers and are vigorously seeking out other tribes with the saving message of Jesus Christ.
Operation World (2001) says that Taiwanâ€™s working class is â€œthe only Han Chinese population in the world where the spiritual breakthrough has yet to come.â€ World Team, in partnership with OMF, has focused our efforts among these who are largely outside the reach of the Taiwanese church. Through years of relationship building, our ministry is meeting working class men and women on their terms, identifying with them as Christ did the â€˜tax collectors and sinnersâ€™ of His day. Please pray with us for a breakthrough!
Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago are a unique Caribbean paradise. There is no place in the world quite like this tiny twin island republic of 1.3 million ethnically diverse people. The contributions of various ethnic groups have combined to create a culture rich in dance, music, art and cuisine. Many different religions are present in Trinidad and Tobago. The largest two being Roman Catholic and Hindu.
Since 1986 World Team has worked among ethnic minorities in the UK, many of whom came originally from countries that are closed to the Gospel. They are reached and discipled through the personal work of our individual team members. Then, either churches are planted or existing churches are equipped to evangelize their local communities. The emerging network of churches is linked together through resource sharing. Such a partnership is absolutely vital to the fulfilment of our vision.
The challenge is immense, and there is an urgent need for more workers. Since Britain is the â€˜mother countryâ€™ of America and Canada, with a proximate culture and common language, it is relatively easy to move to the UK and step right into ministry. It is not necessary to spend years learning the language since many members of ethnic minorities speak English well.
USA (New York City)
USA (New York City)
New York City is a true melting pot. Immigrants, students, diplomats, and business people bring a diversity to NYC unlike any other city in the world. A capital of industry, finance, culture, education, and home to the UN, NYC is a city of global importance and influence. For these reasons and more, NYC is a strategic city for cross-cultural missions work with international impact.
Opportunities exist in this field. For more information search for ministry opportunities in Western Asia.