TEAMS for Medical Missions

PO Box 215 ~ Macungie, PA 18062


The Value of Serving on a J-Team

Serving is a huge part of the Christian Life–it is what we are designed for, serving others. From the very beginning we were created to meet others’ needs and allow others to meet our needs. Jesus Himself said He came to serve, not to be served (Mark 10:45). Service comes in many forms–with family, with friends, with people you meet for the first time. But there is something special about serving on a missions trip – the impact is threefold: on those you are serving, on those who stay behind and support you, and on self.

On those you are serving: what makes our J-Teams unique is that we go back to the same people every quarter– the relationships we have built as a mission are ongoing, so the impact is ongoing.

On those who stay behind and support you: having a prayer and financial support team behind you enables others to partner with you in
the ministry to our Jamaican friends. As a result, you are a blessing both to Jamaica and to your support team.

On self: I have led many missions trips in my life as a pastor and I have never had anyone come back from one unchanged. Our J-Teams
are a catalyst for growth spiritually, emotionally, socially, rationally, volitionally, and relationally.

Why a J-Team? It is only a 9-day commitment, it is to an English speaking country, it has an ongoing personal connection, it provides a
tangible way to help the least of these physically and spiritually, and it is a well-run program. It also provides a way for you to be involved in missions personally, on an ongoing basis. We have many J-Teamers that come on a regular basis–they have become family.

Something to consider: A J-Team is an excellent first missions trip experience–it is well organized, full of meaningful ministry, has a good reputation, and is designed for you to connect and minister directly with people. If you have never been on a missions trip before–sign up for one of our J-Teams this year, there is a spot for you. If you have been on a missions trip before but were disappointed–sign up for one of our J-Teams this year and be ready for the experience of a lifetime! If you have been on a J-Team before–sign up again and bring someone with you. We serve an amazing God who enlists us to serve others–we would love to help you fulfill your God-given calling to serve.

Keep lookin’ up,

How will I serve God now?

How will I serve God now? I have wrestled with many questions the past 16 months, but this one has been the most pressing.  I felt I couldn’t make any other decisions without having this question answered.  For many months, I couldn’t concentrate long enough to decide on dinner, so long term decisions had to… Continue Reading

Quick Update from Sara

Grace and peace to you! Things are progressing with the transition to Wycliffe…I have an email address ( and a member id…but we’re still waiting on the background check from Jamaica to come back…so my start date has been postponed until September 1. Support can continue to be sent to TEAMS until I can get… Continue Reading

What’s next for Sara?

Ministry Decisions I would like to thank you all for holding my family up in prayer this past year.  I know it has been the only reason that we have continued to recover and start to move forward. TEAMS encouraged me to hold off on any life-changing decisions for a year. That was very wise… Continue Reading

Ruth Shive

Ruth W. Shive, 71, of Macungie, died, April 26, 2017 at home after a long battle with cancer. She was the wife of the Rev. Raymond P. Shive. Born in Washington, DC, she was a daughter of the late Ernest and Dorothy (Buglass) Wiles. She graduated with honors from Washington (DC) Bible College in 1967.… Continue Reading

A message from Teri

Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; You make my lot secure. Psalm 16:5 Dear Loved Ones, I can’t write and tell you that my life is anything but blessed. God has been faithful to give me a daily portion of His goodness and peace; although somedays I have believed my cup to… Continue Reading

What’s next for Teri

February 3, 2017 Dear Ministry Partners, It is hard to believe that Harold and Teri Nichols joined the T4MM family 14 years ago. In that time they have ministered to thousands of children and adults all over Jamaica and to hundreds of Americans who have participated on our J-Teams. Their heart for God and for… Continue Reading

Character trumps comfort

John 16:33 …In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. Hardship, injustice, violence, sickness, pain, evil is all part and parcel for the world in which we live. Things are getting worse, not better, and Jesus’ prayer to the Father on our behalf in John 17 was not… Continue Reading

Obedience trumps safety

The Nichols’, Hentzels’, and T4MM families have lost two very precious people violently and suddenly. And we will miss Harold and Randy very, very much. We have received three common responses from people. First, people do not know what to say – how do you comfort a spouse, a son or daughter, a co-worker, in… Continue Reading