TEAMS for Medical Missions

PO Box 215 ~ Macungie, PA 18062

610-398-0070

Partnering with God

Our God is a relational God. He created us in His
image as relational, rational, volitional, emotional
beings. And then He invited us to partner with
Him. Judges 6,7 gives the account of Gideon’s
invitation to partner with God and the four things
God requires: faith, obedience, the Holy Spirit, and
God’s grace.
Faith is required because what God calls us to is
bigger than we can handle on our own. Gideon’s
response was, “I can’t do it” because his focus
was on his weaknesses vs. on the One who was
calling him. The truth is, Gideon couldn’t do it, not
on his own, and that was exactly the point. God
requires things greater than we can accomplish
so we will trust Him, pursue Him, submit to Him,
and flourish in Him.
Obedience is required for our benefit. Like faith,
if obedience were not required, we would do it
our way, in our own strength, accomplishing very
little, and remaining isolated from God. God’s
goal in obedience is to drive us into a deeper
relationship with Himself which benefits us and
allows us to live life to the full as it was intended.
The Holy Spirit is required because He provides
the power to accomplish what God calls us to do.
Listening to the Spirit, submitting to Him, and
allowing Him to work in us, through us and for us
is what brings the results that last for eternity. It is
also the piece that ensures God gets the glory
due His name.
God’s grace is required because we are fallen
creatures who struggle daily with faith, obedience
and submission. Thankfully we serve an incredibly
gracious God who wants us to know Him as
intimately as He knows us. Choose to accept His
invitation to partner with Him to accomplish
things you have not even imagined yet!
Keep lookin’ up,

John

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… Continue Reading

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 (sara_hentzel@wycliffe.org) 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