A prayer that changed our lives.
“Ask Me for something so miraculous that, unless I do it, it will never happen.” It was God! Rick knew He meant it. He thought for two days and answered, “Lord, I would like to nurture church multiplication movements in 100 cities.” He laughed out loud and thought that would be the end of it. Since that day in 1988, while living in Bangkok, Thailand, that prayer has dominated Rick’s life.
We moved our family back to the States in 1989 to get more training at Fuller Seminary with Dr. Peter Wagner, and to learn how to operate more fully in the power of the Holy Spirit. During the next several years God was teaching us about the power of the Spirit to release healing, evangelism and true revival that will result in Rising churches who know how to live victoriously.
We established TEAM International as a non-profit organization in 1994, primarily to send short-term teams to the nations. For a decade, we engaged in evangelism and church planting in the States, helping to launch and grow five churches. In 2005 the vision for 100 cities began to be realized, and on July 1, 2006 Rick left the pastorate to become the full time CEO of TEAM. From our first days in Bangkok in June of 1995, God has marked TEAM with the miraculous. The increasing power of the Spirit of God has emboldened us to release the Holy Spirit and build our city reaching strategy around “the church in all her glory” (Eph 5:27). Moving into the miraculous takes time..
In addition to TEAM, in 2008 we started the WORLDTEAM Foundation to fight human trafficking. Living out the ministry of Isaiah 61:1-3 is our battle cry for growing Rising churches in America to partnering internationally. We are called to preach the Good News, to heal the broken-hearted and to set the captives free.