The Evangelical Alliance Mission (T.E.A.M.)
The Evangelical Alliance Mission (T.E.A.M.) is an inter-denominational evangelical missionary organization founded by Fredrik Franson in 1891. Franson was a respected evangelist and son of Swedish immigrants to Nebraska, United States. T.E.A.M. began under the name Scandinavian Alliance Mission, or “SAM”. Its stated purpose is to “help churches send missionaries to establish reproducing churches among the nations.”
SAM missionaries departed for Southern Africa in 1892, eventually settling in Manzini, Swaziland. It was not until 1942 that SAM would enter Southern Rhodesia. Peter Lind (Lindi) working with the Zambezi Mission had contacted SAM leadership about expanding into the “vast unreached territory in Zambezi Valley “ in the northeast of Southern Rhodesia. He explained “his mission had neither the finances nor the personnel to enter this area and asked if SAM was interested in establishing this area as a new field.” SAM accepted the challenge and assigned the Danielsons and Dankelds to begin the work. Southern Rhodesia became its own “missionary field” separate from South Africa in 1947.
In response to the “growing sentiment that the name of the mission should not carry national connotations,” the Scandinavian Alliance Mission became The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM) in 1949.
Today, TEAM with the support its network of 2,000 churches, oversees more than 550 missionaries in more than 40 countries. In Zimbabwe, T.E.A.M. is administered by TEAM Zimbabwe.
- 1928 – Mavuradontha (acquired by T.E.A.M. in 1951)
- 1942 – Msengedzi
- 1948 – Hunyani
- 1940’s – Dande Mission
- 1950 – Hatfield (Harare)
- 1950’s – Kapfunde
- 1954 – Chironga Mission
- 1961 – Karanda Mission
- Mark Loomis