2016/02/01 — Brigada Today

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In this issue…

1) New Book: “Evangelicals Around the World” Looks Promising
2) Free AudioBook: “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist”
3) Someone in Your Org Retiring Soon? Check out This Guidesheet
4) Mission Media U Courses Opening Soon
5) What Every Missionary Should Know About Social Media
6) “Permanent Prayer Space is Becoming the Place to Be!” (in Schools!)
7) Curious Which Countries are Most Corrupt? There’s an App for that
8) Debriefing Short-Term Missions: Are we Neglecting it?
9) Are you a USA Passport Holder? Check your Expiration Date
10) Learn English; Serve in Asia; Change the World
11) Has Anyone tried TransferWise.com to send Money Overseas?
12) Reach Thai university students for Christ? Get TESOL
13) We’re Grateful…
14) The BackPage: Is this the Most Encouraging Talk of the Decade?
15) Closing Stuff

1) New Book: “Evangelicals Around the World” Looks Promising

evangelicals around the worldAny time we see Todd Johnson’s name on the cover, we pause and take a look. The latest work to grab our attention is “Evangelicals Around the World,” published in 2015. If you’ve ever wondered who makes up the movement of roughly 600 million believers normally referred to as “evangelicals” (small ‘e’ — this is not a denomination), this book is for you. It offers all the maps, graphs, photographs, quotes, journalistic stories and essays you can imagine. Included were pieces by scholars, writers, activists, and leaders. This might be the next book sitting on your coffee table. No coffee table? We can’t help you there. But we CAN point you to a great source for this new book:


2) Free AudioBook: “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist”

audio bookThis audiobook, “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist,” argues that Christianity requires the least faith of all worldviews because it is the most reasonable. The authors lay out the evidence for truth, God, and the Bible in logical order and in a readable, non-technical, engaging style. They provide a firm challenge to prior beliefs of doubters and skeptics while examining the reasonableness of the Christian faith. And since it’s free all month, why wait? : )


4) Mission Media U Courses Opening Soon

online learningMission Media U (MMU) is an online learning platform designed to train Christians to be more effective in making disciples and establishing churches. They have several courses starting in February including Foundations of Media Strategy and Story in Ministry.
Each week in the 5-week courses includes a one-hour live session with a cohort of 22 peers and two additional hours of independent work. For more information, go to


5) What Every Missionary Should Know About Social Media

The Great Commission Foundation is publishing a series of free social media tutorials for ministry workers in its online journal “In/Courage for Christian Service Workers”. Here are the links to five of the recent tutorials which include a video and downloadable guide:




(Thanks David!)

7) Curious Which Countries are Most Corrupt? There’s an App for that

Well, it’s almost an app. Check them out at…


They literally have created criteria and studied practically every nation of the world, then RATED them as to how corrupt, overall, each country is in their economic, political, and other practices. Of course, if your host nation finds out you’re looking at this index, they might put you in jail. But then, depending on what you find, you might be able to bribe your way out! : )

8) Debriefing Short-Term Missions: Are we Neglecting it?

Looking for a resource to debrief short-term missions? “Now What?” is a workbook ideal for group work or simple personal reflection. It leads participants through spiritual discernment following their missions experience using principles of Ignatian spirituality and various other approaches. It’s only 80 pages in length, easy to complete, and available at minimal cost. You can even get it now as a digital download.


Dr. Green is a former missionary to Venezuela who now serves as the associate director for missions at Abilene Christian University.

9) Are you a USA Passport Holder? Check your Expiration Date

passportIf you’re a USA passport holder and your document expires in 2016, you could be in for a roller-coaster ride. Thanks to Caleb, who gave us the heads-up via this article…


Our quick searches were not able to verify this information directly from the State Department… and of course, if you’re a citizen of another country (as are roughly half of all Brigada participants), this is fairly irrelevant, but still — if you’re one of those 20 million people who will need to apply this year (Doug is), better give it some extra time. The typical 2 to 6 weeks just might not be enough. : )

10) Learn English; Serve in Asia; Change the World

Asia’s Center for TESOL will offer a TESOL training course from February 22 until March 25. For the first three weeks the classes are Monday-Friday, 8-4. For the last two weeks, the classes are 8-12, followed by a two-hour practicum in the afternoon or evening. Learn more at …


Secret tip: They offer courses in other locations, some of which are too sensitive to print. Don’t hesitate to ask Melody via email at…

11) Has Anyone tried TransferWise.com to send Money Overseas?

It was established in 2010 via investments from the likes of the guy who started PayPal and from Richard Branson (Virgin’s founder). It purports to transfer funds in about 30 currencies so far. If you happen to live in Turkey or any one of the other lands, it just might be the cheapest way to transfer $1000 from one point to another. Our question today is — have you used it? And did it work for you? In the online peer reviews we checked, the only downsides we could find came from disenchanted souls who were mad because the service hadn’t come to their country yet. And frankly, we can see their point. If you’ve used them, please click “comment” following the web version of this item.


(Thanks for the tip that led to us finding this, Ted!)

12) Reach Thai university students for Christ? Get TESOL

Need a TESOL internship for your university? Check out The Centre where they teach English and more. Located in Chiang Mai, Thailand, they are praying for more teachers to fill all the classrooms, and corresponding students to go with them (1:00-7:00pm weekdays). They’re seeking to serve on multiple campuses throughout Thailand. Learn more at…


or email
thecentrecmatgmaildotcom or call 088-258-1015.

13) We’re Grateful…

donate-onlineto the great friend from Mission Network who sent $100 this past month. His dream is that 13 other Brigada participants would sign up to do what he does: Sends $100/month from his tithe to help reach unreached peoples for Jesus Christ through Brigada’s global network of encouragement, resources, motivation and communication. That’s all it would take — 13 other people to set up a recurring donation of $100/month. So, Mission Network, here’s a big thank-you for your partnership AND for your vision.

Thanks, too, for the great “True Brigada” fans in Smithtown, NY who sent $100 this past week. We appreciate you!

Want to join them? Just mail a check payable to Team Expansion (Brigada), 13711 Willow Reed Drive, Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so, for USA citizens, your gift to Christ through Team Expansion is tax-deductible.) If you’d rather give online, just click “Donate” in the upper right corner at Brigada.org. And, in advance, could we say THANK you for your partnership.

14) The BackPage: Is this the Most Encouraging Talk of the Decade?

David Garrison is the real deal. In this talk at Finishing the Task, he chronicles the history of “movements” — from Pentecost to the Present. Yes, he’s mainly describing movements made up of Muslims deciding to follow Jesus as their Lord, but the ramifications — and potential — are similar, in my opinion, for all major world religions, if we pray enough, plan enough, and invest enough energy.

So we encourage you to watch this talk all the way through. Then pray hard for the workers you and your church support. Pray hard for the team of workers with which you serve. And ask God to work a mighty work among unengaged and unreached peoples throughout the globe.


15) Closing Stuff

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