2014/08/17 — Brigada Today

Edited by Doug Lucas; Published by Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
Brigada online has more graphics and links at http://www.brigada.org

In this issue…
1) What will China Do with the Rise of Religion?
2) Abundaculture Can Help you Share Life, Relationships, and Jesus
3) How do You Respond when a Recruit Rises in a Local Church?
4) Your Favorite Bible Study Guide or Course?
5) Morton Security Solutions is launching a new Travel Risk Management
6) Is there a Course Like “Encountering the World of Hinduism?”
7) Beautiful Photography, Heavy Burden
8) Another Brigada “Blank” for Certain Readers
9) 30DaysAfterCamp Features Unreached Peoples Emphasis
10) Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshop in Portland
11) EdenRidge Missionary Retreat Center
12) Learn to Be a Missionary-Journalist [New Book]
13) We Give Praise to God for…
14) The BackPage: Search and Replicate
15) Closing Stuff

1) What will China Do with the Rise of Religion?

chinaHave you ever wondered how much it annoys Communist leaders when Christianity grows right under their noses, despite their best efforts to control it? I have. CNN’s piece on the rise of religion in China was both stimulating and encouraging. Read the whole story here …

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/08/15/world/asia/china-christianity/index.html?hpt=hp_c3

And join me in prayer that God’s kingdom can DOUBLE in growth rate in China.

3) How do You Respond when a Recruit Rises in a Local Church?

send me your journey to the nationsWith praise, I hope. But the specific question is — this past week, a global outreach staff person in a large local church emailed, asking for “some sort of resource/questionnaire/book to guide young minds and hearts that are considering overseas mission work. If a young person comes to you and says, “I think God might be calling me to Africa, what do you give them? What do you ask them? What do you tell them to do?” My shooting-from-the-hip response was to recommend the book, “Send Me! Your Journey to the Nations.”

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0878082948/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0878082948&linkCode=as2&tag=teamexpansiononl&linkId=R7NH7XWYZQJ75LZE

In this book, Steve Hoke and Bill Taylor outline a very thoughtful and intentional process for a recruit, perhaps in cooperation with the global outreach minister and the local church, can begin preparation well in advance of any actual departure date. But do you have other such resources you would have recommended? In particular, what if the prospective recruit is on the younger side? Maybe the “Send me” book is a bit too much for a very young recruit? Got a favorite? If so, please just click “Comment” after the web version of this item. Thanks in advance for any help!

4) Your Favorite Bible Study Guide or Course?

nehemiahOne of our missionaries asked this past week for our best recommendation as to our best Bible study recommendations. Would you help us make a short list? Would you include, for example, Kelly Minter’s study on “Nehemiah: A Heart that can Break,” at…

http://www.lifeway.com/n/Product-Family/Nehemiah:-A-Heart-That-Can-Break

Kelly Minter’s 7-week study, Nehemiah, fits well with a church missions emphasis. She emphasizes the concept to let God break your heart for the hurting, lost world and move you to lead people to Jesus.

Or would it include Beth Moore’s “Breaking Free: The Journey, the Stories,” at…

http://www.lifeway.com/n/Product-Family/Breaking-Free-(2009)

or John Eldredge’s, “Wild at Heart,” available as a video series at…

http://store.faithgateway.com/wild-at-heart-a-band-of-brothers-small-group-video-series

Which studies would you recommend? If you know of one or more, please click “Comment” after the web version of this item. Thanks in advance for any help!

5) Morton Security Solutions is launching a new Travel Risk Management Portal (TRM Portal)

Morton Security Solutions is launching a new Travel Risk Management Portal (TRM Portal), giving your organization as a whole, the ability to educate, prepare and monitor your personnel, anywhere they operate. They have identified three key things that you need in order to maintain organization continuity and fulfill your stewardship obligations to your personnel and volunteers. They are; Provide Situational Awareness (Information), Maintain Accountability and Provide Rapid Response Capabilities. They now offer you these capabilities through enterprise solutions, tailored to fit your organizations specific mission and goals. Through the TRM Portal, you are able to create profiles for your personnel, upload itineraries and receive specific risk assessments and risk mitigation recommendations from expert intelligence and crisis management analysts. This is a great tool for providing peace of mind to volunteers and personnel who are apprehensive about traveling (or allowing their children to travel), in an increasingly chaotic world. It also provides enhanced liability coverage for non-profit organizations. Check out their short tutorial video:

Contact Morton Security Solutions to find out how you can enroll your church or international outreach program and receive 35% off the enrollment fee:

http://www.mortonsecure.com/#!services/aboutPage

6) Is there a Course Like “Encountering the World of Hinduism?”

islam studyAn encouraging worker from Philippines contacted us this past week, mentioning that she had taken “Encountering the World of Islam,” and loved it — but she was wondering if such a course existed for Hinduism – and she’s especially interested in online options. We have published details about conferences offered by instructors at particular universities or conference centers, but as far as a “course in a box” and/or a course online, I was stumped. Are there any to which you could direct us? If so, just click “Comment” after the web version of this item and you’ll be helping all of us be more effective with the world’s Hindus. Thanks in advance for any help!

8) Another Brigada “Blank” for Certain Readers

question markInterestingly, the last Brigada was also rather ‘blank’ for several readers. Of course, if you ever receive an edition of Brigada that looks white as snow, you can always simply see it as a prompt to go to the online (web) version, which is always published a few minutes before the email version is sent anyway. Apologies to anyone inconvenienced, however, and we are still doing research as to why this is happening. We think it might be a glitch in the tool we use to convert the web version to the email version.

9) 30DaysAfterCamp Features Unreached Peoples Emphasis

30daysafter campOrganizers at…

http://www.30DaysAfterCamp.com

have done us all a huge favor. They’ve created a 30-day experience for those who have just finished camp. Organizers provide all kinds of resources, including Bible studies, a journal, videos, and even daily prompts to pray for unreached peoples. Here’s a “just-add-water” follow-up for your next missions weekend or youth experience. Love it. Thanks, 3030DaysAfterCamp, and thanks to long-time Brigada participant, Julie, for the tip!

10) Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshop in Portland

interpersonalskillsOne of the significant challenges we face on a day-to-day basis is working with others, often from different cultures and with different personalities. Highly interactive, SYIS Workshops are designed to enhance the knowledge, attitudes and skills of Christian workers in how we relate to family, co-workers, friends as well as those from other cultures. Here’s one scheduled for October 26-31, 2014, in Portland, Oregon. The registration deadline is September 30. You can see registration & price information at.

https://vbconline.wufoo.com/forms/sharpening-your-interpersonal-skills-workshop/

Learn more at.

http://www.relationshipskills.com/syis.html

11) EdenRidge Missionary Retreat Center

cabinreservationsTo make a reservation to stay at EdenRidge, just visit

http://www.edenridge.org

Their beautiful 1,200sf cabins feature full kitchens, washers and dryers, a screened-in porch, and comfortably sleep four. Two smaller cottages are under construction and will be completed by next spring. EdenRidge guests can now enjoy the amenities at Fairfield Glade, just 10 minutes away. These include three pools, five golf courses, numerous lakes, and much more. Their missionary rate is $38/night (non-missionaries pay $95/night).

12) Learn to Be a Missionary-Journalist [New Book]

go tell it bookGreat stories are happening everywhere in the mission field and around the world. Sometimes these stories hit their mark, but more often than not these stories of God at work often stay hidden, are told ineffectively, or miss their audience completely. Now, in their new book, “Go Tell It,” Jim Killam and Lincoln Brunner gives practical tips for how to “report” on what God is doing around the world.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0802411487/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0802411487&linkCode=as2&tag=teamexpansiononl&linkId=TYH7XMTPT3ERK62A

The authors write with a special eye for the Christian missions world to help bloggers, missionaries, and world-travelers report stories of God’s work around the globe. From fundraising to newsletters to “Missions Sunday” presentations and everywhere in between, this book will help energize the church for the Great Commission.

Read an excerpt at:

http://moodycollective.com/go-tell-it/

(Thanks for the tip, Natalie!)

13) We Give Praise to God for…

Thank You - Words on Yellow Sticky NotesThis week we’re thanking God for the SIL worker who sent a $50 gift to help send Brigada out the door and into the hands of thousands of Christian workers all around the world. Want to help fuel the fire? To give online, just scroll to the top of this page and click “Donate.” By the way, you don’t need a PayPal account to give. If you reach a screen asking for your PayPal I.D., look on the left side of the screen, about halfway down, and find the prompt which says, “Continue without a PayPal Account.” If you’d rather send an old-fashioned check, just make it payable to Team Expansion and send it to: Team Expansion (Brigada), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299, USA. (And by the way, Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) Thanks to those who have suggested this cause to their local church missions committees, mission teams, and/or missions ministers/pastors. We appreciate you!

14) The BackPage: Search and Replicate

sowing good seedThis past week, we received an email from a teammate headed to the Middle East. She was training out in Colorado and, in her training facility, she came across a binder FULL of past editions of Brigada Today’. She asked around and, come to find out, a long-time Brigada participant named Paula had been printing and binding the past editions to benefit the many missionary guests who regularly passed through there. Obviously, the teammate was overjoyed to find people using Brigada. (The Brigada fan in Colorado had said, “In nearly every edition, I find at least SOMETHING to pass along to other missionaries.” God be praised. But what we loved as much as anything was Paula’s willingness to search and redistribute… to share “as one beggar telling another where to find bread.”

We’re not sure how you see your own role in missions, but we feel like this “search and replicate” strategy is a great one. Why not decide today that you’re going to “search and replicate” the best resources, the best information, and the best data you can — for the good of the Kingdom, for the growth of His cause, and for the glory of the King.

Your thoughts? Just click “Comment” after the web version of this item. Thanks in advance for sharing.

15) Closing Stuff

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