2014/11/23 — Brigada Today

WebCompiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion. Brigada online has more graphics and links at http://www.brigada.org . Your gift to Brigada will help get motivation, resources, and news/trends out to thousands of Christian workers throughout the globe on a weekly basis.

In this issue…

Jump to 1) Give your Member Care System a Jump-Start
Jump to 2) “Where are you FROOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMM?”
Jump to 3) Read the Pew Report about the Growth of Global Christianity
Jump to 4) Who Does Social Media Well?
Jump to 5) Tell Jesus’ Story to the Unreached
Jump to 6) Exemplary Video Showing Effects of Prayer with Every Home for Christ
Jump to 7) Manage all your Events in a Fraction of the Time
Jump to 8) Managed Missions Wants to be Your Go-To Management Site
Jump to 9) Doing Short-term trips? Study the Standards
Jump to 10) Need a Free Get-Away in the Kentucky Area?
Jump to 11) A Checklist for Considering Missionary Candidates
Jump to 12) “Alongside” for those Needing Restoration and Renewal
Jump to 13) We Give Thanks for…
Jump to 14) The BackPage: Fundraising and Development Remixed
Jump to 15) Closing Stuff

2) “Where are you FROOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMM?”

OK… I admit… I often ask people where they’re from because I’m realistically interested in their heritage. But — yikes. Does it make them feel like … THIS???

If I’ve ever asked you where you’re from and thereby insulted you, please, please forgive me!

3) Read the Pew Report about the Growth of Global Christianity

mapI wish I could just memorize the whole page. The entire report summary at…

http://www.pewforum.org/2011/12/19/global-christianity-exec/

is chalked FULL of interesting facts and tidbits. It chronicles the Growth of Christianity by location, complete with maps, tables, interactive infographics, sortable data, and even a quiz! The complete report is available at right, along with several appendices. Most interesting is the zoom-in on regional distribution of Christianity both in 1910 and 2010. If I were still a missions prof in a Bible college, this would keep my students busy for at least two class periods! :-)

4) Who Does Social Media Well?

Social-mediaI’m still trying to find a ministry, mission or church which is doing social media WELL. Interestingly, no one has shared any success stories yet. Is it possible that social media has been a bit of a disappointment for all of us, as churches and agencies?

5) Tell Jesus’ Story to the Unreached

storytellingPeople who aren’t ready to hear the gospel still love a story. Jesus’ ability to connect to a person’s heart through stories is one reason people sought him Join the StoryRunners School of Storying, an interactive workshop March 15-20, 2015, or September 13 – 18, 2015 in Orlando, FL (USA) to learn how to use storying to enhance and to expand your ministry. You’ll also learn how you can help to start church planting movements among unreached peoples around the world. Get more information and submit an application at

http://www.storyrunners.org/aboutus/orlando-school-of-storying-story-development-track/

or call Melissa 405-306-5348 (USA).

6) Exemplary Video Showing Effects of Prayer with Every Home for Christ

prayerLast week, at a missions conference in Columbus, Ohio, Dick Eastman of Every Home for Christ shared a video that got rave reviews. It accomplishes its mission of lifting up prayer as a key factor in bringing about growth of the church world wide, through the work and workers of Every Home for Christ. But it also accomplishes another, more subtle objective: It shows the centrality and success of the construction of their home office and training building, the Jericho Center. Oh but that we all could be so effective at establishing the link between evangelism, prayer, and our bricks and mortar. Well done, Every Home for Christ! See the video here, by clicking on the link “Click to Play” in the upper right of the page.

http://www.ehcprayer.org/jericho-center-overview

13) We Give Thanks for…

Give-thanksHats off to…
The anonymous donor from “Equipping the Saints,” who gave $50 to Brigada this past week. When I asked what that was (Equipping the Saints), he responded, “We exist to serve God’s Kingdom, helping missions and missionaries get the resources they need for their work. We help them find equipment, materials, information, or to network with other missions. Sort of like a Brigada with a warehouse!” LOL Love it.

and to the anonymous donor from Topeka, Kansas, who gave $80, saying, “Thanks for Brigada!”

and to the $200 donor from Texas who, when asked what ministry he might want us to promote, wrote, “LDi Education is looking for qualified missional teachers to work at their seven schools in China and the Middle East. All positions are paid positions. Follow the links at www.LDiEducation.org.” That’s…

http://www.LDiEducation.org

And to the anonymous donor (mentioned in last week’s Brigada) who is working on a report of the languages spoken by many UPGs in southern Sumatra. He asked that his gift be recognized “in remembrance of these groups, millions of whom still lack the Scriptures or any contextualized Christian witness.”

Other gifts received included the Brigada participant from Rochester, MN, $100 from a reader in Locust Grove, VA, $25 from Panama City Beach, FL, $50 from a participant from California, and $25 from Vancouver, WA.

14) The BackPage: Fundraising and Development Remixed

Africa Feeding KidsThanks to Pat, who shared this past week this article from the New Republic…

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120178/problem-international-development-and-plan-fix-it

[2 Warnings: It’s a VERY long article and second, the author uses some “choice” words in writing the article, apparently trying to achieve some “effect.” If you can get past those two downsides, the article does EXACTLY what Pat asserted: it challenges our thinking. Yikes.]

We’ve all come across “Helping without Hurting.” We want to believe we’re making things better, both around the world as well as inside our orgs. But, among other things, this article gives numerous examples of unintended circumstances, some of which are quite messy.

At the end of the day, one thing is for certain: Our initiatives will all have an impact. It behooves all of us to bump up our level of concern about what it is we’re actually accomplishing, as well as how we’re reporting on it.

What were your thoughts about the content of the article (aside from the ‘choice words’)?

15) Closing Stuff

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