2014/08/10 — 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) Serving under “difficult” leaders
2) How to Keep Up on Donor Contact Information
3) USA Christian Workers Can see Most Common Languages by State
4) Mobilization Toolkit Thread Provides Treasure Troves
5) RightNow Ministries Fills Crucial Gap for Tomorrow
6) Epidemic Life Insurance Exclusion
7) Need Jr. or Sr. High Bible curriculum for home school?
8) Getting Techies, Filmographers & Designers to advance the Kingdom
9) TRAIN International Can Help you Gear Up or Gear Down
10) New OneSimCard Data & Roam Provides Great Data Rates Worldwide
11) Are We Living in the Greatest Period in History?
12) Need Help Figuring out Tensions in N. Africa and the Middle East?
13) Thank you Lord…
14) The BackPage: “The Insanity of God” Book Might Change Your Life
15) Closing Stuff

2) How to Keep Up on Donor Contact Information

donor managerAppreciated Dan (from Wycliffe) pointing us to Donor Manager this past week…

http://www.donormanager.com/

I did some poking around on the DM website and was thrilled at the progress John Muehleisen has made there, and all using Visual Foxpro. If you haven’t checked out DM for a while — and if you’re raising support or reporting to supporters, you’d better make your way over there and check it out. Amazing capacity — and all for free, thanks to John’s grace.

3) USA Christian Workers Can see Most Common Languages by State

map with languageAre you a worker reading out to ethnic groups in the USA? If so, you might find the map at…

http://gizmodo.com/the-most-common-languages-spoken-in-the-u-s-state-by-1575719698

Quite interesting. It lists most common languages by state (excluding English and Spanish, of course). It might help you find pockets of the ethnolinguistic group(s) you’re seeking. (Thanks for the tip, Caleb!)

4) Mobilization Toolkit Thread Provides Treasure Troves

hidden halfWow. Thanks to those responding to the request for tools for mobilizers. Check out the collection of comments at…

http://www.brigada.org/2014/08/03_14461

It’s outrageous. If you haven’t taken the time to post yet, and if your favorite resource isn’t mentioned, please pitch it in today so we can train up a new generation of mobilizers for today’s and tomorrow’s mission needs. Thanks to one of the readers there for locating the book I mentioned last week. In the interim days, I’ve ordered it and it’s here on my desk! (Thanks “CSanders” for telling me where to find “The Hidden Half!”)

5) RightNow Ministries Fills Crucial Gap for Tomorrow

rightnowWow. Hats off to the leaders at

https://www.rightnow.org

who are putting together a great site, along with a great set of resources, for all of us. They talk about a “Trader” from a biblical standpoint. ” A Trader is a new kind of missionary, not defined by geography, but defined by a resolve to do four things: choose daily, hate injustice, work as worship, and act swiftly.”

Regardless of whether you’re looking for media, teaching videos, conferences, or workshops, RightNow has something for everyone. Learn about their mission and purposes at…

https://www.rightnow.org/Ministry/biblical

6) Epidemic Life Insurance Exclusion

International-term-lifeThere has been a lot of discussion recently about the Ebola “epidemic” and it has hit home with two American missionaries contracting the disease. Ebola has a death rate of 60 – 90% and did you know that many life insurance policies exclude death due to an epidemic? Fortunately, there is a company that offers international term life insurance with NO exclusion for epidemics! Insurance Consultants International (ICI), the people who service the international insurance needs of short-term and long-term workers around the world through MissionTripInsurance.com has a plan with face amounts up to $4 Million with terms of 1 to 10 years. From what we have seen, the rates are VERY affordable as well! For example, a 35 year old male living in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Nigeria can get $100,000 of 10 year level term life for $122 PER YEAR! Check it out at

http://www.missiontripinsurance.com/international-term-life.html

or give Mark a call at 1-800-576-2674 ext. 103.

8) Getting Techies, Filmographers & Designers to advance the Kingdom

Filmmaker Ted EvansCreate for the Kingdom is a 48 hr work-fest/hackathon for Techies, Filmmakers and Game Developers to work 48hrs non-stop to create products that impact the Kingdom of God! Do you know Software Developers, Film Makers, or High Tech game designers? Let them know about this event! It is staged by the Leadership Network with the goal of unleashing the talents of Christians for the Kingdom. Got a challenge or project idea? Travel there and present it and convince people to join you! The dates are Sept 12th-14th in Austin, Tx. Learn more at…

http://CreatefortheKingdom.Org

Register with promocode: CFTKBRIGADA for free registration (Promo Expires Aug 29th). For more info, contact
markestephanatgmaildotcom

9) TRAIN International Can Help you Gear Up or Gear Down

TRAIN logo screenshotTRAIN International equips individuals and teams preparing to live and work cross-culturally and provides debriefing when they return from the field. TRAIN International also offers coaching to churches that are sending and supporting cross-cultural workers. Their goal is that workers go prepared, stay effective, and return healthy and prepared for their next phase of ministry. Check out their website at

http://www.traininternational.org/

They have an upcoming workshop called, ABIDE, which is a debriefing and re-entry seminar, September 7-12.

10) New OneSimCard Data & Roam Provides Great Data Rates Worldwide

OneSimCardOneSimCard has just released their new Data & Roam SIM card. It provides internet data in over 160 countries worldwide at very low rates starting at $0.10 per MB. Similar to the OneSimCard Plus, the OneSimCard Data & Roam is a pre-paid service which does not require any contract yet it works worldwide in unlocked GSM devices and phones. You simply replace your domestic carrier’s SIM card with OneSimCard when traveling internationally and, by doing so, enjoy a savings of about 85% as compared to standard international roaming fees. It will also be exhibiting at ICOM this November. For more information, see…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mvfrIeek1M

or visit

http://www.onesimcard.com

12) Need Help Figuring out Tensions in N. Africa and the Middle East?

tensionWe thought Dana Ford and Jim Sciutto of CNN did a great job summing things up succinctly in their informative article at…

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/08/08/world/meast/mideast-region-in-flames/index.html?hpt=hp_t5

This might be a helpful background piece if you encounter friends and donors who expect you to know about all things global, even though world politics aren’t your specialty. Just email them the link or a PDF print-out of this article.

13) Thank you Lord…

thank you lordFor Go International, who sent $30 this past week to help empower Brigada Today out the door and onto your screen.

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: “The Insanity of God” Book Might Change Your Life

insanity of GodThe Insanity of God is a book by Nik and Ruth Ripken. For many of us, at least in the United States, we believe that by being obedient to God’s call will result in a safe and secure life. How many of us have been told that the safest place to be is right in the center of God’s will? Nik and Ruth Ripken’s journey takes them too many places where they see many Christian lives at stake just because of their belief. While working in Somali, Nik sees depravity, starvation, and evil at its best. He even feels that every time he arrives in Somali that he has “descended into hell by way of a bombed-out, single-landing-strip airport…” (Chapter 1, pg 1). After a devastating life event, however, the family packs up their belongings and heads home to Kentucky to question everything they believe in – including their faith.
Story after story of persecuted believers, Nik is humbled and moved that God performs miracles just like the days of old. “The stories that I was hearing saved my life. God is indeed still present in this broken world. He is working. He is doing what He has always done. And, through the stories, my hope and my faith were being rekindled,” (pg 272).

During his trip to Ukraine, he was with a group of believers listening to their stories of prison, persecution, and God’s powerful hand in their lives. At the end of the testimonies and stories Nik responds by asking, “I just don’t understand why you haven’t collected these stories in a book? Believers around the world ought to hear what you have been telling me here today. Your stories are amazing! These are inspiring testimonies! I have never heard anything like them!” An old pastor replies, “Son, when did you stop reading your Bible? All of our stories are in the Bible. God has already written them down. Why would we bother writing books to tell our stories when God has already told His story. If you would just read your Bible, you would see that our stories are there,” (page 179).

This takes Nik on a journey that not only restores his faith but takes his faith to new levels as never before. His book reminds the reader that the God of the Old and New Testament is alive and well today – and that maybe we have put God in a little box surrounded by parameters. Nik states, “And when the Bible becomes present active tense, not only is God out of the box. There’s no box. It’s burnt, it’s ashes.”

Watch the book “trailer” at…

Order the Insanity of God at…

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1433673088/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1433673088&linkCode=as2&tag=teamexpansiononl

15) Closing Stuff

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