2015/05/10 — Brigada Today

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In this issue…

1) Discipleship Tools for Hindus
2) “Healthy, Resilient, And Effective”: the book
3) Orient Young Short-term Workers Before they Go Cross-culturally
4) Which Encrypted Email is Really Encrypted?
5) EdenRridge Will Welcome You Home
6) Global Frontier Missions Can Train You For the Unreached
7) Highly-recommended Book on Western Christians in Global Mission
8) ECHO Asia Agriculture & Community Development Conference
9) Here’s a Free Widget-Maker
10) Can’t Get Over Prayercast.com
11) 30 Days Prayer For Muslims For Children And Families
12) 5fish version 2
13) We Give Thanks…
14) The BackPage: Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God?
15) Closing Stuff

1) Discipleship Tools for Hindus

Survey-Small1What discipleship resources or tools have been helpful as you work with Hindu background believers? Do you need discipleship resources for new followers of Jesus? How does media fit into your strategy? What types of media are you using for discipleship?

GNPI (Good News Productions, International) works with media and technology to provide tools for evangelism and discipleship. They want to produce discipleship apps for former Hindus. Please share your experiences and suggestions by filling out the following 10-minute survey:


2) “Healthy, Resilient, And Effective”: the book [updated 5/26/2015]

member care bookDr. Laura Mae Gardner (SIL/Wycliffe) has written extensively on caring for missionaries and cross-cultural workers. Now, she has prepared a member care guidebook that just might set a benchmark for the state of the art.


It’s a kind of manual which defines the vision, the challenge, and a host of practical case studies and tools to help us get started. You can also obtain it in the UK and Europe here…


and in Asia here…


3) Orient Young Short-term Workers Before they Go Cross-culturally

short term tripGot short-termers? If so, Global Mapping, based in Colorado Springs, has just released a new book for you. Some 13 authors put their heads together to come up with the best input ever for cross-cultural workers. Granted, there are no activities nor cool videos. But if a book can do it, this one ought to help matters some — or quite a bit. Chapters include themes like, “Go as a pilgrim, not as a hero,” “A Fresh Look at our World: Responding to Today’s Key Global Shifts,” “Blending Work and Service through ‘Business as Missions.'” The Conclusion is entitled, “10 Action Steps to Prepare to Go Wisely.” Learn more, download the first chapter, and/or buy the book at…


4) Which Encrypted Email is Really Encrypted?

encrypted emailIn a recent discussion with Greg, our I.T. guy at Team Expansion, he pointed me to this article…


in which the author points out that providers like Hushmail can, if compelled by court order, impose software to capture a use’s password the next time he or she logs on. So is there really nothing truly encrypted and safe? Be sure to see the comic at the end of the article, which points out that, in severe cases, a thief (or government worker) could simply threaten to bludgeon you with a big wrench until you give up the password anyway. If you have a solution that is rock-solid encrypted, please click “the link below to log on to the web version of this item then click “comment” and leave your opinion/resource. Thanks in advance for your help.

5) EdenRridge Will Welcome You Home

EdenRidge in East Tennessee continues to welcome missionaries from around the world. A new cottage (ideal for parties of one or two) is now open and supplements their larger cabins (ideal for families). Although certain time periods are now completely booked, they still have some opportunities for anyone still wishing to go this year. For information and reservations please visit


Also please don’t hesitate to email the ministry’s president, Oliver, if you have any questions or would like to communicate with him. His email address is oliveratedenridgedotorg.

6) Global Frontier Missions Can Train You For the Unreached

A new Missionary Training School in Sydney, Australia will be launching August 2016. This school is an intensive 12 month “Bootcamp” which aims to equip you for the mission field and provide missions experience that will help equip you in the giftings God has called you. Students will live in the most diverse city in Australia, where they can work alongside other missionaries in a cross-cultural setting and have opportunities to engage the community with the Gospel. They will practice and learn organic church planting along with many other crucial topics every missionary needs to know.
For more information visit their website at:


The application deadline for August 2016 school is pretty much now.

7) Highly-recommended Book on Western Christians in Global Mission

western christians in globalAccording to Shawn, a Global Outreach Pastor and friend of Brigada, Paul Borthwick did a great job with his 2012 training book, “Western Christians in Global Mission: What’s the Role of the North American Church?” If you have read this book or thought through these issues, we’d love to get your take on how Western Christians should be involved in Global Mission. Just click “Comment” after this item in the web version. See Paul’s book here:


8) ECHO Asia Agriculture & Community Development Conference

The 5th Biennial ECHO Asia Agriculture and Community Development Conference is “Equipping Workers” and will offer a time for missionaries, agricultural workers, development agents, farmers, and organizations from across Asia to come together from October 6th – 9th in Chiang Mai, Thailand, for a time of practical learning, networking, and encouragement. Participants will hear from experts in the fields of agriculture and community development, learn proven techniques for small holder farmers, and receive hands-on training in sustainable agriculture. To find out more information and register for the event, please visit


9) Here’s a Free Widget-Maker

If you’re focusing on Arabic speakers, here’s a customizable widget that you could embed into a website, blog, etc. It’s like a widget: It even lets you customize the ways visitors can access the Bible (mailing, download, app, online, etc.). Please feel free to offer it to anyone/everyone who might be able to use it! (And by the way, thanks to the team in North Africa who is offering it for use to the rest of the world — for free.)


10) Can’t Get Over Prayercast.com

praying handsWe were honored this past week to receive a personal email from the Director at Prayercast.com. He expressed thanks to us for including a note about his site in a recent Brigada:


They now have put together Prayercast videos for every nation on earth as well as most of the world’s largest religions. They also have a number of special topic videos, including Shine (Ps 67), World, Islamic State, Ebola, and most recently, the Nepal Earthquake.

11) 30 Days Prayer For Muslims For Children And Families

Family PrayerJesus teaches us to love our neighbors and to pray for our enemies. For many of us, Muslims are neighbors we hardly know. Others see them only as enemies and terrorists. But there is a great way to learn to love Muslims like Jesus does. Ramadan is June 18th to July 17th. Perhaps there’s no better way to experience Ramadan than praying together for Muslims with the children in our household. That’s why we’re excited about the new 30-Days-of-Prayer-Booklet made ‘Just for Kids.’ The booklet would work for family devotions as well as children’s church since it offers to many creative prayer ideas. Find it here…


for the USA or

http://www.30daysprayer.org.uk for the UK.

12) 5fish version 2

5fishGlobal Recordings Network is endeavoring to tell the story of Jesus in every language.


Now that Version 2 of the 5fish for Android app has been released, they are one step closer to that goal. The user interface has been redesigned making it even easier to access. Listen to the Christian gospel spoken in virtually any language using The Gospel in Every Language App (5fish). Access Christian messages from the largest collection of languages in the world (5583 languages on Android devices). Join Global Recordings in giving thanks for the developers, graphic designers, translators, and testers who made this release possible. You can install the 5fish app for Android or iPhone today at


or by visiting App store or Google play

13) We Give Thanks…

i give thanks for you…For a $300 gift from Good News Productions International (GNPI), which accelerates global evangelism through media and technology. Learn more about their work at…


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14) The BackPage: Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God?

Jerry Rankin recently addressed this difficult question in a story posted on the Zwemer website at…


I’ve heard other believers confront one another on this difficult and challenging question previously… and Jerry Rankin’s write-up is worth the read. After reading the article, we’re curious about your feedback. Could you read then click comment following the web version of this item, and share your take on Rankin’s thoughts. Has it ever been confusing for you that Arabic-speaking Christians use the same name for God as their Muslim neighbors? Does Rankin’s article straighten it out for you? Can you imagine the name as a “bridge?” If so, how? If you had to explain it all to a Muslim, how would you word it? Thanks in advance for any comments you can offer.

15) Closing Stuff

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