2017/11/19 — Brigada Today

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

In this issue…

1) Free Book And Database: Leadership Conversations In The Bible
2) New Book : Multiplying Churches in Japanese Soil
3) World Christian Missionary Resources
4) Frontier Ventures (Formerly US Center…) To Decentralize
5) NEW Missions Podcast: Fundraising, Mission Trip Tools & More
6) We Get Mail:
7) Which Colleges/Universities Offer Business as Missions?
8) A Quarter-Century of 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World
9) Looking for a Video Introduction to DMM, Paul Watson Style?
10) Are You Going to be Stuck Inside for Awhile this Winter?
11) Are The Qur’an & Bible Really So Different?
12) Managing Stress in Humanitarian Workers (and others)
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: What are You Thankful For?
15) Closing Stuff

New Book : Multiplying Churches in Japanese Soil

This book answers some key questions:
*** What churches are reproducing and multiplying?
*** What should be done to assure church multiplication in Japanese soil?

A $2.99 digital version is on sale through Nov 27th at

http://www.williamcarey.com

This book would be great for anyone working in Japan, mobilizing or preparing to work among the world’s 2nd largest unreached people group.

Learn more at…

https://www.gospelrest.com/our-books/multiplying-churches-in-japanese-soil/

For a Podcast interview with J.D. Payne

http://www.jdpayne.org/2017/10/25/multiplying-churches-in-japanese-soil/

Frontier Ventures (Formerly US Center…) To Decentralize

The new name is Frontier Ventures, but many will still know it as the US Center for World Mission. Made famous under the leadership of Ralph Winter, the US Center has instructed and inspired many since the mid-seventies. We’ve all probably stayed over night there for a prayer workshop, or attended a class or visited a partner. It’s like … Mecca for world missions. But get this…

https://www.frontierventures.org/blog/pursuing-a-decentralized-model-of-ministry

They’re considering selling the campus to decentralize. We’ve invited the leadership to speak directly to the Brigada audience and they’ve expressed interest in doing so. Count on more information in the weeks to come.

NEW Missions Podcast: Fundraising, Mission Trip Tools & More

Listen in to the all-new Mission Trip Podcast. You know how planning mission trips can be overwhelming, complex and costly? Mission Trip podcast helps anybody going on missions trip streamline trip preparation, management and successfully fundraise so they can meet their goals, focus on the heart of the mission and serve more people. Hear top missions leaders share tips, tools and stories to help missions. Try it out at…

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mission-trip-podcast/id1306061479?mt=2

or wherever you obtain your podcasts.

We Get Mail:

One donor wrote this past week, “Your gift is a great help in my international ministry, James Janzen Ministries…

http://www.jamesjanzen.com

in providing resources in different languages that help build unity and spiritual maturity through worship. Brigada connects and uncovers so many aspects of missions in unique ways – nothing comes close to replicating it. Thank you for faithfulness. I pray that this will be year in which you will exceed your budgetary needs.” Bless you James!

Which Colleges/Universities Offer Business as Missions?

Suppose someone approached you at your church and asked, “Which Christian colleges/universities offer a business as mission program? And which mission agencies focus on business as missions as well?” That’s exactly what happened to John. So he approached us to find the answer. Please — let’s not let him down. Click “Comment” following the web version of this item and copy and paste in your list… please. Think of as many options as you can for John, and the person requesting the info. And in the process, we’ll build a virtual directory! Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

A Quarter-Century of 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World

This coming year (2018) marks a quarter-century of the 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World movement! If you’ve spent the last few years marooned in space or something, each year during the month of Ramadan, the worldwide church has participated through learning about and praying for its Muslim neighbors. And God is at work! Unprecedented numbers of Muslims are putting their hope in Jesus. Mark your 2018 calendar now and plan ahead for May 15 to June 14, 2018, being the 25th time that Christ-followers have lifted up their Muslim friends to Jesus worldwide. Learn more and pre-order 2018 copies at…

https://www.worldchristian.com/productdetails.php?product_id=37672

Are The Qur’an & Bible Really So Different?

Mark Anderson tries to address this question in a very recent Zwemer Center article. In it, he examines the often-held belief that the Qur’an states that the Bible has been falsified. It might surprise you to read his conclusions.

http://www.zwemercenter.com/are-the-quran-bible-really-so-different/

After reading the article, would you mind sharing your take on his writing? We’re sure some people will find the article radical, while others will find it illuminating. Which are you? Click Comment following the web version of this item please.

Managing Stress in Humanitarian Workers (and others)

The Antares guidelines for managing stress appear to be foundational. (They might help many of our missionary workers too.) Take a look (in several major languages):

https://www.antaresfoundation.org/guidelines#.WhUdVUqnGUl

When you click on the guidelines (in your choice of language), you’ll see 20+ pages on how to help your agency’s or church’s representatives reduce stress in cross-cultural work. Thanks Antares, for the free booklet, and thanks to Kelly O’Donnell for sharing them with us here at Brigada.

We’re Grateful for…

…the $25 gift to Jesus through Brigada by a long-time friend of our work. Thank you!
…a $75 gift from the folks at…

http://www.visualstorynetwork.org/

as a way of encouraging storytellers for Jesus the world over. God bless you!

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The Last Bit: What are You Thankful For?

When families in the USA gather around the fireplace this week and celebrate one of the few holidays that hasn’t been kidnapped or commercialized, they’ll likely be thankful for important things like health, other family members, and life itself. Of course, we hope the whole world will soon be thankful for the most important person of all — the person of Jesus Christ. Whether you live in the USA or not this week, would you join us in asking God to bring about a new wave of world-changers that will bring Jesus’ message to the masses across the planet? Pray for peace and celebrate the season.

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