2014/12/14 — 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…

1) The Bottom Line: Here’s Your Chance to Empower Brigada
2) Advance Global Coaching: Reach Your New Year’s Resolutions
3) Want to Make a Difference in Syria?
4) School of Cartooning Can Have a Graphic Impact
5) Amused by adverts saying, “Learn Spanish in Seconds”?
6) Uttermost Sports Takes the Word to the Uttermost
7) Using a Christmas Tree to Present the Need to Reach the Unreached
8) What’s the Role of the Local Church in the Community?
9) China Map Shows Percentage of Evangelicals per Province
10) Most Prosperous Nations in Africa
11) USA and Cuba: Let’s be Buds
12) Help for moms – month by month
13) We’re Grateful…
14) The BackPage: As you Drive this Christmas, Try Playing These
15) Closing Stuff

1) The Bottom Line: Here’s Your Chance to Empower Brigada

thank you christmas treeWe’re a small office attempting to make a global difference. We don’t feature banner ads nor flashing commercials on our website. Our office’s entire annual budget is less than the starting salary of a single beginning pre-school teacher. We work for free year-round, in hopes that in these final weeks of the calendar, the Brigada family of readers will help pay the bills through a gift, small or large. The average gift size is $100, but some give $25 and occasionally, someone blessed by God will give $2000.

Each year, we tell you exactly what has come in so far: $8129.33 for 2014. We also tell you our entire annual office budget: $17,120. With just $8,990.67 left to raise in just a couple of weeks, we’re asking… are there 89 readers willing to throw in $100 each in these final 14 days of 2014?

You can choose either of two ways to donate:





To give online, just click the “Donate” button immediately above, or scroll to the top of our website and click “Donate.” And you don’t need a PayPal account to give online. (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 Drive, 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!

3) Want to Make a Difference in Syria?

syriaAre you one of the millions who have been watching the war in Syria, wishing you could make a difference, yet feeling so … ‘small’? We admit: The situation is bad. A whopping 43% (9.5 million people!) of Syria’s 22 million residents are displaced from their homes. 3 million have left Syria and are overwhelming neighboring countries. On Dec 1st, the U.N. announced that it lacks funds to continue feeding 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt. In fact, the U.N. is now calling it “greatest humanitarian catastrophe of modern times.” How can we make a difference in something that the U.N. hasn’t been able to solve? How about we take it to God? Well a bunch of you have banded together to pray throughout the entire month of December. Learn more at…

http://thesyriancircle.com/

4) School of Cartooning Can Have a Graphic Impact

Have you ever wondered how art, cartoons, and animation can be used in missions? Check out the School of Cartooning and Animation for Missions in Taipei, Taiwan. The SoCAM is a second-level University of the Nations (YWAM) course that trains artists to use their God-given talents to reach the unreached with the gospel. The next school starts March 30, 2015, and a YWAM DTS is required. Please see their website for more information:

http://www.createtaiwan.com/socam.html

5) Amused by adverts saying, “Learn Spanish in Seconds”?

Spanish / English classObservation clearly indicates that very few Spanish learners who’ve tried to learn simply by immersion or by language helpers learn to communicate deeply. Many come to the school after months or years of frustration, still misunderstanding and being misunderstood! Why go the “what I need to get by” route when it’s the inimitable person of Jesus Christ that we’re wanting our friends to learn of and His yoke to bear!

The Roca Blanca Spanish Language School is located in a coastal fishing village in Oaxaca, Mexico, where students often live with a host family or in a rented furnished house. You get the benefits of both immersion and of a classroom environment. Missionaries and cross cultural Christians need enabling to communicate clearly and profoundly to Hispanic peoples. We can’t imagine settling for anything less. Can you?

Find out more at

http://www.rocablancaspanish.com

They would love to be a part of your Spanish learning for the Kingdom’s sake.

7) Using a Christmas Tree to Present the Need to Reach the Unreached

missiographic_ChristmasLightsIf the world was a Christmas tree and God’s followers were the lights, what would that tree look like? Would the tree as a whole be as bright as we hope it would as we end 2014? Where would the tree be much brighter than it used to be? Where would the tree still be darkest? What ought we do to get the tree looking better before the Christmas baby returns as the Christmas King? Explore these questions in this Christmas Missiographic:

http://www.gmi.org/services/missiographics/library/christmas-lights

9) China Map Shows Percentage of Evangelicals per Province

chinaIt’s tough to get regional information about China, even though many of its provinces are the size of entire NATIONS in other parts of the world. But the Center for the Study of Global Christianity has made it easy (and free) for us at…

http://conversation.lausanne.org/uploads/resources/files/11971/Christians-in-China.pdf

Note that since the map is a PDF, you can print it and take it with you. It’s accurate as of 2011.

12) Help for moms – month by month

childFirst Steps bulletins are available as monthly emails to provide reliable, current information on baby and childhood development. For lots of information in one place, request your free subscription:
dianeatfstdotmikedianedotcom

Your Child’s Journey is the associated website with lots of interesting information for parents overseas or at home.

http://fst.mikediane.com

13) We’re Grateful…

thank you christmas lightsto…
…the Brigada participant from Hattiesburg, MS, who sent this note: “May God continue to use you to bless others as He has me,” along with a $100 check!
… the praying resident of Worcester, England who sent $100 too.
… the Brigada participant in Plano, TX, who sent $50.
… the great friends from Sioux Falls, SD, who sent $100
… $50 from a worker on behalf of Life Impact Ministries, providing Missionaries a safe PLACE to go and a caring and confidential PERSON to talk with.” Learn more at

http://www.LifeImpactMinistries.net

… and $300 from a worker at Training for Reigning Institute of Disciple-making. We’re humbled and encouraged. Learn more about this institute at

http://www.tridm.org

… $50 from the Brigada participant from Berrings, County Cork, Ireland
… $180 from the School of Cartooning… (see the item above)
… $100 from the Roca Blanca Spanish Language School
… $100 from a worker in N. Africa, who wrote, “I’m just thankful for Brigada and the resources it shares and the ways God is able to use it advance the Kingdom through greater vision/collaboration. Thanks for the anonymity.”
… $10 from a Brigada participant in Minneapolis
… $100 from a worker focusing on the Muslim world
… $25 from the Missionary Training Service in Dorchester, Dorset, UK
… $50 from the reader in Ventura, CA

14) The BackPage: As you Travel this Christmas, Try Playing These

family-sleigh-rideI love it when friends share great resources. A buddy of mine recently passed these great audio and video resources along. They’re perfect for your family’s trip “over the river and through the woods” (or across the ocean, if you download them in advance : ) ), perfect for that flight in which the seatback television doesn’t work, or you’ve seen all the movies, or none of the movies are worth watching. :-) As my buddy suggested, you might want to ask, after listening, “What did you learn from listening to the teaching?” and then, “How does God want you to respond to what you learned?”.

“Divine Sovereignty: The Fuel of Death-Defying Missions”- David Platt

video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48CZ5F9bnJM

audio: http://t4g.org/media/2012/05/divine-sovereignty-the-fuel-of-death-defying-missions-2/

text: http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2012/04/11/tgc-6-david-platt-divine-sovereignty-the-fuel-of-death-defying-missions-revelation-51-14/

“Our Obligation to the Unreached” – also by David Platt

http://www.imb.org/mobile/resources/embedvideos.aspx?mvid=21978&share=video&lvpshare=page&lvpmediaid=6023e0512f8644349727a689ad3fe86b&cid=16245

(Thanks Greg!)

“Doing Missions When Dying Is Gain”- John Piper-

audio and text: http://www.desiringgod.org/conference-messages/doing-missions-when-dying-is-gain

Nik Ripken teachings-

audio: http://www.nikripken.com/resources/audio/

Biographies of missionaries and others- John Piper

audio and text: http://www.desiringgod.org/biographies/all

Cross Conference 2013

videos: http://crossforthenations.org/resources/video/

audios: http://crossforthenations.org/resources/audio/

Famous missions quotes to read and discuss as a family:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1T72in-oDeQpLINbokIa_ExoP1SAthiw2KiJqzfZj8Bw/edit

Missions videos to watch and discuss as a family

https://docs.google.com/document/d/19-Gz9AnVICJejUbxUVMMj6ls_NdBN7KqiHnDKsY5J4w/pub

Prayer videos for many nations

http://prayercast.com/

Prayer reminders for unreached people groups

http://www.unreachedoftheday.org/unreached-ways-to-use.php

Reaching the unreached through facebook written instructions and training videos

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1a0UQdIkfJj4Fh_h5fovjgSODqjT6cvDgAmeFurpubPA/edit

YouTube worship videos with lyrics for family worship

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLecN-ENRySY5tXAgO6Ocd1Diw4ykXeMc4

Recommended marriage and parenting resources

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1d-OEunT_VmNggQ-NFYKkwPwOHYMYC2weKxC1Pg5IK7Q/edit

15) Closing Stuff

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