2018/10/14 — Brigada Today

In this issue…
1) Voice of the Martyrs Doing “Advance Conferences” in Various Cities
2) If you Have a Somali Friend, Point Him/Her to This Site
3) Cool Animation Shows Global Population Growth from 1950 to 2100
4) Yes He Is App Features a Ton of Cool Videos for Sharing Christ
5) The Folks at Jesus.net Have Put Together a Cool Set of Tools
6) What if Someone Created an Apologetics Site for Children…
7) If you Had Just One Wish This Christmas, What Would it be?
8) Help Brigada Figure Out Why its “Jump to” Links Don’t Work on iPhone
9) What’s the Fastest Way to Get a Job Overseas (If you Speak English)
10) Would you Help Betty Update the Brigada Prayer Resource List?
11) Reach Your Mission Field Through Your Mobile Phone
12) If You’re Still Interested In Background Material on Why DMM
13) Are You From the USA and Need Help Preparing Your Taxes?
14) The Last Bit: How to Search for Brigada Content the Easy Way
15) Closing Stuff

1) Voice of the Martyrs Doing “Advance Conferences” in Various Cities

When I (Doug) grow up, I hope I can learn to communicate the way Voice of the Martyrs does. Take a look at their “Advance Conferences” touring the USA currently. They engage us and give us practical ways to identify. I feel like such an amateur compared to them. May God use us in spite of how much we have to learn.


By the way, while we’re all admiring the way VOM communicates, let’s also pray for the cause they’re advancing. It’s a valid one for sure.
(Thanks for tipping us off on this site, Betty!)

6) What if Someone Created an Apologetics Site for Children…

What would it look like? I have quite a bit better idea this week as opposed to last week. Because I’ve discovered a new site (still being developed) called “Out of the Question.” Check out their progress at…


Using animated movies and some great story lines, these British media types are introducing today’s youth through an entirely different set of cultural communicators. What’s your take on this site? Please share your opinion by clicking “Comment” following the app or web version of this item. Thanks in advance for participating! (And thanks to the Out of the Question development team!)

7) If you Had Just One Wish This Christmas, What Would it be?

Boy, I’d be very tempted to wish for the complete peace of Christ in Yemen. Take a look at the conflict tracker at…


It’s haunting. I would wish that it could stop. Today. Now.

By the way, learn more about conflict throughout the world at…


8) Help Brigada Figure Out Why its “Jump to” Links Don’t Work on iPhone

If you’re a smart programmer person, we’d sure love to hear from you. Would you email us or click comment (following the web or app version of this item) if you can help us figure out how to fix the fact that our “Jump to…” item links, though they work fine on laptop email clients like Outlook and gmail, just don’t work on certain smartphone email clients and browsers. It’s sadness for sure. (We know. First world problems. But still. Global South readers want to know too.) Check it out. On your laptop, at the website, our links bounce you directly to the item from our Table of Contents. On your smart device, when you receive the email, although we believe the links/anchors are properly formatted, there’s no joy. What in the world are we doing wrong? (And thanks, Matt, for raising the question.)

9) What’s the Fastest Way to Get a Job Overseas (If you Speak English)

Answer: A Teaching English As a Foreign / Second Language Certificate is the fastest way to get a job overseas or empower refugees and immigrants in the U.S. ConnecTEFL is an affordable, professional 120-hour TEFL certification program that can be completed online anywhere in the world! The certificate meets the globally accepted TESOL International short-term certificate standards and makes you marketable in about every country in the world! To learn more…


10) Would you Help Betty Update the Brigada Prayer Resource List?

Have you come across an especially good resource for prayer recently? If so, would you let Betty know? She is updating the Brigada Resource List for Intercessors, Prayer Coordinators, and Prayer Mobilizers which we published several years ago. The list includes books, magazines, videos, DVDs, and prayer movements. She would love your input! Just click “Comment” to list your item here and she’ll add it to the resource list that we post here:


(Thanks Betty!)

11) Reach Your Mission Field Through Your Mobile Phone

Using Mobile Phones in Missions is an online course designed for field workers, missions media practitioners, and leaders in any organization seeking to be more effective at reaching and teaching people for Christ. The sessions are live with a mentor/instructor and the ability to network and share with peers. The five-week course starts October 30. Learn more and register here:


12) If You’re Still Interested In Background Material on Why DMM

We recently featured an article by a brother who basically tried to throw cold water on disciple-making movements (DMM) and church-planting movements (CPM) by asking if they were biblical. We’ve decided we’re no longer going to push more traffic his way by even referring to his article by link, however, we did see a thoughtful response by L.D. Waterman at…


So we at least thought we’d mention it here. : )

13) Are You From the USA and Need Help Preparing Your Taxes?

Need a tax professional who understands the unique needs of ministry? Check out Cox Burbrink Tax Service. Owner and operator Karen Cox specializes in taxes for missionaries and ministers. She has 7 years of experience as a tax professional and 27 years experience as a minister’s wife. She teaches Payroll and Income Tax at the local Community College. Check out her Facebook page


or contact her at
(Thanks Tim!)

14) The Last Bit: How to Search for Brigada Content the Easy Way

We know, we know. You’re probably going to say, “Duh — Google.” But hey… it’s a legitimate question. For example, a Brigada participant wrote this past week, saying, “I really enjoy this service that you offer to us missionaries…. [Thanks, by the way! God be praised.] I look forward to the articles each week…. I remembering seeing just recently about the book resilient kids or MK’s or something like that but can’t seem to find the email. We have a potential family coming oversees to live and I would love to get that book into their hands before they come. Would you be able to send that to me again.” Now the truth is, it’s very possible to find this kind of thing using our built-in tools. For example, on the Brigada app on your smart device, just open the app and click the magnifying glass upper right. In this case, you could try, for example, putting in the word, “resilient” in the search box. A nanosecond later, there’s the item for which you were searching. (You haven’t installed the app? Gasp.)

Or head on over to the website at http://www.brigada.org . There, you can find our index-based search engine on the landing page that uses WordPress magic to give you relevant pages from within the Brigada world — thousands upon thousands of past items are searched instantly all the way back to January, 1995 — even faster than Google could search them (especially since you won’t be searching cat videos on YouTube while you look for resilient MK stuff). What’s more, the Brigada search engine is famous because it’s pre-indexed. And there are never any ads — or anything shady. It’s all internally handled for your specific and purposeful use. To use Brigada’s own custom search, just enter your search term beside the magnifying glass upper right. You don’t even have to click to another page. And the results will be whole posts, the way they originally appeared in Brigada. This is super-helpful if you can remember the post by the picture that was associated with it.

You can still use a Google custom search too. We make it easy for you to search only the Brigada site. Just click “Search” in the top line menu. Now — using Google’s site search, you’ll see ads at the top of every search. Unfortunately, Google no longer allows users to pay a fee to get rid of those ads. But the Google search engine is configured slightly differently, so if you can’t find your item in the built-in ad-free Brigada search, you can at least try the Google site search as a backup.

Hope that helps. And yes — we answered the participant looking for the MK book and asked him to try the site search first. If he hadn’t been successful, we would have searched with him. We love you all!

15) Closing Stuff

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