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

2014/12/07 — 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) Pray for the Maldives
2) Final Days for Mission Frontiers Offer
3) If you Love Developing Media and Want to Help Unreached Peoples…
4) How to Get the Word out About Your Work
5) The 5-min. Story of Pema Tshering Will Challenge and Inspire
6) This Website Demonstrates an Approach that Mobilizes Many
7) Organizers Hope that PeopleGroups.org Improvements Will Help YOU
8) 5fish will give you tools and Resources: For free!
9) Megavoice will Thrill you AGAIN
10) Faith Comes by Hearing Sets the Standard High
11) Train and Multiply Still Amazes me
12) This Customer Service Management Software meshes with Evernote
13) We’re grateful…
14) The BackPage: Jesus Film People Continue to Inspire
15) Closing Stuff

2) Final Days for Mission Frontiers Offer

missionfrontiers2We all come to scripture with our own cultural lenses. But the Bible was written in cultures where honor, community and purity were deeper concerns than innocence, the gospel also effectively addresses shame, estrangement and defilement. Because these facets of the gospel are not our primary concern, we read our Bibles without seeing the rich honor/shame dynamics in almost every Bible story. Thus evangelism has more often focused on teaching people to understand their guilt (to appreciate the Western gospel emphasis) than on starting with how the gospel addresses people’s native concerns.

The Jan/Feb 2015 issue of Mission Frontiers delves into this topic with articles by top authors on these subjects, like Jayson Georges and Werner Mischke. What does all this mean? — that your reading of the Bible might be greatly enriched, and that global outreach can be greatly empowered based on what we experience there. For those wanting to share this insight within their network, 5,000 extra copies of this issue are being printed to be available through the link below for a suggested donation of $80 per case of 80 (75% off the subscription price).

http://themissionnetwork.org/mf-discount

A 60% pre-publication discount on The Global Gospel has also been extended to Dec 12th:

http://theMissionNetwork.org/global-gospel

Feel free to share these offers with interested friends.

3) If you Love Developing Media and Want to Help Unreached Peoples…

filmakingConsider participating in an upcoming Frontier Filmmaking Seminar (FFS). They’re currently accepting applications for a training program scheduled for April 19 to May 23, 2015. This five-week seminar is designed to give you an experience of what it is like to be a production assistant on a cross-cultural film crew producing a dramatic evangelistic film for an unreached mega (1 million or more) people group on the 20/20 Vision list in India. They cover basic training in a variety of filmmaking disciplines and expose you to the unique cross-cultural methods they use to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

http://create2020.com/training

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