Monthly Archives: July 2007

20070729 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. RUMORS OF ACMC’S DEATH ARE EXAGGERATED
  2. SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THOSE THAT SERVE IN THE GULF COAST-USA
  3. WEB EVANGELISM IN JAPAN
  4. HOW TO MOVE FROM MAINTENANCE TO MAXIMUM IN MISSIONS
  5. CLOSING STUFF

  1. RUMORS OF ACMC’S DEATH ARE EXAGGERATED — Thanks to your prayers and encouragement, the ACMC ministry is alive and well! ACMC is about Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment. Pass the word! Conferences are scheduled in November in Baltimore, MD and Easton, MA. Online registration and downloadable conference brochures are available on the new website. Find ACMC at:

    http://www.acmc.org

    or email info(at)acmc(dot)org or by phone in the US at 1-800-755-7284 or outside the US at 1-407-382-6000. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  2. SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THOSE THAT SERVE IN THE GULF COAST-USA — Delta Ministries International (DMI) invite churches and individuals to serve in the Gulf Coast-USA. You can apply for partial grants and scholarships, which could reduce the amount you have to raise. For more info contact: Tim Randall, USA Phone: 1-570-242-8503 (others dial 001- 1570-242-8503), Email:

    timr(at)deltaministries(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or visit the following website and click on “Hurricane Relief” for more information.

    http://www.deltaministries.com

    The ongoing plea of Gulf Coast residents continues-“Don’t forget us.” The needs are still great!


  3. WEB EVANGELISM IN JAPAN — There is a big lack of online outreach for Japan, yet the opportunities are huge. Internet Evangelism Day has created a page highlighting this dramatic need, and sharing some of what is already happening:

    http://ied.gospelcom.net/japan-web-evangelism.php

    (Thanks Tony!)


  4. HOW TO MOVE FROM MAINTENANCE TO MAXIMUM IN MISSIONS — Kingfisher is an interdenominational missions mobilising organization in South Africa, mobilising local churches to get involved with wholistic missions. They are looking for any tool usable to mobilise members from a local church to move from maintenance towards missions. They are especially looking for workshops or seminars that will help the church grow develop into a missional existence. Got a mobilization tool you can reference at a website or public address/phone? Post it by creating a comment at:

    Got a comment that can’t be posted openly on the web? Then just email it to:

    jtheron(at)xsinet(dot)co(dot)za [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .], the original requester of this information.

    Stop back to the website often to check for updates.

20070722 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MISSIONTRAVEL.ORG LAUNCHES DISCOUNT AIRFARE FOR MISSIONS
  2. TRANSFORMATION COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY
  3. WHEN SUBMITTING BRIGADA ITEMS, NO NEED TO (DOT) WEBSITES
  4. CALEB RESOURCES & THE ENCOUNTERS GROUP
  5. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MISSIONTRAVEL.ORG LAUNCHES DISCOUNT AIRFARE FOR MISSIONS — Christian owned and operated online travel ministry exists to save missions time and money through discounted international airfare. Supporting missionaries, churches and mission organizations, MissionTravel.org focuses on the Great Commission and helps those serving around the world. Dedicated to supporting global missions, qualifying groups of 10 or more may also be eligible to receive contributions from MissionTravel.org owners. Share this great news with your church, missionaries you support, friends and family. Please visit and share

    or info(at)missiontravel(dot)org and 1-866-855-8850. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  2. TRANSFORMATION COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY — Are you interested in establishing a Community-Based Health Care Program which integrates the physical and the spiritual? LifeWind International’s (formerly Medical Ambassadors International) Training of Trainers I (TOT I) introduces people to Community Health Evangelism (CHE).The CHE strategy teaches concepts, gives vision and practical “How To’s” for implementing and managing CHE in your ministry. Training dates for USA: September 10-15, 2007. Additional information can be found at http://www.lifewind.org/display.asp?Page=TrainingDescribed

    or Kristin(at)lifewind(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  3. WHEN SUBMITTING BRIGADA ITEMS, NO NEED TO (DOT) WEBSITES — We often use words to describe the characters in an email address, in a rather obvious attempt to help prevent additional spam for our contributors. Just a reminder… When submitting items for publication in Brigada, there’s never a need to use such words as “(dot)” in website URLs, because URLs can’t/won’t receive spam, per se.

  4. CALEB RESOURCES & THE ENCOUNTERS GROUP — The former Initiative 360 / Caleb Project webstore is now back online and offering full service. The teams in Littleton are working hard to add staff and continue to produce the materials that you love and need for your mobilization efforts. Stop by and see the newly reorganized website at

    http://www.takeitglobal.org

    with links to the webstore where you can purchase mobilization resources produced by ACMC and Caleb Resources. You can even sign up for an Encountering the World of Islam course in your area!

    http://www.encounteringislam.org/

    for more info: Email: infoattakeitglobaldotorg or infoatencounteringislamdotorg By phone in the USA call 877.522.8718 or from outside the USA call 1.303.459.5400 Organizers would like to thank from everyone at ACMC, Caleb Resources, and The Encounters Group for the prayers and encouragement that helped them restore presence.

20070715 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. DOWNLOAD GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST TO YOUR MOBILE PHONE
  2. MEDEXS HOT SPOTS KEEPS YOU UP TO SPEED ON TROUBLED AREAS
  3. CHRISTIAN TRAVEL AGENT
  4. CLOSING STUFF

  1. DOWNLOAD GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST TO YOUR MOBILE PHONE — Get the Global Prayer Digest prayer guide for your mobile phone at

    http://fourteenfloor.com/downloads

    A java enabled mobile phone is required to install this prayer guide and the contents are taken from

    http://global-prayer-digest.org

    By the way — cool stat from the “Did you know…” Department — the Global Prayer Digest was first served up to the Internet via the Brigada family of email conferences, all the way back in 1995.


  2. MEDEXS HOT SPOTS KEEPS YOU UP TO SPEED ON TROUBLED AREAS — Stay updated with real-time information on emerging political and security situations around the globe with MEDEX HOT SPOTS. View today’s report at

    http://www.medexassist.com/hotspots/default.html

    You can receive a daily report via email here. It’s important to know how the international political scene can affect your travelers and their mission. More information about protecting your travelers is available from www.medexassist.com.


  3. CHRISTIAN TRAVEL AGENT — Here’s an agent who specializes in out of States travel. Carole will help you with all your travel needs, including air travel within a foreign country. Unlike most other agents, Carole only charges $10.00 per ticket. She handles the travel arrangements for many missions teams and organizations. Carole does real well on domestic flights also. It is not likely that you will find lower prices anywhere! Contact our Sister at: ABC Christian Cruises and Travel, 2020 Harlem Blvd, Rockford, IL 61103, Fax: 815 377-4200,

    http://www.goabctravel.com

    or e-mail goabc(at)goabctravel(dot)com

20070708 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TRAINING ON MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
  2. HELP OTHERS EXPERIENCE THE JOY OF MISSIONS
  3. TRY THIS FREE BOOKLET FOR NEW WORKERS
  4. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WITHOUT LONG-TERM HARM
  5. NEW SITE THAT RESPECTS AND WITNESSES TO MUSLIMS
  6. RECOMMENDED SHIPPER
  7. SOURCE FOR SWAHILI BIBLES
  8. OPPORTUNITY IN CENTRAL ASIA
  9. THANKS FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT AND SPONSORSHIP
  10. UNDERGIRD BRIGADA
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. TRAINING ON MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT — The Chalmers Center for Economic Development offers low-cost email-based distance learning courses on how to minister to the poor without creating dependency. This training “helps the church to help the poor help themselves.” A course called “Principles and Practices of Christian Microfinance and Microenterprise Development” gives you an overview to microenterprise development and microfinance and orients you to the selection and design of a holistic intervention appropriate for your ministry context. Cost of this seven-week course is $199 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material. The course will be offered on Jan. 7 – Feb. 22, 2008.

    The prerequisite course is called “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry.” It helps you understand appropriate goals and strategies for conducting Christian development in poor communities. Cost of this four-week course is $75 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material. The next offering is scheduled for Oct. 22 – Nov. 16, 2007. It also will be offered on February 4 – February 29, 2008.

    Because the courses are email-based, slow dial-up speed will not limit participation. Also note that you may spend 8-10 hours per week on course work.

    To learn more, including information about a discount for Two-Thirds World participants, or to register, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org/

    or call 1-706-419-1805. When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN- 09/07.


  2. HELP OTHERS EXPERIENCE THE JOY OF MISSIONS — Having a hard time convincing your fellow church members that mission trips are worth it? Help them see what you see by taking them on a short-term missions trip. With the help of the book Equipped for Adventure, designed to help someone lead a short-term missions trip, you can see your church’s mission focus transformed! This book is available for $12.99, and is available online at:

    http://www.wmustore.com/product.asp?sku=N064143

    To order by phone call: 800.968.7301 (toll-free). If you live outside the US or Canada, call 205.991.4933. You never know who God could call to missions.


  3. TRY THIS FREE BOOKLET FOR NEW WORKERS — Chris, a missions minister at a large church just outside Indianapolis, recently recommended the booklet called, “Traveler’s Companion.” It is produced by Berna Products. You can find them at

    http://www.bernaproducts.com/

    Just click on “Educational Materials”. The brochure is really a 12-page booklet that covers a number of aspects of health and international travel. It is well done and the best part – it is free. (Thanks Chris!)


  4. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WITHOUT LONG-TERM HARM — In addition to its distance learning courses on economic development, the Chalmers Center also offers an email-based distance learning course on the issues surrounding short-term missions (less than one month) in the context of the socio-economic poor. This course presents frameworks for considering these issues so that the benefits of missions projects are maximized and potential harm is minimized. It is designed for those involved in short-term missions to locations in the U.S./Canada and throughout the world. The training is appropriate for: 1) sending churches and denominations, 2) host churches and missionaries, 3) missions project leaders, and 4) missions team members.

    Cost of this three-week course is $55 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material. The November offering of this course is full. The next available offering is scheduled for March 10 – March 28, 2008.

    Because the course is email-based, slow dial-up speed will not limit participation. Also note that you may spend 6-8 hours per week on course work.

    To learn more, including information about a discount for Two-Thirds World participants, or to register, visit www.chalmers.org or call 1- 706-419-1805. When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN-09/07.


  5. NEW SITE THAT RESPECTS AND WITNESSES TO MUSLIMS — Glance at:

    http://www.ruhallah.org/

    It is a new website that is directed to Muslims around the world. The site asks the seeker “What does the Qur’an say about Jesus?” and then answers many questions Muslims have. (Thanks for the anonymous tip.)


  6. RECOMMENDED SHIPPER — A good friend recently recommended a shipping company and, although the company is not a Christian Owned company, the sales representative with whom she had worked (Karen) is a believer. She mentioned that the company gives discounts to non-profits (especially churches, missions, etc.) on shipments within the U.S. They also ship abroad; however they cannot offer the same discount. The company can be found at:

    http://www.freightquote.com

    Or call Karen directly at 800.323.5441, x1548. They apparently allow the user to see multiple shipping avenues, thereby finding the best rate.


  7. SOURCE FOR SWAHILI BIBLES — Do you know a source for purchase of Swahili Bibles or New Testament? A search has been made through the International Bible Society but it appears that the only option is online through Bible Gateway. Right now the only other alternative that has been found is through the British Bible Society but it would be best if it were from a source in the states. If you have any other leads or suggestions just post a comment with the source at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=27


  8. OPPORTUNITY IN CENTRAL ASIA — Here’s a person wanted as a Project Manager for Central Asia. They’re ideally looking for a couple, mid-30’s and above. Projects include water well drilling, water system delivery, build and repair schools. Engineering skills are not necessary, but the person must be able to manage people and make decisions or know how to find answers. Some financial management will be involved. The individual should be gifted or trained in discipleship. Contact travelwaterman(at)yahoo(dot)com if interested and for more details. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  9. THANKS FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT AND SPONSORSHIP — A Missions Minister wrote, this past week, “I’m a missions minister that is very grateful for the wonderful service you provide through Brigada. I find items in at least every third issue that is helpful to me. Thank you for your efforts for the kingdom.” He enclosed a check for $25. Thanks!!! In addition, thanks to PureSpring Int’l Ministries, Johnathon, Kathleen, Ruth, and First Baptist of Junction City who all bought their travelers’ insurance via , thereby resulting in a sponsorship gift of $47.75! If you’re going to buy traveler’s interruption insurance anyway, (or, for that matter, any other kind of insurance) why not give them a try at:

    http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm

    Thanks, too, for the $20 donation from Golden Rule Travel

    http://goldenruletravel.com/missionary.asp

    a Christian travel agency that specializes in missionary, adoption, and humanitarian travel. They have special contracts to get the lowest price and extensive knowledge of our industry to give you the best service. Their 24/7 cell phone customer service is unprecedented and industry- leading. Please take a look at them.


  10. UNDERGIRD BRIGADA — Want to help? Just click “Donate.” You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: THE MEANING OF “CAMARADERIE” — To me, it’s a good word: “camaraderie.” It hails from an old French meaning “roommate,” and it carries with it, built in, not only a sense of friendship, but also a *positive* friendship. It goes beyond teammate by implying a sense of laughter, fellowship, and enjoying the challenge.

    I have to admit, I’m drawn to camaraderie. It just seems that any job or challenge feels easier when there’s fellowship among those accepting their various roles.

    Last night was a good example. I moonlight as a coach for the boys soccer team at a fairly large Christian high school. We were playing a team that had consistently beaten us. But on Labor Day, we did an optional practice where we even named the activities after their players. Drill #22 was the one where the defense sends a ball over the top of the opponents’ defensive line (just like #22 does on the team we were going to confront). When it happened during the game, our players were not only prepared for it, but they were kind of chuckling to themselves while they executed our strategy. They were enjoying camaraderie. Not only did they have a good time, but they also won! We beat our rivals 3-0, even though we had lost to them 3-0 earlier in the season. One reason? We took heart from the camaraderie we experienced with every player faithfully carrying out his role.

    How ’bout you? Do you have more fun when you’re serving on a team with camaraderie? Got an example of camaraderie in your own life? Just click comments on the web version of this article to share your testimony and/or life lessons. Find the web version here:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=28

20070701 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THE DIGITAL TALKING BIBLE AND TESOL PROGRAMS
  2. NEED A BREAKTHROUGH IN YOUR MINISTRY?
  3. GET FREE LANGUAGE LEARNING RESOURCES
  4. NEW BOOK HELPS REACH THE TERMINALLY ILL
  5. CATCH ALL THE UPDATES AT MOMENTUM MAGAZINE
  6. CLOSE-UP ON THE HERERO PEOPLE
  7. BIBLE READING SYSTEM IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES
  8. CALLED OVERSEAS? CALLED TO WORK IN A CHRISTIAN SCHOOL SETTING?
  9. THANKS TO THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO ENCOURAGE
  10. PARTICIPATE IN A SURVEY RE: CRISES
  11. JOIN THOSE WHO MAKE BRIGADA POSSIBLE
  12. THE BACKPAGE: MORE FOR THE SAKE OF PRAYER
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GUEST HOUSE OPTIONS IN EUROPE — Missionaries in Islamic North Africa are seeking information about guest houses in Europe where their colleagues can do visa renewal trips and get a little rest at the same time. If you have a line on a missionary or other kind of guest house, please click the “comment” button below the item at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=25


  2. THE DIGITAL TALKING BIBLE AND TESOL PROGRAMS — Talking Bibles International believes that its new, solid-state digital Talking Bible is a tool of choice to be incorporated in TESOL programs. The new, digital Talking Bible’s easy to use, instant search and find features open up this exciting new possibility. Talking Bibles International is encouraging TESOL folks to experiment with incorporating the combined use of the digital Talking Bible and an inexpensive paperback New Testament in their English language learning programs. The thesis is that at the appropriate learning level, if a student listens to a Talking Bible speaking the English language narration of the New Testament (NIV) while, at the same time, reading along and reading aloud from the printed copy of the New Testament that student will become fluent in English more rapidly than otherwise. Talking Bibles International says it will dramatically reduce the price of its digital Talking Bible for a TESOL pilot project in which some participate and some do not to prove whether its thesis is demonstrable or not. If someone planning a TESOL project would like to consider this possibility, you are invited to contact: info(at)talkingbibles(dot)org or call 1-800- 318-7262. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  3. NEED A BREAKTHROUGH IN YOUR MINISTRY? — Here’s a new on-field, on- the-job training option for missionaries seeking to upgrade their capacity for learning and ministry. The Breakthrough! research manual helps you choose a crucial concern in your ministry and dig into it in a structured way, talking to people in your everyday ministry situation. Practical insights and worksheets help keep you on track. Integrated prayer points keep the process God-centered. Breakthrough! is particularly helpful for those with a difficult or recurring ministry problem, a new challenge, or responsibility for project planning. By taking the ten Breakthrough! steps you’ll be better at listening to God and discovering new insights, greatly increasing your chances of seeing His breakthrough in your ministry. The cost of Breakthrough! is $21.95. Learn more about and order your copy of Breakthrough! today at

    http://www.gmi.org/breakthrough

    or call 1-800-569-6312.


  4. GET FREE LANGUAGE LEARNING RESOURCES — Check out…

    http://www.fsi-language-courses.net/

    This site has free-complete audio & text (pdf) materials for Arabic, Turkish and many other languages (Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Portuguese, Spanish, etc). According to Manny, the material was developed by the US government (tax dollars) for diplomats and are in the public domain. He says other organizations (Barron’s Audio-Forum, etc) update them, use CDs, and charge $200-$700 for the same material. Manny adds that sometimes, they have no updates but just give you a nice package. (Thanks Manny!)


  5. NEW BOOK HELPS REACH THE TERMINALLY ILL — Author Melody Rossi saw God work in the hearts of three close family members who died within a span of 28 months. When she had nearly given up hope that they might believe, she was amazed to find their hearts softened to the gospel message. If your unsaved friend or family member is facing death, May I Walk You Home? can help you share Christ in loving, natural ways. For more information, visit

    http://www.bethanyhouse.com/mayIwalkyouhome

    For orders, email orders(at)bakerpublishinggroup(dot)com or call 1-866-241-6733 / 616-676-9185. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. CATCH ALL THE UPDATES AT MOMENTUM MAGAZINE — Been to

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/

    lately? Justin has been busy as a bee.


  7. CLOSE-UP ON THE HERERO PEOPLE — “Christian Radio?” The HERERO People of Namibia: What does it mean to have an evangelical presence? While visiting through Hereroland recently, we asked our guide/interpreter if the people we were meeting had any evangelical presence. He said that they have a radio station which sometimes broadcasts Christian programmes. Later that day, while eating our lunch, we heard a radio programme on the station to which he had referred earlier. As he interpreted for us, the announcer was offering petitions to the ancestors and asking for blessings from the ancestors. Our hearts were broken as we realized the desperate need among the Herero people who are receiving a very mixed and biased message. They are a religious people, but they do not have a relationship with the Lord. But the saddest thought, was that most have not even heard the true life-giving Gospel. Pray for the Herero people and that the Lord will draw workers to this area. Ask others to pray for the Herero. To adopt the Herero people for prayer or for more information, please contact

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info

    or forgottenpeoples(at)telkomsa(dot)net for more information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  8. BIBLE READING SYSTEM IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES — The one-year online Bible reading plan is now completed in English, French, Spanish, German as well as Russian that lets you compare the chapters you are reading with other languages, including Hebrew and Greek.

    You will have your own — * My Daily Prayer Guide * Scripture Memory Program * My Journal – use daily or occasionally * The Love of God – blank sample for one’s own writings * Sermons – 20 sample sermons in English and Russian * Biblical Learning Center – 10 semesters of distance education …plus links to — * God’s Plan For My Life * Read the Bible in One Year * all 5 Gigabytes of materials on the Agape-Biblia website

    You can download this “combo” system free for Windows, Mac or Linux at

    http://www.agape-biblia.org/GetAll-E.htm

    For questions, please write to agape.biblia(at)gmail(dot)com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. CALLED OVERSEAS? CALLED TO WORK IN A CHRISTIAN SCHOOL SETTING? — Logos International School in Phnom Penh Cambodia is a growing ministry to locals and international students. They are currently looking for a great administrator, a librarian, a K-12 music teacher, and a middle school/high school science/math teacher. Drop an email to principal Dan at heindanny(at)gmail(dot)com if you are interested. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. THANKS TO THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO ENCOURAGE — We are so grateful for those who take initiative to encourage us with a financial gift to help with our expenses and spur us on toward the future. We are supported missionaries, serving with Team Expansion, based in Louisville, KY. We appreciate the funding for our ministry, which also includes, for Brigada, expenses in webhosting, some small marketing projects, secretarial costs, as well as projects for world evangelism. Nothing is wasted. This past week, we rec’d a $25 from a booster in Arkansas. (Thanks!)

  11. PARTICIPATE IN A SURVEY RE: CRISES — Here’s a request from a missions researcher, hoping to learn more about crises experienced by those in ministry. He and his colleagues hope to use the information to help organizations and churches better prepare their ministers & missionaries. Here is the link to the survey:

    http://www.eiu.edu/~cats/robinsonMillsSurvey/survey.php

    Anyone who has served in any type of international or home missions work (fulltime or part-time) can take the survey. You have until Nov. 1st to do so.


  12. JOIN THOSE WHO MAKE BRIGADA POSSIBLE — Want to help? Just click to:

    http://www.brigada.org/donate.html

    You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.


  13. THE BACKPAGE: MORE FOR THE SAKE OF PRAYER — I’m convinced. This morning, my home church did a special “missions fair” and, as a part of the program, we asked the church to embrace the “30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus”. The church let me have the main Sunday morning sermon slot to make the proposal. By the end of the morning, in a church of 700, we saw 445 booklets ordered for the Sept. – Oct. 12 thrust.

    It gives me pause, frankly.

    If our church is representative of countless other congregations across the land, then there is tremendous untapped potential . . . church members waiting in the wings, willing to lift up just such a cause to the Father of Lights. Sigh. I know I stand on the shoulders of giants, many that have gone before me, asking others to pray. But I can’t help but think . . . surely we can do more to urge prayer for unreached peoples (more than we’re doing right now).

    Ours is only one duck in a very big pond, but here were some of the characteristics of our approach:

    *** We sought permission from our church leadership in advance — Because I’m an elder in the congregation, I guess you could say we found an insider to make the proposal. But the truth is, the elders were extremely supportive of any project like this that involved prayer for the lost. We really didn’t need me… We just needed *someone* passionate for this project. After gaining permission…

    *** We found an affordable, workable plan — Purchased in bulk, the guidebooks for “30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus” are about $2. Similar books are available for kids. See the entire selection at:

    http://www.30daysprayer.com/muslim/default.htm

    And find other promotional graphic samples at

    http://www.30-days.net/shop/download.htm

    It’s an easy-in, easy-out way to get people involved. One page per day, 30 days … *anyone* can do that. We told our members that a $2 donation was “appreciated but not required.” 445 said yes.

    *** We built “30 Days” into a comprehensive strategy — We made it purposeful. Our Missions Committee explained that after “30 Days”, we would come back with another 30 day prayer emphasis on a specific land, yet to be confirmed. After *that*, we’d come back with one more prayer emphasis during a trip to visit that land, to search out opportunities. Then we’d return to make a proposal to the Missions Committee, who would then make a proposal to the elders of our church. The people in the pew apparently embraced the idea. It just might be the most popular church mobilization project in our congregation’s history… even more so than “40 Days of Purpose.”

    *** We established a strong foundation for the program — The church allowed me the entire Sunday morning sermon time to make the proposal. I was able to speak from the perspective of scriptural imperative, current need, and potentials for response. In short, it gave us enough time to build a case. And the case seems to have been successful.

    Which again leads me to my conclusion — It just feels as if we could and should be doing a whole lot more grass roots prayer mobilization on a church-by-church basis than what we’re doing now.

    [Would you like to comment on this Back-page editorial? Have an opinion? Want to share a story from your own congregation’s experience? Just click to:

    Thanks for pitching in!

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