Monthly Archives: August 2008

2008/08/31 — Brigada Today

“Brigada: Since 1995… Buckets full of Resources, Trends, Challenges — all in a weekly e-zine & website…”
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Team Expansion, Louisville, KY
(Thanks for your patience as we ‘catch up’ with the publishing date.)

In this issue…
1) Can We Create A List Of Stats On The Muslim World?
2) Celebrating The Society Of The Brethren 200 Years Later
3) Brigada Advertiser Says Thanks
4) Esl: Learn English As A Second Language
5) Use Audio Bibles In Your Tesl Lessons
6) Dts: Be Discipled To Reach The Nations
7) New Book Equips Christians For Global Outreach
8) Author Provides Free Bible Study Resources To Brigada Readers
9) We Give Thanks For Those Who Undergird Brigada
10) Brigada’s “Hq” Building Could Be Named After You
11) The Back Page: The Power Of A Story
12) Closing Stuff

1) Can We Create a List of Stats on the Muslim World?

If your church is like mine, we’ve been involved in praying for the Muslim world throughout the past 30 days. Let’s create a listing of statistics, and links to other webpages full of statistics, for the Muslim world. For example, where can we find a list of the 60-65 nations where Islam is the dominant religion? Is there a webpage which gives firm figures on the number of Muslims in each country of the world? What are the other questions you would have about the Muslim world? What stats would you like to see? Find answers to these questions — and/or supply some of the answers yourself — at the following webpage:

Just click “Comment” under the text of that page and you’ll add your own thoughts to the list that everyone else is reading. Thank you!

2) Celebrating The Society of the Brethren: 200 Years Later

In August, SVM2

sponsored the ‘GO Summit’ for mobilizers in Boston to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first student missions society in North America. The Society of the Brethren was formed at Williams College in 1808 and two years later another was formed at Andover Seminary in Boston. It was from this society that the first mission organization, the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, was formed in 1810 and from which the first foreign missionaries were ordained and sent out in 1812.
In August of 2008, The GO Summit was convened to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Brethren and to discuss student mobilization in our generation. During the three days of the Summit, 33 mobilizers from multiple CCCU campuses, sending organizations and neutral mobilization organizations gathered to pray and fellowship together. While visiting several historical sites in the Boston area, each mobilizer left refreshed, inspired and challenged to go after a mission movement in our generation. More info can be found at

3) Brigada Advertiser Says Thanks

Steve wrote, this past week, “You ‘advertised’ my web site 3-4 years ago. And I had committed to a donation when I had extra funds. I don’t have extra funds but things are improving. I would like to support you regularly in the future. Part of my ministry is to provide French books to the French mission field. I give 20% off the regular price for mission needs.

(Glad to hear it, Steve! God be praised — and thanks for the $25 gift you just sent this past week!!)

5) Use Audio Bibles in Your TESL Lessons

Harvey, veteran retired missionary Bible translator is recommending that TESL folks incorporate using English language audio Bibles in their programs. To learn more about how a combination of a printed English language New Testament and an audio New Testament with the same text enables one to learn English and to speak it fluently more quickly go to his blogsite:

or go directly to

6) DTS: Be Discipled To Reach the Nations

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Lebanon, PA, USA desires to equip, train, and challenge students to reach the unreached! They are offering a Discipleship Training School (DTS) to help students grow in their faith and equip them to reach the nations with the Gospel. The school includes a 12-week lecture phase, including topics such as hearing God’s voice, spiritual warfare, and the character of God, and a 2-month foreign outreach. The dates of the school are January 5-May 27, 2009. More information and/or an application can be found online at:

or call +1-717.274.9010 in the USA or email

7) New Book Escaping the Devil

Here’s a new book, “Escaping the Devil’s Bedroom: Sex trafficking, global prostitution and the Gospel’s transforming power” by Dawn Herzog Jewell. The sex industry enslaves millions of women, children and men, but churches and individual Christians are fighting back. The author weaves the stories of individual victims with a careful examination of the realities that propelled them into prostitution in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Available on

Contact or for discount bulk rates. Check out the author’s book blog:

8) Author Provides Free Bible Study Resources to Brigada Readers

Here’s an author who wants “to be a blessing to those who are a blessing!!” He has followed and served Jesus for over 40 years as a pastor, evangelist and professor. At the end of his ministry he wants to encourage the Body of Christ by providing free all of his Bible studies!
1. over 8,000 pages of verse by verse exegesis
2. over 500 videos of verse by verse exegesis
3. over 800 audios of verse by verse exegesis
4. both OT & NT Surveys
5. a seminar on Biblical Interpretation (printed manual & video or audio format-8 hours)
6. Alphabetical, Indexed, Lexical, Grammatical, Historical & Theological Topics. Check them out at

It is his prayer that these studies will be thought provoking and
spiritually stimulating. If they are helpful in your personal Bible study, please pass on the website to the members of your family, church and ministry. He is currently producing a new CD-rom which includes all of his printed Bible studies in English as well as several translations. You can see the preliminary form at

If you would like a free copy when it is ready just email him at

(He’s a retired professor of Hermeneutics in Marshall, Texas. See his overall website at:

9) We Give Thanks for those who Undergird Brigada

This past week, a Team Expansion worker in Northern Africa sent $100 for Brigada and its ministry. Team Expansion can be found at
Another worker, this one from Interserve, sent $136.22. Interserve is on the web at
Yet another worker, this one serving in Alaska, wrote, “I have been reading Brigada for quite a while now and it has been a wealth of information to me. … Your information has made a huge difference in our mission up here in Alaska. .. We need to give outside of ourselves. No recognition is necessary; just accept my thanks for the work you are doing.” This worker from Alaska sent $175. Sobering, humbling, & inspiring.
Another worker from Canada wrote, “I am involved with a variety of missionary efforts related to music and worship in various countries and have found your mailing to be unique and invaluable. May the Lord bless the ongoing ministry and your move to Emerald Hills.” What an encouragement! This worker sent $100.
Thank you to all — Thank you!!!!

10) Brigada’s HQ Building Could be Named After You/Yours

Here’s a chance for you — or someone you know — to have a major building named after you/them — or named after whatever other relative, hero, … whatever you choose. By Christmas, Lord willing, Brigada will be moving out to a new missions campus in Louisville known as “Emerald Hills.” Learn more about it at:

You can even watch a real-time, “live” ConstructionCam there. So here’s the deal: The building Brigada will be occupying will be used as a staging point to recruit, train, and send missionaries to unreached people groups around the world. It’ll provide a staging center for 40 mobilizers — recruiters, member care folks, new field launchers, writers, creative arts people, missionary logistics workers, and more, along with a place for training (that will seat 150 people), a place for prayer (big enough for a couple of hundred people to be on their knees) and an all-out prayer ministry. The challenge? It’s going to cost about $1 million to construct it. By God’s grace, we already have commitments or cash in hand for roughly $500,000 or so. Do you happen to know of someone who might commit to giving the final half a million dollars? (I know that sounds like a lot for many of us; but I’m hoping there’s at least one reader who is connected to someone who might possibly have come into some money from an inheritance, a business, or just a life lived in good stewardship. Perhaps there’s someone out there who would appreciate the opportunity of naming a building after his or her grandmother, father, or even a very special grandson or granddaughter. Or maybe there’s a businessman that would like to name the building after a particular business. Allow us to name the building permanently with the name of your business, forever connecting it to world outreach globally. In this way, every single week, plus constantly online, people from around the world would be reminded of your good works. What’s more, when people visited the property — whether they were missionary recruits, returning missionaries, or church members, they would hear the story and praise God because of your name and your willingness to dream. And by making the check to Team Expansion, the entire $500K (or any fraction thereof) would be totally tax-deductible. What do you think? Even if you can’t personally do that, please feel free to contact us if you would introduce us to someone who could. Our goal is to move in by Christmas. We’d love to have cash and commitments finished by then. What do you think? Do you know of someone? If so, drop us a line at:

Thank you so much for dreaming with us!
Find pictures of the new building at:

then hover over the “Pictures” menu item in the top line menu. For example, choose 20080921, then hover with your mouse over the “auto-show Captions” icon to the right. As the slide-show progresses, there will be explanatory balloons for every slide. You can even click on a live “ConstructionCam” to watch the work live, day by day. Thank you for your prayers and brainstorming!

11) The BackPage: The Power of a Story

Have you been noticing lately just how much attention *storytelling* is receiving? We’ve always known that Jesus enjoyed teaching through stories or parables. As a kid, we found that stories were the stuff we remembered, not lectures. So in some ways, “storying” isn’t new at all. But think about it — there have probably been more resources aimed at Bible storytelling over the past 25 years than there had been in the 18 centuries prior.

Why this rebirth? Why the new emphasis on the old-fashioned medium? Do you think storying is a fad that will enjoy a cycle of renewal, then ebb and flow, like a fad? … or do you think this awakening is here to stay? Are you utilizing storytelling in your own ministry? Have you personally seen its effectiveness? If so, please tell a story or two about your stories! (I’m serious.) Also, if you have a favorite resource (web page, book, organization, etc.), please list it below. Just click on “Comment”. Help others get a head start on this approach that perhaps took a while for you to grasp. Mention a couple of general principles that you would encourage others to follow. It’s free… and totally anonymous to participate. Just click “Comment”, below.

12) Closing Stuff

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COPYRIGHT — (We actually have to say this stuff so the material can’t legally be used by those who are not likeminded.) This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted 2008. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available on the Brigada website, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Jesus Christ to reach the unreached. To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted. When you quote or paraphrase material from Brigada, please include this phrase: “For a free subscription to Brigada’s weekly missions publication, write and/or visit Brigada on the web at”

2008/08/24 — Brigada Today

“Brigada: Since 1995… Buckets full of Resources, Trends, Challenges — all in a weekly e-zine & website…”
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Team Expansion, Louisville, KY
(Thanks for your patience as we ‘catch up’ with the publishing date.)

In this issue…
1) Learn A Practical Skill For Missions
2) Did You Miss Last Week’s Issue On “Cool Tools For Travel?”
3) The Saddest Part About Subscribing Us To A List
4) Which Travel Agencies?: The Best Source For Missionary Travel
5) Four Acmc Conferences Coming This November
6) New Spanish Web Evangelism Site
7) Coaching Training For Church Multiplication
8) Journey Deepens Joins Finishers
9) Dramashare Helps You Get Dramatic
10) New Third-Culture Kid Website Links The Pieces Together
11) Hats Off To Those Who Choose To Help
12) Do You Know Someone Who Might Help Brigada?
13) We’ll Name Our Headquarters Building After You
14) The Back Page: Taking Initiative To Resolve Conflict
15) Closing Stuff

2) Did You Miss Last Week’s Issue On "Cool Tools For Travel?"

It’s not too late to comment on any of the cool tools. Just click on the permanent link for a particular item, then once you see it on the web, look underneath the item to find a “comment” link and let the world know about how you’ve worked through a similar problem. Or if you have a better solution, please share it. We’ll all thank you — in advance! Here was last week’s list of “cool tools”:


























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