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2008/12/21 — 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
(Almost caught up!)

In this issue…

1) Your Unreached People Group Research Starts & Ends With Jp2K

Never fear… Dan’s still here. Yes, “AD2000 & Beyond” is long gone… but the research arm that began during their tenure is still hard at work. Dan the man is still there, heading up a broad-based initiative to get you the best information possible on any people group you can imagine. Check his work… and that of the team of people assisting him… at


There’s even a cool plug-in there that let’s you see a sample “people group a day” picture and link. (See the plug-in right here on the Brigada home page.)

2) Catch The Momentum At Momentum

When I grow up, I want to be as smart as Justin. See a fraction of his research at


Read the latest on intercession for unreached peoples, browse global issues, catch upcoming conferences, and, in short, “Build your ability to reach the unreached peoples of the world.” That’s what Momentum Magazine is all about. Be sure to catch the full-length magazine layouts at


There’s nothing like that anywhere else on the web. Thanks for your work, Justin.

4) Headed To A Sensitive Place? Check For Security Vulnerabilities

One of the best spots for checking your computer for vulnerabilities is Steve Gibson’s “Gibson Research Corporation.” It’s even better, in my opinion, than the designers of anti-virus/firewall software… because it’s totally unbiased and not self-serving. Start at:


Follow the prompts to “ShieldsUp!”. (Note: You can look up in the upper left at the landing page there… hover over “Services”, then click on “ShieldsUp!” Read, then click “Proceed.” At the ShieldsUp page, click on “Filesharing.” The outcome you want is, ” All attempts to get any information from your computer have FAILED.” That’s the answer you want to see. Anything less is unacceptable.

Next, start the whole process over (you won’t be able to click “Back”. This time click on “Common Ports.” The answer you want this time is, “Your system has achieved a perfect ‘TruStealth’ rating.” Anything less is unacceptable. If you don’t see these two messages, go shop for a better firewall.

Next click on “All Service Ports.” The answer you want here is ” Your system has achieved a perfect ‘TruStealth” rating.'”

Hats off to Steve Gibson for giving us these kinds of tools.

5) Christian Light Foundation Provides Light For Philippines

We’re grateful to the work of CLF in Philippines, on the web at…


They give their all to provide child care, medivangelism, Bible Studies, church planting, film evangelism, and a tape lending library to the lovely people of the Philippines. Now, their partnership and vision have not only supplied the needs of people in the Pacific, but also on a global basis through their partnership with Brigada. Thank you!

6) Do You Work In Hard, Unreceptive Places?

If so, consider enrolling in the International School of Reconciliation Studies, a self paced, web-based, school for leaders. In association with the International Reconciliation Coalition, an organization founded by John Dawson, President of Youth With A Mission, The International School of Reconciliation speaks of reconciliation between God and Self, the Biblical Basis of Reconciliation, and best practices of reconciliation around the world. Scholars and practitioners from around the world are your teachers. Enrollment is open the month of January, for more information go to


Limited financial scholarships are available.

7) Grateful for Partners

Thanks to a Brigada participant in Phoenix for the $75 gift which, in combination from another giver from Bowling Green, formed a “True Fan” gift to Brigada. So Phoenix and Bowling Green formed a partnership! :-) Another long-time friend from Marion, IN, became a “True Fan” as well (another $100 gift), and yet another participant messaged yesterday to say he was sending $100 in the mail to make a 3rd True Fan. He wrote, “Try to give a little each year. Appreciate all you do to keep Brigada up and running.” So those 3 “True Fans” united with matching gifts from the Middle East to form a $600 gift!!! God be praised!

8) Many Don’t Report Totals; Brigada Does

Think of all the causes you’ve seen which never offer any report about totals. Perhaps they say, “Financial report available upon request.” Brigada is up front with you to let you know exactly where we stand… and where we stand is *extremely* close to our 2008 needs. Remember, if we go *over* our needs, we push that support into 2009, where the budget is pegged to be identical to 2008 (no increase for inflation). With just $1381 remaining to raise, we only need 7 more “True Fan” gifts of $100 each — or any combination that can add up to $700… because we have the promise of matching gifts from the visionary international church in the Middle East. Here’s your chance to push Brigada into the New Year with 2008 wrapped up with a bow. Will you be one of the 7? If so, just click one of the pushbuttons at the right-hand top of the home page… or use the PayPal link on the upper left if you prefer. Remember, even with the PayPal links, you don’t have join PayPal to give through it. Or if you prefer, just send an old-fashioned check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada), 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.

9) The Backpage: Re-Read The 7 Habits; Pick Up The 8Th Habit

If you’re like me, you probably have incorporated one or more of Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” into your personal life. Perhaps they’ve become so common place that now they seem just like common sense:
*** Be proactive
*** Begin with the end in mind
*** Put first things first
*** Think win/win
*** Seek first to understand, then to be understood
*** Synergize
*** Sharpen the saw

Well now Covey has a new book out entitled “The 8th Habit.” To steal only a little of his thunder, we’ll reveal, at least, that the 8th habit, in Covey’s understanding, is, “Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs.” In short, Covey is encouraging today’s workers to discover their unique personal significance. He maintains that this “calling” resides at the nexus of
*** talent
*** passion
*** need
*** conscience

He writes, “There is a deep, innate, almost inexpressible yearning within each of us to find out voice in life.” He clarifies this assertion by pointing out that all humankind have an inner need “to learn, to love, to live, and to leave a legacy.” He says in this new age, it’s not quite enough to pay fairly, or merely treat kindly — though these are basics. He even says we need to step beyond the level of “using creatively.” What he concludes is that people want to serve human needs in principled ways.

I’ll have to admit, I’ve seen this come to pass in both of my sons, aged 22 and 19. The 22-year-old just landed an internship with a first-rate Nashville (TN) law firm. Seeing as how he wants to go to a top-flight law school in the next 18 months, that job seemed so strategic to Dad. But for him, not so much. The truth is, he’s talking about letting it go so he can help get goats to Ghana, or stoves to Mongolia, or heifers to Haiti. He’s living proof: this new generation is searching for *meaning*, not material.

The 19-year-old is cut from the same mold. He’s shopping for colleges right now and, although he’s factoring in scholarships and dorms, he’s much more concerned with each school’s study abroad program and how it factors into changing lives.

All of which has sent me back to basics. Today I made the obligatory trip to Barnes & Noble, picking up a new copy of “7 Habits” (mine is long-since loaned, never to be returned), along with a new copy of “8th Habit.” Let’s find that compass as we head into 2009… and let’s walk toward True North. Some of the above principles “will preach.” What do you say?

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10) Closing Stuff

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