Monthly Archives: July 2010

4) Morin & Arana Encourage the American Church to *Love* Muslims —

Here’s a new book entitled, “Through the Eyes of Christ: How to Lead Muslims into the Kingdom of God.” The authors have a backdrop with a sum total of decades living and relating to Muslims… but what they’re really good at is repositioning the conduit to be based on love, reality, and care — instead of focusing on targets and projects. Just this slight reposturing is worth the read, not to mention all the other stuff you’ll learn. Order at through
Through the Eyes of Christ: How to Lead Muslims into the Kingdom of God (Volume 1)

5) ACMC is cranking up the regional conferences —

It is not uncommon for the missions leadership in a church to turn over about every 3 years. Finding ways to train them quickly is key. ACMC conferences are a quick, easy, and accessible way to do that. Typically they deal with topics such as leading your church in missions well, mobilizing your congregation, choosing and preparing goers, and issues on the field. There is always something new to learn and we all need to get our jets recharged, don’t we? This fall there are conferences offered in New Hampshire, Minnesota, and Washington, DC. Check out

to download a brochure or register.

6) Prayer Request for the Himba Of Namibia —

While travelling in northwest Namibia, two missionaries visited a Himba village.  The Himba live in a tribal setting, away from modern conveniences.  Their clothes are made from animal skins, their skin is covered in red ochre, and they bathe the traditional way in smoke (not water).  All of these things are unique to their culture.  They live “off of the land.” Their language is the same as the Herero, another unreached people group. As the missionaries visited, they were graciously welcomed into the village and through a translator were able to speak.  When speaking on their beliefs, the Himba explained about the “holy fire,” sangomas (witch doctors) and the ancestors.  They were not familiar with Jesus Christ and definitely did not know about a personal relationship with Him.  Please pray for the Himba, pray that they will seek the one true God.  Pray for someone to tell them that they do not need to fear the sangomas and appease the ancestors.  Pray that someone will share around the fire with them about the only way to be holy.  Pray that someone will come among them in their culture and share the relevancy of Jesus Christ in their lives, in their village, and in their world! Pray for the Himba of Namibia. Learn more at…

7) New Book by Willis/Snowden tells the “Truth that Sticks” —

NavPress has published “Truth That Sticks” by Avery T. Willis, Jr., and Mark Snowden, to address making disciples of those who might be able to read, but don’t. Today in America, half of the people won’t or don’t read that much. Avery died July 30 just as this book arrived from the printers, so it has become a legacy edition. Although the book is co-written, it is set in Avery’s voice, telling his story. Included in the book is Real Life Ministries, a church in Idaho that infused Bible Storying into their home groups with remarkable results. Learn to…

• Use Bible Storying to effectively make disciples at all levels

• Unite families by using fun methods to disciple children

• Revitalize small groups

• Develop a disciplemaking church

Order at…

8) Experience Bible storying like the early church did —

The early church spread God’s Word quickly despite political persecution and cultural resistance simply by telling everyone stories from the Bible. Experience 5 days of Bible storying in beautiful Orlando, Florida with Campus Crusade for Christ and then you’ll be able to train others. Better act fast though. This trainers training runs October 25 – 29, 2010 and is for individuals, churches, and mission agencies. The cost for on-site lodging, meals, materials, and airport ground transfers is $350 per person.  For details visit

10) Thanks to an anonymous friend in the Chicago area —

Tonight we’re thankful for an anonymous friend in the Chicago area who seems to have set up a regular ACH bank transfer to Brigada for $100/month. Do you realize — if just 14 other churches, groups, agencies or individuals would make that same commitment on an annual basis… ($100/month), we would never ever mention finances again. Try us. See if I’m not telling you the truth. And … thanks to the friend in Chicago for leading the way.

11) Here’s How You can Make a World of Difference to Brigada —

Just click on one of the “Donor” links at the top of this page. Both are safe, the one with PayPal and the other with Neither requires you to open an account with anyone … and neither ever spams you. We can even set up a regular once-a-month automatic withdraw from your checking account or major credit card. Set it up once and rest easily, knowing that you’re regularly helping get Brigada on the way to the nations. 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.) A gift of any size would help, whether monthly or one-time. If you know someone else who might like to help, just hit reply and tell us about him/her/them. Thank you for your help in fueling the fire of Brigada!

12) The BackPage: What Are You Hoping to See from Lausanne? —

As you know, representatives from practically every country in the world will soon gather in Cape Town to study some of the most penetrating mission themes for missions in the 21st Century. But what are *you* wishing they’d talk about? We’ll be reporting ‘live’ from Cape Town on a regular basis, Lord willing. What do you hope we’ll capture. Here’s your chance. Just click “Comment” below this item on the web and have at it. Tell what *you* want to see come out of South Africa.

1) July in September… or is it the other way around? —

If you’re new to Brigada, you might be wondering… why in the world are you receiving a newsletter dated July 18th when, in reality, it’s being mailed near the end of September! It’s because Brigada doesn’t have a dedicated full-time staff. Those who work on it are implementers, just like those who read it. These practitioners (a.k.a. missionaries) have to work on missionary-stuff for a living too. The upside of that fact is this: Brigada never becomes ‘stale’ due to having been assembled by some out-of-touch person holed up in a small and dark office in Santa Clara. The downside, however, is this: Brigada’s Founder and Editor (Doug Lucas) is a busy guy. For example, beginning July 15th, he coaches a varsity boys soccer team for a local Christian high school. (Sigh) Please forgive us as we try to catch up. The other side of the coin is this: The goal for which Brigada aims in any given year, financially speaking, wouldn’t even pay for a first-year kindergarten teacher in a local public school. And to make matters worse, we seldom make our financial goal. So at the end of the day, one could argue… most of the 10,000 subscribers are sometimes getting exactly what they paid for. Besides, we always catch up by the end of the year. It might seem odd — but it’s our organizational culture. :-)

2) Get Involved in the upcoming CEDI Forum —

Check out the upcoming Christian Economic Development Institute (CEDI) in Guatemala this November 7th – 13th, 2010. Missions Frontier will host the event at the Hotel Casa del Rey in Chichicastenango, and the training will be delivered in Spanish. Shared accommodations for the week-long event start at $500 USD, or private rooms are available for $725 USD. These prices include course fees, training materials, food and lodging. Please prayerfully consider whether you or someone you know in Guatemala should attend this training. Visit our website to read more about what a CEDI is or register for the event at Learn more about the courses offered at this training by reading the descriptions included below. Please contact me by phone at 706-956-4119 or via email at href="http://wwwdotbrigadadotorg/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/amydotkuenzelatchalmersdotorg_.jpg">title="amydotkuenzelatchalmersdotorg" src="http://wwwdotbrigadadotorg/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/amydotkuenzelatchalmersdotorg_.jpg" alt="" width="205" height="20" /> for assistance with any questions

3) Global Missions Health Conference Set for Nov. 11-13 —

Each fall the Global Missions Health Conference brings together more than 2,000 believers, hundreds of students, and nearly 200 medical missions organizations interested in global health outreach. The GMHC in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 11-13, offers the information, experience, and organizations that are using medical work to change the world. It offers a chance to meet others who are engaged in what works in worldwide healthcare. The GMHC will also offer nearly 100 breakout sessions on more in-depth topics from jungle surgery, trafficking, and HIV education to the disease of poverty, a sustainable prayer life and more. The goal of the conference is to inform, train, and equip healthcare professionals and students to use their medical skills to further God’s kingdom, all through sharing the Gospel with those in need on both the international and domestic mission fields. The conference also hosts an exhibit hall for hundreds of medical missions organizations.

For more information see:

4) Looking for Great Member Care Resources? Try MemCa —

Some parts of the site seem a bit dated (“Coming Events” features workshops happening in 2006-2007), but there is still a wealth of timeless knowledge to be gained at…

Check out the books, the guides, and especially the list of internationally-based member care providers. It’s a great stop to make a great start in Member Care. (Thanks for the reminder of this site, Greta, with Team Expansion!)

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