Daily Archives: 2011/12/11

1) Can’t wait for That Next Storytelling Training? Get the Book! —

Now you can order “Telling God’s Stories with Power: Biblical Storytelling in Oral Cultures,” for just $14.39 from

 

http://missionbooks.org/williamcareylibrary/product.php?productid=669

 

This is a complete and practical introduction to storying, especially for people who want to learn about using biblical storytelling in cross-cultural contexts and who want to train others to become storytellers. It includes many fascinating accounts of the responses of tribal people to the first proclamation of the gospel through storytelling.

2) Organizers of Internet Evangelism Day (29 April) Seek Input —

The organizers of Internet Evanglism Day are seeking your input. In your opinion, what would most help individual Christians or churches to investigate or use the growing opportunities for online evangelism? What do you think holds people back from considering these options? And do you have stories of digital evangelism that might inspire and encourage others? If so, please share your feedback at…

 

www.ieday.net/feedback.php?id=sharingideas

3) Low Cost Renewal Retreats for Global Workers —

Barnabas International and ELIM Retreat Ministries will co-sponsor 9 six day retreats in the States in 2012. The emphasis is on personal renewal and spiritual debriefing for American expats returning to the States. They give lots of time for personal worship, sleep and re-creation in beautiful natural settings. Some retreats are for whole families, while others are for adults only. For registration and more information, visit …

 

http://www.elimretreats.org

 

Please email Henry at

hstewart5atjunodotcom with questions or comments.

4) Guess Who’s Coming to America: Patrick Johnstone —

Long-time author of “Operation World,” the creator of “The Church is Bigger Than You Think,” and now the new author of “The Future of the Global Church,” Patrick Johnstone is known the world over for being informed, inspiring, and in-depth. And now, he’s coming to the USA. Learn more at…

 

http://www.thefutureoftheglobalchurch.org/usatour/

 

You can gather with other local Christians to hear Patrick, his insights, and his thoughts on the future of the Global Church.

5) Beware Those Attached Zip Files —

Don’t forget — that attached zip file can be a pesky virus. Just reminding all of us. In general, Fed Ex will *never* send you a delivery notice with an attached zip file. And, for the record, you don’t have to open a single electronic Christmas card this Christmas: I give you permission (because your click on that website could engage a drive-by Trojan from a pesky site). No one will think less of you if you try to follow simple and smart computing protocols: Just say no.

6) Hindu Ministry Consultation —

The Rethinking Forum will host its 10th annual North American consultation from April 20-22, 2012 in Chicago, IL. The Forum has a stated focus of promoting the birth and development of Christ-centered movements in Hindu cultures and communities. To learn more contact

infoatrethinkingforumdotcom

7) Explore Health Careers Overseas with Interserve —

The primary focus of this four week medical awareness tour is on ‘learning for discerning’ the possibilities for future cross-cultural service in medical and health related fields. Individuals in pre-med programs, medical school, nursing students, medical residents or those early in their health related studies or careers that have an interest in serving in the name and spirit of Christ in an overseas context should consider application. The program will run from late May 2012 to late June 2012 and will cost around $5,000. There are eight openings for this trip and applications will only be accepted until February 17, 2012. For more information, contact

otatludlowdotnet

8) God is Blessing! —

We give thanks for the great folks in Bedford, Mass, who sent $50 to undergird Brigada’s global ministry of sharing resources, trends, and news with missions-minded folks everywhere. Joining them were…

 

World Outreach Missions, who equipped our ministry with $250

 

The folks who brought you “Telling God’s Stories with Power” ($10)

 

A worker with with OC International, known as “Missão Sepal” in Brazil, serving pastors and leaders to develop healthy churches to impact the nations (sent $75). The gift included a note saying, “Thanks for the resources for ministry around the world that Brigada has provided weekly over the years. I have benefited by keeping on target by clicking on Brigada resources for our ministry in Brazil.” [Whoa. Thanks.]

A big fan of his denomination’s relief arm, “The Hanna Project,” which promotes “help, hope, and healing” in the hard to reach places (creative access mainly). This encourager sent $20 and a note saying, “I’ve benefited from Brigada info for about 14 years and have never sent a gift, thinking someone else could afford it better than I. I’m still not ‘rolling in dough’ but I have to say thank you in a tangible way. Thanks, Brigada for helping me fulfill the Great Commission.”

 

The folks who make possible the ministry of Family Circus Children’s Ministry ($25), which feeds the hungry — especially children. This year while ministering the Gospel through drama, they distributed more than 300,000 meals to malnourished children, widows, and needy families. They’re basically just having fun serving the King in Southern Philippines. God bless them!

 

Mission Nannys sent $200. They seek to glorify God by sending volunteers over to help needy missionary families. God has allowed 155 women to serve in the last 20 years including the 19 that went out this year. If you need some help, go to

 

http://www.missionnannys.org

 

and email the director. She would love to hear from us. They pray, asking the Lord for exactly the right person needed, at least in the beginning.

 

An anonymous who sent $1000 from his post in Central Asia, asking the world to step up and match his gift from the field.

 

Another anonymous donor who sent $1000, asking Brigada participants to “step up to the plate if you or someone you know has benefited from Brigada” [Wow! Thank you!!!!] He enclosed a note which said, “Thanks so much for the incredible amount of work you put into resourcing all of us out here. I don’t think it’s possible to measure the value I receive from all the information and networking found in the Brigada updates, to say nothing of the people I am able to connect with specific information or opportunities that help them find a way to further use their passion and giftedness for Kingdom purposes. I’m trusting God’s people will step up and a wave of generosity will overwhelm this ministry’s need. And in that I hope you find a sense of affirmation that what you are doing (sometimes late at night :-) ) is making an eternal difference.” Wow. Now I know how Jimmy Stewart felt. Seriously. Thanks for the encouragement!

 

9) A Personal Appeal from “Dave,” a Missions Minister in Georgia —

[Here’s an excerpt from Dave’s note, which just arrived this past week:]

“Just sent a contribution for Brigada and wanted to say thanks so much for the incredible amount of work you put into resourcing all of us out here. I don’t think it’s possible to measure the value I receive from all the information and networking found in the Brigada updates, to say nothing of the people I am able to connect with specific information or opportunities that help them find a way to further use their passion and giftedness for Kingdom purposes. I’m trusting God’s people will step up and a wave of generosity will overwhelm this ministry’s need. And in that I hope you find a sense of affirmation that what you are doing (sometimes late at night :) ) is making an eternal difference. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Dave”

 

Dave’s note carried with it a PayPal gift of $1000. Whoa. Sobering. And exciting all at the same time. The truth is, it indeed does cost money. This past week, I learned that a major Christian publishing house had folded. I’m thankful that, throughout all of 2011, we haven’t asked for a cent. As you know, our strategy was just to carry on quietly, with the hopes that someone would feel called this December to help us reach our financial budget goal of $17,120 for the year. This is the same goal we’ve had for the past few years  — not a penny more. Thus far, we’ve had $7711.88 come in as checks to Team Expansion and gifts just in the last couple of weeks, all of which means — we’re still way short from our budget goal. If you or someone you know could make it happen, would you give generously this week? Maybe your church would consider an end-of-year gift from one-time funds that they’ve held in case of an emergency? Either way, it’s easy to give. Just click the “Donate” link at the top of the page at brigada.org. You won’t have to register with PayPal if you don’t want to. (Just click “make a payment without logging in” if you prefer.) 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.) Thanks to those who have suggested this cause to their local church missions teams. We appreciate you! And we appreciate Dave!!!

10) The BackPage: Good, Evil, Suffering, Wrongdoing, and More —

Today, I’d like to ask you to think with me about an issue that I’m convinced is at the core for many believers and non-believers alike. With believers, it nags at us from the inside out, while, with non-believers, it sometimes becomes a perceived barrier that can stand so tall, it can be large enough to keep them from wanting to enter the Kingdom. For the sake of getting on the same page, please read Psalm 10. Listen deeply and closely to the Psalmist’s questions there. They first of all relate directly to his context – his situation. He asks deep questions such as, “Why in the world do these bad guys go off unpunished, while the people they hurt face suffering?”

 

In a broader context, these issues also imply something just as critical: Real men (and women) of God, like David, are still human. They have doubts. They sometimes have questions — even about God’s decisions. But at the same time, like David, real men and women of God keep following Him, in the meantime.

 

For the missionary, this translates into trying to learn what kind of force is needed to move a particular tribe, caste, or kindred closer to acceptance of God’s Good News. For you, it might mean sitting down at the supper table to a deep conversation about “good and evil” with your teenage son. You see, it only takes a quick visit to Wikipedia to find dozens of writers and opinions about these weighty questions. But one thing is certain: If we’re to believe Hebrews 11:1, we know with certainty that faith is having confidence in what we hope for and assurance in what we can’t see. So — at the end of the day, even if I can’t quite figure out the problem of good and evil, I have chosen to believe that there is a solution — and God will reveal it to us, if not before, at least at the end of time.

 

How ’bout you? What deep, heart-felt questions are *you* facing regarding God? And which problems, biblical or otherwise, seem to bother you most. Leave your message below in a “Comment” box. Feel free to answer anonymously if you’d like. Who knows; Talking about it among the Brigada community might be just what you need!

 

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