Daily Archives: 2012/07/22

1) “30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World” Well Underway —

Seems like only yesterday that “30 Days of Prayer” started their ministry. But it was actually 1993, two full years before even Brigada started! It always takes place concurrently with Ramadan, which indeed started on the 20th of July. If you haven’t ordered your guidebook yet, never fear: See the online presence at..

 

http://www.30-days.net/

 

or, while you’re there, order a booklet that matches your favorite region or religion so you can follow along in print. They now print the booklet in 30 languages. So this is their 21st edition! Congratulations and “keep up the good work,” Ron, Victor and the 30-Days Team.

 

If you want to get on board with the 2012 campaign, better get started soon. It’ll all be over on Aug. 18th!

2) Dreams and Visions and Muslim Conversion —

Here’s an historical, cultural, biblical and missiological assessment of how dreams and visions are used of God, in particular, in bringing Muslims to faith in Christ. In addition to offering an explanation of the worldview context favorable to dreams and visions, the book includes nine testimonies of Muslims who came to faith in Christ as a result of their own personal dream or vision encounter. In addition to Amazon, Barnes and Noble or directly from the publisher (Destiny Image), the book can also be purchased directly from the author’s blog:

 

http://nouvelleoptique.wordpress.com

 

3) Four Online Graduate Courses by and for Missionaries —

GIAL (Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics) is expanding its online courses so Christian workers in other countries can take them without leaving the work. This Fall they are offering:

Scripture Engagement Strategy and Methods

Multi-Cultural Teamwork

Relevance Theory (for Bible translators)

Introduction to the Bible Translator’s Assistant

 

GIAL courses are taught by people with many years of missionary experience as well as doctorates.  These are graduate courses requiring plenty of study but you’ll come out with a deep and practical understanding of the topic. Check them out at

 

http://www.gial.edu/academics/gialonline-overview

 

or email

admissionsatgialdotedu

or call or Skype-out (+1) 800-892-3356

4) Use Your Church or Ministry Donations To Help Missions! —

Radvocacy(TM) has partnered with Swipe Away Poverty(r) a partnership between of Prolific Business Solutions(r) and Compassion International to make every swipe count for global missions. If your business or non-profit uses credit cards, with every transaction, they can help these two non-profits meet their goals around the world. Prolific also promises they will save your business or non-profit money, or they will give you $500 for your time. How can you say ‘No’ to that? If you sign-up, these charities get a portion of Prolific’s profit. If your Business or Non-Profit want’s to help global missions with every credit card transaction, check out Prolific by getting a quote.

 

http://bit.ly/ProlificLinkxn

 

Fill-out the application, click ‘Apply Now’ to get a quote. Prolific will walk you through the process, and answer your questions. If you like what you see, please consider signing-up with Prolific.

To learn more about Radvocacy check-out:

 

http://radvocacy.org

5) Six-Session DVD Series to Prep for Int’l Travel Security —

Are you traveling to a dangerous location? Or … maybe you’re just traveling to a location that can BECOME dangerous by a person that is emotionally haywire. Here’s a group that offers a six-session DVD course featuring David Dose, a well-known trainer on questions of security and travel risk. Check out mini-video-introductions the 6 sessions at the bottom of the home page.

 

http://safetravelsolutions.org/home/

6) Department of State Updates Worldwide Caution

The Department of State recently updated its warning against the continued terrorist threat against USA citizens and others. They reminded travelers and citizens to be vigilant throughout the world. They highlighted al-Qaida and its affiliates. They mentioned suicide operations, assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings, and bombings. Although the warning is somewhat generic, it’s a chilling reminder that bad guys can use conventional or non-conventional weapons, and target both official and private interests. It appears that practically no environment is exempt. The warning asks us to be very aware at “high-profile sporting events, residential areas, business offices, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, public areas, and other tourist destinations both in the United States and abroad where U.S. citizens gather in large numbers, including during holidays.” The translation is — just about everywhere, at any time, you could become a target. Yikes.  There were regional warnings too. See the entire warning at…

 

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_4787.html

 

7) USA Citizens can Enroll in “STEP” —

The USA’s “Smart Traveler Enrollment Program” is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency. STEP also allows Americans residing abroad to get routine information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. Sign up at…

 

https://step.state.gov/step/

 

The US gov’t promises they “will not disclose the information you provide us in your STEP application to any third parties unless you have given us written authorization to do so, or unless the disclosure is otherwise permitted by the Privacy Act.” By signing up, you can get special updates from embassies and other USA sources about the places you’re visiting or the countries in which you’re residing. Worth it.

8) Bible Software Update… —

Recently, we asked you for your favorite Bible Software. Many answered Logos. Find it here:

 

http://www.logos.com/brigada

 

[Note, Logos sends a gift to Brigada for every copy that you buy.]

But others came up with other solutions. For example, check out Dave’s favorite. “I’ve been using ‘The Word’ Bible software program for over a year; it is wonderful and free. It is amazing the number of commentaries, dictionaries, books, maps, etc. that are searchable and integrated – I have over 600 of these all free. This is free but not unprofessional; it is very high quality; it is flexible and you can alter it to suit your needs. I use it almost every day for study.” Find Dave’s go-to website at…

 

http://www.theword.net

 

9) Director of Resource Development position opportunity —

Do you have a passion to see Scripture-based media bringing about life transformation in the two-thirds world? Does building relationships and developing resources for indigenous ministries resonate with you? Ethno Media Associates (EMA) is a new US-based 501(c)(3) that is looking for a resource development director to forward Scripture-based audio and video production in native languages throughout Latin America. For a description of this faith-support role, email Rick at:

job1atethnomadotorg

 

10) Brigada Prayer Shelter to be Built This Saturday, July 28th —

This coming Saturday, a crew from Indianapolis is volunteering at Emerald Hills (Louisville, KY) to build a gazebo-like structure as a symbol of Brigada’s ongoing commitment for the development of prayer, mobilization, and partnership to reach unreached peoples. Over the last few years, a total of $14,900 has been gifted to Emerald Hills toward the training of cross-cultural workers to travel to unreached peoples. The total commitment behind the construction of these Project 29 Prayer Shelters is $24,000, meaning that we still have $9,100 to go. If you — or someone you know — might be willing to contribute (this week, or at any time in the future) toward the construction of this prayer shelter, small gift or large, just navigate to

http://www.brigada.org

then click “Donate” in the upper right and follow the instructions. By the way, you don’t need a PayPal account to give. If you reach a screen asking for your PayPal I.D., look on the left side of the screen, about halfway down, and find the prompt which says, “Continue without a PayPal Account.” Be sure to mark in the comment blank (or just send an email to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg identifying the purpose of the gift you just made).

 

If you’d rather send an old-fashioned check, just make it payable to Team Expansion and send it to:

Team Expansion (Brigada Prayer Shelter)

13711 Willow Reed Dr.,

Louisville, KY 40299

USA

(And by the way, Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) We appreciate you!

11) The BackPage: What Characterized your Calling? —

When you were “called” to the mission field (if you were), how did you know? I remember once in Bible college, our missions professor said, “The missionary call is as simple as this: If you see a need, and you believe you have the ability to meet that need — you are already called.” (I believe that might have been a quote from W.D. Cunningham, but I can’t actually locate it right now.) So nothing very dramatic there. But how ’bout you? What constituted YOUR calling? How did you know for SURE that you were meant for the field? And … were you correct? Has it seemingly worked? In other words, does it serve to remind you, like a stake in the ground, that you’re in the right place, even when the chips are down??

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