Daily Archives: 2012/12/09

2) Save $350 through Dec 20 on Filemaker Pro 12 Advanced

(Note: Brigada fan Robby would like to find or found a network of Kingdom-minded Filemaker programmers and hobbyists. You can help by encouraging potential participants to contact him at RobbyQButleratgmaildotcom )

Filemaker Pro Advanced is a flexible Mac & Windows programming environment, capable of creating stand-alone apps for Windows, Mac or iPad/iPhone. It can create quick, custom programs to simplify data gathering or presentation, publish a website to gather and present data, and simplify access to SQL data.

Filemaker Advanced normally costs $499 per license, or $299 for non-profits, teachers and students). And through Dec 20th, Filemaker is available for “buy one, get one free.”

Robby has offered to match up Brigada readers to collaborate in getting Filemaker for just $150 per copy. To participate (or learn more), email him at


To learn more about Filemaker, visit



3) ILS Int’l Releases “Countries and Peoples of the World”

Think of it as a digital library for leaders with a global vision. Find the details at…


or get the whole fact sheet at…


With over 56,000 pages of information, you’ll find info on ministry strategies, poverty, hunger, HIV/AIDS, urbanization, sustainable development, literacy, world faiths, minorities, persecution, orality, the least reached, and much more. This library also includes the beginning of a Global Digital Atlas with over 160 high-resolution color maps. There’s even a mini-course to promote global awareness. This tool would also be great for a worker without fast internet, because it contains information on thousands of unreached peoples (the type you’d perhaps normally seek online). Either way, it’s a treasure chest worth grabbing.

4) Help Seniors/parents make future plans

Are you a missionary with an aging parent somewhere back in the USA? Have you found it somewhat difficult to broach those tough questions you’re likely to face in the near future? If so, check out the free article entitled, “The Unpredictable Road Ahead.” It was written by a counselor and realtor to help seniors and their adult children work together on planning for the future transition needs to come. Go to


and click on “Seniors Help.” Please feel to copy and paste the article off for your personal review and sharing. While Carol is a realtor in the 847 area code, this article is applicable across the United States.

5) Know any Missions-minded Artists Out There?

If so, you might want to steer them to “The Mission Minded Artist (MMA),” a missions sending agency for specifically for artists.  They are based in Atlanta, GA and have been serving since 2007 by taking music groups, including black Gospel choirs, overseas.  Their vision statement reads, “To see a culture influenced for Christ by artistic people.”  They are accomplishing this vision by, “Discipling artists to be mission-minded.” Learn more at…


(Thanks for the tip, Allan!)

7) Pray4Tunisia Helps Spin Off, “Pray for Indonesia”

Some time ago we included information about how a team focusing on Tunisia had set up a powerful web site with daily email prayer requests for those interested in praying for Tunisia (www.pray4tunisia.com).  Well over 100,000 people are now receiving prayer requests from this service and praying for Tunisia daily. The good folks at Pray4Tunisia were kind enough to share their “template.” Indpartners Agency, with counsel and guidance from “Pray4Tunisia,” set up “PrayingforIndonesia.” They wrote recently to say, “We want to thank Brigada for including this information in their regular bulletin. We also want to thank “Pray4Tunisia” for their generosity and guidance in helping us develop our site.” They now invite you to visit


To receive a daily prayer request, just sign up to pray in the box on the upper right hand corner of the home page.

8) Free Resources available for magazine publishers

Magazine Training International is offering free resources for magazine publishers and those working with magazines. Every 10 days a new ebook is available for free download or a session of a video course for viewing. Video courses cover topics related to magazine management and magazine design, while ebooks cover magazine management, magazine editing, magazine design, and magazine article writing. To check out the current offering, view MTI’s home page at


9) Learn “What Makes you Tick” Before Going Cross-Culturally

Here’s an agency that can help your field or agency by assessing prospective workers and volunteers. In addition, if you’re a prospective cross-cultural worker, this group could help you get a sense of “what makes you tick,” so that when you finally DO depart, you’ll be better prepared. What’s more, until January 15th, they are reportedly offering a significant discount off of their normal prices. Learn all about it at…


For example, married couples could do a “Couples Assessment.” Each person gets a 17 page report explaining you and your partner. These are proven Assessments with decades of research. They’re guaranteed to help you understand yourself (and each other) better.

10) Know any Good Tax-Preparers for Missionaries?

Here’s a Brigada reader wondering if we know any good tax-preparers who will take care of preparing tax returns for missionaries at a reasonable fee. Can you refer someone who understands form 2555 (Foreign Income Exclusion) and everything that goes with it? If so, please leave a comment following the web version of this item. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

11) New Book about Sharing Christ, Not Dependency

Jean Johnson’s new book, “We Are Not The Hero: A Missionary’s Guide to Sharing Christ, Not A Culture of Dependency,” attempts to help us make sense out of the confusing and sometimes frustrating mixture of culture, politics, and all things foreign. Bringing a strong background in pioneer church-planting from Southeast Asia, she primes the pump for thoughts about church sustainability and multiplication cross-culturally. George Patterson wrote, “Had I read this before going to the field, I’d have avoided serious and painful cultural errors.” Learn more about the book at…



12) We’re Grateful…

*** …For $100 from a Holt, Michigan, “True Fan of Brigada!” God bless you Holt, Michigan!!!

*** …For $50 from a couple in Colorado Springs. God bless you!!!

*** …For $6.17 from Insurance Services of America because Wade, Randy, and Joe traveled and used an ISA policy. God bless you all! Learn more about ISA’s broad range of insurance and trip cancellation policies at…


*** …For $100 from Pray4Tunisia, who wrote, “Special thanks for helping us engage the world (for at least 113,000 people in it) to pray for Tunisia during this historic moment.” God bless you Pray4Tunisia!

*** …For $100 from True Brigada Fans from Dallas, TX, USA

*** …For $25 from a Brigada participant from Decatur, GA

*** …For $30 from a worker with Life Impact Ministries, an international ministry to strengthen missionaries and pastors in hosted centers.

*** …For $15 from a Brigada participant from North Carolina

*** …For $100 from a Brigada “True Fan” from Massachusetts. Thank you!

*** …For $100 from Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship Church, Allentown, PA.  www.cedarcrestbfc.org  God bless you Cedar Crest!!!

*** …For $100 from a True Fan of Brigada who wrote that she is “always interested in Brigada’s analysis of new and useful technology, apps, or gadgets.” God be praised. Bless you!

*** …For $20 from a Brigada reader from Canada. God bless you!

*** …For $100 from the Training for Reigning Institute. The worker wrote, “Be encouraged because your work is kingdom-extending and personally useful. May the Lord continue to strengthen your stakes and lengthen your cords to the ends of the earth until the end of time!” Learn more about the Training for Reigning Institute at www.TRIDM.org

*** …For $20 from friends at the Lifebridge Learning Centre, a school that was started for refugees’ children in Malaysia. Learn more on their Facebook page at


(Note: This last link will “wrap.” If you have trouble copying it and pasting it into your browser, just log on to Brigada today online and find this same item posted there. We’ll make sure the link works on our site. Thanks.)

*** …For $1000 from a great church with a great Global Outreach Minister who wrote, “Brigada is a great benefit to me, my team, and our workers.” When asked what we should say to the Brigada audience, he wrote, “Just tell people it’s not about equal gifts, but equal sacrifice. Do something to help.” So there’s the dare: Do SOMETHING.

13) Can You Just DO Something?

Put all these gifts together from people who DID SOMETHING and they add up to $1866.17, bringing our 2012 total to $9623.17, just $7496.83 away from the 2012 budget need. We have just 3 editions remaining, meaning that the average gifts per edition would need to add up to about $2500. Has God bless you or your church in such a way that you could be the exclusive donor for one of those 3 editions? If so, many would give praise to God for your amazing gift.

If you’d like to do something, just navigate to…


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

Team Expansion (Brigada),
13711 Willow Reed Dr.,
Louisville, KY 40299

(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.)

14) The BackPage: “More Progress than Ever on Unreached Peoples”

Last week, I shared some great progress being made by those focusing on unreached peoples. It’s encouraging news. In fact, it’s so encouraging that the Director of Research for one of the largest missionary-sending agencies in the world (the Southern Baptist International Mission Board or IMB) concluded in his summary statement that he’s “seen more progress in fulfilling the Great Commission in the past 5 years than throughout his entire 30-year career as a researcher and missionary.”

I trust this is as exciting for you to hear as it was for me. The bottom line on his numbers: His research is showing 3142 remaining unengaged, unreached people groups (UUPG’s) of all sizes. (This number differs from Finishing the Task’s (FTT) current number because FTT is currently looking only at groups greater than 25,000 in population.) The IMB, for their part, is asking their regional leaders (referred to as Affinity Group Leaders) to submit a plan or explanation of literally each of the UUPG’s in their region. This plan could propose any number ways to handle each individual group, but it must address each group intentionally. Some groups might be dismissed (either because, in the opinion of the regional leader, they don’t exist or they’ve now been engaged or they’re no longer “unreached” — meaning that enough have been evangelized). But for the groups that remain, the Affinity Group Leader must either write a plan for the IMB to embrace and launch a plan to evangelize the group — or they must hook up with another Great Commission agency (another mission agency or church) to do so.

I like this approach for several reasons. First, it’s intentional. Second it’s strategic. Third, by doing so, the IMB is indicating all the more its profound commitment to interact and integrate with other “Great Commission Christians.” This posture seemed to become even more profound following Avery Willis’ now-famous address at the Global Consultation on World Evangelism in 1995. By the grace of God, it happened that I chose to attend Avery’s session. Without knowing what I was about to hear, I wandered in, seated myself, and began to listen to this great man of God as he was, at first, repenting for his previous sin of excluding others from data-sharing and assuming that Southern Baptists had to “go it alone” in completing the Great Commission. That one talk seemed to do more to bring evangelical unity (at least as it relates to the Southern Baptists) than any other talk in the last century.

So this Christmas, I’m praising God not only for unity, but also for the progress that it is observing. I’m thankful to be on the side of the guys who are definitely destined to win the battle for right and not-so-right. Because, you see, I’ve read the last chapter of the book, and the guys covered with the blood of Jesus win all the battles — because Jesus wins all the battles for them. God be praised or unity and progress!

Merry Christmas!


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