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Brigada Today — 2013/04/21

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In this edition:
1) Catch the Archive Recording of the Global Prayercast
2) What’s the Best Guide to Arab Culture & Islam?
3) Global Prayercast uses Talkshoe for Free Phone Conference
4) Is there a Forum Specifically for Missions Mobilizers?
5) UDisciple iPhone app
6) Don’t Let Power Failures Threaten your USB’s Survival
7) Crisis Consulting Does Email Updates
8) The Case for Missionary Care
9) Crescent Project Offers Training in Islam
10) “Train and Multiply” Launches Facebook Presence
11) Exciting news about graduate online/distance equipping!
12) YWAM Lebanon Pa Announces its Upcoming Schools
13) Oral Dramas to teach HIV prevention
14) The BackPage: Why Does this One Local Church “Get It?”
15) Closing Stuff

2) What’s the Best Guide to Arab Culture & Islam?

One of our Brigada participants wrote this past week wondering what might be the best guide to Arab culture and Islam. One of the churches with whom he is partnering is looking for something less on how to evangelize and more on how to get know, how to connect, and how to avoid insulting. What resource would you recommend? If you have an idea, please click “comment” below the online version of this item. Thanks in advance for any help you can render.

3) Global Prayercast uses Talkshoe for Free Phone Conference

When the Global Prayercast launched on April 15, technical organizers chose Talkshoe for their system of choice as a channel for prayer leaders to hear cues from directors.

http://www.talkshoe.com

Shane, the lead tech on the project, chose Talkshoe because of its simplicity, its capacity to hold up to 250 callers, and its price (or lack thereof). Talkshoe’s basic service is free, but there’s a premium service called “TalkShoe Live! Pro” that adds quite a few bells and whistles. Apparently, the company is hoping to make its money off of upgraders, because they seemingly promise in their privacy policy not to sell customers’ personal information. Either way, if cost is a factor, it might be worth a look.

4) Is there a Forum Specifically for Missions Mobilizers?

This past week, a Brigada participant asked if there was any specific online forum (other than Brigada, of course) specifically for Missions Mobilizers. We knew about the Catalyst e-zine at…

http://missionscatalyst.net/

But we wondered if there was some kind of regular physical gathering, or at least a regular online get-together of mobilizers around the world. If there are, and if that’s public knowledge, would you use the comment box below to share more information about it please? Thanks!

5) UDisciple iPhone app

Tim, a colleague here at Team Expansion, showed me this past week the little iPhone app that T4T has put together called uDisciple. (It’s at least available for IOS; check your own phone operating system to see if it’s available in your own smartphone’s OS.) It’s pretty cool. About two-thirds of it is dedicated to orality, providing a couple of major sample story sets that one could memorize and retell. But there’s also a section designed for Training 4 Trainers implementers. It essentially provides quick notes to remind trainers about lesson plans for 11 major sessions on everything from baptism to the Great Commission. I love it… and hope we see more of this sort of thing in the future. Learn more about all the other resources offered by T4T here…

http://t4tonline.org/resources/

(Thanks Tim!)

6) Don’t Let Power Failures Threaten your USB’s Survival

Thanks to the cool camp stove at…

http://www.biolitestove.com/

You can now warm up those Vienna sausages AND recharge your USB-powered device all at once! :-) It’s a unique solution that is described as earth-friendly and practical all at the same time. We’d love some real feedback from an experienced user. (Just click “comment” below this item on the web.) (Thanks Caleb!)

9) Crescent Project Offers Training in Islam

Don’t forget about Crescent Project’s Sahara Challenge…

https://www.crescentproject.org/sahara

The training is non-confrontational, uses much scripture, is informed by Islam itself, and is well-regarded by many. Also, you can actually see online videos of the training at…

http://www.crescentproject.tv/

Cool idea. There must be some way to register so you can watch the videos online (and not have to wait for DVD’s to come in the mail). This would be really helpful to overseas customers, living in sensitive situations. Although it didn’t look like the page was protected by SSL technology, one could use a VPN to address security and, presumably, view the entire training program via a distance-learning approach. Awesome.

11) Exciting news about graduate online/distance equipping!

Abilene Christian University has just rolled out its new Master of Arts in Global Service. MAGS combines the best of missiology, anthropology, intercultural studies, and biblical/theological studies for the global workforce. It is ideal for undergrads just finishing, mid-career workers who need additional equipping, or retirees who plan to work in some missional capacity. The program serves well traditional church-planters but is also ideal for non-traditional missional work (e.g., social justice, development, education, etc.). What’s more, we’re told that administrators there are currently offering exceptional scholarships, so those concerned with price should not hesitate to apply. Learn more at

http://www.acu.edu/academics/gst/prospective/degrees/global-service/index.html

or email the key contact at
chrisdotflandersatacudotedu

12) YWAM Lebanon Pa Announces its Upcoming Schools

Discipleship Training School or DTS will begin August 26, 2013 through January 21, 2014. A Crossroads DTS will begin January 27, 2014 through June 13. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages or TESOL will run from May 20, 2013 through June 14th and from September 9, 2013 through October 4th. English as a Second Language or ESL will begin September 16, 2013 and run through December 7. For more information or questions please call 717-274-9010 or email…
ywampaatcomcastdotnet. Also check out their website at

http://www.ywampa.org/

for further details.

13) Oral Dramas to teach HIV prevention

Grandma’s Village oral dramas are now available through Kerus Global Education. The 32 dramas on CD are designed for radio use or group listening. Used in community centers, schools, orphan care centers and churches, listeners enjoy the serial dramas. Designed for Africans, these programs were produced by TransWorld Radio and Kerus Global Education in both African English and Swahili. The serial story has biblical, spiritual and physical applications including HIV/AIDS prevention. Visit the website to learn more and order

http://www.kerusglobal.org/products-and-programs/oral-learners

14) The BackPage: Why Does this One Local Church “Get It?”

This weekend, I’ve been speaking and leading workshops at a local church in the Great Pacific Northwest. As I wrap up the weekend, I’m left with the question — Why does this one local church seem to “get it,” without even much help? Their elders understand unreached peoples and cities and have arranged the budget in such a way that they are giving them priority. Their minister just finished a four-Sunday sermon series on the church’s responsibility for the lost. They’ve set up a special fund to adopt an unreached people group and they plan to send a survey group, in conjunction with a prayer journey initiative, in the next 90 days. There are at least 5 people who will probably step forward to volunteer to be sent full-time, even though the church hasn’t yet fully decided on which people group or city they’ll go reach. Ever since they’ve started pursuing this course, they’ve run ahead of budget — so much so that they’re now $15K ahead, which was enough to cover the cost of hosting the Wall of Unreached Peoples

http://www.U4theU.com/TheWall

as well as a special focus weekend on unreached peoples and cities. (They flew me all the way in from Louisville to speak there — in 7 sessions over the weekend, with various groups, including the elders and staff, select missions families, and 3 sessions with the entire congregation.) My guess is, Lord willing, they’ll have “boots on the ground” in a new unreached people group or city within 18 months from now.

All of which prompts me to ask — why? Why does this one church get it so well, while so many others lag behind, losing their chance to flourish and make a deep impact, both at home and abroad? Whatever they’re doing right, it makes me want to bottle it up and release it worldwide. Because if we only had more of this spirit, within one generation, the entire globe would have been exposed to the Good News of Jesus Christ.

So what’s your theory? Why do some churches ‘get it’ and others don’t? If you have an insight, please click “Comment” below the online version of this item. (And by the way, before you ask, I should probably guard the identity of the church I’m describing lest they receive 1000 requests for support from thousands of Brigada readers who are raising support. Let’s give them a chance to get out of the gate first. :-) )

Doug

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