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Brigada Today– 2013/09/29

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In this edition:
1) Edifying Book
2) Let’s Revisit Guides for Sharing with Muslims
3) Evernote Essentials
4) Free Exegesis E-Book Available On Amazon.Com
5) Only 4 places left for the November-December 2013 Course
6) Help with Loss When You’re Far from Home
7) Rapid On-Field Leadership Development
8) Looking for a Missions Self-Assessment Tool
9) Learn More About GMI’s Study on Missions Agency Websites
10) What’s your Favorite Photo-Sharing Site?
11) Have You Been Following “WhatsApp?”
12) Nextdoor.com: The Neighborhood Gets an Online Home
13) We Give Thanks for…
14) The BackPage: 86% of the Unreached Don’t Know a Christian
15) Closing Stuff

1) Edifying Book

EdifiedCoverkindleHere’s a book with 365 devotions that will stimulate your personal worship and spark inner transformation. Reviewers say it should be helpful for member care and personal growth, as well as for ideas for sermons. Available in paperback at

http://edifyingservices.com/edified.html

and as a kindle download on Amazon (search “S. M. Wibberley”). Get one and be edified! Presently all profits from sales go to missions.

 

 

 

2) Let’s Revisit Guides for Sharing with Muslims

Some have pointed us to…

http://www.ukmce.com/witnessing/sharing-the-gospel-with-muslim-people/

While others like the clarity and focus of the Camel Method…

http://www.camelmethod.com/

Some prefer an in-person training program like Sahara challenge…

http://www.crescentproject.org/sahara

While others prefer a bolder approach like that used by Georges Housney, visible here…

http://www.engagingislam.org/

The question is, which approach do you prefer for sharing hope and love with Muslim people? Please list just one URL in each comment box. Thanks.

3) Evernote Essentials

evernote-iconYou’re probably already a big fan of Evernote, the ‘grass-catcher’ digital note-making application for smartphones, tablets, and computers. I’m not sure there could be any better app for remembering and tracking loose bits of information. It works great as a solo app, but also works for teams as well — and there’s a version for practically every platform. To learn more, visit…

http://www.evernote.com

4) Free Exegesis E-Book Available On Amazon.Com

overwhelmed_by_the_spiritWritten by a missionary with 35 years of experience in Africa and Europe, “Overwhelmed by the Spirit” examines the various controversial expressions describing experiences with the Spirit in Luke and Acts. The French edition is used for teaching principles of exegesis at the West Africa Alliance Seminary in Cote d’Ivoire. The Kindle English edition of the book will be available free on Amazon.com from October 22 through 25. For more information go to

http://www.amazon.com/Overwhelmed-by-the-Spirit-ebook/dp/B00EFE6LKA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380125670&sr=8-1&keywords=overwhelmed+by+the+spirit

 

 

5) Only 4 places left for the November-December 2013 Course

TESOLAsia’s Center for TESOL classes in Chiang Mai, Thailand (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) conducts intensive, five-week courses leading to a TESOL certificate. This certificate is supported by Cornerstone University of Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. Learn more at ….

http://www.actesol.com

or contact infothaiatactesoldotcom for more information.

6) Help with Loss When You’re Far from Home

Missionaries experience lots of it – loss of friends, support network, all that is familiar to them, even a loss of sense of self. If left unrecognized and unprocessed, it can affect us in body, heart and spirit, sometimes leading to anxiety or depression. It is a large reason so many missionaries are surviving rather than thriving. Care Port Counseling can help to process such losses, to help restore vision and hope. It’s a low cost, online counseling resource available to help missionaries, wherever they may be. Check it out at

http://www.careportcounseling.org

7) Rapid On-Field Leadership Development

On-the-job, field-based development is a key factor in missionary longevity and effectiveness. Coaching is an effective way to do this in person or by phone. The Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program a unique training for mission leaders integrates Biblical values, professional coaching skills, and cross-cultural ministry. It’s approved by the International Coach Federation. And it’s used by more than a 1000 mission leaders. There are programs in Atlanta, Auckland, Barcelona, Singapore, and Seattle. Save up to US$250 by registering early. Go to

http://www.creativeresultsmanagement.com/courses/coaching01.htm

for details. Or email
helpatcreativeresultsmanagementdotcom

8) Looking for a Missions Self-Assessment Tool

Remember that ACMC Missions Self-Assessment Tool which helped you look at your local church’s missions program one scale at a time? Here’s a Brigada participant looking for something along those lines. Have you seen anything like that lately? If so, please share in a comment following the online version of this item by clicking the link below.

9) Learn More About GMI’s Study on Missions Agency Websites

GMI recently studied how potential missionaries use the web to search for opportunities and what they think of specific agency sites. With over 380 potential missionaries responding and reviewing 29 different agency websites, they collected powerful data to help mission mobilizers, communications staff and web developers to make decisions about how to best connect with those seeking to serve. Check it out at…

http://store.gmi.org/agency-web-review-2013-aggregate-report-p-1654.html

With the information in this study, agency staff and those who serve them will have a key source of data to help better design and frame the websites challenging people to consider mission/outreach globally. They have also identified two agencies that stand out in their work and are providing them with special commendations.

10) What’s your Favorite Photo-Sharing Site?

Lately, I’ve been enjoying Smugmug…

http://www.smugmug.com

But maybe you have a different preference?

Users have been flocking, recently, to Photobucket Pro…

http://www.photobucket.com

while others stick to…

http://www.flickr.com

Both of these latter services offer their “pro” level for $24.95. Other choices include SlickPic, dotPhoto, Fotki, PictureTrail, Zenfolio, and Google’s own Picasa. What’s your favorite?

11) Have You Been Following “WhatsApp?”

whatsappBrigada user, Becky, first tipped us off to the app called “Whatsapp,” a cross-platform messaging application which, essentially, allows you to text for free for a year. But in addition to texting, Whatsapp is essentially creating its own social networking site, too. Learn more at…

http://www.whatsapp.com/

You can create groups, send unlimited images, and audio media messages. Why does this make me think that WhatsApp would be great for reporting back to prayer groups and supporters? :-) Some would say that it has an edge over Facebook in that it’s ad-free. (Thanks Becky!)

 

 

 

12) Nextdoor.com: The Neighborhood Gets an Online Home

Sure there’s Facebook. But, as we’ve mentioned before, nothing beats Nextdoor.com when it comes to taking the neighborhood online. Why? First, no ads (for now). Second, private. Every user in your neighborhood had to verify his or her address. Third, custom. It isn’t designed to do photo-sharing, social networking, or give directions. It has one cool purpose: Bring the neighborhood together online. And it works. And later this year, Nextdoor.com will likely go international. Keep an eye on it. Learn more at…

http://www.nextdoor.com

13) We Give Thanks for…

World Outreach Missions, partnering with Brigada by giving a $200 gift to Jesus this past week.
The friend of Brigada who sent a $15 gift this past week. Thanks!
The Christian worker in Ethiopia who wrote, “No recognition needed. Thanks for all you do. Your work has helped keep us going through the ups and downs… sort of like a friend that understands what it is like to be on the field! Peace to you,” who sent $100 as a “True Fan” of Brigada. Want to pitch in? 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.” 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 Creek Drive
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14) The BackPage: 86% of the Unreached Don’t Know a Christian

This is conclusion that Todd Johnson drew in compiling an atlas recently. See his entire article, along with lot of other stats, at…

http://www.ijfm.org/PDFs_IJFM/27_4_PDFs/johnson_27_4.pdf

The truth is that Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists are increasingly found living in ‘Christian’ lands but, apparently, increasing access has not generated closer relationships. How will they hear unless someone tells them… and how will anyone ever tell them without befriending them? In the above article, Todd Johnson asserts that, “While missionaries will always be at the forefront of innovative strategies, the whole church needs to participate in inviting people of other faiths to consider Jesus Christ.” For this reason, it seems to me that we need many more missionaries to care as much about mobilizing the church as they do about reaching the lost. Contrary to what might be popular opinion, a ministry focused on alerting the church to the needs of the unreached should be viewed as a very high priority. Somehow, we have to get the whole church to care about unreached people around the whole world. Interestingly, Johnson finishes the above article by arguing that “our de facto lack of contact with Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists limits the fullness of our own Christian experience.” If this assertion is true, today’s average Christian is living in a sheltered world — and this “hunkering down” affects not only the growth of Christianity, but the essence of faith itself.

15) Closing Stuff

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