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In this edition:
1) What Missionaries Ought to Know… (Revised): Free Download
2) Get Great Book Reviews the Easy Way
3) Wycliffe Associates Asks for Prayer for Digital Translations
4) Get Joshua Projects’ Mission Trends; Look Like You’re in the Know
5) Great Reviews on a Service to Send Your Bulk Text Messages
6) Golf Discipleship Training School
7) Finally: Affordable Security For Missionaries
8) Estante: A Digital Library in Your Hand
9) Looking for that Perfect iPhone Case for Your Team Member?
10) Catch TESOL classes in Thailand
11) “Resources for Good Practice” Gives Member Care Tips
12) Don’t forget How to Unsubscribe to Brigada, Please
13) We Give Thanks…
14) The BackPage: A Document Worth Signing (from Tokyo 2010)
15) Closing Stuff
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“What Missionaries Ought to Know: A Handbook for Life and Service” has been revised and expanded so that the e-book now has 60 chapters in its 375 pages. If you have an old edition with fewer than 60 chapters, you can download a copy of the new 2013 edition FREE. The book is available to download free of charge as .doc, .pdf, or .zip files for your computer and as .mobi or .epub files for your Kindle or Nook. You can’t beat the price. Find it at…
Ted Esler, executive vice president of Pioneers, maintains a bimonthly book review email list. Ted’s interests are fairly broad but typically focus on historical documentaries, the global Christian movement, theology and current issues. If you would like to have these reviews emailed to your inbox, follow this link to sign up: http://www.esler.org/tedread
A Wycliffe Associates wrote rep wrote this past week asking Brigada participants to pray for initiatives that will use digital technology to bring the Scriptures to those living in areas where restricted religious freedom limits access to the Bible. The initiative, called Operation Timothy, inspired by the Bible verse 1 Timothy 6:12, uses technology such as websites and mobile devices to deliver the Scriptures in a way that poses less risk for those who seek access to it. The use of mobile phones and the Internet draws less scrutiny and gives greater access than a printed Bible. There are more than 65 countries in the world where Christians are persecuted, according to Open Doors USA.
Even if you DON’T have time to read the BBC every morning. They’ll never know. Just read the latest missionary trends at …
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Over 75 million people play golf and now that it’s a new Olympic sport, the game will develop further in unreached nations. It’s already growing rapidly in China, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and soon the Middle East. Golfers at various levels are welcome to join this new course in Phoenix, AZ for a 5 month YWAM Golf DTS in March 2014. Learning how to make disciples in the world of golf can influence many spheres of society. For more information, visit:
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On August 26, 2013, Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) released a new digital tool that makes it easy for isolated believers to access digital Christian training resources — without the need for an internet connection. Called Estante, which is Spanish for bookshelf, this free digital library app works offline and allows isolated pastors and church leaders to easily store, view, and share digital Christian resources anywhere in the world. It’s not available in any app store, and it’s currently only available on Android platform. Find it at…
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Now you can learn Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages’ at intensive, five-week courses leading to a TESOL certificate while serving overseas. This certificate is supported by Cornerstone University of Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. For the first three weeks the classes are Monday-Friday, 8-4. For the last two weeks, the classes are 8-12, followed by a two-hour practicum in the afternoon or evening. This totals 120 hours in class and 20 hours of practicum (10 hours observing and 10 hours teaching. Alternate course dates for Manila, Philippines can be viewed on the website.
Course dates for Chiang Mai, Thailand 2013: November 11 – December 13, January 6-February 7 2014. Contact Melody,
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I’ve read over the brief Tokyo Declaration. As conferences go, it might have only had 2500 people present. I didn’t even try to attend it. But the impact has already been far beyond its immediate attendance. Leaders of the great conference have explained, “At the Tokyo 2010 General Mission Consultation, 30 representatives of Global, Regional, and National mission structures signed the Tokyo Declaration pledging their organizations to cooperation with one another and all others of like faith, with the singular goal of “making disciples of every people in our generation.” The Global Great Commission Network – Carrying Tokyo 2010 Forward — is now providing the opportunity for additional individuals and mission structures/organizations, including agencies, associations, churches, networks, and other ministries pursuing Great Commission activities to also sign the Tokyo Declaration. Your completion of the following form and your signature add you to that growing list of Tokyo 2010 signatories. The Tokyo Declaration reads,…
“Tokyo 2010 Declaration – (Summary)
“Making Disciples of Every People in Our Generation
We affirm that mission is the central theme of Scripture, through which God reveals Himself to be a God who communicates and works through us by action and word in a world estranged from Him.
“We rejoice that today’s mission force is global in composition, bearing a diversity of thought, practice and resources that enriches and energizes Christ’s global Cause as never before.
“We set forth this declaration in obedience to Christ’s final command, as a means of calling Christ-followers everywhere to whole-heartedly embrace and earnestly engage in “making disciples of every people in our generation.”
Because of the reality of mankind’s dire need and God’s gracious remedy, Jesus left with His followers the missional priority of making disciples of every people (Mt. 28:18-20). By this mandate we acknowledge both the breadth of the unfinished task – all peoples – and the depth of the task – making disciples, as its focus.
… we recognize that the depth of the task contains three essentials that comprise aspects in discipling peoples (Mt. 28:19-20):
Penetration (“go”): making a priority of going to those who have had little or no exposure to the gospel.
Consolidation (“baptizing”): gathering new believers into a relationship with Jesus and other believers, which is evidenced by the identifying rite of baptism. To conserve the fruit of evangelism and then be able to systematically disciple believers takes a local body of believers living in corporate harmony. Thus, the importance of the ministry of establishing churches.
Transformation (“teaching to obey”): teaching Christ-followers to observe His commands with the outcome of transformed lives. … As a consequence whole communities, cultures and countries benefit from the transforming power of the gospel. Thus, the importance of the ministry of teaching.
Finishing the Task
God has entrusted this generation with more opportunities and resources to complete the task than any previous one. However, we caution that all these advantages must be matched with a corresponding will to serve and sacrifice, coupled with genuine reliance upon the Holy Spirit.
Therefore, as representatives of this generation’s global mission community, we pledge to obey the Great Commission. We covenant together to use all that God has entrusted to us in this obedience. We will seek to know where people are unreached, overlooked, ignored, or forgotten. We will pray for the Holy Spirit to give strength and guidance as we join with others in changing that neglect, to love and make disciples in the way of the Cross.
We confess that we have not always valued each other or each other’s work. We repent of those wrongs and will endeavor to bring an end to competition where it exists, and reconcile where there is hurt, misunderstanding and mistrust. Furthermore, we will endeavor to recognize that each part of the Body has its very own purpose, whether risking their very lives to show God’s passion for the salvation of others, or supporting those who lead us forward, or caring for those who quietly support, or fervently pray that His will be done throughout the whole earth. We will respect all mission-engaging individuals and groups as special vessels for God’s glory, each endowed with abilities that extend His Kingdom in multiple ways.
Finally, we recognize that finishing the task will demand effective cooperative efforts of the entire global body of believers.
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