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Brigada Today– 2013/10/13

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In this edition:
1) For Your Korean Colleagues….: Free Downloads
2) Extend the Growing Season in Your Field or Project
3) Need a Missions Self-Assessment Tool for Your Church?
4) Treasure-trove of Resources about Church-planting Movements
5) Make Any Application a Multi-User One Using ScreenHero!
6) Best Training Materials for Short-term Trips
7) Mobile Ministry Consultation
8) Let eGiving Do Your Heavy Donor Lifting
9) Training in Evangelism Among Muslims
10) Through the eyes of Vulnerable Mission
11) CHE Training in Dallas-Ft. Worth
12) Interesting Lense on Your Neighborhood
13) We Give Thanks…
14) The BackPage: What’s Your Church Missions Strategy?
15) Closing Stuff

4) Treasure-trove of Resources about Church-planting Movements

Are you into CPM’s — or desire to be? Then be sure to stop and see…


The wealth of resources there blows me away. For example, there’s a “RAD” booklet at…


It alone is worth the cost of admission. (Which, by the way, is zero.) There’s a concise version and a full version that is a couple of hundred pages, sufficient to tell you what to say on week by week talks at a new house church movement. Can’t wait to try these out.

5) Make Any Application a Multi-User One Using ScreenHero!

During a meeting this past week here at Brigada, we demo’d …


Essentially, it allows you to take any application online as a multi-user web app. From what we could determine, it seems to be limited right now to just two people at a time actively editing, but, bottom line, if you have a need to do joint planning with your spouse or teammate, at least give Screenhero a shot. Sessions are free — and encrypted.

6) Best Training Materials for Short-term Trips

We’ve been using Round Trip at the church where I’m an elder. It’s pretty great at preparing short-term teams for mission trips. But, for a while, we seemed to have lost it, once it became unavailable at the Christianity Today site. Now, suddenly, it’s available again here…


So glad. For $20 bucks, you won’t find a better cross-cultural training curriculum (complete with videos). (Probably couldn’t find anything any better than this at 10 times the price.)

7) Mobile Ministry Consultation

The 2013 Mobile Ministry Consultation will be December 9-11, in Orlando, Florida at the Wycliffe Headquarters. Learn with more than 100 other mobile ministry innovators how to reach the next generation for Christ via mobile device strategies. The consultation includes TED-style presentations, discussions, ministry field reports, workshops, and networking time.  The registration fee is $230 and includes meals. Limited housing is available on-site for $35 per night. For more information:


9) Training in Evangelism Among Muslims

Immerse yourself in this intensive course in Islam, its people and culture. Then, use what you learn in daily guided outreach opportunities with seasoned mentors. Manarah combines classroom training with daily apprentice-like opportunities to share with Muslims in homes and nearby parks. Taste Arab hospitality while learning how to bring light to these least-reached people.


Sounds fantastic.

10) Through the eyes of Vulnerable Mission

There is still a little room in this conference in Norwich UK from 14-16 November. An international group of speakers and mission practitioners from a variety of mission agencies and experiences will be discussing the advantages and difficulties of cross-cultural mission, using only local resources and local languages.  It is felt that this drastically reduces the possibilities for unhealthy dependency and increases the sense of ownership.  Check up the website at…


for more details.

11) CHE Training in Dallas-Ft. Worth

Want to do holistic ministry? Pioneer Bible Translators, in collaboration with the Global CHE Network will be offering training in Community Health Evangelism (CHE) in Grand Prairie, Texas, January 27-31, 2014. CHE integrates evangelism and discipleship with disease prevention and community based development. A 2-day Vision Seminar is available for $50, or the complete 5-day Training of Trainers (TOT1) formation costs $180.  Both programs include CHE materials and lunches each day.  For more details and registration, go to


12) Interesting Lense on Your Neighborhood

If you live in the USA (or would just like to check out a neighborhood in the USA), fill out the form at…


then click to…


and fill in your address. It will, among other things, tell you the average income/year for your entire state, then tell you the average income for those living within 1 mile of your address. VERY interesting to plan community outreaches. (Thanks Caleb!)

13) We Give Thanks…

…For the $100 gift from to Christ through Brigada from the great state of Texas, where the donor wishes to remain anonymous for the glory of God.

…For a $300 gift from partners in Illinois. We’re praising God right now for this kind of commitment and partnership. May He bless these partners mightily.

…For a small business with a big heart for missions, and a $50 gift to Brigada, at…


where they help people get healthier with whole food.

…For an encouraging gifts from Minnesota and Missouri respectively, both for $100 each. May God bless these partners.

…For a gift of $500 from a donor on the other side of the state of Kentucky. We are humbled, sobered, yet inspired on to tackle the future.

…For a gift of $30 from donors who gave to Brigada in gratitude for the way this ministry has helped them in their own mission work.

…For a gift of $5 from a friend in Michigan. May God bless you!!!

May God bless Mission Network, Mt. Vernon, WA, for sending a fantastic gift of $100. The great part is, they’ve done the same every month for the past year. Would you consider asking your church to do the same?

You see, we prayerfully set a modest budget of $17,120 for 2013. (This annual amount has remained unchanged for nearly a decade.) With it, we pay hosting fees, some travel costs, some marketing expenses, and modest salaries. Each week, thousands of people actively open and click on items in Brigada from nations all over the world. Many live in regions with unfavorable economic situations. Others are more blessed. If just 172 people would take on Brigada as a special cause for their end-of-year giving… and if each of those 172 people would make a single $100 donation, our entire year’s budget would be met. You could join us in a brief celebration in the next edition — and then we wouldn’t have to ask again for another year. The great news is, throughout the year, including gifts this past week, we’ve already received $5191.62. (Thank you!!!) So the truth is, we really only need 120 additional partners to send $100 each. Would you prayerfully consider becoming one of those 120 “True Fans” of Brigada today? You can give via a credit card or PayPal by clicking the “Donate” button (upper right at www.brigada.org). Or you can mail a check made payable to Team Expansion (Brigada), 13711 Willow Reed Drive, Louisville, KY 40299. Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so, for USA citizens, your gift to Christ through Team Expansion is tax-deductible. We’ll quickly send a thank-you note and receipt. We won’t add you to any mailing list unless you request it. Thanks for your prayers, your partnership, and your participation in the Brigada family!

14) The BackPage: What’s Your Church Missions Strategy?

Some years ago, at a Lausanne meeting, I happened to be assigned to a table which afforded me the chance to meet Ellen Livingood. If you’ll forgive the bad grammer/pun for a moment, I can tell you that she really is (living good). She’s got enough marketing/arts background to make everything look really clean, simple, and understandable, and on the whole, she generates great content. For example, if your church is seeking to determine its current missions strategy — kind of like an assessment or evaluation — try her October 2013 newsletter, available at..


If her evaluation misses the mark at all, in my humble opinion, it seems to be skewed a bit toward analyzing one’s current approaches, then deciding how to prioritize among those. While this would be a helpful approach, from what we see in this article, we don’t really seem to be directed much at the Bible to determine biblical mandates. Without the Bible as our guide, wouldn’t our strategies be adrift, and therefore somewhat vulnerable to the latest trends or fads in world evangelism? In addition, to my mind’s eye, the work seems highly skewed toward the question, “How will we prioritize what we’re doing now,” instead of asking the more fundamental question, “What do God and the world need us to do, regardless of what our church or our leadership would prefer?” These are bolder questions and some missions teams might not feel empowered enough to ask them. But I can pretty much guarantee, God is wishing that we would. (Thanks for the tip, Marti!)

15) Closing Stuff

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