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Brigada Today– 2013/12/30

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In this edition:
1) This Week: Can you Help Christ’s Work Worldwide through Brigada?
2) During this New Year’s, please Say a Prayer for …
3) Suppose you Wanted to buy the Best Online Bible for a Friend?
4) Free Anthology of Brazilian Mission Poetry, Volume 2
5) Free Scripts for Brazilian Mission Theatre
6) Stay Up on Brazilian Missions with this Blog App
7) Where Are the Best Links to free Arabic Bibles for…
8) Let’s Learn from the Mapping Center
9) Learn to Coach Storyrunners Among the Unreached
10) Give Hope to Prisoners with The Prison Bible
11) Easyenglish And Easybibles Celebrate Recent Answered Prayers
12) Gear Up at TRAIN International
13) We Give Thanks…
14) The BackPage: The Wonder of New Cycles
15) Closing Stuff

1) This Week: Can you Help Christ’s Work Worldwide through Brigada?

Each year, Brigada tries to raise a small budget of $17K to help with server costs, projects among unreached peoples, spreading the word about Brigada, and helping with the cost of our one salaried assistant. We only ask for help during the last 8 weeks of the year. Fortunately, friends like you have already given $10,084.11. What does this mean? It means we only need $7,035.89 to reach our current year’s budget. This could happen several different ways. If 71 people stepped up to the plate and sent a $100 gift, we’d be completely funded. Or, one motivated believer in world evangelism could give a $5000 gift, underwriting the cost of many of our readers in Global South lands where money is in short supply. It’s your call. Either way, this is the last official edition for 2013. We’ll keep the offering plate open for the next 3 editions, just in case you need to mail something. We need your help. Would you consider asking your family or church to make a generous gift this weekend? If so, we’d be very grateful. Just click “Donate” in the upper right corner, or, 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!

2) During this New Year’s, please Say a Prayer for …

Today, we’re asking that you say a prayer for HASTE (Help And Assistance For Team Evangelism). HASTE is working alongside existing (Baptist) churches with Syrian Refugees, trying to get many families get Winterized before the cold sets in. We didn’t see a website, but we know if you pray for them, God will empower them. (They also sent a recent gift to Brigada, enclosing a note that read, “We have appreciated your ministry for years.” Bless you all!

3) Suppose you Wanted to buy the Best Online Bible for a Friend?

Got a friend or family member who somehow was overlooked by Santa? It happens more often than you think. Or maybe someone (you?) received cash for Christmas, so you’re asking yourself, “What would make a perfect gift that would keep on giving?” Never fear: the answer is here.
Logos Bibles and Christian books all fit together in your favorite digital device. Whether for your phone, slate, or laptop, Logos apps are perfect for pastors, stupendous for students, and fantastic for family. Plus, if you order now, you might still get a free A. W. Tozer book from Logos as a thank-you gift. Simply make any purchase, then use this coupon code: 12DAYS2013 — to get the book free! (And thanks for ordering from Logos at the above landing page. They plan to make donations to Brigada to say thanks for each order, so when you order and read a Logos Bible, you’re helping Brigada too!)

4) Free Anthology of Brazilian Mission Poetry, Volume 2

BrazilThis book brings together poems about missions from some of the greatest Brazilian evangelical poets. Also included is a great selection of quotes on Missions and Evangelism by pastors, missionaries, theologians and great men of God. 129 pages.
To read the book online , or download it from the site Scribd, visit:





7) Where Are the Best Links to free Arabic Bibles for…

Remember those guys? They’re an action-focused team trying to change a nation. To help them make a difference among tons of locals, they’re searching for recommendations for the best links to free *ARABIC* Bibles for:

online reading
online mobile reading
iPhone/iPad (iOS)
Windows Phone
Windows 8

If you have any options for them, please use the comment boxes following the web version of this item. And thanks in advance for any help you can give.

8) Let’s Learn from the Mapping Center

Perhaps you’ve noticed… here at Brigada, we’re high these days on sites like the Mapping Center…

This site was referred to us by Brigada participant, Caleb, who is in the middle of trying to help a neighborhood what has gone through lots of decline. By using the MappingCenter site, he pole-vaults YEARS ahead in his understanding of neighborhoods and possibilities. You can too. Check it out — and let’s hope it continues to globalize its data to the far corners of the earth. It’s only a matter of time.

9) Learn to Coach Storyrunners Among the Unreached

StorytellingVision 500 is a strategic movement to produce 42 oral Bible stories from Creation to Jesus’ Return in 500 unreached languages. Explore this exciting opportunity March 23-28, 2014, at the StoryRunners School of Storying (SOS) in Orlando. It is a 5 day interactive workshop that demonstrates the process being used in the international SOS in a single language in just 5 weeks! Afterwards, if you are interested, you can apply to join a team that will coach national Christians who are ministry practitioners to develop and record the story set and to lead weekly story groups that can multiply into churches. SOS graduates have the skill and vision to help others into a lifetime of effective, reproducible Bible storying ministry. StoryRunners is the Bible storying ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ to unreached people groups. To learn more, browse to …

10) Give Hope to Prisoners with The Prison Bible

Prison BibleBible League International announces the very first publication of its kind, The Prison Bible, which will be available January of 2014. With over 10.1 million people in prison around the world, The Prison Bible is designed to address one of the most unreached populations in an innovative, yet simple way. The Prison Bible presents Scripture in simple, everyday language inmates can understand using the full Easy-to-Read Version™ Bible. It also provides the inmate with useful tools such as a goal setting chart, Scripture helps for dealing with negative emotions, and an address book for family and friends. The Prison Bible can be ordered at Bible League International’s online bookstore:

11) Easyenglish And Easybibles Celebrate Recent Answered Prayers

The folks at MissionAssist invite you to celebrate and give praise for some great recent months at…


They welcome you to join with them in praise and celebration about recent developments in easySpanish, new friends in Norway and in Nepal.
For more information, contact

12) Gear Up at TRAIN International

TRAIN International equips individuals and teams preparing to live and work cross-culturally and provides debriefing when they return from the field. They also offer coaching to churches that are sending and supporting cross-cultural workers. Their goal is that workers go prepared, stay effective, and return healthy and prepared for their next phase of ministry. Check out their website at

Upcoming Events: ABIDE (debriefing and re-entry seminar) February 17-21 and May 19-23; ORIENT (pre-field training) September 8-21.

13) We Give Thanks…

$30 from a friend in Minnesota.
$100 from workers in Bosnia… longtime friends and colleagues
$100 from our partner in Pasadena. She wrote that she was thankful for our “item highlighting” and that it “made her (Christmas) day!” She added, “I will promote this site with members of our own prayer network for the islands. Thank you!” Thank YOU, Pasadena!
And $100 from East Falmouth, MA, on behalf of the Create International 2020 Vision team. Learn more at…

14) The BackPage: The Wonder of New Cycles

I remember as a child, the most amazing Christmas present of all was to receive a shiny new tricycle or bicycle. In fact, I still have the tricycle I received as a Christmas gift, probably as a 3-year-old. Today, cycles still mean a lot… but the cycles I’m describing in my adult world are those which allow us new starts. They are the magical cycles of a new day, a new week, a new month, and now — a new year.

You see, we humans are fallible creatures. To be direct, we blow it. We mess up. We make mistakes. We hurt those we love, harm those who can’t fight back, and overlook those who need our attention. The good news is: Due to the cycles we get at times like Christmas/New Years, we get to start over.

It doesn’t have to take the form of a New Year’s resolution, although that works for some. It can also be an end-of-year confession. Or sometimes, it’s simply a prayer. No matter what, this is your natural, astronomical time to start over. The earth has traveled in a full circle around the sun (since we began 2013). We’re back at the same starting point now. So here’s your chance.

If you had a chance to start over, what would you change? If you had another go-round, what kind of new start would you desire? Because that’s exactly what you’ve got. Use the Comment box(es) following the online version of this item to leave (even an anonymous) comment, prayer, or testimony. Perhaps someone else will take strength from your new start. All identities will remain confidential. Thanks for being part of the Brigada family, Hope you had a joy-filled Christmas, and Please have a blessed and happy New Year!

Doug and the whole Brigada Family!

15) Closing Stuff

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