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Brigada Today– 2014/02/09

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In this edition:
1) Understand and Communicate Good News to Muslims
2) New Website on Bridging the Muslim Contextualization Divide
3) Missional Micro-videos
4) Could This be the Best RSVP Tool on the Web?
5) New Crop of VPN’s Made Simple
6) New Satellite Devices: Smaller, Cheaper, More Powerful
7) EasyBibles.com Seeking Prayer for Sub-Saharan Africa
8) New Wellness Inventory for “Missionary Kids”
9) See 2013 in Relation to its Impact on Nations
10) Global Member Care Book has Gone eBook
11) If the UN Could Talk to Humanitarian Orgs, What Would They Say?
12) Is There An Organization That Sells Books For Missions?
13) We Give Thanks…
14) The BackPage: Tunisia’s New Constitution Brings Victory
15) Closing Stuff

1) Understand and Communicate Good News to Muslims

Engaging IslamThat’s the purpose behind the two-week conference known as Engaging Islam, scheduled for March 10th-21st (two modules: Evangelism March 10-14, and Discipleship March 17-21 at Team Expansion’s home campus (Emerald Hills) on the southeastern outskirts of Louisville, Kentucky. Designed for anyone interested in Muslim ministry (missionary candidates, missionaries on furlough, church missions directors, missions committee members, perspectives students, and seminary students as well), the course includes material from 3 elements —
a) Academic: Morning lectures provide a wide spectrum of subjects including history, theology, and apologetics;
b) Practical: Afternoon workshops and case studies explore different evangelism approaches.
c) Spiritual: Evenings are dedicated to worship, sharing and a spiritual challenge emphasizing the roles of faith, prayer, boldness, and the Holy Spirit.

The cost is $180 for one week, $300 for two weeks, including tuition, materials and lunch. Discounts are available for spouses and alumni. Register at


2) New Website on Bridging the Muslim Contextualization Divide

muslims The Bridging the Divide Network’s new website is launched at


This network brings together Christians of various positions on contextualization and translation issues that have caused controversy in ministry efforts among Muslims. Read BtD’s vision, its core documents, the pre-readings and consultation presentations, and a great collection of quotations in favor of Christians bridging what divides them.

3) Missional Micro-videos

It’s no surprise that we now live in a world that is increasingly immersed in media. There’s a place to debate how this impacts cultures, but the fact remains that hunger for video-related content only continues to grow, so why not feed people content that will feed their souls?

One of the areas seeing the most growth globally is micro videos, which have been popularized by Vine (a Twitter tool) and Instagram. Animated GIF files, which have been around for decades, are now also seeing increased popularity. Brian is looking for examples of such ultra-short video clips (Vines are 6 seconds, Instagram videos are 15 seconds) or GIFs that can be used for ministry. If you know of any, please click “Comment” after the web vision of this item.

4) Could This be the Best RSVP Tool on the Web?

WhoozinThe site is…


I honestly can’t find the downside of this tool yet. There’s no charge, it’s ad-free, and it’s super for recurring events. Need a tool to allow your Home Bible study group to specify how many will be attending so you know how many refreshments to prepare? Now you have a solution. Launching a soccer ministry and need to know numbers for each practice/game? Bam. Whether by computer or phone, Whoozin can tell you Who’s in… and Who’s out.

6) New Satellite Devices: Smaller, Cheaper, and More Powerful

Whoever said “The best gifts come in small packages,” must have been yearning for Delorme’s new satellite device:


The “inReach SE” finally allows us “to type, send and receive, track and SOS all from the palm of your hand.” Best of all, it’s priced under $300 with subscription plans starting at $10/month. The sweet spot of the subscription pricing lands at $25/month, however, for which you get 40 custom messages per month along with unlimited predefined messages AND, get this, unlimited tracking. But the best plan of all is slated to be rolled out next month, at which time — get this — DeLorme says they’ll introduce the “Freedom Plan,” a contract-free satellite plan for the first time in history. For $25 per year, you’ll be able to “opt in” to any of the monthly plans (e.g., the $25-per-month “Recreation Plan”) by playing just slightly more. For example, you buy the unit and join the Freedom plan. Then for any month you want messaging, just pay for that month only (along with a very small add-on administrative fee) and you’re good to go. After the trip is over, opt back out without having to continue the monthly payments. Finally — someone understands our needs!

By the way, if you’re curious as to what the Iridium folks have been developing, see their latest at…


Actual pricing won’t be released for some time. It’ll be a more expensive device than the Delorme inReach for sure, but either way, it will likely be overall less than we’ve ever seen on a device of this type. (Thanks Caleb!)

7) EasyBibles.com Seeking Prayer for Sub-Saharan Africa

The folks at EasyBibles.com request your prayer for the work in the region of Sub-Saharan Africa where they’re reaching even into prisons. See their blogs at…


and rejoice and pray for God’s anointing on this ministry! For more information, inquirers can also contact

10) Global Member Care Book has Gone eBook

member care kindle editionThat’s right… Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell’s book, Global Member Care: Crossing Sectors for Serving Humanity, has made the jump to a Kindle edition. See it at…


This is the second volume in the Global Member Care series. It “encourages readers to connect and contribute to various international sectors on behalf of mission/aid workers and humanity. The book’s 35 chapters include a wealth of practical resources: guidelines, codes, resolutions, perspectives, principles, case examples, videos links, human rights instruments, and more.” Highly recommended.

12) Is There An Organization That Sells Books For Missions?

Not that they sell missions-related books, but they resell used books in order to raise money for missions. Mert’s parents already take Christian books for distribution in developing countries to


But now they are wanting to find a place that will sell other books in order to raise funds for missions. If you know of any, please click “Comment” below the web version of this item.

13) We Give Thanks…

Hats off to ISA insurance, which sent another $6.66 this past week because someone purchased trip cancellation insurance with them (and thank you College Heights!). Learn more about their offerings at…


They provide insurance plans for those who need international health, and travel insurance, as well as those who want to be reimbursed if their travel plans change or are interrupted by anything in any way. I’ve had to collect before — and it works. God bless you ISA!

We’re also thankful for $25 from a Brigada Participant in Temple City, California. God bless you!

14) The BackPage: Tunisia’s New Constitution Brings Victory

That’s what Tunisia’s president called it last week when his country signed into being a new constitution. “By adopting the constitution, Tunisia celebrated a triple victory — over dictatorship, over terrorism that seeks to spread chaos and block our path to democracy and over our own divisions.” (Source: See ABC News at…


or any one of 6 million other websites reporting on the major outcome. But the brightest light in the new constitution is surely its stand on Sharia law: Missing in Action. In other words, the new constitution does not impose it. What’s more, according to The World Magazine…


it provides safeguards like a prohibition against ” any form of accusation of apostasy and incitement to violence.” What’s more, Article 6 essentially guarantees “freedom of belief and conscience.” If we understand this correctly, the constitution itself now permits atheism, as well as any other religion… and all this, without penalty of law. If this is true, the people of Tunisia are finally living out the teachings of the Qur’an, which asks Muslims to protect, not punish, the “People of the Book,” and others who do not follow Islam.

Got comments on Tunisia’s new constitution? Click “Comment” following the online version of this item and let your voice be heard, either by name or completely anonymously.

15) Closing Stuff

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