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2014/06/15 — Brigada Today

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In this edition:

1) Players Who Use their Celebrity can Touch the World
2) Earn an MA degree while completing Forge Residency
3) Train And Place Your Church Mission Team In 12 Months
4) If We Didn’t Already Have Enough Concerns About Security
5) Travel Secure App by Morton
6) Prepare to Share with Muslims at Engaging Islam
7) New Course Offers Six-session Study on the Great Commission
8) What Can You Tell us About the Keystone Project?
9) Looking For a Great Passport and/or Visa Expediter?
10) You Might Enjoy this set of Animated Maps
11) Oral Bible Storying: Learn How Jesus Told HIS Story
12) Try These Resources for Sharing Love and Hope with Muslims
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The BackPage: Why Do Our Earbuds Always Tangle?
15) Closing Stuff

2) Earn an MA degree while completing Forge Residency

johnsonJohnson University has launched a partnership with Forge America to offer a Missional Church Leadership concentration for a fully-online Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies degree.

This is the ONLY 100% online MA program in the world that is specifically designed to complement and give graduate level credit for Forge Residency. This joint initiative was created for missional-minded leaders who want to work on an MA degree and complete their residency at the same time.

For more information about this incredible opportunity, go to:


3) Train And Place Your Church Mission Team In 12 Months

school_cluster6Your local church wants to send a long-term team to the least-reached. Where can they get training to go? Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Orlando offers a 12 month path. In the 5-month long Discipleship Training School


will give your church mission team excellent character development and spiritual formation. They will also get experience sharing the gospel in the 10/40 Window. A new school starts every quarter. Then they can attend their School of Missions


for excellent cross-cultural mission training that includes topics in: biblical basis of missions, missions history, member care, language acquisition, cultural acquisition, church planting, community development, contextualization and team skills. Contact
launchteamatywamorlandodotcom for more information.

5) Travel Secure App by Morton

morton secure8Now you can download a travel secure app by Morton Security Solutions. Use this app to receive security alerts, research an area and reach out for help from a security professional at MSS. Morton Security Solutions provides crisis management program development, secure travel services, international communications capabilities and training programs. Their services are tailored to your specific organization or church, as well as your strategic goals. They want to enable you to continue to be effective and safe, regardless of where you operate. Find it in the Google Store at…


And look for it on iPhones by searching for “Travel Secure” and the Morton logo.

6) Prepare to Share with Muslims at Engaging Islam

engaging islamGo deeper in your understanding of ministry to Muslims with Engaging Islam Intensives Training – interactive and exciting week-long courses on Evangelism, July 7-11, and a new Discipleship course, July 14-18, in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. The Discipleship course features brand new material from Georges’ soon-to-be published book. Whether you are in full time ministry, or simply have a desire to learn more about ministry to Muslims-these courses are for you. Read more and register at…


7) New Course Offers Six-session Study on the Great Commission

Find it at…

It’s a six-session study on the Great Commission. For hundreds of years, committed Christians have gone to the ends of the earth in response to our Lord’s command to take the Gospel to everyone… everywhere! Organizers of this course hope that you will be captured by the vision of a world that is increasingly being reached with the Message of the love and forgiveness of Jesus. They pray that you will become men and women of Issachar. More than 3,000 years ago, God raised up a cadre of 200 men and their families, from the tribe of Issachar, to give leadership to His people because they “Understood the times and knew what Israel should do.” Now you can become like they were.

8) What Can You Tell us About the Keystone Project?

keystone projectThis past week, a colleague shared quite a find:


There are tons of resources on the “Training Downloads” page. Has anyone tried these and, if so, can anyone share (in one of the Comment boxes following the web version of this item) how helpful this stuff is please? Because it LOOKS awesome… for instruction on discipleship and what it requires, the Holy Spirit, and disciplemaking movements. And it LOOKS like all this stuff is absolutely free. Could it be true?

11) Oral Bible Storying: Learn How Jesus Told HIS Story

storyrunnersOver 80% of the world are oral learners who want to communicate through hearing and telling stories. Join StoryRunners School of Storying, an interactive workshop September 28 – October 3, 2014
in Orlando, FL (USA), to learn how to use oral bible stories in any kind of ministry setting: for evangelism/discipleship/church planting, with individuals & groups, within your own people group & cross-culturally. Tell Jesus’ story the same way he told it!

Get more information and submit an application at


or call Melissa 405-306-5348 (USA).

13) We’re Grateful for…

thank you blocksA gift of $10 from Morristown, TN. God bless you two!!!

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14) The BackPage: Why Do Our Earbuds Always Tangle?

Perhaps you’ve battled it too — bad cases of tangling headsets. I sure have. And I always wondered, “Why in the world do these tangle so badly?” Well finally there’s a quantitative analysis:


Who knew? :-) (Thanks for pointing me to the study, Caleb.)

Now spiritualizing this is going to take an effort. But I know there’s a lesson here somewhere. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far. The basic principle behind these findings is that, the longer the headset, the more likely they are to tangle. So the corollary in the spiritual world is, the more you tackle for God, the more likely it is that you’ll make a mistake. This leads to the follow-up conclusion that we shouldn’t be so down on ourselves if some of the things we take on don’t end up working. Why? Because the more we tackle, the more likely it will be that some of our items “don’t make.”

Have you experienced this kind of principle recently? Or … are you about to? If so, please write a comment following the web release of this items. We’d love to see this principle documented. So — thank you, in advance, for taking time to write some of this down.

15) Closing Stuff

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