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2014/08/31 — Brigada Today

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In this issue…
1) Beginning with this Brigada…
2) David Platt is the New President of the IMB
3) Resources for Families, Children of Missionaries, etc.
4) Hear Mario Joseph’s Testimony on YouTube
5) Creation Care – An Integral Part of Missions?
6) John Piper has a Mean Streak
7) Talk About a *Radical* Idea: How About Giving It All Away?
8) Relationship Helps Free and Ready to Use
9) What’s the Best Conference Calling Solution?
10) Thanks for all the Times Brigada Participants Share the Best
11) Can You Help Sarah Do Reentry Well?
12) The Best Advice on How to Conduct “Concerts of Prayer”
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The BackPage: What does Labor Day Mean to You?
15) Closing Stuff
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1) Beginning with this Brigada…

Beginning with this edition of Brigada Today, we’re making changes in hopes of helping some of our participants with readability. First, several have been complaining that their Brigada arrives with white text on a white background (it’s like a Brigada snow-out — otherwise known as “the case of the vanishing Brigada”). So in this edition, we add a hopefully-subtle background color to each item. If you still have trouble reading this, we’ll never know, because you won’t see this text anyway. :-) Other readers have complained that Gmail is truncating their edition short of the 7th or 8th item. If this is happening in your case, simply click on the link above to read the entire edition on the web, unabridged. Do you have comments on these color or style changes? Other suggestions? Please just click “Comment” immediately below the web version of this item and tell us your idea! We want to make things easier to read for everyone, so if these changes don’t help you, we need to know.

2) David Platt is the New President of the IMB

David_Platt_RGB_1The trustees of the IMB made it official this past week: David Platt is the new Prez. See the announcement at…


This is genius. Not only does Platt have the name recognition and the persona, but in addition, his rootedness as pastor’s pastor first, with a missions heart on top of everything else — it’s just brilliant. And we’ll all be better because of it. Hats off IMB! Another great decision.

3) Resources for Families, Children of Missionaries, etc.

missionary kidsHere’s a resource list [improved on Sept. 7] originally developed by Penny, who cares for the children of missionaries at Team Expansion, based in Louisville, Kentucky. (Thanks to the Brigada family for their contributions!)


[was originally http://www.brigada.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/family_resources-2014-08-01.pdf]

The list is annotated and contains Amazon links (or other sources) for each book or resource mentioned. She’s done a great job putting together a rich list of resources. (Thanks Penny!)

5) Creation Care – An Integral Part of Missions?

ecoThere’s a growing ecological crisis, particularly in East Asia. How is it impacting the people that we are called to serve, and what opportunities does it present for missions? This topic will be presented by OMF International, together with A Rocha and Missions Fest Vancouver. The date is Saturday, November 8, 2014, 7:15 – 9:30 pm, with the location being The Tapestry Church, 9280 No. 2 Road, Richmond, BC. The presenter is David Gould, Creation Care Advocate, OMF International. Find this event on the web at


6) John Piper has a Mean Streak

At least that’s what he encourages us to develop in his message, “Make War.”

For more on this, see his sermon notes at…


As you’ll see in the video, he wants us to get serious about waging war against the flesh, against pride, and against the powers of this dark world. I remember Ralph Winter writing once, as well, that we need a wartime mentality to win these battles. We take bigger risks during times of war. We wage all that we have. We sacrifice EVERYTHING. That’s what Piper is urging. Let’s lay it all out there. (Thanks for bubbling this up to us, Beth!)

7) Talk About a *Radical* Idea: How About Giving It All Away?

Radical-ministry-SIHHave you stopped by the Radical website lately? Sure — there’s a store. But the meat of the website isn’t the store. It’s the free resource section. Check it out at…


Literally hundreds of sermons, recordings, small group Bible studies, series, … I mean … the list goes on and on. No wonder they chose David Platt as the new President of the IMB!

8) Relationship Helps Free and Ready to Use

marriage helpsIntermin is full of helpful articles on Marriage, Parenting, Choosing a Life Partner and more.


All of it is translated into Simplified and Traditional Mandarin and much is also in Spanish. Mike developed these materials after many years living and working in Southeast Asia. Also see the free and downloadable resources. You can email Mike at

9) What’s the Best Conference Calling Solution?

conference calling service2Murray wrote this past week to ask, ” I’m interested in the question of ease of access, bandwidth etc for conference call software for international team meetings. Skype is most accessible in the sense of being well known and easy to use but Vsee uses less bandwidth so works better for those with slow internet. Teamviewer is also free but is less intuitive to use. I don’t know how it compares for bandwidth use. Go To Meeting does a better job handling bandwidth but is pricy.
Do you know who is done a well-researched comparison? I don’t want to change horses mid-stream so want to make a good choice up front.” Murray has asked a great question. We all default to Skype because everybody is on it. We default to VSee because it’s so compact and secure. We default to GoToMeeting because it works. But what’s the best? What’s your opinion? Just click “Comment” after the web version of this item — and thanks in advance for any testimonies you can share.

10) Thanks for all the Times Brigada Participants Share the Best

thank you on paperTheresa wrote this past week, thanking Brigada participants for their input on a recent inquiry about resources for understanding Hinduism. She wrote, “Thank you so much for posting my question about resources for learning about Hinduism. All the replies were helpful, but the answer from Cathy (the 5th reply) was EXACTLY what I wanted. I am beyond excited. And…. this is the amazing part… we work for the same organization! Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) is pretty big, and we are in different regions, so I was unaware of what they are doing. It took Brigada to bring us together. Thanks a million!” God be praised that she found her answer. And thank YOU for making Brigada work!

11) Can You Help Sarah Do Reentry Well?

books“Sarah” wrote this past week (name changed as a courtesy) asking for help with reentry. She wrote, “Will you kindly post reentry links and resources? It isn’t easy to do.” Gulp. My heart goes out to her. So let’s put our thinking caps on. What are the best books on Reentry? Are Clyde Austin’s landmark works still among the best? What books would you recommend? Which websites? What conferences should she attend? Is MTI’s “DAR” the best? Please share your best resources, for Sarah and everybody like her who didn’t write but is feeling the confusion. Just click “Comment” after the web version of this item. Thank you.

12) The Best Advice on How to Conduct “Concerts of Prayer”

concerts of prayerRemember David Bryant’s Book, “Concerts of Prayer?” Is it COMPLETELY out of print? All I see are used copies at…


Either way, Dave Bryant basically sparked a praying revolution. You can find more on Concerts of Prayer at


Is that it? Are there any great YouTube videos that DEMONSTRATE a Concert of Prayer? Are there any new books or other resources? Please click “Comment” after the web version of this item and let us know what you’ve seen. Thanks in advance.

13) We’re Grateful for…

gratefulThe Mission Network in Mount Vernon, WA. Learn more about them on the web at…


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14) The BackPage: What does Labor Day Mean to You?

labor dayGrowing up on a farm in southern Indiana, “Labor Day” (a USA holiday celebrating workers on the first Monday of Sept.) wasn’t much of a celebration. Rather, it was, in fact, another day to labor. My dad, bless his heart, worked full-time in a factory about 25 miles away. When he arrived home from work, it always seemed like he had a day’s worth of work scheduled on the farm. So when Labor Day came, it was a great chance to catch up. Labor Day was, then, all about laboring.

For some, that might have seemed, well, laborious. After all, in a concentration camp, “forced labor” is looked upon as cruel and unusual punishment. But as for us, we grew up thinking that work was normal. In fact, one might even go so far as to say it seemed sacred. We were taught that if we worked hard, God would honor our labor with blessings beyond measure. We seldom took vacations. But we didn’t know any better. We never resented work. It was what connected us to the future, not by way of burden or guilt, but because hard work produced a harvest. And after harvest, we could enjoy the fruit.

God seems like a serious worker. In the Genesis creation story, he pushes through when making the universe, finally taking a much-deserved day-off after wrapping up with designing humans. Psalm 19 suggests that he reveals himself by his work. Nehemiah worked so hard on rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, he wouldn’t even come down to eat lunch (Neh 5:14). In I Corinthians 10:31, Paul states that whatever we do, we should do for his glory.

So what did I do this past weekend (Labor Day weekend)? I replaced the railing on our front porch. The old wooden railing had rotted. Now there’s a new PVC railing in its place. I didn’t mind the work. It reminded me of my Dad and Mom. And I hope that, somehow, it can glorify God.

If you’re like most missionaries, you probably don’t get to grill out with your parents or grandparents on Labor Day. You’re busy proclaiming the Good News to captive hearts among your focus group. So today, wherever you are, would you pause for a moment and give thanks for the constant labor of missionaries the world over? Pray for their safety in this crazy politically-mixed-up world, and yet ask God to keep them bold for His Name’s sake.

And wherever you work today, may God bless your hands and hearts. Thank you for your partnership on behalf of unreached peoples everywhere.

(Thoughts about Labor Day in the USA — or a similar holiday where you grew up or where you serve today?)

15) Closing Stuff

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