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2014/09/28 — Brigada Today

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1) Missions Mobilization Video for Your Next Event
2) Next Time You Travel, Ask about Delta’s New Humanitarian Airfare
3) What’s the best Data Projector?
4) Pre Mission Trip Devotional Now In Spanish
5) New Tract To Help you Present the Gospel
6) What’s the Perfect Carry-on?
7) What does Your Team Use to Stay on the Same Page?
8) Make Your Stories Powerful And Consistent
9) Get Visionary in your Parenting
10) What Was the Role of Prayer in the Early Church?
11) Have you Been Wishing for Pocket Bible for the Mac?
12) New Book will Prepare you Spiritually for Mission
13) Undergird Brigada for Someone Who Can’t
14) The BackPage: Gear up to Mobilize with These New Resources
15) Closing Stuff

3) What’s the best Data Projector?

projector_cropBrigada participant, John, would like to know if anyone has found the best and least expensive data projector for use church services and mission presentations. He’s leaning towards an LED as opposed to a LCD or DLP version because of the cost of a replacement bulb. For his part, he’s in Mexico so any U.S. unit would work. But others might like to know if there are particular voltage expectations. If you have a recommendation/source, please click “Comment” immediately after the web version of this item. Thanks in advance for your review.

4) Pre Mission Trip Devotional Now In Spanish

spanish missionAn effective pre mission trip devotional adopted by many ministries and churches has been “Before You Go” by former YWAM’er and Pastor Jack Hempfling. For ministries and churches working in Latin America, it has now been translated into Spanish. A few minutes a day in the presence of the Lord is where a heart is prepared for the cross cultural challenges that only God knows are coming your way (Team unity, servant attitudes, pride, humility towards the culture, and many more).

The “Before You Go” Spanish version, “Antes de Ir,” is for those whom God is sending from Latin America to the nations. Check it out at…

You can also email the publisher, Randy Johnson, for a quote on ministry bulk orders:
For other questions, email the author:

5) New Tract To Help you Present the Gospel

c2c-banner-textMissouri Baptists have partnered with IMB to produce the new Creation to the Cross – C2C Fold-it Tract. You can tell the Bible’s message (gospel) in five minutes and then take new believers one story at a time leading them to quickly become disciple-makers. One folding tract and both scripts are included in a re-sealable pouch for $1. It’s not for mass distribution, but rather, for personal presentations (it’s wordless and colors are natural). It would work great with T4T and also with oral preference learners. Find ordering details, pictures, and a walk-through video online at:

6) What’s the Perfect Carry-on?

pelican luggageThose who travel via air, often, have learned to pack only a good carry-on: no lost luggage (ever) and lots of flexibility when one has to change itineraries because of bad weather or other contingencies. So the question becomes even more important: What’s the perfect carry-on? Caleb recently pointed us to this pricey but perfect solution: the new pelican pro gear luggage series and its 22″ carry-on.

As Caleb pointed out, “It’s intense, over-engineered, busting with features, and essentially break proof.” In fact, it’s also

-crushproof to 1500 pounds!
-it has a vented interior, but is still waterproof
-flat profile all around, so nothing can get knocked off or caught/broken
-no zipper to break, get stuck, or fail
-it has a cloth-lined interior for that cozy feeling
-it has built in locks
-lifetime warranty!
-and more!

However, this bag might be out of our price range. So what’s YOUR idea of a perfect carry-on? Just click comment on the web version of this item… and thanks for taking time to share your best find.

7) What does Your Team Use to Stay on the Same Page?

podioOur team at Team Expansion managed to snag a grant to use Podio. No doubt — it’s a great solution. Think Facebook, except encrypted… and only with your organizational staff… and with apps. Learn more at…

but you might have found another solution. There’s also Yammer, … and now Glip…

You might have found other solutions. I lead a small task force which is trying out

Modeled around a powerful task list and calendar, it’s the thing to choose if spreadsheets, Wundelist, and Trello are no longer enough, but Sharepoint is overkill. Versions are available for iOS and Android as well.

What’s enabling your team these days? Just click comment after the web version… and thanks in advance for sharing.

8) Make Your Stories Powerful And Consistent

visual story networkMinistry leaders are invited to a one-day event in Los Angeles, CA, USA, November 13, on Creating a Culture of Story in an organization. The Visual Story Network has lined up speakers on various aspects of branding and storytelling. The presentations will be in TEDtalk format with time between for participants to discuss and formulate their own next steps.

The speaker list draws from storytellers that are successful in Hollywood and internationally. You can find out more about the event, other speakers, complete bios, and registration at:

The Visual Story Network is a global coalition of 190 organizations 1300 visual communicators leading a movement so everyone can encounter Jesus and His kingdom.

12) New Book will Prepare you Spiritually for Mission

spiritually equipping for missionNow you can make sure you are transformed spiritually as you seek to transform communities globally. Ryan Shaw’s book, “Spiritual Equipping for Mission: Thriving as God’s Message Bearers,” becomes available literally this week in print or e-book. It’s published by IVP and is available here:

(Thanks for the tip, Millard!)

13) Undergird Brigada for Someone Who Can’t

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14) The BackPage: Gear up to Mobilize with These New Resources

Missions-Catalyst-no-tagline_largeHats off to Marti at Mission Catalyst for writing us this past week about the free seven-lesson small group study, designed to help World Christians grow into mobilizers. Learn what it takes to start a mission movement among your friends, churches, and families. Learn more… and download the entire course booklet for free at…

The creators, the Center for Mission Mobilization, has also created a video-based curriculum around the model of “GOer groups.” Learn more at…

They’ve also pulled together 5-minute talks on 15 topics under the heading of the NVision video series.

All three are a great find for mobilizers. (And thanks again to Marti for sharing them. Learn more about Marti’s work at )

15) Closing Stuff

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