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2014/09/07 — Brigada Today

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1) Amplified Booklist for Care of Missionary Families
2) How Do You Stay Up with Current News?
3) Retreats for those Coming Home
4) Who Tells about the Role of Prayer Better than J. Edwin Orr?
5) VoxyPad Reportedly Takes “Line” or Skype to the Next Level
6) YouVersion is Great, but if you Need an Offline Bible Version…
7) Neal Testified About Lifekids.tv
8) MissionSmart: Worth Another Look
9) Do you Think God Wants You to be a Missionary?
10) New Favorite Bible Studies Revealed
11) If You’re Headed to India, Add this Site to Your Short List
12) Seeking to Mobilizer Spanish-speaking Kids toward Mission?
13) Would you Take a Moment to Mention what Brigada Means to You?
14) The BackPage: Great Resources for TCK/MK Scholarships
15) Closing Stuff

1) Amplified Booklist for Care of Missionary Families

mother-kids-praying-902x333Thanks to those who contributed additional titles to Penny’s original list of books on caring for missionary families, mentioned last week. The list is now amplified at…


We’re so grateful for the input of the Brigada family and for the great resources everyone finds. (In this list, we’re especially grateful for a commenter’s mention of a book list by Dave and Irene Lewis at http://paracletos.org/blog/article/35-books-that-will-enhance-your-missionary-care-skills/ . Thank you Brigada family!)

5) VoxyPad Reportedly Takes “Line” or Skype to the Next Level

voxypadAlthough we haven’t had a chance to kick the tires on this service ourselves, Bruce, in a recent comment, shared that it is incredible. He reported that it was far superior to Line, Skype or Viber, and added that it even reminded him of OneNote and Evernote. Wow. Quite a testimony. Basically, it looks like they’ve taken instant messaging, added on-screen brainstorming tools and amped-up the interface substantially. It’s free for personal use, but it’s true that upgraded (paid) versions appear to add additional features and collaborative tools. Let’s check it out and, if you don’t mind, report in a comment on the web version of this item so we can see your feedback. Thanks in advance for your help in evaluating this tool — and thanks Bruce.


6) YouVersion is Great, but if you Need an Offline Bible Version…

laridianThanks to Brian who wrote about Laridian’s Pocket Bible in his comment about YouVersion (a couple of weeks ago). Find Laridian at…


He wrote, “I find it helpful to have a second go-to app that allows me to both operate fully offline and provides better study tools.” He’s right, especially about offline use. (If you’re out of connectivity, YouVersion is toast.) Laridian has been a great stand-by for many users for years. It’s worth the look.

7) Neal Testified About Lifekids.tv

Life-KidsWe recently mentioned Lifekids.tv and Neal’s comment prompted us to mention it one more time, in case you didn’t catch it in our previous edition. Neal wrote, “In that I have 16 grandkids and 13 great grand kids, I spent a few minutes on this site. WOW! AND DOUBLE WOW! I immediately sent it to all my family’s mother and grandmothers! What a wealth of help in this world today!” He’s right! Don’t miss this great resource at…


8) MissionSmart: Worth Another Look

mission smartAfter a flurry of mentions in recent editions of Brigada, I have to admit — I now have three new books on my desktop. I’m looking forward to reading, “MissionSmart: 15 Critical Questions to Ask Before Launching Overseas.” After mentioning this book in a recent Brigada item, one of our great friends, Marti, commented, “Recently read this myself, primarily looking for its strengths and weaknesses. Have noticed that several of the “how to become a missionary” books and resources out there reflect assumptions or biases that limit their usefulness. It’s hard to produce something that is concrete, practical and clear without becoming unduly prescriptive. But I thought he kept a good balance on that. Emphasis on the importance of not simply “sending” yourself but building a strong relationship with the church, getting relevant experience before you go, dealing with family and identity issues, etc.” Marti added that the “Book does assume we’re talking about Americans/Westerners going out as long-term career missionaries, but acknowledges a variety of roles and approaches. See the author talking about this book here:”


She closed by saying, “I have a hunch this book will find a greater audience with church mission leaders (who have seen a few people crash and burn) than with the candidates themselves (who have a stronger felt need for encouragement rather than cautionary tales).” I can’t wait to read it myself. You can order MissionSmart at:


9) Do you Think God Wants You to be a Missionary?

i think God wants me to be a missionaryThen check out the book by that title (“I Think That God Wants Me to be a Missionary”)…


A recent commenter from Emmaus Road International …


Mentioned that he had found the book very helpful. We agree and have actually taught workshops using material from it. Another job well done, Neal!

10) New Favorite Bible Studies Revealed

phil19We asked recently for your thoughts about favorite Bible studies or courses and we were struck by several resources mentioned in follow-up comments. “Chris” couldn’t say enough good stuff about J.D. Greear’s “The a Gospel According to Jonah.” Charles wrote about the Topical Memory System, published by The Navigators. Michael highlighted Charles Swindoll’s “Hand me another Brick,” adding that “It looks at personal character, hearing God, following God’s call and the list goes on. Good leadership development tool. When I have used it in the past it was hard to find copies but Amazon has it in stock currently.” Mark commented, “Oral learners will appreciate Bible studies that are relational. Let them exegete the study rather than using workbooks or lecture. And have a blast doing it!” He pointed us to a free catalog that includes Spiritual Warfare, Making Disciplemakers, Heroes & Villains, Jesus is Enough, Family Time Devotions, Go Story! (Volunteer training), and many more,” available by writing to SnowdenMinistriesatgmaildotcom . Thanks to all these folks for your input!

13) Would you Take a Moment to Mention what Brigada Means to You?

thank youWe’ve never asked before, because it feels awkward, but … If you have a testimony, a thought, or a word of encouragement, would you please mention it in a comment to the web version of this item? We’re collecting these, in part, to help presenting Brigada to new audiences to expand our capacity to help others reach unreached peoples (so, honestly, we’re trying to get past the awkwardness for the sake of the unreached). Your thoughts don’t have to be long: two or three sentences would be great. Try to write specifically for those who have never heard of Brigada before, with a view to help them understand how Brigada has helped you and those you know. Thanks so much for your help.

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14) The BackPage: Great Resources for TCK/MK Scholarships

college-kidsIn the July 27th Brigada, we asked about scholarships for children of missionaries, how to connect or find them, how to sign up, etc. The Brigada audience came through bigtime. Steve wrote, “As already noted in the posts above, there are, thankfully, options out there. As someone who married an MK then raised four MK’s, I appreciate your having this discussion on Brigada. I currently work at Cincinnati Christian University. At CCU we offer an MK scholarship that covers room and board charges, and may be combined with other scholarships that we offer toward tuition charges (see


Steve continued, “Taking into consideration these scholarships, Pell grants, and other scholarships outside the school that might be available to the student, this should go a long way toward covering the cost of college. Other Christian colleges and universities offer scholarships as well. I strongly recommend researching a variety of schools and finding not just the best scholarship offer, but the best fit for the student. Take the time to do campus visits if at all possible. It might take a discussion with the admissions office to find all the scholarships for which your student qualifies, so don’t be discouraged if your initial web search doesn’t yield all that you need. If you like the quality of the school, and it’s a good fit for your student, take the time to talk with them before you make a decision.
We’re excited about having MKs at CCU-we usually have quite a few MK students on campus each year. They’re good students and a blessing to the campus community.” Great response Steve.

Roger pointed us to these three sites…




Go Brigada family!

15) Closing Stuff

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