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2014/10/05 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
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In this issue…
1) Christmas Gifts and Breakthrough Insights
2) Missions Learning Community For Local Churches
3) Full Funding Fast and Free?
4) Is your Church or Org Experiencing Mission Drift?
5) Looking for a New Hard Drive to Take into Secure Locations?
6) ProPempo Makes Available 6 New e-Books
7) New Training for Short-term Mission Trip Participants
8) Eurasia Media and Distribution Consultation (EMDC)
9) Global Unrest Begins When Someone “Pokes Our Heart”
10) How to Get the Best Deal on Airfare
11) Do you Care about Member Care?
12) UPG-Tech Conference In SoCal
13) We Give Thanks…
14) The BackPage: On Breeding Spotted Mice
15) Closing Stuff

1) Christmas Gifts and Breakthrough Insights


the global gospelWerner Mischke’s blockbuster book “The Global Gospel” is about to go to press, and Brigada friend Robby has arranged a 60%(!!!) case discount for those vocationally involved in the global mission effort, PLUS a $20 commission on all referrals. (If you buy a case and mention Robby or his ministry, Brigada gets $20. If someone buys and mentions you, you get $20, etc.)

This deluxe hard-back could be a great Christmas gift for your donors!

* Grab this deal to save $360 off retail (AND Brigada gets $20)!
* Refer this deal to a qualified buyer and earn $20 for yourself.
* Share the insights with leaders and missionaries to enhance their ministry.

Here’s the thesis: Individualistic Westerners don’t naturally grasp the honor/shame dynamics inherent in collectivistic societies (including those in which the Bible was written). This has led unwittingly to a blind spot in Western theology. As a result most evangelism limits gospel presentations to the language of sin and guilt. This in turn puts a glass ceiling on the gospel’s reception in many cultures, and on our own understanding of the gospel’s richness.

The deal:

The book:

2) Missions Learning Community For Local Churches

future missionariesIn a simplistic statement the church’s role is to make disciples who make disciples. If churches do this well, some will respond to
the call to make disciples in a cross-cultural setting. Future Missionaries teaches, through a learning community approach, the necessary information to equip the missions leadership of a local church how to mentor potential missionary candidates. Leadership from eight church-month period for equipping on intentional discipleship practices. Taught by Greg Carter, author of Skills, Knowledge, Character: A Church-Based Approach to Missionary Candidate Preparation, and guest instructors. The Chicagoland learning community launches in January, 2015; Minneapolis in April, 2015. Other metro areas in consideration.

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3) Full Funding Fast and Free?

kingdom_come_training_logoYes, check it out! Now it is actually possible for you to achieve your full funding fast through Kingdom Come Training and then be reimbursed up to $1000 to cover the cost! A brand new nonprofit corporation has been established called 10,000 Witnesses. It is for the sole purpose of providing money for the training, the coaching, plus the incentive to achieve 100% funding in a few months rather than a few years. 10,000 Witnesses releases grants of up to $1,000 for faith ministry workers with qualified evangelical mission agencies once they achieve full funding through KCT training and coaching. Normally the grant covers all of your training and coaching fees. The training and coaching happens over live, interactive videoconferencing, which means you can do it from anywhere in the world with adequate Internet access. Click into the KCT and 10,000 Witnesses websites:


4) Is your Church or Org Experiencing Mission Drift?

mission driftPeter Greer and Chris Horst seek to help faith-based organizations make sure they do not drift from their founding mission; in other words, make sure they stay Mission True (the authors use that term a lot). The authors give examples (sort of case studies) of orgs, schools, etc. that they say have drifted – Harvard, ChildFund and the Y – and others that have remained true, i.e. World Relief, Compassion, Taylor University, etc.). There is a survey to determine whether or not your org is drifting in intentionality, clarity, guidelines, suggestions to help the org remain Mission True, I.e. knowing why you exist, developing true leadership within the org from the board down, measuring what matters (it’s not always growth or money that should be the measure of success), maintaining the right culture, and (get this!) recognizing that the local church anchors a thriving mission. In conclusion, the authors wonder what would have happened if these orgs that drifted would have remained Mission True, which, in essence is standing firm on the Truth of the Gospel and not wavering from the initial purpose of sharing it, being committed to Christ above all, not hiring for technical competency alone, never soft-pedaling Christian identity. Check it out at…

(Thanks for this book review, Betty!)

6) ProPempo Makes Available 6 New e-Books

propempo-missions-005aIf you’re interested in any of these topics:
o Inquirer
o Personal Involvement
o Church Mobilization
o Church Leadership
o Missionary
o Complete Set
ProPempo has a PDF e-book ready for you in their Online Download Store. Find them at…

(Thanks to David for the recommendation, and Dave D. for passing David’s recommendation along so promptly.)

7) New Training for Short-term Mission Trip Participants

missionary kidsThanks to Carol for prompting us to check out “Mission Launch Team Training,” discipleship training designed for international or domestic teams. It’s being used by churches, sending agencies, and schools, as well as Moody Bible Institute! Cindy Judge, author of “Before You Pack Your Bag, Prepare Your Heart,” wrote the forward to the new second edition, saying: “Team leaders I know have longed for such a curriculum.” Learn more at…

(Carol passed this tip along at , while commenting on a Brigada item from our Feb. 20th edition, 2011.)

8) Eurasia Media and Distribution Consultation (EMDC)

EMDC is a multi-agency consultation that meets alternately in Asia and Europe. Minority language workers in the Eurasia region meet with media specialists (Radio, TV, Internet, Mobile, Social Media), IT Technicians, recording specialists, graphic artists, digital publishers and specialists in Orality and Ethno-Arts. EMDC 2015 will be in Europe in springtime, 2015 and expects around 350 people (100+ organizations). It will have over 40 workshops. Prior to EMDC there are 4 optional days of training in 16 Tracks: Video 1, Video 2, Audio 1, Audio 2, Website development, Orality/Storytelling, Ethnoarts, Mobile Production, Mobile Apps, Game development, Culturally Intelligent Media, Media-based Discovery Groups, Becoming an On-Line Trainer, Animation, Research for Effective Media Communication, Archiving and Digital Publishing. Contact: infoatemdcondotorg for access to the password-protected website.

12) UPG-Tech Conference In SoCal

cyberCybermissions is organizing a one-day TED-style conference in Harbor City, CA (Los Angeles Beaches area) on Saturday November 15th, 2014. The cost is just $20 to attend or $100 if your organization wants to set up a booth. The UPG-Tech conference will be tightly focused on appropriate technology for engaging unreached people groups. This will include mobile technology, solar powered devices, FM radio planting, mobile media distribution, and how to effectively meet the challenges of e-learning and m-learning. Missionaries, pastors, seminary students, and any interested Christians are welcome. You do not have to use your real name when you register, aliases are OK. There will be no conference photos. The web page for sign-up and all the details is at:

and you may contact John for more info at

13) We Give Thanks…

give-thanks-in-everythingThanks to the Mission Network, who sent $100 this past week because they believe in Brigada enough to make a monthly pledge of $100, partly because they want to dare other agencies, churches, and individuals to do the same. God bless you!!! Learn more about Mission Network at…

Thanks, too, to a reader from the UK who sent $100 this past week. God bless you from across the deep blue sea.

We’re also grateful for the reader who sent $40. Perhaps many will be inspired by her gift to give more. Thank you!

14) The BackPage: On Breeding Spotted Mice

mouseA.W. Tozer simply could not have made it any easier to understand when he wrote that now-famous essay, “On Breeding Spotted Mice.” In it, he tells about a rich British royalty who spent his entire life trying to breed the perfect spotted mouse. Tozer explains, “Made in the image of God, equipped with awesome powers of mind and soul, called to dream immortal dreams and to think the long thoughts of eternity, he chooses the breeding of a spotted mouse as his reason for existing. Invited to walk with God on earth and to dwell at last with the saints and angels in the world above; called to serve his generation by the will of God, to press with holy vigor toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, he dedicates his life to the spotted mouse — not just evenings or holidays, mind you, but his entire life.” Tozer added, “The man who does not know where he is, is lost; the man who does not know why he was born is worse lost; the man who cannot find an object worthy of his true devotion is lost utterly; and by this description the human race is lost, and it is a part of our lostness that we do not know how lost we are.” Certainly this is the situation among the world’s 7000-or-so unreached people groups. They simply do not know how lost they are.

Today, more than ever before, we need a new generation of workers who will excel at helping these missing persons (missing from the Kingdom of God) become found. Tired of chasing “spotted mice?” Talk with the leaders of your local church. Partner with a missions agency. Together, let’s rally together to make a lasting difference among the world’s remaining unreached peoples and cities!

15) Closing Stuff

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