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2015/03/08 — Brigada Today

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In this issue…
1) Explore the “Xplore” intro-to-missions course in Atlanta on Apr. 11
2) Gather with other Atlanta-area Missions Pastors at ATL Glocal
3) Earn Your Master’s Degree While Increasing Your Ministry Impact
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5) Discover from What IP Address You’re Connecting?
6) VolunteerCard.com Can Cover YOU? Do You Have the Card?
7) OneDrive Can Create Havoc; What’s Your Experience?
8) OMF International 150 Years Anniversary Celebration
9) “Where There Is Now a Church:” book
10) Retreats for Global Women (Sent from North America)
11) Beware! This Book May Send You Abroad
12) GodReports.com Can Help you Get Your Message Out
13) Lead a Walk through the Bible while Teaching
14) We’re Grateful…
14) The BackPage: Disciple Making Movements Are Awakening the Church
15) Closing Stuff

1) Explore the “Xplore” intro-to-missions course in Atlanta on Apr. 11

xploreBeen looking forward to experiencing the Xplore course somewhere? Now you can… in Atlanta, April 11, 9am to 4:30pm. Sign up at…


Xplore is an 8-part course, with lessons on God’s Word (Bible basis of missions), God’s world (The task remaining), and God’s Work — Praying, Sending, Welcoming (the internationals among us), Going, Mobilizing, and a bonus lesson on how to share what you’ve learned. The cost of $35 includes the cost of the event, the workbook, lunch, and refreshments. This would make a great “teaser” course to get people interested in Kairos or Perspectives. You could also use it as part of a training curriculum for a short-term team, or to give a good foundation for missions committee members.

2) Gather with other Atlanta-area Missions Pastors at ATL Glocal

Missions-Page-BannerWould you want to gather with other missions pastors in Atlanta on April 10th, 6:30 – 8:30pm. You’ll take home new resources, build a strong peer network, find out what others are doing, share your “lessons learned,” and hear from veteran missions pastors. Note the emphasis on seeking solutions for those focused on international as well as local outreach questions. There is no charge for this first event. The hope is to turn the gathering into an annual conference and expand it. So — get in on the ground floor and become a charter member! Register today at…


3) Earn Your Master’s Degree While Increasing Your Ministry Impact

BGU-logoBethany Global University’s Center for Graduate Studies offers three compelling online M.A. degree options, crafted specifically for mission leaders, educators and trainers all over the world; Intercultural Leadership, Intercultural Education or Intercultural Studies. Each program is designed to draw upon your experience and knowledge of missions and provide practical learning applications you can begin using immediately. As a busy ministry professional, you’ll appreciate the flexibility of online learning and a cost that is less than half that of similar programs. The staff at Bethany Global University would love to assist you in meeting your academic and ministry goals. Contact Director Dr. Jim at 1-952-829-4680 or discover more at


5) Discover from What IP Address You’re Connecting

ipchickenDid you ever wonder from which IP Address you’re connecting to the Internet? This becomes particularly important if you’re using a VPN and you’d like to confirm that your VPN is indeed working. (You might want to appear to be using an IP address in another country, for example, so you can see content unavailable in your host country. VPN’s let you do so.) One of the easiest ways to reveal this fact is with…


All you have to do is go to IPChicken before you sign on to your VPN, make a note of the active IP, then log on to your VPN, then refresh the screen at IPChicken. If your VPN is working, your VPN (and maybe your COUNTRY) will be different.

6) VolunteerCard.com Can Cover YOU; Do You Have the Card?

travel-insurance-protectionHats off to Tom, who reminded us of the Volunteer Card…


For just $53 (premium), you can get 12 months of coverage including return of remains to USA, medical evacuation, $75K life insurance for accidental death and dismemberment, luggage delay (limited to $200), trip delay (limited to $500), etc. It can be used on multiple trips during the year. Have you tried it? Ever had to collect? Please click “comment” at the web version of this item to share your testimony. Note that the coverage limitations would easily be surpassed on even one missed flight, once in the year. What’s more, on a more traditional trip interruption insurance, the policy would provide emergency housing costs, rebooking and new ticketing to get you there and back regardless of how much it ended up costing. (It could be $2500 – $4000 for just one flight, one time — because you’d presumably have to purchase it on the fly, moments before boarding.) So some might rather get the “real” trip interruption/Trip Cancellation insurance. But if the above limitations work for you, this is very affordable. I guess it’s another case of, “You get what you pay for.”

(Note: To compare with a real plan, see, for example, …


Brigada will be honest with you when someone helps Brigada: This vendor makes a gift to Brigada every time you buy trip interruption/cancellation coverage. The Volunteer Card does not. But having said, that, our above points are still true.)

7) OneDrive Can Create Havoc; What’s Your Experience?

onedrivePerhaps you’ve heard of OneDrive, Microsoft’s answer to DropBox. The idea is first class: provide a safe and secure file storage alternative (one that is integrated with Microsoft Office so smoothly, you’ll forget that you’re not logged on to your own hard drive. Teams wishing to share files would presumably be a big fan. I tried it this past week. I found that the web page worked great for my Toshiba Windows 7 ultra-book. I could upload files, share them at will, and track versioning. However, when I tried to sign up for the Business file install, OneDrive (apparently) corrupted my Outlook database AND the plug-in that connects me to our organization’s version of Microsoft Exchange (we use an open source program called Zarafa, which apparently means giraffe in some European language; If so, OneDrive chopped off its neck). Like I say, the concept is great… free file-sharing for you and your team (up to 15 gig). Real-time “saving as” as if it’s a drive on your laptop and everyone else’s on your team, with free version-tracking. Has your team tried One Drive? Did it work for you? To sign up for OneDrive and try it for free, browse to…


8) OMF International 150 Years Anniversary Celebration

150THThe theme will be Remember, Rejoice, Renew and the date is Sat, April 18, 2015 (7:00 pm) at the Fraserview MB Church, 11295 Mellis Drive, Richmond, BC. The General Director of OMF International, Patrick Fung will be the keynote speaker. There will be stories, worship, video, dance with desserts and cake following the event. For more information, contact Caroline at…
or browse to…


9) “Where There Is Now a Church:” book

church bookYou’ve probably been following the Fruitful Practice Research in partnership with GMI. Now, through this book, you can investigate 7 True Narratives of the birth of the church among Muslim communities. As you read these gripping stories, there are questions for reflection and relevant fruitful practices highlighted. Beyond these the final chapter will introduce you to all the fruitful practices gleaned from over 10 years of field based research. It’s available in paper back and e-versions. You can also get it as a bundle with Where There Was No Church.



10) Retreats for Global Women (Sent from North America)

thriveThrive Ministry offers refreshing four-day retreats for North American women who serve cross-culturally. The retreats provide a safe place for global workers to be themselves and share their unique challenges outside of their churches and agencies. Retreats are hosted at conference centers and hotels to provide an environment for physical, spiritual, and emotional renewal. Each retreat features self-care options, fellowship with 50+ other women working cross-culturally, worship, Bible teaching, laughter, and deeper connections in discussion groups. The cost to global women is $125 registration fee and transportation to and from the retreat. Retreat organizers take care of the rest. For more information visit


Check out the resources available to global women at


Upcoming retreat locations include Peru, Colorado and Italy.

11) Beware! This Book May Send You Abroad

send meHow is the Great Commission essential for making sense of our world? Are ministries of mercy part of the church’s global mission? These are just two of many questions born out of authentic and passionate conversations between church planter Jake Taube and students serving on short-term mission trips in underground Chinese churches.

In “Send Me, I’ll Go,” Jake Taube analyzes current mission trends and challenges potential disciple-makers to personalize the decision to spread the message of salvation. With boldness and without apology, this book examines the call of the Great Commission and offers a vision for western Christians to live, uncompromisingly and sacrificially, the responsibility of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with the world’s unreached people groups. Check it out today:


12) GodReports.com Can Help you Get Your Message Out

God reportsThanks to Good Neighbor Insurance for bubbling up one of their missionary and travel partners, …


A trusted friend at Good Neighbor Insurance wrote this past week to say, about GodReports, “Their site is a free resource for both missionaries and organizations, and they help missionaries receive more prayer. You can easily post stories, updates, needs, and then they’ll help you publicize them through their site, various social media channels, and blogs. You can register for free, the create a profile page — what they call a “God Report” — and record your vision, passion, prayer requests, needs, and updates. If you already send out regular updates to those who support your ministry, God Reports complements that effort by providing another window of exposure, helping you spread the news to more people, and get more people involved.” Good Neighbor vouches for GodReports — that they’re the real deal. So you can trust the site if you want to give them a try.

13) We’re Grateful…

thank-youFor those who help us pay the bills. This past week, we were thankful for the missions mobilizer from Spokane, WA who sent $100 just because he loves Brigada! May God bless him. Want to join him? You can. To give online, just click “Donate” in the upper right corner of any Brigada webpage. If you’d prefer to give through postal mail, just send a check payable to Team Expansion (Brigada), 13711 Willow Reed Drive, Louisville, KY 40299. Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so, for USA citizens, your gift to Christ through Team Expansion is tax-deductible.

14) The BackPage: Disciple Making Movements Are Awakening the Church

disciples make disciplesWe’ve been following with interest the whole “disciple-making movement” (DMM) movement. In some ways, it remind me of Donald McGavran’s “Church Growth Movement” of the 1980’s. These movements seem to pick up more and more steam until they reach a “tipping point” — at which time we suddenly look around and observe, “Wow — this is a really big deal.” DMM’s seem, to me, to be at that tipping point.

If you’re not familiar with the thinking, it seems that CityTeam has done as much as any other agency or church to quantify exactly what we mean by a DMM. They are documenting and developing the materials as fast as or faster than anyone else. For example, see their introductory screens here:






They have even quantified the vision, mission and values here:


and observed some prime locations in the USA in which DMM’s are flourishing, here:


What does all this mean for missions? Well it could result in some very positive growth. Students of George Patterson’s “Obedience-oriented education and evangelism” (of the 1970’s) have written that it was some of the most solid church growth (and church multiplication) they have ever observed. Disciples were deep AND rapidly-multiplying. If we could get the hang of this deal, without being caught up in jealousy, in-fighting, disunity and strife over who gets the credit, it would mean a huge chapter of growth for the church of the new millennium.

What are your thoughts on DMM, City Team, iDisciple seminars, and church growth? Any personal testimonies? Thoughts pro or con? Thoughts about how we can keep away jealousy and envy for what others are doing for the Kingdom? If so, please just click “comment” after the web version of this item. Thanks in advance for your opinion.

15) Closing Stuff

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