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2015/03/29 — Brigada Today

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In this issue…

1) Deciding Not to Prepare can Feel like Hurt to Those You Love
2) Curious about the Link Between Member Care and Unreached Peoples?
3) “Pray for the World:” the Book
4) How to Help Others Remember Your Message
5) Tell the Story of Your Org for a Song: Win a Grant
6) Global Prayercast is Set to Bring You the World
7) Gather New Resources at the MissionsForum.org
8) Equipping Missionaries for Today’s World (April 17-18, 2015)
9) Take a STEP into cross-cultural ministry
10) More on Counseling Centers for Cross-cultural Workers
11) Daily Devotionals You can Receive Via Email
12) Enhance the Health and Ministry Effectiveness of Your Workers
13) We’re Grateful…
14) The BackPage: Believing in Christ is Believable
15) Closing Stuff

1) Deciding Not to Prepare can Feel like Hurt to Those You Love

preparedHave you ever stopped to wonder what is communicated when you choose not to prepare for a crisis or respond to one? In our estimation, almost without exception, it communicates, at best, carelessness. At worst, it can communicate disregard or even apathy, neither of which are loving responses. Example: I know of an organization whose email is outsourced to a small company who has no backup power generator for their servers. The result? Although the org is a global org with a global purpose, its email communication can be brought to a screeching halt by a single unfortunate lightning bolt in the small Midwestern town where the email hosting service is located. The result? Hundreds of people are now out of touch, perhaps at a special time when some needed to communicate with friends and family, e.g., on a special holiday. The worst part about situations like these is that inaction or lack of communication can be misunderstood by some as a lack of diligence to fix the problem — or worse. (It can even be perceived as a lack of concern or vision — because silence, itself, can be loud.) So how do we adequately prepare for crises? We’ve found a helpful resource in…


The CEO there, Jonathan Bernstein, has written a TON of stuff that he gives away for free at…




When it comes to crises, when I grow up, I’d love to be as prepared as this guy would help me be. :-) Maybe we should start with this article on “Ten Steps of Crisis Communications.”


So — let’s start preparing today. Because your next crisis might happen tomorrow. If you’re an email host, it might cost you a client. But even worse, if you’re a global organization, it might cost you lots of goodwill from your members. And don’t forget, by the way — if you’re a husband or wife or even a best friend, silence can also be equally confusing and hurtful in your situation as well. The solution? Don’t leave your best friends hanging. Ever.

2) Curious about the Link Between Member Care and Unreached Peoples?

Have you ever noticed that member care types seem ever-present around organizations and events related to unreached people groups? I have. I was always curious how that worked — and then I discovered this article, by Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell. Check it out…


Question answered. At least in the lives of these two banner-wavers for member care, we now have a clear picture of how their lives and unreached peoples became meshed. We celebrate what God is doing in and through global servants like the O’Donnells — and we hope and pray many will follow their lead.

3) “Pray for the World:” the Book

pray for the worldThanks to our friends at Missions Catalyst for promoting the book, Pray for the World,” by Molly Wall. To prepare the book, Operation World Researchers asked Christian leaders in every land, “How should the body of Christ throughout the world be praying for your country?” The outcome is indeed exciting. See it (better yet, buy it) at Amazon…


4) How to Help Others Remember Your Message

written wordHats off to Global Mapping for recognizing the infographic nature of our world today. They staged a March webinar on “Making your Message Stick in an Infographic World” and I see they’ll be presenting on a similar vein at LittWorld in Singapore in November.


But if you’d like a taste (in infographic form, of course), just click today to an infographic like…


Hopefully, you’ll remember what you read there. :-)

6) Global Prayercast is Set to Bring You the World

Prayercast Graphic…or at least a couple of dozen slices of it. On April 17th, at 8pm Eastern time, join hundreds (or thousands?) of other believers in a global celebration of prayer. Just point your browser to …


and be ready to worship, praise, and pray to the God of the nations. To calculate what your local time will be, just see the tool at the above site. Workers will be participating from dozens of countries throughout the world. Join them. To learn the exact time/date in your area, use the event calculator here:


7) Gather New Resources at the MissionsForum.org

savethedateAre you a local church global outreach staff person hoping to gather new resources, build a strong peer network, find out what others are doing, share your lessons learned, or hear from veteran missions pastors? Now you can. Participate in the MissionsForum.org on April 29th in Phoenix, AZ. See the agenda, learn more and register here…


Note that this event is expressly designed for local church staff and engaged volunteers.

8) Equipping Missionaries for Today’s World (April 17-18, 2015)

mcnw-care-connexion-logo-e1392675619618A conference focused solely on the subject of missionary care, Care Connexion is a catalyst for mutual encouragement and sharing of best practice resources in member care. It is an excellent opportunity to network with lay leaders, counselors, agencies and educators, all who are committed to missionary care. The guest speaker for this conference will be Dr. James Raymo. In addition, they’re offering, for those new to missionary care, a one-day intensive “Developing a Missionary Care Strategy.” For more information, visit


9) Take a STEP into cross-cultural ministry

stepSensing a possible call from God to serve cross-culturally? Not sure where to go or how to get started? Consider STEP — Serving to Equip People – an initiative matching mature young people with seasoned Entrust staff for a one-year term of service in Europe. It’s an opportunity to gain hands-on experience, provide meaningful service within the context of the local church and explore your gifting and calling for cross-cultural ministry. If you love God, follow Jesus, adhere to the Bible, and value mentoring, multiplication and real-life transformation, consider stepping into STEP. Entrust plans to deploy their inaugural STEP class this summer. Better act fast though: The application deadline is April 15. Call them at 719-622-1980 or visit…


While you’re at it, please click “comment” below the web version of this item and tell them what you think about STEP.

10) More on Counseling Centers for Cross-cultural Workers

In the March 15th edition of Brigada, we mentioned that we were “Curious about Counselling Centers for Missionaries” (item #7 in that edition). Several users have responded (thank you!) with a growing list of centers for care:


Barnabas International

Barnabas Zentrum: Ministering to Those Who Minister

He Restoreth Ministries, Inc.

Heartstream Resources for Cross-cultural Workers

Le Rucher Ministries

Minnesota Renewal Center

Missionary Care from Caring for Others

Paracletos: Coming Alongside Missionaries

Servant Care: Caring for those who serve, and equipping Saints for ministry!

Honestly, I was surprised at the number of centers. If there are others, feel free to add them as a comment to this item in the web version and we’ll publish an expanded list in a future edition. Thank you!

11) Daily Devotionals You can Receive Via Email

daily-devotional_tPerhaps you’ve heard previously about “SOON,” a daily devotional resource available during email. We learned recently that that resource is slated to shut down this year. Thanks to Tony, who has produced it through the years. He recently began collecting sources which operated similar services (for those who might want to continue receiving something). So far, he has learned about:




He’s also collecting other resources in easy English which we’ll share at a later time, once he’s finished his collection. (Thanks Tony!)

12) Enhance the Health and Ministry Effectiveness of Your Workers

Missionary Resources Connection is a non-profit ministry based out of Raleigh, NC working to enhance the health and ministry effectiveness of missionaries serving world-wide. MRC helps to meet practical needs that USA-sent missionaries have as they return to the homeland, such as cars, housing, debriefing, fellowship, and medical consultations. Find out more about MRC by visiting


13) We’re Grateful…

thank-youThanks 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 also to the $100 anonymous gift we received this past week from the Qashq’i Partnership, reaching out to the nomadic peoples of Iran. The donor had included a note, “Thanks for your ministry at Brigada,” but actually, we’re grateful for your ministry to the Qashq’i. Please join me, Brigada participants, in pausing for a moment of prayer for Qashq’i people throughout Iran and, in fact, scattered throughout the world in a huge diaspora, in hopes that God will raise up harvesters to reach them, resources to send those harvesters, and communication to tie together the entire outreach through efforts like the Qashq’I Partnership. Learn more about these unreached people at…


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14) The BackPage: Believing in Christ is Believable

Easter is a HUGE day for me. It was the resurrection of Christ that ended up being so central for me in helping me build the apologetic for my faith (i.e., why I believed). I’m fairly convinced we’ll never ever be able fully to PROVE the existence of Jesus Christ (any more than we can positively prove the existence of any other historic figure who lived two thousand years ago. But we CAN uncover a lot that helps make believing more believable. During my “unsettled” period, when I was searching for faith myself, I benefited greatly from reading books like Evidence that Demands a Verdict, More than a Carpenter, Basic Christianity, and more. Perhaps for you, it might be as simple today as listening to an interview with Bono at…

If that’s a new name for you, he’s the lead singer in a group called U2, which, according to some, might be one of the most influential rock and roll bands ever.

So my conclusion is that, for different people, there are different pieces of evidence that help in the journey of faith. And — moving forward on that journey is one of the most critical stepping stones for being an effective witness for Christ. (Think about it: If you aren’t really sure he exists, how vital will your “witness” be?) So my question is: What has helped you the most. Is it Josh McDowell?


… or Lee Strobel?


or … what is it for you? Please — just click “comment” following the web version of this item. Your testimony might help another fellow struggler on the road to faith. Thanks in advance for taking time to click and share.

15) Closing Stuff

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