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2015/06/21 — Brigada Today

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In this issue…
1) New Debriefing Opportunity
2) TESOL Training in Chiang Mai, November 9 through December 11
3) Looking for Community Health Evangelism (CHE) in French?
4) Learn More About Islam During Ramadan
5) Download 55 Free People Group Profiles from India
6) How to Pray for Muslims Besieged by War
7) Connect with New Muslim Friends Using “Bridges,” the DVD Course
8) The “Global Mission Handbook” will Prepare You for Global Service
9) Is Your Org Approaching a CEO Transition? …Selection? Try this:
10) “Go Mobilize” Will Equip You to Invite Others to a Global Purpose
11) Christian Video Listing
12) Need a Toll-free Number for a Campaign or Special Initiative?
13) We’re Grateful…
14) The BackPage: Is the World Becoming More Peaceful? Not so much
15) Closing Stuff

1) New Debriefing Opportunity

recalibrateAre you looking for a debriefing event in the eastern United States? Paracletos will be hosting “Recalibrate!” this coming November for 8 families. Five days of group and personal debriefing, programs for children of all ages, and quality accommodations will make this a first-rate experience for those who wish to share their story with people who care. Details can be found at


2) TESOL Training in Chiang Mai, November 9 through December 11

tesol-classAsia’s Center for TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) conducts intensive, five-week courses leading to a TESOL certificate. For the first three weeks the classes are Monday-Friday, 8-4. For the last two weeks, the classes are 8-12, followed by a two-hour practicum in the afternoon or evening. This totals 120 hours in class and 20 hours of practicum (10 hours observing and 10 hours teaching). Contact Kathy for application forms or more information:
khenwoodatactesoldotcom or see


5) Download 55 Free People Group Profiles from India

indian-povertyFinally — some original people group profiles… created to raise awareness of the 55 remaining unreached and unengaged people groups in India. See the whole set at…


While you’re there, check out the rest of the new U4theU site, which has just been completely revamped. Take note of the in-depth resource section and the cool tag search function. Check out the monthly webinars from the past 4 years. (To view those that are password protected, you’ll need to use the “Contact” form to be added to the monthly webinar mailing list — and be vetted by a human. :-)

7) Connect with New Muslim Friends Using “Bridges,” the DVD Course

BridgesDVD One covers “Islam Rising,” “Believe and Ritual,” and “Attitudes of an Ambassador.” On DVD 2, you’ll find, “Bridging the Gospel,” and “Tools for Reaching Muslims.” The latter topic is divided into “Understanding the New Testament’s Credibility,” and “Understanding Jesus’ Sacrifice.” The whole study, complete with DVD’s, is just $50 at…


from Fouad Masri and the folks at Crescent Project. Highly recommended.

8) The “Global Mission Handbook” will Prepare You for Global Service

global_mission_handbookSteve Hoke and Bill Taylor edited it, dozens of cohorts added to it, IVP printed it, and now you can read it. It’s “A Guide for Cross-Cultural Service” and it includes large sections on personal spiritual formation, discovering your ministry, exposure to other cultures, critical issues for schooling and support-raising, connecting to churches and agencies, discerning your ministry role, hands-on missionary training, apprenticeships and internships, lifelong learning, and finishing strong. You won’t go wrong with this 300-page handbook, available at…


9) Is Your Org Approaching a CEO Transition? …Selection? Try this:

stewardsDavid McKenna has done all of us a favor when he compiled, “Stewards of a Sacred Trust: CEO Selection, Transition, and Development of Boards of Christ-Centered Organizations.” He’s no stranger to leadership. He’s got buildings named after him at a dozen colleges, has been awarded 10 honorary doctorates (in addition to the one he earned), and has written 32 books (last count). His thoughtful processes for finding the right leader, then managing well the transition, and finally, mentoring in CEO development will help your org become a more refined and developed model. Whether you’re a trustee, director, president, or consultant, this book will help you improve your depth and breadth of knowledge. Find it at…


10) “Go Mobilize” Will Equip You to Invite Others to a Global Purpose

Go-MobHats off to the Center for Mission Mobilization for developing the course, “Go Mobilize: Inviting Others to Join you in Living Out God’s Global Purpose.” It includes 7 lessons: “What is Mobilization,” “Qualities of an Effective Mobilizer,” “The Urgency of Mobilization,” “Mobilizing from Scripture,” “Mobilizing to the Unreached,” “Mobilizing to Strategic Practices,” and “Go Mobilize! How to Begin.” See for yourself — download a free PDF copy at…


By providing your name and email, then order copies at…


This study is a great follow-up to Xplore, available at…


12) Need a Toll-free Number for a Campaign or Special Initiative?

toll-free-telephone-numberThe best deal I found was simple:


You can choose to have the phone ring on as many numbers as possible – for something like 6 cents/minute. Or you can choose to have it go directly to voicemail, then return the call later. You can route the voicemails to emails — so you could then pick them up anywhere in the world. Lots of flexibility — and lots of options… for the right price. (Of course, be sure the number is toll-free in the country in which you need it to be.)

13) We’re Grateful…

thank-youThanks to our new friends in Morristown, TN, who sent $9 this past week to help speed Brigada on its way. Want to join them? 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: Is the World Becoming More Peaceful? Not so much

global-peace-index-2-mapJust check out the interactive map at…


Click, slide, and whirrr. And, if you’d like a guided tour, so to speak, listen to the video at…


Can you imagine a world in which 1% of us are refugees? I hope so. Because it’s already here — and you live in it.

So maybe the first step in achieving greater levels of peace would be to become aware of the lack thereof. To me, the best way to start prompting peace is to begin forming disciples in pockets of peoples the world over. That’s the ONLY activity that will result in TRUE LASTING peace. Agree? or disagree? (Click ‘Comment’ below to respond.) Either way, the goal is — “Make me a Channel of Your Peace…”


(Thanks to Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell for pointing us to the Vision of Humanity interactive map!)

15) Closing Stuff

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