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2015/07/26 — Brigada Today

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In this issue…
1) Finally, an online course to learn how to raise support!
2) On-The-Fly Prayer Card Prep at JoshuaProject.net
3) The World as 100 People: A New Poster
4) Looking for some Fresh Prayer Station Ideas?
5) How does your Garden Grow? This Group can Help
6) For Those Coming Home from the Field
7) TESOL Training in Chiang Mai
8) How Do we Motivate 600 People to Pray for Unreached Peoples?
9) Cool Missions Videos at HistoryMakers
10) New Resources to Teach Kids about the World
11) What’s your Opinion on Windows 10?
12) Great Thread on Laptops for Missionaries
13) Thank-you Note from a Recent Brigada Donor
14) The BackPage: Joshua Project UPG Count Drops 10% in last 4 Years
15) Closing Stuff

1) Finally, an online course to learn how to raise support!

relationalfundraising-logo-woordmerk-slogan-rgb-print-qualityAnd for now it’s donation only, no required payment. It was designed by a veteran missionary (Terry, a wife and mother) from Youth With A Mission (YWAM) for YWAM, but it is applicable to anyone from any organization as well as from any culture.

Its biblical foundation and spiritual approach will encourage and equip you to build a team of ministry partners to fund your ministry. Check it out via her website which will lead you to the course:

http://relationalfundraising.com/

2) On-The-Fly Prayer Card Prep at JoshuaProject.net

Are you planning a special emphasis on a particular country, region, or other special group within the Joshua Project list of unreached peoples? Well now you can print handy-dandy prayer cards focused on the particular select set you’re trying to feature. Just start here…

http://legacy.joshuaproject.net/people-selector.php

Arrange the filters at the top of the page then click “list” at the bottom of the box. Once you get your list the way you like it (with a manageable number… say… a few hundred?), click “prayer cards.” Bam. The new sub-routine will automatically prepare a PDF printable document with handy prayer cards focused on your select set. Thank you Dan and all the folks at JoshuaProject.net! (I recently decided I’d send them a $100 gift because they’re making available all this stuff for free, as a labor of love. They were GREATLY appreciative. Please consider doing the same if you have some extra pesos. And that’s completely unsolicited. They’re just great people doing a great work.)

5) How does your Garden Grow? This Group can Help

Growing Gardens For Life International comes alongside orphanages and group homes, teaching the children how to see the character of God with classes then using gardens and orchards for a laboratory. They are a 3 year, USA tax exempt organization with their beta site completely independent after 2 years and 6 other sites in process in northern Mexico. Check them out at

https://growinggardensforlife.org

and then contact Jon at either jonatgrowinggardensforlifedotorg or call him at 1.425.330.0433. You and a lot of children will be glad you did.

6) For Those Coming Home from the Field

651CH Coming Home 2014 coverinddDon’t forget our 3 tried-and-true 14 day devotional Bible studies with focused reentry questions (with Lisa Espinelli Chinns’ input). They’re great help for personal help in the reentry process. Some organizations have done “custom” editions with their logo and comments on the first page. They then provide these to their returnees.

http://deeperroots.com/shop/mission-resources/coming-home-book-1/

7) TESOL Training in Chiang Mai

tesolNeed training in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages? The next course in Chiang Mai is November 9 – December 11. Asia’s Center for TESOL conducts these 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

http://www.actesol.com

10) New Resources to Teach Kids about the World

In answer to our original Brigada item, “What’s the Best Way to Teach Kids about the World,” featured here:

http://www.brigada.org/2015/07/12_16831

(which already included 8 resources)
weave_mapKaren mentioned Weave’s world fabric map, updated with the newest countries and a sheet of prayer activities for families at…

http://cmmpress.org/fabric-world-map.html

and “40 Days 40 Bites: A Family Guide to Prayer for the World from Christina Focus,” here…

http://christianfocus.com/item/show/1655/-

Janet pointed us to KidZ KaN for Families, which offers families interactive prayer ideas for a different country each month at

http://www.kidzatheart.org/equipfamilies

11) What’s your Opinion on Windows 10?

win10My turn came up yesterday and the upgrade went completely without a hiccup. It was so smooth, I’m looking under the hood sometimes to find the new features. The one downside was the 20 or so boxes that were checked “on” by default, all of which indicated that my laptop would be sending lots of information to Redmond. I unchecked all of them… but I fear many will just click “Next” and breeze right by them. The upsides? I bet there are new security features under the hood somewhere. I’m not using many of the new built-in apps. But maybe I will. What are YOU liking about Windows 10? Just click “Comment” after the web version of this item. Thanks in advance for your response.

12) Great Thread on Laptops for Missionaries

laptopIf you’re working cross-culturally, take a look at the discussion at…

http://www.brigada.org/2015/07/12_16826

Responses by Chuck, Kent, Tim, Melinda, Terry, and especially “GP” give real-world results with a variety of different lines. The comment by GP alone is over 700 words long. Be sure to log on and give your own greetings. And thanks, GP!

13) Thank-you Note from a Recent Brigada Donor

thank-youWe’re grateful to the Brigada participant in Illinois for the $50 gift to help undergird the ministry of Brigada, sending motivation, resources, and trends to thousands of participants worldwide to help urge along the reaching of unreached peoples for Christ’s name sake.

We were also recently encouraged to receive this note from a recent Brigada donor:
“My gift to Brigada was a small token (personal) in comparison to how God is using Brigada to bless/encourage the M community. Within a day of your posting, we had four individuals who have inquired (four our opportunity) – a powerful tool you have put together.” Praise God!

Want to join them in giving Brigada a boost in getting the message out to the nations? Just click “Donate” in the upper right corner of any Brigada webpage. If you’d rather give by check, just mail one 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: Joshua Project UPG Count Drops 10% in last 4 Years

minaretsI’m kind of excited about the fact that the number of unreached people groups, as reported by Joshua Project

http://www.joshuaproject.net

has dropped by nearly 10% in the past four years. Granted, some of my enthusiasm has to be leavened by the fact that Joshua Project leaders have established new policies regarding certain smaller groups. For more on this, see…

http://joshuaproject.net/about/minor_peoples

Still, I wrote Joshua Project’s lead demographer if I could make this summary statement: “The list of unreached people groups has dropped in size,” and he indeed felt ok about saying that. In addition to changing the way the JP team reports smaller groups (especially those in a diaspora), they admit they’ve also learned new data about certain initiatives (about which they knew little before). But of course, they also readily admit that new initiatives are also changing the face of these data. Bottom line: Instead of being a list of “nearly 7,000” like it was in 1996, the JoshuaProject list is now more like “about 6500.

To me, this is good news, even WITH the disclaimers. I think the praying public will benefit from seeing this kind of progress. Frankly, on the heels of hearing about lots of martyrdom and persecution, they could use some good news.

So — please help us get the word out: The JoshuaProject list no longer qualifies as being “about 7,000” groups. It’s now squarely 6500-ish. Praise God.

15) Closing Stuff

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