Daily Archives: 2015/11/29

2015/11/29 — Brigada Today

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In this issue…

1) Innovative Ideas for Thanking Donors: Hope Coffee Offers an Option
2) How do you Build and Share a Knowledgebase?
3) What Do You Emphasize when you Visit a Cross-Cultural Worker?
4) If you Work for/in a Tense Region, Check out this New Source
5) Desiring God is Doing its Part for Christmas
6) Brookings Institute Focuses on Quality, Independence, and Impact
7) The Best Collaboration Tools Ever
8) Al Massira: (The Journey) English To Spanish Translators Needed
9) Andrew: How/Where Can we Help Syrian Refugees?
10) Need a new Christmas Album to Get in the Spirit?
11) Something for Free this Christmas
12) Only Four Brigada Editions Remaining in 2015
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The BackPage: Finishing the Task to Convene at Saddleback
15) Closing Stuff

1) Innovative Ideas for Thanking Donors: Hope Coffee Offers an Option

HOPE-Coffee-Logo-Brown-2In this holiday season, we’ve been searching for unique ways for missionaries/orgs to thank partners and donors. One option came from Hope Coffee, a ministry enterprise of Camino Global. They are willing to operate a “Gift Service” for ministries this Christmas season. There are three simple steps:
1. Select a gift: 2.5oz of Honduran Medium, Bold, Dark and Guatemalan Decaf as a $10 level gift, while a $15 level would send 12oz of Light Roast or a box of 12 of those Keurig single-serve cups.
2. Email Brian
bmastersathopecoffeedotcom the list of names and addresses to which you would like the gifts to be mailed.
3. Brian will reconnect with you, providing easy ways to cover the expenses of the gifts, then promptly deliver your coffee gifts.
He’ll include the coffee gift, all shipping and a personalized shipping label. The label would wish the donor Merry Christmas from you or your org. Be sure to follow up with him by Dec. 16. Obviously, if and when he runs out of coffee, he’ll let you know if you are the one contacting him.

This seems like one good answer to the question of how do we thank donors in appropriate, globe-friendly ways. For example, in this approach, both you and the donor can know you’re involved in ministry the whole way through, rather than supporting some “big business” manufacturing chain or “box store.” If you think of other good options, feel free to let us know. And thanks for the idea, Brian. (Disclaimer: Brian chipped in $100 to Brigada to elevate his offer to the front of the queue of Brigada items. Thanks for the help, Brian!)

2) How do you Build and Share a Knowledgebase?

getguruThanks to Caleb for suggesting the idea behind the folks at GetGuru:


If I read this service correctly, it’s supposed to help a team quickly assemble a body of knowledge that they can all keep fresh and jointly use to carry out their work. Unfortunately, we couldn’t figure out how to get the service to work for us. But it did raise up the idea — how does YOUR team collect a body of knowledge together? Say you’re assembling a set of answers to frequently-asked questions about Christ, or trying to assemble ways of answering folks about the work you do in tentmaking. How do you collect and distribute that information to your team on an ongoing basis? In the old days, people prepared “wikis” online or shared Google docs. Is that kind of thing still happening, or have other, friendlier apps found a home with your team? If you have a moment, click comment after the web version of this item, and thanks for your input. (And thanks for the idea, Caleb.)

3) What Do You Emphasize when you Visit a Cross-Cultural Worker?

Kelly and Michele O’Donnell wrote this past week to share their approach in making field visits or “consults,” as they call them. They structure their visit around a four-point outline which includes Risk, Resilience, Relevance, and Relationships. Nice. Read more about this easy outline at…


The four articles and Powerpoint they provide for free are worth the read for sure. (Thanks Kelly and Michele!)

4) If you Work for/in a Tense Region, Check out this New Source

It’s actually more than a news source. The site…


will indeed let you sign up for daily emails, but their regional updates are much more than a news site. They help you understand the conflicts and personages BEHIND the news… the people CAUSING the news to happen and why. The truth is, they’re not a news outlet, so they’re not trying to boost ‘hits’ or ‘likes’ or viewership. They’re just trying to understand our world. They’re a non-profit with a primary goal of compiling a knowledgebase to help people like you (and the political types) make decisions. Please check them out. (Thanks Caleb!)

8) Al Massira: (The Journey) English To Spanish Translators Needed

Al Massira is a series of 40 min videos, 13 in number, that tell the gospel story in a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean context, mostly through the eyes of selected Old Testament prophets, as recognized by the Muslim world. These include, Adam, Noah, Abraham, David, Mary, John the Baptist, Christ, Peter and Paul. The videos contain Biblical stories & exposition, roundtable discussions, man on the street interviews, personal testimonies, etc. The idea is to present our beliefs in a friendly, informal atmosphere, where questioning is invited in a non-judgmental manner. To date, all subtitles have been translated into Spanish. Now they need additional hands to translate the Notes, Questions, Leader’s Guide and Other Resource material. Those interested in lending a hand can contact
AlMassiraSpainatgmaildotcom for details.

9) Andrew: How/Where Can we Help Syrian Refugees?

refugees1Andrew is a missions prof at a Bible college in the USA. He’s assembling a list of reputable agencies and individuals who are helping the surge of Syrian refugees. If you know of one, please click “Comment” after the web version of this item. If you would, please list just one link per comment (which allows your comment to appear instantly). We’ll start the list with the outreach featured at…


That team has committed that 100% of the funds given at that site will go directly to aid, with not a single dollar being taken out for administration. Where else would you recommend? (Thanks for asking, Andrew!)

10) Need a new Christmas Album to Get in the Spirit?

SoundsofChristmasLet’s Say you’re serving long days in West Africa this Christmas. It’s 125 degrees by mid-day. You come back to the house to eat your granola bar for lunch, mostly just to park in front of the air conditioner for a moment. Your clothes are wet with sweat and you aren’t halfway done with your assignments for the day. Need something to remind you of Christmas snow and holiday cheer? Check out…


Surely ONE of those 13 amazing Christmas albums will perk up your day and renew your joyful spirit? : ) Hang in there. We all appreciate why you’re there and what you do!

12) Only Four Brigada Editions Remaining in 2015

we need your helpAfter today’s edition of Brigada, there are only 4 editions remaining in 2015. Would you consider giving the gift of Brigada to someone you might never meet? There are nearly 7,000 readers of the email version of Brigada (plus those who read the web version). Roughly half of those live outside the USA and Britain. Many live in contexts in which they will never have the chance to undergird Brigada’s weekly message of missions resources, trends, and motivation to fulfill the Great Commission. Your gift of $100 (or the amount you choose) will empower them with an entire YEAR of encouragement and being “in touch” with a world full of opportunities.

We’ve worked off of a budget of $17,120 annually for over a decade. This covers the costs associated with domains, email-sending services, light marketing costs, and a part-time assistant to help with compiling and publishing. Everything we do is associated with reaching unreached peoples. If your church, family, or business would consider chipping in, we’d be very grateful.
So far in 2015, Brigada fans have given $4886, including the most recent gifts below. This means we have $12,234 to go. That’s just 122 “True Fans” of Brigada who would each give $100 to make the year end well. Might you be one of the 122?

To help, just mail 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. If you’d rather give online, just click “Donate” in the upper right corner at brigada.org .

13) We’re Grateful for…

thank you on paper… The Brigada participant from Champaign, IL, who believes strongly in short-term missions (especially medical missions). His trips overseas have changed the way he sees missions. And this past week, he gave $100 to empower Brigada in providing resources, motivation, and trends for expanding Jesus’ Kingdom on a global basis. Thanks!
… a missions mobilizer from the great state of Minnesota who gave $25 this past week. God bless you!

14) The BackPage: Finishing the Task to Convene at Saddleback

new.wallBrigada will be reporting this week from Finishing the Task conference at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. We’ll be setting up a “Wall of Unengaged Peoples,” some 75 feet in length, listing one by one the 516 unreached people groups who are also unengaged. Finishing the Task attempts to…

” Identify people groups who have never had a gospel witness
” Establish contacts with indigenous organizations who can recruit, train, and supervise local workers to help reach your targeted people groups
” Expand the borders of your church through global partnerships
” Evaluate mission strategies which extend the Kingdom and give vision to your local body

Please pray this week that God will guide the conference leadership as well as all who will take part — that His Kingdom may grow. Learn more about Finishing the Task by browsing to…


Learn more about the Wall of Unreached (and unengaged) Peoples at…


including — you can even BOOK the wall at your next missions event as a powerful visual impact and reminder of the Task Remaining. Feature it for your next Lesson 9 in Perspectives class. Or just feature it on Sunday morning at a missions-focused day for your church.

15) Closing Stuff

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