Monthly Archives: December 2015

2015/12/27 — Brigada Today

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In this issue…
1) The Last Edition of 2015: Last Chance to Give to Brigada in 2015
2) ShortTermMissions.com and AskAMissionary.com Can Give You Answers
3) Tell Jesus’ Story As He Did: Through His Own Stories
4) Learn to Teach English as a Second Language in Asia
5) Maybe You Can Fly on a Hoverboard to Your Next House Church Group?
6) GMI’s Christmas Page Was Worth the Look
7) Why “More isn’t always Better,” or — “Please Train them Well”
8) Deepen your Roots in Knowledge at OC’s Research site
9) Morton Security Solutions is ready to Evaluate, Educate and Empower
10) Get Your 30 Days Muslim Prayer Guides in March…
11) Looking for Background Music for your Next Video?
12) SIL’s “Languages of the World” site is a Great Sourcebook
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The BackPage: What was the Biggest Story in 2015? Your Opinion?
15) Closing Stuff

1) The Last Edition of 2015: Last Chance to Give to Brigada in 2015

With $400 dollars more arriving over the past week, we now stand at $8487. We have come so far. But as you know, our budget for 2016 is the same as it has been for the past 10+ years: $17,120. We are now 50% of the way there. With $8633 yet to go, there are several ways this could happen. One amazing booster could give an online gift of $8600 and finish the entire campaign — and we’d be set for all of 2016. We wouldn’t mention fundraising again for another year and God would have provided in an amazing way. Or, 86 more “True Fans” of Brigada could step up to the plate to say, “Hey, take this $100 and may it empower you forward for another year of ministry for Jesus Christ to motivate, inform, and resource a world full of workers to reach the world’s remaining unreached peoples.” Either way, would you join us in prayer, thanking God for what He has done so far and asking Him to work mightily in the remaining week? Thank you for your partnership and shared vision. We’ll keep the door open until January 15th. Anything arriving on or before Jan. 15th will be treated as a 2015 goal.

To get on board, 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 .

2) ShortTermMissions.com and AskAMissionary.com Can Give You Answers

ShortTermMissions.com is a mission trip search engine that can help you quickly find your fit with opportunities with more than 100 organizations.

http://www.ShortTermMissions.com

The same ministry is behind AskaMissionary.com, a Q&A service that helps would-be cross-cultural workers learn from those who have gone before them.

http://www.AskaMissionary.com
Learn more about the gears behind these services at…

http://www.mdat.org/

(And thanks for the $200 gift they gave to Brigada this past week!)

3) Tell Jesus’ Story As He Did: Through His Own Stories

People flocked to hear Jesus’ teaching because his stories connected to their hearts. If you want to follow his example, join the StoryRunners Orlando School of Storying (oSOS), March 13-16, 2016 or August 15-19, 2016. Learn how to develop and to use oral bible stories in any kind of ministry setting: for evangelism or discipleship, with individuals or groups, within your own people group or cross-culturally. Hear how to use oral bible storying in church planting among unreached people groups. Check out the oSOS at

http://www.storyrunners.org/get-involved/#sos

For more information, email
OrlandoSOSatcrudotorg or call Melissa 405-306-5348 (USA).

4) Learn to Teach English as a Second Language in Asia

Asia’s Center for TESOL in Chiang Mai, Thailand, will be running another class from February 22 to March 25. They will also be teaching TESOL in several other countries that cannot be listed here for security reasons, so feel free to contact them directly for more options. These are 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). Fly to Thailand for the course and get the missionary rate. Contact Melody for application forms or more information:
infothaiatactesoldotcom or see

http://www.actesol.com

for more prices and other information.

6) GMI’s Christmas Page Was Worth the Look

If you haven’t stopped by the Global Mapping Christmas page, it’s worth the look. From what we can see, the offers there still look ‘active.’ Hear a powerful story that pulls together the entire Bible into 3-4 minutes in a narrative you can share with your family, friends and those who don’t know Jesus. Take a moment to listen to the audio of this story or view the entire script and share it generously with those you seek to bless. You can also take a gander at their special Missiographic that shows the global Gospel witness represented on a Christmas Tree. There are even some stocking stuffer books (digital or e-books) to check out as well. Find their Christmas page at…

http://www.gmi.org/connections/christmas2015/

7) Why “More isn’t always Better,” or — “Please Train them Well”

Steve Jennings recently wrote this blog…

http://9marks.org/article/stop-sending-missionaries-why-more-isnt-always-better/

and we’ve been seeing it get some looks lately. Do you agree with his caution that “More isn’t always better?” Please let us know you’re opinion by clicking “Comment” after the web version of this item. Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts. (Thanks Eric B, as well as Dan and Meg, for bubbling this up.)

9) Morton Security Solutions is ready to Evaluate, Educate and Empower

Looking for a security assessment in your field or in your church? Morton Security Solutions specializes in providing commercial and non-profit organizations with the resources necessary to avoid crisis situations. They facilitate safe international travel by helping you understand global threat situations, along with how to mitigate the risks associated with them. Learn more at…

http://www.mortonsecure.com/

10) Get Your 30 Days Muslim Prayer Guides in March…

By preordering them now, WorldChristian.com will start shipping your order to you FIRST, in March 2016. Order now at…

http://www.30daysprayer.com/

Since 1993, this campaign has focused on helping you pray in an informed way about people who would, perhaps otherwise, only be feared or ignored. Get a 50+ page prayer guide for your church AND … don’t forget that if you’re a ministry with an initiative you’d like to promote, you can advertise in the prayer guide at…

http://www.30daysprayer.com/advertise.php

11) Looking for Background Music for your Next Video?

Consider some of these sites…

http://audioblocks.com/ — Thousands of sound effects and great background tracks. A membership allows unlimited downloads.

http://www.freestockmusic.com/ — Like the name says, it’s completely free and they have tons of choices.

http://freemusicarchive.org/ — You can search by artist or category and it’s all free.

http://freeplaymusic.com/ — Thousands of tunes, royalty free for non-profit or personal use. Commercial productions have to pay royalties.

12) SIL’s “Languages of the World” site is a Great Sourcebook

If you haven’t visited SIL’s “Languages of the World” page lately, you might want to stop by.
http://www.sil.org/worldwide

They not only show an infographic map with points featuring “robust” and “endangered” languages (7,106 languages in the world, they say), but they also list the links to their regional SIL bases. Many (most?) have their own specific site. For example, see SIL Ethiopia at…

http://www.silethiopia.org/en/

13) We’re Grateful for…

…the folks at Mission Data International, who sent $200 this past week, twice over True Fans of Brigada. God bless you.
… an anonymous worker in N. Africa who wrote, “Thanks to Brigada for great contributions to the Kingdom every week.” This worker enclosed a $100 gift to Jesus through Brigada for the sake of unreached peoples. God bless you!
… a $100 gift from a True Fan of Brigada in Spokane, WA. Thank you!

To join them, 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 .

14) The BackPage: What was the Biggest Story in 2015? Your Opinion?

In your opinion, what was the biggest story for the past year? … the one that impacted your work and those around you the most? The story that holds the greatest potential for making the world different… or leaving it in a different place?

Many will probably point to the migrant/refugee crisis, especially in Europe. BBC recently did a summary catch-up story at…

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34131911

They say that on Dec. 21st, the world saw a major milestone pass: 1 million migrants had come to Europe in 2015 by land or sea. See their helpful maps and text for full explanation of which countries received the most — and the least. You can also see which countries received the most applications for asylum. The results might surprise you. Also presented: Top-ten countries of origin. You won’t be surprised at the number one homeland (Syria), but you might be surprised at the number two.

But what story is bigger than this for you? Just click on “Comment” after the web version of this item and share your idea (anonymously if you wish).

15) Closing Stuff

15) Closing Stuff
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