Daily Archives: 2015/12/20

2015/12/20 — Brigada Today

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In this issue…

1) With One More Week to Go, Brigada Fans Boost us to 47% of our Goal
2) New Book on Global Partnerships
3) Have a BA Degree? Get TESOL and Missions training for Asia
4) Looking for a Great Biography on Muhammad? Look no Further
5) Anyone read “Pioneering Movements?” It Looks Good
6) Can’t we just Memorize all these Scriptures and Be done with it?
7) “A Thousands Questions” Always Amazes Me
8) This Guy from Kentucky Won “The Voice” with this Christmas Song
9) Why does Linus Drop His Blanket?
10) What’s the Best Christmas Gift You Received this Christmas?
11) Please pause and Give Thanks for Progress among the Qashqa’i !
12) Merry Christmas in 100 languages
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The BackPage: Launching DMM’s is like Growing Bamboo
15) Closing Stuff

1) With One More Week to Go, Brigada Fans Boost us to 47% of our Goal

End-of-Year-367x235We are now entering the final 7 days of 2015. With just one more edition of Brigada remaining, many great friends and fans sent $801 this past week, bringing the total gifts during 2015 to $8087. That’s so humbling and encouraging. As you know, our budget for the year is $17,120, however, which means we are about 47% of the way there. With $9033 yet to go, there are several ways this could happen. One amazing booster could give an online gift of $9000 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, 90 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.

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2) New Book on Global Partnerships

paul-3d-278x300“Walk This Way: a better path to global engagement” was just released by Dr. Paul McGuinness and 181 Publishing. As Dr. McGuinness writes, God is moving in unbelievable ways around the world, and the Western church has a part to play in the story. But are we in danger of missing out due to an unhealthy approach to global engagement? It’s not that churches aren’t already involved in cross-cultural ministry. It’s that, too often, we bring the wrong mindset to international ministry and move down a rocky path.” Through case studies, practical experience, and biblical principles, “Walk This Way” presents a new model for global ministry that honors the work God is doing and mobilizes the American church to greater engagement. We’re looking forward to reading this book ourselves. Check it out at:


Join the conversation on Facebook (WalkThisWayBook), Twitter and Instagram (@WalkThisWayBook).

3) Have a BA Degree? Get TESOL and Missions training for Asia

cpxAll Nations Family mission agency has partnered with 10 universities in Asia to provide teachers. They also offer a missions bootcamp called Church Planting Experience (CPx) in Kansas City June 5-24 which ramps up to departing for Asia in August. Also, Online TESOL training is available for those without teaching experience for $250 and CPx costs $1500 (includes housing). Families encouraged to bring their children to CPx. Learn more at…


5) Anyone read “Pioneering Movements?” It Looks Good

pioneering_movementsHave you read Steve Addison’s “Pioneering Movements?” Would you have a moment to comment? It looks good. With the subtitle, “Leadership that Multiplies Disciples and Churches,” this book is, according to the author, meant for anyone who wants to “obey Jesus example and call to pioneer movements of disciples and churches throughout the world, until he returns.” With a Forward by David Garrison, Jerry Trousdale wrote, of Pioneering Movements, “Steve Addison’s third book on movements builds on his previous writings by inviting Christ Followers to become “movement pioneers” wherever they live. Pioneering Movements is filled with examples of such people from the early church, Christian history, and modern day movements. Steve makes a compelling case that God can use any Christ Followers to replicate disciple making, while also providing simple, practical steps to get started.” Order it at…


9) Why does Linus Drop His Blanket?

What do YOU use for your security blanket? Linus used a real blanket.

But this past week, I’ve been hearing from several sources the theory that — he drops it as soon as the angel says, “Fear not!” If so, maybe Charles Schultz was trying to drop a subtle hint that, once we’ve encountered the Good News, we won’t need any external forms of security. Your thoughts?

11) Please pause and Give Thanks for Progress among the Qashqa’i !

kashkaiA donor from this past week asked if we could pause and pray for progress among sharing the Good News with nomads of Iran and specifically the Qashqa’i. There have been amazing reports of God moving among them this year. But if you would, please also pray for continued growth and outreach — and while you’re at it, please give thanks for a donor who cares about an unreached people group enough to give to Brigada on their behalf. Talk about encouragement! May they be fully reached some day soon!


12) Merry Christmas in 100 languages

Illustration of Merry Christmass in many languages

Illustration of Merry Christmass in many languages

Back by popular demand — “Merry Christmas in 100 Languages!”
This page has flags and even Klingon Merry Christmas:


This page has another list of 100, including Merry Christmas in “Gibberish.”


But if you’d like to copy and paste more than 100 versions of Merry Christmas in languages from around the world, here’s a free list for your Christmas mouse. (If you don’t mind, please provide a link to www.brigagda.org when you paste. Thanks.)

AFRIKAANS geseënde Kersfees
ALBANIAN gëzuar Krishtlindja
ALSATIAN gleckika Wïanachta
ARABIC ميلاد مجيد (miilaad majiid)
ARMENIAN Shnorhavor Surb tsnund
AZERI Noel bayraminiz mubarak
BASQUE Eguberri on
BELARUSIAN З Божым нараджэннем (Z Bozym naradzenniem)
BENGALI subho baradin
BOSNIAN sretan Božić
BRETON Nedeleg laouen
BULGARIAN весела коледа (vesela koleda)
BURMESE Christmas nay hma mue pyaw pa
CATALAN bon Nadal
CHEROKEE ulihelisdi danisdayohihvi
CHINESE 圣诞快乐 (shèng dàn kuài lè)
CORNISH Nadelek lowen
CORSICAN bon Natale
CROATIAN sretan Božić
CZECH veselé Vánoce
DANISH glædelig jul
DUTCH vrolijk Kerstfeest
ENGLISH merry Christmas
ESPERANTO gojan Kristnaskon
ESTONIAN häid jõule
FAROESE gleðilig jól
FINNISH hyvää joulua
FRENCH joyeux Noël
FRISIAN noflike Krystdagen
FRIULAN bon nadâl
GEORGIAN Gilotsavt Shobas
GERMAN frohe Weihnachten / fröhliche Weihnachten
GREEK kala christougenna / kala xristougenna
HAWAIIAN mele Kalikimaka
HEBREW חג מולד שמח (hag molad saméa’h)
HINDI Krismas ki subhkamna
HUNGARIAN boldog karácsonyt
ICELANDIC gleðileg jól
IGBO annuri Ekeresimesi
ILOCANO naragsak a paskua
INDONESIAN selamat Natal
IRISH GAELIC Nollaig shona
ITALIAN buon Natale / gioioso Natale
JAVANESE sugeng Natal
JAPANESE merii kurisumasu
KABYLIAN assegass amegass
KINYARWANDA Noheli nziza
KIRUNDI Noheli nziza
KOREAN 메리 크리스마스
KURDISH Noela we pîroz be
LAO souksan van Christmas
LATIN felix dies Nativitatis
LATVIAN priecīgus Ziemassvētkus
LIGURIAN bón dênâ / bón natâle
LITHUANIAN su Kalėdomis / linksmų Kalėdų
LOW SAXON vrolik Kersfees
LUXEMBOURGEOIS schéi Chrëschtdeeg
MACEDONIAN среќен Божиќ (srećen Božić)
MALAGASY tratry ny Krismasy / arahabaina tratry ny Krismasy / arahaba
tratry ny Krismasy
MALAY selamat hari natal
MALAYALAM Christmas ashamshagal
MALTESE il-milied it-tajjeb / milied hieni
MANX Nollick ghennal
MAORI meri Kirihimete
OCCITAN bon Nadal
PAPIAMENTU bon pasku
PERSIAN کریسمس مبارک (Christmas mobaarak)
POLISH wesołych świąt bożego Narodzenia
PORTUGUESE feliz Natal
ROMANI baxtalo Krečuno
ROMANIAN un Crăciun fericit
RUKIGA Noheiri nungi / webale Noheiri
RUSSIAN С Рождеством Хрисовым (S rozhdestvom Khristovym)
SAMOAN ia manuia le Kerisimasi
SARDINIAN bona pasca’e Nadale (logudorese) / bona paschixedda (campidanese)
SCOTTISH GAELIC Nollaig chridheil
SERBIAN Срећан Божић (srecan bozic)
SHONA krisimas yakanaka
SINDHI Chrismas joon wadhayoon
SINHALESE suba nattalak wewa
SLOVAK vesele vianoce
SLOVENIAN vesel božič / vesele božične praznike
SOBOTA dobro dedek
SPANISH feliz Navidad
SRANAN switi Krisneti
SWAHILI heri la Krismasi
SWEDISH god jul
TAGALOG maligayang pasko
TAHITIAN ‘ia ‘oa’oa e teie Noera
TAMIL Nathaar thina vaalthukal
THAI souksaan wan Christmas
TURKISH Noeliniz kutlu olsun
UDMURT Shuldyr Ymuśton
UKRAINIAN З Різдвом Христовим Z Rizdvom Khrystovym
VIETNAMESE Mừng Chúa Giáng Sinh
WALOON (“betchfessîs” spelling) djoyeus Noyé
WELSH Nadolig llawen
YIDDISH אַ גוטע ניטל (a gute nitl)
ZULU Khisimusi omuhle

13) We’re Grateful for…

… Two Brigada participants in Elgin, IL, who just sent $100 with a note of encouragement.
… the True Fan from Annandale, VA, who sent $100 as a boost to Christ’s work through Brigada for the nations. Thank you!!
… and for the amazing encourager who sent $250!!! From Ashburn, VA! God bless you. Amazing.
… And for the anonymous donor from Newtown, PA, — a true fan — who sent $100. God bless you!
… Workers in International Outreach United who sent $100 PLUS International Outreach United itself, who sent $100 more.
… for $50 from Serv-Aid in Tulsa, OK, “to move Brigada forward in the important work you do!. God bless you.
… for the friend from Lizton, IN, who sent $25. Thank you so much.
… for the “True Fan” of Brigada from Pasadena, CA, so sent $100. She enclosed a note saying she was “grateful for all the networking and resourcing you do! Merry Christmas!” Thank you so much for the encouragement.
… for the worker who requested that she remain anonymous, but who wanted to send $50 to boost Brigada’s ministry for Jesus toward unreached peoples the world over. Thank you.
… for another “True Fan” who sent $100 — “an anonymous gift from a worker in East Asia.” Thank you so much. Learn more about her org at…


… for $75 from a friend at Visual Story International, on the web at…


… and for a $50 gift from StoryRunners. Learn more about their work at…


… for the worker who, because of his station in life, couldn’t afford to give much, but wanted to give something — so he has set up a recurring monthly PayPal donation of $1 per month. Bless his heart.
… and for the True Blue Fan from Dallas who just sent $150!!! God bless you!
… for the friend of Brigada in Murray, Kentucky, who just sent $50.
In all of these cases, one of the best parts would be the personal notes of encouragement people send. One friend, who works with Bethany Interational, commented, “My husband and I have followed Brigada for many years and recommended it to many others so we are glad to make a contribution. Thanks for all you and your team do to benefit the global missions force. None of us can do this alone. We all need one another and our jobs are made easier through the resource sharing/informing that you make possible.” Amen and God bless you in your work.

14) The BackPage: Launching DMM’s is like Growing Bamboo

This past week, I’ve become fascinated with growing bamboo. First, I need to ask — if you’ve been around bamboo, is this video actually correct in its facts and figures?

Does it really take that long for the plant to sprout out of the ground? … and then, does it really grow that fast? A co-worker and teammate just bought me my first sprouts of bamboo. They’re sitting on my desk in my office. Will I be able to simulate all this rapid growth with the plant on my desk? (Yikes. I’ll have a FOREST of bamboo right there in my office!)

If all this is true, there are amazing parallels with launching a disciple making movement. In the beginning, we have to pour tons of time into just a few friends. It won’t feel very rapid. But if we do this correctly, then later, the movement might grow rapidly, if God blesses.

So please tell me — is this entire bamboo legend actually true? If so, please click “Comment” after the online “web” version of this item. Thanks in advance for any help.

15) Closing Stuff

15) Closing Stuff
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