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2016/03/20 – Brigada Today

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In this issue…
1) MoreDisciples.com to Feature Dr. George Patterson Webinar
2) Is This the Most Powerful 4-Minute Video You’ve Ever Seen?
3) New Video on Islam Will Unlock Secrets and Explore Trends
4) Exactly what IS a “DBS” (Discovery Bible Study)?????????
5) Here are Ten Reasons NOT to Become a Missionary
6) What Name do YOU use to Describe ISIS, ISIL, IS or Daesh?
7) What’s the Best College Program in Community Development?
8) How Would One Learn More about Social Networking and Evangelism?
9) Check out The Good News Coloring Book (In scads of languages!)
10) Get Instant Price Comparisons on Books You Need to Purchase
11) Affinity Designer: A Fantastic Photo Editing App
12) Resources for Missionaries
13) Got Water? Good. Need Water? See These folks.
14) The BackPage: How do they do it? People “before their time”
15) Closing Stuff

1) MoreDisciples.com to Feature Dr. George Patterson Webinar

patterson-smallOn April 27th, at noon Eastern Time (17:00 UTC), the website, MoreDisciples.com will feature Dr. George Patterson in an hour-long webinar entitled, “The Magic of Multiplication: How could our church make it happen?” Most churches grow by additions, if at all. In this webinar, explore the possibilities of growing your church, both internally and externally, through the magic of multiplication. Since the 1970’s, Dr. George Patterson has been multiplying groups in multiple countries. Now tap into his experience and wisdom to start multiplying groups in your own church today! To learn more and/or register, just go to…


2) Is This the Most Powerful 4-Minute Video You’ve Ever Seen?

That’s all I can say. How does a four-minute video pack so much emotion, so much power, and so much purpose? Somebody, somewhere, is a genius. How in the world.
If you’ve got four minutes to experience this power-packed video, then we have a feeling you’ll want to share it with someone else. Please do. If you don’t have four minutes, well, that’s just really… sad. : )


(FallingPlates.com is a tool that can be used to share the story of the gospel. See what you think. And Kyle, thanks for sharing this!)

3) New Video on Islam Will Unlock Secrets and Explore Trends

in_the_house_of_islamIs your church baffled by the mystery of Muslim growth and expansion? In this remarkable new video, you’ll discover how, where, and why more than 80% of all the Muslim movements to Christ in all of history are taking place right now! Join Dr. David Garrison and a host of renowned evangelical authorities as they “open each room” in the House of Islam. You’ll learn about the Qur’an, about the five pillars of Islam, about competing forces within the Muslim world, and meet ordinary Muslim men and women from West Africa to Indonesia. Learn more and/or order this new resource at…


4) Exactly what IS a “DBS” (Discovery Bible Study)?????????

Have you been wondering how to define a DBS? Have you heard the buzzword, but pondered exactly how it works? How does it impact lives? How is it best implemented? What kind of differences can we see when it is implemented well? We believe you’ll be thrilled when you hear these case studies and examples courtesy Engage Africa: Through disciple making movements, a video series produced by Tekmerion Productions, made possible by Final Command Ministries, in cooperation with CityTeam International. (Thanks to Jerry Trousdale for pointing us to this great resource.) Watch the entire 28-minute teaching video here:


Note that Final Command is still in talks with their production company, Tekmerion, about how to distribute this and other new films. As a result, we have to watch the video on the production website and, unfortunately, it could go away at any time. If you want to see it, better watch it soon.

6) What Name do YOU use to Describe ISIS, ISIL, IS or Daesh?

I love the latest stack of news items documenting the various names for the group that has been calling itself the Islamic State. See, for example, …


Apparently the most recent name, as advanced by David Cameron, is Daesh, which is a loose acronym for al-Dawla al-Islamiya al-Iraq al-Sham (Arabic for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) but sounds like the Arabic words Daes (“one who crushes something underfoot”) and Dahes (“one who sows discord”). I think I like it. What about you? (Click Comment after the web version of this item to give your opinion.)

9) Check out The Good News Coloring Book (In scads of languages!)


This coloring book is a Bible tract/coloring book for adults and children in over 100 languages, many of which are dual language, e.g., French/English, or French/Somaali, or Arabic/Italian. And get this: They’re all available for free… and you don’t even have to sign up for a mailing list or anything. Hats off to the makers for ‘freely receiving, and freely giving away!’ (Thanks Jamie!)

11) Affinity Designer: A Fantastic Photo Editing App

affinityThanks tons to Ed for pointing us to Affinity Designer. Yes, it’s currently available only for Mac, but for all the Windows users out there, the writers say a Windows beta is just weeks away. (You can sign up to be notified.) The great part is — it’s not a ‘subscription-based’ deal. Pay $50. Own it. For good. Love it. Looks like one of the most powerful photo-editing tools we’ve seen, but, then, we don’t use Mac — so you’ll have to verify in the comments following this post in the web version – please.


12) Resources for Missionaries

Brigada loves sites which gather great content for missionaries — and there’s a new one especially (exclusively?) for people engaged in overseas missions or full-time ministry…


This site was created by a missionary, for missionaries, with the purpose of helping to connect missionaries with existing resources. You might ask, but why would Brigada (which attempts to do exactly the same?) refer people to a competing site? The answer is simple: There’s no competition among lighthouses. : )

14) The BackPage: How do they do it? People “before their time”

You’ve heard the phrase, I’m sure, “He was a man before his time.” This phrase usually refers to someone who was able to write or speak about topics that their contemporaries might not have valued, but that others, later, came to appreciate. One such example was Roland Allen. J.D. Payne wrote a great intro to Allen’s life. You can view or download it here (thanks for Dr. Payne’s willingness to share his research with the world).


As you’ll see in the article, Allen wrote documents in the 1920’s that weren’t greatly appreciated until the 1970’s. But the strange thing is, his concepts haven’t been largely put into practice until literally this decade, when kingdom movements are now springing up all over the globe — 100 years after his teachings. Buy a Kindle copy of his keystone book here…


Dr. George Patterson is another such visionary. He wrote “Obedience Oriented Education and Evangelism in 1974. It was privately published as a little green booklet. I remember reading it as a Bible college student in the late 1970’s, thinking — “what a simple, yet revolutionary principle.” Yet the truth is, his concepts weren’t largely put into practice until the last 10 years. Now, he seems like a genius. Then, his little booklet had to be privately published.

What makes a visionary? What goes into building a life like Allen or Patterson? In my opinion, there are several converging factors that have to be in place. First, the “man before his time” usually stumbles onto a series of approaches or tactics that start working well. In Patterson’s case, he managed to see a Kingdom movement develop in Honduras that went four generations deep and was four streams wide in just 3 years, between the years 1970 to 1973. During those 3 years, the movement he launched gained such momentum that there were 760 believers participating in 29 groups. Before the decade was out, God had raised up over 2000 new disciples in those 4 streams.

Next, a “man before his time” needs the courage to speak up. He becomes an evangelist for his ideas — and he’s not afraid to speak up about it. Even if people don’t listen, the “man before his time” doesn’t stop writing or testifying about “the better way” that he has discovered.

Lastly, to create a “man before his time,” the final ingredient is a passive, apathetic generation of “sheep” who won’t hear, refusing to consider new ideas. And because they don’t — or won’t — the “man before his time” is sometimes ignored for decades or more.

Thankfully, Patterson and others are now being heard. In fact, you can tune in to a webinar that will feature George Patterson on April 27th at noon Eastern Time. To learn more and/or register for this free webinar, just go to…


15) Closing Stuff

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