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2016/07/24 — Brigada Today

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In this issue…

1) Help Your Workers “Come Home” from Missions More Effectively
2) Free Guidebook: Strengthening Your Church’s Missions Program
3) Around the World Mission Book Series for Children
4) Is FotoJet Really Free? Great Little Online Graphic Designer
5) This Book Will Help Your Church Lose Members
6) We Asked Patrick Johnstone for his Research on Islam…
7) If Promoters Can get Zume Launched, The Sky is the Limit
8) Where Missionary Training and Survival Training Collide
9) Upcoming Conference: Building a Mobilization Culture in the Church
10) What Will Happen Next in China?
11) What do Westerners and Muslims think of One Another?
12) Answered Prayers, but Still Some Needs at that School in Kosova
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The BackPage: Why Do Governments Restrict Religion, Anyway?
15) Closing Stuff

1) Help Your Workers “Come Home” from Missions More Effectively

We hear good things about the debriefing experience provided by TRAIN International in Joplin, MO. Their re-entry retreat, “ABIDE,” is taken from the meaning of the word abide, “To continue without fading or being lost.” and Jesus’ teaching in John 15:5 “If you abide in me, and I in you, you will bear much fruit.” Their next ABIDE debriefing is October 16-21 and includes children’s and youth debriefing. They equip cross-cultural workers to process their experiences, navigate challenges of re-entry and reverse culture shock, spiritually recharge and find rest for the next leg of the journey, and tell their story well along the way. So now you can ensure that you or those serving with your agency may “continue without fading or being lost.” For more info you can call TRAIN at 417.625.1400 or email them at
adminattraininternationaldotorg

2) Free Guidebook: Strengthening Your Church’s Missions Program

glasses and churchSerge (formerly World Harvest Mission) has a new, free guidebook on how your church can strengthen global outreach. They only ask that you fill out the form at the webpage below. They provided a review copy. With 73 pages, it provides chapters on “Forming Great Short-term Teams,” “Recruiting Missionaries from Your Church,” “Developing Sustainable Focused Funding,” and more. Looks good.

https://www.serge.org/resources/publications/going-global-guide/

5) This Book Will Help Your Church Lose Members

J.D. Grgaining_by_losingeear’s book, “Gaining By Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches that Send,” might have a few cheesy jokes, but the impact is direct: Your church can change the world. If you want to cut to the chase, see Ed Stetzer’s “20 Truths” from the book at…

http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2015/july/20-truths-from-gaining-by-losing-by-jd-greear.html

Maybe save the cost of buying the book by reading that article — and running. : ) But if you’d like the book, see it at…

https://www.amazon.com/Gaining-Losing-Future-Belongs-Churches/dp/1491598085

7) If Promoters can get Zume Launched, The Sky is the Limit

What if Zume promoters can get this idea off the ground? What would be the limits?

Only God knows. Their vision in a nutshell? Make disciples in every census tract in the United States using an online training platform focused on equipping participants in the basic disciple-making and simple church planting multiplication principles, processes, and practices. Sounds exciting.

8) Where Missionary Training and Survival Training Collide

Unusual Soldiers is the website that best fits with Caleb Bislow’s book, “Dangerous.” They do a training called, “Stranded,” and apparently, that’s essentially what you are when you attend (in Franklin, Nebraska). “If you have a heart for Jesus, a desire to impact the world, and some “Indiana Jones” blood then you have come to the right place.” Love it.

http://www.unusualsoldiers.com/stranded.html

See the video here:

10) What Will Happen Next in China?

If you read the news, it almost sounds like China has taken a step backward in time recently…

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/analysis-south-china-sea-ruling-has-so-far-fueled-tensions/2016/07/22/4b19036c-5076-11e6-bf27-405106836f96_story.html

The international arbitration panel’s ruling was supposed to bring resolution to a conflict. But, the more the panel seemed to side against China, the more China became angry with their result! We’re not saying we have answers in this conflict. We’re only observing that it has the capacity to further alienate China from the West — and vice versa.

11) What do Westerners and Muslims think of One Another?

Michael Lipka’s article (July 22, 2016) at Pew Research reveals a LOT in a very short synopsis. Muslims are the fastest growing religious group in the world, primarily due to having lots of babies — and being younger than their peers in other world religions. If current trends continue, the number of Muslims will exceed the number of Christians by the end of this century. Learn lots more about both sides at…

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/07/22/muslims-and-islam-key-findings-in-the-u-s-and-around-the-world/

12) Answered Prayers, but Still Some Needs at that School in Kosova

That school in Kosova is giving thanks to God that several jobs have been filled. But they still need an elementary teacher, a 6th grade teacher, and a gap science teacher. Teachers do not have to be certified (though it’s preferred), but they do need to have a bachelor’s degree. If you have a lead, email
jwchesnut2atyahoodotcom
This private school in Kosova features classes taught in English with an American curriculum. They provide one round-trip economy ticket and 1000E ($1200) per month. (This is adequate to cover all expenses for a single person to live in Kosova.)

13) We’re Grateful for…

thank-you…the $50 gift from TRAIN International. God bless you! TRAIN International equips individuals and teams preparing to live and work cross-culturally and provides debriefing when they return from the field. They also offer coaching to churches who are sending and supporting cross-cultural workers. Their goal is that workers go prepared, stay effective, and return healthy and prepared for their next phase of ministry. Learn more at…

http://traininternational.org/

14) The BackPage: Why Do Governments Restrict Religion, Anyway?

Ani Sarkissian is a Michigan State University prof who, among other things, researches religion and politics. She recently published a book with Oxford University Press about why governments restrict religion. This could be a good read for anyone in a ‘creative access’ region who wants to better understand their context. This prof assembled a dataset of over 100 countries but also 16 case studies. It’s garnering some great reviews.

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-varieties-of-religious-repression-9780199348084?cc=us&lang=en&#

If you’ve ever wondered exactly why governments take this path (of taking away your freedom and opportunity to know about a particular religion), maybe this book will finally provide answers.

15) Closing Stuff

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