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2017/01/29 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
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In this issue…
1) Free review copy of Hastening: Book 1 in the 2 volume Set
2) For Your Korean Colleagues….: Free Downloads
3) French Christian Resources
4) Training For Long-Term Workers Among Muslims
5) “Rooted” Discipleship Course Now Available for Churches
6) “How Many Slaves Work for You?”
7) What’s the Best group for a Semester Abroad for Christ?
8) Tired of Windows Forcing an Update on You at the Worst Time?
9) Are you Going to Jail? Take This Website With you
10) You’ve Heard about the Story (series) but what about the App?
11) “The Global Gospel” in 2017
12) Debrief and/or Train at TRAIN International
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: New Podcast… “Wired for This” + Russian Content!
15) Closing Stuff

1) Free review copy of Hastening: Book 1 in the 2 volume Set

The No Place Left set should have a place on your bookshelf. Late in 2015 Steve Smith-author of Training for Trainers (T4T)-released the Book One-Hastening-in the two-part No Place Left saga: casting vision for movements to sweep the planet and complete Mt 24:14 amidst the events of Revelation. Many found that once they started they couldn’t put it down, and quite a number bought cases to spread vision and share with supporters.

If you haven’t yet read Hastening, Steve Smith would like to give you a free review copy. The condition is that you read it within a month and, if you like it, you write a review (Amazon or elsewhere) or mention it in your network. This offer is good through 2/14. Request your copy at

2) For Your Korean Colleagues….: Free Downloads

Member Care brochures for Korean missionaries serving around the world are available from the All Nations Mission Center. A total of 87 brochures are available in Korean as free downloads in pdf. They are divided into three categories: (1) 60 General issues which all missionaries face, (2) 16 marriage issues, and (3) 11 singles issues. If you are on a multicultural team or know other Korean missionaries, please send them this link. They can’t beat the price. Find the brochures at… (click “brochure” at top center)

3) French Christian Resources

Check out the French Christian Resources website. You’ll find sources for books, booklets, audio, dvds, Bibles, New Testaments, tracts,
and many other Christian resources in French.

The really cool part is — the authors don’t make a cent on the whole thing. It’s just a labor of love. Awesome.

4) Training For Long-Term Workers Among Muslims

Horizons International registration is now open for its two-week in-depth training course to prepare believers for work with Muslims locally and around the world — Engaging Islam Institute – June 19-30, 2017. Held in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, this course is perfect for missionaries, local workers, or anyone who wants to learn how to effectively engage Muslims with the gospel. Learn under effective teachers and fruitful evangelists such as Georges Houssney, founder and president of Horizons International, a 26 year-old global missions organization dedicated to proclaiming the gospel, discipling the nations and equipping the church. To get registered go to:

Send inquiries to

5) “Rooted” Discipleship Course Now Available for Churches

Along with the content at (above), you and your church can now also experience…

You’ll find plenty of content to keep your church engaged for the next 10 weeks. Many are saying it has helped their church grow deeper together in Christ, and the price seems reasonable enough. Some have said the content originated with some Kenyan brothers in East Africa, but this Mariner’s Church helped contextualize it for the Western world. Anything that helps us move forward is good.

10) You’ve Heard about the Story (series) but what about the App?

We recently learned of a new app called, “The Story.” Now … a lot of churches have done the SERMON series called, “The Story,” by Zondervan. See it here…

But somehow, this app is named nearly (or exactly?) the same. Find it here…

From what we can see, there’s no connection whatsoever. Confusing. But, the cool thing is, The Story — the film or the app or whatever — is an app that lives on your iPhone to help you tell the Creation to Judgment story to just about anyone on earth in just about any language. It’s so cool! See the whole layout at…

11) “The Global Gospel” in 2017

Are you looking for some free discipleship resources in several languages? Two of the newest languages completed of “The Global Gospel” are Sindhi (India and Pakistan) and Swahili (Kenya and Tanzania).
This series of short videos presents the life and teachings of Jesus using colorful illustrations and dramatic Bible readings.
Access all the languages of this tool through “The GNPI App” or online through YouTube and Vimeo.

12) Debrief and/or Train at TRAIN International

Four times each year, TRAIN International hosts ABIDE, a 5-day re-entry debriefing for cross-cultural workers. You can register now for the April 9-14 session. Participants connect with other global workers, process their experiences, gain insight into navigating reverse culture shock and more. The whole family is debriefed, with children and youth having their own sessions.

TRAIN International is also offering ORIENT pre-field cultural adaptation training April 24 – May 7. Get better equipped for cross-cultural service in key areas such as developing cultural discernment and acquisition, maintaining spiritual vitality, cultivating conflict resolution skills and more. The whole family is trained, with children and youth having their own training sessions.
Visit their website for more info at:

13) We’re Grateful for…

… The folks at, who pitched in $50 toward helping Brigada — and yet, they don’t make a dime off their own website. What amazing champion friends! Thank you!
… GREAT friends from Chesapeake, VA, who sent $700 this past week to help spur Brigada onward for Christ’s sake and for the sake of unreached peoples. God bless you!!! This donor wrote, “I want this $700 gift to serve as encouragement for others to match this amount or portions of this amount to go towards fulling funding the worthy Brigada budget. Brigada is such an encouragement to my Revelation 7:9 vision and the completion of the Great Commission.” If you’d like to match all or part of this donor’s gift (wow — would we really thank you and God!), please click “Donate” at, or 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. Thank you, in advance, for your partnership!

14) The Last Bit: New Podcast… “Wired for This” + Russian Content!

These days, there’s quite a bit going on over at our sister site,

First, find a new podcast there featuring an interview with “Mac,” Lisa, and Bob from Jacksonville, FL, along with a follow-up analysis with Eric D. The audio was challenging (in a noisy outdoor cafe) but the message is worth the listen. Mac and Lisa are trying to figure out how to make their discipling count for more. They have questions about how to disciple their kids, how to wire in the accountability piece, and much more. Meanwhile, Bob, their Exec. Pastor, is asking questions related to the 2000-person megachurch that they all attend. He’s done lots of research and they’ve tried a bunch of things. See how it all sorts out at…

And while you’re there, don’t miss the fact that the MoreDisciples “30-Day Challenge” is now available in Russian! Please let all your Russian-speaking friends know. Learn more at…

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