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2017/01/15 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
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In this issue…
1) Train Your Partners in the Global South on Magazine Editing & More
2) Love the Ministry Training at IHOPU Online
3) Joshua Project Revamps Progress Scale
4) Pick up a Copy of “Scripture Prayers for the Peoples…”
5) Documentary Video Series: SICK IN AFRICA
6) New Book on Diaspora Missions
7) If You Live in These 7 States in the USA, The Clock is Ticking…
8) “Seek God for the City” Campaign will Focus Your Prayer
9) Why the name, “Brigada?”
10) Want to submit an item for Brigada?
11) Did Christmas Truly Originate from a Pagan Holiday? Maybe Not
12) “Praying the Names of Jesus” for 60 cents!
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: Reflecting on a Year of Brigada
15) Closing Stuff

1) Train Your Partners in the Global South on Magazine Editing & More

Magazine Training International offers four to five-week online publishing courses (for a very small fee) and one-hour free Webinars on publishing topics. These are specifically for Christian magazine editors and staff in the Developing World, but American magazine staff also take advantage of them. They also offer 10 free ebooks each year and free web-based training videos, along with lots of resources on their web site. They are also organizing a conference in Hungary this year regarding their Crisis Publishing Initiative. This is for Christian writers, editors, publishers, bloggers worldwide who have to report and write in the midst of crisis. Learn more about these and other options at…


2) Love the Ministry Training at IHOPU Online

I (Doug) remember visiting the International House of Prayer (“IHOP” — no relationship to the pancake place) in Kansas City, MO. I think I arrived at 4pm or so. I walked in and, sure enough, a talented group of musicians were leading worship, singing and prayer. I checked my phone and — wow — it was being live-streamed real-time on the web. Smart, sharp, dedicated people. Now, we see they’ve launched a great online learning center to match. They’ve made the classes flexible, the prices reasonable, and the content terrific. Check it out and please let us know what you think afteward.


To see (and hear) the prayer room 24/7 live, just click to


any time night or day from anywhere in the world. It’s always on, and some of the content runs in 8 different languages.

4) Pick up a Copy of “Scripture Prayers for the Peoples…”



you can pick up a copy of “Scripture Prayers for the Peoples of the World.” It’s a cool idea, actually. The booklet preps the scripture so all you have to do is plug in the name of the people group or city. See a sample here…


Bulk purchasing lowers the price to as little as $2.50 per booklet.

5) Documentary Video Series: SICK IN AFRICA

Tim had been a cross-cultural worker for over 15 years and realized midway through his last term that he still didn’t understand the basics of why his African friends did what they did and believed what they believed when it came to healing from their ailments. Traditional medicine, fear of curses, preferential treatments, bribery, lack of compassion, lack of resources… so many challenges. See it firsthand at…


6) New Book on Diaspora Missions

Check out the latest from Urban Loft Publishers: “Mosaic: A Ministry Handbook for a Globalizing World” by Jared Looney and Seth Bouchelle. These guys share their insights and stories from years of ministry experience among the diverse population of New York City, drawing out principles you’ll find practical where ever you live. This is a great text that makes missions principles accessible to a lay audience.


(Thanks Andrew!)

7) If You Live in These 7 States in the USA, The Clock is Ticking…

If you live in WA, MT, MN, MO, KY, PA, or ME, the clock is ticking on your driver’s license. After January 30th, 2018, the TSA will no longer accept driver’s licenses from these states unless something changes in the next year. So you’ll literally need a passport to fly – even domestically! Check it out at Homeland Security’s website…


Thanks to Jeff and the guys at…


for bubbling this up to us.

9) Why the name, “Brigada?”

In 1942, Stalin, then leader of what used to be the USSR, banished some 200,000 Crimean Tatars from their home on the Black Sea. They were not permitted to return to their homeland, for the most part, until the early nineties, when the Soviet Union broke apart. Unfortunately, since their homes had been confiscated by others, the Crimean Tatars were forced to rebuild entire settlements during the cold winters of 1990 and 1991. While living in Crimea, we saw, at times, literally dozens of Crimean Tatar families working together in what they called, in Russian, ‘brigadas’ (brigades), helping one another build homes in rapid fashion. They found, through experience, that working together produces synergy, i.e., the output is greater than the sum of the inputs. As Bill Taylor writes in Kingdom Partnerships, ‘… One draft horse can pull four tons. If you harnessed two draft horses together, they can pull twenty-two tons.’ Today, we need just this kind of ‘brigada’ and just this kind of synergy to finish the task of world evangelism!

13) We’re Grateful for…

…one donor, who gave in the name of a particular church in Kosova. Would you help me honor them as we give proper thanks to this recent donor, who wanted only that we Kosovo, where witnessing among Muslims is very difficult. Thanks so much!
… for SMCC Missions, who sent $50 this past week. God bless you!
… for the folks in Alberta, Canada, who sent $200. Amazing. So grateful.
… our friends at CCI Equip who sent $50. May God bless you! CCI Equip sets up a 550-hour comprehensive training program for national pastors in countries all over the world. Their mission is to glorify God by equipping Christ followers globally with comprehensive training for effective ministry. Learn more on the web at…

… to the real estate agency, YourCountryHome.net, which sent $100 this past week. Thank you!!! They mostly wanted to promote Foundation for His Ministry,


These anonymous donors wrote, “They have served faithfully throughout Mexico since the 60s, and are where my heart was first moved to become involved in cross cultural ministry. A book called Charla’s Children tells the story of the early days of the ministry.” Find this book here…

… Magazine Training International, which sent $100 last week. Thanks!
… The founders of Lingua House, who sent $20 this past week. God bless you! Lingua House has now been turned over to John Tiersma Watson. They’re the publishing house for LAMP, Bonding, Community is My Language Classroom and more — and it can all now be ordered from:
John Tiersma Watson:
PO Box 17367,
Los Angeles, CA. 90017
You can also email for more information at jtierwatatearthlinkdotnet
… anonymous donors who sent $50. We’re soooo grateful.
… great friends in Round Rock, TX, who sent $50. Thank you!
… and last but not least, for the Centenary United Methodist Church in Lexington, KY, which just sent $150 to spur on Brigada as a tool for reaching the nations! Thank you so much!

14) The Last Bit: Reflecting on a Year of Brigada

Thanks to all those who have given to underwrite Brigada over the past year. Although we didn’t quite make our budget need of $17,000 (maybe some gifts are still on their way via mail?), we did receive a grand total of $10,439.15 — which is awesome. These funds will go toward covering lightweight marketing costs, paying for servers, website, and email handling services, and empowering a part-time assistant to help with communications and publishing.

When we don’t make the goal for the annual fund drive, it’s sometimes tempting to think, “What did we do wrong?” But we choose instead to focus on the fact that friends and partners who love this effort chipped in more than $10K toward it! When you stop and think about it, that’s amazing! So we’ll just try to write more engaging stuff, gather more compelling trends and news, and publish a ton more resources — and do better in 2017. : ) Either way, thanks, once more, for all those who helped pay the bills.

Since January 25th, 1995, the weekly Brigada Today email journal has been informing Great Commission Christians about our great global quest: giving hope and help to those who need it most. During its initial 3 or 4 years, Brigada sought to create email discussion groups that would unify like-minded pilgrims in reaching specific pockets of people. Thankfully, now there are several specialist websites dedicated to that task. In more recent years, Brigada has honed in on what it always did best for Christians in God’s Great Cause:

Identify & promote helpful resources, conferences, websites, agencies, individuals, etc.

Analyze & capsulate in layman terms the current trends in global mission, along with their potential impact on the world of missions

Challenge & motivate evangelical Christians toward greater involvement in finishing the Task of global evangelism – to seek to inspire others to help in passing the baton of responsibility and initiative in world evangelism, to form a kind of “brigade” so that, shoulder to shoulder, we can finish the Task that Jesus assigned us in Matthew 28:19-20.

Today there are thousands of subscribers to our weekly publication, along with many who read on the web. Together, we make up the Brigada family of participants. May God grant all of us wisdom, insight, and energy to keep on sharing hope and help to those who need it most! Thanks for being part of the Brigada family!

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