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2017/02/26 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
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In this issue…

1) Free Download: “Memories and Musings about Missionary Member Care”
2) ILS International launches Africa Mobile-MIS at a 50% discount
3) Rome to Rio will Show You the Pathway!
4) Resources that will Assist You in Launching Movements
5) Missionary Mamas Blog Brings Laughter, Insight And Encouragement
6) TESOL Training in Asia
7) Swahili Christian Resources
8) “The Bible Project” Will put the Word in your Hands
9) Debriefing Workshop May 2017
10) Get TEFL Certificate Online (for Teaching English overseas)
11) Stubborn Perseverance will Tell the Objective Truth about DMM
12) Looking for a great Debriefing Workshop in the USA?
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The LastBit: Zume Course is Working! (DMM Training online)
15) Closing Stuff

1) Free Download: “Memories and Musings about Missionary Member Care”

“Memories and Musings about Missionary Member Care,” tells how the author (Ron Koteskey) was called into missions, and specifically into member care. It also includes many experiences he and Bonnie had doing member care as well as the story of their websites. Learn more about them at..


And the book is now available to download free of charge as .doc, .pdf, or .zip files for your computer and as .mobi or .epub files for your Kindle or Nook. You can’t beat the price. Find it at….

2) ILS International launches Africa Mobile-MIS at a 50% discount

After five years of designing and field testing an Africa Mobile-MIS (Ministry Info System), ILS is launching an Offline and Virtual Navigation and Tracking System that focuses on the least reached peoples and places of Africa.

Imagine a Mobile-MIS that resides on your smartphone or tablet and integrates an Africa Atlas of 10 Topo maps with a related set of 10 Quick Reference eTools with 3,200+ pages of data. Get the free sampler if you don’t think it’ll work. Check it out for yourself. (ILS is offering to give 10% of everything they make to Brigada for next six months. If you’re going to buy, please don’t wait until September. : ) )

3) Rome to Rio will Show You the Pathway!

Thanks to Robby, who reminded us this past week how cool it is to use…

for travel. Whether you’re going by plane, train, bus, automobile, or horseback (ok, maybe not for horseback), Rome2Rio is the place to start looking for travel. Even if you have a favorite travel agent, this site will help you help them. Seems like this should be our first stop, no matter WHERE we’re headed. (Warning: If you put in your destination is “Heaven,” they actually help you design a trip to this special nightclub in London. So Rome2Rio is NOT the best source for a routing to quite EVERY destination.)

5) Missionary Mamas Blog Brings Laughter, Insight And Encouragement

The Missionary Mamas blog seeks to mentor women in the arenas described in Titus 2: loving your family well, keeping the house humming, kindness, purity, working together as a couple… because all that stuff just gets harder when you’re standing in the grocery store, unable to buy toilet paper, because it is all scented, and you hate scented toilet paper. Stop by (virtually) and be encouraged!

6) TESOL Training in Asia

Now you can get TESOL training even if your ministry has you on a ministry budget. Asean Center for TESOL offers an intensive, five-week course leading to a TESOL certificate in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Get classes, community experience, and lots of guidance – and a certificate – all at the same time. And it’s cheaper to fly out and take this course than it is to take the same course in N.A.! See contact info below for application forms or more information:
infothaiatactesoldotcom or see

8) “The Bible Project” Will put the Word in your Hands

Have you seen the videos from

One user wrote us this past week, “I am blown away by how good they are. These guys make these short animated videos that are introductions to every book of the Bible, various Biblical themes, and now they’re starting a series on what the Bible is and how to study it. I’ve been teaching this adult Sunday School class on Old Testament overview, and been using these the videos. They’re top notch, Biblically-sound, and absolutely free to download at high resolution. They accept and welcome donations to help them keep doing this. And from recent correspondence with them, I learned they do have projects underway to get them translated into other languages. These videos would not be out of place in a Bible college intro to the Bible class. I wish they’d been around when I was in Bible college!” Thank you John — and you’re right! They’re great!

9) Debriefing Workshop May 2017

The Debriefing Workshop is a structured four day event designed to facilitate understanding and closure in times of transition. Individuals will process their experiences in a myriad of ways. This includes constructing timelines, education, and verbal processing. They have found taking time to debrief helps enable individuals to move forward. Invest four days of Christ-focused reflecting, debriefing, and group activities. Learn more at…

10) Get TEFL Certificate Online (for Teaching English overseas)

Get trained to teach English to arriving refugees or to obtain genuine work abroad! You can start anytime with this online course!
ConnecTEFL is an affordable 120 hour teaching English as a foreign language certification program. The course can be taken online anywhere in the world! The certificate meets the globally accepted TESOL International short-term certificate standards. For more info., see…

12) Looking for a great Debriefing Workshop in the USA?

You’ve just found it. ABIDE is a 5-day re-entry debriefing where leaders equip participants to navigate the challenges of re-entry and to move forward toward renewal in the next season of ministry. Whole families are able to process their cross-cultural experiences, as they offer simultaneous adult and TCK programs. Upcoming debriefings are scheduled for April 9-13, July 9-14 and October 15-20.
Learn more at…

13) We’re Grateful for…

The Cypress Bible Church in Cypress, Texas, who, this past week, sent $50 to empower Brigada on its way to thousands of missionaries, mobilizers, and cross-cultural workers carrying Jesus in their hearts to the nations. Thank you Cypress!!!
…another friend of Brigada who anonymously sent ANOTHER $50. Love it. Thank you!
… and another friend who sent $30 because they love to invest in getting their item at the top of Brigada’s list — because if they do that, maybe it will help them get their item out faster and farther.
Thank you one and all!

14) The LastBit: Zume Course is Working! (DMM Training online)

When I first heard about going online for training to make disciples who make disciples, I admit — I was a bit skeptical. I had visions of long lectures, talking heads, and mimegraphed sheets from the 1970’s. Then I saw Zume…

The developers have raised $110,000 to create (from scratch) a proprietary learning site keyed to the information, together with little 3-, 4-, and 5-minute videos that are going to be easy to translate. (A later phase has them walking this out in 34 languages!) The “homework” isn’t busy work at all. It consists of actually DOING what the lesson is ABOUT. For example, in a lesson on prayer walking, after you watch a five-minute video about prayer-walking, you discuss prayer-walking, then you actually go out and prayer walk! : ) This thing is almost clear enough to run itself. The only hitch: You have to have a group (4-12 people). If you can get past that hurdle, this Zume thing holds a ton of promise. And guess what: Because they’ve found donors to cover the development cost, it’s absolutely free of charge. No book to buy, no DVD, no satellite costs, … nothing. Use it in your church with your 29 small groups. Use it with a new life group. Use it with the guys you’re trying to equip at your university. Use it in the refugee camp. This thing holds a lot of promise. Over 100 groups formed within the first 72 hours of the Feb. 14th launch. If you have questions, watch this quick intro video..

I’ve (Doug) already taken one group through all 10 sessions and they LOVED it. Three of my five group members began their own groups within 7 days of the training! Tina’s group is ready for her fourth session and they’ve grown every week! Incredible. Try it. I dare you.

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