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2017/03/19 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
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In this issue…
1) Filipino Christian Resources
2) Is Your Media Strategy Right for Your Audience?
3) Now — MoreDisciples in Russian and Spanish, with Portuguese Coming
4) Online Mission Giving Project Gives a Behind-The-Scenes Look
5) Large Electronics Ban: What are they thinking???
6) Free Video Missions Course and Website
7) Producer Seeks Prayer for New Full-Funded Movie for Muslims
8) What’s the Best System for Simultaneous Translation for Trainers?
9) Taskade: Simple and sharable task lists
10) Why are People Still Buying these Large Format SLR-type cameras?
11) Remember the Good ole Days when 4% of all USA Adults Believed?
12) Humorous Look at our (sometimes) Condescending Ways
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: What Prompts Loyalty in Mission Agencies?
15) Closing Stuff

1) Filipino Christian Resources

Are you looking to reach the people of the Philippines? The Filipino Christian Resources website has resources in Tagalog and other languages of the Philippines.


We visited this site and — my goodness — it’s like a treasure trove for Philippine outreach. If you work with *any* group from that land, this site could be your *hub* of resources. Well done!

2) Is Your Media Strategy Right for Your Audience?

Mission Media U (MMU) is an online learning platform designed to train Christians to be more effective in making disciples and establishing churches. Their course, “Foundations of Media Strategy,” is starting 4/27/17 and running through 5/25/17. Each week in the 5-week course requires 3 hours of work per week including a one-hour live instruction session. For more information, go to


3) Now — MoreDisciples in Russian and Spanish, with Portuguese Coming

This past week, the Russian translation team made great strides translating materials at…


into that language — and the Spanish translation team got a great start as well. Next week, the Portuguese team jumps into action. So now, you can invite your Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese friends to visit More Disciples and sign up for the 30-Day Challenge. For 30 days in a row, you’ll receive just one email per day with a nugget of DNA regarding how to launch a disciple making movement in your village, town, city or region. This is something you can start totally on your own — then multiply into the lives of others. Once you have a group, you can move the group members to…


for a more developed *group* experience along similar topical lines. Best of all, everything at *both* sites is completely free of charge, thanks to the big hearts of some great donors — and some terrific teams of volunteer translators who, by the way, are taking nothing for their services. The Zume materials are heading into 34 languages within the next year, Lord willing.

4) Online Mission Giving Project Gives a Behind-The-Scenes Look

This past week, we were able to study in detail the new “Online Mission Giving Project” that GMI is making available to the missions world. They pulled off the coolest survey ever: Last August, unbeknownst to any of us, they made a $20 gift to 20 different mission orgs around the USA. They began with the questions, “How easy is it to give? What will the first-time giving experience be like? And what will happen next after we give?” What you read might surprise you. They’ve priced the report *very* reasonably at $5. Learn more at…


5) Large Electronics Ban: What are they thinking???

OK… so I’m totally confused about this large electronics ban from 10 mostly-Middle-Eastern cities. What in the *world*???


If they could have a bomb inside a laptop in the *cabin*, why couldn’t they have the same bomb working on a timer in the baggage hold??? Will someone please help me get this??? First, I don’t want a luggage handler to throw my laptop. Second, I don’t want it exposed to thievery. Third, I don’t want to lose the full-day’s work on a trans-oceanic flight. And finally, fourth, and most importantly, I don’t want it diverted to a different city or *country*??? Is there anything that can be done to reverse this silly idea? Because to me, it’s completely ill-founded. If you have any suggestions, please comment at the web version of this item.

6) Free Video Missions Course and Website

Do you know Christians who know little about missions? “Around Your World,” a series of ten six-minute videos, answers questions and gives fresh insights. Want more? Dig deeper in a connected website. Play the videos to guests in your home or as part of a Sunday school class. There is also a study guide. Watch a preview at:

Or go to:

This little course seems so easy — why wouldn’t we *all* do it?

7) Producer Seeks Prayer for New Full-Funded Movie for Muslims

The producer of a new film for Muslims wrote this past week, asking for prayer. I watched the trailer, and it does indeed sound intriguing. By God’s grace, his movie is now fully funded. They are targeting 28 languages for translation. See the website at…


The film is already freely available in the USA, UK, Germany and Japan on Amazon Prime. It is also already available in Bengali, and will soon be ready in Azeri and Russian. Next will be Arabic, Urdu, and Hindi. See books and more info at…




Please pray for its distribution and impact.

8) What’s the Best System for Simultaneous Translation for Trainers?

We had an inquiry this past week from a group in India about to train 40 pastors from 6 different language groups. He can see systems like…


But it’s so confusing to figure out which is the best deal for the money. Does anyone have any experience with affordable simultaneous translation systems? … and does any org *rent* them? If you have a favorite system or solution, please comment following the web version of this item. Thanks!

9) Taskade: Simple and sharable task lists

Hats off to the developers at Taskade.


They literally just launched (Jan. 2017) but they’re already making good progress on spinning up a new simple collaboration tool to help users capture their thoughts, ideas and daily tasks. They would love your feedback. They have developed a Chrome Extension and seem destined to succeed.


You can instantly share and collaborate — no signups needed. See, for example, weekly tasks here…


and their project roadmap here…


10) Why are People Still Buying these Large Format SLR-type cameras?

I don’t get it. Why is anyone (who travels) still paying $2000 for these mongo large-format SLR-looking cameras when mirrorless cameras have already changed the world? These new compact offerings are fast, easy-to-learn, technically superior (in many ways) to the old SLR counterparts – and most of all, they weigh a fraction of their old obsolete SLR cousins and they don’t look nearly as intimidating to the border guard or customs official. There are new offerings by Fuji, Olympus, Sony, Panasonic and others — and most of them come in at between $500 and $1000. Many are paying *double* that for the old “SLR” format cameras (Canons and Nikons) which weigh twice as much, even though they are arguably somewhat obsolete technologically. The wild thing is — these cameras are so good, they will also serve as your *video* capturing device too. Convergence — at last. No need even to buy a separate video camera. We just don’t get it. If you need a starting point, check out the Panasonic Lumix GX80 (GX85 in the USA) for $583, including a decent kit lense, amazing anti-shake control for both still and 4K video, AND razor-sharp images. We just did a three-camera shoot using 3 of these and the ministry accepted it for their pro-level training course. It’s a new day. Don’t take our word for it though. See a whole list at…




11) Remember the Good ole Days when 4% of all USA Adults Believed?

That was the subject of a Barna poll back in 2003. The poll discovered that only 4% of all adults held a biblical world view. See the article for the definitions they used.


Well a new study has now determined that — oh wait — it’s now 1 out of 10? The study is reported on by the same researcher at…


But instead of celebrating what looks to be a clear *doubling* of progress *INCREASING* a Christian worldview, the article portrays it in the worst light possible. Help me out here. What am I missing? Wouldn’t 1 out of 10 be a 150% leap *forward* in progress — in less than 15 years?

12) Humorous Look at our (sometimes) Condescending Ways

I had to laugh when I saw the “Africa for Norway” video at..

I couldn’t tell if this was a bunch of sore Africans, angry that they’re always being “helped” by poor ideologies? … or is this a bunch of satirists making fun of Christians? Either way, this blogger was already writing (back in 2015) that she had seen enough.


Maybe we should ask Fikkert to weigh in on this?


13) We’re Grateful for…

…a $35 gift sent this past week from a prayer warrior for Indonesia (and the rest of the unreached world). Thank you!!!
…a $50 gift of encouragement sent from a booster of Filipino Christian Resources. God bless you!!!!

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14) The Last Bit: What Prompts Loyalty in Mission Agencies?

A friend of mine recently pointed me to an article about Subway (the sandwich shop) losing ranking in customer royalty. (The article was…


and, thanks Tim!) As odd as it might seem, the article got me to thinking about loyalty among missionaries to their agencies. In my travels, I occasionally hear workers putting down their own orgs, grousing about policies, and sometimes even looking to jump ships. In stark contrast, I meet others who insist they work for the best agency ever. Some are more balanced, saying, “It’s not perfect, but it’s the best I’ve found.” So my question became (after reading about Subway’s woes), what’s your take on organizational loyalty today? Has it diminished from yesteryear, and, if so, I wonder why. If you still see it happening (loyalty), what prompts it? And finally, does it even matter? Those are my ponderings this week. Thanks in advance if you have a moment to give your input in the comments at the web version of this item.

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