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2017/03/26 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
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In this issue…
1) Learn Art and Animation
2) Portuguese Christian Resources
3) Digital Ministry Training Course
4) Get the Big Picture of Christianity Compared with World Religions
5) China Mandates “One School” Option
6) SYIS Online Courses
7) Missio Nexus Podcast
8) TESOL Training in Asia
9) Looking for a way to Blend Business as Mission with DMM?
10) Online Math Tutoring for your Student
11) Get Counseling with Spiritual Mentoring, all in Two Weeks
12) Get “Traction” for Men
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) A Nation in the Midst of Change
15) Closing Stuff

1) Learn Art and Animation

Interested in using art and animation to share the good news in a creative way with the unreached? Come and do Create International Taiwan’s Year of Art and Missions! Spend 5 months doing YWAM’s Discipleship Training School (DTS) in Danshui Taiwan, followed by our 24-week School of Cartooning and Animation for Missions (SoCAM). Both schools offer credit with the University of the Nations. The SoCAM will include a hands-on project creating a contextualized evangelistic animated short film for a UPG. The DTS begins September 11, 2017, and the SoCAM starts March 19, 2018. For more information, check out…




3) Digital Ministry Training Course

Do a zero-stress, do-at-your-own-pace, online Digital Ministry Training Course in 6 lessons: An Overview of Digital Ministry, Digital Content Creation, Mobile Ministry, Digital Content Distribution, Social Media and SEO & Conversion Funnels. About 4 hours a week will be required. There are no embarrassing forums to keep up, and no writing required. The org is Cybermissions, costs only $50USD, and starts April 10th, 2017 but you can start anytime and finish anytime. For more info, visit…


4) Get the Big Picture of Christianity Compared with World Religions

I’ve gotta hand it to these guys at Gordon Conwell. Every time I meet with Bert Hickman or really *ANY* of them, they never cease to impress. In this article, they painstakingly picture Christianity in the global “big picture.”

You won’t regret reading this as a backgrounder to all things related to World Religions and their current growth / rate.

5) China Mandates “One School” Option

Our heart goes out to the home-schooling movement in China. If you were thinking China was opening its doors and granting its people more freedom, maybe revisit your assumptions. In this latest decision, as reported at…


it appears to us that the government has decided that socialist ideals are the official policy of the entire state and that it will mandate that *everyone* must embrace them. Can we join in prayer that somehow this decision is reversed or at least not enforced on a country-wide basis?

6) SYIS Online Courses

The Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshop is now available as a series of four online courses. SYIS Online courses are ideal for any Christ follower who wishes to truly become more loving and effective in their relationships with others. For more information, see…


or contact ITP at
syisonlineatitpartnersdotorg for details.

7) Missio Nexus Podcast

Ted Esler is hosting a biweekly podcast featuring an interview each episode with a Great Commission activist. You will learn about the trends affecting missiology and the strategies behind the global Christian movement. Visit


for more information or simply search for “Missio Nexus” in your podcatching app.

8) TESOL Training in Asia

Now you can get TESOL training designed for those in ministry set at 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 likely cheaper to fly out and take this course than it is to take the same course in N.A.! For the application forms or more information, email
infothaiatactesoldotcom or see


10) Online Math Tutoring for your Student

Now you can get online math tutoring utilizing GoBoard or Skype for just $25/hour. Sarah is a current private school math teacher with over 10 years experience tutoring elementary through college-level mathematics with a specialty in Algebra. She’s a former home school mom and member care provider acquainted with the joys and struggles of serving cross-culturally. Contact her at…
for more information. (Thanks Jenny!)

11) Get Counseling with Spiritual Mentoring, all in Two Weeks

ALONGSIDE and Barnabas International are co-hosting a 2-week version of ALONGSIDE’S well-known counseling-intensive program from April 9-21, 2017 at the Proem Conference Center in Zakosciele, Poland (120 km from the Warsaw Chopin Airport Proem). This program is intended for those looking for high-quality, daily professional counseling along with teaching on spiritually healthy emotions and relationships. An intensive program is often a wise and cost-effective early intervention when serious difficulties are surfacing. Whole families are welcome and child care/activities are provided as well. To apply go to


or for more information contact
(Jenny, we appreciate the item!)

12) Get “Traction” for Men

Traction is a 6-day renewal experience September 20-26, 2017 for men working cross-culturally. The week includes worship, teaching, counseling, medical consultation, outdoor activities, and personal reflection in Interlaken, Switzerland. Individuals and teams are welcome. (Once more, Jenny — you’re our hero!)

13) We’re Grateful for…

An anonymous Brigada contributor who works selflessly to assemble great resources, requests that they be featured in Brigada, then goes even beyond that to help empower Brigada to send those resources and more to the entire globe. Thank you for your gift of $50… May God bless you!

The believer/booster in Create International Taiwan who gave $360 to empower Brigada out to the nations. My goodness. God bless you!

Cybermissions — for a $20 gift for the nations and unreached people. We appreciate you!

Would you consider joining with them in empowering Brigada to the nations? It’s easy to give. Just click “Donate” at www.brigada.org, 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) A Nation in the Midst of Change

Traveling this week in Cuba, my mind was filled with questions about how we as Christians can help those in the midst of struggle. Yes, things have improved here, but at the same time, prices of have skyrocketed for some of the most basic services. Salaries, meanwhile, continue to hover around (the equivalent of) $20 to $30 per month. Meanwhile, one new button-up shirt might cost $16. Translate that into the economy where you live. If the average salary for a worker with a college education is $24,000, that means one shirt would cost $1500. Yikes. Internet is nonexistent. (The line for the phone company – to buy one hour of Wi-Fi — is a block long in the middle of the afternoon. And once you’re on, it feels like 1989 dial-up.) They say all internet proxies through Venezuela — then relays to the rest of the world. And it feels like it. What will change this country’s destiny? How will its future be shaped? How will the common man struggle to survive? Churches, meanwhile, can’t by property. (It has to be owned privately — then a person-to-person deal has to be brokered with the congregation.) What’s your take on countries in transition like this? We know that prayer is the most vital and vibrant way to change the world. If that’s our primary course of action, wouldn’t our churches want to invest more pulpit and stage time praying for nations in transition like this? Stop and think — when is the last time your church ever led a 15-minute focused prayer time during a main morning worship for nations in the midst of struggle? If you have a case study or a testimony, please click “comment” following the web version of this item. Thanks in advance for your time.

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