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2017/05/14 — Brigada Today

2017/05/14 — Brigada Today
Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
Brigada online has more graphics and links at http://www.brigada.org

In this issue…
1) It’s Not Too Late to Order Your 30 Days of Prayer booklets
2) Lausanne Global Analysis for May is All About Reaching Muslims
3) Get “Church for the Rest of Us” for free!
4) New Guide on Traveling with a Disability
5) Help for Reentry from TRAIN International
6) Practical Resources To Share The Gospel With Southeast Asians
7) Would You be Willing to Evaluate this Language Learning site?
8) Did you Survive WannaCry?
9) Have you Watched “Silence” (The Movie)? Beware. It’s Troubling
10) Download the Story of Jesus in the Language You Love (5fish)
11) Looking for some Solid Reasons to Believe?
12) Need Help Processing Global Mapping’s Closure? Here’s a Webinar
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: Learning more from the Moravians (the Conference)
15) Closing Stuff

1) It’s Not Too Late to Order Your 30 Days of Prayer booklets

Since 1993, WorldChristian.com has coordinated the “30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World.” You still have time to order your booklets. To learn more, just go directly to…


There are booklets available for adults and kids both. Organized to coincide with Ramadan, one of the high points of the Muslim calendar during which adherents fast as a mark of their devotion, the event aims to raise awareness of and encourage new efforts to reach out to Muslims “around the world and across the street.”

2) Lausanne Global Analysis for May is All About Reaching Muslims

Check out Sam George’s article, “Is God Reviving Europe through Refugees,” and Kent Parks’ “Finishing the Remaining 29% of World Evangelization.” Ida Glaser writes about “How Should Christians Relate to Muslims,” and an anonymous author writes on “What Is the Islamic Caliphate and Why Should Christians Care?” All that and more at…


4) New Guide on Traveling with a Disability

Good Neighbor Insurance has a new series on Traveling With A Disability. They have been publishing helpful links, tips and guidance, so far covering travel with a disability, mobility and physical disabilities, deaf and hearing impairment, and plan to publish articles on blindness, cognitive disabilities, and much more.
They’d love feedback as well to make the guide better, esp. by experienced travelers.


5) Help for Reentry from TRAIN International

Are you (or someone you love) planning to reenter your homeland after missionary service? July 9-14 is TRAIN International’s next ABIDE re-entry debriefing for global workers. ABIDE provides 5 days during which participants are able to process their cross-cultural experiences in both group and individual debriefing. Whole families are welcome as TRAIN offers both adult and TCK programs for all ages. Get equipped to navigate the challenges of re-entry and to move forward in renewal toward the next season of ministry. Visit their site to learn more or by watching a participant’s testimonial at:


You can catch a great testimony from a worker who came back to her homeland at…


6) Practical Resources To Share The Gospel With Southeast Asians

The team from GNPI-Manila, Philippines, is reaching out to busy people with these three minute devotions. Aimed at helping commuters make the most of their trek to work, “Faith Matters, too!” provides a wonderful tool to help busy, young professionals get messages to start, or end, their day with some much needed quiet time.

Topics range from the importance of personal reflection, family relationships, conflict, camaraderie, the importance of Sabbath rest, and more.


8) Did you Survive WannaCry?

These ransomware deals are vicious. Our I.T. guy at Team Expansion (thanks Greg) wrote this advice:

“First off, make sure you have run all of the recent Windows Updates. Secondly, make sure you have good backups. This goes for any kind of ransomware/cryptoware. Backups are your best defense. Beware: Things like Dropbox and Google Drive are not backups. They sync files instantly, so if a file gets encrypted on your computer, the software will dutifully sync the encrypted file, deleting the good copy. I still maintain that if you use online backup software, you should also have a backup hard drive that is not always connected, just for things like this.” Great advice.

Of course, if you have Norton Security, you were also protected from WannaCry from the very beginning. Perhaps that’s the easiest way ever. For $39.99/year starting out, you’re protected against ransomware and more. Just go to…


9) Have you Watched “Silence” (The Movie)? Beware. It’s Troubling

I just came back from an overseas trip. In between sessions on my laptop, I caught the movie, “Silence.” It’s all about a couple of Jesuit Priests on the hunt for their mentor (played by Liam Neeson, by the way), who has been accused of denying his faith in Japan. The story is set in the time of Kakure Kirishitan (“Hidden Christians”), following the suppression of the Shimabara Rebellion (1637-1638) of Japanese Roman Catholics against the Tokugawa shogunate. If you aren’t Catholic, maybe you won’t enjoy the heavy doctrinal influence. And there are some violent scenes (like — VERY violent. like… a believer’s head is chopped off and we see it graphically) so it’s not a great movie for young kids. But the questions it raises are both disturbing and thought-provoking. Would I deny my faith in Jesus if under persecution? Would I deny faith if it saved the lives of other, younger believers? Learn more at…


I’d say — I was incredibly sobered. It didn’t help that I was flying back from the country listed as the number 1 most restrictive government in the world, I guess. But either way, it’s troubling.

10) Download the Story of Jesus in the Language You Love (5fish)

Keywords: logo;app;5fish

Have you seen the 5fish app — which is also available online? To see it in action, just go to…


Click on your continent… then your country… then pick the language for which you’re searching. There will likely be *tons* of programs in your favorite language. I picked Amharic (which many Ethiopians speak) and was amazed. There were so many choices! You can also use apps for your smart devices — and take these stories wherever you go. And it’s all free! Thank you Global Recordings!!!


Job well done!

13) We’re Grateful for…

The great folks at WorldChristian.com for sending $100 to empower Brigada on its way to thousands of Great Commission implementers worldwide. Thank you WorldChristian! Learn more about WorldChristian.com at…


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) The Last Bit: Learning more from the Moravians (the Conference)

Our VP of Prayer, Betty Byrd, was able to attend The International Prayer and Mission Leaders Consultation, held last week in Herrnhut, Germany. Obviously, Herrnhut is the site of the now-world-famous 100+ year prayer campaign (they actually prayed around the clock, 24/7, for over 100 years!). Betty has written a full report


but she summed up her take-away by referring to some prayer ideas given by Paul Eshleman of Finishing the Task. In his 15-minute address to the group, he suggested that they…

A. Consider sending prayer warriors to every remaining unengaged, unreached people group in the world. They could team up with indigenous intercessors whose churches might eventually send workers to the group(s) they are praying for.
B. Send similar type of intercessors to the 150 people groups that currently need the most workers.
C. Pray specifically for each of the global networks that are currently launching initiatives toward their part in the Great Commission. This would include 20-30 global networks and 100 geographic networks.
D. Help prepare prayer intercessors for all network meetings scheduled for the next 3-5 years.
E. Help mission leaders to set up a prayer plan for their ministry, their workers, and the people they are trying to reach.
F. Disseminate very specific requests to all of its prayer leaders that outline People, places and leaders where the cause of the Gospel is being blocked and Praise reports from each of the five strategic elements (Scriptures, Engaging the Unengaged People Groups, Evangelism, Orality, Church Planting and Presence) involved in the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
G. Develop a prayer calendar where people will pray each day for a different Christian leader or Christian organization, much like the Master Media Prayer Guide.
H. Be a continual encouragement to mission leaders to live lives of holiness and dependence on the Holy Spirit.

Those steps sounded GREAT to us at Brigada. If you’d like to read Betty’s full report on the event, grab it at…


(Thanks Betty!)

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