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2017/06/25 — Brigada Today

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

1) Nepal Christian Resources
2) Online Counseling for Christian Global Workers
3) Reconciliation and Peacemaking Studies
4) Family Education Conference for Global workers
5) Is Your Computer Protected Against this New Ransomware?
6) TESOL Training in Asia
7) How Much Life Insurance Does Your Group Recommend?
8) Suppose You Wanted to Learn to Speak Somali. One Person’s Answer:
9) The Culture Map (Book) Might Unlock Cultural Clashes
10) Missionary Singles Download Link (Corrected)
11) Videos Designed to Mentor Missions Advocates
12) Why Can’t We Catalogue Videos Like the Seventh-Day Adventists?
13) We’re Grateful for . . .
14) The Last Bit: How to Combine CHE with DMM?
15) Closing Stuff

4) Family Education Conference for Global workers

This conference focuses on families who are educating their children cross-culturally. Organizers invite you to participate in a program designed for each family member.
*** Seminars for parents will assist you in making informed education decisions for your family.
*** Consult individually with educators and counselors who care about your family’s unique needs.
*** Achievement and diagnostic testing in English will be available for children and teens.
*** Quality programs for children teens
Learn more at . . .

5) Is Your Computer Protected Against this New Ransomware?

On June 27th, Microsoft began detecting a new malware called Petya ransomware. It’s said to be more dangerous than “Wannacry.” Learn more at . . .

Fortunately, anyone running Windows Defender and Norton Security is already protected from this new variant, which uses the Eternal Blue exploit in Windows computers.

6) 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 cheaper to fly out and take this course than it is to take the same course in N.A.! For an application forms or more information, email . . .
infothaiatactesoldotcom or see . . .

8) Suppose You Wanted to Learn to Speak Somali. One Person’s Answer:

We asked recently about how one might learn to speak Somali. Here was one Brigada participant’s answer – which seemed fairly novel to us.
“I would find a mother tongue speaker of Somali to volunteer to add their language to the His Hands Reader. It only takes 30 hours. Then I would use the resulting His Hands Reader quad-lingual video dictionary on my smart phone to begin learning the vocabulary. Then go to Somalia and open a school to teach kids Somali and English using the videos.

“My interaction with the kids using the restricted vocabulary set of the His Hands Reader mother tongue literacy system would give me the relational practice to advance in simple grammar, with the added benefit that the kids learn to read Somali and English faster than me. All the hearing kids will “accidentally” learn hand signs and can go home and teach their deaf sibling who does not have a chance to learn otherwise. Now use Mandarin, Spanish, etc. as the 4th language in the quad-lingual video. This opens the door for others who speak those languages to join me in learning Somali. And the Somali kids can start learning Chinese. ;-) In 30 hours this can be done for any language — Not just Somali.”

Learn more at . . .

(Thanks for the response, Bob!)

13) We’re Grateful for . . .

. . . $50 from a friend of Brigada who wanted to speed Brigada on its way to thousands of mobilizers and missionaries worldwide. Thank you!
. . . $100 from an appreciative Wycliffe member, for whom we are extremely grateful.
. . . $50 from GRC in support of Global Workers around the world. God bless you!

14) The Last Bit: How to Combine CHE with DMM?

Many of us have fallen in love with DMM (Disciple Making Movement principles and strategies)… and others have invested heavily in CHE (Community Health Evangelism). But how would one effectively marry the two — and what are some of the issues in trying to do both at once?

For a brief intro to CHE, visit…

and take a course somewhere. Perhaps the TOT1 course is the “standard.”

For a brief intro to DMM, visit…


See, for example, …

But it feels like we need much more thought and attention given to this subject — especially since CHE just might be one of the most highly-respected approaches in missions today… and DMM might be one of the most popular evangelistic approaches. Right? So how would YOU go about trying to ‘merge’ the two??? If you have any thoughts, please click “Comment” after the web version of this item. And thanks in advance for any input you can offer.

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