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2017/08/13 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
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In this issue…
1) Pray and Learn About Muslims’ Trip to Mecca in this 5-Minute Video
2) Praying John Over Your City or People Group
3) Teach Your Family Member or Home Schooler to Draw God’s Creation
4) For Your Next Print Job, Try ClubFlyers
5) News from EdenRidge
6) Hindu World Prayer Initiative Set for Oct. 8-22
7) Finally — a Stewardship Class Designed for Low Income Adults
8) 30 days of 24/7 Worship and Prayer in Athens, Greece
9) “Full Sail” Conference for Support Raising Leaders and Coaches
10) Help Your Overseas Worker Reenter Effectively
11) Christian Non-profit Organizational Development
12) At Last, Counseling that Comes to You Wherever You are in the World
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) What if This TedTalk Could Revolutionize Your Mission Work?
15) Closing Stuff

1) Pray and Learn About Muslims’ Trip to Mecca in this 5-Minute Video

Have you ever wondered what Muslims *do* on their pilgrimage (or “Hajj”) to Mecca? It’s happening this year, Aug. 30 – Sept. 1. Have you wished you knew how to pray for them? Your wish is granted. This year, be ready to pray, intercede and advocate for Muslims worldwide. This 5-minute video…


explains the Hajj in brief but significant detail. The folks at “Pray for the Arabian Peninsula” (Prayforap.com) would love to fill you in and challenge you to pray for Muslims during this very-important time of the year for them.

This year, make a difference in their lives. Pray for those on Hajj. Learn more at …


(Thanks Steve!)

2) Praying John Over Your City or People Group

Praying Scripture brings measurable impact. Starting in Ojai, California a tiny city with a huge megaphone to the world’s ear, people are now praying Scripture over other cities. For a 5-day a week email of a short passage from John, turned into prayer, sign up at


and click “I’m in!” at the top. Greater things are yet to come for your city or people group.

5) News from EdenRidge

The hospitable folks at EdenRidege have recently opened Kindness Cabin, which is ideally sized for parties of up to six guests. The Kindness Cabin features a large deck, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a full kitchen. Missionaries qualify for an 80% discount. EdenRidge is a missionary-focused retreat and vacation destination located on the Cumberland Plateau in East Tennessee. For details and reservations visit


7) Finally — a Stewardship Class Designed for Low Income Adults

You’ve heard of The Chalmers Center Before. (They were the ones who brought you “When Helping Hurts.”) Now, they’ve come up with a special training course uniting people from varied financial backgrounds and exploring together money management skills and biblical stewardship principles. It’s called “Faith & Finances,” and it addresses the challenges the materially poor face and helps them rediscover their God-given dignity. Granted, you have to be rich enough to pay the $450 for facilitator training, but once you’ve done that, you’ll be prepared to create a concrete financial education ministry plan tailored to your community that trains low-income people in concrete money management skills, such as budgeting, managing debt, and setting savings goals. Start your training at…


8) 30 days of 24/7 Worship and Prayer in Athens, Greece

From November 1-30, 2017, 200 worshipers and intercessors will gather in Athens with those from Greece to seek the Lord’s presence. The objective is to establish a House of Prayer 24/7 in the Spirit of the Tabernacle of David. Obviously, if you can’t stay for the entire month, feel free to participate for any length of time. A landing page and MOU are available at


or contact Norm at
helpfriends7atgmaildotcom for more info.

9) “Full Sail” Conference for Support Raising Leaders and Coaches

At the Mission Inn in Orlando Florida, you can put fresh wind in the sails of your directors, support raising trainers and coaches. During February 6-9, 2018, Experience three days of action packed training in a beautiful setting covering the four essential pillars in a healthy support raising culture. Register today!


You can also pick up support-raising boot camp trainings like September 11-12 in Rogers, AR; October 26-27 in Waynesville, NC; November 13-14 in Brea, CA.

10) Help Your Overseas Worker Reenter Effectively

From October 15 to 20, TRAIN International is offering their ABIDE re-entry debriefing for global workers. ABIDE provides 5 days for participants 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 re-entry and to move forward in renewal toward the next season of ministry. Visit their website to learn more or by watching a participant’s testimonial at:




11) Christian Non-profit Organizational Development

Is anyone helping Christian non-profit organizations improve from an operational, managerial and executive perspective and there by help them improve their effectiveness and efficiency as organizations? If you are involved in this type of ministry, either by providing organizational evaluations or training, please click “Comment” following the web version of this item and provide your website or a means of contact so inquiring Brigada readers know where to turn. Thanks!

13) We’re Grateful for…

… the folks at Visual Story for sending $100 to help push Brigada out to thousands of mobilizers and change agents throughout the globe. Thank you! We appreciate you!
… the gift of $20 from our friends at Elijah Company. May God bless you!
… the gift of $40 from Reignbridge in Camarillo, CA. Thank 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) What if This TedTalk Could Revolutionize Your Mission Work?

What if cross-cultural training is only half the battle? What if language acquisition, important though it may be, isn’t as strong of a predictor of who survives? What if becoming resilient has less to do with talent, resources, and placement? There is no doubt that biblical knowledge matters. No doubt in the world. But we’ve all known really smart missionaries with lots of Bible training who for some reason, just didn’t survive in the mission field. So what DOES cause someone to follow through? What powers a person to be resilient when all outward signs point to failure? This researcher calls it “grit” and you’ll be fascinated by her research in it.


What if we could figure out how to measure grit? Maybe we don’t know how to train it into someone — but what if we could at least spot it where it exists? It will take you 6 minutes to watch the video. But it might change your organization or church for years to come. (Thanks Jenny!)

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