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2017/09/24 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
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In this issue…
1) Get Trained to Work Among Muslims While Networking with Others
2) Christian Prayer Resources
3) Applied Linguistics Training in Southern California
4) One Way to Start a Spiritual Conversation with a Muslim Neighbor
5) Someone Prayed for Us This Week — Because of a Prayer App
6) “Shine” Prayercast Song has Haunting Images and Psalm 67 Message
7) Parenting book: Give Your Kids a Break:
8) Pre-Order a Free Travel Medical Guide from Good Neighbor Insurance
9) Powerful Missions Mobilization Video for Your Next Sermon/Rally?
10) Yay! Saudi Women Can Drive!
11) Curious About What Will Happen with North Korea?
12) Web Hosting in West Africa
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: We Need to Read the Terms Before we Act
15) Closing Stuff

Get Trained to Work Among Muslims While Networking with Others

Muslims are more open to the gospel than you might believe. In fact, in the last ten years, more Muslims have come to faith in Christ than in the last 15 centuries combined. Are you ready to help? Register for Horizons International’s Legacy Conference: Liberty to the Captives, May 31-June 2, 2018 at Reach International Church, in Dearborn, Michigan. Learn from an all-star line-up of speakers with an incredible range of Muslim ministry experience, knowledge, and practical application: Amani Mostafa, Georges Houssney, Jay Smith, Mark Durie, and others. If you have a heart to reach the nations for Christ, Legacy 2018 is for you. Legacy 2016 was the largest conference ever with over 530 people attending. Register (early bird pricing until January 1st 2018) and learn more at…

Christian Prayer Resources

Christian Prayer Resources is a website which serves up books for adults, books on prayer for children, articles, prayer ministries, prayer guides, prayer organizations, prayer fellowships, online books on prayer, prayer mobilizers, women’s prayer organizations, Spanish books on prayer, seminars, dvds, audio, prayer advice, tips and more.
Visit Christian Prayer Resources at

Applied Linguistics Training in Southern California

Language is at the heart of cross-cultural ministry. If you need broad applied linguistics training with specialized classes that will prepare you to work in Bible translation, literacy, Scripture in use, or TESOL, Biola University’s M.A. in Applied Linguistics may be the program for you! See contact info below for more information:
michaeldotlessard-cloustonatbioladotedu or visit

One Way to Start a Spiritual Conversation with a Muslim Neighbor

This past week, we received a note from a pastor of an Arabic-speaking church in the Mediterranean region. The story was about a Christian worker in North Africa who regularly goes to public places and sits beside Muslims then opens his phone to a Christian radio station and listens in the Muslim’s presence. Recently, a Muslim sitting next to him asked, “What is that program?” The conversation started and the Christian worker was not shy to share His faith. The pastor wanted to remind us that anyone can use this approach. All he has to do is download the app…
Asdikaa Al Maghribe
It’s a great way to start conversations, according to this pastor, whom we will leave unnamed to protect his security.

Someone Prayed for Us This Week — Because of a Prayer App

Thanks to David, who remembered us in prayer this week, thanks to an app on his phone called,…

It looks like a great app, but it does indeed require you to surrender your address book to the app. You know, we have a bit of a problem doing this, because of the number of workers we know who are living in sensitive places. We feel we owe them a debt of mutual security. But if your own situation is different, this might be a workable app for you to remember others in prayer.

Parenting book: Give Your Kids a Break:

Kim Fredrickson, author and former counselor, has a new book, Give Your Kids a Break: Parenting with Compassion for You and Your Children. It’s slated to be released on 10/24/17. But the digital version is already available to pre-order now for only $2.99 (regular price 8.99). Everyone cares deeply about little (and big) ones. When we don’t know how, we may default to blaming, shaming, and bashing. The good news is there is another way.

Pre-Order a Free Travel Medical Guide from Good Neighbor Insurance

Here’s a free “Travel Medical Guide” from Good Neighbor Insurance. You pre-order a copy by emailing
moreinfoatgninsurancedotcom .
It’s said to be 50+ pages with medical advice for travelers. Some might really appreciate the explanation, especially if their new travelers. And the folks at Good Neighbor Insurance really are good neighbors.

Web Hosting in West Africa

Here’s a faithful Brigada participant who will be conducting a communications-visual storytelling seminar in West Africa in November and he knows the question will come up about churches and ministries that use Social Media and have their own web sites. So my question is, do ministries in West Africa use local web (webbing?) hosting services, and if so, which are the best ones with reasonable fees? If not, what are the alternatives? Any leads? Just please click “Comment” following the web version of this item. Thanks for any help you can give.

We’re Grateful for…

… Horizons International’s Legacy Conference: Liberty to the Captives, May 31-June 2, 2018 at Reach International Church, in Dearborn, Michigan. The conference sent $100 this past week to speed Brigada on its way. Learn more and register at…

… the folks at Christian Prayer Resources, who sent $50 this past week. God bless you! They’re building an amazing group of resources at…

The Last Bit: We Need to Read the Terms Before we Act [edited]

At Missio Nexus, we were impressed by the speakers who were using…

to allow audience members to respond to a talk anonymously. The speaker just puts the link on the screen and waits for feedback from the audience.

Of course, one could potentially make the argument that servers are capturing your cell phone number (if you use the text response feature. But there’s an easy fix for that: If you’re uncomfortable handing out your cell number to a 3rd party, just use your cell phone’s web browser to respond. Even so, handing your cell number over to a 3rd party doesn’t hand them a credit card or any other personal information anyway, so the risk is actually fairly low anyway. Either way, PollEv’s privacy policy goes beyond the norm anyway. And their CEO is a trusted friend of known friends of Brigada. (He responds below, in fact, to an earlier version of this post.) Obviously, their business could be sold someday, but it doesn’t sound like that’s their goal. And even if they sell, they’ve pledged to go to the mat to persuade the buyers to maintain ethical privacy. We wish more apps went to such lengths! Well done,! Please forgive our earlier doubts about the downsides of this polling app. It’s a cool feature with lots of promise for immediate feedback — especially if users can utilize their web browsers to respond. We apologize for any hurt caused by our original skepticism, which was written only from the vantage point of someone who looked at the app from a superficial level. Now that we have these assurances, we can’t wait to try ourselves!

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