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2017/09/03 – Brigada Today

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Ken Anderson Films Streamed Online in 37 Languages
Learn to Communicate Timeless Truth Through Story
How to Learn Something About 25 Of The World’s Largest Cities
Support Raising Leaders Conference: Full Sail
Last tentmaking course in 2017
Curious About Progress With Global Bible Translation?
Tentmaking Briefs is now Tentmaking Today
Curious About the Origin of the Term, “Member Care?”
The Whole North Korea Thing… What’s Up With That?
Follow-up on Secure (on Not) Email
What are YOUR Simple Instructions for Changing the World?
Remembering Those Struck by Disaster
We’re Grateful for…
The Last Bit: Let’s Make a Reading List for Marketplace Ministries
Closing Stuff

Learn to Communicate Timeless Truth Through Story

Understand the importance – and urgency – of story for ministry effectiveness. Learn how story applies to reaching and teaching people for Christ. Mission Media U is offering its five-week online mentored experience for you and your team. Visit

http://www.missionmediau.org/courses/story-in-ministry/

to find course details, instructor and mentor bios and comments from previous students. The course runs Sept.20-Oct.18.

How to Learn About 25 Of The World’s Largest Cities

Suppose a local church came to you asking for help in making an impact on 25 of the world’s largest cities in 2018. Maybe the first thing you’d want to do is sharpen your geography skills so you can quickly point to each of those 25 cities on a map, right? Never fear. Seterra is here. 3 or 4 attempts at this online map-quiz game will help you get started in your quest.

http://online.seterra.com/en/vgp/3127

Once you figured out where all the top 25 cities were located, your next challenge would be to learn about them. Where would you go? Wikipedia? Smithsonian Magazine?

http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/news/population/world-urbanization-prospects-2014.html

In other words, where are the best sources for learning about mega-cities? If you’ve got a thought, please click “Comment” following the web version of this article. And by the way, this is a real scenario. So we’re for real interested. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

Curious About the Origin of the Term, “Member Care?”

There’s been a great discussion since we asked the question in Brigada a few weeks ago. Posts include memories from the likes of Neal Pirolo. Some cited trainers such as Sam Rowen and Ken Harder. Read the entire thread at…

http://www.brigada.org/2017/07/30_20826

One friend (Randy) wrote with some private memories. “I’ve skimmed through my ’91 copy of Neal Pirolo’s book and did not quickly see the term member care. I also searched the digital copy he had posted in Blue Letter Bible and it did not appear there. However Kelly’s 1992 Helping Missionaries grow uses member care extensively. I suspect that Kelly who was then an up coming networker in missionary care was pushing the term member care because of his contacts in limited access countries where terms like missionary care and pastoral care could not be used. Kelly also had a broader view than his own discipline of psychology and mental health which is reflected in that ’92 book. I’ll probably ask him about it, if I remember, the next time I see him.”

He continued, “In Clyde Narrimore’s radio broadcast which I mentioned he would mention how he served missionaries on furlough. It seems the precurser to what we now call debriefing. I was only a child then, but his perspective on missionaries needing care was so different than the monthly missionaries we heard in church were missionaries were still veiwed as sort of spiritual superheros.”

He finished off with a reflection, “It is interesting to now see the explosion of missionary care that is now taking place over a half a century later.” Indeed. Thanks Randy. Do you have other memories about the exact origin of the term?

Follow-up on Secure (on Not) Email

A few weeks ago, we asked which is the most secure email. See the original item here…

http://www.brigada.org/2017/08/27_21025

One reader felt that Hushmail was no longer any more secure than the rest of the pack. Is that your understanding? If so, what are our options these days? One reader, Ed, mentioned he was using an encryption tool with Gmail. But I would think that slows down the very reading/composing/sending process that has helped make Gmail so popular. Another reader felt we had been a bit biased when we used the phrase “made a deal with the devil.” If you felt the same, please forgive. We just wish/hope that some company can create truly secure communication. Do you know of one?

Remembering Those Struck by Disaster

As this Brigada heads out the door, it goes without saying that we ought to pause to pray for those suffering from the effects of hurricanes, flooding, and more. Apparently 90% of the housing on the island of Barbuda has been leveled.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=z7vr8KuS1MY

We’ve heard that one-third of Bangladesh is under water? Houston has $180 billion dollars in damages. Many are trying to escape Irma. Some in other parts of the world have nowhere to go and no way to get there. The list goes on. Please join us in lifting up those impacted by these horrific disasters.

We’re Grateful for…

…a gift of $184.71 from ISA, the insurance specialists. Learn more about their offerings at…

http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada/

… a gift of $100 from Mission Network. Thank you so much for your help. They give $100/month to speed Brigada on its way to mobilization specialists and missionaries all over the world and we’re so grateful. God bless oyu Mission Network!

… a gift of $50 from a big fan of Ken Anderson Films. Learn more at…

http://kenandersonfilms.com

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The Last Bit: Let’s Make a Reading List for Marketplace Ministries

Some refer to it as “business as missions” or “BAM” while others use the term ‘marketplace ministries.’ Some still just say, “tentmaking,” in a throwback to the apostle Paul. Regardless, the idea is the same: How can I integrate my work and my witness as one, regardless of where I serve in the world. Can I be INTENTIONAL about merging the two? Can I actually PLAN my career in such a way that it provides the best avenue for multiplying disciples and churches in answer to the Great Commission? Those are tough questions. They deserve serious answers. Let’s pull together some of the best resources here. If you know of others, please mention them in comments following the web version of this item. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

First, there are several resources listed on the Antioch Journey website. See

http://www.antiochjourney.com/resources

There you’ll find resources like these (we’ve pulled some additional ideas from a friend named Allan and added a few ourselves):

First, to keep in mind the eventual goal (making disciples):
*** Contagious Disciple Making by David L. Watson and Paul D. Watson
*** Miraculous Movements by Jerry Trousdale
*** Scatter: Go Therefore and Take Your Job With You by Andrew Scott
*** The 3D Gospel: Ministry in Guilt, Shame, and Fear Cultures by Jayson Georges
*** http://www.MoreDisciples.com
*** http://www.ZumeProject.com

Then, books which specialize in marketpace ministry:
*** The Missional Entrepreneur by Mark Russel
*** Business for Transformation by Patrick Lai
*** Great Commission Companies: The Emerging Role of Business in Missions by Steve Rundle and Tom Steffen
*** Business as Mission: A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice by C. Neal Johnson
*** Business as Mission: The Power of Business in the Kingdom of God by Michael R. Baer

Can you think of others? If so, please click comment following the web version of this item. Thanks for any help you can give!

Closing Stuff

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