Daily Archives: 2018/04/22

2018/04/22 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
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In this issue…
1) Online Training for TESOL Ministry
2) And Another Option for Learning to Teach English…
3) Charting an Outline for a Master Plan of Engagement for Your Group
4) Anglicans Launch International Student Ministry Network
5) Pray4Tunisia Launching 24×7 Prayer Event Through Ramadan
6) Joseph through the lens of the Syrian Crisis
7) Don’t Miss This Year’s 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World
8) Join Isaiah (62:1) in Praying for Israel Until She Shines
9) What is God doing in the world? Could you use some encouragement?
10) Choosing the Right Mobile Phone For Your Ministry
11) Reflect on All that God Has Done in Your Field, then Re-enter
12) Thursday, May 3, is USA’s National Day of Prayer: Watch, Improve?
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: How Can We Help the Rich Help the Poor?
15) Closing Stuff

1) Online Training for TESOL Ministry

Overseas and stateside we encounter people from many cultures who hunger to learn English. Doors are wide open for Christians to help satisfy this desire through teaching. However, effective ministry requires excellent training. EFCA ReachGlobal’s “Building Bridges with English” is a professionally facilitated, online course developed for this purpose. The next course will be offered May 28-July 1, 2018. For more information, write:
ESLatefcadotorg or see:


2) And Another Option for Learning to Teach English…

Now you can get a professional TEFL Certificate Online to get a job overseas in Teaching English As A Foreign Language. You can be ready to teach English to arriving refugees or obtain genuine work abroad. With this training, you can start anytime utilizing this online course. ConnecTEFL is an affordable 120 hr teaching English as a foreign language certification program. The course can be taken online anywhere in the world. The certificate meets the globally accepted TESOL International short-term certificate standards. Check it out at…


3) Charting an Outline for a Master Plan of Engagement for Your Group

Thinking of launching a new work among some unengaged, unreached people group or city? Consider using Issachar’s template for creating an outline to help you think through all the ramfications. See the outline at…


It’s free — and it just might help you think of a few extra steps or options that you might not have otherwise considered. Thanks FTT and Issachar! (Thanks Paul and the team!)

4) Anglicans Launch International Student Ministry Network

The Anglican International Student Mission Network was launched at the meeting of the Anglican Global Mission Partners to connect and equip Anglican members and churches in North America for ministry among international students, scholars and their families. The first national gathering of the AISMN is May 31st as a Pre-Conference before the ACMI’18 national conference. For information contact Leiton via email at…

5) Pray4Tunisia Launching 24×7 Prayer Event Through Ramadan

Some have speculated that Pray4Tunisia might be the biggest prayer campaign ever organized for any field-specific prayer advocacy network. Some 130,000 people have signed up over the past few years to pray every day for Tunisia — and God is at work there for sure. Now this active network is calling for friends and fellow pray-ers to join them in a 24×7, round-the-clock prayer campaign to walk through Ramadan with Muslims worldwide. Learn more at…


You can sign up for a specific slot so that round-the-clock prayer never stops through Ramadan.

10) Choosing the Right Mobile Phone For Your Ministry

If you are heading out to the mission field for the first time or going to a new unreached area, you need a checklist to help you select the most important ministry tool you will be using. Mobile Ministry Forum has eight things to consider in choosing a mobile phone. Get the list here:


Or for mentored online training (starts May 8):


11) Reflect on All that God Has Done in Your Field, then Re-enter

From July 15 to 20th, TRAIN International will offer its 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 one-on-one debriefing. Bring the whole family, as TRAIN offers both adult and TCK programs for ages 0-17. Get equipped to navigate the challenges of re-entry and to move forward in renewal toward the next season of ministry. You can visit their site to learn more or watch a short testimonial video at:



12) Thursday, May 3, is USA’s National Day of Prayer: Watch, Improve?

If you’re from the USA, don’t miss participating in the National Day of Prayer next Thursday, May 3rd. See the toolbox at…


It’s filled with resources to promote and leverage this special day for you and your congregation or agency. For those outside of the USA, perhaps you could gain ideas from this toolbox and improve upon them for such a national day for your own nation, or for the unreached in your land. Catch the livestream broadcast at 7:30pm EST and, once again, see what you can gain to replicate and/or improve upon for the nation, people group, or city that you love.

13) We’re Grateful for…

…a $25 donation from our friends at ESIOnline, the folks who, among other things, provide you with the book, ” Mission Smart: 15 Critical Questions To Ask Before Launching Overseas.” Find it on Amazon today to prepare for the field more effectively and to vet your recruits more effectively as well. God bless you ESI!
…a $75 gift from a brother celebrating the first national gathering of Anglicans involved in ministry among international students. Learn more about this event by writing lechinnataoldotcom

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14) The Last Bit: How Can We Help the Rich Help the Poor?

We were recently able to attend one of the Issachar events. These events are called together by Finishing the Task. You can learn more here:


FTT does a great job helping everyone lay aside their own respective banners in favor of the united task of funding initiatives for the unengaged. All the money that is pledged goes into one pot that FTT leadership oversees and parcels out to help with initiatives to major swaths of unengaged unreached people groups. For example, in one event around a year ago, they raised a million dollars, which funded teams working with 58 different unengaged groups in Nepal. We’re thankful for statesmen like Paul Eshleman. He’s not afraid to lead, but he seems never to seek glory or power. The genius of Finishing the Task is that it’s a network, rather than a super-organization raising money for itself. We attended Issachar in an attempt to understand the culture and to attempt to work more in harmony with Finishing the Task’s directives. Learn more about Finishing the Task at…


Yes, this is a very North American (engineering) focus, as are many of these mobilization initiatives, perhaps. But at the end of the day, if it results in greater penetration of the Good News of Christ among some of the more distant shores for the Gospel, is that not a win for the Kingdom? What’s your take on Issachar and FTT in general? Click “Comment” following the web or app version of this item to share your opinion or ask questions. Thanks in advance for your participation in Brigada.

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