Daily Archives: 2018/07/22

2018/07/22 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
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In this issue…
1) Hindi Christian Resources
2) Azerbaijani Partnership is a Model for Mobilization
3) Developing a Church-Based Member Care Plan with Neal Pirolo
4) Can You Help Dave Find a Great Member Care/Debriefing Experience?
5) Ethan Asked, Are we allowed to promote Brigada?”
6) A Comibam Gathering On The “Dispersed”
7) July Edition of EMQ Focuses on Mobilization; You’ll Want to Read It
8) Help Chuck Find an App that Marries Database and Mapping
9) Write Better Newsletters with this Storytelling Course
10) We’re Seeing a LOT of Momentum Building for Finishing the Task
11) Join us in Praying for Philippines: Severe Flooding
12) Thinking of Starting a Rooftop Hydroponics Farm? (Why not? : ) )
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: Zume Project is Now Available in Farsi
15) Closing Stuff

1) Hindi Christian Resources

Hindi Christian Resources has Christian resources in Hindi language. They’ve pulled together Bibles, audio resources, correspondence courses, commentaries, music, films, tracts, Christian books, devotionals, ministries, mission organizations, and more. The links are arranged alphabetically so that you can search for resources easily. If you’re working with a group who speaks the Hindi language, you will want to check out…


2) Azerbaijani Partnership is a Model for Mobilization

If you’ve never taken a look at the Azerbaijani partnership as a model for unreached people group mobilization, you might want to do so. Their website at…


invites individuals, orgs, and nations to take part in reaching these very special people, regardless of where they’re found. The site gives options for those wishing to pray. But it also lists key partners, maintains a blog and provides an abundance of resources to share with Azerbaijani people. There’s also an option to give directly. Well done, Azerbaijani Network!

3) Developing a Church-Based Member Care Plan with Neal Pirolo

Headed to the Pastor to Missionaries Conference at Ridgecrest in October? Then you might as well go a couple of days early to meet with Neal Pirolo, right? He’s offering an informative and interactive preconference that will search the Scriptures for the Biblical mandate for Missionary Care, consider the diversity of skill sets needed to fully provide the care a missionary deserves, then wrestle with the dynamics of how to “make it happen” in your church. That’s Ridgecrest, (near Asheville, NC), October 1-2, 2018. To register or learn more, visit…


4) Can You Help Dave Find a Great Member Care/Debriefing Experience?

Dave works with his local church to shepherd missionaries. He’s looking for a great program to provide member care and debriefing for a couple of their missionaries families who are returning to the USA for keeps. I’m familiar with MTI’s DAR program…


and TRAIN International’s “Abide”…


Are there others you would recommend that he consider? If so, just click “Comment” after the web or app version of this item. Thanks in advance for your help for Dave!

5) Ethan asked, “Are we allowed to promote Brigada?”

This past week, we received an inquiry from Ethan, asking, “Are we allowed to promote Brigada in public forums? I find that your resources are really good for anyone in ministry.” [blush] God be praised, Ethan. We’d be honored. In fact, if you and every reader would each find just one more person to subscribe, we would instantly double our readership of 7,000 overnight! Please do whatever you can. In Closing Stuff each week, we invite it. Please make it so. Anyone can visit…


and type an email into the subscribe form upper right. With one click — in just 20 seconds — they’ll begin receiving a new Brigada edition once a week for free! Or, alternatively, your friends could search for Brigada wherever they access their apps.

And thanks again for the encouragement!

6) A Comibam Gathering On The “Dispersed”

COMIBAM is the network serving the Ibero-American mission movement. They are organizing a gathering in Nov of their leadership from across the region to discuss the topic of the “dispersed”. The “dispersed” includes refugees and the broader diaspora movement. They are looking for groups capable of receiving Latino missionaries into refugee ministries and/or assist the Latin American Church to serve the “dispersed” in Latin America. For more info, contact

8) Help Chuck Find an App that Marries Database and Mapping

Here’s a Brigada participant who has been charged by his mission org to find a software-as-a-service (SaaS, i.e., web-based) tool for his church planters in various countries (though they’ll do the pilot project in Africa). He wrote, “We’re looking for an application that “marries” a relational database with interactive maps. Data points will be church locations. Each data point will have 12-15 configurable attributes (e.g., attendance or whether they have a building or not). In one use case we need the ability to query the database with the result being a map showing all locations that meet that criteria. (e.g., all churches we’ve planted in Uganda that have a physical building with an average weekly attendance over 50). Another use case might be more Excel-like with the ability to filter, count, etc., in a list view. Any help that you or your readers can provide would be much appreciated!” Can we please come up with some options for Chuck? Let’s not let him down. Just click comment after the web version or the app on your smart phone or digital device. Chuck (and all of us) will be extremely grateful.

9) Write Better Newsletters with this Storytelling Course

Are your newsletters boring? This 45-minute online course may help you.
You can also use it to:
(1) Teach better
(2) Build relationships more quickly
(3) Or there’s even a section on using it to build your company brand overseas
Get the big picture here:


The designer of this course opened it up for us to see inside. We (Tina) determined that it would help a person come up with new ideas for the first time, go deeper with reflection questions, and even offer a broader frame of reference. The videos are good and the points are salient. In one section, the course teaches, “Only stories consistently hit all three parts of a person: their head, heart, and hands. You don’t need to tell them what to do. A good story will model the way for them, and they will choose it all on their own. Job done. Try imitating those results with a PowerPoint.” This course will help you do just that. Sign up at…


10) We’re Seeing a LOT of Momentum Building for Finishing the Task

If you haven’t signed up for Finishing the Task this December, you might consider it. We’re seeing a lot of momentum and indication that, this December, it could be that every single remaining unengaged unreached people group will have become the focus of someone, somewhere in the world — for prayer AND onsite presence, with a strategy for church multiplication. It would be an exciting wrap-up to a fantastic campaign. Learn more at…

Updated link: https://www.finishingthetask.com/registration/index.htm

13) We’re Grateful for…

…a $50 gift from a strong believer in providing resources to the global mission community. Thank you and God bless you!!!
…a $25 gift from a friend of Brigada. We appreciate you!

Want to partner with Brigada so that all may hear in order to hasten the coming of Jesus? 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 by writing a check to Team Expansion is tax-deductible. Thank you, in advance, for your partnership!

14) The Last Bit: Zume Project is Now Available in Farsi

Zume is the Greek word for yeast. And the Zume Project is an online tool designed to help you (and others) become yeast in your church, your group, your neighborhood, and the world. The tools help you learn what it’s like to become a disciple worth multiplying by learning, obeying, training, and sharing with others. In short, it’s an online course that helps you learn to become and multiply disciples. And it’s free! That’s what was most amazing about what happened this past month when, with very little fanfare (humbly, as seems to be their custom), Zume Project just went live with their first foreign language: Farsi. If you go to


and use the drop-down menu upper right (click on the word “English” with the drop-down arrow beside it), you’ll find a short list of languages available: two. The second language, recognizable to those who read it, is Farsi. Give it a try. The entire site… all the video graphics, all the audio tracks, all the resources, the guidebook, everything magically transforms to Farsi. I asked a couple of friends in Texas to help me find some Farsi believers (in the USA or overseas) to test it, just to make sure I wasn’t imagining things. A Farsi pastor in Europe wrote me some time later. The leadership of the congregation he leads had gone through the entire course together and they were GIDDY. They have now determined to take all the members of all the congregations in their network through the course. Can you imagine? Imagine what this will be like by year’s end when, if the Zume leadership team has its way, members of the world’s top 36 languages can do the same. Can’t WAIT to see that short list grow. Well done Zume Leadership!

15) Closing Stuff

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