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2018/08/05 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
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In this issue…
1) Jewish Believers in Jesus: Online Video Testimonies
2) Find New Partners in the Great Commission
3) Could Each Group on FTT’s “List” Become Someone’s Focus This Year?
4) Could Saudi Arabia Relax Its Ban on Christian Churches?
5) Where Else Can You Get a 20-foot by 5-foot Banner for just $50?
6) Catch the School of Urban Mission This Fall
7) Defining Generations: What’s Next?
8) Concerned about Too Much Clutter in your USA Home? Check This Out:
9) Be Missional – As God Designed You To Be – at Missional University
10) Webinar: Eat, Pray, Partner – Lessons in Network Facilitation
11) Give Us Your Best Shot (at Sermons on Missions)… Please
12) The Most Up-To-Date & Definitive Book on Nigeria’s Politics/History
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: Are you a Mobilizer? Check Out our “Letter to Ryan”
15) Closing Stuff

1) Jewish Believers in Jesus: Online Video Testimonies

The Jewish people have been given the promise of the coming of the Messiah in the Old Testament and the fulfillment in the New Testament. In the last 50 years, many Jews have received Jesus or Y’shua as their promised Messiah. Here’s a site with video testimonies by Jewish people who believe that Jesus or Y’shua is the Jewish Messiah. Please consider sharing this website with your Jewish friends.



(Both URL’s point to the same site.)
We sure live in exciting times.

2) Find New Partners in the Great Commission

Missio Nexus is staging their 2018 Mission Leaders Conference, called, simply, “Partnership,” in just over a month! Sept. 20-22 in Orlando, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with over 275 mission organizations, churches, networks, and service providers. You’ll be able to discover new connections, network with others, and forge partnerships through:
*** 30+ networks participating in the Network Hub
*** 9 Issue-focused Workshop Tracks
*** Leadership Luncheons and Roundtables
*** Multiple Networking Receptions
*** Various Table Discussion Groups
Register Now at…


3) Could Each Group on FTT’s “List” Become Someone’s Focus This Year?

The answer, of course, is a resounding “yes!” It’s totally possible. This past week, one our long-time partners wrote, “Do you really think that by December, 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 wonderful if it is something feasible.” Indeed. Of course, like many things in life, there are a couple of caveats. First, remember that “Finishing the Task” is talking about the list that they have prioritized. You can see it at…


There are other lists, naturally, from other ministries. And no matter what list one assembles, someone, somewhere, will likely differ in opinion. But FTT has indeed pulled together a marvelous network of churches and agencies who are serious. They’ve also focused heavily on trying to raise bucks to invest in actually DOING it (instead of just advocating for it subjectively). They’ve been unswerving in the face of criticism and Paul is very connected. The short answer is: Yes. It could happen in December. If we pray hard — and believe.

One final caveat — and this is a big one. Just because someone says, “OK, I’ll tackle that group,” it doesn’t mean they’ll actually DO it. Nor does it mean the people will respond. If we want security on those two huge loose ends, we’d better all spend some serious time in our prayer closets — and hope that God shows up in a big way in coming decades.

4) Could Saudi Arabia Relax Its Ban on Christian Churches?

We can always hope and pray…


Of course, if you’ve already looked at the Economist a bit much, you might have to visit a university if you want actually to READ this article. : ) But bottom line is — maybe the Prophet tolerated churches in Arabia more than we thought.

(Thanks to Caleb, a PhD. grad student in political science, for taking time to observe and suggest this item.)

5) Where Else Can You Get a 20-foot by 5-foot Banner for just $50?

Group Imaging, of course. Now activate your own “C-Panel” (sounds like a test your doctor would give, right?). Using your C-panel, you can place Online orders, approve proofs, and view order tracking information. But the cool part is, during August, you get 13-ounce vinyl banners for a song, including hems and grommets. 5-foot by 8-foot is just $20 bucks! Learn more at their new website at…


6) Catch the School of Urban Mission This Fall

The next School of Urban Mission (SOUM), a ministry of YWAM, will commence in Mumbai on Oct. 1st, 2018 and end on Dec. 22nd. More than half of the world’s population live in cities and this poses a tremendous challenge to churches today. The SOUM has been developed to equip students and urban workers to meet the challenges of the cities and bring transformation. Under guidance from several experienced professors, students will visit various shopping malls, banks, companies, IT offices, collages, poor neighborhoods, many ministry sites and churches to learn about bringing transformation in all areas of the city. Insiders like bankers, professors, lawyers, government officials, beggars, rag pickers, street children, vegetable vendors, slum dwellers and other people will take their respective turns, along with credentialed profs, in sharing with the students. Learn how to get started in the city. Check out…


7) Defining Generations: What’s Next?

Pew Research Center is joining others in drawing a new cut-off, as of earlier this year. The last birth year to be considered a “Millennial,” according to Pew, will now officially be 1996. Those born afterward will be called something new. Pew still thinks it’s too early to decide on a name. Do you know someone born more recently than 1996? If so, what would YOU call them? Please click “Comment” after the web or app version of this item to share your suggestion to Pew. We can’t guarantee that Pew will accept our suggestion(s), but it might be entertaining trying to think of the best moniker. : ) Learn more at…


9) Be Missional – As God Designed You To Be – at Missional University

Missional University provides affordable, online, Christian missional training and education for grassroots leaders in diverse cultural contexts across the globe. MU prepares biblically-grounded, missional leaders who join the mission of God in diverse communities, by incarnating the gospel with culturally-appropriate skills.
Visit MU online at


Check out your course options, and apply today, or email MU at
Missional University: Service in the Mission of God.

10) Webinar: Eat, Pray, Partner – Lessons in Network Facilitation

Tuvya Zaretsky is a Lausanne Catalyst and one of four facilitators for the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism. The network now serves 27 mission organizations and 200+ members in eight regional networks, On August 23 at 7am Pacific Standard Time, Tuvya will describe the unique elements of the network that have helped it remain cohesive and vital, despite intense differences in theology, mission ideology, history, and culture. Learn more and register at…


11) Give Us Your Best Shot (at Sermons on Missions)… Please

We’d love to build a packet of proposed sermons on missions that we could hand to a lead pastor at a church whose Missions Committee is saying, “We want to get serious about fulfilling the Great Commission.” In this case, the lead pastor is very open to suggestions. He just needs stimulating ideas about how to frame some first-class, gripping messages about finishing the global task. Outlines and illustrations would be best, but we’d even be willing to direct him toward audio and video examples if need be (though, like most senior pastors, he’s very busy). So please… give us your best shot. Click “Comment” following the web or app version of this item. Thanks so much for any help you can give.

13) We’re Grateful for…

…a $50 gift from one of the most helpful (and anonymous) partners ever for 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: Are you a Mobilizer? Check Out our “Letter to Ryan”

We have this great friend named Ryan. He will hopefully be starting very soon as a mobilizer at a mission organization. We decided to write him an open letter (so you could read over our shoulder). The question that the letter addresses is — “How might you become the most effective mission mobilizer you can be?” Here’s our letter to Ryan. If you know a prospective (or current) mobilizer, is there something here that you can share with him/her, or does this letter get your mind/heart working so you can share something similar?

Dear Ryan,
We’re so excited that you’ll be starting soon as a mobilizer. THANK you for the work you’ve invested in getting here. College, short-term trips, fundraising, and now, the most important thing you have — your time. As you start, the question occurred — after having done this stuff for 40 years (this October), how would I (Doug) answer if you asked the question, “What do I do?” I think we’d start answering that question by asking a question in response: “Am I a gatekeeper or a bridge builder?” It would be an important question to ask. How can one discern the difference?

Here are several pairs of statements. Which one would you think might best describe a bridge builder? … statement “a” or “b” ???

a) “Prove to me why you might be successful in the mission field.”
b) “Let’s walk this road together. Let us help you be effective.”

a) “Why in the world do you think you’re cut out for missions?”
b) “Why WOULDN’T God want to work through you in the mission field?”

a) “We’ve seen so many people try missions and fail miserably.”
b) “We’ve seen so many people, in spite of themselves, be used by God in missions.”

And here’s a famous one…
a) “Our application pipeline is difficult for a reason: We’re trying to see how serious you are. If you can’t finish our application process, what makes you think you can get to the field!”
b) “Yes, we ask a number of questions that help us and help you determine if we’re a good fit together. Either way, God has a purpose and a plan for you to be involved in His Great Commission. Let’s see if, together, we can’t help you discover it.”

So, how’d you do on the quiz? Which mobilizer is a gatekeeper — the guy responding in the statements labeled letter “a” or letter “b”? We trust the answer is obvious. But now, you might ask, rather than guarding gates, what will help me be effective at building bridges?

Remember, the most valuable thing you can do as a mobilizer is learn to pray. The second most valuable thing you can do is pray harder. The third most valuable thing is to ask someone else to join you in prayer. Those are steps a through c. Everything else is just details. But those details probably include:

d) Learn as much as you can about your church or agency. Do this first, before your first speaking date or visit.

e) Write personally some of the team leaders of teams for which you’re being asked to rally interest. Ask them for a one-liner quote or a brief story about a changed life. Explain that you feel this personal exchange will help your story be lots more believable when you’re in that church or on that campus. Make sure you learn to describe the traits, skills, experience, and type(s) of persons you’re seeking. Get some of this directly from the field team — so they’re telling you person-to-person. It makes for a very powerful message that now you can personally communicate. AND, one of the most effective ways for God to work a “missionary call” is for the person across the table from you to hear you describe his or her credentials to a “T.” That feeling, when it occurs (“Whoa… they’re asking for a person with exactly my training/experience”) is very compelling.

f) Visit personally at least one field per year for which you’re being asked to give priority. Explain to your leadership that this might be the most effective way to personally tell the story — to see it first hand.

g) Work hard to nurture a genuine personal belief that the only reason you are satisfied with being a mobilizer is because you feel its more efficient or effective for the Kingdom at this stage of your life. (You might have other reasons, of course; but one good reason is that if you can find 100 people to sign up during the next 10 years, and if those 100 people can match you in effectiveness, you will have increased your life’s potential fruitfulness 100-fold.

h) Finally, make sure you’re sharing Christ locally with the people around you (cross-cultural or not). Get started in a Zume group next week (or later this week?) if you haven’t done so already.


The fuel for your fire has to be active and burning if you’re going to share the spark with others.

At the end of the day, the most helpful thing you can do is build bridges. But one of the easiest traps into which you can fall is to see yourself as a gatekeeper. Let’s transform mobilization into more of the former and less of the latter.

Ryan, we’re praying for you. Seriously. And we know God will speak through your words. Be strong. Be courageous. Be determined.


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15) Closing Stuff

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