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2018/08/26 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
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In this issue…
1) Mobilization Video by This Church in Santa Barbara is Great
2) Which Missions Book(s) For Your Pastor (Lots of Options Now)
3) Missio Nexus to Host “Partnership” (2018 Mission Leaders Conf.)
4) Love This Version of “What a Beautiful Name” in Arabic
5) Pick up this Free Travel Safe Checklist
6) Great Place, Great Discount, Great Resting Place for Missionaries
7) Improving Your Storytelling to Improve Your Ministry Effectiveness
8) Free App, M28, Can Give You a Simple Design for Sharing Good News
9) Three Circles Gospel Presentation is the Best — next to the Bible
10) Best News Sources: Try These
11) Looking for a Great Deal on Travel Credit Cards?
12) For the Money, Which Dedicated Camera Would You Choose?
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: What’s Your Secret for Keeping Global Prayer Vibrant?
15) Closing Stuff

1) Mobilization Video by This Church in Santa Barbara is Great

I love Reality Santa Barbara’s video on missions.


It’s fresh, it’s pointed, and it’s fast. On top of all that, it’s free! The narrator, Chris Lazo, is Reality’s lead pastor. You won’t go wrong if you share this video as a bumper for next missions sermon or as a key thought in your next global outreach Sunday. (Thanks to Joshua Project for featuring it on their videos page!)

2) Which Missions Book(s) For Your Pastor (Lots of Options Now)

In the Aug. 12th edition of Brigada, we asked which mission books you would give to your pastor. The list there is growing. Rather than republish the list here, we’d love to point you BACK to that item, with the hopes that if you don’t see your fave missions book there (to pass along), you’ll add it. There are now over 20 books and two book lists. See if yours is there. (Authors, this is a great way to get a bump in orders. : ) )


3) Missio Nexus to Host “Partnership” (2018 Mission Leaders Conf.)

“Partnership – the 2018 Mission Leaders Conference” begins in 4 short weeks. It is not too late to register for one of the pre-conference sessions — find more information on those at…


Please pray with conference organizers that…
a) Conversations and meetings would happen at this event that would impact the Great Commission in amazing ways.
b) Pray that key organizational leaders would be challenged and grow in their application of partnership.
c) Pray that God keeps everyone safe traveling to and from the event.

7) Improving Your Storytelling to Improve Your Ministry Effectiveness

It has been said, “he who has the best story wins.” But in reality, “the one who tells the best story wins.” 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. The course runs September 19-October 17. To find course details, instructor bios, comments from previous students, and to register, visit:


8) Free App, M28, Can Give You a Simple Design for Sharing Good News

The vision of M28 is simple: To give you a simple app as a framework for structuring conversations about the Bible so that your friends, international or not, can hear about the Good News. Unfortunately, it’s only available in English right now, as far as we know. But if your friend speaks English, you’re in luck. For more information, visit them on the web at…


To download the app, visit the site where you grab your apps. See it here for Android:


or here for iPhone:


9) Three Circles Gospel Presentation is the Best — next to the Bible

We know, we know. The Bible is the Best. But aside from the Bible, we just love this “3 Circles” approach to sharing the story of Jesus with someone who needs to hear it most. The best presentation we’ve heard of the “3 circles” presentation can always be found by searching YouTube for “3 circles house church.” Find it here…


There are zillions of 3 circles presentations on the web. This one (above) is the absolute best. Two minutes flat. Clear. Succinct.

There’s a 3 circles app but, wow — we have not had good luck with it. It just … doesn’t work, for some reason. (It’s brokenness for sure.)

10) Best News Sources: Try These

The three-dimensional word “news”

Every once and awhile we circle back around to the question, “What are the best news sources?” For criteria, we’re assuming:
*** Up to the minute, real-time reporting
*** Objective, zero agenda, just the facts
*** If there are ads, please may they be gentle on the eyes

Here are some of the many well-known news sites. Which is your fave?

http://www.onenewsnow.com (Thanks Mark!)

If you’ve got a site that isn’t named above that has to be on your short list, please click comment following the app or web version of this item. Thanks!

11) Looking for a Great Deal on Travel Credit Cards?

Check out this Forbes article if you are looking for great sign-on deals with credit cards. If you’re specifically shopping for a no-fee card, don’t miss the recommendation on the Wells Fargo Propel AMEX.


Note: Not sure how many of these are country-specific. If you find that some are, for example, only available in Europe and you live in Africa, please list your own best discoveries in a comment following the web or app version of this item. Thanks in advance.

12) For the Money, Which Dedicated Camera Would You Choose?

We know, we know. You’re tempted just to use the camera in your cell phone, right? “The best camera is the one you’ve always got with you.” Great advice for pictures of rainbows. Not so great if you want a long zoom lense, or you need to photograph something with complex lighting or focus. And at the end of the day, dedicated cameras have larger sensors, which mean higher resolution. They also have big glass, which typically produces better detail. Maybe that doesn’t matter for your cat video. But if you’re hoping to catch images for your org or church, maybe it should matter more. So what’s the best dedicated camera in 2018? For the money, balancing all the factors that non-profits and churches need to consider, you could do a lot worse than choosing the Panasonic G7 with the 14-140 lense. You get amazing options, true 4K video, touch-screen, lightweight system, fast auto-focus, super-high-resolution shots, and a decent price for the value, AND did we mention it takes amazing pictures? With the 14-140 lense, you’ll need to cough up $900 but wow — try taking these pictures with your cell phone. And look at the bright side: You didn’t have to pay $1500 for the Nikon or Cannon, which weighed twice as much in your backpack, and didn’t give you any increase in picture quality! : )


If your budget is super-tight, give up 4K and the touch-screen settings and just go with the Sony A6000 and suddenly you’re at $350. Can you believe it? Picture quality won’t drop at all. It’s a tremendous day to be a photographer.


Note that our links don’t include any kind of referral links. We don’t gain a thing if you buy these or if you decide not to buy them. The point is, we just honestly think they’re the best.

13) We’re Grateful for…

…a $30 gift from a long-time prayer advocate for Indonesia. God bless 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: What’s Your Secret for Keeping Global Prayer Vibrant?

If the old adage is true that “Vision leaks,” prayer for global mission must gush. We’ve visited church after church with unused prayer rooms, aging prayer bulletin boards, and monthly concerts of prayer that are petering out. Has anybody discovered a secret to keep vibrant the prayers for global vision and mission? Not that long ago, we visited a guy who is the author for a HUGE book on prayer. We asked to see his prayer room (mentioned in his book). It was currently being used to store last year’s Christmas decorations. (We’re not lying.) What do we do to keep prayer vibrant? How do we keep its glory from fading? What does YOUR church do to stay active and keep your members engaged for daily prayers for global mission (or weekly? … or monthly? … or… yikes.. annually at least?). If prayer is the strategy and if it’s supposed to be the main thing we do to get more harvesters, then, … if harvesters are fading, could it be we’re not praying? Does somebody have an answer?

Ideas we’ve seen work:
Find, then don’t let go, an advocate who will schedule and promote prayer in your organization or church. Encourage this person like crazy. This just might be the best and most amazing idea of all. Give this person a title that honors him/her, like, “Vice President of Prayer” or whatever works at your church or org. And then make sure this person has access to anything and everything she/he desires. When he/she asks for platform, budget, time, print, digital, social media, … there’s only one answer that works: Sure. Honestly, this has been CLUTCH in our org. I (Doug) think I could have left the org a decade ago. But please DON’T take our VP of Prayer. Talk about “too valuable to lose.” No money in your budget for a prayer person? Seriously? Do you really want to be that church or org? (So at least make it a stated goal that it’s your very next hire?)

But what has worked for you? Please. We have to find solutions. We can’t afford to let a three-decade uptick of prayer mobilization slide into the sunset. Thanks for any ideas you can share by clicking on Comment following the web or app version of this item.

15) Closing Stuff

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