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2018/09/30 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
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In this issue…
1) Raising Resilient MKs: Free Download
2) New Presentation of the Good News: 4 Relationships Video
3) Why is Microsoft Shutting Down “Desktop Skype” in Windows 10?
4) You Can Reach Some of the 1.2 Billion Unreached People in India
5) New “More Disciples” Book is Nearing Completion
6) Check out Lausanne’s “Praying Together” Devotional/Prayer Plan
7) Check Out Beyond’s Video Training “Nuggets” on DMM
8) That Huge Nation in Asia is Hoping to Educate (Eradicate) Viruses
9) Key Researcher of Unreached People Groups to Do Webinar Oct. 5th
10) Sojourner’s Workbook will Help You Transition Well
11) Office Lense App Helps Your Smartphone Capture the Big Picture
12) Did you Ever Wish You Could Hear Jim Elliot Preach?
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: This One’s for “Journal Prayer Junkies!”
15) Closing Stuff

1) Raising Resilient MKs: Free Download

This new resource, “Raising Resilient MKs: Resources for Caregivers, Parents and Teachers,” is edited by Joyce Bowers. It provides 500 pages of invaluable material for those involved with Missionary Kids (MKs) and Third-Culture Kids (TCKs) in any way. The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) published this book in 1998 and have graciously given permission to make it available free of charge. The book is available to download as .doc, .pdf, or .zip files for your computer and as .mobi or .epub files for your Kindle or Nook. You can’t beat the price. Find it at…,-parents,-and-teachers.html

(Thanks Ron!)

2) New Presentation of the Good News: 4 Relationships Video

This presentation might be a bit too long for most of us to memorize and draw. But it would be GREAT as a video to which we can point interested friends, both new and long-term. It also meshes really well with Zume, in that it would fit well with Zume “tools” as a way to grow in our relationship with Jesus. If you don’t mind, please let us know what you think by clicking “Comment” after the web or app version of this item.

Learn more about Zume here:

(Thanks to Curtis Sergeant for developing this great new resource and making it available for free to the whole Christian world! And thanks to JED for drawing our attention to it.)

3) Why is Microsoft Shutting Down “Desktop Skype” in Windows 10?

Is it just me (Doug), or is Microsoft just a tad annoying in the way that they’re pushing Windows users over to the “app” version of Skype (that comes installed in Windows 10) rather than just letting us use Skype as a normal Desktop application? Honestly, whenever I’ve looked at the new Windows 10 Skype app, I’m lost. I think it’s confusing. The focus group (that Microsoft presumably used to advise them on this one) must have been on drugs or something. I know I sound like a guy that was in a routine — but honest, normally I don’t mind change. But pushing me to a new interface and constantly warning me with these nagging “this application will soon no longer be supported” messages… Sigh. What’s your take on the whole shift? Please be my support group and help me with this transition. : )

4) You Can Reach Some of the 1.2 Billion Unreached People in India

About 94.6% of India’s population (1.2 billion people) are unreached. This is a nation desperately in need of the Gospel and discipleship. The Winter Adventure Discipleship Training School (WADTS) will be taking a team to Northern India from March-May 2019. The team will bring the Gospel to unreached villages, disciple present believers and distribute bibles. Prior to going, team members will have 11 weeks of training and personal discipleship in the beautiful mountains of Idaho (so you’ll be able to sample winter activities like skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, hot springs.) Learn more and register at…

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5) New “More Disciples” Book is Nearing Completion

Have you been looking for a guidebook that will introduce disciple-making movement (DMM) tools, strategies, and life principles? Have you ever wished someone would explain to you (in one chapter) how all these principles evolved? Did you ever wonder — who exactly was the originator of these ideas? And have you ever wished for a handbook to guide you in introducing these principles to your church, small group, neighborhood, or nation? What if this book could include a Foreword and an Epilogue by Curtis Sergeant and an Introduction by David Garrison? David Garrison literally wrote the book on CPMs. And Curtis Sergeant has trained CPM/DMM practitioners all over the world. What if this book were available in both paperback and in a Kindle version, so you could take it to the field with you — and what if it were complete with a very detailed index, including a scripture reference index? And what if this book would be assembled, written and edited by people you already know — like… maybe… people associated with Brigada???

Well — you might not have to wonder for very long.

More Disciples: How You Can Help Grow Kingdom Movements in Your Community and Country is on its way. Please pray that this new book can help all the more to unleash world-changers who are disciples worth multiplying and who know what to do to make and multiply disciples who make disciples. Stay tuned here for more news very shortly.

6) Check out Lausanne’s “Praying Together” Devotional/Prayer Plan

You can find it by clicking to…

or you can simply search on your device in your YouVersion Bible app for ‘Lausanne’ under Plans. Either way, you’ll find daily devotional plans that will allow you to join thousands of others on a 5-day to 40-day odyssey of praying for the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Pray for partnership, humility, living the love of Christ and much more. View these plans for free today. (Thanks Betty!)

8) That Huge Nation in Asia is Hoping to Educate (Eradicate) Viruses

Of course, the only problem is, Human Rights Watch is reporting that they consider matters of faith equivalent to a virus. This is nothing short of a campaign of repression against Islam — but presumably it could be applied to all religions. Learn more at…

(And thanks to Justin for bubbling up this item to our attention.)

9) Key Researcher of Unreached People Groups to Do Webinar Oct. 5th

If you’ve been curious about what barriers are affecting significant portions of unreached peoples, along with trend lines and projections about the future, this webinar is for you. You’ll also learn more about where the church stands a good chance of growing AND you’ll hear about 10 ‘cold zones’ where the majority of the world’s unreached population are found, and detailed trends impacting mission in those zones, with trend lines. Hear all this an more in Justin Long’s quarterly update, Oct. 5th. It’s not too late to register (for $25) at…

Justin is a researcher for Beyond and has studied the advance of global Christianity for as long as I can remember. : )

10) Sojourner’s Workbook will Help You Transition Well

Are you about to transition to the field – or do you know someone who is? Connie Befus has put together a guide called the Sojourner’s Workbook, available on Amazon at…

designed to help missionaries navigate the challenges of their first term on the field. This book is the result of Connie’s clinical and teaching experience as well as feedback and contributions from field workers and member care practitioners who have used and are using the content on their teams. Connie herself grew up in Africa and has also lived in Central and South America. She has used her research, her experience overseas and her expertise as a psychologist to train, counsel and encourage cross-cultural workers for over 35 years. (Thanks to Dr. Michele O’Donnell and Dr. Kelly O’Donnell for writing this past week to make us aware of this resource.)

11) Office Lense App Helps Your Smartphone Capture the Big Picture

Here’s a Microsoft Office app that helps you capture the entire document or whiteboard. It even compensates for keystone effects (if you’re not able to square up the picture, the app will automatically square things up for you!). It’s free — and it works. See it for iPhone at…

and Android at…

(Thanks Kent!)

12) Did you Ever Wish You Could Hear Jim Elliot Preach?

You can, you know. Brigada participant, Harry, recently filled us in on this rare recording of a sermon by Jim Elliot, the missionary who was killed in Ecuador on January 8th, 1956, as described in the books, Through Gates of Splendor and Shadow of the Almighty. Find this sermon at…

Thanks again to Harry who pointed us to this treasured resource. The sermon is entitled, Resurrection.

13) We’re Grateful for…

… a gift of $20 from God bless you!!!
… a donation from Mission Network for $100. Mission Network gives every month to speed Brigada on its way. Thank you!!!
… an encouragement of $100 from a long-time friend of Brigada in Cordova, TN. We appreciate you!
… a $30 gift from a great friend of Brigada who loves MKs.

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14) The Last Bit: This One’s for “Journal Prayer Junkies!”

Our good friend, Betty Byrd, is Vice President of Prayer at Team Expansion. She wrote us last week to say, “Journals help keep me on track in prayer! I haven’t always used journals, but the longer my list grew, the more I have needed ways to keep me organized and praying for what I had promised and needed to pray. Here are some of my favorites along the way (listed in the order in which I used them beginning about 12 years ago):

Prayers of My Heart: A Personal Prayer Journal by Debbie Williams
Published by Howard Publishing Co., Inc. in 2004
Includes calendars for prayer requests for a month at a glance and calendars for prayer requests for a week at a glance with twelve columns across and seven rows down….six columns for family and six columns for others. The final section of the book includes lined pages for meditations, notes, and prayers.

Find it on Amazon at…

Personal Prayer Diary/Daily Planner
YWAM Publishing (a new one every year)
This planner/journal includes a Bible-reading plan and daily prayer points for needs around the world, mission information, maps and illustrated profiles on people and countries.

See it at…

The Lord Bless You and Keep You Journal by Ellie Claire
Published in 2014 by Ellie Claire
This is simple Journal with a verse of Scripture or a quotation on every page. A friend gave me this journal as a gift at Christmas and I decided to dedicate it to six months of prayer for an unreached people group, the Sylheti people of Bangladesh. The verses and quotations helped to guide my prayers for the Sylheti during those months.

We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight Journal
2016 Pen and Paint by Lindsay Hopkins
This was journal was a gift from another friend. It also has a Scripture verse on every page as well as pages of verses to color. If you love praying Scripture and meditating on Scripture, you will enjoy using this publication as a prayer and meditation journal.

the Pray! Prayer Journal by Dean Ridings
A NavPress resource published in alliance with Tyndale House Publishers
This is my current all-time favorite prayer journal. I have ordered a new one for several years now. It contains a section for weekly requests and sections for daily requests for each month of the year. Each month has a different prayer focus. Following the built-in Bible reading plan of about five chapters a day allows you to read through the Bible in a year.

(Thanks a ton, Betty!)

15) Closing Stuff

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