Daily Archives: 2018/12/16

2018/12/16 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
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In this issue…
1) GRC Mental Health Team Expanding
2) New Book, “Praying for Your Missionary,” Has a Chapter on Agencies
3) Remember ACMC?
4) Are You Using the Brigada App?
5) Did You Ever Stop to Think: God is the Greatest Mobilizer (video)
6) Unpack Your Cross-cultural Experiences at This Reentry/Debriefing
7) PostScanMail Can Help you Make the Jump to Virtual
8) PrayerCast Has Prepared their Annual “You Reign” Year in Review
9) Reaching Japanese for Christ International Conference
10) Zume Just Passes 800th Group and Sixth Language
11) New Book: “More Disciples: A Guide To Becoming & Multiplying…”
12) Midwest Conference on Missionary Care
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: You Have Given $11,439. Only $5,681 to Reach Budget
15) Closing Stuff

1) GRC Mental Health Team Expanding

The demand for GRC services has consistently exceeded capacity during 2018. Beginning January 2019, GRC is expanding their team to meet the growing demand for professional mental health services within the global worker community. Additionally, GRC is transitioning to fee-for-service which provides clients the possibility of submitting to insurance for reimbursement. The objective is to make care affordable for more clients. Learn more at


3) Remember ACMC?

Perhaps you remember the Association of Church Mission Committees (ACMC). David Mays was one of ACMC’s stars. Funny how some of his resources still live on, standing tall even yet today. See them at…


In addition, Catalyst Services (Ellen Livingood) does individual consulting at…


Simply Mobilizing has done some work toward some of the goals that ACMC tackled…


Are there locations in which other ACMC resources are housed? Is there a modern-day equivalent for ACMC?

6) Unpack Your Cross-cultural Experiences at This Reentry/Debriefing

Take time to process and unpack your cross-cultural experience in an upcoming debriefing. TRAIN International is offering two different sessions, February 3-8 and March 31-April 5, and spaces remain for both. ABIDE offers time and space Sunday – Friday for you to process your cross-cultural experiences in group and one-on-one debriefing. Bring the whole family, as TRAIN offers both adult and TCK debriefing for ages 0-17. Gain perspective and get equipped to navigate the challenges of re-entry and to move forward in renewal toward your next season of ministry. Check out their website to learn more at:


7) PostScanMail Can Help you Make the Jump to Virtual

It is the right time (to go virtual). Having a virtual mailbox is considered to be the most effective solution for the traditional mailbox, as it enables you to have a complete access over your mailbox 24/7 with a complete control over your mail deliveries whether it is a personal or business delivery. With a very affordable pricing plan that starts at $9.95 per month with extra smart features like mail and packages forwarding, mail scanning service and more. Learn more at…


8) PrayerCast Has Prepared their Annual “You Reign” Year in Review

We always look forward each year to seeing (and praying through) PrayerCast’s year-end music video, “You Reign.” This year’s video contains some unsettling memories from 2018 — but then, it seems with each passing year, God always just… reigns. He is sovereign. He reigns and He rules over Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. North Korea and Syria. A flooded cave in Thailand and a collapsed bridge in Italy. He rules over kings and princes, presidents and prime ministers. Might you use this video in an upcoming prayer meeting at your church, agency, small group, or family prayer time? (Thanks to Prayercast for all you do!)


11) New Book: “More Disciples: A Guide To Becoming & Multiplying…”

Within a week, the new book, “More Disciples: A Guide To Becoming & Multiplying Followers of Jesus” will head from the publisher to the printer. The book is being handled by the same publishing company which released David Garrison’s book on Church-Planting Movements. Bill Smith just read an advance copy of the book. He is a trainer, encourager, and prayer partner of many whom God has used to birth Church Planting Movements around the globe. He wrote about the book within the past 24 hours, “Multiplying movements of new disciples are transforming Asia, Latin America and Africa. No longer do believers in America have to say, ‘Why are we not seeing spiritual fruit like we read about in the New Testament and hear about overseas?’ More Disciples recommends a well-researched process built on solid Biblical principles supported by excellent online resources.” Watch for more about More Disciples very soon.

12) Midwest Conference on Missionary Care, February 14-15, 2019

The Midwest Conference on Missionary Care (MC2 for short) is a yearly event that is sponsored by Minnesota Renewal Center, Barnabas International and Transform MN and held in local Minneapolis/St. Paul area churches. The conference is designed to inspire and encourage local churches and lay caregivers toward providing informed and effective care for their missionaries and missionary families. Their theme for 2019 is “Living in the Tension Between Rest and Risk.” Please pass this along to your sending organization, sending church, and friends and family who might benefit from the event. For more information and to register for the event, go to:


13) We’re Grateful for…

…$75 from great friends in Louisville, Kentucky. God bless you!
…$100 from the Free Methodist Church NA. Thank you so much!
… a $100 gift from Go International, God bless you. A Go International worker has advertised books in Brigada and, thanks to you and many others in different forums, the worker has seen more than a half million books downloaded for use by missionaries and those who train and send them. God be praised.
…$50 from a great friend of Brigada. We pray God’s richest blessing for you.
…a $100 gift from a True Fan of Brigada who wrote, “Thanks to both of you for all you do for the King and thanks be to God for His indescribable gift to all of us. Thanks for making his Name known among the nations. Merry Christmas.” We are humbled, encouraged and inspired. Thanks so much for thinking of Brigada this Christmas!
…$30 from a great friend down under in Australia. God bless you!
…$20 from a helper undergirding Brigada. We appreciate you!
…$25 from a super reader. God bless you!
…$300 from a True-blue Fan of Brigada from Lenexa, Kansas. Whoa. Kansans must know how to encourage people onward! Thank you!!!
…$200 from our great friends at God Speed Resources. Learn more at…

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14) The Last Bit: You Have Given $11,439. Only $5,681 to Reach Budget

We are blown away by the encouragement, blessing, and inspiration of the gifts so far in 2018. You and your peers have now given a total of $11,439 so far in 2018. However, after this edition of Brigada, only two more editions remain. That means we’re down to our last two weeks of opportunity to empower Brigada into the new year.

In a normal “matching fund” campaign, friends are motivated to give because for every $1 they contribute, a generous donor will contribute an additional dollar, meaning that there is a 100% matching gift available. But what if a particularly generous donor were willing to give *$TWO* dollars for every one that you give? In that case, your gift is essentially TRIPLED instead of doubled. That’s the case in these final two weeks of 2018. Generous partners (other readers and participants like you) have stepped up to your side and have already partnered with you, offering to triple your gift. Now it’s up to you. Would you consider helping Brigada make it over the last mile of an effort to meet every single dollar’s need during 2019 in advance? This would then enable Brigada to operate in the black, in advance, as an effort to distribute Great Commission information, resources, and trends throughout the entire globe for an entire year.

Now, the decision is yours. Perhaps you or your church could share $100 or $1000 of the resources with which God has blessed you. But any amount would do. 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!

15) Closing Stuff

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