Daily Archives: 2018/12/30

2018/12/30 — Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) Last Minute Partners: $2100 to go for 2018; Celebrating What the Lord Has Done
2) New Year Brings New Beginnings to GRC
3) Just When You Thought the World Was More Violent (It was)
4) “Pipeline” Listed As Among Best Missions Mobilization Books 2018
5) Make a “Missions Connexion” and Find that it’s “Worth It!”
6) “Teaching English as a Second Language” Certification Online
7) What, to you, were the Biggest News Stories of 2018?
8) The Brigada App is Dead. Long Live the Brigada App (via the web)
9) As we Turn the Corner into 2019, What’s your Favorite “Cool Tool?”
10) Try This Progression to Train New Believers in Christ
11) We Like Ed Stetzer’s “Three Markers for Discipleship”
12) Understanding the Art of Change: Read this Free Paper
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: Are You Following the Ethne Conferences?
15) Closing Stuff

1) Last Minute Partners: $2100; Celebrating What the Lord Has Done

As we celebrate what God has done in this end-of-year campaign, we’re completely astonished by the fact that, through lots of little gifts (and a couple not-so-little), you and others like you have brought together nearly $15,000! ($14,987.52) This means that roughly $2100 remains. For any last-minute donors who aren’t picky about exactly when their gift arrives (e.g., if it doesn’t have to land precisely in 2018), we hold open our end-of-year campaign just a few extra days (gifts received by the end of this week) for those who are just now reading this edition of Brigada. As a result, if you, your group, or your church can locate any final funds and make a gift that can be received by the end of the work day Friday, January 4th, we count those gifts toward our goal for 2019. But even if nothing else arrived, we are already so grateful for what God has done and the progress already made. Please join us in celebration. And if you’d like to give more, please just click on “Donate” button on the landing page of the web:


or see item 13 for more instructions about sending a check. God bless you!

2) New Year Brings New Beginnings to GRC

The demand for GRC services consistently exceeded capacity throughout 2018. Beginning January 2019, GRC has expanded their team to meet the growing demand for professional mental health services within the global worker community. Additionally, GRC has transitioned 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. To learn more and Get Started, visit…


3) Just When You Thought the World Was More Violent (It was)

We caught a link in the BBC news recently to a page that tracks and studies violent incidents and the actors who make them happen. This is a good news/bad news deal. The good news is — they found fewer total fatalities this year. I talked this through with my son who is studying conflict in his Ph.D. grad program. His take on this was that civil conflicts are starting at a similar rate as throughout history and with similar predictors, but are much harder to resolve. As a result, there are more conflicts since they just keep grinding on. So again, the good news is, maybe we aren’t seeing more violent encounters than at any time in the past. We just can’t STOP them. Here’s the page that started the conversation.


What’s YOUR take on this? (Some of you are living in the MIDDLE of this conflict. We value and treasure your feelings on this — and we pray for your situation daily.)

4) "Pipeline" Listed As Among Best Missions Mobilization Books 2018

Our good friend, Ellen, and folks at Catalyst Services, have released their end-of-year Postings and have listed “Pipeline” as being among the best books of 2018 (in the category of Missions Mobilization). The Postings item quoted Marvin Newell of Missio Nexus as saying, “Pipeline: Engaging the Church in Missionary Mobilization, edited by David and Lorene Wilson, is rich in content but also in variety of opinions and perspectives because it is a compilation from 40 contributors. Every mission’s mobilization department and every mission-minded church needs to read the book.” Learn more at…


6) "Teaching English as a Second Language" Certification Online

Some say a Teaching English As a Foreign / Second Language Certificate is the fastest way to get a job overseas or empower refugees and immigrants in the U.S. ConnecTEFL is an affordable, professional 120 hour TEFL certification program that can be completed online anywhere in the world! The certificate meets the globally accepted TESOL International short-term certificate standards and makes you marketable in about every country in the world! For more information, click to…


7) What, to you, were the Biggest News Stories of 2018?

We’re talking about stories that impacted your life, your work, and the lives/work of the people around you. So please, don’t suggest that it was all about leading political figures. Yes — they can exert influence. But, is anybody else tired of facing the presumption that the most important news ALWAYS centers around lightning rod leaders. Sure it will be important sometimes. But what top stories DIDN’T relate to polarizing government leaders, but still impacted your work and witness — even if they only did so in your region?

Here are some possible suggestions to prime the pump. Was it…

Kim Jong Un announced that North Korea will denuclearize.
The net neutrality debate.
Cuba — and the transition out for the Castro family as rulers
Iraq holds its first elections since driving out the Islamic state
Bitcoin crashes (or at least falls).
Prince Harry and Meghan said “I do.”
Terrible wildfires in California or a new tsunami in Indonesia

What do YOU think??? Vote for one of these — or supply the answer yourself. Please click comment following this itsm on the web and speak your mind.

8) The Brigada App is Dead. Long Live the Brigada App (via the web)

After multiple exchanges with a ton of users, we did indeed decide to set the Brigada app free. It was a great experiment. But what we found, most of all, is that most people seem just as satisfied receiving Brigada via email. And since the Brigada webpage is “responsive” (meaning it’s “made for mobile”), it seemed that most users thought of the webpage as being “enough.”

9) As we Turn the Corner into 2019, What’s your Favorite "Cool Tool?"

We love revisiting “Cool Tools” just after the turn of the new year. Would you help us get started please? Try to think — what are the most enduring new (or old) tools that help you do your job, or just make life more fun while doing it. : ) It could be as simple as, “When packing for overseas trips, take one of those little brown extension cords in case the only plug in the room is out of reach” or whatever. What’s YOUR favorite cool tool? Just click “Comment” following this item on the web.

10) Try This Progression to Train New Believers in Christ

What if you were to ask, “Where do I start with training a new believer?” As of today, here’s what we’d recommend.

First, introduce your new believer to “Momentum,” the free course at:


This course takes about 9 hours. It will help them get the “why” quite clearly. Why are we in this? Why are we here? What’s our purpose?

Then, once they’ve finished Momentum, engage them with Zume Training at…


This will help them get the tools and practices. It’s roughly 20 hours of group sessions (a group consists of 4-12). By the time they’re done, they’ll be praying and sharing like never before.

Then head for 4 Fields Training as the next and more advanced step. One of the best places to catch this training is at…


This training will help you make sure you’ve driven home the ultimate end goal and how to get there.

All three trainings are free — and you can do all three without having to leave your church or your hometown. 2019 is a wonderful time to live!

12) Understanding the Art of Change: Read this Free Paper

Did you ever stop to think just how much of our work depends on change? Think about it. If we want to help a not-yet-believer embrace the Good News about Jesus, we’re trying to persuade the person to accept a new world view. Then if they DO decide to shift their world view (just think what a big shift that is!), then we follow up by asking the person to shift to a new set of personal practices, disciplines, habits, and, oh yes, patterns of retelling what the person has just embraced. Yikes. No wonder this is so hard. : ) I wonder if Scott London’s article on “Understanding Change” would help give us a backdrop on this? It’s free at…




Would you please scan it, then comment here as to how important you think these comments might be in helping us understand this huge transformation that has to happen? Then please click “Comment” following the web version of this item. God bless you for your thoughts!


13) We’re Grateful for…

…a $20 recurring gift from a worker at Finishing the Task. God bless you!

…the $100 gift from a friend in Springfield, MO. Thank you so much!

…an amazing $1000 gift from a fantastic friend of Brigada who wrote, “I have been blessed by your work and findings of resources over the years and this year have been blessed financially to help pay it forwards. Blessings from California.” We are speechless. Whoa.

…an incredible gift of $300 from a long-time Brigada participant in Columbia, South Carolina. No words. We’re so grateful.

…a much-appreciated $25 gift from a long-time friend of Brigada.

…another $25 gift! We appreciate you!

…$75 from a great friend of Brigada from Newberg, Oregon! Thank you!

…$100 from Grace Life Ministries in Florida. They enclosed a note saying, “Thank you so much for the collation of such amazing resources for the mission minded. Its always been a blessing to me personally and helped in different aspects of the Ministry. Blessings upon you.” Thank you!

…the $10 gift from a great friend of Brigada. God bless you!

…the $100 gift from a True Fan of Brigada. We’re grateful for your partnership!

…the $94 gift from a great friend of Brigada from Ypsilanti, MI! Thank you for your share vision!

…a $100 gift from a True Fan of Brigada and a Coordinator for Perspectives on the World Christian Movement. We’re grateful to you — and we’re grateful for Perspectives, too!

…the $100 gift from a True Fan of Brigada from Rochester, Minnesota! God bless you!

…the incredible blessing of $100 from a True Fan of Brigada from Petal, MS, USA! We’re grateful!

…the $25 gift from a great friend of Brigada from Fairfax, VA! Thank you!

…the $100 gift from a True Fan of Brigada from Mifflinburg, PA! We’re so grateful!!!!!!!!! God bless you!

…another $100 gift from yet another True Fan of Brigada. We’re soooo grateful! God bless you!!!

…a gift of $100 from a True Fan of Brigada from Ambridge, PA. Thank you!!!

…and, just minutes ago, a gift of $200 from a great True Fan in Estacada. God bless you!…

…and a second gift from Mission Network arrived — for $100! God bless you!!!


When we asked what we should highlight, one donor said, “You could explain that I’m having fun leading international students to Christ and giving them a heart for people groups within their nation, so they too can fulfill the Great Commission.” That’s the amazing magic of Brigada. Everyone is serving Christ together, in one big brigade.


So as of tonight, Brigada donors have all together pitched in $14,787. That’s AMAZING. It leaves us just $2032 short of our operating budget for 2019. But it’s also an AMAZING amount to start the year. God bless each and every one of you.


If you, your church, or group ended up with anything left at the end of the year and would like to put it towards mobilization for unreached people through Brigada as a gift to Jesus Christ, 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 Following the Ethne Conferences?

The most recent one just met earlier this month. Several regional and affinity teams, most affiliated with 24:14, have begun to form or continued to move forward: Eurasia, Persian/Turkic countries, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Sports to Movement affinity, and Media to Movement affinity. The purpose of these teams is to seek total movement engagement in their region/affinity by 2025.

The Hubs workgroup explored what it will take to establish a global network of cross-organizational training hubs to more quickly and effectively equip workers. The team drafted a list of action items to implement over the coming year to build that network ranging from curriculum to logistics, tracking, and financing.

Finally, the prayer team was able to connect face-to-face with many of the leaders and teams they have been praying for, delivering powerful prophetic words and gaining a better familiarity with these teams to more effectively intercede for them.

Please pray that out of this time effective 24:14 teams form that result in an acceleration in engaging every unreached people and place with a movement strategy! Learn more about 24:14 by clicking to …


(Thanks to 24:14 for sharing this report with the Brigada audience.)

14) The Last Bit: The Trellis And the Vine: Which Are You?

In the little book by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne entitled, “The Trellis and the Vine: The Ministry Mind-shift that Changes Everything,” the authors assert that all Christian ministry is a mixture of trellis and vine. There is vine work: the prayerful preaching and teaching of the word of God to see people converted and grow to maturity as disciples of Christ. Vine work is the Great Commission. And there is trellis work: creating and maintaining the physical and organizational structures and programs that support vine work and its growth. Trellis work would be programs, budget, staff, and buildings. Vine work would be sharing the Good News and starting new groups. So the question is — upon which are you majoring? And what’s the state of the trellis and the vine in your part of the world? Has trellis work taken over, as it has a habit of doing? Is the vine work being done by only a very few? And is the vine starting to wither as a result? In this book, the authors dig back into the Bible’s view of Christian ministry, and argue that a major mind-shift is required if we are to fulfill the Great Commission of Christ, and see the vine flourish again in our region or lifetimes. It’s a book worth reading. Find it at…




(Note: We received no payment or gift as a result of writing this review. In this case, we even had to buy our own book!)


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