Daily Archives: 2019/01/06

In this issue…

1) Thank You for Making 2018 One of the Best Financial Campaigns Ever
2) Want to Search the Brigada archive? Use This Special Shortcut:
3) When Americans Say They Believe in God, What Do They Mean?
4) Discover How Much Danger You’re In with this Color-coded Map
5) Catch a Debate With a Guy Who Thinks DMM isn’t Biblical
6) Jim Elliot and Nate Saint Stories Live On in a Musical
7) Please Pray for Those Suffering After Indonesian Disasters
8) Join Friends for a Gulf Arab Retreat at the End of March
9) It’s a Great Time to Start a New “Pray! Prayer Journal”
10) Catch Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills (in Turkey)
11) Learn about Tentmaking, Business as Missions, and the Bible
12) Don Richardson’s Passing: Earth Has Lost a Great Teacher
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: The Trellis And the Vine: Which Are You?
15) Closing Stuff

1) Thank You for Making 2018 One of the Best Financial Campaigns Ever

We should go back through each year and measure the progress, but, to the best of our memory, our giving total for the 2018 end-of-year giving campaign is the best of all time. Another $315 came in over the last week, making the grand total empowerment funding that you gave to Jesus Christ for the sake of unreached peoples through Brigada a grand total of $15,402.52 for the year. That’s an extremely encouraging figure. It makes us say, “Wow — they like this.” It prompts us to keep staying up late or getting up early (sometimes both) to crank out Brigada Today editions. May God bless you!


Note that gifts toward this work can be given at any time through the year, but this concludes our special campaign. Thank you for your help, your shared vision and partnership!

2) Want to Search the Brigada archive? Use This Special Shortcut:

From any browser, at any time, you can always copy and paste this into the address:




where “search-for-this” is the term you’re seeking. For example, you could type in…




and you’ll see 109 items in which the term, “Japanese” is mentioned in past Brigada episodes. Substitute the word, “Japanese” for anything in the world to see if Brigada has done an article about it.

4) Discover How Much Danger You’re In with this Color-coded Map

Each country is color-coded on this map by controlrisks.com — and some countries are even subdivided because certain portions are more dangerous than others. We’re not suggesting that you should evacuate today or anything. But the general guidelines might help you be sobered into taking great care with your personal daily practices in one or more of these troubling lands. See the map at…




(And thanks, Justin, for finding this, then bubbling it up to us!)

5) Catch a Debate With a Guy Who Thinks DMM isn’t Biblical

Ted Esler (Missio Nexus point man) does a fantastic job, if you ask us, presenting disciple-making movement (DMM) and church-planting movement (CPM) principles as simple, biblical truths. Frankly, after watching this debate, we can’t figure out how anyone would ever come away with any doubts about the way God is working through CPM/DMM throughout the world today. Bravo to Ted Esler for answering the guy’s questions humbly, yet powerfully.




6) Jim Elliot and Nate Saint Stories Live On in a Musical

The 1956 killings of 5 missionaries in Ecuador is a story that we need to keep sharing. A powerful, simple 1-hour production called AT ANY COST, with a challenging message to make Christ our all in all, has been around for 25 years. An updated version is now available for all to use. Get more info, a short video demo, perusal script and Microsoft PowerPoint file at:




For more information, write…


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7) Please Pray for Those Suffering After Indonesian Disasters

One of the friends of Brigada who gave this past week asked that we remember those who have lost loved ones, as well as those who are still suffering as a result of tsunamis and earthquakes in Indonesia. To learn more, see articles like the following:




Thanks for joining those who are asking God, in his Sovereignty, to bring peace and relief to this troubled land.

8) Join Friends for a Gulf Arab Retreat at the End of March

Horizons International is staging a Gulf Arab Retreat that promises to encourage, inform, and inspire. Catch it in Orlando, Florida, March 30- 31, 2019. Participants will grow in discipleship and encouragement as they meet with other former Muslims with heritage from Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen, Kuwait, U.A.E, Bahrain, and Qatar (and their families).  The program in Florida includes time set aside for relaxation and enjoying the local sites. The cost is just $50, which includes flights, lodgings, and meals. Register now at




Please note: This retreat will be held in the Arabic language and is for North American residents only. Scholarships are available. For more information, email

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9) It’s a Great Time to Start a New "Pray! Prayer Journal"

Of course, any time is a good time to start reading the Bible and praying. But the “Pray!” Prayer Journal works especially well if you start it at the beginning of a year. Two friends of ours, Jenny and Betty, were talking about this journal recently. It invites writing down one’s thoughts AND it combines reading the Bible with prayer. Betty has done this journal for several years in a row. It’s worth a look. Find it at…



11) Learn about Tentmaking, Business as Missions, and the Bible

Now you can go to work today, for free, even before you go to work in a Business as Missions (BAM) context. Simply head on over to …




to experience the ultimate “31-day Challenge” and pick up a ton of resources all along the way. Learn how to make marketplace your ministry. You can also sign up to be alerted any time there are new postings. You just might make it work for you!

12) Don Richardson’s Passing: Earth Has Lost a Great Teacher

But heaven has gained a terrific saint. We heard Don Richardson speak “live” just once. But those who hear him will never forget him. Many have seen him in videos in courses like Perspectives and Kairos. Still others have read his books (like Peace Child and “Eternity in their Hearts”). Learn more about his life at…




The passing of Don Richardson signals the end of an era. His impact is being felt by many who don’t even realize it. He was a missionary statesman with a super-sharp mind. He will be sorely missed on this planet, but greatly appreciated both here and in the world to come. Bravo, Don Richardson. Job well done. He passed from this life into eternity on December 23.

13) We’re Grateful for…

…a $100 donation from a worker at Harvest Prayer Ministries. Learn more about Harvest Prayer at www.HarvestPrayer.com . God bless you all!

…a $100 gift from an anonymous worker at www.onechallenge.org . We appreciate you!

…the $25 blessing from an anonymous donor who wrote, “Thank you for the weekly resource list. The collaboration is wonderful.” God bless you for being an encourager!

…$30 from a prayer advocate for Indonesia. We appreciate you!

…$60 from Visual Story International. Learn more about their work at www.visualstorynetwork.org/ .


This brings to a close our end-of-year campaign — and it’s been a fantastic one. We’re grateful to you and yours for your help!


It’s always ok to give to Brigada, however. Gifts arriving in coming weeks and months will simply go toward 2019’s expenses. If you’d like to join others, 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: 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 Eeverything,” 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!)

15) Closing Stuff

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