Daily Archives: 2019/01/27

2018/01/27 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion

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In this issue…

1) Last Week’s Brigada is Still Being Held Hostage by Barracuda

2) Praying the 30 Names and Attributes of God

3) This DVD Curriculum Will Help You Build Friendships with Muslims

4) Here’s a Cool 30-minute Talk About Doing CPM in Urban Settings

5) You Might Be Interested in the International Day for the Unreached

6) Here’s Your Chance to Vote “Yes” or “No” to ECFA’s Trend Report

7) Two prayer guides for Buddhists

8) Bali, Indonesia Azmera Haven Retreat 2019 (for Women only)

9) Check out Missio Nexus’s View of Trends In This Free 3-Hour Webinar

10) Nurturing the Missions Call

11) TESOL Training in Chiang Mai

12) Appreciate WhatsApp’s Security? Enjoy it While You Can

13) We’re Grateful…

14) The Last Bit: Special Request of our Canadian Readers – Please Help

15) Closing Stuff


1) Last Week’s Brigada is Still Being Held Hostage by Barracuda

Lots of people didn’t receive last week’s Brigada. Why? Because Barracuda decided it was unsafe for your inboxes, even though it complained not a single offensive word nor any advertising at all. In fact, Barracuda admitted that they obstructed delivery of Brigada because of our item about a translation software/service that allows churches to stage simultaneous interpretation of their sermons and programs. We’re not going to mention the service in this item (because we don’t want this edition to be blocked, obviously), but we believe it’s COMPLETELY unfair to block users from receiving Brigada because of a legitimate service that our own users are enjoying due to its effective experience. Brigada has been in business since January 1995. In all these 24 years, we’ve never ONCE sent a single piece of email that contains anything bad — yet, last week, Barracuda’s paradigm kept tons of our users from hearing about solid resources that could help them in their respective ministries. There’s something unfair about a ‘big brother’ system that condescendingly blocks good communication as it pats its customers on the head saying, “This website might be dubious.” Barracuda is NOT our friend today.

If you want to see last week’s edition, you’ll have to view it online at www.brigada.org .

2) Praying the 30 Names and Attributes of God

Hats off to the Navigators. Their document, ” Praying the 30 Names and Attributes of God,” is a keeper. What’s more, they’ve priced it right (free!). It’s super-handy (front and back of one sheet). You could print it on cardstock in your office or at your church and hand it out at your prayer meeting. Imagine the extra content that your participants will feel. Bravo to you, Navigators!




(Thanks to Betty for tipping us off on this!)

3) This DVD Curriculum Will Help You Build Friendships with Muslims

Mike and the rest of the workers at the Coalition of Ministries to Muslims in North America have done a great job with their DVD training program, “Journey to Jesus: Building Christ-centered friendships with Muslims.” Just to be sure, we took a look at it ourselves and it’s the real deal. You’ll feel 100% more equipped and ready. And when you feel equipped and ready, you’re lots less likely to wimp out at the last minute because you’re afraid you’ll offend (or worse). This should be required material for every new worker among Muslim unreached people. Thanks, COMMA Network for a job well done. And just think — you get the entire course for $10. Learn more at the Next Step Resources site…




4) Here’s a Cool 30-minute Talk About Doing CPM in Urban Settings

At the 2018 Forum for the Global Alliance for Church Multiplication, Jeff Sundell shared lessons learned from his 10 years of experience in South Asia. Now you can hear the whole thing for free at…




(Thanks GACX!) By the way, the 2019 GACX is Sept. 24-27 in Dallas. Mark your calendars. More details will be released by GACX shortly.

5) You Might Be Interested in the International Day for the Unreached

Then again, you might not. Having a “day” for the unreached makes sense, by some measurements. Lots of other things have a “day.” For example, there’s a “day” for the persecuted church. There’s a day for administrative assistants. There’s even a “National Bloody Mary Day” (that was January 1st), a “Groundhog Day” (Feb. 2), and even a “National Banana Cream Pie Day” (March 2nd; we’re not kidding). Which brings us to our second point: You might NOT be interested in such a day — if it trivializes the unreached and causes you to think of them only on one day per year. It’s up to you (actually, to ALL of us) to make sure the IDU doesn’t become that.


So having said that, if you’d like to learn more about the International Day for the Unreached, check out their Action Guide at…




(Thanks to Joshua Project for letting us know.)


6) Here’s Your Chance to Vote "Yes" or "No" to ECFA’s Trend Report

The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), headquartered in Virginia, recently released 15 trends for leaders to expect in 2019. Your mission, if you decide to accept it, is to “vote” on whether or not you agree with one or more of the 15. Just click into the comment box following the web version of this item. Sound off as to whether or not you think ECFA trends 1-15 are truth — or marketing.




8) Bali, Indonesia Azmera Haven Retreat 2019 (for Women only)

Azmera’s mission is to Impact Women Who are Impacting the World. If you are an English speaking, Kingdom-minded women (worker or business expat) serving overseas, Azmera would like to invite you to an encouraging, restorative, transformational, honoring haven retreat in Bali, Indonesia April 11 – 14, 2019. The cool thing is that they help make it affordable for workers by raising Haven Scholarships. Check out Azmera and register at



9) Check out Missio Nexus’s View of Trends In This Free 3-Hour Webinar

Curious about where we are in the status of the Gospel? Wondering where we need to go next? Wondering if we’re taking UPG and UUPG people groups off the maps? Want more innovation in missions? Want to learn more about mission strategies and structures? Would you like to hear about some unique opportunities? Wondering how in the world we’ll raise up the next generation of missionaries? These topics and more are the subject of a free (free to all) webinar being staged by Missio Nexus on March 13th, 9 am Pacific/10 am Mountain / 11 am Central/ 12 pm Eastern time in the USA. Take note: This webinar is open to mission leaders, church mission teams, missionaries, and anyone interested in global missions. There is no exclusivity whatsoever. In fact, you don’t even have to be a member of Missio Nexus to listen in. It’s free. It’s virtual. There are no meals to buy, no airfares to suck up your treasury, and no excuses. Just pure and simple answers. Trends. And more. It all starts here:




(Thanks for drawing our attention to this, Debra!)

10) Nurturing the Missions Call

1615 is presenting a free webinar on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, from 12 to 1pm MT. It’s entitled, “Nurturing the Missions Call,” and the main speaker is David Jacob of the Center for Missionary Mobilization and Retention. The Center believes that, oftentimes, a student will receive a calling to be a missionary, but may feel unsure or scared about what to do next. This webinar will equip Pastors and Youth Pastors to help their young people keep their passion for missions and calling alive. To register, visit…



11) TESOL Training in Chiang Mai

Are you teaching English as a platform for ministry? Get some training and do and EXCELLENT job. Asean Center for TESOL offers an INTENSIVE, five-week certificate course in Chiang Mai, Thailand, including many hours of in-class teaching and 10 hours practice teaching to non-native speakers! For application forms or more information, click to…




or write

infothaiatactesoldotcom  (infothaiatactesoldotcom)  

12) Appreciate WhatsApp’s Security? Enjoy it While You Can

Turns out WhatsApp might have sold its soul to the devil. Imagine a day that you write someone on WhatsApp, only to discover that the recipient is reading it on a Facebook Messenger site. It might not be that far into the dismal future. Note that, for now, WhatsApp does have end-to-end encryption. But as this article points out, Instagram does not — nor does it seem to be in the cards. And with Facebook, the user would have to activate (turn on a switch) for privacy. What percentage will remember to do that? Either way, if you ask us, WhatsApp was good while it lasted.




It’s time to take stock of WhatsApp.

13) We’re Grateful…

…for the gift of $20 from the staff member at Finishing the Task. We appreciate you!


Want to join these partners in helping Brigada through 2019? If so, 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: Special Request of our Canadian Readers – Please Help

Are you a Canadian participant in the whole Brigada experience? If so, could we please ask for your help? We’ve been asked to help coordinate the Canadian launch of a new web-driven training course called Zúme. Zúme is available online at…




You can start any time (i.e., you don’t have to wait until a certain cycle begins to sign up and get started). All you need is 4-12 people in a group and… bam… you too can learn how to become a disciple worth reproducing as well as how you can work within groups to multiply. Those groups will help you establish greater accountability, a deeper prayer life, more disciples, and much, much more. So the Canadian launch of Zúme is coming up April 7th and 8th. I (Doug) would love to learn how we might make this launch a genuinely Canadian experience. So I have to ask of you, Canadians — please, what are the typical things that annoy you about U.S. of Americans? What do we do that really cheeses you off? How can we keep from pride or jingoism? What might prompt you, as a Canadian, to consider implementing Zúme in your own church or group across the entire (giant) nation of Canada? The first piece of advice we received was to read, “Why We Act Like Canadians,” by Pierre Berton. But we want even more. Please click into the comment box of the web version of this item to let us know how we avoid bungling this. And if you’d like to help plan it, you’re invited. Just send us a note at:




Thanks in advance for any help you can give to help us redeem this.

15) Closing Stuff

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