Daily Archives: 2019/02/10

2019/02/10 — Brigada Today

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


In this issue…

1) High Security Training, Provided by Fort Sherman Academy
2) English-Based School in Kosova is Seeking a Science Teacher
3) Looking for a Place to Get Away from it All after Going Far?
4) There’s a 50/50 Chance Your Millennial Friends Won’t Share Christ
5) Think You Can Live “Under the Radar?” Better Leave Social Networking
6) Become a Better Storyteller in 5 Weeks
7) Get Comprehensive Healthcare from Missio Benefits
8) USA-based Missionaries Returning: Want to Keep Serving from the USA?
9) It’s Probably a Good Time to Pray for Venezuela
10) We Have the Admit: Signal is Better (at Secure Communication)
11) Don’t Forget to “Seek God for the City,”
12) Dos Misiografías Claves Están Ahora En Español!
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: We Don’t Say Thanks Often Enough to Our I.T. Helpers
15) Closing Stuff

1) High Security Training, Provided by Fort Sherman Academy

Is interrogation or kidnapping a real concern in your area of the world? This training is designed to help you avoid it, or get through it without compromising your integrity or the safety of others. The dates are May 6-8, 2019, 9am-5pm, and the training will take place in San Diego for just $650. For more information write…

infoatinterculturalstudiodotorg  (infoatinterculturalstudiodotorg)  


To register, click to…




Better act quickly though. They’ll close registrations soon.


2) English-Based School in Kosova is Seeking a Science Teacher

Remember that school in Kosova? They are once again giving thanks to God that most of their jobs are filled by top-notch teachers. But they still need a gap science teacher to take the place of a great worker headed out a month from now on maternity leave. This is urgent. Teachers do not have to be certified (though it’s preferred), but they do need to have a bachelor’s degree. If you have a lead, email


This private school in Kosova features classes taught in English with an American curriculum. They provide one round-trip economy ticket and 1000E ($1200) per month. (This is adequate to cover all expenses for a single person to live in Kosova.)

3) Looking for a Place to Get Away from it All after Going Far?

Perhaps you’ve found it here. EdenRidge, a missionary-focused retreat and vacation destination located in East Tennessee, is pleased to announce the opening of the Goodness Studio this spring. This new smaller guest facility will complement the ministry’s larger five cabins. EdenRidge is also excited to begin construction this summer of the Welcome Center, a game-changing 5,000 square-foot facility. To learn more about EdenRidge and to make reservations, please visit


4) There’s a 50/50 Chance Your Millennial Friends Won’t Share Christ

Why? Because it would just… be… WRONG to do so. At least that’s what a new Barna poll found. In spite of feeling equipped to do so, nearly half of them won’t – because they think it’s wrong to share one’s personal beliefs with someone of a different faith in hopes that they will one day share the same faith. Sounds like they grew up watching Star Trek re-runs and they’re afraid of violating the “Prime Directive” or something. See the Barna summary here…




Not sure how we fix this. Somehow, though, if we’re going to win the world with the help of the upcoming generations, we’ll have to remind them that Jesus gave a prime directive too. And that He’s the one who made them. (Thanks for pointing us to a new story about this, Tim!)


5) Think You Can Live "Under the Radar?" Better Leave Social Networking

…because your social networking is creating a HUGE footprint for those who want to predict what you would buy, say, or do. In fact, a recent study (2017, actually; it’s probably even worse now) established that your social networking footprint can help big-data experts predict with as high as a 95% accuracy rate exactly what you’re up to. If you were thinking of staying under the radar, maybe better go low-key on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. : )




(Thanks Greg.)

7) Get Comprehensive Healthcare from Missio Benefits

Our org has always wanted to offer a comprehensive, yet affordable group health plan, organization-wide. The problem was, with just 300 missionaries or so, our census was never big enough to make it affordable enough to be practical. At least — not until now, we hope. (Although we’re still trying to digest all the details.) This past week, Missio Nexus went public with their new group health plan. The idea (which they made public at last fall’s conference) was to pull together enough organizations that the census became big enough that orgs could finally average out all the medical problems with big enough org charts globally. With thousands of international worker participating, we would have to admit — the rates are finally competitive. Of course, now if we can just understand all the substeps and sequences in transitioning over. Learn more at…




And please post the story of your possible transition here, below, in the comments. We’re all interested in learning how to make the switch!


8) USA-based Missionaries Returning: Want to Keep Serving from the USA?

Missionary to Muslims? Have to leave your field? Want to keep ministering and keep your missionary supporters when you return to the U.S.? G.R.O., near Seattle, offers blogging websites and Internet radio stations to M.B.B.’s to reach Muslims. They need missionary workers in the Seattle area to help them maintain and expand their outreach. Even if you’re not technical, you’re needed. Your contacts and help are the key. To learn more, write…

mikeatglobalradiooutreachdotorg  (mikeatglobalradiooutreachdotorg)  .

or visit…



9) It’s Probably a Good Time to Pray for Venezuela

We (Doug) remember when our org first started in Venezuela in 1986. Escalators, high-rises, high society… We might have imagined that we were working in a Latin American version of Miami. But lately, it feels a lot more like the Soviet Union in 1991, right before the wall fell. Food lines, political wrangling, and, in general, mayhem. Join Prayercast in prayer this week by showing this video to your group, church or family. And please pray hard. There has been an amazing upsurge of evangelical growth there since the late 80’s. Ask God to take care of believers and nonbelievers a like, especially now.




10) We Have the Admit: Signal is Better (at Secure Communication)

OK. Uncle. (Maybe “Man from Uncle,” in fact.) We’re ready to admit — Signal feels like a better solution for secure communication. And based on the claims we see at…




and the reviews at locations like…




Of course, that review is a couple of years old. The newest reviews have gotten even better for Signal, especially the MOST recent reviews, which are concerned about what’s up with WhatsApp, now that Facebook owns it and is planning to integrate it with (what????) Instagram?


We’re putting our money on Signal, for the moment.


11) Don’t Forget to "Seek God for the City,"

Don’t forget — Waymakers have developed a great campaign called, “Seek God for the City,” designed to mobilize many to pray with united, sustained vision for people of your community. The forty days to Palm Sunday makes an ideal time to venture into a season of sustained, hope-filled prayer, March 6 – April 14, 2019. You can invite your small group, your Sunday School class, your mission org, all the missionaries you support, and/or your entire church to take part. Multiple versions are available, including in Spanish — and via an app. Learn more at…




(Thanks, Betty!)


12) Dos Misiografías Claves Están Ahora En Español!

Dos Misiografías de Missio Nexus más populares están ahora disponibles en español. Ellos esperan que estos recursos importantes que tratan las asociaciones efectivas y las redes de misiones fortalezcan y apoyen a hermanos y hermanas de habla hispana. (Got Spanish-speaking friends with whom you’d like to share Missio Nexus Missiographics? No problema. Send them here.) Se puede encontrarlas en




13) We’re Grateful for…

…Fort Sherman Academy, who loved Brigada enough this past week that they pitched in $50 toward reaching unreached peoples for Christ through Brigada’s global ministry of motivation, information, and communication of resources.


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: We Don’t Say Thanks Often Enough to Our I.T. Helpers

We’re convinced that we don’t say thanks often enough to our I.T. helpers around the world. We sometimes expect mongo-large output from them for teeny-tiny-micro-budgets. It doesn’t help that we sometimes ignore them during planning phases, then expect them to leap tall buildings (and budgets) in a single bound. This week, join me in saying a prayer of thanks for all the I.T. helpers (and those who try to help us even if they don’t know information technology). Let’s celebrate by taking a 3-minute pause to watch this laughable skit in their honor. We especially appreciate the part in which the executive asks them to put a video in the print-out. : )





15) Closing Stuff

Subscription Information –


Want to unsubscribe? Just click the “Unsubscribe” link at the end of this email. It’s one touch – so easy.


Want to change your address? That’s easy too. First, use the unsubscribe instruction above to get rid of your old address. Then just click to www.brigada.org and enter your new address in the one-click subscribe box in the upper right. That’s it! If necessary, verify the new address by watching your inbox for the confirmation from our email sending service. Be ready to click on (or copy and paste) the link into your browser. That’s it! It’s that easy!


To Submit an Item – We love to feature your news & resources! To find out how, read our submission guidelines and use the web form at:




Disclaimer –

We can’t screen ’em all. Please forgive us if a particular site contains offensive information!

The web is constantly changing. We’ll do our best to scout it out in advance, but if the sea changes after we visit a site to check it out, please forgive.


Please Don’t Subscribe Us To Your List Without Asking –

Sorry, nothing personal, but we’re already deluged.


Warning About Forwarding Emails –

Just say no! :-) Read our thoughts about forwarding emails at




Donate to Brigada –


To give online, just click “Donate” in the upper right at www.brigada.org. Or if you’re reading this via email, scroll to the bottom to find a handy link. By the way, you don’t need a PayPal account to give. If you reach a screen asking for your PayPal I.D., look on the left side of the screen, about halfway down, and find the prompt which says, “Continue without a PayPal Account.” If you’d rather send an old-fashioned check, just make it payable to Team Expansion and send it to: Team Expansion (Brigada), 13711 Willow Reed Drive, Louisville, KY 40299, USA. (And by the way, Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) Thanks to those who have suggested this cause to their local church missions committees, mission teams, and/or missions ministers/pastors. We appreciate you!


Privacy Information –    


We will never give your information to anybody. We won’t market you, won’t hassle you, and won’t ever bother you. You will NEVER be signed up for mailings you didn’t request. Your address is safe and your future is secure. Life is good. :-)


Copyright – This issue of _Brigada Today_ is Copyrighted 2019. However, permission is granted to freely redistr87ibute these materials, including those available on the Brigada website, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Jesus Christ to reach the unreached. To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.


When you quote or paraphrase material from Brigada, please include this

phrase: “For a free subscription to Brigada’s weekly missions publication, visit Brigada on the web at www.brigada.org.”


 Scroll to top