Daily Archives: 2019/04/07

2019/04/07 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas, Team Expansion
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In this issue…

1) Join the Global Movement of Praying for Muslims During Ramadan
2) How Does Your Ministry Keep Up With Social Media Changes?
3) Innovation Event Promises to Help Ministry Staff Get Innovation Done
4) UN Web TV: The United Nations Live and On Demand
5) Highly-Recommended Reading to Ramp Up Your Prayer Life
6) Too Few Ministries Leverage this Device
7) Learn about Family Factors in Missionary Attrition
8) What if We Did Life Together, Among the Lost, Intentionally
9) Get Your “30 Days” Muslim Prayer Guide Now…
10) Discover “Future Mission” at This Year’s Missio Nexus Conference?
11) New “Serving Well” Book is Worth the Read
12) What’s the best Task Management App? (Todoist? Asana? Any.Do?)
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: Lessons from The Chinese Character for Disciple
15) Closing Stuff

1) Join the Global Movement of Praying for Muslims During Ramadan

I can only think of one reason why you wouldn’t want to take part in this special prayer emphasis: Wait. I can’t think of ANY.


Take a look…




Please consider signing up to pray. Because … check this out. This is the caliber of daily videos you’ll see during Ramadan this year. All brand new. All powerful. And all prompting you to pray like never before — to love Muslims … during Ramadan.


2) How Does Your Ministry Keep Up With Social Media Changes?

New apps and changes in Facebook come nearly daily. How do you keep up? If you can invest 3 hours a week for 5 weeks, you could learn the new media options and how to establish meaningful communication with your ministry audience. Mission Media U is an online mentored learning platform and their Foundations of New Media Strategy course starts May 2. For more information and to register:



3) Innovation Event Promises to Help Ministry Staff Get Innovation Done

It is easier to talk about innovation than to actually implement it. That challenge is the focus of the 2nd annual Innovation in Mission Live Web Event on April 24. This free learning event for nonprofit leaders is designed to provide the tools necessary to begin implementing innovation in their organizations. Register at innovationinmission.com and hear from Carolina Salazar, JD Payne, Rob Wassel and Jon Hirst.



4) UN Web TV: The United Nations Live and On Demand

The UN Web TV Channel is available 24 hours a day with selected live programming of United Nations meetings and events as well as with pre-recorded video features and documentaries on various global issues. Many of its materials are available in the six official UN languages: Arabic, and Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish (e.g., see the Videos on Demand section). Example of  a recent meeting at the Security Council: Preventing and Combating the Financing of Terrorism. Check it out at…




(Thanks for pointing us to this, Kelly and Michèle.)

6) Too Few Ministries Leverage this Device

Everyone has a mobile phone and this offers an amazing opportunity for Kingdom advancement. “Using Mobile Phones in Missions,” is a 5-week online course in mobile ministry basics. Instructor Keith Williams is the director of Mobile Advance and has assisted in implementing mobile ministry initiatives in more than 35 countries. Learn more and register here:



7) Learn about Family Factors in Missionary Attrition

Curious about the impact of factors such as singleness, having children, marital issues, children’s education, aging/ailing parents, adult children, grandchildren, etc., on return decisions for cross-cultural workers? Wonder no more. Read Andrea Sears’ full report at…




Perhaps you won’t be surprised by the outcomes — that “Educational options for the children and having aging/ailing parents that need care are the two strongest family factors in making a decision to return to the passport country, according to the weighting of responses given.”


(Thanks to Jenny in her April “Member Care Newsletter,” citing Andrea’s report in “A Life Overseas.”)

9) Get Your "30 Days" Muslim Prayer Guide Now…

It’s a campaign that never grows old. Once a year, during Ramadan, the world joins hands to pray for Muslims everywhere. Throughout 30 days, we lift them up in hopes that they’ll grown closer to Jesus. There are special edition “Just for Kids” booklets and also special versions in Spanish. Gear up now though, because this year’s campaign comes soon — May 6th – June 4th. Booklets are available starting at just $3 each. Bargain.



10) Discover "Future Mission" at This Year’s Missio Nexus Conference?

You might as well. Everybody else is. Hear speakers like Dr. Jay Gary, Ed Stetzer, K.A. Ellis, Prashan De Visser, James Kelly, and Andrew Brunson. Discover the challenges that future Great Commission workers will face — and help find Godly solutions. Watch the video, learn more, and register at…


2019 Mission Leaders Conference: Dr. Jay Gary, Ed Stetzer, K.A. Ellis, Prashan De Visser, James Kelly, and Andrew Brunson

11) New "Serving Well" Book is Worth the Read

Talented writers, Jonathan and Elizabeth Trotter, have just released their new book, “Serving Well: Help for the Wannabe, Newbie, or Weary Cross-cultural Christian Worker.” It retails for $25 on Amazon at…




but you can get it for just $20 at…




Michael Pollock (co-author of Third Culture Kids) said, of Serving Well, “Serving Well is an important voice in the search for honest, experienced conversation on living and working cross-culturally in a healthy and sustainable way. Dig in!”

(Thanks for catching this, Jenny!)

12) What’s the best Task Management App? (Todoist? Asana? Any.Do?)

Why does this happen. Every once-in-a-while, my task list grows to be about a mile long and I start blaming the APP rather than blaming mySELF. I think… if I could only find the right task management app, I would be able to accomplish all the things on my list. Why do I DO this? I need to rewrite Romans 7:15-25. I think the first verse sums it up for me: “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” But — don’t they say that awareness is the first step of healing? So — please make me aware. What’s the best task management app? And — how can I make sure that it helps me accomplish all the tasks on my to do list?


I’m confused.


Please guide me. : )

13) We’re Grateful for…

…the gift of $60 from a great friend and colleague on an island in the Pacific. God bless you in the final phases of your degree program! When we asked him how he’d like his gift recognized, he unselfishly asked that we “pray for God’s kingdom to come among Yemenis, those who live in Yemen and those who are scattered, such as refugees.” Bless you brother.


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14) The Last Bit: Lessons from The Chinese Character for Disciple

This past weekend, while visiting with a Chinese first-language speaker, I learned something metaphorical. The Chinese character for the word, “Disciple,” is a compound symbol. Contained in the symbol are two people who are walking together toward the figure of Christ. There’s something telling about that idea. Sharing with someone else in a disciple-making relationship often seems somewhat intimidating. After all, few of us feel we have “arrived.” But the beauty of this character is that the two people in the symbol are walking *together*. We all represent “works in process.” Sometimes, maybe we’ll be one step ahead of our buddy in one area, but more than likely, he or she will be one step ahead of us in some other way – sometime.


Curtis Sergeant has made famous the similar metaphor of a single file line of ducklings, following a mother duck. Each duck in the column is indeed a step ahead of the duck following, but each duck is also simultaneously following another. We’re leaders — and followers — all at the same time, trying to keep our file in line. The mother duck knows the way, just like Christ knows where to take us. All the rest of us are, well, followers, together, jointly watching the swishing little tail ahead of us, trying to waddle along through life and avoid getting lost. And guess what — sometimes we’re watching a duck immediately ahead of us who is not all that different from our own situation. We’re in this together.


You can see Curtis tell the story here:




We’ll probably all be a lot better off once we realize a) We haven’t all arrived. We’re in this together. We’re a bunch of ducks. b) The trick is to find somebody that we can help… even if we’re just one step ahead… AND to find somebody who can help US too, even if he or she is only one step ahead too. That’s the magic of ducks and disciples.

15) Closing Stuff

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