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2019/07/21 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
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In this issue…
1) Join Others in Praying for Muslims during the Hajj
2) Free: K-12 School/College/Medical Furniture
3) Sharpen Your Interpersonal Skills in Ethiopia this November
4) CEO/President Peer 2 Peer Retreat Sponsored by Missio Nexus
5) Isn’t it Time The Church Stood Up for Libya? Got 4 Minutes to Pray?
6) Improve your Journalistic Understanding, Story Sense, and Writing
7) Find Out How to Bless Your Missionaries with This Brochure…
8) Working on a Multi-cultural Mission Team? This is a Must-Read
9) Still Time to Register for “Traction Men’s Conference” (Sept. 2019)
10) On Second Thought, Maybe Mobile Passport App Isn’t Such a Deal?
11) Check Out this Fascinating Look at Losing Faith in Being a JW
12) TESOL Training in Chiang Mai
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: I’ve Just Spent the Last Week with an Ethiopian…
15) Closing Stuff


1) Join Others in Praying for Muslims during the Hajj

Hats off to the people at pray-ap (Praying Through the Arabian Peninsula, otherwise known as PTAP). They’ve developed a superb website for the upcoming time of Hajj to Mecca (Aug. 9-11). Of course, many Muslims are already traveling there to go on the spiritual journey of a lifetime. The idea behind the site is to pray that they would journey into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ instead. They’re asking us to join in praying for the 2.5 million Muslims who will be performing the Hajj this year. Would you and your group consider praying? If so, learn more at…




They’ve placed videos and information there in 8 languages, including English, Korean, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Spanish, German, and Chinese. Oh — and by the way — Prayercast is reportedly preparing more for the Hajj as well. More on that soon.


2) Free: K-12 School/College/Medical Furniture

Each year, IRN Logistics in the US gives away hundreds of truckloads of the high-quality furniture from US schools, corporations and medical facilities to anyone who can pick it up or ship it out, especially during the US summer months. See all the details on their website. Contact Karl at his cell: 603-513-3501 or email him at

kthulinatir-networkdotcom  (kthulinatir-networkdotcom)   or see their webpage at




3) Sharpen Your Interpersonal Skills in Ethiopia this November

This November 17-22, 2019 is a Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills (SYIS) workshop, hosted by SIL Ethiopia. It is located near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. If you desire biblical tools for improving your relational skills and creating life changes (in an interactive adult learning style), then SYIS is a great workshop for you. For more information on this workshop in Ethiopia, please contact Haimi at

haimidotwalteratgmaildotcom  (haimidotwalteratgmaildotcom)  

4) CEO/President Peer 2 Peer Retreat Sponsored by Missio Nexus

Peer 2 Peer is a two day event combining directed peer discussions, case studies, networking, panel & table discussions, and inspirational sessions.  It is designed to be both relational and developmental.

It’s designed for CEOs and Presidents of missionary agencies. In addition to leadership, the focus surrounds issues directly affecting evangelism, church planting and similar Great Commission topics. Spouses are welcome. Learn more at…




5) Isn’t it Time The Church Stood Up for Libya? Got 4 Minutes to Pray?

What church among us doesn’t have four minutes to pray for a stateless society that reflects some of the biggest challenges of peace, Islam, corruption, hunger for power, and more? Would you and/or your group consider scheduling a four-minute prayer time in some upcoming worship service at your church or assembly? If so, consider using the PrayerCast prayer as your guide:




Note: In one sentence, the guy who is praying says there are no missionaries. Please don’t get hung up over that one sentence if you happen to know someone who is dedicated to working with Libyans. Because, after all, has there been a time that workers have had to evacuate for a while because of security/safety issues? If so, just imagine that this prayer was being uttered during one of those dark times. And pray all the harder for more workers, please.


8) Working on a Multi-cultural Mission Team? This is a Must-Read

The Lausanne Movement has released an article, “Becoming a Healthy Multi-Cultural Team: How to Reach the Effective Synergy Phase,” by Scott Moreau. Learn about the phases of team development and how to deal with the ever-changing team composition in this free article in the March, 2019, edition of Lausanne Global Analysis.




(Thanks for the tip on this one, Jenny!)


9) Still Time to Register for "Traction Men’s Conference" (Sept. 2019)

You still might have time to register for the Traction Men’s Conference, a 6-day experience designed to encourage global workers serving cross-culturally. You’ll learn about managing stress, solation, and opposition, reconnecting with God through prayer, cultivating the character of authentic leadership, navigating difficulties with grace, honoring God in all things, and persevering with courage and trust in the face of challenges. Learn more — and register — at …




(Thanks again, Jenny!)


10) On Second Thought, Maybe Mobile Passport App Isn’t Such a Deal?

Thanks to Georgio, who gave input when we asked recently about the Mobile Passport App. He pointed out (accurately) that, to hold your information in the app, it would run you $75 for 5 years. He compared that to Global Entry (good for 5 years), which includes TSA PreCheck and suggested that maybe Global Entry is a better deal. After much consideration, we have to agree: Georgio is right. You can read about Mobile Passport at…




12) TESOL Training in Chiang Mai

Are you teaching English as a platform for ministry? Asean Center for TESOL offers an intensive, five-week certificate course in Chiang Mai, Thailand, including 10 hours practice teaching to non-native speakers! The next two course dates are the last week in August 2019, and then January 2020. To learn more, visit




or write

infothaiatactesoldotcom  (infothaiatactesoldotcom)  


13) We’re Grateful for…

…a $20 gift from a strong believer in Finishing the Task. Learn more about FTT and their clarion call for the unengaged at…




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14) The Last Bit: I’ve Just Spent the Last Week with an Ethiopian…

…and — wow — talk about a heart on fire. He and I did this in 2018 as well, except, in 2018, we spent two full weeks together on the road. We’re talking every minute of every day for two full weeks. This year, it was “just one week” — but even in one week, every minute of every day… it tends to help you get to know someone. This guy is an enigma. On the one hand, he’s smart, articulate, and visionary. On the other hand, he’s relational-to-the-max, old-fashioned, and super-humble. This guy is super humble and sometimes fiercely independent, while, in other moments, he makes it clear he truly feels he has so much to learn. What is it about the Ethiopian mind, the Ethiopian culture, and the Ethiopian spirit that is causing them to thrive in the midst of chaos. Back home, their country is sometimes topsy-turvy with tribes that are rebelling, border checkpoints galore, and extreme weather conditions that would challenge the best of us. Yet… in the midst of all of this, Christianity has flourished. Check out this current article in Christianity Today, for example.




Imagine living in a land which was 3% Christian in 1970 and now maybe 25% in 2019. (The article implies 20% but all our insider sources are saying 1 out of every 4 is an evangelical.) The Prime Minister, for example, told his people — “let me be the nation’s pastor.” He’s an evangelical too.


So it should come as no surprise that my Ethiopian buddy has teamed up with our org to send six new teams in the past 12 months. They’re still in language learning, but they’ve already launched 20 new groups and they’re already seeing responses to Christ. And they engage people every day now in meaningful spiritual conversations. One of the Ethiopian team members was captured by a somewhat-dangerous Islamic group as a teenager. While being threatened with death, she refused to deny her faith. Now, as an adult, she’s back working among Muslims again in spite of it all.


Let’s take a lesson from Ethiopia. That treasurer got it right from the beginning (Acts 8). Let’s go back to the basics, trust in God, and follow the examples of our new-found friends who want to step up to the plate and finish the Great Commission. They want to take their places on mission teams around the world in the most dangerous lands. When I asked my buddy if he could find 18 new recruits for us, he looked back at me with strength, dignity, and intentionality: “We can find you 1000 Ethiopians who will lay down their lives for the sake of the Gospel.”


Now, I believe him.


Let’s join them in the Greatest Cause ever. May God give us strength.


15) Closing Stuff

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