Daily Archives: 2019/09/15

2019/09/15 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
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In this issue…
1) You won’t want to miss this (Brigada Participants get $1000! Whoa)
2) Learn More About Zúme AND Disciple-Making Movement Strategies
3) Searching for a Great Non-Profit Lawyer (Especially a Pro Bono?)
4) Resilience In Life And Faith
5) Conference for Asian Mission-Minded Technologists
6) CATALYZE — Discover Your Calling
7) Become a Better Storyteller in 5 Weeks
8) Short-termers: Add the Element of Reading Glasses
9) Mountain Feet Weekend Discernment Retreat
10) Fascinating Interview with the Author of “Myth of the Dying Church”
11) The Hindu World Prayer Guide is now shipping!
12) Help Vicki Learn about Missionaries with Mentally Ill Parents
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: Have You Heard About the Etnopedia?
15) Closing Stuff


1) You won’t want to miss this (Brigada Participants get $1000! Whoa)

Brigada has arranged for you and your ministry team to access at no cost to you $1,000 worth of digital productivity skills training and team collaboration tutorials at the online StarTrust Academy.

Included is training on Facebook and Google Ads, MS Office apps, Google apps, Email managers such as MailChimp, AWeber, GetResponse, etc., plus other tools ministry teams use to inform and engage their community. Learn more at…




2) Learn More About Zúme AND Disciple-Making Movement Strategies

Now, in a four-hour “DMM/Zúme Experience,” you can come away with a much deeper understanding of disciple-making movement (DMM) strategies and life practices AND learn about Zúme at the same time. (Zúme is a 10-session, 20-hour online and in-life experience designed to help your group learn and DO fruitful strategies that might lead to a disciple-making movement (DMM) in your own church, town, and region. In this “live training” experience, you get a ‘taste of DMM” in just four hours. You’ll love how practical and biblical the whole approach is. Plus, you’ll get a free hot breakfast! : ) The venue is just a block away from the Kansas City Convention Center (Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral located at 415 West 13th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105), 8am to 12 noon on Thursday, November 14, 2019 (a buffet breakfast will be served).  Learn more and sign up at….




This workshop is timed to coincide with the start-up of the International Conference on Missions (ICOM), which begins Thursday evening, Nov. 14th, at the Kansas City Convention Center. So you can come to the DMM Experience then sta7 for a day or two of ICOM while you’re there.


3) Searching for a Great Non-Profit Lawyer (Especially a Pro Bono?)

This past week, we received an inquiry from a group which operates a 501(c)3 non-government organization based in the U.S. that funds ministries in the Middle East and North Africa region. They are looking for recommendations regarding prospective lawyers who understand this kind of work, especially as it relates to ensuring they are not acting simply as a “pass-through” org. Would you know of someone who might be able to help them? If so, please click “Comment” following the web version of this item. Thanks!


4) Resilience In Life And Faith

‘Resilience in life and faith: Finding your strength in God’ is a new book which is useful for helping mission workers to build resilience before, during and after their time of ministry. It looks at several components of resilience – spiritual, physical, emotional, cognitive, creative, social and environmental aspects. This book combines biblical teaching with psychological research. The authors (Tony Horsfall and Debbie Hawker) support mission workers around the world.




5) Conference for Asian Mission-Minded Technologists

ICCM Asia allows leaders and technologists to learn from and network with other mission-minded technologists in Asia. This year’s theme is Technology on Mission including sessions on the following topics: Secure Communication and Collaboration, Introduction to Digital Forensics, Streaming Video with OBS, Microsoft and non-profits, Database applications with Django. ICCM Asia happens Nov. 14-17 at the Baptist Conference Center, Jomtien Beach, Pattaya, Thailand.

For additional information and to register visit:




6) CATALYZE — Discover Your Calling

Do you sense God calling you to serve overseas? Do you long to see Muslims follow Jesus Christ? Do you have what it takes? They can help you get there! This three-day intensive is designed to impart practical missional skills. Learn how to communicate the love of Jesus with your Muslim friends and begin a lifestyle of discipleship. They stage events in multiple locations. For more info, visit …




7) Become a Better Storyteller in 5 Weeks

Learn with your team and imagine the impact of a better-communicated message – whether your story is oral, written, or filmed. Visit:




to find course details and register. Introduction to Story in Ministry, is offered by Mission Media U and runs September 18-October 16.

Qualifying students are eligible for a one third tuition discount in a Masters or PhD program at Biola University’s Cook School of Intercultural Studies.


8) Short-termers: Add the Element of Reading Glasses

The New York Times recently featured an article which said, “Lack of access to eye care prevents billions of people around the world from achieving their potential, and is a major barrier to economic and human progress. (The New York Times, A Simple Way To Improve A Billion Lives: Eyeglasses. May 5, 2018.) You can change that by adding reading glasses to your mission/program. Note that there is no medical training nor equipment required. RestoringVision provides everything you need and their glasses are non-prescription.) Also, the whole program can be added with minimal cost. They offer glasses at the nominal fee of 50 cents per pair. Organizers maintain that this is a great outreach tool. They have stated that reading glasses will bring hundreds of people your mission or program may not otherwise touch. Plus you’ll be helping people immediately restore their vision and lives. To learn more, visit



(Thanks for the tip, Allan!)


9) Mountain Feet Weekend Discernment Retreat

Mountain Feet Weekend helps you hear and respond to God’s invitation on your life so you may humbly and confidently join God’s kingdom purpose in a way which honors who you’re created to be. It takes place Oct. 25–27 near Oklahoma City. The $95 fee includes lodging, meals, materials, and the opportunity to get to know others like you who dare to live a life of eternal consequence. Register by Oct. 20:




10) Fascinating Interview with the Author of "Myth of the Dying Church"

Glenn T. Stanton is the author of the new book, “The Myth of the Dying Church: How Christianity Is Actually Thriving in America and the World.” He asks, “Is Christianity declining, even dying across North America, as the media and many pundits would have us believe?” He also wonders whether, “Globally, is it losing out to other religions, and especially not holding its own against Islam?” Stanton, a professional researcher at Focus on the Family, digs into the research concerning spirituality in America, and globally, revealing the hope and truth about the vitality and future of the church. Hear the author firsthand in an interview by Missio Nexus at…




(Note: This content is reserved for Missio Nexus members… but wouldn’t you want to join anyway? : ) )


12) Help Vicki Learn about Missionaries with Mentally Ill Parents

Vicki, a missionary with The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM) and a doctoral candidate at Biola University, is looking for participants for her research concerning the experiences of missionaries who were reared by a parent who had mental illness (depression, bipolar syndrome, or schizophrenia). Missionaries with a mentally ill parent who are interested in participating as well as those who would like more information can contact her at

vickidothdotreyesatbioladotedu  (vickidothdotreyesatbioladotedu)  


13) We’re Grateful for…

…a $50 gift from a big fan of Christian Ministry Academy / StarTrust Academy. God bless you — and them!


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: Have You Heard About the Etnopedia?

This past week, we stumbled across Etnopedia. How in the world have we not seen this before? But try as I might, we couldn’t find one instance of us having written about this cool resource previously. So we wrote Dan Scribner, Director at Joshua Project, to get more info about this site. Dan wrote, “Very familiar with Etnopedia and their point person, Dave, who himself serves cross-culturally. Have known him for probably 12-14 years. Before Duane joined Joshua Project about ten years ago, he and Dave worked together for a number of years in Mexico tracking people groups for COMIMEX and COMIBAM. Main focus of Etnopedia is to get people group profiles into multiple languages. Dave uses a people group list that is a merger of all the major people group lists. He is very concerned about comprehensiveness i.e. not overlooking any possible group but not overly concerned about duplication or overlap of data. Dave and Joshua Project’s needs are similar in that we both urgently need translators.  For example, Joshua Project urgently needs Korean translators as we have the Unreached People of the Day in Korean but some gaps in translated profiles.” Check it out at…




Of course, we’re always happy to learn that resource-providers like these are on a firstname basis and have a comfortable working relationship. If you want data-driven, database-file type information about unreached peoples, Joshua Project is your best bet. If you’d like narratives gathered in a “wiki-type” format, it’s hard to beat Etnopedia on the people groups they’ve profiled.


This probably is a great time to visit once more the recurring habit that some workers have of putting down people-group approaches. We hear it often — “People Group fade” and the like. Specialists in unreached peoples have ALWAYS urged practitioners to go in with people group eyes — to be ready to apply a UPG filter if the people there are exhibiting it. But they’ve also always maintained that if people groups are not manifesting themselves in a realistic way, don’t force them on the context. In many urban areas, people groups have melded. They’ve done so for years. We’ll find 80 people groups in the same school, intermingling — and 80 people groups in the same church, getting along just fine. But in other contexts, we’ll discover a vast gulf between certain people groups showing prejudice and sometimes even hatred toward one another. The secret is not to stick to “people group eyes” as a hard-and-fast solution, but rather, again, to enter with people group eyes to understand the context if it’s helpful. To us, it’s become so “90s” to downplay people group thinking — yet it still remains helpful in some contexts. But we think that some people think they’re looking “modern” and “avant garde” if they downplay a helpful tool. Nonsense. Please don’t take away the lense if we need it. Lenses are good. Just ask Apple (about iPhone 11 Pro). : )



15) Closing Stuff

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