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2018/06/10 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
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In this issue…
1) Drum roll please: Jerry Trousdale’s Next Book Almost “live”
2) Recorded Kazakh Christian & worship music needed
3) Catch this Webinar on “Growing the Gospel”
4) Looking for a Re-Entry Retreat? Catch This one in Joplin, MO
5) John Christ All Set to Open UberChristian
6) Click Here If You’ve Ever Studied David Hesselgrave
7) What Do We Do When a Church Asks, “Are there Really Unreached?”
8) Suppose You Want to Know Real-Time Global Stats: Where Do You Go?
9) Can We All Be Praying for the Summit in Singapore? and Yemen?
10) “Missions: How the Local Church Goes Global” Book is a Great Read
11) Why Have I Not Heard This Song? “Send Me Out” by Steve Fee
12) World Cup is Coming: Are there Any Outreaches Going there?
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: Can John Piper Cut to the Chase or What?
15) Closing Stuff

2) Recorded Kazakh Christian & worship music needed

A new website and Internet radio station needs recorded Kazakh Christian and worship music for use on the site and station. The would prefer electronic media (mp3, wav, etc.), but it’s not essential. Please contact Mike at Global Radio Outreach at
mikeatglobalradiooutreachdotorg or (206) 999-6491 in the U.S. (Good in What’s App.)

3) Catch this Webinar on “Growing the Gospel”

Here’s an upcoming webinar entitled, “Growing the Gospel: Planting Mission Networks In Every Community.” It’s listed by Upcoming Synergy Commons CoP Webinar on June 19, 2018. They will be interviewing Joel Huyser. Joel serves as the Global Area Director of Latin America and Asia for Resonate Global Missions. In this capacity, he leads their Holistic Mission Network. Joel will talk about why Resonate Global Missions views holistic mission networks as a critical component of its work.alongside the more traditional goals. More Information and to register:

https://synergycommons.net/learning/webinars/upcoming/

4) Looking for a Re-Entry Retreat? Catch This one in Joplin, MO

On July 15-20, TRAIN International will offer its next ABIDE re-entry debriefing for global workers. Registration closes soon, (6/22), but some spaces remain! ABIDE offers participants 5 days to process their cross-cultural experiences in both group and one-on-one debriefing. Bring the whole family, as TRAIN offers both adult and TCK debriefing for ages 0-17. Get equipped to navigate the challenges of re-entry and to move forward in renewal toward the next season of ministry. Check out their website to learn more or watch a short testimonial video at:

http://traininternational.org/Abide.html

https://youtu.be/WXlxYbIVAxk

7) What Do We Do When a Church Asks, “Are there Really Unreached?”

How do you answer when a church says to you, “How can there really be unreached people groups in 2018?” Or maybe they’re just downright skeptical: “With all our communications tools, can there really be anyone who hasn’t heard (the Good News)?”

I guess we could send them here…

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/statistics

or here?

https://joshuaproject.net/resources/articles/has_everyone_heard

Where do YOU send them?

8) Suppose You Want to Know Real-Time Global Stats: Where Do You Go?

As far as we know, the best site for real-time global stats is here:

http://www.worldometers.info/

But maybe you’ve come across something better? This (Worldometers.info) is a fascinating page. It’s mesmerizing just to watch all the numbers change. Just scan down, one section at a time, and breathe in all the change. Love it. Current world population, births today, deaths today, and tons more.

Where else would you go?

9) Can We All Be Praying for the Summit in Singapore? and Yemen?

If you’ve ever wondered whether or not we’re about to be involved in nuclear war, you’re probably really interested in what’s about to take place in Singapore (for those who have been camping out on Mars, the leader of North Korea is about to meet in a political summit with another nation for the first time in history). Please pray for peace between North Korea and, well, the world.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/06/10/kim-jong-uns-running-bodyguards-back-in-action-in-singapore-for-us-north-korea-summit.html

https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/10/asia/north-korea-summit-denuclearization-talks/index.html
Oh — and while we’re at it — could we pray for peace in Yemen too? How can this crisis (the worst humanitarian crisis since WW II, in at least one United Nations representative’s view) be happening virtually in the dark?

https://news.un.org/en/focus/yemen

https://www.independent.co.uk/topic/Yemen

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/01/30/yemens-war-within-war-what-does-new-fighting-mean.html

What is our burden as the church for Yemen and North Korea today?

10) “Missions: How the Local Church Goes Global” Book is a Great Read

Just finished reading a review copy of “Missions: How the Local Church Goes Global,” by Andy Johnson (forward by David Platt) and you know, it’s a great introduction for any local church. We’ve been looking for a book like this. I mean — think about it. In a small paperback, how does one introduce the whole shooting match of missions? This book does a decent job of summarizing the whole thing. It starts with laying the biblical foundations, then helps you get your house in order at the local level. It covers how to send and support well, how to develop good partnerships (at the regional, national, and international level). It does a fairly good job of guiding the church through developing relationships with agencies, how to do its part in raising up and preparing new recruits, AND it has a great chapter on “reforming short-term missions.” : ) It also embarks on “engaging the church by other means.” If your church has been looking for an idea book that is an easy-read (rather than a thick 3-ring notebook of random ideas), this is a great starter. Note that it doesn’t seem to have quite as much content on mobilizing the people within your church. There’s some, but that might have to be the topic of yet another book, in and of itself. But again, as an over all introductory starter, it’s a winner. Check it out on Amazon at…

https://www.amazon.com/Missions-Church-Building-Healthy-Churches/dp/1433555700

12) World Cup is Coming: Are there Any Outreaches Going there?

Every once and awhile, prior to a big World Cup level event, there will be a swell of mobilization to do outreach and witness. Anybody hearing anything about any such outreach in Russia? (We haven’t heard a thing.) If you have, please click “Comment” following the web or app version of this item. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

13) We’re Grateful for…

…the $100 gift from a long-time Brigada participant to speed Brigada on its way around the world to thousands of workers among unreached peoples. Thank you!!!

Would you like to join them? 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: Can John Piper Cut to the Chase or What?

Does it strike anybody else that John Piper can cut to the chase and cut through the fat and do whatever other metaphors you’d like to use with the word “cut” in them? When I (Doug) grow up, I want to learn to think, and talk, and write like this man does.

https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/how-much-is-left-to-do-in-the-great-commission

Could we have said it any more powerfully or succinctly?

This past Sunday morning, we helped a church roll out an initial vision of amping up their global outreach program. So we tried something a bit different. To help them gain a vision for it, we didn’t actually talk about global outreach at all. We talked about finishing the task locally — so they could understand what they needed to do globally. I’m not sure one could say we picked out a bunch of unreached groups. But I’m also firmly convinced that will happen in time too. But what I know to be true is that, from this past weekend, they now “get” the idea of catching a flame for multiplication. If/when they implement that locally, something tells me they’ll know exactly what they need to do globally.

What are you learning about presenting the Great Commission more effectively than we have been? Remember — we’d better be learning something?

https://www.barna.com/research/half-churchgoers-not-heard-great-commission/

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