2018/09/16 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
Brigada online has more graphics and links at http://www.brigada.org

In this issue…
1) One Day Missions Conference In Mid-Atlantic Region
2) Small Church Pastors/Leaders Needing Encouragement?
3) 2019 School of Cartooning and Animation for Missions
4) Free Software for Video Recording and Live Streaming
5) Adapt or Re-use the Lessons that Ying Kai Used in T4T
6) What’s the Best USA-based Service for Preparing Printed Newsletters
7) One-Stop Shop for All Kinds of Insurance for International Travelers
8) B+ Security Training
9) Tip for Those Studying Scripture Together Online
10) Do you write a lot? Need Help with Grammar? Try this.
11) Free ebook on How to Speak To Asian Atheists About Christ
12) Lausanne Intercession Working Group Has Resources to Help you Pray
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: The Debate Rages On about Learning Spoken Languages
15) Closing Stuff

1) One Day Missions Conference In Mid-Atlantic Region

Looking for an opportunity to learn more about missions mobilization? Here’s a one-day, low cost event coming to Lancaster, PA at Calvary Church. Accelerate is a one day conference focused on how to grow missions ministry momentum in your church. Perfect for missions leaders or even staff, this conference will also offer the opportunity to be part of a missions cohort in the mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit…

https://calvarychurchpa.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/146879

2) Small Church Pastors/Leaders Needing Encouragement?

Pastors of small (or smaller) churches face unique challenges and often have few opportunities for receiving encouragement. For those who can get to Michigan in a few weeks (or even better for those who already live close by), there is a unique opportunity to encourage, equip, and envelop with love those who have been called to the smaller church context, Oct. 12-13, in Fenton, Michigan.

http://www.smallchurchbigdeal.com

3) 2019 School of Cartooning and Animation for Missions

Are you an artist interested in using your skills to reach the unreached? Create International Taiwan is running the SoCAM once again next year. This 24-week program in Danshui, Taiwan, trains students to use comics and animation to reach UPGs. Students will also be going on a outreach and producing an animated short film that will be used on the field. It runs from the 25th of March until the 6th of September, 2019. The Application deadline is Feb. 15, 2019. You would need to have already completed a YWAM DTS. Learn more at…

http://createtaiwan.wixsite.com/website/socam

5) Adapt or Re-use the Lessons that Ying Kai Used in T4T

Ever wonder exactly what Ying Kai used to launch that huge movement of 2 million people? Some say he used the lesson plans available at…

http://t4tonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/classic-six-lessons-lessons-1-6-july-2011.pdf

These lesson plans follow the simple outline of “why-whom-how,” baptism, prayer, daily devotion, church, heavenly father, spreading the gospel, and introducing inductive Bible study. On some lessons, there are separate versions for non-believers. These lesson plans are completely free. Read more about the big picture at…

http://t4tonline.org/

6) What’s the Best USA-based Service for Preparing Printed Newsletters

This past week, a friend named John wrote, asking, “Help! We lost our paper newsletter service. For those of us who still have friends who prefer paper newsletters, can our readers recommend some US-based services out there?” Got a favorite service you can recommend for this? Maybe someone to whom you send some text and/or the completed PDF and the service/vendor takes care of printing and mailing to a list you’ve provided? If so, please click Comment following the web or app version of this item. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

7) One-Stop Shop for All Kinds of Insurance for International Travelers

This past week, we learned of a recruit who was having a hard time finding coverage for international mission work. There’s a one-stop shop which can almost always take care of travelers and those living cross-culturally, just about anywhere in the world. They maintain a constant presence at…

http://missionaryhealth.net/brigada/

and they also make regular gifts to Brigada. (Thank you Adam, Suzanne, and Rachel! In Brigada, we always feature any and all who help missionaries worldwide. But it’s always nice that you guys want to help speed along the work! God bless you!)

8) B+ Security Training

Prepare yourself for living in or visiting places of high risk by taking part in the training offered by the folks from Fort Sherman Academy entitled, B+ High Security Training. Better act fast though. It’s coming up Oct. 15-17, 2018, 9am-5pm, at Grace Community Church, Lombard, Chicago IL. The cost is $650. Register by 10/05/18. For more information write:
infoatinterculturalstudiodotorg
To register online, click to…

http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SecurityOct18

9) Tip for Those Studying Scripture Together Online

Daniel wrote this past week with this tip: “We meet for prayer via Zoom. We read multiple scriptures together during prayer time devotions. A good way to do this via Biblegateway is to enter multiple scriptures separated by commas into the passage search box. Biblegateway will display these scriptures in a list. You can send team members a link to this list of scriptures. This makes it so much easier to read together via video conference.” Thanks Daniel!

11) Free ebook on How to Speak To Asian Atheists About Christ

You’ve no doubt been following the crackdown on religion in China. In the face of all this persecution, Chinese Christians are becoming all the more bold in their willingness to speak out about Christ, while at the same time clarifying that they have no desire to overthrow the government. In fact, they are testifying that Christians pray for their leaders and try to be good citizens. Either way, in times like these, some find it easier to bring up issues of faith with their Asian friends. But how do we begin with an Asian friend who has atheistic world view? Our good friends at 10/40 Connections have made it easier for all of us by putting together this helpful ebook — and it’s available to you through Brigada for free. Check it out at…

https://www.1040connections.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Saving-Face-And-All-the-Rest.pdf

(Thanks Duane!)

13) We’re Grateful for…

…a $180 gift from a long-time friend who believes strongly in utilizing media to reach unreached peoples. Thank you!!!

Want to partner with Brigada so that all may hear in order to hasten the coming of Jesus? 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: The Debate Rages On about Learning Spoken Languages

Last week’s item about, ” Acquiring All Spoken Languages Should be Equally Hard,” has sparked quite a debate. See it all at…

http://www.brigada.org/2018/09/09_24530

Several respondents have chimed in with experiential or anecdotal evidence. To date, however (check to see if we’re right), we haven’t seen one scientific study proving or disproving the theory that, since all babies seem to learn their first language in roughly the same period of time, it makes sense to postulate that learning any spoken language should/could conceivably be equally hard — and equally easy. This has huge implications for those who previously would have shied away from deploying, for instance, to Arabic-speaking lands. They’ve heard all the horror stories — so they opt for a Spanish-speaking land instead (since they’ve heard Spanish is “easier”). Our theory — and so far, we’re sticking with it, is that Spanish is indeed equally easy AND equally hard to speak correctly. It’s all the same as Arabic, Russian, Chinese, or any other global language when it comes to learning the aural-oral communication skills. (We’re not suggesting that learning any *written* language is equal. It takes Chinese children longer to learn to read and write Chinese too! : ) ) Our theory is based on the simple scientific fact that — learning to memorize a spoken phrase of mumbo-jumbo (and learning it well) is difficult for all of us. But for someone trained in acquiring aural-oral language, it’s of equal challenge no matter what language is being considered. What do we mean by someone trained in language acquisition? We mean, for example, that the learner has had significant training in phonetics so they can recognize subtle differences in pronunciation and tone. They have practiced hearing and *producing* those subtle differences. They know how to diagram and jot down their experiences in a log book. They have learned how to listen — and they have special skills in practicing and producing the language exactly like they are hearing it. Such a person is no longer trapped in legends like, “Only those with a gift in music can learn tones,” because of his or her special training.

Now these are our theories — but we have yet to see a single scientific study disproving the notion. And all our common sense verifies our theory (including the positive proof that all babies, with no training at all, end up speaking their heart language around the same time). Again, to us, this is a tremendous boost to mobilization to the tough languages of the world. AND it’s also verification that we ought to make sure our language learners are getting good training in language acquisition techniques.

Your thoughts? Can you point us to any scientific studies disproving out theory? Just click “Comment” following the web or app version of the original item at…

http://www.brigada.org/2018/09/09_24530

(Please comment there rather than here so the thread can stay intact.)

15) Closing Stuff

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