2014/11/16 — Brigada Today

WebCompiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion. Brigada online has more graphics and links at http://www.brigada.org . Your gift to Brigada will help get motivation, resources, and news/trends out to thousands of Christian workers throughout the globe on a weekly basis.

In this issue…

1) Christianity in China: Economist Says it’s “Spreading Rapidly”
2) Travel Risk Managed
3) The Best of the Best Calendar
4) The Best of the Best Expense-tracker or Finance App
5) This Thanksgiving, Would you Underwrite a Week of Brigada?
6) A Free Book Every Day?
7) I’ve Never Been in a Sainsbury’s — but Now I want to Go
8) What Exactly is OneCry?
9) Tell Your Social Networking Success Story
10) Portable On/Off Grid Power System
11) Your Phone – God’s Glory
12) Thrive Retreat in Phuket for Cross-Cultural Women
13) We Give Thanks…
14) The BackPage: Showing the Many, but Featuring the One
15) Closing Stuff

1) Christianity in China: Economist Says it’s “Spreading Rapidly”

I suppose you’d have to be a complete recluse not to have heard about the spread of the Good News in China. But when the Economist runs the story, it’s clearly shaking the world.

http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21629218-rapid-spread-christianity-forcing-official-rethink-religion-cracks

There’s so much bad news these days. There are so many reasons to be sobered by challenging circumstances. Could we just pause for a moment and give thanks for the many hundreds of house church leaders who have endured horrible persecution to bring us to this day? Thank you God. (Thanks Caleb!)

2) Travel Risk Managed

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3) The Best of the Best Calendar

fantastical-app-e1352378308414*** Continuing our “Best of the Best” series, this is another category with no clear winner, though Fantastical 2 is giving everybody else a run for the money. You want a calendar that will let you show multiple accounts, and that will parse your clear language (if you say “lead worship at 9am Sunday,” the app should create an appointment “lead worship” and place it in your calendar at 9am this coming Sunday), and show you the month view in a style that you like. What’s your favorite?

4) The Best of the Best Expense-tracker or Finance App

finance app*** Again, no clear winner here for me. I use iXpenseIt, but your app might be better. You want something that lets you take a picture of your receipt (so you can then file or throw away the receipt), record where you spent the money and why, and interface with your bookkeeping software or make some kind of acceptable report. What’s in YOUR wallet?

5) This Thanksgiving, Would you Underwrite a Week of Brigada?

give thanks to the lordWith one gift of $329, you impact the lives of thousands of Christian workers throughout the world, in countries near and far. Thousands receive these resources personally, but many then redistribute it to their own networks. You can choose either of two ways to donate: To give online, just scroll to the top of our website and click “Donate.” And you don’t need a PayPal account to give online. (If you reach a screen asking for your PayPal I.D., look on the left side of the screen, about halfway down, and find the prompt which says, “Continue without a PayPal Account.”) If you’d rather send an old-fashioned check, just make it payable to Team Expansion and send it to: Team Expansion (Brigada), 13711 Willow Reed Drive, Louisville, KY 40299, USA. (And by the way, Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so, for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) Thanks to those who have suggested this cause to their local church missions committees, mission teams, and/or missions ministers/pastors. We appreciate you!

6) A Free Book Every Day?

Free-on-KindleI know. Hard to believer, right? But that’s exactly what they offer at…

http://www.Lifeversebooks.com

On a particular day, they’ll draw attention to a real, mainline Christian book for sale on Amazon or somewhere else. I’ll make up my mind to go there later… and I’ll go back the next day, and the book will now cost $8 or $15 or whatever. So it’s a for-real marketing approach that wants to keep you coming back daily. And if you’re a reader, it will work! :-)

9) Tell Your Social Networking Success Story

Social-mediaWe ask because, well, we wonder if there ARE any. Does your organization or church have a successful ministry using social networking? Is there a favorite app or approach that has helped you? If you’re unselfish enough to share, please slick “Comment” after the web version of this item. Thanks for your willingness to pass the news.

10) Portable On/Off Grid Power System

eyesAre you in the dark when you have power outages for a long period of time? Do you get frustrated when the power goes out unexpectedly, whether for two minutes, twenty minutes, or two hours? When your electrical devices shut down, do you lose information on your computer?
Established in 2008, Local Energy Management Systems, LLC (LEMS) has been customizing and building Portable On/Off Grid Power System for use in any country. The Local Energy Management Module (LEMM) is now available for sale. Used in conjunction with a battery, it will help with your unstable power situation, and providing reliable backup power. If you’re making a short term trip ask about renting a LEMM. To learn more, email lemsdotsalesatgmaildotcom or call in the USA (+1) (509) 521-1731, or in Africa, (+229) 67 54 06 54.

11) Your Phone – God’s Glory

your phoneWondering how to use your phone as an evangelistic tool? The Mobile Ministry Forum has recently released “Your Phone – God’s Glory – A Hands-On Guide to Using Your Mobile for Ministry.” This easy-to-follow story-based guide is both fun and practical and is perfect for individuals and teams (including short-term teams). It has plenty of tutorials to walk you through step-by-step, how to share Jesus using your mobile device, and it’s free and is available in PDF, ePub, and Kindle formats, but only the PDF version includes the tutorials. Grab your copy at

http://www.mobileministryforum.org/your-phone-gods-glory

While there, check out the other great resources that the MMF is putting together to help the Church use mobiles for ministry.

12) Thrive Retreat in Phuket for Cross-Cultural Women

retreat-sponsorThrive is hosting an Asia retreat at the Centara Karon Resort Phuket in Phuket, Thailand for U.S. and Canadian women who live and work cross-culturally. You are invited to come and be refreshed, renewed and encouraged February 15-18 or 19-22, 2015. The value of your retreat experience is approximately $720. However, the only cost to you is a registration fee of US $125 and any travel expenses to and from the Retreat.

http://thriveministry.org/retreats/2015/thailand/

The retreat will include many opportunities for self-care (including complementary pedicures, haircuts, massages, and more), fellowship with women working cross-culturally, worship and praise, encouragement through the teaching of the Word (all in English) and connecting with new friends in discussion groups.

13) We Give Thanks…

Give-thanksWe’re grateful today for a gift of $60 from a long-time Brigada participant from St. Paul, MN, making it possible for many others to enjoy Brigada throughout the year – without ads, without appeals, and without subscription cost.

14) The BackPage: Showing the Many, but Featuring the One

new wallWe’ve just returned from a major missions conference and it struck me how often my mind turns in favor of “showing the many.” For example, we now have put together 3 different versions of the “Wall of Unreached People.” Each wall is a 50′ or 60′ long “wall” listing all 7000 unreached people groups. Learn more at…

http://www.U4theU.com/wall

It’s not a fundraiser. We ask each site to pitch in a freewill offering to cover the costs of breakage and growth (creating new banners) and they also need to get the wall to its next destination (usually a shipping cost). But this is in stark contrast to some traveling exhibits which might cost the church or group thousands of dollars in fees.

But at last week’s convention, we also created a new wall featuring one panel per unreached people group or city. So although we continued to “show the many,” with the Wall of Unreached People, we also featured one people group or city at a time at the new 25UPG wall. I’ll have to say, it was a resounding success. One gentleman confessed, “You know, I’ve never been able to focus on the listing of 7000 on your black wall. I have too much ADHD for that. But seeing those huge pictures, one people group at a time — now THAT was sobering for me. And it was impactful.”

What’s your take? Do you find it’s more effective to “show the many,” or “feature the one?” Please click in the comment box that follows this item on the web, and, thanks in advance for sharing your story.

15) Closing Stuff

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