2016/11/20 — 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) Thousands of Brigada Readers Can’t Help with Costs: Can you?
2) Could Meetup.com Provide the Tools for Evangelistic Presentations?
3) Discover, Obey, Share: Is it that simple?
4) Checking out Online Learning? Try these 45 Classes for Free
5) See Real Uptime Reviews for Web Hosting Services
6) Why have I Never Heard of Wistia Before?
7) Gaining by Losing: Another Case of Upside Down Thinking
8) Book: Missions Abandoned — Re-establishing the priority
9) When you Need that next Logo…
10) Looking for Debriefing Evaluation Tool
11) History of Islamic Theology & Movements: A Christian Investigation
12) What are the best Alternatives for Dropbox?
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: Want to Change the World? Consider These 18 Elements
15) Closing Stuff

1) Thousands of Brigada Readers Can’t Help with Costs: Can you?

blessed-to-be-a-blessingThere are literally thousands of Brigada participants who aren’t positioned to help with the costs of our part-time publishing help, server and domain costs, and the light marketing we do. The good news is, for the entire year of weekly editions, our budget is just $17,000. Total. That’s it. The whole thing is less than the cost of one preschool teacher’s annual salary. Yet — many of our readers (maybe half?) live in economic conditions that make it impossible to get dollars out of the country. But if you CAN, the only question that remains is — WILL you? Will you consider an offering of $100 to underwrite the cost of Brigada for an entire year? The great news is — we won’t ACCEPT more than $17,000 for the year. You know EXACTLY how much has come in already: $4,741.90 . And if we ever reach the budget for a particular year, any additional funds that come in will be applied to the NEXT year. Our goal is simple: Accelerate the fulfillment of the Great Commission by sharing resources, motivation, and trends through Brigada.com. Our focus is unreached peoples. Our ultimate aim is glorifying Christ. Your gift keeps on giving throughout the entire year. By sending one gift of $100, you inspire and illuminate the ministries of thousands of Great Commission Christians in countries all around the globe. Many Brigada readers tell us they forward items to their entire agency. Many pull an item and feature it in their own publications (we’re sure they always tell their folks where they learned about it : ) ).  Would you consider celebrating Thanksgiving by sending a gift that will keep on stirring up Great Commission fervor for an entire year? Mobilize — today — by making a gift. It’s easy. Just head on over to www.brigada.org and click “Donate.” If you’re in the position of giving $2000, $1000, or $500, please do so to make up for the many who can’t help. And thank you, in advance, for your partnership in the Gospel from the first day (1995) until now. Can’t afford $100? Then please don’t let that stop you. Give $1 for each year Brigada has been working — that would be a $21 gift. We only mention giving in the last few weeks of each year. In fact, if you can give the entire remaining budget in one week ($12,258.10), we can stop asking — for the next YEAR! Please be generous — and please click now.


Thank you.

2) Could Meetup.com Provide the Tools for Evangelistic Presentations?

meet-up-1This past week, I (Doug) was in a planning meeting with missions mobilizers and one of them referred to meetup.com. I’ll have to admit, I hadn’t heard of the service before, nor would I have put 2 and 2 together to think of it as a possible tool for finding “persons of peace” who might be in the mood to hear the gospel. But it does indeed have some of the right stuff: People who visit the service are already seeking to form new relationships, they’re looking for something, and they’re expecting their life is about to change. They are even willing to pay a fee to find out about some new community that might bring them excitement or fulfillment. So let’s check out the possibilities there. And who knows what God will do. Your thoughts?


3) Discover, Obey, Share: Is it that simple?

The folks at Pray4Tunisia.com use 3 overarching verbs in most everything they do. They want their participants to discover a truth from God, obey it, and then share it with others. EVERYTHING goes through that lense. Seems so simple. (Is it really?) If that’s the case, why can’t we change the world?

4) Checking out Online Learning? Try these 45 Classes for Free

online-learningHere are 45 classes you can take online for free by the end of the year:


Learn Python, Javascript, C, HTML, Photoshop, advertising, social media, email marketing, intercultural communications and conflict resolution, negotiating, how to get rid of stuttering, writing, law, cyberwar, and more. Learn how to learn online — then design online learning for others.

6) Why have I Never Heard of Wistia Before?

Think Vimeo — except, think of it as a minute-by-minute metric-minder as your fans and friends watch your videos. It was easy enough to open up a free-forever account (which allows just 3 videos). But I guess lots of people will balk at paying $100/month (for 150 videos). So yes… I admit… it’s pricey. But the idea is awesome. You not only see how many people START your videos. You also see how many people FINISH them. In other words, you see minute-by-minute “heat maps.” Great idea. Fairly pricey. What’s YOUR take?

7) Gaining by Losing: Another Case of Upside Down Thinking

gaining-by-losingWe’ve always been fascinated by the number of Christian ideals that are kind of upside down. Church leaders, here’s yet another one: If you want the Kingdom to grow, one of the best things you can do is give your people away. If you don’t believe it, just order the book, “Gaining by Losing,” by J.D. Greear. In it, Greear unpacks ten plumb lines that you can use to reorient your church’s priorities around God’s mission to reach a lost world. The good news is that you don’t need to choose between gathering and sending. Effective churches can, and must, do both. (Thanks Rob!)

8) Book: Missions Abandoned — Re-establishing the priority

missions-abandonedNew Zealander, Andrew Jit, has demonstrated his ability to generate missionary recruits. Now you can see his not-so secret recipe: He does it through patiently and persistently mentoring young people as they labor through life’s challenges, week by week.


Find out how you, too, can wake up your church to the priorities of world evangelism.

[Truth in advertising: He asked one of us (Doug) to write the forward. But true disclosure: All we received from it is a free copy of the book, so please don’t think we have a hidden agenda for promoting the content. : ) ]

9) When you Need that next Logo…

You have at least three choices.
a) You can hire a local artist and wait for days (weeks) for the result, then pay quite a lot, perhaps, for the outcome. Or…
b) You can use 99Designs, pay about $300, wait only a week, and get some great suggestions.


c) You can use Designmatic and do it yourself, using their great tools.


We (Tina) recently needed a logo fast, used Designmatic, and — it worked great! (You might even try WRITING something for them. If you do that, you might still get it for free.)

10) Looking for Debriefing Evaluation Tool

question-015Brigada participant, Martha, wrote this past week hoping to find options for a debriefing questionnaire. She asked, “What debriefing tools exist for the short-term team member being debriefed by a pastor or non-professional missions committee? Alternatively, might there be an evaluation tool that would enable the returning missionary to score the debriefing process?” These are great questions. Can you help her? If so, please click “Comment” following the web version of this item.

11) History of Islamic Theology & Movements: A Christian Investigation

Is Islam a religion of peace? Where did ISIS come from? Do extremists distort Islam? Take this course and come to your own conclusions. Offered online by The Lilias Trotter Center (January 9 – May 9, 2017) and taught by seasoned scholar/practitioners, this course is helpful for those working among Muslims anywhere. Finish with a certificate or seminary credit. Learn more at…

For even more information, write…

12) What are the best Alternatives for Dropbox?

Are you using Dropbox as your primary file-sharing service? Have you noticed more and more buffering (slow-downs) as Dropbox tries to stream your movies? If so, what are the options? The folks at WireDrive would like us to try theirs. It looks just a tad pricey, but it might be better for streaming videos. Anybody got experience with them?


If not WireDrive, who? Please tell us your best discovery.

13) We’re Grateful for…

thankfulThe $25 gift from Sandra, in the name of unreached peoples, given through Brigada.
The $50 gift from Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship Church.

This Thanksgiving, would you consider making an offering gift to Brigada? If you can, please do what you can to come up with a $100 gift to help for those who would LIKE to partner with Brigada but can’t. Then on November 14th, just 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 through Team Expansion is tax-deductible. If you’d rather give online, just click “Donate” in the upper right corner at brigada.org . In advance, please hear us when we say, “Thank you!” And God bless!!!

14) The Last Bit: Want to Change the World? Consider These 18 Elements

Wow. These are radical. Want to start a revolution? Start with these 18 factors:
1: Define a revolution avatar: The persona you’re serving
2: Identify shared pain
3: Identify the dictator (or at least the traits of that person)
4: Choose a leader (humble, vulnerable, “one of us,” trustworthy, desire to serve)
5: Create an inciting incident
6: Identify your “away from” rallying cry
7: Identify unifying beliefs
8: Define your ‘toward’ vision
9: Build your resonant story
10: Craft your manifesto
11: Define the path
12: Deepen the tribe mentality
13: Assemble your torchbearers
14: ID Key resources and allies
15: Swarm the launch
16: Mechanisms and milestones
17: Design for contagion (social currency, triggers, emotion, observable, practical value, stories)
18: Ultimate structural goal: Tipping point

These are the factors that author, Jonathan Fields, has identified by studying revolutions in history. He just might be on to something. Were you wanting to radically shake up your most-loved culture, only in a good way? Were you hoping to stimulate an unreached people group to prompt them to consider the GOOD NEWS of a Savior? Maybe one of these elements can help. Download the PDF book for free here…


It’s a framework. Not to be ignored. (Thanks Kylan and Curtis.)

15) Closing Stuff

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