2015/05/03 — Brigada Today

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In this issue…

1) Transform your Church with a Pervasive Culture Of Prayer
2) Start and Grow a Movement of Disciple-makers
3) Teach Your Kids to be Kingdom Intercessors
4) What if Someone Attacked your iPhone? Would you Know it?
5) “30 Days of Prayer” for the Muslim World Starts June 18
6) You’ve Seen the Book, but What about the Movie? (“In the House”)
7) Go to the Unreached of North Africa
8) Studying Internationally Mobile Families and Children’s Education
9) Get the Highlights From the 2015 Mobile Ministry Consultation
10) Headed to the Outback? Need to do Laundry? Consider this:
11) ManagedMissions.com Helps You Manage Short-term Trips
12) PrayerCast Videos + Operation World Profiles = Excellent Resource
13) We’re Grateful…
14) How Would you Structure Concerts of Prayer?
15) Closing Stuff

1) Transform your Church with a Pervasive Culture Of Prayer

church that prays

church that praysAre you feeling the upswing of emphasis on prayer? It has to be a positive thing. Want to see what happened at 10 different cultures, once they began emphasizing prayer as the main thing? Try reading, ” The Church That Prays Together: Inside the Prayer Life of 10 Dynamic Churches.” You can order it here…

http://www.amazon.com/The-Church-That-Prays-Together/dp/1600063489

These dynamic praying churches will inspire you as they share the principles they learned along the way. Get ready to reach new heights in prayer at your church!

2) Start and Grow a Movement of Disciple-makers

Curious about how to start a movement of disciple-makers? Try Dann Spader’s approach. (Anybody with two “n’s” in his first name HAS to have something to say to us about discipleship.) Check out the book at…

http://4chairdiscipling.com/

Get a sample of the content by watching the free video lessons at…

http://4chairdiscipling.com/videos

Watch, “Where it all began,” “The Full Humanity of Jesus,” “Mission Motive Method,” and much, much more. Find out what the four chairs are in Video 4, 5, 6 and 7. Become a disciple, then multiply.

3) Teach Your Kids to be Kingdom Intercessors

kidsgapNow you can train your kids to pray like never before. Get the book, ” KidsGap: Teaching Children To Be Kingdom Intercessors,” by Jenny Almquist. Check it out here…

http://www.prayershop.org/KidsGap-p/ced-alj-bk-001.htm

It’s designed for kids 8-12 and has 12 lessons on prayer, including “How to hear God’s voice, How to Pray for the Lost, The Power of Praise in Spiritual Warfare and much more.” Highly recommended.

4) What if Someone Attacked your iPhone? Would you Know it?

lookout-for-iphoneIf you had a Lookout, you would. If we thought the iPhone had no vulnerabilities, maybe we should peruse this article:

http://www.zdnet.com/article/iphones-most-vulnerable-among-smartphones/

Well now there’s decent app to protect your iPhone called, appropriately enough, Lookout.

https://www.lookout.com/iphone

It has a process monitor which automatically checks running apps for malicious processes. It has built-in theft protection, sending “theft alerts” and issuing a “Signal Flare” feature that saves your last location, thereby helping you find it even when your battery is dead. It will even post a “lost message” on your phone’s screen to help you get your device back. Well worth considering.

5) “30 Days of Prayer” for the Muslim World Starts June 18

prayer for muslimIn case you wondered, the “30 days of Prayer” campaign is alive and well. In fact, at a conference in Phoenix last week, I had a chance to speak to the point person for the initiative. Due in part to some special initiatives, the June 2015 initiative might end up being the biggest in history. The online presence is better than ever too. You can purchase and download the ebook instantly, online, for just $3.

http://www.30daysprayer.com/

There are videos there too, and a special kids’ version. If you’ve never done a “30 Days” campaign with your church, this is the best time to start. We suggest: go there now.

6) You’ve Seen the Book, but What about the Movie? (“In the House”)

wind in the house of islamNo doubt, you’ve seen the book (now in its 3rd printing), “A Wind in the House of Islam.”

http://www.amazon.com/Wind-House-Islam-Drawing-Muslims/dp/1939124034

But did you know that Paul, David and Jon (almost sounds like a singing group from England?!) have now turned the book into a DVD, “In the House of Islam DVD?” It includes 56-, 32-, and 17-minute versions, all on the same DVD, making it useful for a variety of contexts, including class room, home group, Sunday School, church service, etc. You’ll learn firsthand how God is at work in the world’s largest non-Christian religion (Islam) drawing hundreds of thousands of Muslims to new life in Jesus Christ. Don’t miss this opportunity to journey beyond the headlines and into the remote corners of the Great Commission, where God is at work… In The House of Islam!

7) Go to the Unreached of North Africa

93% of the four northernmost African nations are unreached. Want to go offer help and hope for the future? Prepare to go long-term in as little as one year. Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Orlando’s School of Mission

http://www.ywamorlando.com/schools/secondary-training-programs/school-of-missions

offered in April and September. Get good cross-cultural mission training. The next one starts September 25. They offer field internships in North Africa. Contact
launchteamatywamorlandodotcom
or call (407) 273-1667 for more information.

8) Studying Internationally Mobile Families and Children’s Education

If you are a parent from the United States, currently living in a country other than the USA, and have at least one child (6-18 years old) in school, your participation in this survey would help in understanding internationally mobile (expat) families and education choices, and help a PhD student in Family Studies. The survey is anonymous, has general questions about the physical and cultural areas where you live, parenting beliefs, and general information. It takes about 25 minutes to complete. A donation will be made per survey to an organization selected by participants at the end of the survey. If you would like to participate, please click on the survey link (through May and June, 2015)

https://unleducation.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9LeUFUqqeJxjfEh

Additional information about the survey can be found at

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cultures-and-Classrooms/1562327840722332

The PhD student thanks you!

9) Get the Highlights From the 2015 Mobile Ministry Consultation

mobile ministryIf you weren’t able to attend the 2015 Consultation in Holland last month, you can go to the Mobile Ministry Forum website and check out the executive summary. It includes slides and notes on presentations including, “Mobilizing Your Existing Content” and “Creating Culturally Relevant Content for Mobile Devices”.

http://www.mobileministryforum.org/2015-mobile-ministry-consultation-executive-summary

12) PrayerCast Videos + Operation World Profiles = Excellent Resource

You’ve seen the Prayercast videos. You’ve seen Operation World. Put them together and what do you get? A great resource for pray-ers! Check it out at…

http://www.operationworld.org/prayer-videos

When our good friends, Kelly and Michele O’Donnell recently mentioned this page to us, I didn’t know what to expect. Honestly, it’s really well-designed and very well-presented. Hats off to our friends at Operation World! (And thanks for the heads-up, Kelly and Michele! Learn more about their work at http://membercareassociates.org/ .)

13) We’re Grateful…

thank you wordsTo Kingdom Come Training for their gift of $50 to help Brigada get the word out to all nations about unreached peoples. Want to join them? Just click “Donate” in the upper right corner of any Brigada webpage. If you’d prefer to give through postal mail, just send 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.

14) How Would you Structure Concerts of Prayer?

hands worshipI was recently asked to lead a Concert of Prayer at a church in southern Indiana. I guess it was Jonathan Edwards (the one at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Edwards_%28theologian%29 who is famous for having written “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”) who first coined the term, “Concerts of Prayer.” He evidently saw biblical support for them in multiple passages throughout the Bible. When David Bryant came along in the 1980’s, he supported and enlarged upon Edwards’ writings with books like “Concerts of Prayer.” You can still purchase used copies at…

http://www.amazon.com/Concerts-Prayer-Spiritual-Awakening-Evangelization/dp/0830713018

Using Bryant’s outlines from the book as a starting point, we added sub-sections on the Poor, the Persecuted, and those without the Presence of the Gospel (the Unreached). The 90-minute event went really fast and multiple participants told us afterward that they had never experienced prayer quite like that before.

If you had to lead a concert of prayer, what kind of outline would you use? Please click “comment” in the box following this item on the web and point us to your favorite resource. Thanks for any help you can lend!

15) Closing Stuff

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