2016/06/05 — Brigada Today

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In this issue…

1) Create Top Quality Maps In Any Language
2) Exegesis e-book available on amazon.com for $0.99
3) Train and Send Your Church Mission Team in a Year
4) Did you Receive an Unexpected Amazon Gift Card? Look at the Domain
5) Too late to Start 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World? Nope.
6) Perspectives on Proselytizing: From a Member Care Perspective
7) After Reading this Article on Radical Islam, Still Mystified
8) Amazing Growth among Muslim Background Believers
9) Mobile Ministry Trends and Networking Opportunity
10) Launch a Starter Library for Marketplace Ministries
11) Get an “Anchor in a World Adrift”
12) Are you a TCK or MK? … or someone who Cares About them?
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The BackPage: Orgs willing to Serve as a Non-Profit “Umbrella”
15) Closing Stuff

1) Create Top Quality Maps In Any Language

Map Creator has over 40 Bible and general maps of regions of the world. Place names and the user interface can be changed from English to Spanish, French, Portuguese, or Indonesian with a click of the mouse. Place names can be changed to any language. Maps can be printed in any size up to 10’x4′ and even larger. There are too many features to mention here. It’s available free of charge for Windows, Mac, and Linux. To see a video tutorial (8 minutes) or download, browse to…


2) Exegesis e-book available on amazon.com for $0.99

Written by a missionary with 38 years of experience in Africa and Europe, “Overwhelmed by the Spirit” examines the various controversial expressions describing experiences with the Spirit in Luke and Acts. The French edition is used for teaching principles of exegesis at the West Africa Alliance Seminary in Cote d’Ivoire. The Kindle English edition of the book will be available at reduced prices on amazon.com July 1-7 ($0.99 on July 1st starting at 8a.m. PST). For more information go to


3) Train and Send Your Church Mission Team in a Year

First, attend Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Orlando’s ‘Ekballo Track’ Discipleship Training School


to grow in intimacy with Father God and in sharing the gospel. Then their School of Ministry Development


will help your mission workers clarify their call, mission, and role on a team. Last, the School of Missions


will train them to minister the gospel across a culture. They focus on North Africa, West, Central, South, Southeast and East Asia. Contact them via email

or call +1-407-273-1667 for more information. Their Launch Team has over 70 years of combined field experience.

4) Did you Receive an Unexpected Amazon Gift Card? Look at the Domain

Hackers and internet bad guys are getting more and more creative in their efforts to take you down (or, at least, take control of your laptop). For example, you might receive an email claiming to offer you an Amazon gift card. You click on the link, which takes you to what looks like Amazon’s log-on screen, but really, it’s a bad-guy’s site and he wants to steal your Amazon log-on credentials, then use them to purchase what HE wants to buy with YOUR credit card. Or she might want to install a virus when you click Either way, our opinion here at Brigada is plain and simple: There’s so much corruption in the Internet landscape that, from this point onward, it’s best never to click on a link in any such email. It’s just too risky. Besides, to redeem an Amazon gift card email, you don’t have to click on it anyway. Read Amazon’s instructions at…


Notice Amazon itself doesn’t even recommend clicking on links in gift card notifications. Period. Instead, they have you log on to your account (using your normal bookmark), then manually read and type in the code from the gift card email.

Does this mean Amazon gift card notifications are bad? Not at all. We’re just recommending you play it safe. By following these simple instructions, you avoid all the risk. The hackers will be crestfallen. But your computer will be happy.

5) Too late to Start 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World? Nope.

muslim.prayingJust now waking up to realize that the “30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World” campaign is under way? Forgot to order your booklet? Bummer. But wait. Never fear. The “30 Days” people would still love to welcome you to pray with the world. Just hop on over to…


And start from Day 1. (Most of the prayer themes aren’t associated with any one particular date anyway.) Or, alternatively, if you’d rather pray on the same “date” in the campaign as everyone else, just find your place in the top bar of 30 days. It’s free. You don’t have to register. No one will call. But YOU can call on God to bless Muslims worldwide — without ever using your passport. And thanks to those who produce the “30 Days” materials for making the online version completely free of charge. It’s plain to see you’re not in it for the money.

7) After Reading this Article on Radical Islam, Still Mystified

After reading this article on “9 Ways to Counter Radical Islam,” I guess I’m still left mystified at how the “every day Joe” gets involved. Even if I were a government leader, I would still have trouble knowing what to do. Can anyone read this article, then, in the comments that follow the web version of this item, translate this article into practical everyday steps for me? What can I do to help a radicalized Muslim world?


Thanks in advance for any help.

8) Amazing Growth among Muslim Background Believers

refugee in kyI’ve been curious (ever since hearing David Garrison at Finishing the Task) about the rather amazing numbers of Muslims who were said to be making Jesus their Lord. Then, in an exchange last week with Patrick Johnstone, creator of the Operation World materials, about a related matter (his take on disciple making movements), he happened to mention that he had just finished a careful analysis, based on the best figures he had available. Patrick assembled one of the best networks ever to try to gather and validate data across the years. So his response meant a lot. What was his conclusion? Based on his conservative figures, in 1960, there were fewer than 60,000 Muslim background believers worldwide. By 2012, he counted (realistically) around 10 million. Whoa. That’s HUGE growth by ANY measure. God be praised.

So why do you think this growth is happening? And how can we accelerate it (or at least stay out of its way!)? Please click “comment” after the web version of this item. And thanks, in advance, for your opinions.

9) Mobile Ministry Trends and Networking Opportunity

mobile ministryRepresentatives from some of the MMF partner ministries will tell you about their work and share their best practices. The featured presenter will be Marty Lange (SIL) with a special report on “Trends of Mobile Use Among Youth in Latin America.” This will also be a great opportunity to network! Register for the Mobile Ministry Forum webinar on June 22, 2016 at 8 a.m. PT


10) Launch a Starter Library for Marketplace Ministries

Looking to launch a new career in the marketplace? Doing it for Jesus’ sake, hoping to reach those around you? Start your library with these titles:
The Missional Entrepreneur, by Mark Russell — Highlights principles and practices of business as mission (BAM).


Business for Transformation, by Patrick Lai — How to start a business that transformas an unreached people group.


Great Commission Companies, by Steve Rundle and Tom Steffen — Principles of Great Commission companies, with tons of case studies


13) We’re Grateful for…

The makers of MapCreator (see item #1) for their gift of $25. Get this – they create a piece of software that missionaries can use for free, then give Brigada a gift to promote it. May God bless them.

Want to join them in giving Brigada a boost in getting the message out to the nations? 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 of any Brigada webpage.

14) The BackPage: Orgs willing to Serve as a Non-Profit “Umbrella”

Brigada participant, Rob, wrote this past week, wondering if we had heard of any orgs specializing in helping missionaries process financial support. He was particularly interested in one that might be able to issue tax-deductible receipts. (Important: We’re not sure about other lands, but, as far as the IRS goes, there are specific rules about the org itself needing to show control of the funds. So it’s important that no org consider itself a “pass-through” for funds. But these orgs apparently have worked that out and would talk to you about affiliating you to do a non-profit cause. Also, keep in mind, by listing them here, we are in no way saying they are legitimate or not legitimate, but only that they have, at one time or another, indicated their willingness to serve a missionary in this way.) Try these:

Assisting Christian Individuals, International (Ontario, CA), http://www.aciint.org/

Adopt a Missionary International (Overland Park, KS), http://adopt-a-missionary.org/

Ripe for Harvest World Outreach (Arroyo Grande, CA), http://www.ripeforharvest.org/

Global Outreach Mission Inc. (Buffalo, NY), http://www.missiongo.org/

Go Ye Fellowship (Pasadena, CA). http://www.goyefellowship.org/

Commission to Every Nation (Kerrville, TX), http://cten.org/

Reliant (Orlando, FL), https://reliant.org

Shepherd’s Staff (Albuquerque, NM), http://ssmfi.org/

World Gospel Mission (Marion, IN), http://www.wgm.org/

15) Closing Stuff

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