2017/02/12 — 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) Resource to Encourage Missionaries
2) What in the World is LibriVox? How Can it Help your Christian Life?
3) Join Leaders and Innovators in Mobile Ministry in Holland
4) Questions regarding ACA Health Insurance
5) Looking for Just the Right Bible for Prisoners? Look No Further
6) Twenty Things for 20 Years
7) Here’s a Solution for Internet Anonymity
8) Honor-Shame Conference
9) Understanding And Impacting The Muslim World
10) Learning Arabic? Like Arabic Music?
11) Love Indian Music? Then you’ll love Gaana
12) Tap into the Knowledge at CrossWired
13) We’re Grateful…
14) The Last Bit: What’s it Like to Embrace Unengaged Peoples?
15) Closing Stuff

1) Resource to Encourage Missionaries

A Bible study guide called, Finding Strength for the Journey, provides a boost for the challenges of ministry. Mission experiences inspired this tool for member care or personal encouragement. One mission worker writes, “I have been able to relate to it more than any ‘stateside’ Bible study.” It applies scripture to real life and is useful for individuals or group-study. For more info go to

http://purposepress.net/finding-strength.html or infoatpurposepressdotnet

2) What in the World is LibriVox? How Can it Help your Christian Life?

LibriVox is a service which provides open AIP hooks for apps that can read their public domain audio books for free. Zero. Zilch. Nada. You can check out their catalogue at…


and find an app for your phone at pages like…

https://librivox.org/2011/11/09/iphone-apps-for-librivox/ (for iPhone)


Either way, you’ll find zillions of free books, including “The Deeper Christian life,” by Andrew Murray.

4) Questions regarding ACA Health Insurance

Here are two articles regarding ACA health insurance (Obamacare) in 2017 and how it might impact you:

“The ACA 2017 Fact Sheet” at: https://www.gninsurance.com/blog/international-travel-insurance-2/specialty-coverage/aca-2017-fact-sheet/

and “Repeal and Replace – The Future of the Affordable Care Act” at:


(Thanks to Good Neighbor Insurance for putting these together.)

7) Here’s a Solution for Internet Anonymity

“Anonymity.” It’s so hard, few of us can even PRONOUNCE it. But this kick-starter promises to make it easier…


Pledge $90 and receive the filter device plus 1 year of premium VPN subscription. The device to provide VPN protection, malicious ad blocking, and Tor network anonymity. It will work at the router level so you don’t have to install software on every device you use. (This will be particularly great for devices that don’t support these applications like gaming consoles, smart TVs, and media players.) All you have to do is connect to Filter via Wi-Fi or Ethernet.

If you REEEEEEEALLY want a deal, pledge $240 to the campaign and get the device PLUS a vpn for a LIFETIME. Only 41 of those remain (out of 100) at the time of this writing.
(Thanks for the tip, Caleb!!!)

8) Honor-Shame Conference

The global missions community has become increasingly aware of issues about honor and shame. This global Honor-Shame Conference on theme “Honor, Shame and the Gospel: Reframing Our Message for 21st Century Ministry” is the first ever global gathering to discuss and learn about these critical issues. Held at Wheaton College (suburban Chicago) on June 19-21, this conference features several world-class speakers and 28 excellent workshops.


9) Understanding And Impacting The Muslim World

Head out to Colorado for a 2-week intensive course on Islam and Muslims, June 19-30, at the Engaging Islam Institute. Learn from and interact with a multinational team of teachers with academic expertise and decades of experience who will guide you in understanding Islamics, Biblical foundations, and offer you practical “how to’s” for Muslim ministry. Held in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, this course is perfect for missionaries, local workers, or anyone who wants to learn how to effectively engage Muslims with the gospel.
Register now at…


12) Tap into the Knowledge at CrossWired

I love it that CrossWired is based in Singapore. For some reason, Singapore just BEAMS with I.T., in my reckoning anyway. And sure enough, CrossWired has its roots in I.T. But only its ROOTS. The REST of CrossWired sprouts into every topic imaginable — because Crosswired is a cool online learning community that shares on topics such as world religions, spiritual formation, making churches healthy, cross-cultural discipleship, team building, and much more. Check them out at…


(Thanks to Jenny for reminding us about CrossWired!)

13) We’re Grateful…

…For our friends at Purpose Press, who sent $25, with a note reading, “Thanks for continuing to promote mission-related resources. I am submitting info about Finding Strength for the Journey again, as it is still useful for missionaries.” Thank you Purpose Press!
…To the great friend in Alberta, Canada who sent $100 this past week to speed Brigada on its way to thousands of screens, encouraging and resourcing those taking the Good News to Unreached Peoples around the globe. Thank you!!!
…To a long-time friend who sent $100 to empower Brigada.
…To a “true fan” in Montgomery, Alabama, USA who also sent $100. We appreciate you!!!

If you’re prompted by the Spirit to join friends like these from Alberta and Montgomery, please 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 through Team Expansion is tax-deductible. Thank you, in advance, for your partnership!

14) The Last Bit: What’s it Like to Embrace Unengaged Peoples?

Pretty much like this…


This is Pray4Tunisia’s extension into the remaining unengaged unreached peoples of their land. (Recall that Unreached peoples are those in which the church is not yet strong enough to reach that people group on its own, usually calculated at some arbitrary baseline — like 2% evangelical Christian, with the spiritual ‘context’ because less than 5% of Christendom. An unENGAGED unreached people group is even MORE desperately in need. “Unengaged” means that practically no one [fewer than, say, 1 outreach person for every 50,000 inhabitants) is there with the message of the Good News of Jesus. So “Unreached” speaks more about response. “Unengaged” speaks more about engagement.) When the Pray4Tunisia network began focusing on the 10 or so remaining unengaged people groups in their land, it meant applying for a $30K grant to cover the cost of researching these groups, producing videos and profiles about them, and mobilizing prayer and outreach for them over the long haul. Now they’ve shown us a virtual ‘template’ for how to care… how to engage. And this past week, a worker from Southeast Asia took a look at their pattern and said, “We need to do this in our land too!” May it be so.

Please pray for the unengaged peoples of SE Asia AND the unengaged of Tunisia. Learn more at’


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