2018/11/25 — 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) Missionary Member Care, An Introduction: Free Download
2) Want to Help Translate a Fantastic Software Application for DMM?
3) Ora Por El Mundo (Operation World) en espanol!!!
4) Help Your Church Understand “Unity midst Diversity”
5) Help your Ministry Team Master MS Office
6) Here’s an EASY Way to Learn to Teach English as a Second Language
7) Mobilize Yourself First (Free 3-minute Video)
8) We’ve Recently Been Learning a LOT from this Brand New Book
9) Take a Look at This Cool “See the World in Cities” Resource
10) Don’t Miss this New Video Series Starting December 3 on Prayer
11) Amazed by the Breadth at Multi-Language Media
12) Great Little Booklets on World Religions
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: Once Each Year, We Offer You the Chance to Help
15) Closing Stuff

1) Missionary Member Care, An Introduction: Free Download

The 17 chapters of this 160-page e-book give an overview of member care for those interested in providing it or in receiving it. Though it is written for missionaries, it is also appropriate for use in an introductory university course in member care because it contains hundreds of links to primary sources of information. The book is available to download free of charge as .doc, .pdf, or .zip files for your computer and as .mobi or .epub files for your Kindle or Nook. You can’t beat the price. Find it here…

http://www.missionarycare.com/missionary-member-care-an-introduction.html

2) Want to Help Translate a Fantastic Software Application for DMM?

Speak a language other than English, Spanish, French, Turkish, or Arabic, or know someone who does?

Contribute to future disciple making movements by volunteering to translate www.Disciple.Tools, the open source disciple-making-movement software (that is being adopted by teams, churches, and missions organizations around the globe)!

Those interested can click here and follow the directions for translating about 540 terms or brief lines of text.

https://disciple-tools.readthedocs.io/en/latest/Disciple_Tools_Theme/development/dev_how_to_add_translation.html

3) Ora Por El Mundo (Operation World) en espanol!!!

Can you believe it? Pueden creerlo? Basado en la 7a Edicion de Pray for the World por Jason Mandryk y Molly Wall (basado en el libro por Patrick Johnstone). Recibimos una copia para revisar y pareceria MUY buena para cualquiera iglesia o cristiana quien quisiera ajudar y orar acerca del mundo. Describe el mundo como panoramas de zonas distintas, y ofrece peticiones de todas las naciones del mundo. Es uno de los libros mas importantes — y tiene sentido para su iglesia tambien. Se puede comprarlo aqui:

https://www.christianbook.com/ora-por-el-mundo/patrick-johnstone/9789588867380/pd/867382

4) Help Your Church Understand “Unity Midst Diversity”

This engaging 5-video online course provides a biblical introduction to the important goal that the songs we sing should help us reach. It gives clarity to how the Bible defines unity. You will be surprised at the unity modeled in the incredible diversity in the early church in Antioch. This course is free in the online Christian Ministry Academy.

https://www.christianministryacademy.org/
(Thanks to the folks at Christian Ministry Academy for your heart to share these resources without charge for the global church!)

6) Here’s an EASY Way to Learn to Teach English as a Second Language

One can make a GREAT argument that a Teaching English As a Foreign / Second Language Certificate is the fastest way to get a job overseas or empower refugees and immigrants in the U.S. ConnecTEFL is an affordable, professional 120 hour TEFL certification program that can be completed online anywhere in the world! The certificate meets the globally accepted TESOL International short-term certificate standards and makes you marketable in about every country in the world!
See site for more info:

http://connectefl.com

8) We’ve Recently Been Learning a LOT from this Brand New Book

We were able to get an advance copy of the brand new book, “From MegaChurch to Multiplication,” available on Amazon at…

https://www.amazon.com/Megachurch-Multiplication-Churchs-Journey-Movement/dp/173286960X

Endorsed by the likes of Jerry Trousdale and David Watson, this book, with forwards by Stan Parks and Roy Moran, establishes well the strong case for multiplying disciples, raises the bar in understanding DMM coaching, reinforces the concept of casting vision for multiplication, gives multiple case studies and examples from a USA megachurch, shares new tools in DMM, and gives practical information on how to implement DMM in an existing local church in countries like the USA. The chapter, “Can this really happen in America?” alone is worth the price of admission. This book will become another staple in the growing body of literature about disciple-making movements. Great job, Chris!

10) Don’t Miss this New Video Series Starting December 3 on Prayer

Here’s a new video series launching Monday, the 3 of December, which will help you delve deeply into prayer rhythms, learning from one another, from heroes of the faith, and from the characters of the Christmas story. In fact, it will help you reconnect with Jesus Himself. Each day. Every day. It’s Volume III: The Selah Series from 24/7 Prayer. Each Monday, you’ll be able to download all of the week’s episodes to use in your community, small group, or with your family and friends. Learn more at…

https://www.24-7prayer.com/podcasts/category/advent18

11) Amazed by the Breadth at Multi-Language Media

Quietly, day by day, the elves at Multi-Language Media have been expanding what they offer — until now, it’s like a shopping mall of Christian opportunities. Take a look for yourself at…

https://multilanguage.com/

They have Bibles and Christian literature galore — and it’s all at great prices. Outreach resources, biker Bibles, scripture in every language under heaven, every DVD in the world, books, curricula, and ESL materials, all packaged in a tremendous user interface. Great job, gang! (And thanks, Keith, for drawing our attention to it!)

13) We’re Grateful for…

... the $200 gift from Mission Data International in St. Louis, MO. God bless you!
… the $100 gift from a True Fan of Brigada at Frontier Fellowship’s Birmingham, AL regional office. We appreciate you!
… the $30 gift from a great trainer in England. God bless you!
… a $20 gift from a member of the Finishing the Task staff. Whoa. You guys are doing great work, yet you stop to encourage Brigada. Bless you!
… a $50 gift from a leader at Christian Ministry Academy. We appreciate you!!!
… a $25 gift from a Brigada booster who wished to remain anonymous, but has set a pattern of encouraging Brigada so he can encourage others!
… a $1000 gift from a church who said, “Please don’t publish our name, but put the challenge out there — ” if Brigada has blessed you this year, please do something! We’re blessed to be a blessing.” There are no words. This is SUCH a huge help. God bless every person in your church, every leader, and every global worker you already support.
… the $20 we received from an anonymous Brigada participant. God bless you.
… a $100 gift from a worker in Taiwan. God bless you!
… the $20 gift from an anonymous Brigada participant who joked, “That anonymous person is sure a great giver.” : ) Thank you Lord.

Want to join that anonymous donor? Just 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 by writing a check to Team Expansion is tax-deductible. Thank you, in advance, for your partnership!

14) The Last Bit: Once Each Year, We Offer You the Chance to Help

If someone gives throughout the year, we include a line for others who would want to join them. But if no one gives, we don’t even mention it. Until this time of year, each year — and then, only until the budget for the next year is met. Our budget for each year includes enough to cover the cost of a part-time assistant to publish and share. It addresses the ongoing monthly payments to our app developers (we pay each month so you can use the Brigada app), search engine, and more. It covers the cost of the server and some light marketing. All together, it’s $17,120. So far in 2018, the total that has come in is $7,218.52. And we’re THRILLED at that. If you’d like to help make up the difference, we’d love it.

One anonymous donor wrote this past week (unsolicited), “Thanks for all you and Tina do to share information from all over to all over about what God is doing through various ministries. I wish you always had lots of responses to the articles. I think many (most?) of us who read Brigada regularly are usually swamped and don’t get beyond a mental “thank you,” sort of like 9 of the 10 lepers. There are few days that I don’t tell one of the ministries we serve about something we have read on Brigada. We strongly recommend anyone involved or even casually interested in missions check out Brigada.” My goodness. What an encouragement.

If you’d like to say “Praise the Lord” for something you’ve seen in Brigada… or if you’re a True Fan, please help us close the gap on this annual budget. Make it a Sunday School class project. Ask your church to send a $50 check. Get your family together and decide, this Christmas, to help Brigada as a family celebration. Either way, if God has provided for you, just 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 by writing a check to Team Expansion is tax-deductible. Thank you, in advance, for your partnership!

15) Closing Stuff

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