2014/08/03 — Brigada Today

Edited by Doug Lucas; Published by Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
Brigada online has more graphics and links at http://www.brigada.org

In this issue…
1) Create International Taiwan Makes Movies to Reach the Unreached
2) Tell Jesus’ Story To The World’s Unreached Peoples
3) Don’t Buy This Book (Unless You’re Courageous)
4) Spiritual Development is Important
5) Downloadable Media Resources for Training and Mobilization
6) Ministry to Muslims Conference
7) Additional Free PDF’s at Desiring God Site
8) GMI Splits Out Digital Operation World Materials by Region
9) Get Online High School for your child at a 50% Discount
10) Get the Inside Scoop on “Tradecraft”
11) “The Global Gospel,” book by Werner Mischke: Impact
12) USA Christian Workers Can see Most Common Languages by State
13) We’re Grateful for Those Who Help Pay the Bills
14) The BackPage: Please Help us Build a Mobilizer’s Toolkit
15) Closing Stuff

1) Create International Taiwan Makes Movies to Reach the Unreached

createCreate International makes animated short films that share the gospel contextually to the world’s least reached peoples. They are also part of a greater initiative called the 20/20 Vision to use media to reach the remaining unreached people groups with the gospel. Learn more at…
http://www.createtaiwan.com
or at the 20/20 Vision site,
http://www.createinternational.com/2020-vision/
(Thanks to Create International Taiwan for helping get Brigada out the door and onto your screen today.)

2) Tell Jesus’ Story To The World’s Unreached Peoples

storyingMost of the world’s unreached people groups (UPGs) are oral learners, people who prefer to learn and to communicate through hearing and telling stories. Join the StoryRunners School of Storying, an interactive workshop September 28 – October 3, 2014 in Orlando, FL (USA), to learn how to use oral bible stories to be more effective in outreach across the world or across the street. Hear how you can help to start church planting movements among UPGs.

Get more information and submit an application at

http://www.storyrunners.org/aboutus/orlando-school-of-storying-story-development-track/

or call Melissa 405-306-5348 (USA)

3) Don’t Buy This Book (Unless You’re Courageous)

dangerousCaleb Bislow in his book, Dangerous, quotes the late Mike Yaconelli, “The most critical issue facing Christians is not abortion, pornography, the disintegration of the family, moral absolutes, MTV, drugs, racism, sexuality, or school prayer.  The critical issue is dullness.  We have lost our astonishment.  The Good News is no longer the good news, it is okay news.  Christianity is no longer life changing, it is life enhancing.  Jesus doesn’t change people into wild-eyed radicals anymore, He changes them into ‘nice people.’  If Christianity is simply about being nice, I’m not interested.”

Caleb’s view of Christianity is a refreshing view of faith.  While literally wiping out his family’s savings to head to the unreached, Caleb and his wife agree that there is more to this life than just having a good jobs and exceptional kids. “In comfortable America, it’s easy to think that God would never call people to the ridiculous or dangerous – that God’s very special plan for our lives is to have stable jobs, two-point-five healthy kids, and a taupe house in the suburbs.  But then we read the Bible.” (page 69).

While listening to that still small voice that most of us would chalk up to crazy thoughts, Caleb sees time after time how important it is to listen to that quiet voice rather than the deafening sounds around us.

Caleb inspires you to do more than just read an inspiring book – but to however, get up and join those who take the Great Commission at its word – to make disciples of all nations. Learn more at…

http://www.thedangerousbook.com/

4) Spiritual Development is Important

To deepen intimacy with God and to experience a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit through a time of retreat, rest, and renewal, sign up for Experiencing Prayer Days and Short Retreats. This will be in September, 2014 at the White Oak Conference Center in Winnsboro, SC. (an hour’s drive from Charlotte, NC). The Full Session is September 17-26 ($795.00) and the Short Session September 17-22 ($585.00).  This covers accommodations, meals, all materials, some books, and resources. Partial scholarships are available. Participants will experience prayer topics, retreat topics, and a leadership topic using Jesus’ example. They will be prepared to facilitate topics with others. If you need other information, have questions, and/or to get a copy of the Overview/Application, contact Dr. Evelyn Davis, the author/coordinator. Email her at

evelyn_davisatsildotorg

5) Downloadable Media Resources for Training and Mobilization

Looking for tools to train workers to share the Gospel to other cultures and languages or enhance your mobilization and prayer efforts? Create International has done the hard work by producing ready-to-go, culturally-appropriate evangelism and missions resource packages to equip workers wanting to share the Good News and train others to multiply their witness among Unreached Peoples. Now, thanks to new digital technology there is no more waiting for your product. As soon as you place your order and make your payment, you can immediately download your files. Once your media is on your computer, you can reformat it to play on all of your desk and mobile devices. Get equipped for 21st century missions. Check out their online store at

http://www.createinternational.com/store

6) Train And Place Your Church Mission Team In 12 Months

Send a long-term team or individual to the least-reached in as little as one year. Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Orlando’s 5-month long Discipleship Training School

http://www.ywamorlando.com/discipleship-training-school

will give your mission team excellent character development, spiritual formation, and experience sharing the gospel in the 10/40 Window. Next they can attend our School of Missions

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

for excellent cross-cultural mission training. Contact

launchteamatywamorlandodotcom

or call (407) 273-1667 for more information. Your church can go to the people on God’s heart.

7) Ministry to Muslims Conference

The theme is “Longing to Belong” and the conference takes place in Toronto, November 6-8, 2014. It’s organized by the Canadian Network of Ministry to Muslims. Plenaries and workshops will be aimed at different levels and interests. Learn more and/or register at

http://www.cnmm.ca

To get the best price please register before August 31st, 2014. Send more questions to

conferenceatcnmmdotca

8) Additional Free PDF’s at Desiring God Site

Last edition, we talked about getting “Don’t Waste Your Life” for free at the Desiring God website. Brigada reader, Kathy, commented that, “You can get a whole lot more than that. Just do a search on the DesiringGod.org website for ‘free downloads.’ I found Desiring God, Risk is Right, Suffering and the Sovereignty of God. (fully a 10-page list of downloads)! All are in PDF so they can be read with or without a  Kindle. You can also get many of the Platt and Chan materials for free on their website!” (Thanks for the tip, Kathy.) To see what she means, just go to…

http://www.desiringgod.org

Also, she added, “To see ‘Multiply’ by Francis Chan, along with materials, visit…

https://www.multiplymovement.com/material

10) Get Online High School for your child at a 50% Discount

Here’s a Brigada reader, Alexandra, who offers small group online high school English classes for your children at a 50% discount. She has a BA in English from UC Berkeley, a CELTA from Cambridge and an MA in Humanities from CSUDH. She and her husband have been overseas workers for seventeen years. She offers an AP English Language and Composition course and a Creative Writing course during the 2014-2015 school year, as well as other courses as there is interest. Please visit her website:

http://www.englishasyoulikeit.wikispaces.com

to see tuition costs and course possibilities. She’ll set up a new class once there are at least five students interested in taking that class. The single three hour class time per week includes lecture, discussion, in-class writing and group revision. She has taught in homeschool, co-op and foreign national school settings, as well as at an ACSI and WASC accredited international school. Please contact with any questions and for reference letters:

hsdotenglishasyoulikeitatgmaildotcom

11) Get the Inside Scoop on “Tradecraft”

Global Mapping has recently released a book called “Tradecraft,” which “pulls back the curtain on tools once accessible only to full-time Christian workers moving overseas and offers them to anyone anywhere who desires to live missionally. Tradecraft is a collection of 9 foundational skills that will help all of God’s people everywhere move beyond volunteerism and into partnership in mission.” Learn more here:

http://store.gmi.org/tradecraft-for-the-church-on-mission-p-1661.html

12) “The Global Gospel,” book by Werner Mischke: Impact

Be watching for Werner Mischke’s new book, The Global Gospel. It will help you explore the biblical concepts of honor and shame, then apply them to cultures all over the world, again and again. This could end up very helpful in understanding cultures that are different from our own, especially as we seek to design ways and means of presenting the gospel in a contextually-accurate form. As a result, this would be a great backdrop reading for anyone crafting presentation materials for those who come from a different culture. See a partial manuscript at…

http://wernermischke.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/The-Global-Gospel-19-Jan-2014.pdf

Check out his additional resources on honor and shame here…

http://wernermischke.org/resources/

13) We’re Grateful for Those Who Help Pay the Bills

Thanks to the leader from Create International Taiwan who sent $180 this past week. God bless him!!! Learn more about Create International at their website,

http://www.createtaiwan.com

We’re also thankful for the $100 gift from Mission Network, based in Mount Vernon, WA. They believe in Brigada enough to make a monthly pledge of $100, partly because they want to dare other agencies, churches, and individuals to do the same. God bless you!!! Learn more about Mission Network at…

http://themissionnetwork.org/

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14) The BackPage: Please Help us Build a Mobilizer’s Toolkit

If you were equipping new Missions Mobilizer, what would you put in the toolkit? What resources would be “core curriculum,” so to speak. I remember a little book back in the 80′s called “The Hidden Half.” I don’t remember the author’s name… and it seems to have vanished off the book lists even on the web. But it was a great “just add water” mobilizer’s book… to help someone aquire the fire, so to speak, then pass it on. Which books or websites would be in your list? Would any of these make your go-to books?

Life-changing encounters, Caleb Project — Originally assembled as a kind of guidebook or manual for churches and agencies who were doing prayer journeys and vision trips during the “AD2000 & Beyond” mobilization decade of the 90′s, this manual taught the church and agency how go on-sight and write a profile about an unreached people group. Great resource to this day, if you can find one.

Exploring the Land, Shane Bennett — This more academic version of the above was written to help an ethnographic researcher (or research team) prepare a more extensive booklet (or book) about an unreached people or place.

Vision of the Possible, by “Daniel Sinclair” (pseudonym) is a real keeper. It might be the best book documenting the overall on-field process EVER. How to reach an unreached people group or city, for the team leader and the on-site team.

Operation World, originally by Patrick Johnstone, now by Jason Mandryk, looks at the world one country at a time, revealing church growth to date plus prayer requests for tomorrow.

When Helping Hurts, by Corbett and Fikkert, informs the church or agency about poverty and how to help it without causing harm.

Radical, by David Platt, challenges the assumptions of local churches by advocating for a more engaged lifestyle and outreach paradigm .

Serving as Senders, by Neal Pirolo, explains how volunteers from a local church can become more engaged as sending groups for missionaries and their families.

I Think God Wants me to Be a Missionary, also by Neal Pirolo, helps a would-be missionary clarify and grow his/her calling.

In the Gap, by Dave Bryant, is an old book, now somewhat dated, but still challenges assumptions about the world in which we live, advocating a stepped-up prayer life and a more engaged outreach approach.

There have to be more that I’m not remembering right now. Which books, videos, or websites would you add? Please just click “comment” after the online version of this item, then add your favorite(s). Thanks in advance for any help you can render.

Doug

15) Closing Stuff

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