2016/10/16 – Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
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In this issue…
1) Taking Your Mobile Ministry Into 2017
2) Family Education Conference in Spain
3) Get A VPN To Surf Anonymously & Guard Your Privacy
4) Make Your Art Work With Fotojet
5) Did Someone Hand You a Copy of this Brigada? Or Forward it to you?
6) Global Frontier Missions Offers Pre-Field Training Among The
7) How do Political Shifts (Philippines?) Impact Missions?
8) Have you Ever Experienced “Compassion Fatigue?”
9) Listen to a book about being a Steward of Knowledge for $6 bucks
10) #NoPlaceLeft — the Sequel is Available
11) Looking for Evidence to Believe? Trying to convince a Friend?
12) Is your Carry-on a Rollerboard? or a Backpack?
13) Would you Consider a Gift to Brigada? Join these Donors…
14) The Last Bit: Will Second Language Acquisition Die? Should it?
15) Closing Stuff

2) Family Education Conference in Spain

Registration is open for the SHARE Education Services Family Education Conference in Malaga, Spain. We just recommended this demme-presentingconference to a family whose child seemed to be experiencing some sort of learning difference that they couldn’t quite sort out. SHARE can help. They offer workshops for parents, academic assessments, and an educational program for children. Learn more or register at


To see a flyer for the conference, visit…


3) Get A VPN To Surf Anonymously & Guard Your Privacy

We’ve mentioned before — using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is different than using antivirus software or a firewall. A VPN serves as a kind of shroud around your computing — so outsiders can’t see what you’re seeing. With a good VPN, it’s like you’re able to look through a tunnel at the information you need to see. This not only offers better security for web-browsing, it also protects your email too — and keeps outside eyes from seeing sensitive data. Curious about which VPN is better? Consider, for example, …


Brigada participant, Brandon, concluded that “PureVPN gained much attraction due to its spectacular features and add-ons such as split tunneling, DDoS protection, NAT firewall and kill switch.” What’s YOUR conclusion? See Brandon’s pick at…


4) Make Your Art Work With Fotojet

FotoJet is an all-in-one graphic tool for photo editing, graphic design and photo collages. With it, you can crop, resize, rotate, straighten,fotojet exposure, sharpen, dehaze, vignette, tilt shift, and use templates to make collages, posters, photo cards, Instagram posts, Facebook cover photos, YouTube banners, and more. Now, version 4.0 adds 70+ new overlays and 40+ new frames. Users can now use color splash and selective filters. Try it at…


5) Did Someone Hand You a Copy of this Brigada? Or Forward it to you?

If so, and if you like this content, please consider subscribing directly. Just visit…


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6) Pre-Field Training Among The Diaspora

Global Frontier Missions has missionary training programs every Jan and Aug in Atlanta, Houston, Richmond, and Sydney, Australia. They couple classroom learning using an engaging format (head) and discipleship/mentoring/community living (heart) along with on-the-job training (hands). Students live incarnationally and work with Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and Chinese in heavily concentrated refugee and immigrant apartment complexes which is great experience before people launch out overseas. Bible degrees are available as well. Learn more at…


7) How do Political Shifts (Philippines?) Impact Missions?

Some might suggest that the leader in the Philippines is trying to put some distance between his country and the USA? See, for example, this article in the Wall Street Journal…


How do apparent shifts like these impact cross-cultural workers from traditional missionary-sending lands like the USA and Western Europe? Do new so-called “global south” sending nations see little change in their ability to reach out to nations like the Philippines in times like these? (If you can help explain, just click the “Comment” box following the web version of this item please.)

8) Have you Ever Experienced “Compassion Fatigue?”

We’ve recently enjoyed the services of a great volunteer named David, who is helping some of our workers in stress. He was telling me the other day about a concept he’s been considering. He called it “Compassion Fatigue.” He described it as “a kind of exhaustion and numbness at times to the needs of the people being served.” He went on to explain that mental health professionals have observed that this syndrome can develop “when we give more of our hearts than we are able to replenish.” This results in grumpiness, being short-tempered, withdrawing socially, overeating and looking for excuses to avoid the necessary tasks of job and volunteer activities.” In fact, David added that it can affect one’s spiritual walk as well. What’s the solution? Often, a brief spiritual “strategic withdrawal.” He said, “In my brain, I see the projects that are undone and especially those on which I am kicking against a deadline. In my spirit, I know that my ability to complete those projects will be enhanced by taking some time to be replenished. In the physical, I want to be alone to work. In the spiritual, God is telling me to surround myself with Christian friends who will encourage and provide wisdom.” Have you experienced this phenomenon? If so, how do YOU avert it? If you can give any insight or testimony, please click “comment” following the web version of this item. And thanks to David for ‘bubbling this concept’ up to our attention.

9) Listen to a book about being a Steward of Knowledge for $6 bucks

Got a long drive coming up? Eyes bothering you? Ready to kick back by the beach and listen? Try “The Calling of the Knowledge Steward,”calling_of_knowledge_steward by Jon Hirst, CEO of Global Mapping. For $6 bucks, you can listen to the whole thing. In this book, Hirst dares some of us to begin considering our role as a STEWARD of information. This book is about learning — so that we can, in turn, help others. The idea is to turn knowledge into impact. Learn more at…


10) NoPlaceLeft — the Sequel is Available

Maybe you read, “No Place Left: Hastening,” and you wondered when the sequel would appear? Wonder no more. It’s here. Find it at…


“No Place Left: Rebirth” is a fictional novel inspired by real current (and future) events. It tells the story of a guy trying to multiply disciples in the midst of the chaos of life — realities like those faced by the people you know, at home and abroad. It will blow your mind just as it expands your vision. AND it just might inspire you to action.

11) Looking for Evidence to Believe? Trying to convince a Friend?

Tony recently told us about…


a website called, “God: New Evidence.” Produced by a group called, simply, “Focus,” the website does a great job dealing with questions such as ‘why God allows suffering,’ along with other such “big questions.” It would be a good companion to introduce a student or other friend to Jesus. If you give it a try, please share your testimony here by clicking “Comment,” following the web version of this item.

12) Is your Carry-on a Rollerboard? or a Backpack?

Can you believe it — after using a rolling (shoulder-bag) carry-on for my entire life, I finally switched this week to a backpack. In my own case, I finally did the math: The instances in which I truly ROLLED my briefcase were so few, they probably added up to less than 1% of my use. When I’m flying, I always clipped my rolling briefcase onto my overnight bag — which also rolls! What was I thinking? : ) By switching to a backpack, I lost the weight of the entire rolling mechanism. What’s more, I picked up a backpack designed with a special section for cameras and other fragile gear. In my case, I choose a Manfrotto MB MA-BP-TRV, which they call their “Advanced Travel Backpack.” See it here…


It was more money than I wanted to pay, but still less than replacing the rolling briefcase I had been using for years. So what about you? Are you a rolling carry-on guy/gal? … or have you switched to a backpack too? Click “Comment” following the web version of this item to tell your own experience.

13) Would you Consider a Gift to Brigada? Join these Donors…

…Mission Data Int’l for their recent gift of $200 for unreached peoples through Brigada. God bless you!!! Learn more about Mission Data at…


…Insurance Services of America, who recently shared gifts of $49.56, $33.67, and $21.67, in recognition of Brigada participants who had purchased trip interruption insurance through their office. Thank you to ISA and thank you also to the faithful Brigada fans who went to…


and purchased their trip interruption insurance, as well as other types of policies. From those purchases, ISA sends these gifts. Thank you!

…The Missionary Training Service, who, this past week, sent $50. Don’t miss their new Evangelical Training Directory. Learn more at …

…The Mobile Ministry Forum, who just sent a gift of $35. God bless you!

…The friend of Brigada who wrote this past week to ask why we’re suggesting that Brigada fans focus on the week of November 14th for giving. We answered that we merely hoped that by picking a single week to give, we could finish the entire year’s budget in a compact amount of time. Our friend answered, “Brigada is such a wealth of integrated eclectic valuable input for missionaries and other world Christians; it’s terrific! I am way glad to help.” He said, “He’s already saved up. No need to wait,” and decided to go on and send a gift sooner rather than wait until November 14th. Awesome! Either way, this Thanksgiving, would you consider making an offering gift to Brigada? If you can, please do what you can to come up with $100. Then on November 14th (or sooner, if you prefer : ) , 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 at brigada.org . In advance, please hear us when we say, “Thank you!” And God bless!!!

14) The Last Bit: Will Second Language Acquisition Die? Should it?

Is it just my imagination? … or are more and more missionaries assuming they will “train nationals because they understand better the language and culture?” Maybe it’s due to economic realities. Churches and foundations want to stretch every dollar so that it can be as efficient as possible. Or maybe it’s pragmatic: Recent shifts in strategy involve training nationals to multiply ministry anyway. So why bother with language acquisition, especially when national partners already speak English anyway?

How would we determine if these questions truly identify a system in flux? Has anyone done a careful study to analyze critically any possible shifts in cross-culturally workers and their desire to learn heart languages? … and have we mapped that desire over time? And if these values are changing (if we’re putting less emphasis on learning the heart language of the people we hope to reach), how might it affect our abilities to reach them? For example, in a recent study reported in the journal, “Science,” (March 17, 2015), researchers concluded, “By having another language, you have an alternative vision of the world.” (Learn more about this study at…

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2015/03/speaking-second-language-may-change-how-you-see-world )

If this study’s conclusions say what I THINK they are saying, the implication is — people who learn a second language have a different lense… a broader base through which they can analyze the second culture. So maybe those who DON’T, see a narrower vision of reality. Could this end up hindering the expansion of the Kingdom? … and could it hinder enough to matter?

What’s your view on learning a second language? How likely will you be to learn the language of the people you plan to reach? Have you encountered peers with less commitment to do so than you observed in previous epochs in missions history? Please click “comment” at the web version of this item. And thanks for your willingness to take part in this discussion.

15) Closing Stuff

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