2015/11/15 — Brigada Today

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In this issue…
1) Here’s a Thanksgiving Gift from the Folks Behind “Hastening”
2) GNPI: Here’s a Christmas gift to all ministry partners
3) Why in the World would Anyone Ever Try 24-7 Prayer
4) No one Nearby With Whom to Start a Ladies Bible Study? Try this:
5) Eric is Looking for Stats on Missions Giving
6) Suppose you’re a missionary in the Philippines, trying to find
7) From the Authors of War Room, Get This Kids Book
8) Teach Kids the Power of Prayer
9) Get the Prayer Warriors Ultimate Handbook
10) “Spent Matches” Will Spark a Disciple-making Fire Within You
11) Take a “Faith Dare Christmas Online Bible Study” Dec. 1st
12) Get “Oriented” at TRAIN
13) Would You Help Send Brigada into 2016?
14) The BackPage: What’s Your Take on “The True Furqan?”
15) Closing Stuff

1) Here’s a Thanksgiving Gift from the Folks Behind “Hastening”

Hastening_FrontCover_FINALBut you better act fast. This deal is only good through Nov. 30th.
Hastening is the new book that builds on T4T by including Disciple-making movement practices, then presenting them in the form of a gripping novel. Based on hot initial pre-sales, our friends Steve Smith and Robby Butler ordered a bunch of extra cases so they can extend the deadline for those who missed the first round of 69% discount on cases of Hastening. Through November 30th, save 69% on cases (32 books)!
That’s $128/case (just $4/book!):


These will ship out nearly immediately and the offer includes direct FREE shipping from the printer to U.S. addresses. (Limited quantity available, get yours before they are gone.)

Preview Hastening FREE:


or request a FREE review copy:


2) GNPI: Here’s a Christmas gift to all ministry partners

christmas presentIt’s the hap-, happiest time of the year. And now you know why. Good News Productions International (GNPI) has just shared with you free Christmas reading plans in Russian, Hindi, and Spanish available on YouVersion, the world’s most popular Bible app. Videos from The Global Gospel are included in these discipleship plans.
Please share this ministry tool with anyone who can use it. See…




depending on your favorite 2nd language. For more information, call 417-782-0060 or email:

3) Why in the World would Anyone Ever Try 24-7 Prayer

Perhaps you’ve heard about the Moravians? The whole 24/7 prayer thing worked out ok for them. Red Moon Rising suggests we might want to try that again. This video makes a strong case for it in 2 minutes…

Of course, nobody said it was easy to get up in the middle of the night to pray. But… we could take a lesson from thousands who are somehow making it happen (and growing) in spite of the challenges. If you don’t believe it, see all the animation (and investment of paint!) in this video:


Need a manual? They’ve got you covered there too…


What would it look like at YOUR church or group?

4) No one Nearby With Whom to Start a Ladies Bible Study? Try this:

Are you running out of options, running on empty, running around trying to find other ladies in your area with whom you can open the Bible? Try signing up for…


It just might be a great way to help you start 2016 off well. Join Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams, the women behind “She Reads Truth,” in this 7-session Bible study. Using powerful storytelling, real-life examples, and Scripture itself, Open Your Bible will quench a thirst you might not even know you have-one that can only be satisfied by God’s Word.

5) Eric is Looking for Stats on Missions Giving

I’ve got a good friend named Eric who serves as the point person at a large church in the Midwest. He wrote this past week to explain that he’s looking for a source for statistics on missions giving. “I am looking for the % or number of US churches that give 15% or more to missions form their budgets. I feel like this has probably been compiled somewhere but I don’t know where to look.” It’s a fairly specific ask. But what if we at least directed him to sources for stats on missions giving in general. Got anything like that? If so, thanks in advance for pointing us there (in the comments below the web version of this item).

6) Suppose you’re a missionary in the Philippines…

…trying to find enough crafts and teaching supplies to keep dozens of little people engaged in God’s story. What would you do? Well you might visit…


a web site dedicated to parents and children where you can find a variety of arts and crafts activities and paper toys to cut out and assemble and play with. And maybe lots of little people around you would suddenly be all smiles, all heart, and all soul. Try it. (Thanks for the tip, Mike!)

7) From the Authors of War Room, Get This Kids Book

prayer bookDid you like “War Room,” (the movie)? Looking for a way to introduce the idea to your kids? Check out this book…


Peter is used to seeing his mom pray in her special prayer room, and now you can help him search for his own place to pray-Peter’s perfect prayer place. Is it under his bed? Up in his treehouse? Between the pots and pans? Where can God hear him best? There’s lots of fun as Peter looks and looks, but in the end, he learns that although it’s great to have a special place to be alone with God and pray, God hears you no matter where you are-under, up, or in between! This companion book to the movie, “War Room,” will teach young readers an important lesson about talking to God.

8) Teach Kids the Power of Prayer

Here’s yet another companion book to the movie, “War Room.” The idea is — as kids grow, their prayer lives need to grow too. But how? Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick offer a strategy that kids can use to figure out how prayer works and just how powerful it is. Lots of great explanation is combined with fun activities, illustrations, and journaling prompts to get kids thinking and praying. It even contains 32 perforated journal pages kids can use to write specific prayers and then post them on the walls in their prayer room-just like the characters in the movie. Topics include:
What is prayer?
Why should I pray?
Where do I pray?
Is there a wrong way to pray?
What should I pray for?
Does God really hear me?

This would be a super Christmas gift for every missionary family on your church’s list.


9) Get the Prayer Warriors Ultimate Handbook

Can you believe it? For less than $3, you get 14 books on prayer.

Find answer for questions like these:
The 7 Most Powerful Prayers that will Change Your Life Forever
The Prayer Warrior’s 30 Day Challenged
Praying for a grateful heart
Praying to increase your faith
Praying God’s Promises
30 days of prayer devotions
Experiencing personal life change through praying the Words of Jesus
Prayers when you need God’s perfect peace
Prayers to build a habit of praise (praising God through prayer)
How to Slay Your Giants and Have Massive Faith
Further Tips to increase your faith for a more effective prayer life
How to Hear God Clearly and Discern His Will for You
How to Become a Love Warrior
How To Become a Praise Warrior
…and more.


10) “Spent Matches” Will Spark a Disciple-making Fire Within You

spent matchesIf you read Roy Moran’s book, “Spent Matches,” with an open mind, it will spark a fire in your soul for prayer, hybrids, and the difference between going and coming. Discover Innovative ideas for growing the church, methods to reach those who may never have attended church, and scripture passages that touch on the subject of church growth.


12) Get “Oriented” at TRAIN

TRAIN International’s 2-week, ORIENT pre-field training April 25-May 5 (and September 5-18) prepares cross-cultural workers in areas such as cultural adaptation, spiritual formation, personal identity, personal and cultural values identification, expectations, transitions, stress coping, leaving well and more. TRAIN partners with Discovery Ministries during this training to lead participants through outdoor challenges and group initiatives to incorporate interpersonal skills and conflict resolution strategies as well. Learn more and register at…


13) Would You Help Send Brigada into 2016?

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14) The BackPage: What’s Your Take on “The True Furqan?”

Written in the style of the Quran, this book is an enigma to me. Would you be willing to explain how it might be helpful? Has it been helpful to you? And could you also explain why it might NOT be helpful (if that’s the case)? Apparently, it has some Bible verses translated into Arabic in the formal poetic style that the Qur’an uses? Please — someone explain.


Please just click “Comment” following the web version of this item. Let’s get to the bottom of this.

15) Closing Stuff

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