9) ACMI Conference May 31-June 2 in Houston —

Do you work in any way with international students and scholars? The annual conference of the Association of Christians Ministering among Internationals (ACMI) is for you: May 31 to June 2 at the First Baptist Church of Houston, TX. This is a chance for you to benefit from the expertise of internationally known speakers, participate in a variety of workshops, and network with others from the USA, Canada, and Europe who share your interests in “Serving Internationals Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.” Go to

 

http://www.acmiconference.com/

 

for more information about the conference and registration.

10) Language Groups In Mexico Hear/Believe —

Most of the news we hear coming out of Mexico is not good news.   However a recent report from the Global Recordings Mexico team changes all that!  During the month of February many heard and believed the Good News of Jesus Christ in their own language: 136 languages and dialects! Today let us rejoice with the angels in Heaven concerning this news from Mexico!

 

People who made decisions for Christ: 3400

People who received a CD in native languages: 7696

People who received a CD in Spanish: 6250

Total CD’s given away: 13946

Languages: 136

Fields visited: 90

Participants in the Project: 120

 

For languages/dialects recorded in every country of the world visit

 

http://www.globalrecordings.net

 

 

11) The BackPage: Could People Clusters change 6900 to 118? —

At Finishing the Task last December, I finally got it. Patrick Johnstone had been arguing for years (since 1995 maybe?) about the advantages of seeing the world as a series of affinity blocks and people group clusters. He was never AGAINST counting unreached people groups up in the thousands, mind you. He just argued that it mattered just as much to gather them together into FAMILIES.

 

Then came December, when one of the participants (was it Dan Scribner?) began throwing out the term, “People Groups Across Countries.” I’ll admit: I loved it from the start. But now, could it be that the concept of People Groups Across Countries is finally starting to reach that crucial tipping point? To catch the whole concept, read Joshua Project’s new article, just posted this past week…

 

http://www.joshuaproject.net/why-people-clusters.php

 

So what’s your take? Would the concept of People Groups Across Countries — or People Clusters — help YOU and your agency or church to better grasp the unreached on our planet? Find this item on the web, using the link below, and click on “Comment” to respond. Thanks in advance for giving your input.

1) “Leading a World Missions Church” Seminar —

With 7 billion people now living on earth, what can churches do to most effectively reach them with the gospel? The “Leading a World Missions Church (LAWMC)” seminar is designed to help the local church do what it has been commissioned to do, strategically and significantly. This 2-day seminar will emphasize the responsibility of the local church in world missions and provide practical suggestions for implementing a church strategy, strategically selecting locations, proactively selecting missionaries, significantly supporting in finances and missionary care, educating the church through missions conferences, planning and leading short term missions trips, and much more. It’s designed for pastors, lay leaders, agency representatives, and everybody else and will take place May 7-8, 2011 at Heritage Baptist Church, Lynchburg, VA. Register and learn more at

 

http://www.hbcmissions.com/

 

or email

awaldrepathbclynchburgdotcom

2) We Know More about Member Care for Women??? —

Is it true? Do we really know more about missionary care for women than we do for men? That was the conclusion of Gary Reed, a a Licensed Professional Counselor with Ministry Care who serves Team Expansion workers worldwide. In an open letter to those 340 workers around the globe, Gary explained that we know more about what women need to “fill up” on member care. Resources like these…

 

http://www.comebeforewinter.org/renewals/

 

https://www.womenoftheharvest.com/home.asp

 

http://singlevisioninternational.com/index.html

 

are famous for helping the female global worker. But are there similar programs for men? If so, please click to the link below to find this item on the web, then click “Comment” to add your favorite resources… please. Thanks for your help. All your male friends will appreciate it.

:-)

3) What’s Your Opinion about Kony2012? —

Unless you’ve been living under a rock at the bottom of the sea, you’ve probably heard about the outlaw named Kony. If you’ve heard about him from a video that’s gone viral on Youtube, you’re probably also wondering how to respond. Would you take a moment and give us your five-line response by clicking on “Comment” below the web version of this item? Please answer the question, “Is Kony 2012 (and Invisible Children) a positive or a negative force for our world today? …and why? If you aren’t sure what I’m asking about, just go to Youtube and search for Kony 2012.)

4) Summer Linguistics Program at CanIL —

Intrigued by languages? Take advantage of a summer of linguistics training for roles in Bible translation, literacy, survey, or Scripture use at the Canada Institute of Linguistics in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. At Summer@CanIL, you can complete prerequisite courses to enter a graduate program, try out linguistics with a small investment of time and money, try out CanIL to see if you want to pursue further linguistics training, earn university credit to transfer back to a degree program at another school, or complete training for a specific role on the mission field. The 2012 Summer@CanIL semester is offered from June 10 to Aug 11 at a greatly reduced tuition rate. This is a full semester of linguistics training and university credit in half the time and at half the cost! CanIL offers on-campus housing, a great community atmosphere, and a very generous financial aid package. For more information:

 

http://summer.canil.ca

5) Next Time You Have to Email a Big File… —

Next time you have to send someone a 20 meg file (and you’re afraid it’ll blow away her inbox), choose to use…

 

http://www.yousendit.com/

 

This free service allows you to upload a file (did I mention that it was free?), then creates a yousendit.com address for the file, allowing your friend to download the file — for free! :-) It’s fast, easy, convenient, and, —- the price is right, too! :-)

7) Which Web Meeting Software do you Prefer? —

Our office has been using GoToMeeting. It’s ok… but sometimes I wonder if we get stuck in a rut and forget to recheck to see if somebody else has improved another product, you know? For example, this past Monday I sat in on a webmeeting staged via software at…

 

http://www.spreed.com

 

It was ok too. Today, I saw the review at…

 

http://webconferencing-test.com/en/webconference-home

 

and sure enough, GoToMeeting was listed as #1, but, I sometimes wonder if some of those “reviews” are sponsored by the company that wants to be #1, you know? So — real life human experience — which medium do you prefer? Are there any steals of a deal out there? Some people might be using Skype or VSee.com — which would be poor-man’s webinar software, right? What’s your pick?

8) Free Studies using Bible Storying for Church Plants —

Are you planting among those with a Western worldview, particularly Americans and Canadians? Several Bible Study options are now available at no cost for church planters. The Spiritual Transformation Series is a 35-session series for relational small groups that use Bible Storying. “Catching Fire” is a 12-session study for new believers based on an oral T4T. “Church Ministries” and “Multiplying Disciples” are 8-session studies that establish the new plant. Just email your name, church name, location, and launch date. The curriculum is offered free to plants one year or younger. They’ll email you the studies in PDF files. Not a new church plant? These same resources and many others are available for purchase. Ask for a Storying Resource Guide by emailing Mark Snowden at

snowdenministriesatgmaildotcom

 

Mark has been a Bible Storying trainer for 15 years and co-authored Truth That Sticks (NavPress) with the late Avery Willis.

9) Beware Clicking Links in Emails —

Every once and awhile, we remind our friends the world over — please be careful when clicking links in emails. In some email clients, if you hover your mouse over the link, you’ll see a little information balloon that pops up to tell you the destination. But depending on a lot of factors, that destination might NOT appear in the text. So to me, the safest and most dependable route would ALWAYS be to right-click on the link, then choose from the context menu something like, “Copy link to clipboard.” Then go paste it into the address of your browser but study it first before hitting Enter. Take special note of the main “root” domain. This will be the part before the period in the main part of the address. For example, if it still points to “Yahoo.com,” then Yahoo is the root domain. But if it points to “scammer-central.com” or “malware-email.com,” then you might want to think twice about whether or not you really need to click on that link. Err on the side of caution. Bottom line: Make sure the destination is the one you were desiring.

10) We Give thanks for…

A $100 gift from Heritage Baptist Church, Lynchburg, VA, which is sponsoring a “Leading a World Missions Church (LAWMC)” seminar on May 7-8. Learn more at

 

http://www.hbcmissions.com/

 

 

$50, received from TENT AS. Thank you!

$42.55, from Insurance Services of America. Learn more about their policies, including the Global Navigator Policy, which provides coverage for cross-cultural workers of all types without making any country restrictions, with no waiting periods for wellness and preventive care benefits, and with pre-existing conditions waived with prior credible coverage,

 

http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada

 

A Gift of $40 in recognition of Brigada readers who bought the book, Mentoring Intelligence, available from…

 

http://www.icmcanada.org/resources.html

 

A grant of $15.40 from Berkey, because Dennis bought a water filtration solution that will keep him hydrated and healthy. (Thanks Dennis — and thanks Berkey!) Learn more about Berkey solutions at:

 

http://www.911Water.com

 

To get details (on counter-top filters and portable water filter bottles), email

Robbyat911Waterdotcom

 

11) The BackPage: What’s your Take on the C-Scale? —

I’m not talking about the one on your piano. I’m talking about the one your agency or church is probably nervous about.

 

It’s the Contextualization scale. Where…

C1 – describes a church that uses a language likely to be foreign to the people being reached — so that the inner truths of the religion can be shared in the original language. This is what Roman Catholicism used to do when they would do masses in Latin.

 

C2 – describes a church that is one step friendlier, with religious services in the local language of the people — but everything else is still pretty foreign.

 

C3 – describes a church that is starting to “look like” the local community a bit more. But followers still call themselves “Christians,” even if that term causes locals to bristle.

 

C4 – describes a group that has stopped referring to themselves as a church. Now they’re a contextualized community and each member is known, simply, as a follower if Jesus.

 

C5 – This designation describes, for example, a Muslim who has come to believe in Jesus — but he still calls himself a Muslim. So local Muslims say he’s a strange kind of Muslim and Christians try to think of him as a Muslim who follows Jesus.

 

C6 – This person calls himself a Muslim and hasn’t owned up to the fact that he follows Jesus. For whatever reason, he’s keeping it all a secret.

 

So — which term describes the way YOU would like to start a church and why. Using the comment box below, see if you can convince us that your part of the spectrum is truth… or at least, more effective at bringing people to the truth.

 

Warning: No matter what part of the spectrum you adopt, it won’t be easy to convince everybody. Some people are still going to be up in arms.

 

Need more background before you answer? I believe the scale was first coined by a worker who used the pseudonym John Travis. Read what might be his first public article on the subject here:

 

http://www.getonyourboots.net/uploads/6/2/2/8/6228171/travis_must_all_muslims.pdf

 

(Note: This last link will “wrap.” If you have trouble copying it and pasting it into your browser, just log on to Brigada today online and find this same item posted there. We’ll make sure the link works on our site. Thanks.)

1) Goal —

The goal of Community Health Evangelism (CHE) is to establish a development ministry whose purpose is to bring together Jesus’ Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) and the Great Commandment (Matthew 25:37-40). This is accomplished by training community members as Community Health Evangelists (CHEs) who regularly visit 10 – 15 neighboring households, sharing the gospel and promoting principles of disease prevention and healthy living. The program is designed to be transferable, multipliable, and ongoing after the training team leaves the area.

2) Biblical Basis —

In addition to the Great Commission and the Great Commandment, Jesus made a startling statement in Matthew 25:34-40. He asserted that as we give food and drink to those in need, take in strangers, clothe the naked, look after the sick, and visit those in prisons, we are doing these things to Him. Jesus calls us to be His disciples, sharing the gospel and serving others in love, meeting them at the point of their need.

 

Jesus not only calls us to be disciples, but also to make disciples. He wants our ministries to multiply and His love and truth to reach the ends of the earth, touching individuals, households, and communities, now and eternally. Christian community development is rooted in obedience to the commands of Christ. It is driven by a desire to see individuals come to faith in Christ and to see lives, households, and communities transformed by obedience to the principles of God’s Word.

 

We are told in II Timothy 2:2 to train faithful men to teach others who, in turn, will teach others. Here is multiplication as each one teaches those who will go on to teach others both spiritually and physically.

 

When Jesus walked this earth, He ministered to the whole person. As Christians, we too are responsible to meet both physical and spiritual needs and to train others to do so also.

 

When Jesus sent out His twelve disciples to minister to others, He commanded them to heal the sick, being concerned for the physical needs of others, as they preached the Good News of Jesus Christ. Today, if we are to follow Christ’s example, we too must be concerned for physical and spiritual healing as were the disciples.

 

Traditionally, a number of missions have been committed to caring for people’s physical and spiritual needs, but they use different people to present the evangelistic message from those who care for physical needs. Often in day-to-day practice, however, a missionary is faced with incredible physical needs. For many missionaries this leads to conflict of interest between urgent physical concerns and the spiritual needs of the people. Accordingly, CHE teaches that the basis for all health care should be a blend of curative and preventive care, balanced with Biblical instruction.

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