2016/06/12 — Brigada Today

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In this issue…

1) Doctors Make Housecalls Once Again – By Internet
2) How Should Followers of Christ Respond to Radical Islam?
3) Free Downloads from GMI regarding the Refugee Crisis
4) “Introduction to Orality” July training in Phoenix AZ
5) Online Course on the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Buddhism.
6) ChristianAudio.com Puts Everything on Sale
7) 5-minute Video by HistoryMakers: “Don’t Waste your Life”
8) Check out This Missionary’s Blog Which Made the Big-time
9) Want to know HOW Muslims are Coming to Christ?
10) How to Reach Radical Muslims, Brian’s Way
11) Another org Willing to Enable Your Missionary Habit
12) 10 Million Muslims have become Followers of Christ Since 1960
13) We’re grateful…
14) The Backpage: UNHCR->Global Forced Displacement at All-time High
15) Closing Stuff

1) Doctors Make Housecalls Once Again – By Internet

Imagine personally speaking to an American doctor while you’re anywhere in the world, within 20 minutes of placing a request for an “office visit”! But not only is it an actual fact, it’s also affordable, time-zone independent, and includes video chat if you desire. Calls to a doctor can be made from anywhere in the world, at any time of day, any day of the year, using a telephone or laptop. There’s no co-pay, no per-visit charge. It’s like pre-paid doctor visits, for a low monthly membership of $29, which includes the member and up to 5 dependents. Doctors can even call in prescriptions to the pharmacy most convenient to your location (US pharmacies only).

In partnership with MDLive, you’ll be using their existing network of thousands of doctors, all board-certified, with an average of 15 years medical experience. (By the way — they’ve told us they’ll make a gift to Brigada for every new person who signs up — which would be awesome. But we’re mentioning the program because it sounds really helpful, especially to those far from a ‘normal’ doctor’s care.) As soon as you register for this service at this link, you can activate your membership and request an appointment. The appointment can be as soon as 20 minutes, or you can schedule it for a day or more in advance. To get started, go to

This program does not satisfy Obamacare requirements, but it’s a very affordable adjunct. (Thanks to this effort, which just made a $100 gift to Brigada to push this item to the top of the Brigada queue.)

3) Free Downloads from GMI regarding the Refugee Crisis

Curious about how you might be able to help with the refugee crisis? (See the BackPage below for more information.) GMI is offering two free digital downloads — Facts, Fears, Faith & Jesus Was a Refugee — both of which are adapted from sections of “Serving God in a Migrant Crisis,” the book by Patrick Johnstone with Dean Merrill. These would make GREAT introductions for your Sunday school class, life group, or home Bible study. And they’re free! Grab them now at…


using the code WRDfffjf

4) “Introduction to Orality” July training in Phoenix AZ

If you enjoy learning about how God’s Stories change the hearts and minds of people and would like to find out more about how Scriptures In Use train and equip others to tell the Stories of the Bible, so they can become disciples to Oral learners themselves, they have an upcoming “Introduction to Orality” SIU workshop in Phoenix from July 21-23. Early registration is $49. Learn more at


5) Online Course on the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Buddhism.

In twelve weekly lessons, you’ll receive a briefing from


which provides a Christian perspective on the Tibetan Buddhist worldview held by the XIV Dalai Lama, the exiled god-king of Tibet. Over one billion people are influenced by the Buddhist worldview, many virtually unaware of its impact. Each session includes a multimedia presentation and a variety of complementary materials which range from MP3 files, charts, graphs, maps, and pdf’s. Learn more at…


9) Want to know HOW Muslims are Coming to Christ?

Perhaps you’ve been as astounded as we have to hear David Garrison’s research — that more Muslims have come to Christ in the past 12 years than had come to Christ in the previous 12 CENTURIES. But have you wondered why? … or how? Well now we know. Warrick Farah did a GREAT study on this in International Journal of Frontier Missiology, and, for those who aren’t subscribed, he has shared the 8 major themes and a solid conclusion here…

Thanks Warrick!

10) How to Reach Radical Muslims, Brian’s Way

Hats off to Brigada Commenter, Brian, who wrote to “encourage us all to first focus on Jesus. How would he want the Church to respond to individual Muslims? In what ways would He want us to engage with Muslims, even those who seem radical? Ultimately we know that the solution is spiritual. Having lived in 3 different Muslim countries, this truth was impossible to avoid (and I could say the same about the shifts in America!). And as part of our focusing on Jesus, let’s ask ourselves, individually and corporately, “Change my heart, O God. See if there be any offensive way in me….”

Here are some other practical suggestions Brian gave:
* Learn more about Muslims. Befriend one (or better yet, a family) and spend time with them. Invite them into your home. Accept their invitations to their home (I can all but guarantee will win for best hospitality).
* Read a book to better understand Muslims and how to lovingly engage them. There are way to many “Christian leaders” out there instilling fear & hatred. “Muslims, Christians and Jesus: Gaining Understanding and Building Relationships” is a good place to start (http://amzn.to/1S4SWti).
* Pray – seriously pray – regularly for Muslims, for peace, and the coming of God’s kingdom. If I could pass a law, it would be “No complaining about Muslims or Islam without at least praying daily right now during Ramadan.” Try http://calledtopray.net/ (a neat story-based prayer guide) or the annual http://pray30days.org/.
* Addressing radical Islam – As others have written, in many Muslim countries, people are easily radicalized because of deplorable economic conditions (often fueled by corrupt and possibly oppressive governments). Consider how the Church can be a part of helping them. Research has shown that Muslims who are being radicalized could just as easily be turned toward Jesus (Saul -> Paul anyone?!).
* Learn about & support groups doing innovative work among Muslims.”

Thanks Brian!

12) 10 Million Muslims have become Followers of Christ Since 1960

We recently reported on research by Patrick Johnstone about the number of Muslims who had recently turned to follow Jesus. When our good friend, Marti, asked about whether or not this had been published, it set us on a quest. We found one rather scholarly report which would make a GREAT citation at…


It’s by a gentleman named Joel Rosenberg who is a New York Times best-selling author of 11 novels and five non-fiction books, with more than 3 million copies sold. He lived 24 years in Washington, DC, and currently lives in Israel. Sharp guy. Check out his article.

13) We’re grateful…

thank-youTo our connection with MD Live, for sending a $100 gift to Brigada this past week. We’re not only thankful for the gift, but also for the partnership — because MD Live makes such good sense, especially for all those who are working far away from any medical doctor or any other form of Western medical treatment/information. God bless you all!

Want to join them in giving Brigada a boost in getting the message out to the nations? 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 of any Brigada webpage.

14) The Backpage: UNHCR->Global Forced Displacement at All-time High

You’ve heard it off and on now for a year. “Most refugees since World War II.” “More migrants since the 1940’s.” And then someone would say, “Perhaps more than ever.” But did any of us know for sure — really? Now we do. The UN Refugee Agency (the UNHCR) just released a new report finding 65.3 million people were displaced


This translates to 1 in 113 displaced by conflict and persecution. That’s 24 people per MINUTE throughout the entire year in 2015. The numbers are so great, they represent more than the combined populations of Canada, Australia, and New Zealand combined. The 65.3 million refugees would be equal to the population of Thailand and larger than the entire United Kingdom… Bigger than Italy — roughly equal to the combined populations of Saudi Arabia and Morocco. If these were cities in the USA, they would represent the populations of the 109 largest cities in the country — all combined. Some 3.2 million are awaiting asylum decisions in industrialized countries. 40.8 million are internally displaced. Three countries produced half of all refugees: Syria at 4.9 million, Afghanistan at 2.7 million and Somalia at 1.1. But you’ll never guess the country with the most INTERNALLY displaced people. Colombia at 6.9 million, Syria at 6.6 million and Iraq at 4.4 million had the largest numbers of IDP’s. Turkey ended up taking honors for being willing to host the most refugees outright — at 2.5 million. But Lebanon hosted the most when compared to the home population. Children make up 51% of the total. Many are separated from their parents or traveling alone.

15) Closing Stuff

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