2015/06/07 — Brigada Today

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In this issue…

1) VBS Program Ready for 2016
2) I Wish Someone would Try this Solar Hybrid Windmill Device
3) Ramadan Prayer Focus
4) Know some South East Asian Muslims?
5) Bad News for Believers (and workers) in Morocco?
6) Survey to Launch More Missionaries
7) Get Prayer Resources from “Prayer Resources”
8) Morton Security Solutions Will Help You Step More Safely
9) Offerup.com: A “Yard Sale” without a Yard
10) Interested in Telling Stories? Join the Network
11) Today I Needed to Find a Recording of a Language Group in India
12) All About Partnerships
13) We’re Grateful
14) Are we Missing the Boat with International Students?
15) Closing Stuff

1) VBS Program Ready for 2016

Are you thinking about your VBS missions for next summer or looking for a missions awareness tool for your children’s ministry throughout the year?
GNPI’s Liam & Ruby is available. Each Liam & Ruby episode is under five minutes. Kids of all ages will listen, laugh, and learn along with these two curious siblings. Discussion questions are included.
Liam & Ruby learn about sharing the Gospel around the world. They decide to raise money for a Solar Kit that can be used to share the Gospel. They also get a chance to visit with Manee Massey, regional director of GNPI-Damoh, India.
Liam & Ruby can be downloaded from:

Liam & Ruby (Trailer) from GNPI on Vimeo.

For more information, or to order the DVDs, call 417-782-0060 or email

3) Ramadan Prayer Focus

muslim prayerMuslims around the world are getting ready for the annual Ramadan, Islam’s holiest month (June 18 to July 17). Christians are gearing up as well for the “30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World,” an international movement that began in 1993. Millions of Christians worldwide, and from many denominations, have regularly participated in this concerted but respectful prayer effort for Muslims during a time of the year when many of them are much more deeply aware of spiritual matters.

4) Know some South East Asian Muslims?

Here is a useful tool to help you reach them. It’s a film called Final Night. It’s in Indonesian and several other Indonesian languages. This link to one of the movie drafts has English subtitles. The completed movies without subtitles are located at…

6) Survey to Launch More Missionaries

launch missionariesA number of mobilizers and recruiters want to learn and then share how to more effectively launch people into long-term international missions. Are you a long-term missionary? Or do you know long-term missionaries you could forward this to with a personal note? The launch survey by MissionNext takes about ten minutes and is mostly multiple choice. At the end of the survey, you may remain anonymous or enter an email address to receive a link to the final summary. If you have any comments or questions, please click on “Comment” below or email
Please take the online survey and/or invite others to do so at the secure web site http://www.launchsurvey.org

9) Offerup.com: A “Yard Sale” without a Yard

offerupnowThis whole Offerup craze is kind of like a “Craig’s List” or Ebay type site, except it’s very easy to use. You register – then go around the house clicking on things you want to sell. Word on the street is… you have to be careful with high schoolers. They’ll sell everything in the house.


Use it to raise money for short-term trips, int’l Students, long-term partners, long-term mission deployment, or just to de-clutter.

11) Today I Needed to Find a Recording of a Language Group in India

I went to JoshuaProject for starters. They served as a starting point to visit GlobalRecordings.net, where there are recordings from some 6000 languages. These are great for those working with refugees (in-country or out-of-country), or with those headed out on short-term trips. In my case, I wanted to play the language for a church that was adopting a particular group. It’s a fairly large group (14 million in size), but the same thing works in groups large or small. Give them a try at…


12) All About Partnerships

beauty of partnershipsInterested in developing partnerships? Try the book by that name by Daniel Rickett: Developing Partnerships – Making Your Partnership Work – Daniel Rickett (a Kindle version is also available).


There’s also a great learning community called COSIM – the Coalition On Support of Indigenous Ministries.


From this community has come the book, “The Beauty of Partnership – a small group study.” It’s a DVD and workbook for developing skills for cross-cultural partnerships. It’s very good and applicable to life in general, not just cross-cultural partnerships.


13) We’re Grateful

thank you blocksThanks to the Mission Network, who sent $100 this past week because 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…


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14) Are we Missing the Boat with International Students?

704internationalstudentsOne church in in Southern Indiana is intentionally reaching international students. At the university near their church, young adults from 140 different countries come to study everything under the sun. The congregation maintains a strong impact, utilizing, among other things, an international Sunday School class and a furniture give-away. To pull off the latter, when international students arrive in the fall, university officials share all kinds of resources with them, including info from the programs that the church has to offer. Students can visit the church gym to choose furniture, then it’s transported to their apartment same-day service by church volunteers. They follow up with an annual Thanksgiving dinner. This past November, they welcome 460 students from 70 countries. The goal? That international students would experience the love of Christ, giving them a viable chance to learn first-hand what Christianity is all about. There’s no coercion, no pressure, nor any “sales pitch.” But a LOT of students walk away with a much more positive view of the Good News.

If we could make more ministries happen like this one, perhaps we’d be a lot farther along in reaching international students among us.

What does YOUR church or agency do for international students? How’s it working? Just click “Jump to Comment” below to leave your thoughts or questions at the web version of this item. And thanks a bunch for your help in understanding the challenge of reaching international students.

15) Closing Stuff

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