2016/05/29 — Brigada Today

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In this issue…

1) Africa Network BFTF passes 2800 members
2) What Are Third Culture Kids Like Today?
3) Need to Roam Internationally? Cell Phone too Pricey? Try this
4) Joshua Project Introduces Multiple New Colors in Progress Scale
5) Business as Mission Conference 2016
6) Security Training in California
7) Refugees and Media Ministry
8) Where Only Governments Dare to Hack
9) New Film for Muslims
10) Mindmapped Learning Websites for Your Kids
11) Raise Your Kids to Love and Follow Jesus Christ
12) International Director Opening
13) We’re Grateful…
14) The BackPage: “Risen”… The Reason for the Life we Lead
15) Closing Stuff

1) Africa Network BFTF passes 2800 members

A network set up online for ministers in Africa and those ministering to Africa has passed 2800 members and incorporates unity groups in 17 African nations. Members are drawn from church ministry, evangelists, singers & musicians, dancers, youth leaders, medical, social justice and entrepreneurial leaders.


The main page has received Brigada Today RSS feed for 6 years.
There are tools for connecting with other leaders to form individual connections, start groups, create and participate in blogs and forums about all issues connected with missions in Africa. Anyone ministering in Africa or to Africa (either by visit or online) ids welcome to apply for free membership.

3) Need to Roam Internationally? Cell Phone too Pricey? Try this

We know this equipment has gotten some dodgy press from people saying it’s kind of slow in some instances, but we’re still curious as they roll this out globally if it won’t pick up long term. Has anyone tried it? It’s called “Skyroam.”


If you’ve rented or purchased it, what’s been your experience? For basically $8/day, you can have unlimited wi-fi anywhere in 90 countries. No hidden fees. Nothing else to buy. Just unlimited wi-fi. It’s like the Verizon plan, except — more international… and doesn’t rack up a bill when you’re not using it! And cheaper!

5) Business as Mission Conference 2016

The Business as Mission (BAM) Training & Resource team would like to invite you to their 5th U.S. BAM Conference, hosted this year in Los Angeles, Sept 16th-18th.
The conference is for business professionals and entrepreneurs, mission agencies, churches, NGOs and educational institutions using BAM to proclaim the gospel in the nations. For more information and to register – please visit


For resources and case studies – check out


6) Security Training in California

Morton Security Solutions is again providing training in how to send and keep workers on the field regardless of the security situation. They have conducted their Target Hardening and Resiliency Seminars in multiple US based locations and internationally. The next one is going to be in August, at the Lodge in Mi-wuk, CA. There are 30 seats available but they are going fast.


9) New Film for Muslims

Evangelical historian Dan Gibson investigates the origins of “Mashjid al Haraam” and comes up with surprising results. He is trying to drum up enough interest in this film to attract a major distributor. Your prayers and participation can help. Visit


and see the trailer, like the FaceBook page, and if you want, download the film and ask your Muslim friends what they think of it.

11) Raise Your Kids to Love and Follow Jesus Christ

tap_dmp_cover_finalWe all want our children to follow the Lord. Too many do not. “The Disciple-Making Parent” will guide you in your journey. Anchored in the Great Commission, this new resource offers grace, not guilt. Plus, the publishers have said, “Purchase before the next issue of Brigada and buyers will receive a free audiobook and publishers will donate half the proceeds to Brigada.” How ’bout that!? Email
ChapatTheApollosProjectdotcom and put Brigada in the subject line.


12) International Director Opening

Good News Productions, International (GNPI), an international media ministry, is looking for a full time International Director to join their leadership team in Joplin, Missouri. This person should be well versed in digital media strategies and would mentor, coach, and guide global strategic plans and media strategies with their international partners to encourage seekers to become disciples. Contact Tom at
tnuttatgnpidotorg for a job description.

13) We’re Grateful…

thank-youThis past week, we received a special $100 gift from an amazing couple in Louisville, KY, who volunteer a TON of their time for the Great Commission. We’re so thankful. God bless you!!!

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: “Risen”… The Reason for the Life we Lead

This past weekend, I finally was able to see the movie, “Risen.” There’s a fierce Roman battle scene. And cruel soldiers break the legs of the thieves on the cross beside Jesus. These scenes are probably too vivid and violent for youngsters. But compared to today’s flicks, it’s mild. There is no bad language, and no visible sexual content. And a lot to think about. Truly, it’s worth the watch. Seeing the crucifixion through the eyes of a determined skeptic, Clavius — a Roman tribune, is compelling. It just might be equally meaningful for your skeptical friends. This is exactly why we travel half-way around the world: to give testimony of this same “Yeshua.” Seeing “Risen” explains why we leave extended family, friends, secure jobs, and sometimes even the family dog. Why? Because he has changed our lives. We can no longer stay silent. We HAVE to give testimony to this One who has changed us… and can change others too. There is no higher purpose. There is no higher calling. See Risen if you dare. If you haven’t already become a missionary, you probably will after seeing this movie. You’ll understand why we can’t stop telling His Good News globally.

15) Closing Stuff

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