2015/11/01 — Brigada Today

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In this issue…

1) See “Perspectives/Kairos Course” Values Come Alive in This Book
2) Cross-Cultural Workers Marriage Issues
3) Preview “Hastening” Novel for Free
4) Use “Hastening” with a Custom 8-Page In-Book “Ministry Trailer”
5) What kind of personal impact can a Brigada item have?
6) Learn about T4T, the Ying Kai Story, in Book form
7) “Humanly speaking, the future is bleak for the Middle East”
8) Help us understand: What is this guy trying to say?
9) Do your Next Retreat or Vacation at EdenRidge in Tennessee
10) Online STM Training Coming Soon – Your Input Needed
11) GoDaddy Changed their Tune: No longer Racy with Race Cars
12) What Kind of Impact Can Brigada Have?
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The BackPage: The Gideons Release New Bible App

1) See “Perspectives/Kairos Course” Values Come Alive in This Book

no placeSteve Smith’s novel “Hastening” is a mini missions course wrapped in a fast-paced thriller reflecting global Kingdom realities. It aims for an impact similar to Perspectives or Kairos by presenting the potential for movements to hasten swift completion of the missionary task among all peoples.

This is Book One of the “No Place Left” saga, written to mobilize portions of the Church that tune out missions and would never read a missions book.

Hastening is discounted to $2.99 on Amazon Kindle through mid-November for the missions community (please let others know):


The print-on-demand edition will soon be available on Amazon as well.

2) Cross-Cultural Workers Marriage Issues

This book is for people serving in limited access countries. It is the basically the one written for missionaries, but with no mention of missionaries or missions. However, it does mention Christianity and quotes Scripture. If you know people serving in such places, you may want to send them the link or download the book and send it to them as an attachment. The book is available to download free of charge as .doc, .pdf, or .zip files for your computer and as .mobi or .epub files for your Kindle or Nook.


(second book down)

3) Preview “Hastening” Novel for Free

You can preview the new book, “Hastening” for free by clicking…


Or request a full free review copy:


In fact, through Tuesday, November 10th, anyone can reserve a 75% pre-publication discount ($4/book) by the case (32 books for $128), with direct shipping from the printer before Thanksgiving to your U.S. address at our expense. They’ll even cover the tax. Give copies to leaders, friends and supporters to expand their vision for your ministry, or sell copies at a profit to fund your ministry.
To reserve your cases, complete this form:


Share this deal with this flyer:


4) Use “Hastening” with a Custom 8-Page In-Book “Ministry Trailer”

Looking for a great way to package news about your agency or church? Try this on for size. Order a customized printing of the book, Hastening (mentioned above) with your 8-page ministry trailer in the book (1,000 copies minimum), using the link…


Please confirm that your favorite sending agencies (engaged in launching movements) are represented in this list:


To raise Hastening’s visibility on Amazon, please rate the book, write a review, or mark an existing review as helpful:


Your assistance is also welcome in obtaining endorsements for Hastening from high-profile Christian leaders. Forward this as appropriate, or email
hasteningatNPL2025dotorg with endorsements, questions or introductions.


5) What kind of personal impact can a Brigada item have?

“Huge. In 1999, I saw a Brigada item requesting help at the Center for the Study of Global Christianity (CSGC) to prepare the World Christian Encyclopedia (Edinburgh University Press). I began with a 3-month commitment and have been with them ever since. I wasn’t really looking for a life-change at the time but God spoke through Brigada, as I’m sure he does so often and for so many. I’m sure I speak for thousands of other participants when I say, thank God for Brigada.

Brigada Participant”

6) Learn about T4T, the Ying Kai Story, in Book form

t4tCheck out the book, “T4T: A Discipleship Re-Revolution,” at…


You can watch the explanatory video there to learn more. This book describes one of the most explosive and fruitful Church Planting Movements. During its first decade, starting in 2001, the T4T (Training for Trainers) movement saw more than 1.7 million baptisms and over 130,000 new church starts. T4T integrates evangelism, discipleship, church planting, and leadership development in a seamless process that is proving adaptable to other ministries, infusing them with reproducibility. Born in Asia, T4T is also bearing fruit in the U.S., as practitioners in a number of states report multiplying generations of new believers.

8) Help us understand: What is this guy trying to say?

In his item on “Invasion USA” at Teaparty.org, is the author trying to imply that it’s a BAD thing that we get to welcome guests from around the world?


We’d like to suggest that the USA is a country that has historically welcomed refugees… and that if we work hard to welcome them correctly, many could encounter the love of Jesus Christ like never before. What’s your take on this article? (Shawn, thanks for sharing it.)

9) Do your Next Retreat or Vacation at EdenRidge in Tennessee

Are you from the USA, or visiting there soon? EdenRidge, a missionary-focused retreat and vacation destination located in East Tennessee, welcomed nearly 2,000 missionary guests this year. The ministry opened two new small cottages for parties of one or two, complementing the two existing cabins for parties of four. Occupancy was 100% for the March to October season. Please book early if you would like to visit EdenRidge next year as they anticipate another full year. Reservations are made online at


11) GoDaddy Changed their Tune: No longer Racy with Race Cars

In last week’s item asking for help for hosting…


We mentioned GoDaddy, but also mentioned “You might not like their commercials.” A quick search on the web confirmed what a Brigada participant mentioned (thanks George). It appears he’s right: GoDaddy has dropped their racy ads. See this item at AdWeek:


We apologize that we hadn’t noticed the change! So… have at it! No longer any need to avoid GoDaddy as a great service for domains, hosting, and more. The benchmark by which all others are measured!

12) What Kind of Impact Can Brigada Have?

Janice wrote, “Several years ago, I moved from working with a major media mission to serve as an independent consultant, providing training for missional radio stations-whoever asked for it, in my region. The move was a challenge, because my colleague and I had to re-brand our work. Also, we wanted to make our training materials more user-friendly, with contextual illustrations to help learners understand key principles of the lesson. Enter Brigada: a notice in your bulletin and we soon had a kind volunteer in the US who provided us not only with a purpose-designed logo, but with cartoons to match our teaching content. Good job, Brigada!”

13) We’re Grateful for…

thankful-wreath…Go International, who sent $30 to move their item forward in the queue. God bless you!

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14) The BackPage: The Gideons Release New Bible App

gideon bible appNone of us were around for the advent of the printing press but we can all participate in the next step. Leave it to an org named after an Old Testament hero who faced seemingly impossible odds. The Gideons have a brand new bible app for Apple and Android devices. It has over 1100 languages with audio versions in most cases. The user just plugs in his/her country and language and, bam — The scripture appears in written form. It’s free, easy to use and simply amazing. One downloads a version when WiFi is available (e.g., in a major city). That version remains on the device when one is in the field and away from the hot spot. But the cool part is that the device is shareable via Bluetooth in the field. This app will be useful not only to locals, but to short-termers and professionals who can now give the gift of scripture without having to carry boxes of books, which sometimes might elevate one’s profile. Imagine — this is like a major revolution.

Find it in your device’s “store” or “marketplace” by searching for Gideon bible or read more and see a video here…


(Thanks for the tip, Joe!)

15) Closing Stuff

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