2015/04/19 — Brigada Today

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In this issue…

1) Amateur Astronomer Thailand Mission Trip 2016
2) Discipleship Tools for Muslims
3) If there Were a God, and He Made a World, Would it Be Like This?
4) Finally, a Bible that Speaks “Kiddish”
5) Treasure Trove of Great Missions Videos
6) COMIMEX Models Unity in Global Outreach (in Spanish)
7) Short-term Missions (STM) Toolbox Gives Resources and Motivation
8) The GAP – Church Planters’ Gathering in Malta
9) Brigada Readers get church planting gear at an exclusive discount
10) Next Edition Will Be Focused Specifically on Prayer
11) The Best Accounting Software for Missions: Your Pick?
12) What’s the Best Undergraduate College for Missions?
13) We’re Grateful…
14) The BackPage: Here’s a Mapping Idea So Fascinating, it’s Insane
15) Closing Stuff

1) Amateur Astronomer Thailand Mission Trip 2016

AstronomerHere’s your chance to bring Psalm 19:1-6 alive. Here’s a potential Astronomy Mission Trip to Northern Thailand, outside of Chiang Mai. You’ll be honored to bring the vision of the night sky to villagers, introducing them to God and His handiwork. This moment of awe will be used to speak the Gospel. Explore the Southern Hemisphere’s dark sky. Visit the recently built Thai National Observatory at Doi Inthanon with its two 2.4m reflectors. Contact if interested:
waitingatthewellatgmaildotcom or Click on the word, “Comment” below. Location of Observatory


2) Discipleship Tools for Muslims

muslimWhat discipleship resources or tools have been helpful as you work with Muslim background believers? Do you desperately need discipleship resources for new followers of Jesus? Do media fit into your strategy? What media are you using for discipleship?
GNPI (Good News Productions, International) works with media and technology to provide tools for evangelism and discipleship. They want to produce discipleship apps for former Muslims. Please share your experiences and suggestions by filling out the following 10-minute survey:


7) Short-term Missions (STM) Toolbox Gives Resources and Motivation

missions toolboxThe STM Toolbox website is a gold mine of information and advice at…


They assist churches, schools and mission agencies in implementing effective short term mission as a part of their strategic kingdom callings. They do this by providing resources, services, and motivation that just won’t quit. Their motto is, “You say where; You say when; We make it happen.” They’re ready to serve you. As a free sampler, check out the resource page they provide to get you started.


8) The GAP – Church Planters’ Gathering in Malta

Malta mapThis week-long fully-relational synergy-driven event is welcoming church planters who are focused on launching a movement (CPM/DMM). The 2015 International GAP is a peer gathering where field workers will be able to share their stories and hear from others like themselves, be encouraged and filled with fresh vision. Past participants have gone home from GAP to experience almost immediate breakthroughs in their work. GAP is on the island nation of Malta (where Apostle Paul invented surfing in Acts 27:44) in October 2015. The GAP is open to workers with any church or agency – hosted by YWAM CP Coaches.
For all details, contacts, and to apply visit:


9) Brigada Readers get church planting gear at an exclusive discount

20percent offBrigada readers can now save 20% on books, training and media at the online marketplace for Asteroidea Books and Church Planting Coaches. Buy all that you want of “There’s a Sheep in my Bathtub: Birth of a Mongolian Church Planting Movement” and Brian Hogan’s newest book: “An A to Z of Near-Death Adventures” plus church planting training courses on DVD, CD or even online! Many other resources and gifts for your supporters. Check it out:


Use promo code BRIGADA and get 20% off on your entire order.

10) Next Edition Will Be Focused Specifically on Prayer

Prayer_Resources_largeDo you have a prayer resource, book, website or video that has helped you a great deal? Did you attend a particular conference, retreat or class on prayer? Do you have a personal story or testimony on prayer that has lifted up or inspired others? If so, please go to


and read the “submit” an item guidelines then drop a note to us so we can include your item next issue. Thanks!

11) The Best Accounting Software for Missions: Your Pick?

accounting1What if we were to ask you, “What’s the best accounting software for missions (Windows or Mac)? What would you answer? Would it be Quickbooks Desktop 2015 Pro? …or is someone now recommending Quickbooks online? And what about the new crop of ‘cloud’ accounting systems like Freshbooks and Xero? Have you found something you love? Please jot a note and tell us why. Just click “Comment” after the web version of this item. Thanks a bunch!

13) We’re Grateful…

grateful… for the researcher who sent $50 to say thank-you for the fact that we included a link to direct people to her research. God be praised for great research! (Thank you Laurie!)
… for $20 from a friend of Brigada.

Want to join partners like the researcher above in helping Brigada pay its bills and spread the Word? Would you like to say a special thank you for a recent item that helped you or your org? Or do you appreciate what Brigada is trying to do for others, even though some of those others don’t have the financial resources to speed Brigada on its way? To give online, just click “Donate” in the upper right corner of any Brigada webpage. If you’d prefer to give through postal mail, just send 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.

14) The BackPage: Here’s a Mapping Idea So Fascinating, it’s Insane

This past week, one of our contributors (Dan, from YWAM in Lebanon, Pennsylvania) shared a new approach to mapping that still has me reeling. The idea is so radical, it’s insane. Yet it’s so simple that it’s elegant. To get started understanding the concept, watch the video at…

3 words to address the world from what3words on Vimeo.

Then look up the exact point at ” prestige refurbish readjust ” using the app at…


Just type in those 3 words in the blank. That’s all you need to find the exact location of the base from which we publish Brigada!

In fact, three words are all ANYONE needs to find any address in the world. Isn’t that crazy? So let’s say you’re trying to explain the exact place you camped. You could write out a page of instructions, or you could simply say, “I was baptized at what3words: significant.engravings.publication when I was 14.” Now, anyone who wants to know can look at the exact lake where I was baptized. They just go to what3words.com and paste in those 3 words and — bam — there you are in the exact hole of water. No more long geocoding. No more highway names and street numbers. Imagine. to the exact footprint — instantly, and in 9 languages (so far). (Thanks for the heads-up, Dan!)

15) Closing Stuff

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