2017/05/28 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
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In this issue…

1) Spanish Language Resources
2) First Peter: An Honor-Shame Paraphrase
3) Our Friend, Curtis, Helped us “Get” the 4KMapping Project
4) Where Can we Learn How to Utilize Media to Launch a DMM?
5) What’s Your Take on “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Free Kindle book)
6) You’ve heard about the 10/40 Window, but what about the 4/14?
7) Church Multiplication: What do YOU Measure?
8) The Bible on Your Device Like You’ve Never Witnessed it Before
9) Where Can a New Global Outreach Pastor Learn about Refugees?
10) Any Great Resources for Children’s Reentry to their Homeland?
11) The Story of Helen Berhane: Worship in the Wilderness
12) How Will Your Church Honor World Refugee Sunday?
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: Where Do We Turn for a Complete Intro to DMM?
15) Closing Stuff

1) Spanish Language Resources

Are you looking for Spanish Christian resources regarding online Bible Institutes, correspondence courses, evangelism, tracts, pastor training and other Spanish Christian resources? Well guess what. Your ship has officially come in. Check out…

http://spanishchristian.org

You’ll more books, media, conferences, and websites than you could ever imagine! Pero como es posible!?

2) First Peter: An Honor-Shame Paraphrase

Readers easily misinterpret Scripture for a simple reason: our modern culture is different than the Bible’s cultures. The new “honor-shame paraphrase” explains the cultural nuances of the Bible in insightful and accessible ways. This short book, “1 Peter: An Honor-Shame Paraphrase” (just $2.99), is ideal for personal devotions, teaching prep, and discipleship lessons, especially for people working cross-culturally. Learn more and buy at…

http://honorshame.com/1-peter-hsp/

3) Our Friend, Curtis, Helped us “Get” the 4KMapping Project

This past week, conversation continued on our post about 4K Mapping. Of particular interest was Curtis’ post, which read, “I think the big idea is that we are aiming not just to get work started among every group somewhere in each country, but rather to reach all people groups everywhere. The missions community has reasonably good information now about where the various people groups are located but we don’t have practical plans in place to address them everywhere. If we network Kingdom laborers in every place, it will be far easier to share resources, insights, trainers, etc. across the world for any given UPG. Rather than just make sure a UPG is addressed somewhere in a given country, we can make sure they are addressed everywhere in that country where they are located. Since we will be using Omega Districts, that will mean every block of 50,000 population in World A rather than the 500,000 in the Omega Zones. That will be an adjustment that won’t show up on the stock maps.” You know, once he said it like that, for some reason it made more sense. I’m still mulling it over, but honestly, I might could become a fan. See the entire thread at…

http://www.brigada.org/2017/05/21_20397

4) Where Can we Learn How to Utilize Media to Launch a DMM?

There’s a great new source that just opened on the web for *free* this past week? Check out Kingdom training at..

https://kingdom.training/

The site uses an interview format combined with interesting videos and fill-in-the-blank questions to help you carefully analyze strategy and promotion. It ingeniously collects all your responses, feeding them back to you in a strategy document at the end of your interview. Love it. Hats off to the people at ____ (name withheld because of security) who make this knowledge base possible! And also, thanks for your humility and servant heart not to charge anything for it. Amazing.

5) What’s Your Take on “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Free Kindle book)

At this link…

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003JFJHTS/ref=chrt_bk_sd_fc_1_ci_lp

You can get the book, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” for free. Have you read it? Can you share your take? The website says, “Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans. The regime takes the Book of Genesis absolutely at its word, with bizarre consequences for the women and men in its population.” What’s your summary of the book? Is it worth the price? : )

7) Church Multiplication: What do YOU Measure?

In Ed Stetzer’s opener in this series in Christianity Today, he emphasized measuring outcomes, not activities. How do we know when we’ve finished with the job? He also emphasized the need for *quality* as much as quantity. “Although church growth writers repeatedly stress the importance of growing quality churches, they focus their measurements almost exclusively on the size and growth rate of the church.” He tries to figure out how to measure both factors.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2017/may/church-planting-metrics-measure-whats-important-part-one.html

Then in the follow-up, “Part Two,” Kenn Oke emphasizes sub-targets that matter, qualifying the indicators, and the criteria he thinks we should be measuring.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2017/may/church-planting-metrics-measure-whats-important-part-two.html

The instrument and graphing model that Avant Ministries uses is indeed very interesting. Does your church or org have anything similar? (Please click “comment” following the web version of this item. Thanks!)

8) The Bible on Your Device Like You’ve Never Witnessed it Before

This past week, I tried out several trial versions of Bibles on my devices, including the ever-popular YouVersion. But honestly, there was a version so compelling that it’s worth evaluating:

http://www.bible.is/

It’s so simple and easy *and* it’s so easy to *listen* to it, whether it’s while you drive, shop, work out, or *whatever*. Plus you can download chapters *before* your voyage, allowing you to listen while you fly, even if there’s no wi-fi. And it’s all FREE! Wow — thanks Faith Comes by Hearing!

9) Where Can a New Global Outreach Pastor Learn about Refugees?

Let’s refresh this topic, now that a year has gone by. Where can a new Global Outreach Pastor learn the most about outreach to refugees around the world? In particular, where are some of the best case studies, books, and websites to help bring him up to speed? (A new Global Outreach Associate Pastor called this past week and we’d love to refer him to some quality books, websites, and other resources.) Any leads? If so, please click “Comment” following the web version of this item.

10) Any Great Resources for Children’s Reentry to their Homeland?

We’ve all come across some great resources for “coming home” and debriefing — like TRAIN International in Joplin, MO (their “ABIDE” workshop) and the book, Reentering Well,” by Melissa Chaplin, which utilizes the movie, Cast Away featuring Tom Hanks. But what are the latest and greatest resources for *kids* in particular, who might potentially have difficulty “coming home?” Where can *they* get help? If you have a resource or idea, please click “Comment” following the web version of this item.

11) The Story of Helen Berhane: Worship in the Wilderness

Our great friends at Missions Catalyst brought to light last week a new story in a super video, “Helen is an Eritrean gospel singer who spent 32 months imprisoned by the Eritrean authorities in a shipping container. Freezing cold at night and burning hot by day, and even tortured, Helen chose to worship. In her wilderness, God gave her a new song.” And we’re the better for it! Learn more at…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSRqIUOL-Eg

13) We’re Grateful for…

…Grace Episcopal (Alexandria, VA) and “TIME Ministries” (Vancouver, WA), both of whom bought policies from ISA for insurance while traveling overseas, resulting in a gift by ISA to Brigada for $33.43! If you ever need insurance, please consider ISA by visiting…

http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada/

…our great friends at HonorShame.com, where you can pick up a portion of a special honor-shame paraphrased Bible for just $2.99. Learn more at…

http://honorshame.com/1-peter-hsp/

…a special gift from “Rich” of $50, for which we are *extremely* grateful!
…a gift of $50 from the people behind the website at…

http://spanishchristian.org

Amazing that they share at the site AND share here through Brigada! We appreciate you!
…an incredibly generous gift of $600 from a great friend in California. When we asked him for the story behind his gift, he responded, “No real story, just love what you guys are doing! I have been receiving Brigada for well over a decade and nearly every time there is something I find helpful. I love the fact that you maintain a very simple text based email with no “click here for more information” or other time wasters. You guys rock! Keep up the great work!” Whoa. We are sobered, inspired, encouraged, and spurred on to keep spinning out Brigada! Thank you brother!!! May God bless you!

14) The Last Bit: Where Do We Turn for a Complete Intro to DMM?

For so long, I wondered around in a fog, wondering — What in the world is DMM (disciple making movements)? How is it different than the way we have traditionally tried to do evangelism and discipleship? How might it even be different from the way we’ve traditionally tried to disciple believers? Are there case studies that can illustrate its huge claims of growth? Would someone please break it down into a handful of simple components so I can get my arms around it? Are there training programs I can do right now, for free, with my friends and family members locally, without having to travel far away at great cost?

Well now, all these questions and more have been answered in one podcast, about a half-hour in length. Finally, there’s a single free broadcast (that is *not* a fundraiser) in which we can learn the answers to all these questions and more. Find it here, today, …

http://www.moredisciples.com/practices

or catch it wherever you get your podcasts (like iTunes), by searching your podcast source for “More Disciples,” Episode 29, “Practices.”

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