2016/09/04 — Brigada Today: “Refugee Edition”

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

1) Book on Refugee Crisis by the Founder of Operation World
2) Webinar on How to Respond to Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants
3) Are you an Educator? Want to Help Your Students Learn about Syria?
4) Special Event for Those Interested in Working with Refugees
5) What Caused the Refugee Crisis?
6) Get Biblical Prep for Cross-cultural Service
7) Stratfor’s Take on the Migrant Crisis in Europe
8) What are the Special Risks for Children in this Refugee Crisis?
9) Join an Online Community Passionate about Serving Refugees
10) Get the Skinny on Migrants from Africa
11) What does the Bible Say about Immigrants?
12) The Political Slant on Refugees
13) We’re Grateful…
14) The Backpage: Miriam Matters
15) Closing Stuff

1) Book on Refugee Crisis by the Founder of Operation World

migrantcrisisDon’t forget about this book by Patrick Johnstone, the founder of the Operation World series, along with Dean Merrill (see more about Dean in the next item below)…


Find out what makes people get up and leave: “War. Drought. Terrorism. Poverty. Failed states. Environmental catastrophes. Disease. Revolutions.” Based on those themes, it looks like we could have displaced peoples for decades to come. Gulp. Find out what you can do about them.

2) Webinar on How to Respond to Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants

In this special webinar, John Hirst will interview Dean Merrill, who co-authored “Serving God in a Migrant Crisis” with Patrick Johnstone (see item above). John is the point person at GMI and Dean is the guy who helped Patrick articulate his ideas in the book on refugees. The webinar will take place on October 5 at 9am Mountain Time (USA). Sign up and/or learn more at…


3) Are you an Educator? Want to Help Your Students Learn about Syria?

This past week, we heard an interview from a would-be candidate for President of the USA. The interviewer asked the prospective candidate for his position on Aleppo, and the candidate was dumbfounded. “What is Aleppo?” The interviewer was shocked. “You’re kidding, right?” But the would-be candidate still struggled and could only manage a one-word answer: “No.” Could you help us with a favor? By the end of the week, may NO ONE still be in the dark about Aleppo. One great place for educators is…


Another is…


At both of these sites, you’ll find worksheets, presentations, and ideas to help your classes learn and get involved. It would be a great one-two punch prior to a special prayer event about tensions there, especial with a possible cease-fire in the works. Now is not the time to stop praying. May the possible ceasefire fuel our prayers all the more. And please — may we all learn where and what Aleppo is. By the way, if you just want to skinny, go here:


6) Get Biblical Prep for Cross-cultural Service

Here’s a cool idea for those going or those sending — and for those TRAINING those who go. Billed as an applied Bible study from the only biblical book focused on someone who went cross-culturally to serve, this “Crossing Cultures with Ruth” webinar is bound to help you prepare for jumping cultural boundaries. Scheduled for Tuesday, September 20, at 9AM Denver time in the USA, you can learn more and sign up at…


James Nelson is the author/presenter, in partnership with GMI.

7) Stratfor’s Take on the Migrant Crisis in Europe

Stratfor is a geopolitical intelligence firm that provides strategic analysis and forecasting to individuals and organizations around the world. By providing the background on global events and setting them in the context of their respective geopolitical frameworks, they can help you anticipate opportunities and better understand international developments. You can subscribe — but you can also learn a lot just by visiting their site. For example, here’s their take in the migrant crisis in Europe:


As you can see, they feel a lot can be learned by analyzing the past. In fact, by analyzing the past, they feel they can help you forecast the future. Worth reading. By the way, the Guardian ran an article last year on a similar theme (study the past to respond in the future):


8) What are the Special Risks for Children in this Refugee Crisis?

refugees1You thought it was bad for Aleppo (partly because certain political leaders were clueless about the identity of the city). What about for the CHILDREN in this crisis? The UN Children’s Fund just released a story on ReliefWeb about that very topic: Children.


In this story, researchers estimate that around half a million children have ended up in the hands of smugglers in the past 18 months, making this one of the biggest crises for children in the history of the modern world. Sadness. Pray. Pray hard.

9) Join an Online Community Passionate about Serving Refugees

Faith & Forced Migration is a blog for those who want to serve or are already serving refugees in their community. Articles are posted twice a week on topics like current events, human rights, faith, service, and politics – all about refugees from a Christian perspective. Join an online community passionate about serving refugees and enhance both your general knowledge and specific ministry. Find the website at…


11) What does the Bible Say about Immigrants?

bible and glassesA friend recently sent a doc to me entitled, “What does the Bible say about refugees and immigrants” (Thanks Larrie!). He had done a great job pulling together a lot of biblical material. Would you mind looking through a PDF from his study, then using the “Comment” link below the web version of this item to add any additional scriptures related to this vein of thought?


Is it true that God loves the traveler? What exactly does this mean for the 60 million refugees and migrants making their way around the planet today? And most of all, what are some solid prayers and other steps we could take to help them?

13) We’re Grateful…

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14) The BackPage: Miriam Matters

During a prayer journey to pre-war Syria, in the city of Aleppo, I captured photos of a number of unforgettable people. One of those was of a young school-girl we called Miriam. We prayed for her. It was as if she represented all Syrians for us, even though she was one anonymous little girl.

Four years later, as Team Expansion full-timers began to arrive in the region, I led a second prayer journey to Syria. While there, we decided one day that we would try to find her. All we had to go on was one snapshot — in a city of 2 million people. After many hours, one local informant recognized a sign on a wall in the background of the photo. Thirty minutes later, we were drinking tea with “Miriam” and her family. She was a shy, dark-eyed 12-year-old with bright hopes in a promising future. She didn’t have email — and messages to her uncle haven’t been answered since. No one knows now if she’s even still alive. But Miriam still matters. She matters to us — and she matters to God. We hope she matters to you. Do you have a story about a “Miriam” in Syria or another country torn by war, also producing a flood of refugees? If so, would you strip it of anything “secure” and share it in a “comment” box following the web version of this item? If so, thank you in advance for sharing.

15) Closing Stuff

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