2015/02/08 — Brigada Today

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In this issue…
1) Read the Entire Bible in Easy English
2) Ask What FOR Instead of What FROM
3) A Free Version of Microsoft Office 365 for Non-profits
4) Finishing the Task is Closer to Finishing
5) Best News Site on the Web
6) Remember: Reliable, Relevant, Real-time Info about Unreached People
7) Best Short-term Missions Prep in a Box
8) A Movie about Christian Marriage, for the Season of Love
9) Looking for a Conference on Wholistic Mission? Look no Further
10) Where Do You Get Your Movie Reviews?
11) Max Lucado: At it Again with “Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café”
12) New Song by Jeremy Camp, “I will Follow”
13) We get Mail…
14) The BackPage: Watch Some Masters at Work
15) Closing Stuff

1) Read the Entire Bible in Easy English

bibleHave you been following the development of the folks at MissionAssist in UK? They’ve now succeeded in getting the entire Bible up online (accessible by anyone for free!) at …

http://www.easyenglish.info/

What does this mean for you? If you’re an English teacher, it means you can guarantee your students a clear and simple set of easily-memorized passages. Learn more about Easy English in this Microsoft PowerPoint presentation:

http://www.easyenglish.info/about-us/easyenglish-intro.ppt

(Thanks to MissionAssist for their tireless efforts, and thanks to Tony for bubbling this back up to us again! It’s been too long since we promoted their site.)

2) Ask What FOR Instead of What FROM

stewardship bookmarkChris McDaniel is suggesting, “Instead of asking what you want FROM your givers, ask what you want FOR your givers.” He’s the author of Igniting Your Generosity, which offers a resource for churches, missionaries, and agencies to equip Christians to faithfully steward their time, talents and treasures. He argues we should want our supporters to grow as stewards. And he suggest we ought to be providing resources TO supporters that help to equip them on their journey with Christ. Now he’s offering, “The Stewardship Bookmark,” which can be sent as a low-cost gift to supporters from missionaries, churches and agencies to serve as a catalyst for discussions about stewardship. The content has been designed to help Christians understand that growing as a steward is a key component of discipleship. The front of the bookmark outlines a four-phased growth process of a disciple with supporting Scriptures that relate to stewardship. Those phases are: Come and See, Follow Me, Deny Yourself, and Take up Your Cross. The back of the bookmark highlights some of the most prevalent lies from Satan and the opposing Scriptures that guide to truth. Learn more and order at…

http://www.stewardshipbookmark.org

Bulk and quantity discounts are available. Customization option are available for orders of 1,000 or more.

3) A Free Version of Microsoft Office 365 for Non-profits

tabletThat’s the way it looks at…

http://www.microsoft.com/about/corporatecitizenship/en-us/office365-for-nonprofits/

Please click Comment at the online version of this item to let us know your experience. If this works, it could not only save a lot of money for missionaries, but also empower a lot of them to become a lot more productive. Check it out and let us know your experience please. (Thanks for the tip, Adam, and all of the team at www.missionaryhealth.net .)

4) Finishing the Task is Closer to Finishing

PPLGroupI enjoyed attending the Finishing the Task conference in California in December. It’s always fun to hear the cheers from excited well-wishers when newly-reached (previously unengaged) groups are announced. If you’d like to see the best reporting available on this, see the list at…

http://www.finishingthetask.com/uupgs.php?sort=Country

This list brings together data from Joshua Project, Southern Baptist IMB Research, and several other sources.

5) Best News Site on the Web

newsmapWe’re constantly going back and forth when it comes to the best news site on the web. But when the sites change (and they do, often), we have to bend and flex along with them. We’ve mentioned…

http://newsmap.jp/

And it’s a great summary. But admittedly, it sometimes seems more trouble than it’s worth to “zoom in” on every smaller item (too small to read). Lately, I’ve found myself dropping back to…

https://news.google.com/

Because, in part, it’s so easy to custom-tailor the content, read the brief synopsis, and get the big picture. Often, the synopses are enough for most items, especially if we just need a cursory summary. What about you? What’s your favorite site?

6) Remember: Reliable, Relevant, Real-time Info about Unreached People

unreachedpeoplesThat’s the tag line at

http://peoplegroups.org/

Reliable, Relevant, Real-time. And you know, it’s for real. The data offered (for free, no less) is enough to empower your praying, your pondering, and your partnering for a long time to come. Regardless of whether you’re merely browsing (use it for a digital “coffee table book”) or researching (for your next short-term trip), PeopleGroups.org will be there to help.

7) Best Short-term Missions Prep in a Box

shorttermmissiontripsSome four years ago, we highlighted one of the best training programs (“Round Trip”) at…

http://www.brigada.org/2011/02/20_6540

We received some great feedback about other training programs at that time, but we wonder if, in the past four years, if anything new has popped up. If you know of a better program, please click “Comment” on the web version of this item. And — to access Round Trip today, you probably will need to go to

http://www.buildingchurchleaders.com/articles/2006/roundtripdocumentary.html

Unfortunately, it seems a bit steeper in price now. (It HAD been just $20.)

8) A Movie about Christian Marriage, for the Season of Love

They say this is the season for love (Valentine’s Day and all). If that’s the case, how fitting that “The Song” (movie) just released last week on DVD. Learn more about the story at…

http://www.thesongresources.com/

THE SONG 30-second trailer, Available on DVD Feb 10 from City on a Hill Productions on Vimeo.

The plot goes something like this (according to Wikipedia): ” Aspiring singer-songwriter Jed King is struggling to catch a break and escape the long shadow of his famous father when he reluctantly agrees to a gig at a local vineyard harvest festival. Jed meets the vineyard owner’s daughter, Rose, and a romance quickly blooms. Soon after their wedding, Jed writes Rose ‘The Song,’ which becomes a breakout hit. Suddenly thrust into a life of stardom and a world of temptation, his life and marriage begin to fall apart.”

Now here’s the disclaimer: I haven’t seen the film personally — and I’m currently on the road and won’t be able to get to it for a while. But I know the producers – and the guy behind it… so I’m literally 100% certain it has to be good. Note all the great resources, including study guides and pastors’ kits. Highly recommended, because I know the source.

9) Looking for a Conference on Wholistic Mission? Look no Further

missionary africaCheck out the International Wholistic Missions Conference, scheduled for Peoria, AZ (Phoenix), Apr. 29 – May 1st. With a great them — “The Whole Church on Mission” — and a dozen workshop tracks plus a great line-up of speakers, it seems destined to set a solid course for everything related to CHE, transformational ministry on a global scale, and the Christian’s response to poverty. And, as if that weren’t enough, I hear there’s a fantastic track, “On Mission Planting Churches,” which gives transformational ministry practitioners practical tools for keeping church multiplication in the center of wholistic ministry. Learn more and register at…

http://www.wholisticmissions.com

11) Max Lucado: At it Again with “Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café”

max lucadoJust seems like Max Lucado has his finger on the church’s pulse. He knows what to write about and when to release it. Like his new book, “Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café.” It just might help you imagine launching an internet café that makes a difference in people’s lives. Highly recommended. Find it at Amazon here..

http://www.amazon.com/Miracle-at-Higher-Grounds-Cafe-ebook/dp/B00KQ2G218

13) We get Mail…

mailThanks to all those who wrote and sent birthday greetings! Andrew, a missions prof, wrote, “Doug, wanna tell you I really appreciate your wading through so many opportunities out there to give us the good stuff on Brigada. There’s a flood of information, more than I can ever sort through, so I appreciate your giving us all these great tips and resources. Andrew.” God bless you Andrew!
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14) The BackPage: Watch Some Masters at Work

indiegogoThey understand how to motivate, but just as importantly, how to communicate. They have captured the imagination of generating global content — and there has to be an opportunity for The Good News here somewhere. They also understand how to run a successful IndieGoGo campaign, not to mention design a game-changing device. With over a half-million dollars raised online, the Lantern (and the whole Outernet concept) is on course to change the way over half the world (the part without Internet) get its information. To learn more about ALL this, just watch the video at…

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/lantern-one-device-free-data-from-space-forever

Obviously, I’m also excited about the fact that they’ve more than doubled their original campaign goal, meaning that a lot of other people are excited about the project too. We can learn so much from this international team of workers: The way they express their ideas, the concepts they’re embodying — they have so much potential for helping us learn how to unpack the Good News that can TRULY change the world. Watch and learn — and let’s make a global difference that will last not just for 12 hours or 12 years, but for eternity. (Thanks for the heads-up on this, Caleb.)

15) Closing Stuff

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