2019/02/03 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion

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In this issue…

1) How Do You Start Your Day for Christ’s Sake? Seriously.

2) Course on Using New Media to Engage the Unreached

3) Missionary Retreat Hopew to Refresh and Renew

4) COMMA 2019 to Meet in Orlando: Reaching Muslims Together

5) Missio Nexus to Stage Another “24” Conference: On Female Leadership

6) Masters degree in Intercultural Studies Completely Online

7) The World’s Most Corrupt Countries: See if You Agree

8) The International Prayer Connect Monthly Journal

9) Have You Used the ArabBible.com Site? What’s Your Take?

10) Maybe Radical Muslim Groups Will Break the Back of Islam?

11) WhatsApp Transition is Still Filled With Questions

12) What’s Your Theology of Singleness?

13) We’re Grateful for…

14) The Last Bit: How to Print a UPG Profile at JoshuaProject.net

15) Closing Stuff

1) How Do You Start Your Day for Christ’s Sake? Seriously.

If you’re really trying to live your day for Christ’s sake — that is, to serve Him — how do you start it? Betty recently bubbled up an item from Crosswalk.com that gave somewhat of a formulaic start to a day. We’ve always wondered about these formulaic procedures. But maybe when we throw out formulas, we are indeed “throwing out some of the baby with the bathwater,” so to speak. In other words, is there some good to having a daily “habit” like the Crosswalk Editorial Staff suggests:

 

www.crosswalk.com/faith/prayer/prayers/10-morning-prayers-to-use-daily.html

 

So we’re wondering — what’s YOUR day like? When you start the day, how do you make sure you keep your eyes focused on the God of the nations? How do you make sure you’re living for Him and the Great Commission in a “never say die” approach that never waivers, never falters, never quits? Because if we could all discover that formula (if one exists), we need to bottle it, then distribute it to the masses throughout the entire Christian world. Right? Your thoughts?

2) Course on Using New Media to Engage the Unreached

“This course helped my team and me develop our digital media strategy by looking at how people make meaningful faith decisions and ways our websites and social media can encourage that.”

Sign your team up for this mentored online course, offered through Mission Media U, that runs from February 14 to March 14. Group discounts are available.

 

www.missionmediau.org/courses/foundations-of-media-strategy/

 

3) Missionary Retreat Hopew to Refresh and Renew

WinShape Marriage introduces a new marriage retreat designed specifically for missionaries and their spouses. Missionary Refresh & Renew is a three-night/four-day retreat that offers space for restoration for those who continually pour out to others.

This retreat is for missionary couples who have served two years of consecutive missionary ministry within the last three years. It’s scheduled for April 22-26th in Mount Berry, Georgia (about an hour north of Atlanta, GA). Learn more at…

 

marriage.winshape.org/update/missionary-r-and-r-retreat-04-22-2019/

 

5) Missio Nexus to Stage Another "24" Conference: On Female Leadership

Missio Nexus is staging another one of its “24” conferences in March (Mar. 29-30). Entitled, “Creating Pathways (and Reducing Barriers) for Women in Organizational Leadership: Seeing Men and Women Flourish as They Work Together,” conference planners believe the event will examine theological as well as cultural norms involving gender preferences in leadership. It will face hard questions — like … why is it so difficult to find quality women for leadership, what are the main differences between genders (as it relates to leadership of large projects, and much more. Learn more at…

 

missionexus.org/events/#!event/2019/3/29/creating-pathways-and-reducing-barriers-for-women-in-organizational-leadership-seeing-men-and-women-flourish-as-they-work-together

 

6) Masters degree in Intercultural Studies Completely Online

Are you interested in picking up an M.A. in Intercultural Studies? Why not consider a degree from a grad school with strong traditions, yet with an innovative enough spirit to develop a 100% completely online degree? I (Doug) taught a campus-based class at this university last year and, every time I go there, it seems there are more and more students excited about missions. This school is churning out cross-cultural workers faster than any other institution we know. For more information, visit…

 

www.johnsonu.edu/Online-MA-ICS

 

 

8) The International Prayer Connect Monthly Journal

International Prayer Connect is a coalition of 3,000+ Christian prayer networks and organizations who share a common vision – to mobilize and equip worldwide prayer for the blessing, healing and transformation of the nations. They have a great monthly bulletin at…

 

www.ipcprayer.org/ipcnews/international-prayer-connections.html

 

You can also sign up to receive it monthly via email. It’s always packed full of helpful resources — like, in the February 2019 edition, find items on North Korea, Turkey, and the North American Prayer Summit. (Thanks Betty!)

 

11) WhatsApp Transition is Still Filled With Questions

As of now, a lot is still up in the air about Facebook’s decision to merge WhatsApp with Messenger and (of all things) Instagram. Our earlier item mustered several insightful comments. See those at…

 

www.brigada.org/2019/01/27_25705

 

One Brigada participant tried to speak my language with his anonymous comment. “There’s a lot of information that’s missing overall.  Because WhatsApp was phone number based, I was always skittish about it to begin with. The purchase by Facebook didn’t help. This isn’t THE nail in the coffin, but it sure seems to be attaching another side panel at the least. IF they actually do bring true end-to-end encryption, and not end-to-server encryption or some other such word twist, to the other platforms then that is somewhat hopeful news. However, I have a feeling that there will be a good amount of meta-data leakage in whatever they create. From what I understand, most find that it’s connections, not the content, that is of the most value. Those connections, the meta-data, are things like who’s talking to whom and what are the relationships that are in common between the groups.  Having the phone number is a valuable piece of meta-data. [And here’s the part in which he started talking my language. : ) ] Being able to say that this phone number likes M&Ms and talks to this phone number who likes M&Ms, and all these M&M lovers like to watch Jack Bauer, so these phone numbers will probably like Jack Bauer, is essentially marketing gold. Now replace M&Ms with a street drug and “like Jack Bauer” with “have a police record”. Take it a step further with your imagination regarding a Police State….” I get his drift. I’ll leave his name out of this discussion (because, as you can see, he’s security conscious, but the truth is — he’s spot-on. Time will tell. Either way, with all of the security lapses of which Facebook was accused over the past year, can we really believe they’ll pull off this kind of confusing merger and make it secure? That’s the question.

12) What’s Your Theology of Singleness?

One of my colleagues and friends is delving into this question, starting with a recent conference and the guest speaker, who wrote this book…

https://www.amazon.com/Biblical-Theology-Singleness/dp/185174665X

If Amazon is out of stock, you can also try this link:

https://grovebooks.co.uk/products/b-45-a-biblical-theology-of-singleness

It’s “A Biblical Theology of Singleness.” Can we confess — we want to learn more about this. Have you read this book and, if so, what’s your take on his thinking?

13) We’re Grateful for…

…Mission Network, who sent $100 this past week, with a comment, “Praising God for your Ministry!” Please check out their Movement Resources page at…

 

themissionnetwork.org/movementresources/

 

Thank you Mission Network!

 

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14) The Last Bit: How to Print a UPG Profile at JoshuaProject.net

Ever since the guys at JoshuaProject rolled out the new look of their spiffy new website (about 2 years ago, I’m guessing? maybe longer), we had lost the ability to physically print (or even generate a simple one-page PDF of) an unreached people group profile. Remember the good ole days when the old website would let us do that? So we finally dropped a note to the helpful staff to ask. Guess what they suggested! Look for the ROG3 country code and the Peo3 people code using the new site, then plug those values into this syntax to use the old legacy site to queue up the page you’re seeking. (You’re saying, WHAT?) Seriously. Suppose you want to print a one-page profile for the Crimean Tatar of Ukraine. First go to …

joshuaproject.net/search

 

to find them. Put the name of the UPG in the search box, click the “People Groups” radio button, then hit search. This shows you a list of People Groups containing the search term you entered. Click on the people group. This will take you to a description of the UPG across countries (if the UPG is found in more than one country). The last element of the URL will be the Peo3 people code. Jot that down. In the case of the Crimean Tatar, it’s 11434. Now you need the ROG3 country code. You can find that by scrolling down the page until you see the list of countries in which this UPG is found. Click on the country. This will take you to a description of the UPG in that country (and I bet JoshuaProject someday adds a “click-to-print” button on this page, because this is the page we all grew up printing. : ) The last two letters of this URL are the ROG3 country code. Jot that down. Now use the template:

 

legacy.joshuaproject.net/print.php?rog3=XX&peo3=NNNNN

 

where XX is the ROG3 code and NNNNN is the Peo3 people code. In our example of the Crimean Tatars, the URL would look like this:

 

legacy.joshuaproject.net/print.php?rog3=UP&peo3=11434

 

Try it. It’s like magic! : ) The odd thing is, as of today, there’s no direct way to come up with that super-helpful page on the new site. But give them some time. There are few services as responsive as JoshuaProject.net. : ) In the meantime, you can still get the page you were wanting using this work-around. : )

 

 

15) Closing Stuff

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