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2018/12/23 — Brigada Today

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

1) Your Giving is Amazing: Only $4706 Remaining to Make 2019 Budget
2) We Did the Momentum Course and It was Good
3) LightSys Rocks: See Their Makeover of the Former GMI Infobank
4) How Does YWAM Thailand Accomplish Everything that they Do???
5) The “Remember ACMC” Item Generated a TON of Interest
6) 10th Birthday for Ed Brown’s “Our Father’s World” (Creation Care’s)
7) Want an Entire Suite of Microsoft-Office(c)-like Tools for $5/month?
8) New dates for TESOL Training in Chiang Mai
9) NightEarth.com Reveals Huge Population Centers and More
10) Global Poverty Has Declined by 78% in just Four Decades!
11) How to Mentor Ladies in Your Part of the World
12) What is Missions Mobilization? A Definition
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: Try Following Brigada and/or Doug on Twitter
15) Closing Stuff

1) Your Giving is Amazing: Only $4706 Remaining to Make 2019 Budget

We’ve always thought that your giving isn’t a bad barometer for your encouragement to keep on Brigada-ing. Gifts throughout the past week brought 2018 donations up to $11,438! That’s amazing. We look at that total and we think, “Whoa.” Thank you!!! Only a few days remain in 2018. Any gift given online or received by midnight, Monday, Dec. 31st, will be added to 2018 giving. If your church, group, or your family would like to add a voice to the encouragement to keep on keepin’ on, we’d be very grateful!

Want to join these great friends and fans of Brigada? Just click “Donate” at www.brigada.org, or mail 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 by writing a check to Team Expansion is tax-deductible. Thank you, in advance, for your partnership!

2) We Did the Momentum Course and It was Good

Yes, it might be
ideal to do all 15 weeks of Perspectives for $240 — or $490. But you’ll have
to read a mongo reader and show up for all of the two-and-a-half-hour classes
at the time they specify. You don’t get to decide. Or maybe it would at least
be cool to be inspired by the 40-hour Kairos course. The cost is much more
affordable, but … it’s still 40 hours. But if you’re implementing something
church-wide for lay people, it might be hard to get whole-church commitment for
something as substantial as 40 hours. So now, there’s a really great
“toe-in-the-water” alternative. It works great for starters AND, to
be honest, it works great for all levels. We found that each session took
approximately one hour (but it was all mission staff people). So the nine-hour
course actually just took us six hours. It really picked up around session 3
and 4 – so, if you try it, we encourage you to FINISH it. We think it would be
a SUPER tool for a “New Christians” class, especially when paired
with www.ZumeProject.com . A one-two punch. Also, their missions timeline is
incredibly cool. The timeline along is worth checking out the site.

https://www.momentumyes.com/timeline

The amazing thing is, like Zume, it’s all free!!!!

3) LightSys Rocks: See Their Makeover of the Former GMI Infobank

We love LightSys.
They travel the world helping nonprofits and churches with I.T. needs… like angels
doing good deeds in the name of Jesus! For example, see the makeover they just
completed of Global Mapping’s former “Infobank” website.

http://www.missioninfobank.org/mib/

Just as an example, scroll down, click “browse resources by country,” then click on “China.” Outstanding stuff. Thank you LightSys!

6) 10th Birthday for Ed Brown’s “Our Father’s World” (Creation Care)

Ed Brown has updated his book on creation care and added a new foreword by Bishop Efraim Tendero of the World Evangelical Alliance. It is endorsed by Paul Borthwick, Scott Bessenecker and others. Ed tells us he’s offering a 40% discount ($12 instead of $18.99) and free shipping to US addresses until the middle of January. Find it at…

http://www.careofcreation.net/product/our-fathers-world-10th-anniversary-edition/

7) Want an Entire Suite of Microsoft-Office(c)-like Tools for $5/month?

Now you can.
OnlyOffice has been opensource since October 2016. That means you know exactly
what the code is AND that it can be hosted directly for you for just $5/month.
Learn more at…

https://www.onlyoffice.com/

You get documents, mail, a CRM, projects, a calendar, and community tools too. See comparisons with other office suite products (hover over “Apps” in the top-line menu then choose “OnlyOffice Alternatives.” They now claim to be the world’s #1 suite! Plus, you can download the entire suite and host it on your own server for free! Why WOULDN’T you want to try it?

8) New dates for TESOL Training in Chiang Mai

Are you teaching
English as a platform for ministry? Get some training and do and excellent job.
Asean Center for TESOL offers an intensive, five-week certificate course in
Chiang Mai, Thailand, including 10 hours practice teaching to non-native
speakers! For application forms or more information, email

infothaiatactesoldotcom or see

http://www.actesol.com

13) We’re Grateful for…

…a $100 gift from
WordTruth in Santa Barbara, CA. They wrote, “May God be glorified through
your faithfulness and continue ministry in His Name. We appreciate you!”
Learn more about their ministry at…

http://www.wordtruth.org/

…a $100 from a
True Fan in Dallas!

…the $100 blessing
we received from a True-blue Fan of Brigada in Lititz, PA! Thank you!

…an additional $100
from the Minnesota Renewal Center in St. Paul. They are a faith-based
counseling center providing help for individuals, couples, families, missionaries,
pastors, and churches, military personnel and their families and organizational
consulting too. Learn more at…

http://www.minnesotarenewal.org/

…a $100 grant from
great and long-time friends. God bless you!

…the $25 gift we
received from anonymous donors. Thank you!

…a $200 gift from a pair of leaders at One Challenge International, serving pastors and leaders in northeast Brazil. Learn more about their work at…

One Challenge: https://www.onechallenge.org/

…a $25 blessing
from a missionary in Indonesia who said she “greatly appreciate the
resources highlighted in the weekly Brigada emails. May God continue to bless
your ministry.” God bless you!!!

…a $50 gift from
an anonymous donor who wrote, “Thanks for your services for the Kingdom.”
We’re so grateful. God bless you!

…the $25 gift from
“a person who appreciates Brigada” by wanted to remain anonymous.
Thank you!

…$50 from a great
anonymous friend.

…and the $100 gift
from a former IMB worker now living in Texas who wished to remain anonymous.
This person has been following Brigada since 1997! God bless you!

Want to join these
great friends and fans of Brigada? Just click “Donate” at
www.brigada.org, or mail 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 by writing a check to
Team Expansion is tax-deductible. Thank you, in advance, for your partnership!

14) The Last Bit: Try Following Brigada and/or Doug on Twitter

The whole Twitter
thing pretty much came AFTER Brigada Today was well on its way. So we’ve never
done much with it. But, we’ll try — if you’ll help us. If you’ll follow
@brigadatoday and/or @douglasklucas, we’ll immediately follow you too. What’s
more, we’ll start releasing items via Twitter instead of using the Brigada app.
If that works for you, we’ll [quite literally] save nearly $1000/year
maintaining the app. Deal? : ) OK. Maybe Twitter will beat the app anyway. : )
Let’s at least try it for a year. Maybe we can generate all the more
“community” there.

Thanks. You Brigada Today participant friends are the best!

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