2017/05/21 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
Brigada online has more graphics and links at http://www.brigada.org

In this issue…
1) Exciting Tract Ministry Uses a Piece Of Paper To Change Lives
2) Russian Christian Resources
3) Joshua Project Just Released a New App that Gathers News/Photos
4) June 20th is World Refugee Sunday? What Will Your Church Do about it?
5) Mobile Passport Control — Now You can start the U.S. Entry Process
6) Download this “Praying the Promises” PDF for free!
7) How Would You Review WorkFlowy?
8) Helping MK’s/TCK’s Reenter
9) Morton Security Simplifies their Name, but Offers Same Services
10) Errors and Omissions
11) What if you could Program a web App Instantly, Yourself, for free?
12) Logos Releases “Basic:” A completely *free* Version of Logos Bible
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: Can’t Get Excited about the 4K Mapping Project
15) Closing Stuff

1) Exciting Tract Ministry Uses a Piece Of Paper To Change Lives

If you want to find which ministries print tracts in hundreds of languages around the world, just visit




For a lot more information many different aspects of the Christian tract ministry, visit


This website lists many different tract ministries.


(Thanks to the great Brigada friend for sending this item to us!)

3) Joshua Project Just Released a New App that Gathers News/Photos

Every day, thousands of people visit the Joshua Project website and use Unreached of the Day to pray for some of the neediest people groups. Now, those same visitors can add to the information available by using the new photo and data gathering app. With it, they can take people group photos and send them directly to Joshua Project, add location data for improving people group maps, and even update information about a people group. Learn more about this and other JP apps at…


And by the way, it’s available both for iOS and Android.

4) June 20th is World Refugee Sunday? What Will Your Church Do about it?

You, your church, or your group — you could make a difference. If you don’t believe us, just click to…


Maybe you’ll find a “Cause” — or at least change your perspective. Please read and study options there this week. In our own org, we’ve felt compelled to do something — so we’re starting a work in Sicily. Your church or group could take the dare and start something there as well. No matter what, please don’t just sit back and do *nothing*. (Thanks to our friends at Missions Catalyst…


for reminding us about June 20th!)

5) Mobile Passport Control —

Now You can start the U.S. Entry Process from Your Smart Phone. Mobile Passport Control is a free app that U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors can use to expedite their entry into the United States. This is the first app authorized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and enables travelers to create a profile with their passport information and pre-answer the CBP inspection related questions. Find the full list of participating international airports at


With it, you can significantly speed up your reentry into the USA.
To confirm — it’s not Global Entry, but it’s better than nothing.

6) Download this “Praying the Promises” PDF for free!

It’s from the book, “Prayer Changes Everything,” written by Bennie Mostert, published by Carpe Diem, and now it’s available for free at…


Learn more about Carpe Diem at…


But we don’t see the book there. But the PDF is great. Of course, if you search this topic — praying the promises — you’ll see several really fine resources, including…


7) Your Opinion on WorkFlowy?

Some think of it primarily as an outliner, while others keep their entire “mind meld” within its online pages. There’s a great smartphone app which even works and searches contents while offline. (Fewer and fewer devices tackle that — but it’s really handy when working overseas, or in rural areas, or flying on planes.) At the very least, you could use it to do a version of your agency’s organizational chart? Learn more about this awesome tool, much of which you can access for free, at…


It also permits simultaneous, multi-user editing and storage of protocols, quotes, principles, to do lists, or whatever you want to type into it.

8) Helping MK’s/TCK’s Reenter

If you had a couple of missionary kids (or third-culture kids, as they’re being called now) and you couldn’t afford the MK reentry program at MTI, where would you go? Where would you send them? Of course, MTI is great. We know that. But suppose you can’t afford it. Would you send them to Train in Missouri?


Or are there books they could read or other workshops that are more affordable? What’s your best advice? Please click “Comment” after the web version of this item. Thanks for any help you can give!

10) Errors and Omissions

Well, most just an error. Last time we reported that a particular course was *free*. But that turned out to be wrong. *Way* wrong. The course is like… $500!?! It must have just been a rumor — or we must have been asleep. If you didn’t notice, then forget we mentioned it. But if you went there and couldn’t tell what in the world we meant, please forgive us. They’re charging. : ) So sorry. We’ll try to do better.

11) What if you could Program a web App Instantly, Yourself, for free?

Now you can. Take a look at…


We registered (for free), did a little background reading (5 minutes), then opened it up and picked out a foundational app to use as our framework. 5 minutes later, we were inputting data! It’s that simple — *if* they have an app that does what you need. If they don’t, it gets more complicated really quickly. But at least it’s worth checking, in case someone has already written what you’re looking to do online!

12) Logos Releases “Basic:” A completely *free* Version of Logos Bible

Can you believe it? At last, Logos has released a version of their famous Logos Bible software completely for *free*! Now granted… they’re giving “access” only (rather than ownership) so it’s kind of like you have a *lease* on life, but the great thing is, at least you have a free *lease*! I’m sure the angle is — they get you started, allowing you to try it out for free. You get in there, probably like it (most people say it is indeed the Cadillac), and then you want to upgrade. But — hey — for now you get free! Thanks to Phil (of Logos, of course!) for making sure we knew about this great deal. To see what’s included — King James, the Faithlife Study Bible, a free Bible dictionary, a free commentary, and a complete copy of the Faithlife Study Bible notes, along with several other books — all for free!… just navigate to…


Thanks Logos!

13) We’re Grateful for…

…A tremendous anonymous donor from California who sent $600 this past week, out of the blue, to help speed along Brigada to thousands of Great Commission implementers worldwide. Wow. Totally blown away by this kind of sacrificial giving. Thank you!!!!!!!
…Another Brigada partner who gave $50 this past week. Whoa. Again, we’re so grateful. This interest spurs us on to complete even this edition!!!!

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14) The Last Bit: Can’t Get Excited about the 4K Mapping Project

I (Doug) started out kind of opposed to this idea. I’ll have to admit, in some ways, it’s growing on me a bit. I want to like it. But I’m still having reservations about a new way to see the world. Check it out at…


Then please give us your take on the project. As for me, I want to love this approach. It would be totally fun to see the world geographically again (like we used to back in the 70’s). It would be *much* easier to organize our outreaches. We could have regional people who actually had *regions* again! But, alas, I’m having trouble. Here are some of my concerns (below). Can you please help me out?

*** “missing people” — With the 24:14 Initiative, if I understand it correctly, sometimes they just focus on, say, the 3 largest people groups in a particular Omega Zone. Just can’t help but feel like this bypasses the “lost sheep” theology of Jesus. It seems to *invite* the fact that people groups will be ignored or ‘missed.’ So each Omega Zone coordinator would have to be ultra-concerned about that.
*** ‘too complicated’ — Determining Omega Zones just seems unfairly biased or complicated to me. With “people group thinking,” we just let the people group determine the polygon where they live. Plain and simple. If they’re scattered across a wide area, we try to cover the entire wide area. Omega Zones, however, set the area (sometimes rather arbitrarily).
*** “mixed data sets” — I’m no expert, but it seems that the 24:14 model has mixed IMB and JP people group data to the point that — it’s impossible to tell where they got what. It would be less confusing to me just to stick to one standard. That would also make it easier to refresh.
*** “spreadsheet weakness” — There’s no way to represent the complexity of an Omega Zone with a spreadsheet. To me, it just plain … falls short.
*** “Western” — The whole thing reminds me of the failed “MPTA’s” that Campus Crusade tried to use around 1989. The fad lasted around 3 years because — it wasn’t based on the *data*. It was based on outside, imposed boundaries. Anything like that is, in my opinion, destined to be short-lived. I’m picturing Global South workers trying to understand why this boundary, why that boundary.
*** “Country-level data” — But the worst curse of the entire data set is that the researchers are using country level data to classify the Omega Zone as “World A, B, or C.” As a result, it’s pretty obvious that there are huge conflicts in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and maybe even Nepal and Burma/Myanmar.
*** “Population limitation skews boundaries” — Because the originators were trying to create Zones with a certain population, they were inconsistent in how existing geo-political boundaries were utilized. You’re aware we have work in Arunachal Pradesh, I believe. Just look at that Zone, for example. And check Balochistan (Pakistan). Sometimes it uses district boundaries. Sometimes it doesn’t. Because it was an artificial restriction. And because these zones don’t exist outside this research, we can’t verify or draw comparisons — even with, say, U.N. data or Wycliffe stuff. Only the people who charter this approach will be able to tabulate results. To me, the entire world of researchers have basically said, “How many people live in this people group or city?” and then they’ve let the answer be the answer. What in the world are they thinking by trying to split up reality — and why? It doesn’t make it easier for Zume to work in a certain area. Because once a particular group of implementers get going in a certain ethnic group, the Zume strategy can proceed without change throughout the rest of that *language* or *ethnic* group (as opposed to just …. within an artificial zone).
*** “Limited use” — This model just isn’t being used anywhere else to speak of, in my opinion. It isn’t even used as a standard within YWAM itself! I just spent time with a bunch of YWAM workers and they aren’t at *all* focused on this data set.
*** “Ignores Science” — Even the idea of using census tracts ignores the reality of what’s on the ground. Last weekend, I watched a prayer focus try to use census tracts as a basis for sending out prayer teams. It was insanity. It created divisions that don’t exist on the ground and imposed unnecessary limits on real neighborhoods. Someone in some office in Washington, DC, might have thought those made sense for a particular purpose — and maybe for that purpose they did — but these pray-ers were unnecessarily hampered by thinking they had to pray “the Zume way.” It was a crazy restriction that resulted in people not seeing the reality of who *lives* in that census tract. Omega Zones are even *more* insane around the world because they aren’t even as established nor as consistent as census tracts are.

As a result of these issues and more, I just can’t get excited about these yet. So please … help me work through this. When I asked one educator/trainer, whom I really really trust, he responded, like this:

“The current state of missions has led to rapid progress in terms of engagement of people groups, but very little in terms of making any kind of serious dent among unreached peoples. Many agencies and organizations have deployed people among unreached peoples somewhere but most have not really been using approaches that would multiply disciples and churches. It seems as if in many cases, presence is the goal, and that includes presence somewhere rather than everywhere. For example, in some people groups, there are a few people serving in the major cities, yet the vast majority of towns and rural areas in the country have no work at all.”

“Using the 4K system as a base does not preclude approaching things from a people group perspective within a geographic area. It does ensure that people everywhere have access to the gospel. The 4K research breaks down the major people groups represented in each of the 4,000 zones. It has about 65,000 entries so that is more than 16 people groups per zone. They divide up each zone into smaller districts when needed. Geography and ethnolinguistics need not be an either/or proposition. For us to really do what needs to be done, we need to address both. Note that “every creature” in Mark and the “Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and ends of the earth” in Acts both have a primarily geographic view to balance the “every people, tribe, tongue and nation” view in Matthew. If we have people in every place that are taking an ethnolinguistic approach in that place, we will be getting somewhere.”

What do you think? Does that sway your thinking? We’d love to hear back. Just click “Comment” following the web version of this item and help me learn to love this new paradigm. Thanks, in advance, for any help you can give.

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