2018/11/04 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
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In this issue…
1) The Jesus Film DVD for the Amount You Choose to Donate
2) Finish out a Special Prayer Emphasis for Hindus
3) What Are Your Homeland’s Laws about Blasphemy?
4) Need Free Stock Photos? Try Unsplash
5) We’ve Mentioned Adobe Spark — but Not Enough
6) There’s an Opening at the Center for Intercultural Training
7) Security, Hardware, Bitlocker, and You
8) Please Pray for India. No Really. Seriously. Please Pray.
9) Take This Self-Care and Lifestyle Balance Inventory
10) The Red Cross Has Commented on World Disasters
11) What Do We Do About the Internationals Living Among Us?
12) What Do You Mean by “Safe?”
13) We’re Grateful For…
14) The Last Bit: Try the Prayer Cycle to Bump Up Your Prayer Life
15) Closing Stuff

1) The Jesus Film DVD for the Amount You Choose to Donate

The Jesus Film DVD, The Story of Jesus Through the Eyes of Children DVD, and the Magdalena DVD are available at a discount or for an offering from Christ for All Peoples. They no longer suggest any kind of standard amount to donate, so any amount will trigger the order. (Let your conscience be your guide.) At present, they offer these resources in 160 languages. For more information, visit

http://jesusfilmspecialprice.org

or

https://www.orderjesusfilmdvd.org

3) What Are Your Homeland’s Laws about Blasphemy?

The BBC carried an interesting article on Oct. 31st…

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-46046074

I love it that human rights advocates are helping the Cause here. As radicals begin to look like bad guys, it just might tip the scales so people could choose faith if their hearts desired it — without fear of punishment or death. Because we know that true faith actually prays for existing government leaders rather than try to tear them down. Please pray for wisdom for national leaders of the 71 countries which still have blasphemy laws. (And thanks to our friend, Justin, for originally pointing us to this article.)

4) Need Free Stock Photos? Try Unsplash

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash

I loved it yesterday when our Communications Team at Team Expansion shared this resource…

https://unsplash.com/

Maybe you’d have to fork over $95 if you buy their branded sweatshirt. But the half-million photos are absolutely free for whatever use you choose. They’re high-resolution images brought to you by some of the world’s most generous photographers ever. I’m a believer! : ) (Thanks Brandon!)

6) There’s an Opening at the Center for Intercultural Training

The Center for Intercultural Training is looking for a full-time Executive Director. Located in Union Mills, North Carolina, CIT offers cross-cultural ministry equipping via pre-field residential courses on campus, online courses for current missionaries, global training for overseas mission agencies, and cross-cultural training for the North American church. For more info and a complete profile and job description please send resume’ and cover letter to
bburdickatcit-onlinedotorg   (bburdickatcit-onlinedotorg)  

You can also visit…

http://www.cit-online.org

7) Security, Hardware, Bitlocker, and You

Do you work in a sensitive land? Do you value your digital security? We’re seeing more and more chatter describing difficulties with certain hardware forms of encryption. Some of us might be depending on our hardware to provide security for us, without even knowing that it’s not doing a very premium job. For an example of discussion on this, you could read…

https://www.howtogeek.com/fyi/you-cant-trust-bitlocker-to-encrypt-your-ssd-on-windows-10/

Microsoft provides a tool to check the status of our security. If this kind of thing is important to you (e.g., if you’re serving in a sensitive land), you might want to utilize this tool:

https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/ADV180028

If these kinds of things are difficult for you, don’t feel alone. They’re difficult to many (most?) of us. The tech world has progressed so quickly, many of us are still catching up. I asked our I.T. guy at Team Expansion about this, and he agreed that it’s a difficult challenge. He pointed out to me that there are discussions ongoing regarding multiple levels of security issues, however, including questions about our phones, our online software applications, and much more. Still, he also pointed out that it’s very expensive for a foreign government (good guys or not so good guys) to carry out hardware searches. We think his point is good. There’s a certain amount of solace in knowing that, as long as you’re not perceived as too big of a target, you might not be prioritized as high in the decision to break into your apartment, steal your laptop, and hack your hard drive. : ) So be encouraged. : ) (Thanks for the help understanding this, Greg.)

8) Please Pray for India. No Really. Seriously. Please Pray.

Where else can we turn? Imagine a place with the highest number of poor, including 20 million or so orphans. Consider that roughly 40% of the population is malnourished. Ponder the fact that the same nation has the highest number of slaves. Then consider that nearly a million (900,000, more or less) die every year there from unclean water and/or pollution. That’s India. Please. Pray harder. For inspiration, go here:

https://www.prayercast.com/india.html

9) Take This Self-Care and Lifestyle Balance Inventory

It will help you consider the physical, psychological, and spiritual methods for staying balanced and preventing burnout. Of course, if you flunk the test, you might feel more stress. So — please realize, it’s not a test. It’s a “self-inventory.” The goal isn’t to pass or fail but to consider your life. Try it at…

https://oc.intlservices.org/owncloud/index.php/s/OAlDCAFUc2ebM1n#pdfviewer

(Thanks for the tip, Jenny!)

10) The Red Cross Has Commented on World Disasters

There have been plenty, actually. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have recently begun calling on the international humanitarian sector to do more to respond to the needs of the world’s most vulnerable people. They documented 3,751 “natural hazards” for the past ten years. (Whoa — that’s more than one a day. No wonder people are stressed.) They determined that 84.2% of these had been triggered by bad weather. (Now might be a good time to download that weather app on your phone.) Some 134 million people needed assistance this year. Read the entire 8-chapter report at…

https://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/world-disaster-report-2018/

(Thanks to Kelly and Michèle for pointing us to this resource.)

11) What Do We Do About the Internationals Living Among Us?

The IMB has helped us this past month with a new pair of videos at…

https://www.imb.org/2018/09/10/local-impacts-global-missions/

Dr. J.D. Payne is the spokesperson — and the message is clear. He does a fine job connecting local missions to global. It’s worth the watch. These are short, one-minute videos suitable for featuring in one of your upcoming sermons or worship services. They could really help reinforce your efforts to engage your church in serving internationals among us.

12) What Do You Mean by “Safe?”

In the USA, we’ve been hit by a series of shootings. It’s a very sensitive subject. The USA Today reported 307 mass shootings in the past 311 days, for example. Yikes. It leaves one with the question, what, exactly, does it mean to be safe? Amy Peterson wrote, “Dangerous Territory: My Misguided Quest to Save the World.” (Find it here:

https://www.amazon.com/Dangerous-Territory-Misguided-Quest-World-ebook/dp/B01MRCB54Y/

Rachel Jones did a quick take on it in Christianity Today at…

https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2017/april-web-only/most-dangerous-thing-missionary-hostile-country.html

The whole thread helps us analyze, what exactly do we mean when we say, “Safe?” Rachel concludes, “Like Peterson discovered in Southeast Asia, we are never safe when we choose to follow God. But at the same time, there really is no safer choice.” Please pray today for someone you know who is serving in a difficult land.

13) We’re Grateful For…

…a $50 gift from a long-time friend of Brigada and great fan of the Jesus Film. Thank you and God bless!

Want to partner with Brigada so that all may hear in order to hasten the coming of Jesus? 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 the Prayer Cycle to Bump Up Your Prayer Life

We asked a friend named Betty, who is a strong advocate of prayer, to help us think of some ways disciples could pray in a more robust and rigorous way. One of her recommendations was to use the prayer cycle. The kind of prayer cycle she’s describing can be found in locations like these:

http://moredisciples.com/2016/01/try-using-this-prayer-wheel-to-bump-up-your-prayer-life/

It’s simple, really. Divide an hour (or whatever time you have available) into smaller, bite-sized increments, each with a different topic. Then focus on just that increment’s topic for the appointed time. If the prayer cycle has 12 divisions and you have one hour available, invest five minutes on each increment’s topic. You can learn more on this by taking part in a Zume training course. The prayer cycle is covered (and is practiced for real) in Session 2. Here’s the outline the Zume Course recommends:

PRAISE: Start your prayer hour by praising the Lord. Praise Him for things that are on your mind right now. Praise Him for one special thing He has done in your life in the past week. Praise Him for His goodness to your family.

WAIT: Spend time waiting on the Lord. Be silent and let Him pull together reflections for you.

CONFESS: Ask the Holy Spirit to show you anything in your life that might be displeasing to Him. Ask Him to point out attitudes that are wrong, as well as specific acts for which you have not yet made a prayer of confession. Now confess that to the Lord so that you might be cleansed.

READ THE WORD: Spend time reading in the Psalms, in the prophets, and passages on prayer located in the New Testament.

ASK: Make requests on behalf of yourself.

INTERCESSION: Make requests on behalf of others.

PRAY THE WORD: Pray specific passages. Scriptural prayers as well as a number of psalms lend themselves well to this purpose.

THANK: Give thanks to the Lord for the things in your life, on behalf of your family, and on behalf of your church.

SING: Sing songs of praise or worship or another hymn or spiritual song.

MEDITATE: Ask the Lord to speak to you. Have a pen and paper ready to record impressions He gives you.

LISTEN: Spend time merging the things you have read, things you have prayed and things you have sung and see how the Lord brings them all together to speak to you.

PRAISE: Praise the Lord for the time you have had to spend with Him and the impressions He has given you. Praise Him for His glorious attributes.

Good luck implementing the prayer cycle in YOUR life! (And thanks for suggesting we talk about the prayer cycle, Betty!)

15) Closing Stuff

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