This book is set up in 3 parts for 3 different age groups (age 2, ages 3 and 4, ages 5 and above). It has verses under category headings such as “God and me,” “God saves us,” “Praise the LORD,” “Jesus is God,” “Encouraging Verses,” and “What God wants us to do.” By the same author, the book, “Understanding God” has 24 articles including Friendship with God, Hidden Treasures, Satanic Depression Disappeared, Growing into His Likeness, Prayer Life of Jesus, and When will the World End. It’s worth checking out at…
By checking out Patty Lane’s book, “A Beginner’s Guide to Crossing Cultures.”
She’ll help you grapple with the reasons your actions are sometimes misinterpreted. She shows you how to develop hands-on relational skills that build crosscultural friendships. And she provides practical resources to help you navigate multicultural environments with sensitivity and savvy. Filled with vivid stories of real-life situations, her helpful guidebook explains frequently misunderstood aspects of culture, debunks stereotypes and suggests ways to resolve crosscultural conflicts. Above all, Lane demonstrates God’s heart for building bridges across cultures and shows how you can reach out to people of every nation, culture and ethnicity. Worth checking.
Mark Snowden has developed “Workers in the Harvest,” a unique missionary training guide designed for laity. It covers seven tasks that can be done at little or no cost, but requires sacrifice that missionaries will find affirming. W.I.T.H. is a Bible-based training resource written for church members to live out their call and gifting in missions. It can be for volunteers or those seeing to evangelize to start new churches. They, in turn, will not only work in the harvest fields in their own community, they will also be used of the Lord to call out other workers as co-laborers. Cost $7.00. Order by emailing
I’ve seen a copy of this book personally and it’s the real deal. I immediately thought of the missions committee at the church I attend, because they’re always looking for resources like this. Hats off, Mark!
Don’t forget our 3 tried-and-true 14 day devotional Bible studies with focused reentry questions (with Lisa Espinelli Chinns’ input). They’re great help for personal help in the reentry process. Some organizations have done “custom” editions with their logo and comments on the first page. They then provide these to their returnees.
Check out “Returning Well: Your Guide to Thriving Back ‘Home’ After Serving Cross-Culturally.” “Returning Well” invites you into a guided
conversation with your Creator that will reveal and apply invaluable insights as you reflect on your recent season. By using “Returning Well,” you will discover how this season influenced you, how to re-integrate well, and what moving forward in faith means for you. Find out more (including individual and bulk purchasing options) at
(And thanks to Melissa for her determination on this project, her sensitive spirit to those reentering, and for believing in Brigada!)
One church in Phoenix is likely going to gift a copy of this book to each family in the church. It’s that good: It’s called, “The Art of Neighboring,” by Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon, and it’s available at…
Try reading Steve Shadrach’s book, “The God Ask,” available at …
Several have expressed strong testimony that it helped them over the hump in getting the support to go to the field.
Perhaps you’ve heard… Brian Fikkert, author of “When Helping Hurts,” has a new book out entitled, “From Dependence to Dignity.” In it, Fikkert and co-author, Russell Mask explain the world of microfinance, unpacking the principles of how to design effective microfinance ministries and how to avoid common pitfalls. Find it at…
According to a global outreach pastor who passed along this tip last month, in this one single book, Carlyle Nayler will help you ‘manage the moment,’ better than any other resource ever. It’s essentially a practical guide full of real stories about how to better manage the self in any situation. It’s designed to help you understand and then manage the emotion of the moment for a better present and a momentum gaining future. Find it at…
Looking for help putting together a top-notch sending team? Look no further than Neal Pirolo’s classic, now updated, …
Neal helps you for shepherding groups that will focus on the individual needs (and opportunities) for each global partner.
If someone asked you for help on understanding the basic doctrines of Christianity, of course, you’d send him or her to the Bible first and foremost. But when it comes to a teacher who can explain those doctrines and pull all the biblical teaching together, where would you go? Some might say, hands down, John Stott.
But maybe you have another option? Please click “Comment” following the web version of this item and share your favorite person or direction. Thanks in advance for being part of the Brigada family.
Dr. Laura Mae Gardner (SIL/Wycliffe) has written extensively on caring for missionaries and cross-cultural workers. Now, she has prepared a member care guidebook that just might set a benchmark for the state of the art.
It’s a kind of manual which defines the vision, the challenge, and a host of practical case studies and tools to help us get started. You can also obtain it in the UK and Europe here…
and in Asia here…
“Missionary Transitions” is a new 15-chapter e-book about many of the transitions that missionaries experience. Of course, it includes the major transitions to and from the field. However, its 230 pages also contain information about the transitions missionaries go through before they leave home, while serving in their host culture, and after they return home. The book is available to download free of charge as .doc, .pdf, or .zip files for your computer and as .mobi or .epub files for your Kindle or Nook. Find it at…
You’ve probably been following the Fruitful Practice Research in partnership with GMI. Now, through this book, you can investigate 7 True Narratives of the birth of the church among Muslim communities. As you read these gripping stories, there are questions for reflection and relevant fruitful practices highlighted. Beyond these the final chapter will introduce you to all the fruitful practices gleaned from over 10 years of field based research. It’s available in paper back and e-versions. You can also get it as a bundle with Where There Was No Church.
How is the Great Commission essential for making sense of our world? Are ministries of mercy part of the church’s global mission? These are just two of many questions born out of authentic and passionate conversations between church planter Jake Taube and students serving on short-term mission trips in underground Chinese churches.
In “Send Me, I’ll Go,” Jake Taube analyzes current mission trends and challenges potential disciple-makers to personalize the decision to spread the message of salvation. With boldness and without apology, this book examines the call of the Great Commission and offers a vision for western Christians to live, uncompromisingly and sacrificially, the responsibility of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with the world’s unreached people groups. Check it out today:
Jesus was born in the middle of a region that is today dominated by a religion which disavows his divinity. How in the world did this happen? Now you can know the truth. Get the book, “The Lost History of Christianity,” by Philip Jenkins.
It tells the story of the Eastern church that was larger than both Rome
and Byzantium combined. Many mid-Asia Countries were Christian or
predominantly so. In a fascinating panorama, Jenkins explains that the church began to be seen as politically affiliated. So the church that was once persecuted became so powerful that a region began to fear that it would become like a super-power. Yikes. There have to be some lessons here somewhere. Get the book. Let’s learn the lessons — and change the world for good. (Thanks Ted!)