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1) To Understand Millennials, What if we All Read this Free Excerpt:

What if our entire Brigada family went to this link and read just the first chapter of the book, “Millennials and the Mission of God, A Prophetic Dialogue” by Andrew F. Bush and Carolyn C. Wason. Then, after reading, what if we commented our take on the free excerpt (pages 1-19). (Some of us might actually order the whole book!) Once we’re done, maybe we’ll have some helpful dialogue to understand not only how to relate to this young and daring generation, but how to help them change the world in which we live. : ) Will you accept the dare?

 

play.google.com/books/reader?id=USA6DwAAQBAJ&hl=en&pg=GBS.PA2

11) New "Serving Well" Book is Worth the Read

Talented writers, Jonathan and Elizabeth Trotter, have just released their new book, “Serving Well: Help for the Wannabe, Newbie, or Weary Cross-cultural Christian Worker.” It retails for $25 on Amazon at…

 

https://www.amazon.com/Serving-Well-Wannabe-Cross-cultural-Christian/dp/1532658540

 

but you can get it for just $20 at…

 

wipfandstock.com/serving-well.html

 

Michael Pollock (co-author of Third Culture Kids) said, of Serving Well, “Serving Well is an important voice in the search for honest, experienced conversation on living and working cross-culturally in a healthy and sustainable way. Dig in!”

(Thanks for catching this, Jenny!)

1) This World Has Lost a Fantastic Servant: Tribute to Steve Smith

I (Doug) remember the first time I heard Steve Smith speak — just like it was yesterday. I remember thinking, “Wow — this guy is so smart. When I grow up, I want to be like he is.” I made up my mind — we had to introduce him to the people of our org. I’m so glad that, last summer, we featured Steve Smith at our organization’s global gathering. Our workers from around the world loved his passion for the Word, his commitment to people, and his earnest desire to seek the Spirit’s guidance. On March 13, after battling cancer for two years, Steve was promoted to an office in Heaven. Obviously, the Lord knows best. But from where we’re sitting, it feels like we’ve lost a tremendous warrior for the Cause of Christ. Take a look at this tribute page from our friends at No Place Left:

 

npl2025.org/tribute/

 

Scroll down the page and check out the articles he wrote in Mission Frontiers alone. This guy was the Energizer Bunny for Christ. Please take a look at the offer on that page for a free copy of his book, “HASTENING,” and check out how you can offer it to your contacts.

 

Our heart goes out to Laura and the family. Only God can console them. But for all of us, it feels like there’s this huge galactic hole left behind. See the IMB’s mention at…

 

www.baptistmessenger.com/former-imb-missionary-leader-steve-smith-57-dies/

 

Please take a moment right now to lift up Laura — and thank the Lord for the blessing it was to learn from this great man of God, co-author of T4T: A Discipleship Re-Revolution, follower of Christ, disciple-maker of many.

(Thanks Robby, for helping give the world a chance to read his books.)

12) New Version of "More Disciples" is In the Works ("2 Weeks or so")

It just showed up on Amazon last month, but already, several people have asked for end-of-chapter discussion questions for the new book, “More Disciples.” So this past week, we hunkered down and did a full revision, adding material we had been wanting to include anyway. All of the material is now in the hands of the formatting team. So a revised, enlarged, and expanded version 1.1 of More Disciples will be available in two weeks or so. We’ll let you know when it drops. Watch for it in the next 14 days. (We’ll do our best to take care of those who already purchased version 1.0.)

1) The Book, "More Disciples," Dropped Yesterday on Kindle

You can find it at…

 

https://www.amazon.com/More-Disciples-Becoming-Multiplying-Followers/dp/1939124166

 

or just search “More Disciples on Amazon” to find it from your favorite search engine. More Disciples is written by Doug Lucas, with Introduction and Epilogue by Curtis Sergeant and Foreword by David Garrison. The Kindle version has Worldwide enabled and also comes with enhanced typesetting. Page Flip is enabled and you can also read it on Kindle Unlimited, if you’re a subscriber. What’s more, if you’ve already purchased the print version, you can pick up the Kindle version for just 99 cents. One reviewer (L.E.) wrote, “This thorough yet easy read is the one book you need to understand and participate in a disciple-making movement (DMM). Of course it is God who works on hearts and draws people to Himself, but this book is a handy tool for being part of what God is doing in the world and making His name known among the nations.” Chris Galanos is author of From Megachurch to Multiplication: A Church’s Journey Toward Movement. He wrote, “More Disciples is a must-read for every Christian! Making more disciples is the mission that Jesus left us with and should be a major focus of our lives. Doug does a great job articulating how every Christian can be a fruitful disciple-maker. Perhaps you question if God really can use you to make more disciples. Perhaps you assume that only pastors and missionaries can make more disciples. That couldn’t be further from the truth. This book will set you on fire as you realize that God not only CAN use you but WANTS to use you to make many more disciples!” Now, with the Kindle version available, you can take More Disciples with you in an encrypted folder on your hard drive to be a companion in your multiplication journey.

1) "More Disciples" (the book) is Out on Amazon

We’ve mentioned a couple of times that you’ll soon be able to order the new book, “More Disciples,” published by WIGTake Resources (the same group that brought you “Church Planting Movements” (Garrison) and “T4T” (Steve Smith and Ying Kai) and several other books. The book showed up on Amazon this past weekend. Find it at…

https://www.amazon.com/More-Disciples-Becoming-Multiplying-Followers/dp/1939124166/

Because Doug is the primary author, he didn’t want to say anything about the book himself. (That would be awkward.) So we’ll just feature what others have said about it. As a follower of Jesus, what’s the one thing you can take with you from this life to the next? The answer: more disciples. More Disciples is a practical, how-to guidebook that lays out a clear path for learning and implementing church-planting movement (CPM) and disciple-making movement (DMM) strategies and life principles. It includes in text form all of the concepts of the web-driven course, ZumeProject.com. In addition, readers can go deeper at a companion website, MoreDisciples.com (currently being revised to mesh with the book). Author and researcher, David Garrison, wrote, “More Disciples addresses head on the fundamental question: What’s it going to take to bring the world to faith and discipleship in Jesus Christ? More Disciples takes the centuries-old-challenge and, through the grace of God, places it within our grasp.” DMM specialist, David Watson, added, “More Disciples is a book well done being published at a critical moment for the church and those who wish to see all nations as brothers in Christ. There are several major take-aways that will touch every audience. The book addresses one of the weaknesses in disciple-making movements by supplying curricula that is culturally adaptive and ready for those who are interested.” Author Jerry Trousdale went on to say that, “More Disciples is truly an excellent resource for people wanting to get started, or get better at, catalyzing multiplying disciples. But it will also be a very useful reference resource for CPM/DMM veterans.”

5) Fikkert & Kapic (and Chalmers) Release New Book, "Becoming Whole"

From the author of, “When Helping Hurts,” comes a new book, “Becoming Whole.” Learn more at…

 

https://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Whole-Opposite-Poverty-American-ebook/dp/B07G2WLLJY

 

Perhaps it would make more sense if we included this snippet: “We keep trying to live out the story of Western civilization, even though it doesn’t fit who we are as human beings. And we keep asking poor people to join us in the story, giving them roles to play that don’t fit them either… We need a better story, one that fits who we a really are as human beings…

 

“You see, the story of poverty alleviation shouldn’t be to turn Uganda into the United States or the inner cities in the suburbs, for all of these places are fundamentally broken. Rather, the right story calls for all these places to become more like the New Jerusalem. That’s God’s story. It’s the only story that is actually true, the only story in which we can actually play the roles for which we’ve been created. It’s the only story that actually works.

 

“That’s what this book is all about; helping us to change the story of our lives in general and of our poverty alleviation efforts in particular.” You can actually download an entire chapter for free at…

 

becomingwholebook.com

12) Where Can We Learn to Share the "3 Circles" Presentation?

The book, More Disciples, trains readers how to share the 3 Circles Life Conversation (originally developed by Family Church in West Palm Beach, Florida) on page 118-122. In frame-by-frame storyboards, the book helps readers easily learn to share the Good News using this readily-adapted format. See More Disciples here…

https://www.amazon.com/More-Disciples-Becoming-Multiplying-Followers/dp/1939124166

You can watch a video version of this colorful 3 Circles presentation online at…

https://vimeo.com/289340874

2) Missionary Marriage Issues: Free Download

Marriage is complicated enough! Then when you add a cross-cultural living situation and a cross-cultural ministry, things begin to get really confusing.   The nineteen chapters in “Missionary Marriage Issues” will help you navigate your way through the confusion.  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. You can’t beat the price. Find it at…

www.missionarycare.com/missionary-marriage-issues.html

 

14) The Last Bit: This DMM Manual in Spanish is Amazing

Suppose you’re making and multiplying disciples in Spanish and you’d love to do a live training. What do you use? Until now, maybe you just pulled together plenty of notes you’ve made of all your sessions. But why cobble something together when a team of DMM practitioners has done it for you already. Take a look at Jonathan Training in Spanish. It’s called “Entrenamiento Jonathán.” It’s all about Movilizando Movimientos: Discípulos Que Hacen Discípulos, Obreros Que Multiplican Obreros E Iglesias Que Multiplican Iglesias.” Find the student version here:

 

www.brigada.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Manual-del-Alumno-EDITADO.pdf

 

and the facilitator’s version here:

 

www.brigada.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Manual-del-Facilitaror-EDITADO.pdf

 

We’re DEEPLY indebted to men like Curtis Sergeant, Eric B., David L., as well as disciple-makers in Caracas, Venezuela (including Julio in particular) for creating this manual. The amazing thing is — they’re now sharing it with us for free! Mil gracias a todos!

11) Devotional for Christians in the Workplace: Free Book

Hats off to author, Gary L. Selman, for making available his book, “Arise, Shine, Be Encouraged,” in audio format online for free for Christians who will use it to remain faithful while working in the marketplace. Access the book in audio form at…

 

ebroadcastcenter.com/shine/

 

or order it from Amazon at…

 

https://www.amazon.com/Arise-Shine-Be-Encouraged-Living/dp/0997744308

 

You can learn more about Gary at…

 

www.linkedin.com/in/garylselman

 

(Thanks to Allan and the service at www.AntiochJourney.com for giving us the heads-up about this.)

 

12) US Director of National Intelligence: Worldwide Threat Assessment

Thanks to the US Director of the National Intelligence Service who, on behalf of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, recently made available a 42-page briefing on just about every hotspot under heaven. You can learn about the humanitarian disaster in Yemen, the latest on Iraq, perhaps understand the latest threats from North Korea, and much more. (There are some advantages to open democracies.) Download the briefing for free at…

 

www.dni.gov/files/ODNI/documents/2019-ATA-SFR—SSCI.pdf

 

(Thanks to Justin for tipping us off to this resource!)

3) "Seek God for the City" Now Available in Spanish: "Clama a Dios…"

Have you been following the book at Waymakers.org called, “Seek God for the City?”

 

waymakers.org/pray/seek-god/

 

If so, maybe you’re already aware that it has now released in Spanish…

 

waymakers.org/pray/seek-god/spanish-translation/

 

This allows your church to make the same great text available, with all the same scriptures, prayers, and practical ideas as the original 64-page English version. You can order copies online at…

 

waymakers.org/product/seek-god-spanish/

 

(Thanks for catching this and bubbling it up to us, Betty!)

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