4) Pre Mission Trip Devotional Now In Spanish

spanish missionAn effective pre mission trip devotional adopted by many ministries and churches has been “Before You Go” by former YWAM’er and Pastor Jack Hempfling. For ministries and churches working in Latin America, it has now been translated into Spanish. A few minutes a day in the presence of the Lord is where a heart is prepared for the cross cultural challenges that only God knows are coming your way (Team unity, servant attitudes, pride, humility towards the culture, and many more).

The “Before You Go” Spanish version, “Antes de Ir,” is for those whom God is sending from Latin America to the nations. Check it out at…

You can also email the publisher, Randy Johnson, for a quote on ministry bulk orders:
For other questions, email the author:

12) New Book will Prepare you Spiritually for Mission

spiritually equipping for missionNow you can make sure you are transformed spiritually as you seek to transform communities globally. Ryan Shaw’s book, “Spiritual Equipping for Mission: Thriving as God’s Message Bearers,” becomes available literally this week in print or e-book. It’s published by IVP and is available here:

(Thanks for the tip, Millard!)

7) New Edition of “Missions: Biblical Foundations”

missions bookDr. Gailyn Van Rheenen, Executive Director of Mission Alive, has just completed the 2nd edition of Missions: Biblical Foundations and Contemporary Strategies now available through Zondervan/Harper Collins. This 2nd edition is much more complete with eight new chapters and the other chapters are updated/refined. The Missions text has traditionally been used as a handbook for Missions for those going to the field. Find it on Amazon at

11) Good Reading about the Church in Missions

booksIn a recent inquiry in Brigada, we asked for additional resources for local churches who were ramping up their involvement in missions. The comments yielded a virtual treasure trove of next step resources. Thanks to all those who took time to respond. Here are a few examples:

Tradecraft, by Crider, McCrary and the Upstream Collective team

Becoming Global by Bruce Dipple (SMBC Press). To order, (VISA & Mastercard accepted), phone Australia +1(02) 9747 4780, or Fax Australia, +1(02) 9747 5053, or mail: SMBC Press, PO Box 83, Croydon NSW 2132, Australia. Cost is A$15 plus postage.

When Missions Shapes the Mission by David Horner (B & H Publishing)

A Task Unfinished By Michael Griffiths (MARC publishing)

Antioch Revisited by Tom Julien (BMH books)

8) MissionSmart: Worth Another Look

mission smartAfter a flurry of mentions in recent editions of Brigada, I have to admit — I now have three new books on my desktop. I’m looking forward to reading, “MissionSmart: 15 Critical Questions to Ask Before Launching Overseas.” After mentioning this book in a recent Brigada item, one of our great friends, Marti, commented, “Recently read this myself, primarily looking for its strengths and weaknesses. Have noticed that several of the “how to become a missionary” books and resources out there reflect assumptions or biases that limit their usefulness. It’s hard to produce something that is concrete, practical and clear without becoming unduly prescriptive. But I thought he kept a good balance on that. Emphasis on the importance of not simply “sending” yourself but building a strong relationship with the church, getting relevant experience before you go, dealing with family and identity issues, etc.” Marti added that the “Book does assume we’re talking about Americans/Westerners going out as long-term career missionaries, but acknowledges a variety of roles and approaches. See the author talking about this book here:”

She closed by saying, “I have a hunch this book will find a greater audience with church mission leaders (who have seen a few people crash and burn) than with the candidates themselves (who have a stronger felt need for encouragement rather than cautionary tales).” I can’t wait to read it myself. You can order MissionSmart at:

9) Do you Think God Wants You to be a Missionary?

i think God wants me to be a missionaryThen check out the book by that title (“I Think That God Wants Me to be a Missionary”)…

A recent commenter from Emmaus Road International …

Mentioned that he had found the book very helpful. We agree and have actually taught workshops using material from it. Another job well done, Neal!

8) Get Original Version of “Send me!” as PDF — for free!

send me your journey to the nationsIn another response to last week’s item, “3) How do You Respond when a Recruit Rises in a Local Church?,” Brigada participant David, of, pointed us to the fact that “Send me!” had been revised (how did we miss this? :-) ) and the original version is now available for free as a PDF. We found it at…

But it might be elsewhere as well. You can order the new version at…

11) Get Smart with “Mission Smart: Critical Questions” (the book)

mission smartWe’re still reaping additional rewards from the question on “what would you tell a new recruit.” David, of, recommended we check out “Mission Smart,” which you can find at …

Mission Smart addresses serious gaps in the mission mobilization process and offers fresh solutions for seeing less missionary attrition. It is for overseas ministry candidates, church leaders, and mission agency staff. The goal is to send the right people who know their callings, can thrive overseas and be effective in cross-cultural ministry.

3) How do You Respond when a Recruit Rises in a Local Church?

send me your journey to the nationsWith praise, I hope. But the specific question is — this past week, a global outreach staff person in a large local church emailed, asking for “some sort of resource/questionnaire/book to guide young minds and hearts that are considering overseas mission work. If a young person comes to you and says, “I think God might be calling me to Africa, what do you give them? What do you ask them? What do you tell them to do?” My shooting-from-the-hip response was to recommend the book, “Send Me! Your Journey to the Nations.”

In this book, Steve Hoke and Bill Taylor outline a very thoughtful and intentional process for a recruit, perhaps in cooperation with the global outreach minister and the local church, can begin preparation well in advance of any actual departure date. But do you have other such resources you would have recommended? In particular, what if the prospective recruit is on the younger side? Maybe the “Send me” book is a bit too much for a very young recruit? Got a favorite? If so, please just click “Comment” after the web version of this item. Thanks in advance for any help!

12) Learn to Be a Missionary-Journalist [New Book]

go tell it bookGreat stories are happening everywhere in the mission field and around the world. Sometimes these stories hit their mark, but more often than not these stories of God at work often stay hidden, are told ineffectively, or miss their audience completely. Now, in their new book, “Go Tell It,” Jim Killam and Lincoln Brunner gives practical tips for how to “report” on what God is doing around the world.

The authors write with a special eye for the Christian missions world to help bloggers, missionaries, and world-travelers report stories of God’s work around the globe. From fundraising to newsletters to “Missions Sunday” presentations and everywhere in between, this book will help energize the church for the Great Commission.

Read an excerpt at:

(Thanks for the tip, Natalie!)

14) The BackPage: “The Insanity of God” Book Might Change Your Life

insanity of GodThe Insanity of God is a book by Nik and Ruth Ripken. For many of us, at least in the United States, we believe that by being obedient to God’s call will result in a safe and secure life. How many of us have been told that the safest place to be is right in the center of God’s will? Nik and Ruth Ripken’s journey takes them too many places where they see many Christian lives at stake just because of their belief. While working in Somali, Nik sees depravity, starvation, and evil at its best. He even feels that every time he arrives in Somali that he has “descended into hell by way of a bombed-out, single-landing-strip airport…” (Chapter 1, pg 1). After a devastating life event, however, the family packs up their belongings and heads home to Kentucky to question everything they believe in – including their faith.
Story after story of persecuted believers, Nik is humbled and moved that God performs miracles just like the days of old. “The stories that I was hearing saved my life. God is indeed still present in this broken world. He is working. He is doing what He has always done. And, through the stories, my hope and my faith were being rekindled,” (pg 272).

During his trip to Ukraine, he was with a group of believers listening to their stories of prison, persecution, and God’s powerful hand in their lives. At the end of the testimonies and stories Nik responds by asking, “I just don’t understand why you haven’t collected these stories in a book? Believers around the world ought to hear what you have been telling me here today. Your stories are amazing! These are inspiring testimonies! I have never heard anything like them!” An old pastor replies, “Son, when did you stop reading your Bible? All of our stories are in the Bible. God has already written them down. Why would we bother writing books to tell our stories when God has already told His story. If you would just read your Bible, you would see that our stories are there,” (page 179).

This takes Nik on a journey that not only restores his faith but takes his faith to new levels as never before. His book reminds the reader that the God of the Old and New Testament is alive and well today – and that maybe we have put God in a little box surrounded by parameters. Nik states, “And when the Bible becomes present active tense, not only is God out of the box. There’s no box. It’s burnt, it’s ashes.”

Watch the book “trailer” at…

Order the Insanity of God at…

3) Don’t Buy This Book (Unless You’re Courageous)

dangerousCaleb Bislow in his book, Dangerous, quotes the late Mike Yaconelli, “The most critical issue facing Christians is not abortion, pornography, the disintegration of the family, moral absolutes, MTV, drugs, racism, sexuality, or school prayer.  The critical issue is dullness.  We have lost our astonishment.  The Good News is no longer the good news, it is okay news.  Christianity is no longer life changing, it is life enhancing.  Jesus doesn’t change people into wild-eyed radicals anymore, He changes them into ‘nice people.’  If Christianity is simply about being nice, I’m not interested.”

Caleb’s view of Christianity is a refreshing view of faith.  While literally wiping out his family’s savings to head to the unreached, Caleb and his wife agree that there is more to this life than just having a good jobs and exceptional kids. “In comfortable America, it’s easy to think that God would never call people to the ridiculous or dangerous – that God’s very special plan for our lives is to have stable jobs, two-point-five healthy kids, and a taupe house in the suburbs.  But then we read the Bible.” (page 69).

While listening to that still small voice that most of us would chalk up to crazy thoughts, Caleb sees time after time how important it is to listen to that quiet voice rather than the deafening sounds around us.

Caleb inspires you to do more than just read an inspiring book – but to however, get up and join those who take the Great Commission at its word – to make disciples of all nations. Learn more at…

11) Get the Inside Scoop on “Tradecraft”

Global Mapping has recently released a book called “Tradecraft,” which “pulls back the curtain on tools once accessible only to full-time Christian workers moving overseas and offers them to anyone anywhere who desires to live missionally. Tradecraft is a collection of 9 foundational skills that will help all of God’s people everywhere move beyond volunteerism and into partnership in mission.” Learn more here:

12) “The Global Gospel,” book by Werner Mischke: Impact

Be watching for Werner Mischke’s new book, The Global Gospel. It will help you explore the biblical concepts of honor and shame, then apply them to cultures all over the world, again and again. This could end up very helpful in understanding cultures that are different from our own, especially as we seek to design ways and means of presenting the gospel in a contextually-accurate form. As a result, this would be a great backdrop reading for anyone crafting presentation materials for those who come from a different culture. See a partial manuscript at…

Check out his additional resources on honor and shame here…

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