1) Strategic Institute of Muslim Studies: SIMS 2012 —

Here’s a great opportunity for missions leaders, strategists, seasoned missionaries, and missionary candidates who want to increase their knowledge and sharpen their skills in ministry to Muslims. Key speakers and topics are:

*** Don McCurry — Week 1: July 9–13 — Stepping Stones to Eternity: Jesus from the Quran to the Bible

*** John Gilchrist — Week 2: July 16-20 — Apologetics: Sources of Quran, Historical Jesus, Allah, Prophecies and Theological Issues.

*** Tat Stewart — Week 3: July 23-27 — Evangelism and Discipleship among Muslims. Why are Muslims coming to Christ in unprecedented numbers?

*** Bill Nikides  and Georges Houssney — Week 4: July 30-August 3

Church Planting: Building multiplying Christ centered communities.

*** In June we also have Legacy Conference and a week of practical training with hands on outreach to Arabs in Dearborn, Michigan.

For info on these and other training programs visit,


(Thanks again for Engaging Islam’s partnership with Brigada!)

2) Bridges Course, Connecting Christians with Muslims —

Where have I been? How is it possible that might never have seen this course until now? Packaged in a cool binder, it includes 2 DVD’s, a companion study book, Leader’s notes, and a wealth of knowledge! It features Middle-Eastern-born Fouad Masri, the founder of Crescent Project, leading discussions, showing videos, teaching a whole course on this stuff. The sessions are made more interesting in that we’re not just watching a talking head for 45 minutes. There are small groups, one-on-one testimonies, and lots of cool topics… like “Islam Rising,” “Belief and Ritual,” and much more. You can even get the entire version in Spanish!!! Learn more at…

where you can also research ministry opportunities, workshops, and more. Great job, Fouad! :-)

4) Need to Clearly Communicate The Way to a Muslim Friend? —

(I’m trying to avoid the temptation to say, “There’s an app for that,” because I think that phrase has been way over used. But it’s still tempting. OK.. Doug.. get hold of yourself. Back to the subject.) Now you can — via a new app by Goldenripe.


Introduces the app… and


reveals even more. There’s a lot there — but at a minimum, it allows reveals eye-opening content (including content from both the Qur’an and Injil) from discussions with Muslim and Christian friends and associates regarding life now and life after this life. To me, this kind of application has huge potential. (Thanks for the tip, Michael!!!)

1) Zwemer Institute: A Key Event this Summer —

The 15th Summer Institute in Islam (July 4-29) will be held on the campus of Columbia International University in South Carolina.  In four, one-week courses, the focus is on understanding Islam, building healthy relationships with Muslims and training workers to effectively present the gospel.  When taken as a seminar the cost is only $250 each.  With nearly 40 hours of classroom instruction for each course, Zwemer’s distinctive over other programs is that it provides in-depth training for the Church’s greatest challenge in the 21st century. The courses are Islam through Christian and Muslim Eyes (Visiting Professor) July 4-8; The Spirit World of Islam (Dr. Warren Larson) July 11-15); Introduction to the Qur’an (Dr. Peter Riddell) July 18-22; Approaches to Muslims (Dr. Phil Parshall) July 25-29.  Register online at …



Learn more at


or contact Trevor:

TCastoratciudotedu or by phone +1-800- 777-2227, X 5327.

(By the way, hats off to the Zwemer Institute for its preemo support of Brigada this past month. We appreciate you Zwemer Institute!)

14) New Book Challenges Islam —

Exciting new finds indicate that Islam’s original holy city was in northern Arabia at the city of Petra. The author claims that during the second Islamic civil war (66 AH) the Ka’ba was destroyed and the Black Rock was moved into Arabia for safe keeping. You will be amazed at the archeological, historical and literary evidence that support this theory. Discover why these finds challenge the Qur’an. Snag a copy of “Qur’anic Geography” from Independent Scholars Press

2) World Missions Rally in Vancouver —

Do you live in Vancouver? If so, you’re in luck: Catch Patrick Johnstone giving a challenging talks on, “What to Expect in the Future!” and “Discipling the nations: how are we doing?” Also hear Roland Muller talk about “Islam: Past, Present & Future.” Catch this and more at Grace Community Church, 9770 King George Blvd., Surrey BC. Feb 19, 2011. 1-5 pm. All meetings are to be held in English and Korean.

4) “The Waiting World, Special Edition” —

The producers of the prayer video series, “The Waiting Word” have just completed a new edition, and are making it available to readers of Brigada Today. This edition of the series contains six 7-9 minute videos showcasing the 10/40 Window, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Animism/Tribalism. There is also a bonus music video set to Israel Houghton’s song, “We Speak to Nations”.  The music video would be a good introduction for a missions seminar or presentation, while the prayer videos for each of the major religions of the 10/40 Window could be used to introduce a time of prayer for that religion or a people group of that faith.  The 10/40 Window video gives a basic understanding of the 10/40 Window along with an explanation of why it is important. As a special discount, readers of Brigada Today can email the producers at

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7) New Georges Houssney book, “Engaging Islam,” is Engaging —

Georges Houssney’s new book has been warmly received by many who feel he speaks the truth in love about Islam, giving not just information about Islam but also tools for sharing one’s heart. The 208-page book begins with a short bio of Houssney’s upbringing in the predominantly Muslim city of Tripoli, Lebanon. His dramatic conversion and the ensuing struggle to love a people he has grown up to hate are woven into real life stories of Muslims he grew up with. Stories of conversions are spread throughout the book with lessons drawn from the lives of those who have experienced the transforming power of Christ.  The main themes treated in this book are love and the model of Jesus in ministry. It’s priced at $14.95 but we’ve heard it said that if you mention Brigada, Georges will literally knock off 30%. Send just $10 plus shipping. (I’m serious. He’s evidently a true fan! :-) ) Bulk rates are available. Email

ordersatengagingislamdotorg or visit

(Thanks for being a friend of Brigada participants, Georges!)

5) Where There Was No Church (the Book) —

If you want to learn how the Father is at work among Muslims, and how you can better cooperate with Him, check out this newly released book.  Sub-titled “Postcards from Followers of Jesus in the Muslim World,” it does a great job further illustrating fruitful practices among Muslims (it is another offering from some of those behind From Seed to Fruit).  And if you want to dig a bit more deeply and learn from the stories, it includes helpful questions for personal or group study. It will be available soon by major booksellers like, but for a limited time it is being sold for a discount at

You can get more details on the book there, too, including an expanded table of contents and even a sample chapter.  Take a look, and if you like it, grab a copy – and spread the word.

Oh, and all you Kindle lovers out there (you know who you are!); the Kindle version is already available from for just $4.99.

(Not to worry if you use a Nook, iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, or other eBook reader – an ePub version should be released shortly and be available from B&N and iTunes.)

5) Learn More about Fruitful Practices Among Muslims —

leaderingtogetherThose interested in fruitful practices and insights into how the Creator is at work among Muslims, check out the new book “Where There Was No Church: Postcards from Followers of Jesus in the Muslim World”, which has just been released by some of the same folks behind “From Seed to Fruit.” It’s reportedly a terrific book for personal or group study. You can learn more, read a sample chapter, and buy at a limited-time discount right now at

This book is also available from & other major book sellers. See it for sale via Kindle for $4.99, for example, at

5) Encountering the World of Islam Online

EWI is a 12-lesson course for people interested in learning about God’s heart for Muslims and about the history and culture of the Muslim world, presenting a fresh perspective on the Islamic faith to the body of Christ in the United States and internationally. Students work to understand Muslims from a variety of perspectives, wrestle with what it means to be a good neighbor to a Muslim, and think about how to communicate the gospel as good news to Muslims – all with the help of a course mentor and class interaction. EWI Online runs four times a year, and the next class is January 10-April 3. Cost is $229 and includes the course textbook. For more information go to

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7) Mohammed Tops the List of English Baby Names —

Just when you needed an idea for the name of your firstborn son, CNN comes through for you. See the article below, which reports that Mohammed is now the most popular name.

Tough luck for “Oliver,” which was the most popular name previously.

According to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life in a report announced just last month. CNN quoted them as saying that the Muslim population has risen rapidly in Western Europe in the past 20 years — From under 10 million in 1990, to about 17 million today.

4) Morin & Arana Encourage the American Church to *Love* Muslims —

Here’s a new book entitled, “Through the Eyes of Christ: How to Lead Muslims into the Kingdom of God.” The authors have a backdrop with a sum total of decades living and relating to Muslims… but what they’re really good at is repositioning the conduit to be based on love, reality, and care — instead of focusing on targets and projects. Just this slight reposturing is worth the read, not to mention all the other stuff you’ll learn. Order at through
Through the Eyes of Christ: How to Lead Muslims into the Kingdom of God (Volume 1)

6) Take in a Training Conference at Crescent Project —

The Oasis Conference is Crescent Project’s annual conference, bringing together various individuals who are interested in learning more about reaching Muslims. Participants will engage in workshops, networking, and the opportunity to hear from nationally recognized speakers. It will take place Oct. 21-23, 2010, at Grace Community Church, Brentwood, TN. Learn more at…

Catch a “Bridges 1 Day, LA” workshop and hear from Crescent Project President Fouad Masri as he shares about reaching Muslims, including Islam’s background, bridging the Gospel among Muslims, and reaching Muslim women. Catch one Sep. 11, 2010, at Mariners Church, Irvine, CA or if that’s too quick, attend on Oct. 2, 2010 at Wheaton Bible Church, West Chicago, IL. Learn more at

8) Engaging Islam Seminar, Generous Scholarships Available

Do you want to reach Muslims at home or abroad? Maybe you know a little about Islam, or maybe you know a lot. More importantly, are you effective? Are you leading Muslims to Christ? Can you effectively disciple a convert and help them remain “in the Vine?” Do you know what it takes to plant a church in a Muslim context? Whether your answers are YES or NO, Engaging Islam invites you to increase your effectiveness. You will receive advanced teaching in Islamics, missiology and practical ministry to Muslims. Dates are July 19 to August 6. You can attend one to three weeks of teaching in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. Check our website for more details.

or email

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