Mobilization

6) CATALYZE — Discover Your Calling

Do you sense God calling you to serve overseas? Do you long to see Muslims follow Jesus Christ? Do you have what it takes? They can help you get there! This three-day intensive is designed to impart practical missional skills. Learn how to communicate the love of Jesus with your Muslim friends and begin a lifestyle of discipleship. They stage events in multiple locations. For more info, visit …

 

frontiersusa.org/events/

 

9) Mountain Feet Weekend Discernment Retreat

Mountain Feet Weekend helps you hear and respond to God’s invitation on your life so you may humbly and confidently join God’s kingdom purpose in a way which honors who you’re created to be. It takes place Oct. 25–27 near Oklahoma City. The $95 fee includes lodging, meals, materials, and the opportunity to get to know others like you who dare to live a life of eternal consequence. Register by Oct. 20:

 

beautifulfeet.global/mountain-feet/

 

4) How Many Church-Planting Movements are There Now?

Can you remember when there were approximately 100? (I remember. David Garrison was talking about 100 as recently as the mid-2000’s.)

Can you remember when there were 700? (I remember. Jerry Trousdale was writing about 700 as recently as 2015.)

How many movements do you think there are today? You might be surprised. Verified by researchers whom I (Doug) know and trust implicitly, the numbers don’t lie. There are currently:

– 3293 known CPM Engagements,  – 1006 CPMs (Stage 5 multiple streams of 4+ gen churches),  – 73.0 million believers in all CPM engagements, – 4.3 million known churches in all CPM engagements,  – An average of 72K believers per CPM,  – An average of 17 believers per church in CPMs worldwide.

Source: A Private phone call for those tracking and multiplying movements affiliated with 24:14.

 

Thank you Lord for this amazing progress. Please — fire into flames the gifts of those who are following you to help these movements!!!

 

7) Here’s Your Chance to Learn About 24:14 and Kingdom Movements

The printed book is finally “live” at Amazon. See it for under $9… and the Kindle version is as cheap as Kindle gets (99 cents). The 24:14 Vision is to see the gospel shared with every people group on earth in our generation. Organizers long to be in the generation that finishes what Jesus began and other faithful workers before us have given their lives to. Examples of kingdom movements can be found dotted throughout church history, yet God is doing something unique in our day. Movements are more numerous and widely spread than ever before. 24:14 Participants long to see the gospel proclaimed throughout the world as a testimony to all people groups in their lifetime. They hope you will catch that vision as you read and join them in praying and serving to start kingdom movements in every unreached people and place. Get the book. : )

 

https://www.amazon.com/24-14-Testimony-All-Peoples-ebook/dp/B07X5MWJLW/

 

Well done, 24:14.

 

7) New Video Invites Viewers to a Road Less Traveled

As Africa Inland Mission approaches 125 years of ministry among Africa’s unreached, the organization is excited to see God working in the lives of men and women called to join them in this ongoing work. Their recently released video, “An Extraordinary Call,” inspires those whom God is calling to find their place on that road less traveled. Brigada readers are invited to watch it here:

 

aimint.org/us/serve/#video

 

9) Missionaries: Aliens, Providers, Or Fellow Travellers?

The Alliance for Vulnerable Mission is putting on their annual conference at All Nations Christian College, December 8-11, 2019. The theme will be, “Should the majority world be the target of patronage from rich missionaries?” The Alliance for Vulnerable Mission proposes that there should be some missionaries from the West whose ministries are conducted in the language of the people being reached, without use of outside financial subsidy. Learn more at…

 

www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/missionaries-aliens-providers-or-fellow-travellers-tickets-60697963242 d

 

9) It’s Worth it Listening to This Original Recording of Jim Elliot

Unless you’ve spent the last century living on another planet, you’ve no doubt heard the story of Jim Elliot, made famous in the book, Through Gates of Splendor. But have you ever heard Jim Elliot himself (his very own voice) preaching on the resurrection of Jesus Christ? If not, it’s worth it to invest 39 minutes in listening to this audio track:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_num8N7Rgq0

14) The Last Bit: How do You Stay Motivated for Missions?

Since I found the little book by Norman Vincent Peale, The Power of Positive Thinking, on a hardware store book table as a kid, I’ve been interested in what motivates us. Looking back, I’m not sure why that little book had such an impact on me. Somehow though, it did — which brings us to our point in this week’s, “The Last Bit.” What motivates you? Because the truth is — what motivates you might, for others, not so much. Is it —

 

*** Reading about heroes of the faith who never backed down?

*** Contemplating on the lostness of humanity?

*** Praying passionately to your Lord and Master?

*** Learning concrete ways to make a difference?

*** Studying new strategies together with peers?

*** Seeing progress/fruit?

 

What spurs you on in the dark of the night? Click “Comment” on the web version of this item and let us know.

 

14) The Last Bit: Best Online Site for Finding Mission Opportunities

This past week, a Brigada participant named Debra wrote to see if we still operated the age-old service called Brigada-Opportunities. At the time, a prospective worker or recruit could write a simple email address (in conjunction with Brigada) and a bunch of us would be monitoring that email group (which was actually an open-ended list-serve address, of sorts) then (in an ideal world) someone from the group would guide the prospective recruit to a mission field opportunity that fit his or her needs to a “T.” It was a great idea — in that it was free, easy to use, and promoted cooperation between several mission organizations and services. Of course, it was also difficult because, since it was free, the entire group of helpers was just doing it out of the goodness of our hearts. Like many such ideas, it ran its course and finally went out into space. But Debra had seen it referenced, a bit like … discovering an old Voyager Spacecraft still orbiting in outer space. (Remember this?

 

When I saw Debra’s note, I remembered Intercristo. When I searched for them on the web, I actually came across their contact information (of all things) in a VERY old book we did years ago called, “Resources for Missionary Recruits.” (Their contact info at the time was Intercristo Computer Matching Service.[P. O. Box 9323, Seattle, Washington 98109; Tel. 1(800)426–0507. Obviously, that’s long out of date by now.) Intercristo apparently merged with ChristianJobs.com in 2009.

https://intercristo.wordpress.com/2009/03/18/intercristo-merges-with-christianjobs/

But try as I might, in my web searches tonight, I couldn’t find anything exactly like the old “Intercristo” used to be. That surprises me. As interconnected as the web is today, one would THINK that such a service would exist. Does it? Is ChristianJobs.com the closest thing to it? If you were a mission recruit, where would YOU go to find a listing of all the best and greatest mission opportunities in the world? (Got an answer? If so, please just click “Comment” and let us know. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.)

 

12) New Wineskins Missionary Network to Stage Global Conference

New Wineskins Global Mission Conference is coming up soon — Sept. 25-29, 2019 at Ridgecrest Conference Center, NC. Their theme is “Better Together.” The common vision for the network is “Empowering Anglicans for World Mission,” but they welcome all guests to participate. This conference will draw 1,000+ folks from over 30 nations. They’ll have over 70 ministries represented in their exhibit hall, with 18 plenary speakers and another 120 presenters doing mini-workshops on a huge variety of mission topics. They’re calling these mini-workshops “MAP talks” or Mission Awareness Presentations (like TED talks). They are also offering 20 pre-conferences on topics like Refugees & Immigrants, International Student Ministry, Business as Mission, the Arts in Mission, the Persecuted Church, S.E. Asia, Reaching Muslims, Reaching Hindus, etc. You can download conference promotional videos, press releases and our conference flyer from the Media Tab at their website. Learn more and register at…

 

newwineskinsconference.org/

 

14) The Last Bit: What Can We Do about Human Trafficking?

I was pretty shocked at the July 29th article in USA Today about human trafficking. I didn’t realize what a massive, worldwide problem human trafficking had become. I didn’t know there were 4 million victims right now, including 1 in 7 runaways. (Girls in foster care are particularly vulnerable.) I had no idea about the money involved — billions of dollars annually. I had no idea that prosecutions were down, even though trafficking is up. But now that I’ve learned this, I’m concerned: What do I *do* about it? First, please read the article at…

 

www.usatoday.com/story/news/investigations/2019/07/29/12-trafficking-statistics-enormity-global-sex-trade/1755192001/

 

Now — will someone please coach us on what common folks can *do* about it… please. Just click comment.

 

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