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3) “Love Muslims” Launches May 5th: 130 New “Pray for Muslims” Videos!

The folks at PrayerCast are asking you to take part in the most comprehensive and compelling Muslim-focused prayer resource the world has ever seen. Over the month of Ramadan, they plan to release over 130 new 4-5 minute videos, all designed to lead the Body of Christ in focused, strategic, passionate prayer for the Muslim world. Each video is led by a former Muslim who now follows Jesus! They’re rallying the Church around the world to join them in prayer each day during Ramadan. Take a look…

prayercast.com/love-muslims-landing.html

Invite, share and sign up. Here’s a sneak peak:

https://vimeo.com/291193744/3f1af42f77

4) Try this Prayer Moment at Your Next Church or Group Meeting

On April 11 the Sudanese military ousted president Omar al-Bashir after 30 years in power. But the unrest started back in 2018, when protests over living standards and shortages led to calls for his resignation. Even now the upheaval continues, as many reject the military-led transitional council and call for a civilian administration.

 

This is yet another critical and fragile moment in Sudan’s history.

 

Conflict and war have been an almost non-stop reality for the Sudanese. Yet through decades of turmoil, the Gospel has spread, and the small Sudanese Church has matured through suffering.

 

Even so, most Sudanese remain Muslim. Over 50% have never heard of Jesus. And the nation remains less than 1% evangelical.

May this critical moment of transition open a door for the Good News of Jesus Christ to reach over 20 million Sudanese who have yet to hear it!

 

Get started today at…

 

www.prayercast.com/sudan.html

11) New JoshuaProject Video will Stir Your Church/Team/Org to Pray

Extraordinary prayer doesn’t come by accident. It’s not something we stumble upon. It’s something we have to seek. Joshua Project has helped us stir hearts with their new little 3-minute video at…

 

https://vimeo.com/311331983

 

Would you consider showing it at one of your upcoming worship services? Then follow it with 2 minutes of guided prayer from the platform, followed by small group prayer in your congregation or org, perhaps for another 3 or 4 minutes after that? Yes, the entire deal will soak up 10 minutes of your sermon time but, hey — preach on “prayer around the block and around the world” and this can be your application time — and you’re already 1/3 of the way finished! : )  (Thanks for the video, Joshua Project.)

14) The Last Bit: Ten Ways to Avoid Becoming a Missionary

Howard Culbertson, Emeritus Professor of missions and world evangelism, once wrote a great piece on how, “Ten Ways to Avoid Becoming a Missionary.” We think you’ll find them entertaining. : )

 

*** 1) Ignore Jesus’ request in John 4:35 that we take a long hard look at the fields. Seeing the needs of people can be depressing and very unsettling. It could lead to genuine missionary concern.

(John 4:35 “Do you not say, `Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”

 

*** 2) Focus your energies on socially legitimate targets. Go after a bigger salary. Focus on getting a job promotion, a bigger home, a more luxurious car, or future financial security. Along the way, run up some big credit card debts.

 

*** 3) Get married to somebody who thinks the “Great Commission” is what your employer gives you after you make a big sale. After marriage, embrace the socially-accepted norms of settling down, establishing a respectable career trajectory and raising a picture-perfect family.

 

*** 4) Stay away from missionaries. Their testimonies can be disturbing. The situations they describe will distract you from embracing whole-heartedly the materialistic lifestyle of your home country.

 

*** 5) If you happen to think about missions, restrict your attention to countries where it’s impossible to openly do missionary work. Think only about North Korea, Saudi Arabia, China and other closed countries. Forget the vast areas of our globe open to missionaries. Never, never listen to talk about creative access countries.

 

*** 6) Think how bad a missionary you would be based on your own past failures. It is unreasonable to expect you will ever be any better. Don’t even think about Moses, David, Jonah, Peter or Mark, all of whom overcame failures.

 

*** 7) Always imagine missionaries as talented, super-spiritual people who stand on lofty pedestals. Maintaining this image of missionaries will heighten your own sense of inadequacy. Convincing yourself that God does not use ordinary people as missionaries will smother any guilt you may feel about refusing to even listen for a call from God.

 

*** 8) Agree with the people who tell you that you are indispensable where you are. Listen when they tell you that your local church or home country can’t do without you.

 

*** 9) Worry incessantly about money.

 

*** 10) If you still feel you must go, go out right away without any preparation or training. You’ll soon be home again and no one can ever blame you for not trying!

 

Do you know someone who relies on — or did you previously rely on — any of these approaches?

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

1) Join the Global Movement of Praying for Muslims During Ramadan

I can only think of one reason why you wouldn’t want to take part in this special prayer emphasis: Wait. I can’t think of ANY.

 

Take a look…

 

prayercast.com/love-muslims-landing.html

 

Please consider signing up to pray. Because … check this out. This is the caliber of daily videos you’ll see during Ramadan this year. All brand new. All powerful. And all prompting you to pray like never before — to love Muslims … during Ramadan.

https://vimeo.com/291193744/3f1af42f77

6) Too Few Ministries Leverage this Device

Everyone has a mobile phone and this offers an amazing opportunity for Kingdom advancement. “Using Mobile Phones in Missions,” is a 5-week online course in mobile ministry basics. Instructor Keith Williams is the director of Mobile Advance and has assisted in implementing mobile ministry initiatives in more than 35 countries. Learn more and register here:

 

www.missionmediau.org/courses/mobiles-in-mission/ 

10) Discover "Future Mission" at This Year’s Missio Nexus Conference?

You might as well. Everybody else is. Hear speakers like Dr. Jay Gary, Ed Stetzer, K.A. Ellis, Prashan De Visser, James Kelly, and Andrew Brunson. Discover the challenges that future Great Commission workers will face — and help find Godly solutions. Watch the video, learn more, and register at…

https://missionexus.org/future-mission/

2019 Mission Leaders Conference: Dr. Jay Gary, Ed Stetzer, K.A. Ellis, Prashan De Visser, James Kelly, and Andrew Brunson

3) Is This the Best Explanation of the Greatest Spiritual Needs?

This relatively new video (with relatively few views) just might be the best explanation anywhere of the biggest spiritual needs ever, especially when it comes to understanding the places where the Gospel isn’t. Thanks to RW Lewis and Chris Maynard for imagining this clear, clarion call for pioneers. Our hope is that your church or group will find time in the very near future to view and share this video, then prayerfully brainstorm about what action steps you might take to address its truths. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVmTU13rgo8&feature=youtu.be

(Thanks to Mission Frontiers for consistently pointing us toward these important facts. And thanks to Telos Fellowship for believing in the importance of sharing these challenges. Finally, we’re all grateful to the good folks at JoshuaProject.net for sounding the call for all.)

 

11) Mapping Center: Great Tool for Locating Unreached Peoples

Last week while visiting with the staff of Global Gates in New York City, we learned about a service called Mapping Center. Granted, it’s a paid service… and we all love free things. But this service tells your church members who their neighbors are and even prompts your members to pray for them. It’s got to be worth a look, right? And after all, there are components of the app that are free anyway. Check out…

 

www.mappingcenter.org/our-services

 

The amazing data come into play in the “Online Community Connector” version. You can see ethnicity, language spoken and more — down to the granular (house by house) level. Amazing stuff. (Thanks for your work on this, Kevin — and everyone else. And thanks for sharing the ideas, Chris.)

4) Learning about Privacy Laws and Data Stewardship

Justin Schluessler (Data Protection Office for Compassion International) will be presenting on Data Stewardship at the ICCM-Americas conference June 26 -29 in Hannibal, Missouri. He will also be presenting breakout sessions on GDPR and current/anticipated US laws on data protection. Registration for the Americas Conference is still open at the reduced early-bird rate until March 31. Visit

 

americas.iccm.org for more information.

 

or email

iccmamericasatlightsysdotorg  (iccmamericasatlightsysdotorg)  

7) Volunteering with Medical Santo (Vanuatu)

Medical Santo needs Doctors, Nurses, Paramedics and Dentist volunteers to ensure the ongoing provision of health services to the people of Northern Vanuatu. They especially require a long term doctor and can provide some financial assistance for this position. If you are in a position to consider volunteering, they’d love to hear from you right away. Do you know some medical professionals who may be interested in volunteering? They’d greatly appreciate you passing this information along to them! Learn more at…

 

www.medicalsanto.com

date: 2019/03/03 16:00

2) Free Missions video series entitled Pathways to Global Understanding

Pathways, a Phoenix, Arizona based missions organization, just completed a series of 12 missions videos to help Christ followers discover their part in God’s Global Story. The curriculum is designed for use in small groups, classes or personal study. The videos are available free on line at…

 

www.pathwaysglobal.org

 

It looks really good. If you have participated or your group has already taken part, please click a comment and share your testimony. Thanks to those who took part — people like Jon Hardin, Meg Crossman, and many others — in making it! Pathways to Global Understanding is available to you at no charge because the people who prepared it want you to know the lessons contained in it. Meet all the speakers at…

 

www.pathwaysglobal.org/meet-the-speakers/

 

Learn more about the people who produced it at…

 

www.harvestmediaministry.com/

 

(Thanks to several who tipped us off on this, including Tim!)

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