Mobilization

14) The Last Bit: I’ve Just Spent the Last Week with an Ethiopian…

…and — wow — talk about a heart on fire. He and I did this in 2018 as well, except, in 2018, we spent two full weeks together on the road. We’re talking every minute of every day for two full weeks. This year, it was “just one week” — but even in one week, every minute of every day… it tends to help you get to know someone. This guy is an enigma. On the one hand, he’s smart, articulate, and visionary. On the other hand, he’s relational-to-the-max, old-fashioned, and super-humble. This guy is super humble and sometimes fiercely independent, while, in other moments, he makes it clear he truly feels he has so much to learn. What is it about the Ethiopian mind, the Ethiopian culture, and the Ethiopian spirit that is causing them to thrive in the midst of chaos. Back home, their country is sometimes topsy-turvy with tribes that are rebelling, border checkpoints galore, and extreme weather conditions that would challenge the best of us. Yet… in the midst of all of this, Christianity has flourished. Check out this current article in Christianity Today, for example.

 

www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/july-august/ethiopia-missions.html

 

Imagine living in a land which was 3% Christian in 1970 and now maybe 25% in 2019. (The article implies 20% but all our insider sources are saying 1 out of every 4 is an evangelical.) The Prime Minister, for example, told his people — “let me be the nation’s pastor.” He’s an evangelical too.

 

So it should come as no surprise that my Ethiopian buddy has teamed up with our org to send six new teams in the past 12 months. They’re still in language learning, but they’ve already launched 20 new groups and they’re already seeing responses to Christ. And they engage people every day now in meaningful spiritual conversations. One of the Ethiopian team members was captured by a somewhat-dangerous Islamic group as a teenager. While being threatened with death, she refused to deny her faith. Now, as an adult, she’s back working among Muslims again in spite of it all.

 

Let’s take a lesson from Ethiopia. That treasurer got it right from the beginning (Acts 8). Let’s go back to the basics, trust in God, and follow the examples of our new-found friends who want to step up to the plate and finish the Great Commission. They want to take their places on mission teams around the world in the most dangerous lands. When I asked my buddy if he could find 18 new recruits for us, he looked back at me with strength, dignity, and intentionality: “We can find you 1000 Ethiopians who will lay down their lives for the sake of the Gospel.”

 

Now, I believe him.

 

Let’s join them in the Greatest Cause ever. May God give us strength.

 

5) Last Year We Cited This Video on Unreached Peoples… It’s Good

We mentioned this video last year

( www.brigada.org/2018/08/26_24374 )

But you know… it seems even better in 2019. Would you have 4 minutes in your church to show this? What if every church in every country would make this video available to its members? How might this change the way we give to missions?

 

 

First, you have to watch it. Will you?

 

(By the way, thanks to Kelly and Michèle for bubbling this video back up in their last email update.)

 

3) These "GOer Groups" Videos Might Play Well in Peoria…

…and at your church, if you choose. They address some key questions:

Where to go, Choosing an agency, Finances and debt, “Church, parents, and relationships,” What to do now, On-Field realities, and Continuing on. The price is amazing. (They’re free to view online.) And because they come from the Center for Mission Mobilization, you can be assured that they have an equal footing for your agency as well as all others. Thanks, Center for Mission Mobilization!!!

 

www.mobilization.org/resources/prepare-for-ministry/

 

8) Suppose You Wanted a List of Missions Conference Speakers…

Where would you go? That’s what one Brigada participant is facing. Diane wishes there was a kind of clearinghouse for interesting mobilizers and itinerant speakers. One might argue that Perspectives could provide such a thing — but remember that many excellent speakers aren’t necessarily the type to teach a two-hour academic class (even if it DOES help mobilize people to missions). So — IS there such a thing? If not, how might we make one of those? Comments? Thoughts? Please let us know you’re ideas. Thanks! (Just click comment after the web version of this item.)

 

3) "Pray Now Pray Boldly" Seeks Prayer in the Marketplace

God has been stirring the marketplaces around the world to bring His Kingdom through everyday believers. But as this happens, we are reminded that every major movement of God is rooted in extraordinary prayer. So, how can we be a part of what God is doing?

 

“Pray Now Pray Boldly” is a newly launched global prayer movement seeking to transform individuals, families, organizations and communities through persistent and fervent prayer. It is made up of a diverse remnant of zealous and bold Warriors of God, banded together to restore God’s Kingdom in the marketplace. We are called to pray, to recruit others to pray, to equip new “chief prayer officers”, and to empower multiplying generations to do the same.  If you would like to learn more about joining a group, starting a group, or connecting your existing group to an informal community of like-minded folks, visit

 

praynowprayboldly.org/

 

6) A New Focus: 30 Days of Prayer for the Buddhist World

By now you’ve probably participated in a “30 Days” campaign for the Muslim world. But this brand new campaign puts the spotlight on the *Buddhist* world. It doesn’t matter whether or not your group or church has workers there. What matters is that we care about Buddhists and want to see them reached. Order your heavily discounted copies at…

 

www.worldchristian.com/product/buddhist-world-prayer-guide-2019

 

Keep in mind, there’s no set time frame of the year (like Ramadan) for this campaign. You can start it on any date you choose.

 

14) The Last Bit: Help us Figure Out Hong Kong Please

You know, to me, one of the hardest geographical challenges in the world is figuring out the mystery that is Hong Kong. How could a piece of China be a British colony — then not so much. And what happens when all these citizens fight so hard to become so Western, then they suddenly are reattached to mainland China, so mainland China pretends to let them remain as a special economic zone, but then, not. And then, most recently, the CEO of Hong Kong (appointed by mainland China) sets about to pass a new set of laws that would extradite Hong Kong citizens who were activists, advocates and even foreign nationals into mainland China — so as many as 1/4 of the entire population took to the streets in protest. So finally the CEO drops the proposed law (for now), but people keep demonstrating. And one of the main “unofficial anthems” of the entire protest is the song, “Sing Hallelujah to the Lord.” How can all this be? Would somebody please explain Hong Kong to us? Do you know of an article or book that makes this easy? If so, please click comment after this items on the web and help us out here. Because at first glance, to me, Hong Kong is an enigma.

 

Learn more about the protest (and the anthem) here:

 

www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/06/18/asia-pacific/politics-diplomacy-asia-pacific/sing-hallelujah-lord-unlikely-anthem-hong-kong-protests

 

You can pray for Hong Kong with greater insight at your church or group using this Prayercast video…

 

prayercast.com/hong-kong.html

 

2) 7 Steps to No Regrets (the book)

What would a life without regrets be for you and/or those you love? Find out from Robert Rogers, who, in 2003, lost everything he cherished – his precious wife, both sons, and both daughters – when he and his family were swept off the Kansas Turnpike into the deluge by a flash-flood while driving home from a wedding in Wichita.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Steps-No-Regrets-others-yourself-ebook/dp/B00GYFRBM0/

 

9) Global City is Still Searching for a Diaspora Worker in Dallas

Here’s a unique opportunity for a person with an interest in diaspora and immigrant populations in a place like Dallas/Fort Worth. Global City has teamed with a local church to offer a base salary and a particular approach with immigrants. If you might consider such an opportunity, write

 

jaredlooneyatglobalcitymissiondotorg  (jaredlooneyatglobalcitymissiondotorg)  

 

for a ministry description and more details. The position is still open. (Thanks Andrew!)

 

1) Meet the Leaders of the Mission Leaders Conference in Orlando

Missio Nexus has made it easy to get to know the main session presenters and all the workshop leaders too. Just click the “biography” or “plus sign” beside each and you’ll learn more about each personality and backdrop.

missionexus.org/future-mission/future-mission-speakers/

Of course, let’s be honest: One of the *major* reasons of going to Missio Nexus’s “Future Mission” Mission Leaders Conference is also to network with all the agency leaders and workers in the hallways, too. Those are the unsung heroes who don’t appear on this webpage but still help make the event special. Sept. 19-21, Orlando. Hope you’ll pencil it in today.

 

5) The Latest on Operation World

This past week, we received an inquiry from a Brigada reader wishing and praying that a new version of Operation World might be in the makings soon. He wrote, “The latest version is 2001, right?” The great news is, Jason Mandryk and all his helpers and staff did this version in 2010:

https://www.amazon.com/Operation-World-Definitive-Prayer-Nation/dp/0830857249

Then they did an 2015 update called, “Pray for the World,” in 2015…

https://www.amazon.com/Pray-World-Prayer-Resource-Operation/dp/0830836861

And last October 30, 2018, they did an Operation World Prayer Resource called, “Window on the World, Revised Edition” with fact files, stories, “do you know” side bars and much more.

https://www.amazon.com/Window-World-Operation-Resource-Resources/dp/0830857834

Who *knows* what they’ll do next?!!  : )

 

6) Support Raising Leaders Conference – Mobilize More

Stop by Scottsdale, Arizona for the upcoming SRLC – October 15-18, 2019

For the glory of God, Support-Raising Solutions champions biblical and relational support raising. They mobilize more prayer, more partners, and more praise for our Savior. Through this conference, you’ll learn how to shape the leadership culture in your organization in the area of support raising. Learn more at…

 

supportraisingsolutions.org/conference/support-raising-leaders-conference-2019/

 

7) With the Close of Ramadan, I’m Already Missing Daily PrayerCasts

I’ll be honest: Ramadan was a spoiler for me. I looked forward to getting up every morning and catching the latest new PrayerCast video from the folks at OneWay Ministries. Once again, we’re all grateful for their work. But you can show their videos any time. By God’s grace, they assembled them in such a way that their use will be timeless. See the entire set at…

 

www.prayercast.com/love-muslims-home.html

 

by scrolling all the way to the bottom of the long page.

 

8) You’ll Love the Pray.Network (125 sites!)

The Pray.Network site allows you to Add a photo, Reply to a discussion, Blog an insight, Post an event, Watch (and pray) a video, Join a group, and even Invite your friends/class. It’s a great idea and it’s implemented really well. What’s more, the site just *flows*. If you like to pray, check it out at…

 

praynetwork.ning.com/

 

(Thanks for suggesting this site to us, Betty!)

 

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