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4) There’s a 50/50 Chance Your Millennial Friends Won’t Share Christ

Why? Because it would just… be… WRONG to do so. At least that’s what a new Barna poll found. In spite of feeling equipped to do so, nearly half of them won’t – because they think it’s wrong to share one’s personal beliefs with someone of a different faith in hopes that they will one day share the same faith. Sounds like they grew up watching Star Trek re-runs and they’re afraid of violating the “Prime Directive” or something. See the Barna summary here…

 

www.barna.com/research/millennials-oppose-evangelism

 

Not sure how we fix this. Somehow, though, if we’re going to win the world with the help of the upcoming generations, we’ll have to remind them that Jesus gave a prime directive too. And that He’s the one who made them. (Thanks for pointing us to a new story about this, Tim!)

 

8) USA-based Missionaries Returning: Want to Keep Serving from the USA?

Missionary to Muslims? Have to leave your field? Want to keep ministering and keep your missionary supporters when you return to the U.S.? G.R.O., near Seattle, offers blogging websites and Internet radio stations to M.B.B.’s to reach Muslims. They need missionary workers in the Seattle area to help them maintain and expand their outreach. Even if you’re not technical, you’re needed. Your contacts and help are the key. To learn more, write…

mikeatglobalradiooutreachdotorg  (mikeatglobalradiooutreachdotorg)  .

or visit…

 

www.globalradiooutreach.org

11) Don’t Forget to "Seek God for the City,"

Don’t forget — Waymakers have developed a great campaign called, “Seek God for the City,” designed to mobilize many to pray with united, sustained vision for people of your community. The forty days to Palm Sunday makes an ideal time to venture into a season of sustained, hope-filled prayer, March 6 – April 14, 2019. You can invite your small group, your Sunday School class, your mission org, all the missionaries you support, and/or your entire church to take part. Multiple versions are available, including in Spanish — and via an app. Learn more at…

 

waymakers.org/pray/seek-god/

 

(Thanks, Betty!)

 

1) How Do You Start Your Day for Christ’s Sake? Seriously.

If you’re really trying to live your day for Christ’s sake — that is, to serve Him — how do you start it? Betty recently bubbled up an item from Crosswalk.com that gave somewhat of a formulaic start to a day. We’ve always wondered about these formulaic procedures. But maybe when we throw out formulas, we are indeed “throwing out some of the baby with the bathwater,” so to speak. In other words, is there some good to having a daily “habit” like the Crosswalk Editorial Staff suggests:

 

www.crosswalk.com/faith/prayer/prayers/10-morning-prayers-to-use-daily.html

 

So we’re wondering — what’s YOUR day like? When you start the day, how do you make sure you keep your eyes focused on the God of the nations? How do you make sure you’re living for Him and the Great Commission in a “never say die” approach that never waivers, never falters, never quits? Because if we could all discover that formula (if one exists), we need to bottle it, then distribute it to the masses throughout the entire Christian world. Right? Your thoughts?

8) The International Prayer Connect Monthly Journal

International Prayer Connect is a coalition of 3,000+ Christian prayer networks and organizations who share a common vision – to mobilize and equip worldwide prayer for the blessing, healing and transformation of the nations. They have a great monthly bulletin at…

 

www.ipcprayer.org/ipcnews/international-prayer-connections.html

 

You can also sign up to receive it monthly via email. It’s always packed full of helpful resources — like, in the February 2019 edition, find items on North Korea, Turkey, and the North American Prayer Summit. (Thanks Betty!)

 

2) Praying the 30 Names and Attributes of God

Hats off to the Navigators. Their document, ” Praying the 30 Names and Attributes of God,” is a keeper. What’s more, they’ve priced it right (free!). It’s super-handy (front and back of one sheet). You could print it on cardstock in your office or at your church and hand it out at your prayer meeting. Imagine the extra content that your participants will feel. Bravo to you, Navigators!

 

www.navigators.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/navtool-names-of-god.pdf

 

(Thanks to Betty for tipping us off on this!)

9) Check out Missio Nexus’s View of Trends In This Free 3-Hour Webinar

Curious about where we are in the status of the Gospel? Wondering where we need to go next? Wondering if we’re taking UPG and UUPG people groups off the maps? Want more innovation in missions? Want to learn more about mission strategies and structures? Would you like to hear about some unique opportunities? Wondering how in the world we’ll raise up the next generation of missionaries? These topics and more are the subject of a free (free to all) webinar being staged by Missio Nexus on March 13th, 9 am Pacific/10 am Mountain / 11 am Central/ 12 pm Eastern time in the USA. Take note: This webinar is open to mission leaders, church mission teams, missionaries, and anyone interested in global missions. There is no exclusivity whatsoever. In fact, you don’t even have to be a member of Missio Nexus to listen in. It’s free. It’s virtual. There are no meals to buy, no airfares to suck up your treasury, and no excuses. Just pure and simple answers. Trends. And more. It all starts here:

 

missionexus.org/onmission-2019-registration/

 

(Thanks for drawing our attention to this, Debra!)

10) Nurturing the Missions Call

1615 is presenting a free webinar on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, from 12 to 1pm MT. It’s entitled, “Nurturing the Missions Call,” and the main speaker is David Jacob of the Center for Missionary Mobilization and Retention. The Center believes that, oftentimes, a student will receive a calling to be a missionary, but may feel unsure or scared about what to do next. This webinar will equip Pastors and Youth Pastors to help their young people keep their passion for missions and calling alive. To register, visit…

 

1615.org/event/ntmc/

3) "Seek God for the City" Now Available in Spanish: "Clama a Dios…"

Have you been following the book at Waymakers.org called, “Seek God for the City?”

 

waymakers.org/pray/seek-god/

 

If so, maybe you’re already aware that it has now released in Spanish…

 

waymakers.org/pray/seek-god/spanish-translation/

 

This allows your church to make the same great text available, with all the same scriptures, prayers, and practical ideas as the original 64-page English version. You can order copies online at…

 

waymakers.org/product/seek-god-spanish/

 

(Thanks for catching this and bubbling it up to us, Betty!)

6) Seek God for the City, March 6 – Apr. 14 via this App on Your Phone

Waymakers have developed a great campaign called, “Seek God for the City,” designed to mobilize many to pray with united, sustained vision for people of your community. You can invite your small group, your Sunday School class, your mission org, all the missionaries you support, and/or your entire church to take part. We mentioned the Spanish version above (Item 3), but in this item, we’re highlighting the app version in particular. It’s just 99 cents and you can download it to your phone or smart device wherever you normally get your apps. Just search “Seek God 2019” and you can find it for iOS, Android, and even the Kindle Fire. Learn more at…

 

waymakers.org/pray/seek-god/app/

 

(Thanks again, Betty!)

7) Have You Discovered a Rhythm That Keeps You Devoted to Prayer?

Does your organization/church/group have a rhythm that helps to keep you devoted to prayer? Betty wrote this past week, “While we all want to pray continually, there are rhythms that can keep us going. For example, the organization of which I am a member kicks off each year with 21 days of focused prayer and fasting. We begin each day as an international services staff praying in groups for designated areas of the world, leaders of those countries, organizational workers in those fields, and for the unreached. Once a week, we devote an afternoon prayer time to praying for all of the organization’s workers around the world in one fell swoop. Monthly, we devote half a day to prayer and fasting for a specific part of the world, leaders in that part of the world, the unreached and the persecuted in that part of the world, and the organization’s workers serving in that region.” We think Betty’s on to something. Would you please share the rhythms of prayer that keep you going? Just click “Comment” following the web version of this item. We’d love to hear YOUR group’s rhythm if it keeps you devoted to prayer!

(Thanks again, Betty!)

14) The Last Bit: Bob asks, "What about UPGs Losing Their Identity?"

This past week, we received a great question from a great friend of Brigada working in a sensitive area. We’ll call him Bob (not his real name) to protect his identity. He asked, “Hey Doug, Thanks for this week’s edition of Brigada. I’ve got a question I’d like to pose to the Great Commission community. I haven’t really seen this addressed anywhere. The question is, ‘How should we perceive and deal with people groups that are losing (have lost) their ethnic identity?’ For example, in my country of service, many of the UPGs that are on Joshua Project and other lists have become quite assimilated to the national culture. Does that mean they cease to be a UPG? If so, to what degree do they need to be assimilated in order to no longer receive a specific focus? Also, if a people group no longer speaks a unique language (or a language has become extinct), what does that mean in terms of every people, nation, TONGUE, and tribe? By the way, I’m not as interested in the linguistic side of this question as I am the question of prioritization… Should we keep such groups on the unreached lists? What is God’s heart in this matter? Does anyone have case studies or has anyone thought through this? If you post this somewhere, please remove my real name since I’m in a sensitive area. [Done!]”

 

So how would you answer Bob? If you would, please click “Comment” following the web version of this item. We’ll all look forward to hearing your response (and Bob, in particular, will be glad to see it).

 

11) Didn’t Make it To Urbana? It’s OK; William Will Take You There

William Cheung was one of the 15,000+ students who attended. Watch his 5-minute video and you’ll feel like you were there.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5GIJNqV7oQ

 

(You can also watch all the “official” conference videos at…

 

urbana.org/ )

 

Were you at Urbana? If so, could you share a brief testimony in a comment following the web version of this item please? We’re trying to see the conference through your eyes?

 

12) Didn’t Make it to Cross (missions) Conference either?

Shew. What did you DO over Christmas vacation then? No seriously, you can revisit Cross Conference here. Wow — powerful video. We would have loved to have been there.

 

crossforthenations.org/

 

Were you at Cross? If so, could you share a brief testimony in a comment following the web version of this item please? We’re trying to see the conference through your eyes?

 

4) "Pipeline" Listed As Among Best Missions Mobilization Books 2018

Our good friend, Ellen, and folks at Catalyst Services, have released their end-of-year Postings and have listed “Pipeline” as being among the best books of 2018 (in the category of Missions Mobilization). The Postings item quoted Marvin Newell of Missio Nexus as saying, “Pipeline: Engaging the Church in Missionary Mobilization, edited by David and Lorene Wilson, is rich in content but also in variety of opinions and perspectives because it is a compilation from 40 contributors. Every mission’s mobilization department and every mission-minded church needs to read the book.” Learn more at…

https://www.amazon.com/Pipeline-Engaging-Church-Missionary-Mobilization-ebook/dp/B07CT918GG

14) The Last Bit: Are You Following the Ethne Conferences?

The most recent one just met earlier this month. Several regional and affinity teams, most affiliated with 24:14, have begun to form or continued to move forward: Eurasia, Persian/Turkic countries, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Sports to Movement affinity, and Media to Movement affinity. The purpose of these teams is to seek total movement engagement in their region/affinity by 2025.

The Hubs workgroup explored what it will take to establish a global network of cross-organizational training hubs to more quickly and effectively equip workers. The team drafted a list of action items to implement over the coming year to build that network ranging from curriculum to logistics, tracking, and financing.

Finally, the prayer team was able to connect face-to-face with many of the leaders and teams they have been praying for, delivering powerful prophetic words and gaining a better familiarity with these teams to more effectively intercede for them.

Please pray that out of this time effective 24:14 teams form that result in an acceleration in engaging every unreached people and place with a movement strategy! Learn more about 24:14 by clicking to …

www.2414now.net/

(Thanks to 24:14 for sharing this report with the Brigada audience.)

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