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5) This Map is Amazing (Every Church in Every Village in Thailand?)

This past week, a great friend of Brigada (Thanks Robby) introduced us to a great friend of Southeast Asia. Dwight went on to show us the set of maps found at…

 

globalharvestmap.com/

 

At the time, we didn’t quite realize what a celebrity we had on our Zoom video screen. Later, we noticed this article at Christianity Today…

 

www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/april/missions-data-thai-church-fjcca-reach-village.html

 

This guy has figured out a way to map every church in Thailand. And now, he’d like to take it to the entire region of Southeast Asia. He’s searching for networking agencies who will share data and partner to make this thing regional — instead of just Thai. Amazing concept. If you can help in a nation like Vietnam or Cambodia, just message him at:

 

infoatchurchcloudsolutionsdotcom  (infoatchurchcloudsolutionsdotcom)  

Volunteer at whatever level you like. Let’s see if we (he? : ) ) can roll this out on a regional basis. Thanks for your help.

8) Barna is At it Again: The State of the Bible 2019

These Barna guys. They just won’t stop raising pesky, troublesome topics that haunt us, and nag us, and wake us up to trends that are as disturbing as they are motivating. The latest? When they go meddling with our Bible-reading, now they’re writing about something personal. And that’s exactly what they’ve done. Compared with similar studies that they’ve done over the past 3 years, they found that in 2019, fewer Americans are disengaged with the Bible (which at first seems like a good thing), but at the same time, fewer US of Americans are Bible-centered. And Way fewer Americans *use* the Bible. And one of the spin-off issues is — they also found that when fewer Americans use the Bible, fewer people do anything about their beliefs — like, tell others or give offerings to agencies – like yours. So if we want to keep all these orgs and churches afloat (and, minor details like — help people get to Heaven and escape eternal fire?), we’d better find a way to get people back into the Bible. Eh?

 

www.barna.com/research/state-of-the-bible-2019/

14) The Last Bit: How to Search for Brigada Content the Easy Way

We know, we know. You’re probably going to say, “Duh — Google.” But hey… it’s a legitimate question. For example, a Brigada participant wrote this past week, saying, “I really enjoy this service that you offer to us missionaries…. [Thanks, by the way! God be praised.] I look forward to the articles each week…. I remembering seeing just recently about the book resilient kids or MK’s or something like that but can’t seem to find the email. We have a potential family coming oversees to live and I would love to get that book into their hands before they come. Would you be able to send that to me again.” Now the truth is, it’s very possible to find this kind of thing using our built-in tools. For example, on the Brigada app on your smart device, just open the app and click the magnifying glass upper right. In this case, you could try, for example, putting in the word, “resilient” in the search box. A nanosecond later, there’s the item for which you were searching. (You haven’t installed the app? Gasp.)

Or head on over to the website at http://www.brigada.org . There, you can find our index-based search engine on the landing page that uses WordPress magic to give you relevant pages from within the Brigada world — thousands upon thousands of past items are searched instantly all the way back to January, 1995 — even faster than Google could search them (especially since you won’t be searching cat videos on YouTube while you look for resilient MK stuff). What’s more, the Brigada search engine is famous because it’s pre-indexed. And there are never any ads — or anything shady. It’s all internally handled for your specific and purposeful use. To use Brigada’s own custom search, just enter your search term beside the magnifying glass upper right. You don’t even have to click to another page. And the results will be whole posts, the way they originally appeared in Brigada. This is super-helpful if you can remember the post by the picture that was associated with it.

You can still use a Google custom search too. We make it easy for you to search only the Brigada site. Just click “Search” in the top line menu. Now — using Google’s site search, you’ll see ads at the top of every search. Unfortunately, Google no longer allows users to pay a fee to get rid of those ads. But the Google search engine is configured slightly differently, so if you can’t find your item in the built-in ad-free Brigada search, you can at least try the Google site search as a backup.

Hope that helps. And yes — we answered the participant looking for the MK book and asked him to try the site search first. If he hadn’t been successful, we would have searched with him. We love you all!

2) ShortTermMissions.com and AskAMissionary.com Can Give You Answers

ShortTermMissions.com is a mission trip search engine that can help you quickly find your fit with opportunities with more than 100 organizations.

http://www.ShortTermMissions.com

The same ministry is behind AskaMissionary.com, a Q&A service that helps would-be cross-cultural workers learn from those who have gone before them.

http://www.AskaMissionary.com
Learn more about the gears behind these services at…

http://www.mdat.org/

(And thanks for the $200 gift they gave to Brigada this past week!)

3) List of Urban Centers from the IMB Research Division

china_urban-cities-crowdsIMB now offers a list of the world’s cities via a web service, and it is available on our Open Data site at:

http://go.imb.opendata.arcgis.com/

They’ve developed this to make sure that every unreached urban center of the world is engaged by an urban strategist who can see, segment, mobilize and engage the people groups and population segments found in these centers. Codes to help portray urban information are shared in the download, and these help to visualize urban center data in a KML (for GoogleEarth), Shapefile (for ArcGIS), and API (for GeoJSON / GeoService). What we have here is the beginning of an urban “to do list,” not unlike the list of unreached peoples first offered by MARC (World Vision) back in the early 80’s and improved-upon by Joshua Project in the 90’s. (Great work, Jim!)

9) Understanding those Willing to Serve

Your ministry website is the gateway to engage with hundreds of potential missionaries and volunteers. Do you know understand their patterns, preferences and searching criteria? Now you can get a powerful glimpse into your audience’s searching habits and preferences through GMI’s latest resource: Searching to Serve. This small book is a summary of GMI’s extensive research on potential missionaries’ use of the Internet. The book introduces you to individual searchers and highlights the five profiles of online ministry opportunity searchers in an easy-to-read format. You can give this resource to everyone from the president of your organization to a recruiter out in the field as a tool to start a conversation and understand those who are searching to serve. Visit …

http://www.gmi.org/searching-to-serve

for more details.

2) How strong is your language? —

Our world is changing rapidly. Previously untouched groups now have cell phones and even Internet. This is changing what languages people speak, and what language(s) may be most effective for ministry. Is the language situation shifting where you work? Are you interested in learning more about language vitality? Visit

 

http://sites.google.com/site/nusantaralanguagevitality

 

to gain some basic tools for thinking about and defining language vitality. As a bonus, if your focus is Indonesia or Malaysia, you can see what your favorite language is currently rated, and even give feedback if you think the rating is incorrect. (Thanks to this ministry for the $60 gift for Brigada!)

4) Breakthrough!: Field Research for Kingdom Gain —

I’m loving my study of the book by Stan Nussbaum, entitled, “Breakthrough: Prayerful Productive Field Research in Your Place of Ministry” (published by GMI). In this 2nd edition, Nussbaum outlines how to get into position for insight, frame your concern, brainstorm and guess, get strategy right, prepare great questions, hunt & gather, draws insights from information, convert all the above into conclusions and recommendations, take inspired action, and watch God’s glory break through. You can learn more at…

 

http://www.gmi.org/services/research/breakthrough/

 

Stan and company will even come and help you “live and in person” on sight. This is a great idea for workers that are having trouble adapting, but didn’t want to admit it. Hats off to GMI for creative problem-solving, which has generated a new realm of information-sharing.

4) Researching Mission Activity in the Solomon Islands —

John is researching missionary activity in the Solomon Islands.  If you are aware of any missionary activity in the Solomons, would you share it with him? Click on comment below or by email:

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Online Training in Relationship-based Research

calebresourcesPioneering new ministry or seeking deeper insights into the culture where you live? Learn relationship-based research techniques used by short-term teams, church planters, strategists, and students around the world since 1988. Encounter Culture is a 10-week experiential training course developed by Caleb Resources using the book, “Exploring the Land.” A class begins September 15, 2009, and the next one is scheduled for January 15, 2010.

http://www.calebresources.org/node/270

1) Your Unreached People Group Research Starts & Ends With Jp2K

Never fear… Dan’s still here. Yes, “AD2000 & Beyond” is long gone… but the research arm that began during their tenure is still hard at work. Dan the man is still there, heading up a broad-based initiative to get you the best information possible on any people group you can imagine. Check his work… and that of the team of people assisting him… at

http://www.joshuaproject.net/

There’s even a cool plug-in there that let’s you see a sample “people group a day” picture and link. (See the plug-in right here on the Brigada home page.)

2) Catch The Momentum At Momentum

When I grow up, I want to be as smart as Justin. See a fraction of his research at

http://www.momentum-mag.org/

Read the latest on intercession for unreached peoples, browse global issues, catch upcoming conferences, and, in short, “Build your ability to reach the unreached peoples of the world.” That’s what Momentum Magazine is all about. Be sure to catch the full-length magazine layouts at

http://www.momentum-mag.org/downloads

There’s nothing like that anywhere else on the web. Thanks for your work, Justin.

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