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8) What Can You Tell us About the Keystone Project?

keystone projectThis past week, a colleague shared quite a find:

http://www.keystoneproject.org/

There are tons of resources on the “Training Downloads” page. Has anyone tried these and, if so, can anyone share (in one of the Comment boxes following the web version of this item) how helpful this stuff is please? Because it LOOKS awesome… for instruction on discipleship and what it requires, the Holy Spirit, and disciplemaking movements. And it LOOKS like all this stuff is absolutely free. Could it be true?

1) Great Member Care Resources

MemberCareWow. Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell, with website at…

http://membercareassociates.org/

wrote this past week with a virtual cornucopia of member care recourses. I was completely bowled over by how far the “industry” had come in the last 20 years. Take a look:

First, grab the PDF copy of their list of 100+ member care books and resources at…

http://membercareassociates.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/100+-books-for-a-MC-Library-ODonnell-March-2014.pdf

Then take a look at these other resources:

*Member care database indexed at Mental Health Resources for Cross-Cultural Workers

http://www.crossculturalworkers.com

*E-books/materials from Missionary Care

http://www.missionarycare.com/ebook.htm

*Media materials available at Member Care Media

http://membercareradio.com

*Member care-related books for sale: William Carey Library Publishers

https://missionbooks.org/products/categories/category/member-care

Mission Training International

http://www.mti.org/purchase

Society for Human Resource Management

http://www.shrm.org/Publications/Books/Pages/SHRM-PublishedBooks(AlphaList).aspx

People in Aid

http://www.peopleinaid.org/resources

Headington Institute (e.g., training modules;

http://www.headington-institute.org/overview

Families in Global Transition

http://figt.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1114038

Intercultural Press

http://nicholasbrealey.com/boston/subjects/interculturalpress.html

Bibliography of articles from the 1960s-1987 in Helping Missionaries Grow (1988, Appendix)

https://sites.google.com/site/membercaravan/test/helping-ms-grow-book

Partial listing of materials in other languages

http://membercareassociates.org/?page_id=43

Member Care: 50 Years-50 Quotes (1964-2013)

https://sites.google.com/site/membercaravan/mem

Materials at Global MCA from different sectors and relevant for member care and mission/aid (see “Vol 2 Resources” and “Vol 2 Updates”)

https://sites.google.com/site/globalmca/

Materials on Brigada (search “member care” and “books”,

http://www.brigada.org/

(They get extra thanks for pointing their friends and readers to this last resource!!! :-) )

6) More Books/Resources on Understanding Islam

how-to-respond-muslimsI’m struck by the way Logos has created a learning system within its publishing platform. It’s a great way for missionaries to build a fantastic library at a decent price without buying those Rubbermaid “Tote” tubs. What’s more, one book that was $5 in print and $3.50 in Kindle edition (on Amazon) was just $2.25 in Logos’ marketplace. As always, it’s best to shop. About half the time, in my own comparisons, the Kindle edition would be cheaper, but Logos’ system was less expensive in other situations. See for yourself and do your own cost comparison at…

http://lgs.to/1bI0rru

Either way, don’t forget that you can use coupon code BRIGADA5 at checkout to get 15% additional discount off the already-discounted price. (Disclaimer: They’ve said they’ll make a gift to Brigada as a result of these purchases. But what I don’t understand is — if they’re shaving off dollars from what Amazon charges, how will they have any money leftover to make a donation? Does this mean Amazon is becoming filthy rich? :-) Your choice as to whom you want to support. :-) )

4) Is there a Forum Specifically for Missions Mobilizers?

This past week, a Brigada participant asked if there was any specific online forum (other than Brigada, of course) specifically for Missions Mobilizers. We knew about the Catalyst e-zine at…

http://missionscatalyst.net/

But we wondered if there was some kind of regular physical gathering, or at least a regular online get-together of mobilizers around the world. If there are, and if that’s public knowledge, would you use the comment box below to share more information about it please? Thanks!

4) JoshuaProject.net Posts New Offerings

The elves at JoshuaProject.net have been busy. You can download free mobile apps, sign up for the “Unreached People Group of the Day,” study stats, learn about a traveling exhibit called “The Wall of Unreached Peoples,” download prayer cards, study all their new cool maps, get a multi-lingual overview, and even download bulletin inserts, videos, and presentations. Do it all here, at JoshuaProject.

http://www.JoshuaProject.net

1) In Your Brigada Web-stocking: A Fast New Search Engine

Our new fast search engine...

Our new fast search engine…

This past week, we paid the piper to add Google’s custom search engine service at Brigada.org. By doing so, we insured that your searches at Brigada.org would implement about 10 times faster. Check it out in the top-line menu or go directly to…

http://www.brigada.org/search

and try searching for ANYTHING in the Brigada archives from 1995 through this current edition. We think you’ll like the results. This faster Google-based search engine replaces the slower search engine we were running in the right side-bar.

1) Free Strategy Design Resource –

Wow. I’m serious. If you have anything to do with putting together plans to reach unreached peoples, RUN, don’t walk, to this site:

http://strategyleader.org/researchforstrategy/

This Orville Boyd Jenkins dude has amassed a TON of resources for us. I’m thinking… who DOES this??? Where have you seen a broader stack of tools for learning about a country, a people, a worldview, and how to reach them???? (Thanks to Eric and Jeff for this tip.)

8) Help needed: Current Project of Digital Resource Libraries —

The Digital Bible Society (DBS) serve the Church around the world by collecting and distributing digital Bibles and Christian literature in their own languages.  These Treasure Libraries (TL’s) are then freely made available to individuals, churches, and mission agencies for distribution in every nation. DBS has completed Treasure Libraries in Chinese, Arabic, and Persian on digital media such as CD’s DVD’s, and SD chips to be used in a multitude of devices.  They are currently producing digital libraries for a number of languages, countries, and regions of the world.  To increase their value, DBS is actively seeking the help of churches, individuals and ministries representing these languages.  They need help to identify and collect digital materials and assistance in the production process.  This includes collecting content materials and permissions, small translation tasks, reviewing of libraries, networking, and distributing finished libraries.  Contact

hannesatdbsBibledotorg for a list of current targeted regions and needs.

Additional Information:

 

http://www.dbsbible.org

 

http://donteatthefruit.com/2012/02/powerful-secure-bible-software-for-closed-countries-and-you/

 

Forum of Bible Agencies:

http://www.forum-intl.org/about_ifoba/default.aspx?id=518

 

Charisma News:

http://www.charismanews.com/culture/32118-digital-bibles-reach-persecuted-church

 

(Note: Some of these links will “wrap.” If you have trouble copying them and pasting them into your browser, just log on to Brigada today online and find this same item posted there. We’ll make sure the link works on our site. Thanks.)

3) Serving As Senders Today —

Emmaus Road International is pleased to announce the availability of the 20th anniversary, revised and expanded edition of the classic book on member care: Serving As Senders. First published in 1991, in 16 print runs, numerous custom editions and 18 translations, over 400,000 copies have ministered to missionaries and their caregivers, alike. Serving As Senders~Today clarifies and enhances the basic principles. Exciting new stories of how these Biblical principles work in local situations around the world have been added. To order your copy(ies), visit

 

http://www.eri.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=36&Itemid=13

 

If you are a missionary, do not pay by PayPal. Ask for an Invoice and note that you are a missionary.

 

Contacts for the translations are available at

 

http://www.eri.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=48&Itemid=37

 

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8) The future of the global church is Open —

Did you know that releasing discipleship resources (like the Bible and training materials) from copyright restrictions using open licenses can greatly increase their usefulness to the global church? Find out more about what the “open” future of the global church is like by watching the short video at

 

http://www.dsmedia.org/intro

 

Check out the Door43 project that puts this idea of “open” into practice.

 

http://door43.org

 

Door43 is an open-access, web-based platform where anyone can join for free and work together with others to create, translate and distribute unrestricted discipleship resources in any language. You can think of it as something like “Wikipedia for discipleship resources” but with a strong focus on multimedia, oral cultures, mobile phone technology and quality control. Resources in Door43 can be legally used by anyone, for any ministry purpose, without needing to ask permission. You can help make this vision come true: “unrestricted discipleship resources, in every language, and on any mobile phone”.

2) “Go International” Invites You to Go with Them! –

Go International, a recent contributor to Brigada, has a great website at

 

http://www.gointernational.org

 

They share lots of videos, simple “lessons learned,” and great opportunities. If you’re thinking about traveling overseas with your trade or skill, give them a look! (And thanks again for helping Brigada get the word out about unreached peoples & cities, cool tools to reach them, and much much more.

2) Create a Map Envelope –

Before you conclude that this is just really bizarre, you’ve got to try this one time. You see, here’s a service that will allow you to create an envelope which is lined with a Google map of any location you choose. (I told you you’d think it’s bizarre.) Just go to

 

http://www.mapenvelope.com

 

then pick a location and message, print it, fold along dotted lines, stamp and mail. It’s a great visual way to connect with supporters! And your kids (or the kid in you) will love it. (Thanks to Heidi, who saw this tip in Reader’s Digest, June/July 2010, p 20.)

2) Free Member Care Resources that never mention “Missionaries” —

If you know people serving in sensitive areas, these books and brochures may be helpful to them. You can send your friends the link below, or you can download particular resources yourself and send those books or brochures as attachments.  This site is openly Christian and quotes Scripture, but it never uses words such as “missionary” or “missions.” The website has 9 books, each in the following formats: .pdf, .doc, .zip, .mobi (for Kindle) and, .epub (for other E-readers, such as Nook or Sony).  It also has 70 brochures, each available in the following formats: .pdf and .doc.  You can’t beat the price–everything is free.  Find it at…

 

http://www.crossculturalworkers.com/

 

(Hats off to GO International for making available these and other resources! GO International is also a great friend and partner of Brigada.)

5) Resources for Christians in Education –

Transforming Teachers has a large collection of articles, links and downloads in a variety of languages for Christian teachers who want to relate all of life and learning to God and His word. You can download a free copy of the Visual Valet: Personal assistant for Christian thinkers and teachers at

 

http://www.transformingteachers.org/index.php?option=com_remository&Itemid=138&func=select&id=3

 

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For permission to reprint the book, contact Harold at hklassenatteachbeyonddotorg .

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