6) What Name do YOU use to Describe ISIS, ISIL, IS or Daesh?

I love the latest stack of news items documenting the various names for the group that has been calling itself the Islamic State. See, for example, …


Apparently the most recent name, as advanced by David Cameron, is Daesh, which is a loose acronym for al-Dawla al-Islamiya al-Iraq al-Sham (Arabic for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) but sounds like the Arabic words Daes (“one who crushes something underfoot”) and Dahes (“one who sows discord”). I think I like it. What about you? (Click Comment after the web version of this item to give your opinion.)

9) How to End Terrorism

I’m so tired of terrorism. I remember early on, hearing George Bush say, “We won’t quit until we defeat terrorism.” I would hear him say that and I wanted to believe him, but I remember thinking, “How does that work? Because — these guys are basically stateless. If you destroy one cell, won’t there just be 5 more rise up to take its place?” Here we are, more than 10 years later, asking the same questions. Does anyone out there know how we can truly stop terrorism? I mean end it for all time?

Adopt a Terrorist For Prayer

adoptaterroristAt http://www.atfp.org you can now explore the data base of FBI and U.S. State Department identified terrorists and terrorism sponsors who are both at large and detained.  Then you can create a secure log-in and register a commitment to be praying for one or more of them. The site automatically counts and posts the number of people committed to praying for each individual.  Please consider registering a prayer commitment and encourage your friends to join you. Also, if you have web design skills and live in a country besides the USA, please consider establishing a prayer site like this for your own country in your own language. The Spokesman for the movement is Brother Thomas. His e-mail is title="spokesmanatmyatfpdotcom" src="http://wwwdotbrigadadotorg/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/spokesmanatmyatfpdotcomdotbmp" alt="spokesmanatmyatfpdotcom" /> .

20071028 Brigada Today

In this issue…


  • SOUNDS OF GLOBAL WORSHIP NOW ON YOUTUBE — God is receiving worship from many nations, people, tribes and languages in their indigenous heart music. Heart Sounds International has created a YouTube broadcast channel to present a series of these worship videos entitled “Sounds of Global Worship”. Click on the following link to access:


    The channel currently features 17 videos, with many more to be added in the weeks and months ahead. Available for viewing are worship clips from Azerbaijan, Congo, India (Assam, Bengal, Punjab), Himalayas, Malawi, Mongolia, South Africa and Sudan. You are welcome to subscribe to the channel, after which you will be notified as new videos are added.

  • ADOPT-A-TERRORIST FOR PRAYER — This movement has completed a static web site at


    Pray that God will work through this site to head off difficulties and achieve lasting peace. For more information, write admin(at)

    myatfp(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . and reassemble the address on one line.]

  • A BRIEF TENT-MAKERS SURVEY — The folks at Emercy are conducting a brief survey to learn more about missionary tent-makers and their agency / administrative needs. The survey is only 10-questions long. To take the survey, visit


    Results to the survey will be posted next month at


  • SHARING CHRIST MINISTRIES WEBSITE — There’s something for everyone – – Christian, non-Christian, pastor, missionary, or discipleship organization. You’ll find training materials and resources to equip Christians for the work of the ministry – all free! There is also a CD providing classical, favorite hymns, words of inspiration with heart inspiring readings, a narration of Biblical principles. Find it all and a lot more at:


  • SHIP OR MOVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD — Modern Shipping Inc. offers its best efforts to help missionaries ship anywhere around the world. They claim to have an excellent team to assist anyone internationally, regardless of whether the challenge is full container loads, limited container load, ro-ro & purchasing container to worldwide destination. They offer low competitive prices to missionary organizations to achieve their goals. Email shipping(at)

    msifreight(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with then reassemble the address on one line.] Alternatively, call toll free in the USA (866)916-0961 Learn more at


  • PERSPECTIVES WEBSITE GIVES ANSWERS — Visit it today if you want to learn the latest about Perspectives…


  • BUSINESS AS MISSION CONFERENCE — Business As Mission (BAM) aims to assist individuals with an interest in exploring the possibilities and discovering the practicalities of becoming a kingdom-minded business professional in a cross-cultural context. Mission practitioners will give a general overview of the BAM paradigm for ministry while providing practical advice, case studies and stories of their own experience. Join other BAM workers from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, 2008 at the Loudonville Community Church in Albany, NY. To receive a brochure with all the details please contact Jamie at 603.525.4219 or northeast

    (at)ludlow.net. Sponsored by Interserve USA and Loudonville Community Church. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the email address onto one line.]

  • CORRECTION ON “HELP MISSIONARIES SERVING ON THE FIELD” — Remember the item about “Veteran missionaries, do you remember how alone you felt when you were out there and no one seemed to understand” (Item #3 in the 10/19 edition of Brigada Today). Nation to Nation provided us with an incorrect email address. It should have been Karen.here4u

    (at)gmail.com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), we have broken them up with a carriage return and replaced the “@” sign with “at”.] Please forgive us for any inconvenience.

  • SOBERED BY THOSE WHO MAKE BRIGADA POSSIBLE — We are so blessed to have received gifts recently from anonymous donors for $180 (from a worker in China) and $25. We also received $25 from


    They’re a Richmond Personal Injury Law Firm. If you have *any* reason to have to call a lawyer and you haven’t engaged one yet, I would *sincerely* hope *someone* gives them a call, if for no other reason than they know that Brigada readers appreciate them helping underwrite Brigada.

    Finally — and get this — we received a $300 donation from WorldconneX Mission Network at


    Expect to hear more about them in the future — and for now, we *greatly* appreciate their help!

  • CAN YOU VAULT US INTO 2008 BY PROVIDING A LIFT? — Yikes. At this point, we have received only $6,752.87 toward our 2007 budget needs of $17,150. If you have ever found something in Brigada to by helpful… or if you’d like to underwrite Brigada for someone who lives in a faraway land who cannot send funds on his or her own, please just click on the “Donate” page. Because, together, we need 6,752.87 by Dec. 31st. Gulp. That could still be done like this…
  • 1 gift of $1000 for a total of $1000
  • 5 gifts of $500 for a total of $2500
  • 10 gifts of $250 for a total of $2500
  • 13 gifts of $100 for a total of $1300
  • 27 gifts of $50 for a total of $1350
  • 70 gifts of $25 for a total of $1750

    Granted — that’s a lot of volunteers. So the question is.. Has God prepared you with the resources to help with any of these gifts to take us to the finish line? You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

  • THE BACKPAGE: WHAT KIND OF HOPE COMES FROM STRIPPING AWAY HOPE? — Today’s Wall Street Journal Europe Edition caught my eye (Dec. 7 issue). The center pages were all about how Europeans, though economically ok, were seemingly more and more afraid… and worse, without hope. The pages were based on a survey of 10,373 Europeans from throughout Western Europe. Control populations were included in the USA, India, Russia and Turkey. In all, they gathered responses from 20,999 people in 20 countries — no small group.

    The outcome? Europeans are scared. Lack of direction, lack of leadership, lessening freedoms, more worries, more selfishness, and increasing pessimism. Interestingly, the responses also revealed a shocking rise in secularism, a loss of purpose, and, in general, a breakdown of society. The study included, among many other references, a quote from Yoda, of all folks (Star Wars; 1999). :-) “Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.” Sure enough, many Europeans reported fears about terrorism, war, global warming, moral decay, and finances. In fact, as many as 1 out of 10 reported that things were so bad, they simply had no hope — period. Even greater numbers said they had lost hope in the future.

    What’s the source of this fear? Remember that movie, “The NeverEnding Story”? In it, the warrior Atreyu had to go up against the “Nothing Monster”. I remember that giant turtle… what was his name…Morluk? Atreyu had asked him what was left when the Nothing Monster raided a certain town. “What’s left in its wake? Does it leave rocks?” Morluk answered, “Why… no! Rocks would be *something*. The Nothing Monster leaves… well… *nothing*!”

    In the same issue, a reviewer chronicled the new movie, “Golden Compass.” He observed that it was “stripped of ideas,” made little sense, yet was based on anti-religious elements. Apparently, the author is an outspoken atheist making no secret about his efforts to chip away at faith. The reviewer, Joe Morgenstern, wrote, “The script… retains an all-seeing and all-knowing institution that kidnaps children and ships them off to an arctic facility where their souls are permanently separated from their bodies.” In the book form of “Golden Compass,” that institution is clearly identified as “The Church.” Because of public outcry, the movie refers to it as, simply, “The Magisterium,” but the metaphor, nevertheless, clearly remains.

    So I had to grin. I shuttled back between the review of Golden Compass and the outcome of the survey. Duh. Should we be surprised? Clear case of ‘garbage-in, garbage-out.’ If we program our children with movies like “Compass,” we shouldn’t be surprised by the survey results. Morgenstern continued, “Vagueness colors all, banishing emotional connections in the process.” News item: I have seen a better way.

    So what about you? Do you catch yourself inwardly losing your flame? Do you ever feel like you’re just going through the motions? In reality, do you wake up sometimes without hope? If so, you might be suffering from a bit of “Golden Compass” programming. How does one get around it? One idea is — invest. Invest in someone. The way to beat the Nothing Monster (in Never-Ending Story) was to care, love, and take courage. Emily Dickinson wrote, “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers – that perches in the soul — and sings the tune without the words — And never stops – – at all.”

    So this Christmas, may you experience a renewed sense of hopefulness. May the fire & passion reawaken within you. And, if you go see “Golden Compass,” may it not drag you down. Apparently, it and several other factors have been dragging us down now for several years.

    God bless your weekend.


20010819 Brigada Today

In this issue….


A Day of Terror for the USA and its visitors

note Note: Though this Brigada Today represents the 8/24 edition, it is being compiled on Sept. 11th. I know, I know. It’s weird… but a long time ago we settled on doing editions on Fridays… and we’re told that if we keep the dates consistent it just works better that way. So… this the Aug. 24th edition… posted Sept. 11th.

In addition to his role of making an effort to compile Brigada Today on an [attempted] regular basis, Doug Lucas serves as President of a missions agency called Team Expansion. On Monday, Sept. 10, Doug wrote a personal note to each of the 175 full-time Team Expansion workers around the world, asking each of them to take a greater measure of caution — to “watch your back”, so to speak. After watching the morning of Sept. 11th, Doug wrote his colleagues again, this time, with the following message:

“Sept. 11, 2001 — A Day of Terror for the USA and its visitors

“Well obviously, when I sent out a warning message to you yesterday, I had no inkling that 24 hours later, we’d be viewing scenes of such horrible destruction and loss of life. Honestly, at that time, I was anticipating some kind of attack on an embassy in Tokyo . . . or something in a restaurant in South Korea. By no means would those kinds of acts have been “small-scale”, but the massive loss of life and the incredible sense of emotion that New Yorkers . . . and all Americans – – in fact, all sensible world citizens — . . . the stuff we feel at a time like this is probably something akin to what our parents or grandparents felt on the day after Pearl Harbor.

“Of course, when I thought about attacks being far away, I was actually thinking of you and all our missionary force. Often, what’s far away from us in proximity is close to you. In this case, the warning ended up with an ironic twist — the attack was much closer to home than I ever imagined. Was it Usama Bin Ladin? Or was it some Tim McVeigh with a twisted sense of “getting even” about something that happened to his mother or brother? The truth is, we might never find out for sure. But one thing is certain: regardless of where this kind of act takes place, we are reminded of just how fragile life can be. I mean, how do we prevent jetliners from crashing through the windows of skyscrapers… or, for that matter, smashing into the castle at Disneyworld? Yikes.

“The only thing we can really trust in is the fact that somehow, God is near to us in times like these. He empowers us to do His will… to carry out the good works that He’s created in advance for us to do. Sometimes that will require more courage, more endurance, and more stamina than we personally can muster.

“So where do we turn in times like these? (You know where I’m going with this.) We have to look straight into God’s face and seek Him. Here at Int’l Services, we just gathered for a quiet time of prayer. As each team member lifted up various aspects of this tragedy, I saw varying perspectives and took peace in giving over all the strain to God.

“So I’m asking… would you please join me today as we lift up the needs of all the families who have lost loved ones this morning? Would you help me lift up the families of those who aren’t even Americans but were simply in line to visit the World Trade Center as tourists? Let’s pray for peace for those who are, at this very moment, agonizing over a terrible injury or loss of limb… or loss of a Mom or Dad or son or daughter. We pray for wisdom for our leaders . . . for George Bush and all his advisors. … that he might have insight from God and incredibly swift and effective judgment. May God bless America and her allies on this fateful day.

“Would you and your colleagues there be able to gather today, even for a few moments, to jointly pray these prayers with us? Would you intentionally ask the Lord to grant wisdom to the USA’s leaders? Thank you.

“Now, the same message I sent you 24 hours ago… still applies… “Over these next few weeks, as you make travel plans, just remember, especially for those traveling between an overseas location and the USA… please maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase your security awareness and reduce your vulnerability, whenever it is possible. Maintain a low profile, vary routes and times for all required travel, and treat mail and packages from unfamiliar sources with suspicion. In addition, Avoid contact with any suspicious, unfamiliar objects, and report the presence of any such objects to local authorities. Vehicles should not be left unattended, if at all possible, and should be kept locked at all times. We appreciate you . . . and your friendship and camaraderie… so we felt an ounce of caution would be worth a pound of cure.’

“So please… just be careful. It truly is a jungle out there. :-)

Doug Lucas


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