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10) Fun to Watch this "Disciple-Making Practices" Video…

…not only to make fun of the speaker, but also to realize that, when the video was made (Apr. 18, 2017), researchers were tracking between 100 to 300 disciple-making movements in the entire globe. The last we heard, that number had now swollen to something more than 1000 movements all around the world. Let’s give praise to God for these indicators of rapid and fervent growth, then let’s get busy and join them!

 

2) What One Word Would You Use to Sum Up These Prayercast Videos?

Let’s do a contest to pick out one single word that you would use to sum up all these Prayercast videos coming out daily. See the whole list of them with links by clicking to …

 

prayercast.com/love-muslims-home.html

 

and scrolling down until you see the 30 or so videos listed. Just remember that on each of those pages, there are sometimes yet *other* videos which are equally gripping.

 

Once you’ve checked them out, please click a comment to give your one word. We’ll start with this word on our end:

 

Amazing.

 

(Just remember to pray as you watch.)

 

14) The Last Bit: These Comments About Last Week’s Brigada…

…would make a tremendous sketch for John Crist. You do know who John Crist is, right? He’s the comedian who thinks up stuff like this, both live and on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-4HGPckuvY

So we figure… if he could just see some of these comments following one of these now infamous upside-down Brigadas. I mean — what in the world? Do Brigada participants think that we don’t *notice* that we’ve just sent the whole world an edition that is completely backwards? We *thought* about, last week, once we realized what had happened, sending a complementary *mirror* so that everyone could read last week’s issue without eye-strain. But it turned out that our email server was overwhelmed with all the extra bandwidth of all the attached mirrors. Here are just *some* of the really-true, honest-for-goodness feedback comments:

 

” 1st world problems, right?! :)” (I’m going to have to remember this person’s take on things. Grace. Grace. Grace. Grace. Grace. : ) )

 

” No biggie Doug! It’s kind of nice to change things up once in awhile.” (Who are they kidding?! : ) Talk about a grace-filled person. What author expects us to turn to the back of the book to figure out where to turn in the book??? What? : ) )

 

” You may have stumbled on to something, Doug!” (This person thought we were in the middle of a David-Letterman-esque countdown. 15-14-13-12..)

 

” no problem brother you are busy with the recording of the book” (Another grace-filled person. See item 3. He’s just picturing me in the back of some recording studio, trying to churn out Brigada in the dark. “Oops – I think we just did another edition upside-down.”)

 

“People don’t like change. But sometimes that change is the exact reason why people get more drawn in! I find the upside down Brigada episode a nice “break in the script”. No need for apologies. And thank you for all your hard work with this weekly newsletter. It’s been immensely helpful!” (Uh-huh. We learned later that this person is actually being hired by Zondervan to do a new book on turning catastrophes into complements.)

 

” It is not a big issue. I noticed it and just dropped to the bottom and worked my way up. I am glad to have the info upside down or right side up.”  (WHAT??? It makes me dizzy just reading his description of what he had to do to read the crazy edition!)

 

” No problem.  I am just thankful that you will publicize my stuff.” (Hah! Another optimist. Actually, he sent a picture of himself trying to read the email. He was standing on his head!!!) (joking)

 

One guy just gave up and wrote, “Unforgivable!” (At least this guy was willing to tell the truth.) : )

 

So for all those who *didn’t* write but *thought* about it, once again, please forgive  — and we hope like *crazy* it never happens again. : )

 

4) We Cannot Watch This Video With Dry Eyes (Marines: Days of Elijah)

It was apparently originally posted by just one lady. Now it has been seen by 4 million. We look forward to the day it’s double that number. There’s just something about watching this cadre of trained men and women, arms over each others’ shoulders, crunched in a low position, singing “There’s no God like Jehovah,” then lifting their voices with a strong “Hoo-rah” at full shout. We (and they) know that tomorrow, they might be called upon to put their lives on the line to defend and protect the Constitution of their land and the people who live in it. But for today, they had just one thing on their minds: lifting up the God who protects and goes before them, the one in whom they place their trust.

The URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MtdyRDy4fU

As a part of your prayer time today, would you pray for those who are defending the country that you love today? …and give thanks for those who place their lives in God’s hands so you can live yours, we trust, in freedom.

 

14) The Last Bit: PrayerCast’s Daily Videos Are Award-Winning

Well, it’s official. Brigada has to come up with a new award — and the people behind Prayercast (including OneWay, a family of media and missions ministries based in Napierville, IL, including its Founder and Executive Director, Michael Thompson, and Darrow, as well) have to win it. Their vision is “To see multitudes come to a saving faith in Christ as His people joyfully engage in reaching them,” and, we have to say, in our opinion, there is no doubt they are contributing greatly to that end. Their mission is “To activate people to exalt Jesus Christ and advance His gospel to the multitudes.” All you have to do is watch just ONE of their videos and we think you’ll be convinced. And during this Ramadan, they’ve worked hard to prepare the most amazing prayers, combined with fantastic original music sound tracks, overlaid by out-of-this-world video footage (who knows how they obtained or created all this). Please — just watch one with us. Here’s one about Muslim men:

 

prayercast.com/men.html

 

The crazy thing is — they create and give away all their content (when do these people ever make any money?), and it’s better, actually, than anything we could buy anyway. When we watch these videos, we aren’t just prompted to pray. We are *drawn* into praying. What if all 7500 of us bow right now, giving thanks for their work? What if we all join together to pray that God would bless *them* so they can bless others. We can’t *afford* to lose Prayercast. But we pray that will never happen — that God will bless them and multiply their efforts (and their resources) many times over. Learn more at…

 

prayercast.com

 

We noted that there is a “Donate” button upper right — and we decided to make a donation today in light of their quality work. We only wish it could have been more than it was. We encourage others to consider doing the same.

3) “Love Muslims” Launches May 5th: 130 New “Pray for Muslims” Videos!

The folks at PrayerCast are asking you to take part in the most comprehensive and compelling Muslim-focused prayer resource the world has ever seen. Over the month of Ramadan, they plan to release over 130 new 4-5 minute videos, all designed to lead the Body of Christ in focused, strategic, passionate prayer for the Muslim world. Each video is led by a former Muslim who now follows Jesus! They’re rallying the Church around the world to join them in prayer each day during Ramadan. Take a look…

prayercast.com/love-muslims-landing.html

Invite, share and sign up. Here’s a sneak peak:

https://vimeo.com/291193744/3f1af42f77

4) Try this Prayer Moment at Your Next Church or Group Meeting

On April 11 the Sudanese military ousted president Omar al-Bashir after 30 years in power. But the unrest started back in 2018, when protests over living standards and shortages led to calls for his resignation. Even now the upheaval continues, as many reject the military-led transitional council and call for a civilian administration.

 

This is yet another critical and fragile moment in Sudan’s history.

 

Conflict and war have been an almost non-stop reality for the Sudanese. Yet through decades of turmoil, the Gospel has spread, and the small Sudanese Church has matured through suffering.

 

Even so, most Sudanese remain Muslim. Over 50% have never heard of Jesus. And the nation remains less than 1% evangelical.

May this critical moment of transition open a door for the Good News of Jesus Christ to reach over 20 million Sudanese who have yet to hear it!

 

Get started today at…

 

www.prayercast.com/sudan.html

7) New ‘Stock’ Video Resource For Non-Profits

Tim at Expat Media Pro has set up a website with the goal of linking up video editors in non-profit ministry with video creators who have traveled or live around the developing world and have already uploaded great content. He is looking for more videos to link to. If a video editor finds something they like, they just contact the video creator and make arrangements for use. Check it out at…

 

www.ngostock.com

11) New JoshuaProject Video will Stir Your Church/Team/Org to Pray

Extraordinary prayer doesn’t come by accident. It’s not something we stumble upon. It’s something we have to seek. Joshua Project has helped us stir hearts with their new little 3-minute video at…

 

https://vimeo.com/311331983

 

Would you consider showing it at one of your upcoming worship services? Then follow it with 2 minutes of guided prayer from the platform, followed by small group prayer in your congregation or org, perhaps for another 3 or 4 minutes after that? Yes, the entire deal will soak up 10 minutes of your sermon time but, hey — preach on “prayer around the block and around the world” and this can be your application time — and you’re already 1/3 of the way finished! : )  (Thanks for the video, Joshua Project.)

1) Join the Global Movement of Praying for Muslims During Ramadan

I can only think of one reason why you wouldn’t want to take part in this special prayer emphasis: Wait. I can’t think of ANY.

 

Take a look…

 

prayercast.com/love-muslims-landing.html

 

Please consider signing up to pray. Because … check this out. This is the caliber of daily videos you’ll see during Ramadan this year. All brand new. All powerful. And all prompting you to pray like never before — to love Muslims … during Ramadan.

https://vimeo.com/291193744/3f1af42f77

2) Dog Sets New Distance Record: Longest Frisbee Catch in History

Check us out on this. For us, this longest-distance Frisbee catch illustrates several key lessons that come together in this incredible feat.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1Fruyxrx3w

First, the dog has to be incredibly fast and fit. Second, the dog’s timing has to be right (to snatch this thing right out of the air). Third and finally, the thrower had to make the throw just right (super-long distance combined with a super-long hang-time — and don’t forget super-straight). Launching a disciple-making movement (DMM) is somewhat like this. It usually requires an implementer who was so passionate, so determined, and so committed, that there was actually never anything in question: He or she felt so driven that “whatever it takes” to win an entire pocket of people, he or she would give it all. However, in reality, there was a certain sense of timing, calling, and God’s purpose involved. But even given all this, at the end of the day, it’s really all up to God and His eternal purposes. We can do everything just right — but if God’s Spirit doesn’t will it, it just won’t happen.

 

But when it DOES happen, it’s a beautiful thing.

 

3) Is This the Best Explanation of the Greatest Spiritual Needs?

This relatively new video (with relatively few views) just might be the best explanation anywhere of the biggest spiritual needs ever, especially when it comes to understanding the places where the Gospel isn’t. Thanks to RW Lewis and Chris Maynard for imagining this clear, clarion call for pioneers. Our hope is that your church or group will find time in the very near future to view and share this video, then prayerfully brainstorm about what action steps you might take to address its truths. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVmTU13rgo8&feature=youtu.be

(Thanks to Mission Frontiers for consistently pointing us toward these important facts. And thanks to Telos Fellowship for believing in the importance of sharing these challenges. Finally, we’re all grateful to the good folks at JoshuaProject.net for sounding the call for all.)

 

2) Free Missions video series entitled Pathways to Global Understanding

Pathways, a Phoenix, Arizona based missions organization, just completed a series of 12 missions videos to help Christ followers discover their part in God’s Global Story. The curriculum is designed for use in small groups, classes or personal study. The videos are available free on line at…

 

www.pathwaysglobal.org

 

It looks really good. If you have participated or your group has already taken part, please click a comment and share your testimony. Thanks to those who took part — people like Jon Hardin, Meg Crossman, and many others — in making it! Pathways to Global Understanding is available to you at no charge because the people who prepared it want you to know the lessons contained in it. Meet all the speakers at…

 

www.pathwaysglobal.org/meet-the-speakers/

 

Learn more about the people who produced it at…

 

www.harvestmediaministry.com/

 

(Thanks to several who tipped us off on this, including Tim!)

12) Where Can We Learn to Share the "3 Circles" Presentation?

The book, More Disciples, trains readers how to share the 3 Circles Life Conversation (originally developed by Family Church in West Palm Beach, Florida) on page 118-122. In frame-by-frame storyboards, the book helps readers easily learn to share the Good News using this readily-adapted format. See More Disciples here…

https://www.amazon.com/More-Disciples-Becoming-Multiplying-Followers/dp/1939124166

You can watch a video version of this colorful 3 Circles presentation online at…

https://vimeo.com/289340874

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