Subscription Information –
Want to unsubscribe? Just click the “Unsubscribe” link at the end of this email. It’s one touch — so easy.
Want to change your address? That’s easy too. Just scroll to the top of this page and use the new one-click subscribe box in the upper right. That’s it! Remember to verify the new address by watching your inbox for the confirmation from iContact. Be ready to click on (or copy and paste) the link into your browser. That’s it! It’s that easy!
To Submit An Item — We love to feature your news & resources! To find out how, read our submission guidelines on the web at:
We can’t screen ’em all. Please forgive us if a particular site contains offensive information — or no information at all! We *try* to visit them in advance, but often write “on the road” so we simply *can’t* preview everything.
Please Don’t Subscribe Us To Your List –
Sorry, nothing personal, but we’re already deluged. We’ll eventually teach our spam filter to just delete it anyway, but in the meantime, we’ll have a sad face because of the volume of mass mailings we receive. :-( The really sad part is that your emails will then be marked to go to our spam filters. :-(
Warning About Forwarding Emails –
Just say no! :-) Read our thoughts about forwarding emails at
Donate to Brigada –
To give online, just scroll to the top of this page and click “Donate.” By the way, you don’t need a PayPal account to give. If you reach a screen asking for your PayPal I.D., look on the left side of the screen, about halfway down, and find the prompt which says, “Continue without a PayPal Account.” If you’d rather send an old-fashioned check, just make it payable to Team Expansion and send it to: Team Expansion (Brigada), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299, USA. (And by the way, Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) Thanks to those who have suggested this cause to their local church missions committees, mission teams, and/or missions ministers/pastors. We appreciate you!
Privacy Information –
We will never give your information to anybody. We won’t market you, won’t hassle you, and won’t ever bother you. You won’t be signed up for mailings you didn’t request. Your address is safe and your future is secure. Life is good. :-)
Copyright — This issue of _Brigada Today_ is Copyrighted 2014. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available on the Brigada website, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Jesus Christ to reach the unreached.* To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.
When you quote or paraphrase material from Brigada, please include this phrase: “For a free subscription to Brigada’s weekly missions publication, visit Brigada on the web at www.brigada.org.”
Comment or inquire about this item at…
Search Brigada’s 18+ years of archives — 100% ad-free due to gifts from True Fans of Brigada
In this edition:
In this issue…
1) Thank you for Undergirding Brigada in 2013
2) Next Mission Frontiers to Feature 4×4’s
3) The Suitcase Never Arrived
4) YWAM Orlando’s School of Mission
5) Study Neighborhood Transformation (or CHE) online
6) Hot Stock Tip: Matthew 25 Fund a Good Fit for USA Readers?
7) Using Infographics to Engage People on Mission
8) Cool Storybook Site: An Option for your Snow-Day
9) Next Week: Special Cool Tools for Offline Use
10) Propempo.com Will Amaze (and Equip) You
11) Excited About New Apologetics Series
12) Let God Enlarge Your Heart in 2014
13) Learn the Basics of Storytelling in Two Days
14) The BackPage: Google: Friend of Foe
15) Closing Stuff
We send (via email) and post (on the web) Brigada Today each week, January through Oct. without any financial appeals whatsoever. (We only say thank you to those who give gifts.) At the close of each calendar year, we ask people to pitch in $17,120 to help part-time with the costs of an assistant, pay for web-hosting, and some light marketing costs. We estimate that we invest between 10-20 hours per week, on average, preparing Brigada, communicating with the Brigada audience, and serving the Brigada community. Brigada, then becomes a means of promoting evangelism and missions on both a national as well as an international level. Besides those few weeks at the end of each year, there are no other appeals for financial support.
With this edition of Brigada, we formally close our appeal for 2013. We received a total of $12,778.08 for budget needs for 2013. We’re grateful for all those who WERE able to give and we trust that God has provided according to the needs that He, in his providential wisdom, wanted to supply. We praise Him for that and thank you for the part you played! In addition, we thank you for your prayers. This week, we’ve been writing, sending, and posting Brigada Today every week for literally 19 years. We’re told that for internet websites and e-zines, that’s like an eternity. We couldn’t do this ministry without your prayers, partnership and encouragement. You’re a great bunch of friends and we appreciate you!!!!!
PS. Thanks to Insurance Services of America for sending a gift of $20.97 this past week. Learn more about their many policies and benefits at…
They provide plans for those who need international health, and travel insurance, as well as those who want to be reimbursed if their travel plans change or are interrupted by anything in any way. I’ve had to collect before — and it works.
The Mar/Apr 2014 issue of Mission Frontiers introduces a powerful new dynamic in global missions which is already impacting the U.S. as well–generational “4×4” movements spawning additional “4×4”
In 2013, emerging 4×4 movements became evident in at least 27 regions of the U.S., with some of these already spreading among the unreached in the U.S. and/or their homeland.
To equip you to help us leverage the value of this material, the folks at Mission Frontiers have temporarily (until Feb 1st) posted key core content on-line for the preview and assistance of ministry leaders:
(If you have any trouble with this link, please email RobbyQButler@gmail.com .)
“My son, Steven, has been on a mission trip with my Dad for the past two weeks. They left the states during the big snowstorm that covered the East Coast and just barely got out of the country. Because of the weather, changes were made to their flight schedule and somewhere along the way their luggage got lost. Today, Steven leaves Ghana, Africa to come back to America. His suitcase never arrived…I think he has had one change of clothes for the whole trip.”
This is the beginning of a story we read recently from a woman’s whose son went on a short-term mission trip without insurance for lost or delayed baggage. Had her son been on the “TripArmor” plan from our good friends at MissionTripInsurance.com he could have been reimbursed for his lost/delayed baggage. If you are going on a mission trip this year that involves connecting flights (don’t all mission trips??) then you should be sure to check out this plan at
or give Mark a call at 1-800-5776-2674 ext. 103.
YWAM Orlando runs a School of Missions beginning March 31, 2014. In this 3-month cross-cultural training you will learn to 1) build relationships through language learning, 2) belong and become an insider in your target community, 3) thrive in the mission frontiers emotionally, spiritually and physically, and 4) be an effective team worker. Your lecturers will be experienced missionaries. The optional field internship is a mentored field learning experience. Learn more at…
or call +1-407-273-1667.
then register here…
They charge $50 for the course plus $10 if you don’t already own “Multiplying Light and Truth” by Stan Rowland. I did this course a few months ago. If you have time and you’re self-directed, there can be some great discussions with your peers. It’s mainly a “read and discuss” kind of approach. The course organizers would be the first to admit that an in-person CHE course is more engaging, but if you can’t get to one of those, it’s great that they’re making this format available.
Are you into stock funds? I’m not. Much. But my son dabbles. :-) He recently shared news about a fund called the “Matthew 25 fund.” Check it out at…
If you invested $10K there 10 years ago, your investment would have dropped to half its value by 2008. But today it would be worth more than $20K. Not a bad return for 10 years. Obviously, past performance is no guarantee of future outcomes, but it’s worth a look. Apparently, they don’t have any big-time office in the USA. It’s just a guy in PA doing his best to help the world. They state that they’re not religious or anything. Just trying to do something to help the world. Cool. Please take note: I’m not an investor there nor will I receive anything for this referral. Just an interesting prospect. (Thanks Caleb!)
a new service designed to provide regular infographics to the mission community on a broad range of topics. So far they have covered topics like global church planting, Internet evangelism, online missionary recruiting, orality, the status of Indonesia and mission leadership trends. Twice a month, Missiographics will send out a new infographic on a different aspect of global mission. Sign up here:
Are you the parent of a restless Missionary Kid (MK) on a snow day, miles from your homeland? You could be in a creative-access country, or somewhere in downtown Cincinnati. It doesn’t matter. Your kids will still enjoy these books. Check it out at…
It features big-time actors and actresses reading kids’ books just for fun. For example, see this story about “The Tooth”…
To see all their stories, make sure you click “View List of All Books” upper right. In my opinion, their landing page doesn’t do a good enough job sharing all the options at their site. (Thanks for sharing this site, T…)