$30 from a friend in Minnesota.
$100 from workers in Bosnia… longtime friends and colleagues
$100 from our partner in Pasadena. She wrote that she was thankful for our “item highlighting Pray4Maldives.org” and that it “made her (Christmas) day!” She added, “I will promote this site with members of our own prayer network for the islands. Thank you!” Thank YOU, Pasadena!
And $100 from East Falmouth, MA, on behalf of the Create International 2020 Vision team. Learn more at…
I remember as a child, the most amazing Christmas present of all was to receive a shiny new tricycle or bicycle. In fact, I still have the tricycle I received as a Christmas gift, probably as a 3-year-old. Today, cycles still mean a lot… but the cycles I’m describing in my adult world are those which allow us new starts. They are the magical cycles of a new day, a new week, a new month, and now — a new year.
You see, we humans are fallible creatures. To be direct, we blow it. We mess up. We make mistakes. We hurt those we love, harm those who can’t fight back, and overlook those who need our attention. The good news is: Due to the cycles we get at times like Christmas/New Years, we get to start over.
It doesn’t have to take the form of a New Year’s resolution, although that works for some. It can also be an end-of-year confession. Or sometimes, it’s simply a prayer. No matter what, this is your natural, astronomical time to start over. The earth has traveled in a full circle around the sun (since we began 2013). We’re back at the same starting point now. So here’s your chance.
If you had a chance to start over, what would you change? If you had another go-round, what kind of new start would you desire? Because that’s exactly what you’ve got. Use the Comment box(es) following the online version of this item to leave (even an anonymous) comment, prayer, or testimony. Perhaps someone else will take strength from your new start. All identities will remain confidential. Thanks for being part of the Brigada family, Hope you had a joy-filled Christmas, and Please have a blessed and happy New Year!
Doug and the whole Brigada Family!
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1) Learn Islam and the Middle East Online from Carl Medearis
2) New ACA-compliant laws regarding missionary insurance
3) Velvet Ashes is LIVE!
4) Give Hope to Prisoners with The Prison Bible
5) Bible website gets 4 million visits in one year
6) MissionMakr Revives like a Phoenix from the Ashes
7) Entrust’s Women-to-Women Ministry Training
8) Intercessors needed for the Maldive Islands
9) Infographic: 3 Revolutions Impacting Internet Evangelism
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Carl Medearis is one of the biggest names in Islamic studies. Imagine studying personally with him via special online courses. Now you can, via William Jessup University in Sacramento, CA? There are six courses all focused on the Middle East (although one is an “Intro to Islam” course which would be broader than the Middle East). Check it out
And enjoy learning from a famous dude. :-)
Many missionaries and workers overseas are asking about the impact of “Obamacare” and the Affordable Care Act on their health insurance and budgets. Doug at Good Neighbor Insurance has created a series of pages that address International Insurance in light of the new PPACA/ACA regulations that go into effect January 1, 2014. Included on their pages are links to the IRS, explanations and documentation for short-term workers, families living overseas, and groups regarding their health coverage. They can also answer your questions from home at (866) 636-9100, or from the field on Skype at goodneighborinsurance. Or, read more at …
Women from around the globe are gathering to find connection and courage for their cross-cultural lives. Velvet Ashes is a brand new online community, here to encourage the hearts of women serving overseas. Ladies are telling their stories. They are delving into books through a weekly book club. They are sharing their hearts on a weekly word prompt at The Grove. Visit Velvet Ashes and pass the word to ladies serving overseas.
Bible League International announces the very first publication of its kind, The Prison Bible, which will be available January of 2014. With over 10.1 million people in prison around the world, The Prison Bible is designed to address one of the most unreached populations in an innovative, yet simple way. It presents Scripture in simple, everyday language inmates can understand using the full Easy-to-Read Version (TM) Bible. The Bible also provides the inmate with useful tools such as a goal setting chart, Scripture helps for dealing with negative emotions, and an address book for family and friends. The Prison Bible can be ordered at Bible League International’s online bookstore:
which offers the Bible in easy-to-read English, clocked up four million visitors from more than 200 countries during 2013. The EasyEnglish version of the Bible and commentaries use a vocabulary of just 1,200 words and are for those who have learned English as a second language. For those who have a greater knowledge of English there is another level using 2,800 words. Both levels follow simple forms of grammar which help to express complex ideas in simpler words and sentences. The rules followed include the use of one topic per paragraph, no passive verbs, split infinitives, idioms, rhetorical questions, or, ambiguous pronouns. Working from their homes, the team of volunteers involved comprise writers, translators, linguistic and theological checkers, and editors. Started 20 years ago, the EasyEnglish project is part of MissionAssist (formerly Wycliffe Associates UK) which offers a range of services at no cost to overseas mission workers.
Remember MissionMakr.com, that great site that would help you through your short-term trip prep, all your communication, and all your on-field reporting? Remember how it went south when the previous owners let it die? Well never fear — it’s alive again! A dedicated servant-heart named Rick has relaunched it better than ever. Check it out today and compare it to any other site for short-term trip management. We think you’ll find it favorable.