- BRIGADAFEST DRAWS WIDE SPECTRUM OF PARTICIPANTS
- EGROUPS FINALLY PAYS FIRST CHECK TO BRIGADA
- WATCH THOSE PRAYER REQUESTS FOR A “VERIFIABLE OPC”
- CROSS-CULTURAL BIBLE INTERPRETERS
- TWENTY YEARS AGO THIS WEEK, A STAR IS BORN
- GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON THE POWER OF PRAYER
- FREE “INTO ALL THE WORLD” MAGAZINES
- FREE SEMINARS ON SECURE COMMUNICATION
- INQUIRY INTO ISLAMIC FAITH & PRACTICE
- LIVE ON THE “EDGE”!
- UPDATE ON PROGRESS OF OPERATION WORLD REVISION
- BRIGADA EXPRESS – Special Report on BrigadaFest 2000
- CLOSING STUFF
BRIGADAFEST DRAWS WIDE SPECTRUM OF PARTICIPANTS
EGROUPS FINALLY PAYS FIRST CHECK TO BRIGADA
WATCH THOSE PRAYER REQUESTS FOR A “VERIFIABLE OPC”
CROSS-CULTURAL BIBLE INTERPRETERS
TWENTY YEARS AGO THIS WEEK, A STAR IS BORN
GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON THE POWER OF PRAYER
(Source: Advance newsletter, January 23, 2000, https://brigada.org/advance/adv20000123.html)
Global Glimpse is compiled by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
FREE “INTO ALL THE WORLD” MAGAZINES
FREE SEMINARS ON SECURE COMMUNICATION
INQUIRY INTO ISLAMIC FAITH & PRACTICE
LIVE ON THE “EDGE”!
UPDATE ON PROGRESS OF OPERATION WORLD REVISION
Special Report on BrigadaFest 2000
Contributed by Chris Bushnell
Nearly 150 unreached people group advocates from 23 American states and several countries met February 3-5, 2000 at Southeast Christian Church. During these 3 concentrated days, facilitators from several mission organizations like AD2000, Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse, Caleb Project, Interdev, and Team Expansion helped church members from various congregations and Adult Bible Fellowships to understand more clearly what it means to “adopt” an unreached people group. As a part of the training process, participants were led through a clearly defined plan for planting new churches in previously untold areas of the world. Special tracks pulled together praying partners and planners for particular groups. BrigadaFest is a joint venture between Team Expansion and Southeast. BrigadaFest 2001 is already being planned for February 2001. Many more participants are expected to participate in 2001 since it will be open to Southeast members and there is more publicity planned for 2001.
In John 17, Jesus prayed, “May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me…” (vs. 23). This prayer motivates organizers of BrigadaFest. It is their hope to foster the formation and continuation of networks intent on finishing the task of sharing Christ’s hope and love with a particular piece of the very world Jesus described — the unreached peoples.
Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian and even Filipino! Founded January 25, 1995 (but made public on 21 March 1995), the idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message!
To understand the ethos of BrigadaFest, one has to look back a few years to January, 1995. The National Missionary Convention of Christian Churches had asked Doug Lucas (President of Team Expansion which moved its home office to Louisville in 1997) to serve as President of the convention in 1996. In an effort to understand the complexion of the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ, along with their missions outreach, Doug and others called together leaders from across the land. They met in small focus groups of 7-12 people in cities and towns across the country and out of that study came several proposals, among which was a bold new form of missions outreach called PACE. At follow- up prayer and training sessions in cities like St. Louis, Dayton, & Denver, dozens of church leaders came together to lay plans and strategies for a concerted outreach among specific people groups that each church network had agreed to adopt. The concept immediately caught on and now, less than 5 years later, those dreams have resulted in outreaches to places like Bosnia, Italy, Morocco, and many other lands.
Tina Harris, a member of the Couples for Christ ABF at Southeast, led a segment of the Prayer Coordinators track on Saturday morning. Couples for Christ has adopted an unreached people group in a country that cannot be specified for security reasons. Tina serves as the Prayer Coordinator for this project which began in 1996 when Bob Dabney, who was teaching the class, spoke to Southeast’s Missions elder, Russ Summay. Bob had just finished the Perspectives class offered each spring by Southeast. Bob became convicted of the need to adopt an unreached people group. Russ challenged Bob to share that vision with the class and they responded by adopting this particular group. Eric Rouch was appointed the Missions Coordinator for the class and Tina was appointed the Prayer Coordinator. The following year several class members, including Eric and Tina, went on a Prayer Journey to the country. After further prayer and research journeys the first full time missionaries should be on site within the next 12 months. Tina shared with BrigadaFest participants the difference prayer makes – especially when dealing with difficult challenges like countries that are officially closed to Christian mission work.
Tina’s aunt and uncle (by marriage) are members at Cary Christian Church near Raleigh, North Carolina. Ned and Jo-Ann Harris were sent by Cary Christian to attend BrigadaFest. This church (along with the Home Builders class at Southeast) have adopted another unreached people group in a different part of the world. The people of this country have survived a devastating civil war. Jo-Ann has been particularly struck by the incredible oppression of the women in this particular country. Of BrigadaFest she said, “Because of our time at Southeast and BrigadaFest our church’s project was dramatically impacted.” Ned and Jo-Ann operate a management consulting firm and are have high expectations when it comes to well-organized events. “We truly appreciate the incredible amount of thought and planning that went into the BrigadaFest event and notebook. It was a class act through and through. After I returned, though exhausted, I poured back over the notebook. It will help us with planning and implementation for years to come.” Jo-Ann also appreciated the informal sharing time that took place during meals and breaks that allowed her and Ned to glean from the wealth of experience from those who attended the event.
Ned and Jo-Ann were also personally impacted by the event. After seeing a video that depicted the plight of women in her adopted country Jo-Ann said, “I left as a woman on a mission. I will not rest until I have done everything I possibly can to make life better for the women. I will be praying, lobbying my congressman to change policies toward this country, sending aid, going and serving. Nothing will stop me now.”
Back in 1995 Doug Lucas began compiling weekly missions resource sent via e-mail called Brigada Today The email edition is then published on the web by Bob Mayhew. With nearly 10,000 participants, Brigada Today is quite possibly the largest network of its kind. New subscribers are joining every day. To subscribe, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. To read Brigada Today on the web point your browser to https://brigada.org.
Chris Bushnell is a member of Southeast Christian Church and Team Expansion’s Vice President of Personnel.
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