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2018/11/18 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
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In this issue…
1) Your Chance To Unleash Brigada for 2019 and Beyond
2) Introducing The Future of Support Raising Conference
3) What Drives the “Nones” to Accept Christ? (Hint: It’s Not the Word?)
4) The Kilogram is Dead (There’s a sermon illustration here somewhere)
5) VR Field Trip with DJ Soto, Pastor of a Virtual Reality Church
6) New Family Mobilization Resources
7) TESOL Training in Chiang Mai
8) Mobilizers Should Get an Earlier Start in Recruiting new Workers
9) How Do You Define Successful Missions Mobilization?
10) How is Missions Mobilization Like Community Development?
11) Let’s Eject “Scarcity Mentality” and Go for Open Universe Thinking
12) What if we Truly Could Get the Whole Church To Care…
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) Thankful this Week for Courageous Believers Like Kitira
15) Closing Stuff

1) Your Chance To Unleash Brigada for 2019 and Beyond

Each year, we ask God for $17,120 for Brigada’s annual budget. Thankfully, you and others like you have already given $5,673.52 (including new gifts that arrived last week). This helps cover the costs for search engines, the websites and servers, the email-sending service (this is $150/month in and of itself), the part-time assistant who publishes the content we write, a few lightweight marketing costs, the anti-spam engine, the ongoing costs to stage the apps (both Android and iOS) and serve up a future for participants like you. One friend wrote a note this past week (completely unsolicited), saying, “Brigada is a great help in my international ministry, providing resources in different languages that help build unity and spiritual maturity through worship. Brigada connects and uncovers so many aspects of missions in unique ways – nothing comes close to replicating it. Thank you for faithfulness.” If you’ve ever used an item in Brigada or if you’d like to give on behalf of someone who can’t give personally, just click “Donate” at www.brigada.org, or mail a check payable to Team Expansion (Brigada), 13711 Willow Reed Drive, Louisville, KY 40299. Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so, for USA citizens, your gift to Christ by writing a check to Team Expansion is tax-deductible. Thank you, in advance, for your partnership!

2) Introducing The Future of Support Raising Conference

Row of American coins in soil — Image by © Mike Kemp/Tetra Images/Corbis

Do you have a passion for God and His mission, but wonder how to solve the problems that cause support raising to keep ministries White? Now you can learn the latest research, hear from practitioners, and be equipped to lead change in your ministry. The future of support raising is here! It’s all set for February 19-20, 2019, in Chicago, for just $125. Learn more at


4) The Kilogram is Dead (There’s a sermon illustration here somewhere)

Thanks to Caleb for connecting us to this very-sad article…


So what kind of illustration can we draw from this? Leading countries like France used to treasure the standard. But now the standard will be in the hands of the masses. Help us come up with a sermon illustration here please. Just click “Comment” following the web or app version of this item. Thanks in advance for your help!

5) VR Field Trip with DJ Soto, Pastor of a Virtual Reality Church

Join Mission AR/VR on December 6, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific (UTC -8.0) on a free guided tour in virtual reality with DJ Soto. This is an opportunity to experience auto gathering and a tour through virtual reality. Also, representatives from Microsoft will tell what they see for the future of VR. DJ Soto is a U.S. pastor and owner of Sonata 7 Studios, LLC. Register at:


6) New Family Mobilization Resources

Families have a part to play in God’s big story. Weave’s “Big Story Series” helps parents lead their children towards God’s heart for all nations. Three booklets focus on God’s Word, world, and work. Activities are geared for families with children ages 5-12.
Booklets and supplemental resources are available for free as PDF downloads. Families in the US can also purchase printed booklets. Get more information at:


7) TESOL Training in Chiang Mai

Are you teaching English as a platform for ministry? Get some training and do an EXCELLENT job. Asean Center for TESOL offers an INTENSIVE, five-week certificate course in Chiang Mai, Thailand, including 10 hours practice teaching to non-native speakers! For application forms or more information, write
infothaiatactesoldotcom or see


11) Let’s Eject “Scarcity Mentality” and Go for Open Universe Thinking

So often, in missions mobilization and support-raising, we buy into naturalism, a worldview that promotes a scarcity mentality. In reality, we should seek an “abundance mentality,” which is more in line with God’s way of thinking. Wow — this changes everything: recruitment, support-raising, and much more. Check out this concept in under 5 minutes at…


13) We’re Grateful for…

...a $100 gift from an anonymous Brigada reader in a very remote part of the world. Thank you so much! God bless you and keep you safe.
…a $100 gift from a participant from Florida. God bless you.
…another $100 gift from Waxhaw, NC. Thank you!!!
…a $50 gift from a Canadian. Thank you, eh?
…another $50 gift from a friend of Brigada who wrote, ” Thanks for all your work to keep us connected.”

One donor asked that we pray especially for reaching the Azerbaijani. There’s even a special Azerbaijani Partnership to advocate and encourage. Learn more at …

Another friend of Brigada gave thanks for Allan, serving with Team Expansion. (Thanks to you, too, Allan!!!)

A final donor said, “Through the years Brigada has been such a wonderful resource (and we still find things that are helpful/interesting) that we want to continue to keep you going!” God bless you!

14) Thankful this Week for Courageous Believers Like Kitira

Kitira (not her real name, for security’s sake; but she’s a real person) is a 27-year-old young lady, brought up by devout evangelical parents in one of the most restricted regions of East Africa. Unlike most second-generation believers, Kitira grasped from early childhood the value of Kingdom participation being something more than life on earth, inspired by her father’s life and ministry. As a young lady, she was kidnapped by a radical Muslim group during a mission trip to a very-restricted region of her country in East Africa. Even though a person within her team tried to lie on her behalf, saying Kitira was Muslim, she chose to tell the truth that she is a devout follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. In short, she would not sell out, even if it meant her death. She risked all to remain faithful, in the midst of life’s most severe challenge. On that day, something amazing happened. The leader of the radical Muslim group turned to the group member who was trying to lie on Kitira’s behalf. He told the liar, “We’re going to allow her to live, not as a result of your lie, but as a direct result of her courage to tell the truth.” In what was nothing short of a miracle, he then released Kitira and her entire team.

This past summer, in a further show of courage, Kitira volunteered to join in a unique partnership with an indigenous ministry in East Africa in a new joint venture to change eternity for families in East Africa. Last week, after wrapping up six months of intensive training, her trainers declared her ready to deploy. As we tidy up our kitchens from Thanksgiving dinners, she is now serving with a tribe of people who come from a land said (by Open Doors) to be, for Christians, one of the top three most dangerous places on earth.

We asked Kitira what she would most value, if we were to pray for her this week. She answered — “Please pray that God would make me fruitful in winning others to His Kingdom.” Notice, she didn’t ask for safety. She didn’t ask for health. She didn’t even ask for a great place to live in this very-rustic land where she will serve. She asked for fruit. On this special day when many families will jockey for spots in shopping lines, would you pause and pray (maybe as a family) for Kitira to be fruitful for Christ’s sake? And even though she didn’t ask for it, please join us in asking God to watch over her, to keep her as safe as she is courageous, so that she may be fruitful for many years to come.

[Note: In an effort to safeguard her security, we featured above the picture of a young lady who looks very much like Kitira. However, we trust that you understand we cannot use a real picture of her in publicly-communicated emails or on the web.]

15) Closing Stuff

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