Daily Archives: 2019/08/04

2019/08/04 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
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In this issue…
1) Bible Based ESL
2) Balancing the Sword is a Comprehensive Study Guide for the Bible
3) Curious About How “Spammy” Your Next Emailed Newsletter Will Be?
4) Learn All About the Hajj by Watching PrayerCast Videos
5) Make Strides in Language Learning before Going Overseas!
6) Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills workshop
7) Brigada Participant Feels Strongly that Mobile TSA App is Great
8) New Book Released August 6: “Defined — Who God Says You Are”
9) Visit Drama Share for Tons of Christian Drama Scripts
10) Google Translate Works So Well, it’s Plain Weird
11) Howard Culbertson Amazes Us
12) Looking for a Video for International Students for This Fall?
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: Should Hell Motivate Our Missionaries?
15) Closing Stuff


1) Bible Based ESL

Bible Based ESL is a new website that features Bible Based English as a Second Language resources. It has information on ESL books, curriculum, songs, events, newsletters, software, training, lessons, tutoring, online articles and online videos. Please visit




If you forget the website address in the future, please remember to visit


missionsjumpstart.org and you will find it there.


2) Balancing the Sword is a Comprehensive Study Guide for the Bible

…and we mean the whole Bible. It literally asks you questions about every single chapter, beginning to end, Genesis to Revelation. Honestly, we can’t remember ever seeing anything so comprehensive in our whole lives. This would *especially* be useful for the business as missions type guy or gal who went to a university, but didn’t get to study at a Bible college. But it would also be SUPER for the Bible college or seminary grad because it would act as a cool review for the whole book! Check out the two books at…




and the reading planning software at…




5) Make Strides in Language Learning before Going Overseas!

Seats are filling up for the upcoming Four-Dimensional Language Learning course, August 19-22. The course is offered in Minneapolis by Professionals Global (at4Goddotpro) in partnership with Arrive Ministries (@ArriveMinistries).


The 4DLL course introduces meaningful language learning principles, focusing on the Growing Participator Approach. This approach is used throughout the world to help language learners, often in places where there is no formal language school. The methods used in the approach are easy, fun, and firmly based in linguistic research.


It’s a beautiful time of year to visit Minneapolis!


Find the registration link at…




6) Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills workshop

October 27-November 1, 2019 is a Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills (SYIS) workshop, hosted by Alongside, Inc. and International Training Partners. It is located in Richland, Michigan, USA. If you desire biblical tools for improving your relational skills and creating life changes (in an interactive adult learning style), then SYIS is a great workshop for you. For more information and/or registration, email


amywittersatalongsidecaresdotnet  (amywittersatalongsidecaresdotnet)   


7) Brigada Participant Feels Strongly that Mobile TSA App is Great

A Brigada participant gave input this past week once again on the mobile passport app that TSA now honors in certain airports.




His point was — for many, it’s a GREAT deal financially. He spoke as a field worker and requested that we not mention him by name as we write or report. But, bottom line, choose the deal that works best for you and thanks for being a part of Brigada.


8) New Book Released August 6: "Defined — Who God Says You Are"

Our good friend, Mike, has just informed us that Stephen and Alex Kendrick’s new book has arrived in his home. The movie Overcomer will be released on August 23, 2019. See the book at…




Mike added, “I have read the first 3 chapters via kindle preview and this book is well done and powerful book on God’s plan and purpose for your life. The introduction story is full of the God’s Grace and Love.” (Thanks Mike!)


10) Google Translate Works So Well, it’s Plain Weird

When we were kids, growing up, science fiction movies would speak about a universal translator that not only could translate into just about any language you choose, but, in addition, it would even figure out what language your new contact was speaking. Hello 2019. Google Translate is nearly there.  Check it out at…




Just type in any language on the left and watch the translation pop out on the right. It’s astonishing.


13) We’re Grateful for…

…a $50 gift from the folks at MissionsJumpstart. Get your jump start in missions at…




Want to join these partners in helping Brigada through 2019? If so, 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!


14) The Last Bit: Should Hell Motivate Our Missionaries?

How would you answer: Yes, or no? Want to hear the answers from David Platt, Pastor John, international evangelist Mack Stiles, and pastors Thabiti Anyabwile and Kevin DeYoung? It’s 11 minutes you won’t regret. Then we hope you’ll click comment here, below this item on the web, and leave your take on the responses. If you’re willing we’ll be grateful!




Would you agree with them? … or disagree?


15) Closing Stuff

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