Daily Archives: 2019/09/01

2019/09/01 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
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In this issue…
1) High Security Training – FSA B+, Nov 18-20, 2019
2) GRC is GodSpeedResources, Offering Hope and Help for You and Yours
3) Military Outreach Christian Resources
4) Third Culture Kids and Adolescence — a Free Download-
5) A New Look at International Student Ministry’s Strategic Value
6) Make Deeper Connections With Social Media
7) New Video Invites Viewers to a Road Less Traveled
8) Quito, Ecuador Azmera Haven Retreat 2019 (for Women only)
9) Missionaries: Aliens, Providers, Or Fellow Travellers?
10) Creation Care Group has Launched a Brigada-Like Newsletter
11) Best Way to Improve Your Storytelling Skills is With a Mentor
12) 40-50% Tuition Discount for MA in Abrahamic Studies
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: What Can we Learn from the Islamic “Call to Prayer”
15) Closing Stuff

1) High Security Training – FSA B+, Nov 18-20, 2019

Is interrogation or kidnapping a real concern in your area of the world? This training will help you avoid it, or get through it without compromising your integrity or the safety of others. It’s being staged by Fort Sherman Academy, but will take place in San Diego, CA, November 18-20, 2019, 9am-5pm. The cost is $700. For more info write: infoatinterculturalstudiodotorg  (infoatinterculturalstudiodotorg)   . Register at:




2) GRC is GodSpeedResources, Offering Hope and Help for You and Yours

GodSpeedResources (GRC) offers hope and help to you regardless of the particular challenge you’re facing. They offer counseling or psychiatry via online portals (like Skype and Zoom). All you have to do is complete a Service Request Intake Form then sit back and wait for someone to contact you and help you get started. So whether you are experiencing a trauma as a result of something in the field, or merely a relative low in your level of normal happiness, GRC might be able to help you process it. So fill out a form today at…



Start getting hope and help for your future, right away.


3) Military Outreach Christian Resources

We all know that many active military soldiers and support staff need to be reached with the gospel. Also, military personnel go through many physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges. For this reason, Military Outreach Christian Resources has resources for active-duty military. You may find on this website links to Bibles, articles, audio, dvds, tracts, discipleship, church planting, devotionals, mentoring, podcasts, evangelism, Bible studies, small groups, and more.

Please visit




to learn how you can help soldiers find a future in Christ.


4) Third Culture Kids and Adolescence — a Free Download—

Third Culture Kids are obviously created by living in two cultures, and the whole phenomenon of adolescence was invented by Western culture. This book is a handbook for adolescent TCKs — a book with short chapters on particular relevant topics pertaining to adolescence.

This book examines the role of culture in creating adolescent TCKs, and includes a practical section at the end of each chapter, a section titled, “What Can Adolescent TCKs Do?”  The book is available to download free of charge as .doc, .pdf, or .zip files for your computer and as .mobi or .epub files for your Kindle or Nook. You can’t beat the price. Find them at… 


5) A New Look at International Student Ministry’s Strategic Value

Perhaps the most strategic ‘glocal‘ mission opportunity is International Student ministry. Learn why by reading the newest and most comprehensive coverage on the topic by numerous veteran ISM contributors. Check out “Paradigm Shift: Why International Students Are So Strategic to Global Missions,” by M. Jack D. Burke, PhD. It’s available from Amazon and other sellers.




6) Make Deeper Connections With Social Media

The Foundations of Media to Movements course casts a vision for how you and your team can use today’s media and communication channels to catalyze movements for Christ. Take this mentored online course with your team – even if your team is across the globe. Share insights with others in the mission field. The course runs September 12-October 10. Learn more today at…




7) New Video Invites Viewers to a Road Less Traveled

As Africa Inland Mission approaches 125 years of ministry among Africa’s unreached, the organization is excited to see God working in the lives of men and women called to join them in this ongoing work. Their recently released video, “An Extraordinary Call,” inspires those whom God is calling to find their place on that road less traveled. Brigada readers are invited to watch it here:




8) Quito, Ecuador Azmera Haven Retreat 2019 (for Women only)

Azmera’s mission is to “Impact women who are impacting the world.” If you are an English speaking, Kingdom-minded women (worker or business expat) serving overseas, Azmera would like to invite you to an encouraging, restorative, transformational, honoring haven retreat in Quito, Ecuador, October 17-20, 2019. The cool thing is that they help make it affordable for workers by raising Haven Scholarships. Check out Azmera and register at




9) Missionaries: Aliens, Providers, Or Fellow Travellers?

The Alliance for Vulnerable Mission is putting on their annual conference at All Nations Christian College, December 8-11, 2019. The theme will be, “Should the majority world be the target of patronage from rich missionaries?” The Alliance for Vulnerable Mission proposes that there should be some missionaries from the West whose ministries are conducted in the language of the people being reached, without use of outside financial subsidy. Learn more at…


www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/missionaries-aliens-providers-or-fellow-travellers-tickets-60697963242 d


12) 40-50% Tuition Discount for MA in Abrahamic Studies

Prepare to work cross-culturally, professionally, or academically in Abrahamic (Jewish, Christian, and Muslim) communities and organizations. Apprehend the basic concepts and theories of these global cultures through a focus on the monotheism of Abraham and the implications of his life, activity, and faith on three major world religions. Expose blind spots and build bridges of communication and cooperation through respectful understanding of each community’s history, language, culture, literature, beliefs, practices, traditions and way of life.


The Abraham Center at Dallas International University offers a 40% tuition discount for the only accredited MA in Abrahamic Studies in the USA. International students receive 50% tuition discount for Distance Education courses from the Abraham Center. Check out the details at:




11) Best Way to Improve Your Storytelling Skills is With a Mentor

Understand the importance – and urgency – of story for ministry effectiveness. Learn how to tell a great story to reach and teach people for Christ. Mission Media U is offering its five-week online mentored experience for you and your team. Visit:




to find course details, instructor and mentor bio, and comments from previous students. The course runs Sept.18-Oct.16.


10) Creation Care Group has Launched a Brigada-Like Newsletter

Ed Brown and the gang at the Lausanne/WEA Creation Care Network (LWCCN) have developed a monthly newsletter, The Pollinator, to help track the many exciting developments in the growing global creation care movement. Check out the Pollinator’s webpage and sign up to get this great resource in your inbox at




or the coordinated Facebook page



Ed was kind enough to say that he viewed the newsletter as “Brigada’s little sister!” : ) God bless you Ed!


13) We’re Grateful for…

…a $50 gift contributed by someone who loves security for missionaries and other cross-cultural workers for Christ. We appreciate you! One good training group for security is Fort Sherman Academy. Learn more about them

…another $50 gift from a strong supporter of effective counseling for those serving cross-culturally. One good example of such an agency is GodSpeed Resources. Check them out on the web at…

… the $20 gift from a researcher who loves seeing unengaged, unreached peoples reached with the gospel. She supports Brigada every month and we’re sooooooooooo grateful! We feel obliged to thank her in some bigger way! Please join us in giving praise to God for her!

… a $50 gift from a Brigada participant who loves helping those affiliated with the military! God bless you!

… a $30 gift from a Great Commission worker who loves third-culture kids and their families. We’re thankful!


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: What Can we Learn from the Islamic "Call to Prayer"

While traveling in Asia this past week, we were visiting a conference center and hotel with a view of ascertaining whether or not it might serve as a venue for an upcoming conference. More than once during our visit, the Muslim “Call to Prayer” broke into the calm of our meeting. It served as a grim reminder that we were never very far from our purpose (to multiply disciples and churches among the unreached). Of course, not very many passers-by seemed all that affected by it. And of course, in the business meetings we attended, not even one person asked to be excused so he/she could go to the mosque. It looked like this loud call to prayer was landing on deaf (or perhaps numb) ears, making little or no impact in most of the daily lives of those with whom we were interacting. It was, in the end, seemingly just a cultural practice rather than a calling-out of those who are faithful.


Does Christianity have any similar practices? We’re talking about the kind which remind us to do something, but, in some ways, fail to move us to action? What about church bells? …communion? and, in some ways, what about weekend worship services themselves. (When we scan the crowds, reading the faces, sometimes it appears that many are there just going through the motions.)


So our question is this: How can a time-honored tradition (like the Muslim “Call to Prayer” or the Christian “morning communion”) escape the curse of over-familiarity? And how do we keep over-familiarity from breeding contempt?


If you’ve got ideas please click Comment. Help us figure out how to escape from habits for habits sake — those which yield little, if any, fruit inside our soul or the soul of the one standing next to us — or even 12 time zones away on the other side of the globe. Maybe they aren’t so far away from us when it comes to keeping our heart in critical worship practices.


15) Closing Stuff

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