2019/11/10 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
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In this issue…
1) Once Each Year, We Invite Brigada Participants to Pitch In. Want To?
2) Interlude Debriefing Retreat: January 6-10, 2020
3) Can Disciple-making Movements Create Healthy Churches (a Podcast)
4) Why Lebanon? Why is Lebanon Significant?
5) Free Biblical Counseling And Discipleship Articles
6) Invest in Your Meeting, Group, or Get-away at Eden Ridge
7) What’s Your Take on This Article Criticizing Unreached Peoples
8) Animated Bar Chart for Global Religions is Sobering and Inspiring
9) Do Kingdom Movements Bring You Joy or Skepticism?
10) What are Your Best Practices for Training/Debriefing Teams?
11) How Can I Help Brigada Grow? (Pray, Pass, Propel)
12) Know an Emerging Leader? Connect Him/Her to This Event and Coaching
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: How Did Brigada Come into Being? The Story
15) Closing Stuff

1) Once Each Year, We Invite Brigada Participants to Pitch In. Want To?

Throughout the year, we gather and curate resources, trends and information for your use in blessing the nations. Each holiday season, we invite all Brigada participants to pitch in. Of the 6,000 or so Brigada participants who interact with each edition on a weekly basis, usually only one or two hundred ever choose to help pay the bills. This doesn’t hurt our feelings. We recognize that over half the entire list come from countries where it’s difficult, if not impossible, to secure a credit card. So our request today is simply this: If not for you, would you consider pitching in for someone who is unable to do so please? Our over all operating budget for the entire year is $17,000. This includes funds for paying the email delivery service, the website, the service which keeps the website secure, funds for a part-time assistant to help produce the publication, and a few dollars for light marketing costs. Throughout the first 10 months of 2019, Brigada partners have already pitched in $7949.55. This leaves just $9,050.45 to go. If 100 “True Fans” of Brigada would pitch in $100 each, we’d have more than enough to finish the year for 2019 and operate throughout 2020. Your gift of $100 would cover not only your own share of Brigada, but several participants who read in other lands throughout the world. You’d be helping ALL of them get the latest resources, trends and information about finishing the task of reaching the unreached worldwide. You could give your gift at the Brigada website simply by clicking to www.brigada.org and clicking on the “Donate” button, or you could send your gift as a check written to Team Expansion, 4112 Old Routt Road, Louisville, KY 40299. For donors in the USA, gifts sent to Team Expansion are tax-deductible and will promptly receive a tax-deductible receipt. But either way, your help is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your partnership and shared vision!

 

2) Interlude Debriefing Retreat: January 6–10, 2020

A four-day debriefing retreat designed especially for global servants engaged in cross-cultural ministry, Interlude provides space to reflect, process, and tell your story to experienced, trained debriefers as well as a small group of your peers. The conference is a ministry of Barnabas International. Here are Interlude Dates and Locations for 2020:

January 6–10 – Jacksonville, FL
June 15–19 – Plymouth, IN
July 27–31 – Tulsa, OK

For more information go to:

www.barnabas.org/interlude

3) Can Disciple-making Movements Create Healthy Churches (a Podcast)

Perhaps you’ve heard that, over the years, Radius has created some doubt in the minds of some American ministries and churches as to  whether Disciple Making Movements really create healthy churches and Christians.  The Missions Podcast has been sympathetic to that perspective.  A few weeks ago, they decided to do a podcast with a DMM advocate. They chose Glenn Sunshine to do the interview because of his strong historical and theological background.  We believe you will find it interesting. Hear it at…

 

missionspodcast.com/podcast/disciple-making-movements-a-critical-discussion-with-dr-glenn-sunshine/

 

or wherever you get your podcasts by choosing the “Missions Podcast.”

 

4) Why Lebanon? Why is Lebanon Significant?

Did you know that Lebanon might be the only country in the entire Middle East that isn’t officially Muslim? And did you realize it might also be the only Muslim country in the entire world in which residents are legally free to change their religion? As a result of these and other factors, some say Lebanon is fast becoming the epicenter of Christian ministry to the entire Middle East. Either way, many believe that whatever happens to Lebanon impacts the spread of the Gospel throughout the entire region. Want to learn more? Want to pray more for Lebanon? If so, just hop on over to witness first hand the highest prayer for Lebanon at…

 

www.prayercast.com/lebanon

 

Join in and change the world through prayer.

 

5) Free Biblical Counseling And Discipleship Articles

Now you can search online from anywhere in the world. WordTruth has 350+ discipleship and biblical counseling articles which are free and downloadable. All articles are topically arranged as well as biblically referenced with verses printed for immediate use. Since 2008, WordTruth has been accessed annually from over 110 nations and all U.S. states. Learn more at…

 

wordtruth.net

 

6) Invest in Your Meeting, Group, or Get-away at Eden Ridge

EdenRidge is a missionary-focused retreat and vacation destination located on the Cumberland Plateau in East Tennessee. The ministry welcomes missionaries and Christian workers from around the world and offers six cabins of various sizes. Construction is underway for the Welcome Center, which will open next summer and feature spaces for meetings, groups, and family reunions. To learn more about EdenRidge or to make reservations, just visit

 

www.EdenRidge.org

 

7) What’s Your Take on This Article Criticizing Unreached Peoples?

What do we say to this guy who feels that the concept of finishing the task by reaching unreached peoples is biblically inconsistent, “practically impossible,” and, in a sense, missionally important — but distracting. He finally asks — “What’s the point?” Could someone please write a response to this article? We’ll publish it.

 

www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/misleading-words-missions-strategy-unreached-people-groups/

 

To respond, just click comment following the web verson of this item. Thanks in advance for sharing from your heart!

 

8) Animated Bar Chart for Global Religions is Sobering and Inspiring

Yes, we can’t help but be thankful for the many who have made it possible for Christianity to grow as it has throughout the world. However, we also can’t help but wonder what might happen to it in the future unless we change something today. What kind of change might help tip the scales in favor of regaining some momentum for growth and expansion, just as Jesus commanded in Matthew 28:19-20. We’d better figure it out now — because our assignment was to make disciples of all nations. Check out our progress:

See this video at (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rZwnJ1cE1s)

10) What are Your Best Practices for Training/Debriefing Teams?

This could apply for short-term teams or full-time teams either one. We realize it’s a broad question, but — are there off-the-shelf training tools that we can share with others… online courses, for example… that we can immediately put to use? Are there courses that are affordable and easily transferable, which generate communication and teamwork? If so, please click “comment” after the web version of this item. Thanks!

 

11) How Can I Help Brigada Grow? (Pray, Pass, Propel)

Want to help expand the Kingdom? You can. Pray that God will empower Brigada to share helpful resources, information, and trends with others involved in fulfilling the Great Commission globally. Pass your edition of Brigada to others and suggest that they sign themselves up directly. Propel the ministry of Brigada forward by making a gift to Jesus Christ on behalf of unreached peoples. 100% of your gift will help unreached peoples through Brigada’s ministry of getting the word out and rallying more interest, more energy, and more inspiration to finish the task. If you’ve ever passed along a Brigada entry… if you’ve ever forwarded an email because of something you’ve see… could you send $100 or $10 or $1000 or any amount you choose? Just click “Donate” on the Brigada home page or send your gift per the instructions in item 13 below. Thank you for considering.

 

13) We’re Grateful for…

…a gift of $25 from a strong booster of Interlude. God bless you!

 

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: How Did Brigada Come into Being? The Story

In November, 1994, organizers of ICOM (known then as the National Missionary Convention) asked me (Doug) to serve as President for the 1996 convention. I formed a planning team and, together, we asked the simple question: How could the 1996 ICOM make the biggest impact in sharing the Good News with those who need it most? We dreamed of an event that would launch new networks and initiatives focused on unreached peoples. But our problem was — we couldn’t find information about the unreached. To us, it felt like there was no coordinated research and very little promotion for missions — at least not on a very large global scale. In January, 1995, we proposed an idea to a collection of leaders, many of whom were gathering at the Global Conference on World Evangelization in Seoul, South Korea. The idea called for a worldwide communications network called Brigada, designed to promote and connect those who were seeking to carry out the Great Commission. The first “edition” of Brigada was circulated, then, to around 50 people on January 25, 1995. Early on, communications via the Brigada network happened whenever it was needed — sometimes daily. But within a matter of a few weeks, we had developed a weekly rhythm and, well, the rest is history, as they say. Nearly 25 years later, Brigada is still going strong on a weekly basis. Some have guessed that the Brigada weekly e-zine might be among the longest-running weekly internet (e-zine) publications of any kind. And every single edition since 1995 is archived and freely available for anyone to read and review. Along the way, others have helped create amazing containers of information about unreached peoples. Among them are Joshua Project, Finishing the Task, and peoplegroups.org . Brigada settled into a role of curating, promoting, and connecting resources for the body of Christ worldwide. You’ll have to be the judge as to whether or not it’s helpful, but thousands of active readers give us hope and encouragement that it’s striking a chord with SOMEONE. Thanks for being part of the Brigada experience. We appreciate you!

15) Closing Stuff

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