4) Remember that Carrie Osgood Map of World Religions?

We keep seeing that Carrie Osgood map of world religions. (Recall that we referenced it in the 2019/03/31 edition, item 6, “Carrie Osgood Might have Created the Most Interesting World Map Ever.”)


The press she’s getting via the World Economic Forum site continues to be played in social media.


Some missions agency has probably already hired her as their new researcher to give Justin Long a run for his money. : )



5) This Map is Amazing (Every Church in Every Village in Thailand?)

This past week, a great friend of Brigada (Thanks Robby) introduced us to a great friend of Southeast Asia. Dwight went on to show us the set of maps found at…


At the time, we didn’t quite realize what a celebrity we had on our Zoom video screen. Later, we noticed this article at Christianity Today…


This guy has figured out a way to map every church in Thailand. And now, he’d like to take it to the entire region of Southeast Asia. He’s searching for networking agencies who will share data and partner to make this thing regional — instead of just Thai. Amazing concept. If you can help in a nation like Vietnam or Cambodia, just message him at:


infoatchurchcloudsolutionsdotcom  (infoatchurchcloudsolutionsdotcom)  

Volunteer at whatever level you like. Let’s see if we (he? : ) ) can roll this out on a regional basis. Thanks for your help.

6) Carrie Osgood Might have Created the Most Interesting World Map Ever

What if, in one world map, you could see populations (instead of land masses), overlaid with the majority faith of those major populations? What would it look like? Well the great news is — wonder no more. A young lady named Carrie Osgood has not only answered your question, but has presented it with picture-perfect precision at…


If you view it here…


you can see country labels and zoom in for greater detail on the smaller lands.


(Who is this lady — Carrie Osgood? Learn about her business here: Thank you Carrie! )

11) Mapping Center: Great Tool for Locating Unreached Peoples

Last week while visiting with the staff of Global Gates in New York City, we learned about a service called Mapping Center. Granted, it’s a paid service… and we all love free things. But this service tells your church members who their neighbors are and even prompts your members to pray for them. It’s got to be worth a look, right? And after all, there are components of the app that are free anyway. Check out…


The amazing data come into play in the “Online Community Connector” version. You can see ethnicity, language spoken and more — down to the granular (house by house) level. Amazing stuff. (Thanks for your work on this, Kevin — and everyone else. And thanks for sharing the ideas, Chris.)

4) Discover How Much Danger You’re In with this Color-coded Map

Each country is color-coded on this map by — and some countries are even subdivided because certain portions are more dangerous than others. We’re not suggesting that you should evacuate today or anything. But the general guidelines might help you be sobered into taking great care with your personal daily practices in one or more of these troubling lands. See the map at…


(And thanks, Justin, for finding this, then bubbling it up to us!)

3) Read the Pew Report about the Growth of Global Christianity

mapI wish I could just memorize the whole page. The entire report summary at…

is chalked FULL of interesting facts and tidbits. It chronicles the Growth of Christianity by location, complete with maps, tables, interactive infographics, sortable data, and even a quiz! The complete report is available at right, along with several appendices. Most interesting is the zoom-in on regional distribution of Christianity both in 1910 and 2010. If I were still a missions prof in a Bible college, this would keep my students busy for at least two class periods! :-)

9) The All-Time Best Mapping App

google-map-logoGoogle Maps, hands-down. This is positively the best mapping application ever. Whether you’re walking, taking public transport, driving, flying, or just exploring, Google Maps deserves to be your map app of choice. Is it perfect? No. I wish it remembered places more effectively. But hey. For the price (free), it’s lovely.

3) On the Hunt for — the Web’s Best Maps

bangladeshThis past week, we were “on the hunt” for the web’s best maps. We liked the maps at…

They’re beautiful, versatile, custom-built according to your specs, and forever free. The downside, if it’s a downside for you, is that one can’t download high-res versions of them. We can EMBED them… just not PRINT them.

Have you found a better solution for both online and print versions? If so, please click “comment” after the web version of this edition of Brigada. Thanks!

3) USA Christian Workers Can see Most Common Languages by State

map with languageAre you a worker reading out to ethnic groups in the USA? If so, you might find the map at…

Quite interesting. It lists most common languages by state (excluding English and Spanish, of course). It might help you find pockets of the ethnolinguistic group(s) you’re seeking. (Thanks for the tip, Caleb!)

4) Check Out This Cool Map of All the People Groups in the World

Joshua Project MapThe elves at Joshua Project have been working overtime. Check it out…

You can use the drop-down box at the top to zoom in on a particular country, or just explore the world. If you zoom in on a country, click the “country profile” link at the top and see specific intro about that nation. And click on a particular dot to zoom in on info about that people group. The yellow groups are formative/nominal Christian groups. Green groups have established or significant church movements. But 42% of the dots are unreached. Gulp. The task remaining is significant. Three billion people. Yikes.

11) This Site Helps You Discover Ethnic Groups in Your Area

peoplegroups2If you live in the USA and you’re interested in ethnic diversity in your area, look no further than…

to discover a treasure trove of info about your world. For example, click “Map filters” near the bottom of the screen. In “Points of Interest” on the far right, click on “Ethnic Restaurants,” then in the “Nationalities” drop-down, select Ethiopian. Bam. Discover the Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant just 3 miles from your training location. Find hundreds of thousands of other facts, including the ethnic diversity of the real estate tract where you live, by exploring for hours more.

3) What’s the Best World Map for World Christians?

world-christian-map-image92922e7d00dc3392c7a5176268b04b6f(Notice we didn’t say “worldly” Christians. :-) ) Maybe you like one of the Peters Projections or a National Geographic Version? To me, it’s this one…

Laminated, rolled (so you won’t find wrinkles), this map is 24″x36″ and big enough to learn and discover detail throughout the planet. It’s heavily influenced by Patrick Johnstone, but brought to you by World Christian and others. Check it out for your dining room wall or conference room.

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