1) Finally, an online course to learn how to raise support!

relationalfundraising-logo-woordmerk-slogan-rgb-print-qualityAnd for now it’s donation only, no required payment. It was designed by a veteran missionary (Terry, a wife and mother) from Youth With A Mission (YWAM) for YWAM, but it is applicable to anyone from any organization as well as from any culture.

Its biblical foundation and spiritual approach will encourage and equip you to build a team of ministry partners to fund your ministry. Check it out via her website which will lead you to the course:


2) On-The-Fly Prayer Card Prep at JoshuaProject.net

Are you planning a special emphasis on a particular country, region, or other special group within the Joshua Project list of unreached peoples? Well now you can print handy-dandy prayer cards focused on the particular select set you’re trying to feature. Just start here…


Arrange the filters at the top of the page then click “list” at the bottom of the box. Once you get your list the way you like it (with a manageable number… say… a few hundred?), click “prayer cards.” Bam. The new sub-routine will automatically prepare a PDF printable document with handy prayer cards focused on your select set. Thank you Dan and all the folks at JoshuaProject.net! (I recently decided I’d send them a $100 gift because they’re making available all this stuff for free, as a labor of love. They were GREATLY appreciative. Please consider doing the same if you have some extra pesos. And that’s completely unsolicited. They’re just great people doing a great work.)

5) How does your Garden Grow? This Group can Help

Growing Gardens For Life International comes alongside orphanages and group homes, teaching the children how to see the character of God with classes then using gardens and orchards for a laboratory. They are a 3 year, USA tax exempt organization with their beta site completely independent after 2 years and 6 other sites in process in northern Mexico. Check them out at


and then contact Jon at either jonatgrowinggardensforlifedotorg or call him at 1.425.330.0433. You and a lot of children will be glad you did.

6) For Those Coming Home from the Field

651CH Coming Home 2014 coverinddDon’t forget our 3 tried-and-true 14 day devotional Bible studies with focused reentry questions (with Lisa Espinelli Chinns’ input). They’re great help for personal help in the reentry process. Some organizations have done “custom” editions with their logo and comments on the first page. They then provide these to their returnees.


7) TESOL Training in Chiang Mai

tesolNeed training in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages? The next course in Chiang Mai is November 9 – December 11. Asia’s Center for TESOL conducts these intensive, five-week courses leading to a TESOL certificate. For the first three weeks the classes are Monday-Friday, 8-4. For the last two weeks, the classes are 8-12, followed by a two-hour practicum in the afternoon or evening. This totals 120 hours in class and 20 hours of practicum (10 hours observing and 10 hours teaching). Contact Kathy for application forms or more information:
khenwoodatactesoldotcom or see


2015/07/19 — Brigada Today

WebCompiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion. Your gift to Brigada will help get motivation, resources, and news/trends out to thousands of Christian workers throughout the globe on a weekly basis. Search over 2 decades of weekly Brigadas using the search box below.

In this issue…
1) Are You in Re-entry or Is It in Your Near Future?
2) Missionary Member Care Center Seeking Exec. Director
3) I SOOOOO want to try ICCT Online for Language Acquisition
4) Finally — Help in Writing Great Newsletters (by Studying Bad ones)
5) Does Your Org Believe in Kidnapping and Ransom Insurance?
6) Looking for a Good Debriefing and Reentry Experience in the Midwest?
7) It’s Hard to Define “Spotify.” Basically, $10/month for All Music
8) First 5 app: Start Your Morning Well!
9) ICLL9 (a Conference on Language Learning): Spread the Word
10) Where to get missionary insurance going overseas?
11) Thousands of LAMP Books Waiting for your Orders
12) What’s the Best Online TESL Course?
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) Learn to Facilitate Discovery Bible Studies (DBSes) via Video
15) Closing Stuff

1) Are You in Re-entry or Is It in Your Near Future?

returning.wellCheck out “Returning Well: Your Guide to Thriving Back ‘Home’ After Serving Cross-Culturally.” “Returning Well” invites you into a guided
conversation with your Creator that will reveal and apply invaluable insights as you reflect on your recent season. By using “Returning Well,” you will discover how this season influenced you, how to re-integrate well, and what moving forward in faith means for you. Find out more (including individual and bulk purchasing options) at


(And thanks to Melissa for her determination on this project, her sensitive spirit to those reentering, and for believing in Brigada!)

2) Missionary Member Care Center Seeking Exec. Director

the_wellThe Well International, a global leader in missionary member care, is seeking an Executive Director. This person will impact the cross-cultural mission community of SE Asia by leading a team of member care providers as they serve cross-cultural workers through clinical counseling, pastoral care, training and events. Based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, the Director provides oversight, operational and spiritual leadership, vison, management and guidance to the organization. Candidates should have experience in ministry, supervision and management skills. Inquirers can request the job description, qualifications and application by writing to
opportunitiesatthewellintldotorg Applications will be received until December 15, 2015. To learn more about the Well, visit


(Thanks to The Well International for believing in Brigada!)

3) I SOOOOO want to try ICCT Online for Language Acquisition

I wish so much that I had 3 weeks full-time availability or even 6 weeks part-time. One of the first steps I would take would be to run, not walk, to ICCT SLA, online at…


To register for an upcoming language acquisition course. Learn more by viewing the video at…


and/or read the frequently-asked questions at…


The basic approach is — the classes start according to a pre-determined schedule using a course-handler like Moodle. You don’t have to be online at special times or according to any given schedule. But you will need to spend 6 hours or so per day doing the homework. Some (much?) of the homework is customized toward your exact target language. But either way, you’re getting full phonetics, like we used to get with Betty Sue in a LAMP course. You get tools, skills, training, mentoring and COACHING. I’d LOVE to try this. If you have done so and wouldn’t mind writing your testimony, please do so by clicking “Comment” after the web version of this item. Thanks in advance if you can do so.

5) Does Your Org Believe in Kidnapping and Ransom Insurance?

Ours does not. In fact, we don’t allow our workers (nor their families) to carry it. But some orgs do. If you’d like to write anonymously, jot your reasons for doing so, if you don’t mind, in a comment after the web version of this item. Unfortunately, if one of our workers is kidnapped someday, I’m afraid the kidnapper is going to be very disappointed. But then… that’s part of our strategy. : ) Our workers (and their families) agree never to pay ransom as a condition for being part of our org. How about yours?

6) Looking for a Good Debriefing and Reentry Experience in the Midwest?

We hear good things about the experience provided by TRAIN International. Their experience, “ABIDE,” is taken from the meaning of abide, “To continue without fading or being lost.” Their next ABIDE re-entry retreat and debriefing is October 11-16. They equip cross-cultural workers to process their experiences, navigate the challenges of re-entry and reverse culture shock and tell their story well. So now you can ensure that you or those serving with your agency “continue without fading or being lost.” For more info you can call TRAIN at 417.625.1400, or learn more online and register at:


7) It’s Hard to Define “Spotify.” Basically, $10/month for All Music

musicIn fact, you actually get your first 3 months of music for 99 cents. Then it’s $9.99/month thereafter. They promise “all the music you’ll ever need.” Even after the fourth month, if you buy 8 or 9 songs per month, Spotify is a great deal. You can download the app or use the web interface. Use the “your daily soundtrack,” or click on “new.” You can actually listen for free (with ads).. and still “shuffle play,” but the $9.99 gets you “ad-free” and unlimited “skips.” Plus, if you pay up, you can also listen off-line, play any track, and get high quality audio. And if you register, your family members get the same premium service for 50% off even though you each have your own play list. Great deal.


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