Monthly Archives: July 2005

20050731 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. FINAL CALL (AUG. 17) FOR HELPING DOUG WITH FOLLOWERSHIP STUDY
2. FROM CALEB PROJECT: 10-WEEK STUDY ON OUTREACH, FOR SMALL GROUPS
3. PRODUCING FUELS FROM AGRICULTURAL WASTES
4. SEND GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL AIRTIME
5. BARREL AQUAPONICS: CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION
6. IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE WORD AT SBS
7. PRE-ISLAMIC ARABIA
8. STARTING OUT IN MISSIONS? TRY DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
9. THANKS FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT
10. CLOSING STUFF

1. FINAL CALL (AUG. 17) FOR HELPING DOUG WITH FOLLOWERSHIP STUDY — Good news on Doug’s dissertation. At last count, 322 followers had completed the 5-minute survey, with 223 of their respective leaders logging in afterward to complete the supervisor’s corresponding portion. (So about 100 leaders still needed to finish their 5-minute questionnaire.) That means we’re halfway there. Only 72 hours or so remains. Can the Brigada family help Doug reach his goal of 500 completed followership surveys by midnight on Aug. 17th? Remember, this doesn’t require any credit card; in fact, it doesn’t cost you a dime. It’s completely confidential. No one will call. It’s just a great way to give back something to Doug (for free!)… he can finally complete his doctorate! :-) Just a couple of hundred followers (and their leaders) to go! Remember, eligible persons would include anyone working or volunteering full-time (more or less) for a church, mission, humanitarian aid organization, or any other non-profit. Please help. Doug is desperate. Just click to: http://www.brigada.org/followership Thank you in advance. This might be the largest academic study on followership ever conducted. This is the last opportunity and the last time it will be promoted in Brigada Today. (If you would like to clip this item and forward it to some friends, we’d appreciate it. Just remember it needn’t be circulated after Aug. 17, 2005.)
2. FROM CALEB PROJECT: 10-WEEK STUDY ON OUTREACH, FOR SMALL GROUPS — In an attempt to equip church leaders seeking a unified local and worldwide outreach, Caleb Project has produced a unique 10-week small- group study for adults entitled “Eternal Impact: Discover Your Role in God’s Worldwide Purpose.” This tool helps church leaders equip their congregations to reach the nations, from neighborhood to distant lands. Learn how to be Pray-ers, Senders, Goers, Welcomers, Givers, and/or Connectors. Find it at http://www.calebproject.org/store
3. PRODUCING FUELS FROM AGRICULTURAL WASTES — Are you interested in economically converting agricultural wastes into valuable fuels and efficiently utilizing the by-products as an effective “helps ministry” outreach? If so, plan to attend the Producing Fuels from Agricultural Wastes Course held at Camp Living Water, Bryson City, NC, September 27, 30, 2005. Instruction will focus on the production of methane from animal and plant waste, but other fuels will be covered, such as ethanol and bio-diesel. Included will be the construction of various types of digesters from locally available material and discarded products, day-to-day operation, utilizing the fuel for heating, running generators and other engines, the profitable use of the valuable by- products and alternative complimentary power production. The same principles can apply to the utilization of sewage for methane production. For more information or to register, visit: http://www.aquacultureinternational.org . Full-time missionaries can register at the student rate ($75).
4. SEND GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL AIRTIME — Here’s a service that allows family members and friends in the USA to keep in touch with their loved ones serving overseas. They are said to have outstanding rates to anywhere in the world with clean, quality connections. It can be used with any cellular or land line phone. Find out more and read missionary testimonials at their website. You can even try it out for free and look up rates to anywhere in the world. Click to… http://www.global-airtime.com or contact Andy toll free in the USA at 888-683-0653 or write him at cytechnologies(at)earthlink(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. BARREL AQUAPONICS: CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION — Do you want to learn to produce a constant supply fish and vegetables in an efficient, inexpensive small-scale system which will prove to be an effective “helps ministry” outreach? If so, you will want to attend a practical workshop entitled, “Barrel Aquaponics: Construction and Operation” held at Camp Living Water, Bryson City, NC, October 10 & 11, 2005. Instruction will focus on “Aquaponics,” which is the combining of aquaculture and hydroponics for mutual benefit. In addition to instruction, each attendee will be given an opportunity to construct a highly productive, small-scale system from barrels, capable of producing fish and a large variety of vegetables, greens & herbs adaptable to all types of environments. For more information or to register, visit: http://www.aquacultureinternational.org . Full-time missionaries can register at the student rate ($25).
6. IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE WORD AT SBS — YWAM Turner Valley Canada’s School of Biblical Studies (SBS) is an intensive Bible school open to C/DTS graduates. Inductive study is done book by book employing thorough observation, careful interpretation, and personal application. Students go through the Bible five times in nine months! According to its administrators, SBS gives a balanced view of the Scriptures as a whole and exposes students to the richness of the Bible in its continuity, various styles of literature, and historical backgrounds. SBS begins September 12th, 2005 and concludes June 30th, 2006. For more info, call 1-403-933-3755 or email turnervalley(at)ywam(dot)ca [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. PRE-ISLAMIC ARABIA — Gateway Missionary Training Centre in Langley B.C. is offering this special one-day seminar by Roland Muller (author of books such as Tools for Muslim Evangelism) on Saturday, September 10, 2005 at 10am – 5pm. Come away with a new understanding and appreciation for the historical background of the Bible and what happened in Arabia in the years between Noah and Mohammed. Cost for the day, lunch included, is $20.00CDN. Register via phone 604-530-4283 or e-mail Seminar(at)gatewaytraining(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] This should be very effective at helping people groups in Arabia understand their true native religions (pre-Islam).
8. STARTING OUT IN MISSIONS? TRY DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — YWAM Turner Valley Canada offers DTS for you to grow in relationship with Christ and obedience to Mark 16:15. Dates are September 14th, 2005 – February 10th, 2006 OR mid March 2006 – mid August 2006. The school includes 12 weeks of teaching and training in Canada and an 8 week field assignment in South East Asia or North Africa. Topics during training include: Character of God, Sin & the Cross & Repentance, Bible Meditation, Frontier Missions, Relationships, Evangelism, Islamic/Buddhist Worldview and more. Outreach activities may involve helping long term workers, evangelism, prayer ministry, community development projects, children’s ministry and more. Please call 1-403- 933-3754 for information or email turnervalley(at)ywam(dot)ca. Check out the website at: http://www.ywamturnervalley.com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. THANKS FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT — OK, I’ll admit it. It’s encouraging when someone makes a donation or sponsors or donates in any way. And you always know exactly how much comes in… and if we ever took in more than the goal for 2005, we’d just apply it to 2006 — not that that’s going to happen anytime soon though. :-) But this past week, a missionary serving in Guatemala helped us get $25 closer, enclosing a note which said, “thanking you for your service to the Christian community, anonymous.” Thank you so much for fueling our fire all the more. Would you like to help make Brigada happen next week and beyond? Your sponsorship or gift helps offset the costs of our webspace, some secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising. To chip in or make a substantial donation, just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.

20050724 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. FINAL 7 DAYS TO HELP DOUG WITH PH.D. DISSERTATION
2. DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
3. TRAIN AS A STRATEGIC COORDINATOR
4. LAUSANNE PAPER ON POSTMODERN AND ALTERNATIVE SPIRITUALITIES
5. A CONFERENCE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE A HEART FOR AFRICA
6. A HARSH LIFE: THE NAMIBIAN COLOURED Of NAMIBIA
7. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP
8. INVITATION TO FREE E-MAIL ACCOUNT GMAIL
9. EMERCY’S SHORT TERM MISSIONS TOOLBOX IS NOW AVAILABLE
10. TEACH TO REACH
11. BACK PAGE: LIVING IN CHANGING AGENCIES, OR NOT
12. CLOSING STUFF

1. FINAL 7 DAYS TO HELP DOUG WITH PH.D. DISSERTATION — These are the final hours to help Doug with the dissertation project for his Ph.D. degree on followership. The questionnaire helps each individual determine his or her “style of followership” and the results are 100% confidential. “You have my word as your Brigada Today compiler since the very beginning, in 1995, that you won’t be added to any list. No one will call. No one will even email.” Remember that anyone working (or even volunteering in a major way) for a non-profit organization, mission, orphanage or church is eligible. If you aren’t sure you’re the right person to take the survey, please take it anyway. If you can convince 100 people to take it (from your mission or church), and get 50 of them to participate, we’ll be forever grateful. Staff persons in Christian schools, staff people in local churches, resident moms and dads in children’s homes, .. they’ll all be considered for the research. It takes just 5 minutes. This is the final opportunity being offered to Brigada Today participants. Just click to: http://www.brigada.org/followership After taking the survey, the research asks a few basic questions of your team leader or supervisor, again — in the strictest confidence. “Following this week, we’ll go to the university with the numbers and see if they’ll allow the project. We had set a goal to find 500 pairs of followers and their respective supervisors. We’re roughly halfway there.” :-( Final chance… please take those 5-minute surveys by August 17. Week after week for years, you’ve been reading Brigada. Here’s a chance to give something back — without having to spend a dime of your hard-earned cash. Your responses will be used exclusively as research data for this one project. Please help today. There is obviously no fee involved. This is homework. Are there 375 people out there (out of our 10,000 reachers) who would please pitch in? If so, thank you in advance. http://www.brigada.org/followership
2. DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — Receive training from the Chalmers Center on how to facilitate economic development among the poor. Here is what Robin and Mike McMahan, Mission to the World missionaries to Ecuador, said about the training they received from the Chalmers Center: “The [Chalmers Center training institute] revolutionized what we were doing. It gave us useful tools and allowed us to help people financially and spiritually without creating dependency. We would definitely recommend the [Chalmers Center training institute] for anyone who is working among the poor.” The Chalmers Center will offer the first two of the courses from the training institute in distance learning format this coming fall. The distance learning courses are email-based with instructor feedback on weekly written assignments. They will help you understand the needs of the poor and how to determine the design of an intervention that is the appropriate program and strategy for Christian economic development in your context. To find out more about these courses or to register, visit the Chalmers web site at www.chalmers.org. Or, you can contact the Chalmers Center by phone at 706-419-1805 or by email at chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
3. TRAIN AS A STRATEGIC COORDINATOR — The Strategic Coordinator Seminar is about planning and implementing evangelism, business and church planting among your favourite segment of society. It’s an intense 3-week seminar (13 November-2 December 2005) led by veteran missionaries experienced at implementing people- and city-transforming strategies. In the seminar you will create a working plan for the evangelization of your focus population; be it gothic youth in London, indigenous peoples of Australia, an unreached people group in Africa or a mega-city in Asia. If you want to see your church take a more active role in evangelizing your focus people through prayer, going and sending out missionaries; if you are a missionary who desires to see more prayer, people and finance on an international level directed towards your focus group, then this seminar is for you. Contact the Registrar: info(at)ywamperth(dot)org(dot)au or telephone +61 8 9328 5321 or fax +61 8 9328 1324 or log onto: http://www.ywamperth.org.au Please note that the organizers have asked that you be sure to mention the fact that you read about it in Brigada. :-)
4. LAUSANNE PAPER ON POSTMODERN AND ALTERNATIVE SPIRITUALITIES — One of the more lengthy and significant Lausanne papers from the Oct. 2004 meeting in Thailand is now available. Lausanne Occasional Paper No. 45, “Religious and Non-Religious Spirituality in the Western World (“New Age”), is available in PDF format at http://community.gospelcom.net/lcwe/assets/LOP45_IG16.pdf or in booklet format. For information on ordering the 90 page booklet contact John Morehead at johnwmorehead(at)netzero(dot)net
5. A CONFERENCE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE A HEART FOR AFRICA — Gather in Longmont, CO Sept. 16 & 17, 2005 for the Best Hope for Africa Conference. This will be a time of prayer for the continent and networking with other native Africans and American workers. Pastor Andre Lottering of African Ministries Network will be the keynote speaker as the group seeks to catch God’s heart for His emerging church in Africa. For more on this free conference, contact Willy Rumenera at rumenera_willy(at)yahoo(dot)fr or Melody at VineLife Community Church at 303-449-3330 ext 101.
6. A HARSH LIFE: THE NAMIBIAN COLOURED Of NAMIBIA — J. is in his late 30’s. He lost his wife to sickness some time ago. He alone takes care of his six-year old son. J. is unemployed and lives in a town with only a couple of businesses. As he lay on his bed on the ground outside his tin shack, he listened to the Gospel. He chose to ask Jesus into his heart. Now there is hope in a harsh life. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Namibian Coloureds, an unengaged people group. To adopt them for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(at)iafrica(dot)com
7. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP — This training camp is by sponsored by Elijah Company from October 27-30 in Virginia. Many have already been trained and are now in overseas work. A special free conference call will be conducted August 11 at 8:30 PM est. The 45 minute conference will share about the training and other tips regarding preparation to go. A former trainee wrote “Missionary Training Camp has given me the steps I need to take to get to the field and the directions regarding how to take those steps.” Write to elijah(at)elijahcompany(dot)org for details of training or conference call. See their web at http://www.elijahcompany.org or call (757)226-3507.
8. INVITATION TO FREE E-MAIL ACCOUNT GMAIL — Frank, a Brigada subscriber from Frankfurt, Germany, invites other subscribers to the GMAIL e-mail service. This free mail service is part of the Google- Family, and comes with a huge free space of more than 2 GB, almost no ads – only low-key text ads at the side of the page. It offers a unique system of sorting, with labels instead of folders, that is very flexible and easy to use. The menu language can be chosen from about twenty main languages, including Russian, Chinese and many others. From his own experience, Frank can recommend GMAIL as a useful tool. (And by the way, in case you were wondering, he receives NO goodies from gmail for his recommendation). Please write to him at: frank(dot)e(dot)martin(at)gmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. EMERCY’S SHORT TERM MISSIONS TOOLBOX IS NOW AVAILABLE — Emercy is now offering the Toolbox on CD (Mac or PC) with a number of resources for short-term team leaders. The CD includes templates for team member applications, meeting outlines, member handbooks, fundraiser ideas, passport applications, stock photos, and clip art. This resource is helpful for short-term team leaders who are just getting started and don’t have the time to create everything from scratch. The CD also includes a comprehensive planning worksheet in Excel that allows you to calculate your trip expenses. You can purchase it for $19.95 from Emercy’s website at http://www.emercy.org or by calling 877-875-4483 (205-409-4197 for our international readers). You can also email info(at)emercy(dot)org
10. TEACH TO REACH — Nations are crying out for English teachers. You can reach them with the gospel as you teach English. We can train you to teach effectively in our TESOL course. Courses will be offered August 29 through September 23 and October 3 through October 28 at Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. Additional information and application forms can be found at www.ywampa.org or e- mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net.
11. BACK PAGE: LIVING IN CHANGING AGENCIES, OR NOT — In last week’s Brigada Today, we addressed the shifting sands of culture and time and pointed out how mission agencies seem to be shifting too (along with churches and the actual missionaries themselves). One reader commented on the fact that indeed… technology no only made the world smaller, but also seemed to build a higher level of expectation for accountability and perhaps even power in home offices of mission agencies around the globe. In the opinion of this particular Brigada participant, this immediate communicative ability enables area directors to become (or at least *want* to become :-) ) much more involved in decisions. At the same time, it seemed important to another reader to forge on despite some of the downsides of immediate communication. “The mission agency should be viewed as a valuable partner in the mission enterprise. Nothing is to be gained by being at odds with the agency, and just as a matter of fact, we are enjoined by Christ to love each other. That includes mission agencies in my book.”

So here are 5 tips for navigating the sea of change with your home office and agency.
*** 1) Determine what is the “main thing” you’re supposed to be doing, then do it well. Make the main thing the main thing. If you’re supposed to be raising up a new church, set up a plan to do that. As they say in soccer, take the shortest path to the goal. If, on the other hand, you’ve been hired to oversee a building or facility, don’t get sidetracked working on cars in the back lot. Keep the main thing the main thing. Your agency will notice your attention to the key objective and you’ll be loved for your loyalty to the purpose. Can you see how this simple concept overcomes technology, travel, and treasure.

*** 2) If you have areas of disagreement, gently speak about those with the person(s) influential enough to help you resolve those issues. But don’t talk with outsiders, don’t gossip, and don’t whine or grouse to peers. Change the things you can, then leave the rest to the Lord.

*** 3) If your agency is unable to change to meet your expectations, decide if those unresolved issues are big enough to merit resigning. If they aren’t, then let go of them and get on board. If they’re so big that you’re miserable and you can’t let go of them, then resign and move on. But don’t live your life in that in-between stage where you stay with an agency even though you’re miserable about it. Love it… or leave it. You’ll be happier either way you go… and your productivity will improve when you’re working for an organization you love.

*** 4) Somebody has to pay for services. Either your agency takes a slice of the support you raised, or they raise the support for you, then just hire you… but either way, somebody’s donating or sacrificing somewhere. Realize that those services have value. Be grateful for them when they’re helpful. If none of them are helpful, then rather than become bitter about it, go to step 3. :-) But either way, don’t sit around and complain about the “administrative overhead” cost — if at the same time you’re benefiting from it! Somebody has to pay somewhere.

*** 5) Figure out what are the key administrative and/or communicative expectations, then find a way to make them happen. Everyone will be happier. If your home office expects a weekly update from the field, budget 30′ on Monday morning, first thing, to write it. Turn off the phone, keep the office door closed, and churn it out. Putting it off… or worse yet… not doing it at all… sends a signal that you aren’t placing value on the expectation (or those expecting it). In the end, this translates to #3, again. Let’s face it: every day, no matter what job we hold, there’s paperwork. Nurses have more forms and reports in hospitals. I.T. workers even have more paperwork in information technology these days. So the way I see it, we just figure out what we have to do and make it happen… and quit complaining. Everybody will be happier.

So there are 5 tips. For what it’s worth. Because it’s a jungle out there… and your work brings life to those who need it.

20050717 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. NOW GET GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE FOR HOME & OVERSEAS STAFF AS 1
2. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
3. GO GLOBAL WITH GLOBAL MISSIOLOGY
4. EFFECTIVE PLANNING, TRAINING AND LEADING OF SHORT-TERM TEAMS
5. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONS
6. INTERESTING PERSPECTIVE ON THE FUTURE OF AIRLINE INDUSTRY
7. WHAT ABOUT DOMESTIC SHORT-TERM MISSIONS?
8. GET THE LOWDOWN ON THE LATEST IN LATIN AMERICAN MISSIONS
9. HOW DO CHINESE CHARACTERS REVEAL THE GOSPEL
10. FOR SOME, DANCE UNLOCKS KEY TO CULTURE
11. THANKS TO THOSE WHO ARE HELPING US HELP GET BRIGADA OUT
12. HELP PUSH DOUG OVER THE EDGE (AND LEARN FOLLOWERSHIP)
13. BACK PAGE: WHAT DOES THE AGENCY WANT OUT OF IT?
14. CLOSING STUFF

1. NOW GET GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE FOR HOME & OVERSEAS STAFF AS 1 — Finally, here’s a plan that puts no limit on length of time workers spend on furlough. It is underwritten by a USA carrier rated A- (Excellent) by A.M. Best. Thus this is not “surplus lines insurance” or plan offered by an “off-shore carrier.” The plan includes all standard benefits for the international worker including medical evacuation, etc. plus provides direct pay and has medical and Rx co-pays. The company has developed an international PPO with 1600 contracted doctors who are American Board Certified or the equivalent. They have also contracted 300 international hospitals. This is the largest international PPO in the world. For more information contact: jeff(at)gninsurance(dot)com or call 480/813-9100. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Or visit http://www.gninsurance.com
2. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS — International Training Partners offers Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops in different parts of the world. These five-day, highly interactive workshops focus on biblical application of skills in relating to one another and to the host people.

A workshop hosted by International Training Partners will be held at Palmer Lake, Colorado near Colorado Springs October 9-14, 2005. Contact Paul Lere at plere(at)itpartners(dot)org for information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

Go to http://www.itpartners.org for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul Lere at plere(at)itpartners(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].
3. GO GLOBAL WITH GLOBAL MISSIOLOGY — Global Missiology http://www.globalmissiology.org is a quarterly publication with original research and contributions from researchers, practitioners and scholars of international representation with global perspectives. In this July issue under the theme Word and Deed, there is a new section “technology & culture” to cover the inter-phase & integration of technology with Christian life and mission outreach. Also, enjoy the new Chinese version in both “full script” and “simplified script” formats for GM readers. Just simply “click” the appropriate language choice to switch back & forth. In accordance to the missiological principle of indigenization, everything in the Chinese version is originally developed by Chinese missiologists; not translation from English. Lord willing, future plan includes GM in other languages such as French, Spanish, and Portuguese to network missiologists internationally to be inclusive and truly global. Send all inquiries to editor(at)globalmissiology(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
4. EFFECTIVE PLANNING, TRAINING AND LEADING OF SHORT-TERM TEAMS -– This one-day seminar will be offered on Saturday, October 1 at Taylor Seminary, in Edmonton, Alberta through joint sponsorship of Taylor Seminary and Vanguard College. Early Bird registration (before Sept. 15) is only CAD$35.00 and includes lunch. To register call Renetta at 780-431-5246 or email Renetta(dot)geisler(at)taylor-edu(dot)ca [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONS — Learn a practical skill through which you can demonstrate the love of Christ in an effective way. In only 2 weeks you can learn to fill and clean teeth with hand instruments. The needs are great. No injections or expensive equipment involved. Monthly courses in Texas. http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com or write dentaltrainingformissions(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. INTERESTING PERSPECTIVE ON THE FUTURE OF AIRLINE INDUSTRY — Thanks to Brian for finding this interesting perspective on the future of airline ticketing, or the lack thereof: http://hasbrouck.org/blog/archives/000574.html Bottom line of this article: etickets and their fallout appear likely to unsettle the traditional world of connecting from one airline to another. Yikes. The jungle just got a little bit more complicated.
7. WHAT ABOUT DOMESTIC SHORT-TERM MISSIONS? — Do you have teams or individuals doing short-term mission trips in the States this summer? If so make sure they have adequate medical and evacuation coverage! You may want to check out the “Trip Protector” plan from Insurance Services of America. This plan covers medical expenses and medical evacuation with a rate as low as $24 for trips up to 30 days! This plan will also cover baggage and personal items that are lost, stolen or damaged!

For details, a free quote and to apply for coverage go to http://www.InsuranceForTrips.com , email them at health(at)missionaryhealth(dot)com, [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480- 821-9052 outside of North America) and ask for Mark. Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in helping missionaries and mission organizations find affordable healthcare. They have a wide range of plans for missionaries, mission groups and churches, so be sure to contact them to see how they can “shop around” for you to help you save money on your health insurance needs.
8. GET THE LOWDOWN ON THE LATEST IN LATIN AMERICAN MISSIONS — The Second Latin Missionary Consultation will take place in Frankfurt, Germany, on September 19 to 23, 2005. The First Consultation was in Stavanger, Norway, on 2004, with a very good result. This will be a good opportunity for Latin missionaries serving overseas to share their ideas and fellowship with other missionaries. For more information visit the consultation website at http://www.missionarios.com
9. HOW DO CHINESE CHARACTERS REVEAL THE GOSPEL — Did you know that Chinese culture/characters contain evidence that the ancient Chinese descended from Noah and knew the Genesis history? Want to learn more and even share this with a Chinese friend? The Intercessors for China 2006 prayer calendar shares some of this evidence and its evangelistic potential in twelve beautifully illustrated monthly profiles and has 365 carefully researched prayer items for China’s cities and minorities. Why should you care about this in July? If you buy before August 1, you can take advantage of their “Two More for China” offer. You’ll get two copies of the 2006 calendar, “Chinese Characters Reveal the Gospel,” plus two copies of the current 2005 calendar, “Chinese Christian Women,” all for less than $15, including shipping. One for you and one to share: that’s two more praying for China! Callers in the US/Canada can dial toll-free 1-888-462-5481. Others can call 1-717-687- 8564. Email: order(at)prayforchina(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Calendars can be ordered after August 10 at the regular prices as posted at http://www.prayforchina.com
10. FOR SOME, DANCE UNLOCKS KEY TO CULTURE — The weekend of the 8-11 July 2005 was very exciting for all those who took part in the very first International Dance Weekend at All Nations Christian College in Ware, Herts. Organised in partnership with the Christian Dance Fellowship of Great Britain, participants and teachers came from all over the country and beyond, including Germany. Three main dance areas were studied from the Indian form of classical dance Bharatha Natyam to Oriental Egyptian dance and Bollywood. … For more information or details of opportunities to study the Arts and Culture, contact Jill Ford on arts(at)allnations(dot)ac(dot)uk [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or visit http://www.allnations.ac.uk
11. NG TO GHANA WEST AFRICA? — The North American Women’s Association, committed for over 35 years to helping women & children in Ghana, has compiled an extensive, resourceful insider’s database for Ghana at http://www.noworriesghana.com Laurie Korum, missionary nurse to Ghana for more than ten years, doesn’t promise to have all the answers but is willing to help field questions for those considering coming to Ghana. Her contact is Ghana_Laurie(at)hotmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
12. THANKS TO THOSE WHO ARE HELPING US HELP GET BRIGADA OUT — This past week, we appreciated a gift from Andy at Dial-Abroad for $105, representing the long-distance calling benefits some Brigada readers generated through using Dial-Abroad long distance. If you’re talking on the phone anyway, and you’re thinking about switching anyway, try Andy’s services by clicking here. Thanks Andy!

Would you like to help make Brigada happen next week and beyond? Your sponsorship or gift helps offset the costs of our webspace, some secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising. To chip in or make a substantial donation, just click here (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.
13. HELP PUSH DOUG OVER THE EDGE (AND LEARN FOLLOWERSHIP) — I know, I know. You’re getting tired of hearing about Doug’s dissertation survey. But the truth is, we really do need some more takers… and this survey only takes 5 minutes. It’s anonymous — in that your input won’t be shared with anyone (especially not with your supervisor). :-) Likewise, the responses of your supervisor are kept secret too. Through these surveys, we’re learning lots about the relationship between followers and their bosses, and the perceptions of each about the other. We’ll publish the broad strokes here — and if all goes well, Doug will finish a Ph.D. out of the whole thing. We’ve had about 250 people participate, and about half that many bosses have completed their matching portion (which, unfortunately, is a necessary part of the project). Would you please consider passing this request to your mission or church staff? If you’re a member of a local church, would you ask your minister(s) to participate? (It’s free of course!) Anyone who has ever completed a Masters Degree or Ph.D. can identify. We just need a bunch of viewpoints… hundreds of them. (To be precise, we need at least 500 pairs of responses — followers and their bosses. :-( Still a ways.) If you’ve ever considered yourself to be Doug’s friend – – or not — now is the time to rally the troops. Just send your staff members to: http://www.brigada.org/followership The simple instructions are all there. I’m really not kidding… maybe this will only take 5′. Please give it a shot. (Any employee of any non-profit or church anywhere in the galaxy can participate.) Thank you, thank you, thank you. :-)
14. BACK PAGE: WHAT DOES THE AGENCY WANT OUT OF IT? — The final installment of our thinking about change in missions is centered on the agency. (For those who have been napping :-), we’ve asked “what does the church want” out of missions today, and what does the missionary want.) Again, it appears to me we’re living through a period of profound change. For example, today’s generation of students are asking completely different questions about their world and how to reach it. Neal Pirolo, author of “Serving as Senders”, wrote us this past week with this observation: “As aging mission agencies are being forced to relate with a younger generation in the Church, they must come to realize that there is a major, basic different point of view. The younger generations more and more want a greater and greater involvement in the decisions relating to the tasks to which they commit. Past generations ‘signed the check’ and said, ‘God bless you. Go do it.’ Today’s (and tomorrow’s) generations want to be a part of the strategizing, planning and execution of the task. (And they are more interested in task-related proposals than ‘career’ commitments.)” This can have a *major* effect on mission agency models, as you can imagine.

But other changes are happening across the board. Again, we see effects brought about by shifts in technology, missiology, cultural values, and even the shrinking nature of a planet perhaps more in tune with itself and its inhabitants.

Our Training Director at Team Expansion, Glen Gibson, handed me an article earlier this week that helped crystallize some of these changes and their impact on missions. In it, the director of CBInt’l, Hans Finzel, lamented that missions agencies ” are not changing fast enough or deep enough to meet the needs of today’s world.” He concludes, “What worked … in the 1980s and even 1990s does not apply today.” He’s observing changes like…
*** Leadership election to leadership selection
*** US-based launching to globalization
*** Country boundaries to people groups [OK Hans… maybe we started this shift back in 1974. :-) ]
*** From territorial divisions to functional teams of ministry
*** From rigid field structures to simplicity and mobility
*** From lifetime mission careers to the revolving door of short-term service
*** From command and control administration to decentralization and regionalization
*** From using the sending churches to serving our partner churches
*** From fee-based administration to funding for value added
*** From recruiting on the campus to mobilizing from the church
*** From classic, narrow ministry focus to 360-degree deployment. [See Hans’s article in the July 2005 EMQ, p. 330.]

Whoa, if that’s not a bunch of major shifts, then I’m not sitting here at 3:18am compiling Brigada Today. Yikes… it’s enough to scare the wits out of the control freaks among us.

What do *you* think today’s mission agency is seeking out of the mission agency – church – missionary continuum? What are the motivations for agencies to move forward? Why do they keep trying to do what they’ve always done? What are the “itches” that they scratch? Why do we need them? What causes their eyes to glisten and their little hearts to warm with gladness? How do we avoid offending them (and do we care? :-) )? How will they best relate to individuals as missionaries and church leaders of today and tomorrow?

Those are the haunting questions that cry out for answers. (Is that melodramatic or *what*? :-) ) Want to register your thoughts? Jot a note to this email address: brigada-feedbackatgooglegroupsdotcom You won’t have to join the group or register in any way. Your feedback will be assumed anonymous, though you’re welcome to leave your name and contact information if you desire. Look for information about these responses in next week’s Brigada Today. And until then, please be careful out there — it’s a jungle you know. Doug

20050710 Brigada Today

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In this issue…

1. BIBLE TRANSLATORS AND THE ADVENT OF THE TALKING BIBLE
2. CAN’T DECIDE WHICH ANTI-SPYWARE TOOL TO BUY?
3. NEED A SPOT TO STORE & SHARE YOUR PHOTOS?
4. “WOMEN OF THE HARVEST” MAGAZINE NOW FREE, ONLINE
5. PEOPLE RAISING 6-HOUR TRAINING NOW ON CD & MP3
6. TRANS SCAN: FIND OUT IF TRANSLATION IS FOR YOU
7. AMAZING BOOK OFFER
8. CHRISTIANS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING INT’L CONFERENCE
9. THANKS FOR THE HELP! WOULD YOU CHIP IN?
10. THE BACKPAGE: THE RESULTS ARE IN
11. CLOSING STUFF

1. BIBLE TRANSLATORS AND THE ADVENT OF THE TALKING BIBLE — The advent of the Talking Bible dramatically increases the value of the work done by the Bible translators. By spending just one percent more than what it cost to translate a New Testament in the first place, one can now make that dedicated, sacrificial, costly translation effort available in audio as a Talking Bible for the larger numbers of people who cannot read. It is a possibility we could not have dreamed of less than five years ago. For more information visit: http://www.talkingbibles.org or contact harvey(at)talkingbibles(dot)org
2. CAN’T DECIDE WHICH ANTI-SPYWARE TOOL TO BUY? — Take PC Magazine’s word for it. Their latest editor’s choice is Spyware Doctor 3.2, available for $29.95 at http://www.pctools.com In their benchmark “real-world” tests, Spyware Doctor outperformed other offerings from all the “big guns” like Symantec, Microsoft, Spy Sweeper, Lavasoft, and more. (And by the way, we get no sponsorship from PCTools.com. Just one beggar telling another where to buy bread. But if they ask where you heard about it, feel free to tell them Brigada.org. Maybe they’ll decide to pitch something in after 30 of us buy it! :-) )
3. NEED A SPOT TO STORE & SHARE YOUR PHOTOS? — Claudia recommends http://www.photobucket.com (Thanks Claudia!) The free version allows for 25 meg of disk space (about 12 or 13 photos at the 5 megapixel rate) and 1500 meg. of bandwidth, with a limitation of 250K as the maximum size for any image you post. But for just $25 per year, you’ll get 1 gig of photo display space, and unlimited throughput. On this latter plan, maximum image size is bumped up to 1 meg. — still about 1/2 the size of a 5 megapixel image. Check it out!
4. “WOMEN OF THE HARVEST” MAGAZINE NOW FREE, ONLINE — If price was a factor before, it’s not any more. Now you can get “Women of the Harvest” free, online, by clicking to: http://www.womenoftheharvest.com This classy new online magazine is designed to encourage you to persevere in cross-cultural service. You can attend “WOTH” retreats, get weekly bible studies, and pick up other helpful resources — all at the site. _NOW FREE, ONLINE — If price was a factor before, it’s not any more. Now you can get “Women of the Harvest” free, online, by clicking to: http://www.womenoftheharvest.com This classy new online magazine is designed to encourage you to persevere in cross-cultural service. You can attend “WOTH” retreats, get weekly bible studies, and pick up other helpful resources — all at the site.
5. PEOPLE RAISING 6-HOUR TRAINING NOW ON CD & MP3 — Need to raise personal support or funds for your organization? People Raising has just released the People Raising 6-hour award winning audio curriculum on CD and in downloadable MP3 formats. Discover firsthand how the People Raising system can help you raise the needed funds in record time while reducing the fears commonly associated with asking for support. The Audio kit includes: 5 CD’s by author and fundraising expert, Bill Dillon, 72 page Study Guide, The People Raising book and handy Presentation Reminder card. People Raising is providing a special introductory offer through 8/10/2005. To get more information and take advantage of this unique fund raising 6-hour training program go online http://www.peopleraising.com/purchase.cfm or contact Bill(at)PeopleRaising(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. TRANS SCAN: FIND OUT IF TRANSLATION IS FOR YOU — There are about 2600 people groups in the world today that don’t have God’s Word in their heart language. Could God be calling you to serve as part of a Bible translation team? “Trans Scan” has the answers! Check out…

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For more info, contact Wade Wade_Remer(at)wycliffe(dot)org about the August, 20 event at Wycliffe Center in Tucson AZ. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. AMAZING BOOK OFFER — “Godsize Stories from Around the World” will bless and inspire you. You can be reading it minutes from now. For less than the price of a lunch at McDonalds you’ll receive the e-book and *two bonuses*. You’ll also receive the complete audio-book, and The e- Book Librarian software to manage e-books on your computer. You can download them or order them on CDs. Listen to the foreword by Eddie Smith at http://tinyurl.com/aroeh Check out this offer at: http://www.godsize.com Or email: carl(at)godsize(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. CHRISTIANS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING INT’L CONFERENCE — From January 23-25, 2006, on the campus of Payap University in Chiangmai, Thailand, this interorganizational teachers’ conference will provide a faith-friendly venue for academic interaction and professional development, as well as for networking and fellowship. Proposals for presentations, workshops, resource room, and poster sessions are now being received. For more information on the conference see http://www.cetesol.org For inquiries, or to send a proposal, e-mail Brad bbaurain(at)elic(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. THANKS FOR THE HELP! WOULD YOU CHIP IN? — Thanks to Harvey Hoekstra, of TalkingBibles.com, for the $25 gift to help Brigada step into the next week! We’re grateful for this help and encouragement. This brings to $6,810.36 our sponsorship total for 2005. You might recall that our goal for 2005 is $16,576, meaning we’re just over 4/10ths of the way to the total. Unfortunately, we’re just over halfway through 2005. To make our goal, someone will have to chip in a bit more over the coming weeks or months. Please pray that God will raise up partners to make this gift (these gifts) possible. Thanks! Would you consider helping with the costs of our webspace, some secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising? To chip in or make a substantial donation, just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.
10. THE BACKPAGE: THE RESULTS ARE IN — I’ve enjoyed reading some reader feedback to the last couple of “BackPages”… addressing the issue of “What churches want” out of the church-missionary relationship and, on the other side of the coin, “What missionaries want”. You can read the feedback for yourself at: http://www.brigada.org/articles/what_they_want.html Over all, there seemed to be agreement, at least in principle, that times have changed (duh… :-) ) in the missions arena. Technology, travel, and cultural norms have all made an impact. You’ll have to be the one to decide if we’re better- or worse-off than we were before. Maybe our seemed to land more on the “better-off” side when it comes to gratitude for technology and the connectivity it brings. But if that’s the case, the majority seemed to land a bit on the downside regarding changes in the local church. That having been said, the responses were all over the spectrum.

So allow me to sum up, if I may — at least my own opinion: We live in a rapidly-changing world, where our motivations, our “church culture”, and the “tools of the missionary trade” are seemingly transforming right before our very eyes. As a result, churches, individuals and also agencies would be well-advised to look carefully at how these and other “change factors” are affecting their work now and how they might have a bearing in the future. Only then will we be adequately prepared to walk the jungle of missions in future generations.

Doug

20050703 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
2. DUALREACH RESOURCES PUTS ANSWERS IN YOUR CHURCH’S HANDS
3. LOOKING FOR FREE WORSHIP SOFTWARE?
4. PARENTS OF MISSIONARIES: THE “INVISIBLE PIECE” IN MISSIONS
5. WANT TO LEARN RUSSIAN OR ARABIC FOR MINISTRY?
6. TEACH ENGLISH AND REACH THE NATIONS
7. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
8. DON’T MISS THE MUSIC AND MISSIONS EVENT OF 2006
9. POST YOUR PHOTOS HERE, EVEN VIA EMAIL
10. TEACH TO REACH
11. FREE DESIGN SERVICES FOR OVERSEAS MINISTRIES
12. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT DO MISSIONARIES WANT?
13. CLOSING STUFF

1. DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — How well do you understand the needs of the poor you serve? Distance learning courses on Christian economic development are available this fall from the Chalmers Centers at Covenant College. These courses are email-based with instructor feedback on weekly written assignments. They feature interaction with other distance students. The courses will help you understand the needs of the poor and how to design the appropriate programs and strategies for Christian economic development in your context. To find out more about these courses or to register, visit the Chalmers web site at http://www.chalmers.org Or you can contact the Chalmers Center by phone at 706-419-1805 or by email at chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. DUALREACH RESOURCES PUTS ANSWERS IN YOUR CHURCH’S HANDS — If you haven’t already stopped by, don’t forget about DualReach resources, available at: http://wwww.dualreach.org You can sign up there for “Synergy Newsletter,” the free missions newsletter, which supplies you with a toolkit for mobilizing people in your church, along with other helpful resources. (Thanks for the helpful gift of $25 toward Brigada’s expenses! We appreciate you!)
3. LOOKING FOR FREE WORSHIP SOFTWARE? — Try OpenSong http://www.opensong.org It does projection and manages song lyrics and chords, including transposing. It has Windows and Mac editions, with Linux in the works. Cool! (Thanks Tex! :-) )
4. PARENTS OF MISSIONARIES: THE “INVISIBLE PIECE” IN MISSIONS — Parental disapproval keeps numerous young people off the mission field. Those who do go frequently leave behind parents who are supportive but hurting. Parents, missionaries, and recruits can contact the National Network of Parents of Missionaries (NNPOM) for understanding and help. Cheryl, a licensed clinical counselor, and Diane, a POM since 2002, connect POMs with others who understand their experience through NNPOM’s website, tip sheets, and quarterly newsletter. Regional NNPOM groups serve the greater Cincinnati, OH, and Yuma, AZ, areas. NNPOM also desires to help missions leaders who want to provide care for the parents of their missionaries. Missions departments and organizations may link to the NNPOM website. Check out http://POMnet.org or email information(at)POMnet(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. WANT TO LEARN RUSSIAN OR ARABIC FOR MINISTRY? — Studying at the Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures (ISLC) (Formerly Russian Language Ministries) will give you a good head start in learning the needed language and culture. Their experienced staff is called by God to equip you with the language & cross-cultural skills you will need to be effective in ministry to Russian and Arabic speakers. Courses are tailored to your learning needs and offer an intensive and focused experience with, gradual effective immersion in the language, communicative learning methods & flexible duration for all programs. Their U.S. based courses are taught in an encouraging spiritual atmosphere with a focus on future ministry. Classes forming for Fall (Aug. 29 – Dec. 16). US toll Free: 1-800-799-7976 or 1-803-333-9119. Check ’em out at: http://www.strategiclanguages.org or email RLMoffice(at)juno(dot)com
6. TEACH ENGLISH AND REACH THE NATIONS –- Learn how to teach English as a second or foreign language at an intensive 4-wk training schooling at the YWAM base in Lakeside, Montana, U.S.A. Teaching English can open up opportunities to go into restricted nations. The school will run from July 25 – August 19. Those interested can find more information on the web at http://www.ywammt.org or e-mail schoolinfo(at)ywammt(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call 406.844.2221.
7. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS — International Training Partners offers “Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills” workshops in different parts of the world. These five-day, highly interactive workshops focus on biblical application of skills in relating to one another and to the host people. They’re also planning a workshop hosted by Christian Life Assembly School of Missions (PAOC) at a beautiful retreat facility in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, September 19-23, 2005. For info, contact Milann Davies at mdavies(at)christianlifeassembly(dot)com for information. Go to http://www.itpartners.org for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul Lere at plere(at)itpartners(dot)org.
8. DON’T MISS THE MUSIC AND MISSIONS EVENT OF 2006 — Mark it on your calendar; there’s been an extra day added. The second Global Consultation on Music and Missions (GCoMM 2006) will take place July 11-15, 2006 at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. At GCoMM 2006 you will have the opportunity to learn, fellowship, and worship with leaders in music and missions ministries from around the world. Plenary sessions, seminars, and panels will explore topics related to music and the arts, missions, and indigenous worship world-wide. Subscribe to the GCoMM informational updates listserv from the site at: http://www.gcommhome.org or by writing to info(at)gcommhome(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] [GCoMM 2006 is made possible in part through a Worship Renewal Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by Lilly Endowment Inc.]
9. POST YOUR PHOTOS HERE, EVEN VIA EMAIL — Don’t forget that at http://www.imageevent.com you can post photos for family, supporters, and friends to view anytime. It’s easy to use and inexpensive. The service allows you to email the photos to the site regardless of size and it handles them. It also has a feature to password protect albums so that only people with the password can view them. This should be a valuable feature for those serving in sensitive areas. (Thanks Scott!)
10. TEACH TO REACH — Grab a TESOL course August 29 through September 23 or October 3 through October 28 at Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. Additional information and application forms can be found at http://www.ywampa.org or write ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
11. FREE DESIGN SERVICES FOR OVERSEAS MINISTRIES — Engineering Ministries International http://www.emiusa.org based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a Christian ministry providing free engineering and architectural services to overseas ministries and churches who are serving the poorest of the poor and preaching the gospel of Christ. They send a team of fully qualified design professionals to the project location for 10-14 days to survey the project site, meet with your leadership, and prepare preliminary designs. Final designs are completed when they return home. All services provided are free to you – they ask for partnership for one airline ticket, and simple in-country lodging and transportation for their team. Since 1982, they’ve completed over 500 projects in 75 developing countries. They are also looking for volunteer professionals to join their project trips to fulfill critical team roles in engineering, architecture, surveying, structural design, water/wastewater, electrical, and more. For more information, call 719- 633-2078, or write info(at)emiusa(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
12. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT DO MISSIONARIES WANT? — In the last edition of Brigada Today, we posed the question, “what do churches want?” We explored the possibility that some congregations might have changed a bit over the past few decades in what they’re hoping to “get back” out of their mission support.

Likewise, it feels to me that today’s onsite workers are different too. Many still want deep teammate relationships, good solid direction and accountability, along with a *cause* into which they can pour their lives. I’m noticing… it doesn’t have to be a cause with global consequences. Many of today’s workers seem comfortable with pouring their lives into a relatively small group of people. Today’s new generation of missionaries don’t seem motivated primarily by the quest of big salaries. In fact, as long as their needs are met, big money seems more and more hollow to them.

A quarter of a century ago, workers would sometimes commit to a particular field sight unseen. Remember your missions history lessons? In William Carey’s time, it wasn’t uncommon that workers would pack extra clothes in their own coffins when they sailed to their newly embraced far-flung fields. Nowadays, I’m not sure some ever even *leave* our homelands. Because of the immediacy of instant messaging and cell phones (not to mention satellite phones), some are able to stay in close touch with relatives and friends back home (oh — and supporters too :-) ). As a result, they never experience a true “leave- taking” … nor the accompanying adaptation.

At the same time, some want more connectivity with home. Some are much more homesick than “E.T.” (“E.T. phone home.”) Many want to see their field in advance, before they commit. And *sooo* many are unwilling to make more than a one- or two-year commitment. Sometimes it feels as if this generation of workers is less prepared in Greek and exegesis, less knowledgeable in the history of missions and cultural anthropology, and less likely to *want* to learn any of those subjects. Instead, they seem to want to “dive in” much more quickly into deep-seated relationships and ministry. This can be both a positive and a negative, depending on the circumstances.

How ’bout you? What’s your opinion? Want to register your thoughts? Jot a note to this email address: brigada-feedbackatgooglegroupsdotcom You won’t have to join the group or register in any way. Your feedback can even be anonymous, if you desire.

As was the case with the previous question, we probably need to delve deeper into “what missionaries want”… because many literally *are* working in a jungle out there. Doug

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