Monthly Archives: March 2007

20070325 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TRY AIRSET.COM FOR COLLABORATION/COMMUNICATION
  2. NEW BOOK GIVES INSIGHT INTO A MUSLIM-TO-CHRISTIAN CONVERSION
  3. EQUIP YOURSELF OR YOUR TEAM TO RAISE THEIR FULL SUPPORT
  4. NOT TOO LATE TO USE INTERNET EVANGELISM DAY
  5. LOTS OF FEEDBACK ON INITIATIVE 360
  6. FOR THE MUSICALLY GIFTED
  7. WEST COAST HEALTHCARE MISSIONS CONFERENCE
  8. NEW BOOK ON SUPPORT-RAISING
  9. NEED HEALTH INSURANCE FOR YOUR MISSIONARY?
  10. THE UNENGAGED PEOPLES OF NAMIBIA
  11. WOULD YOU CONSIDER SENDING A GIFT TO ENCOURAGE BRIGADA?
  12. THE BACKPAGE: MORE COOL TOOLS FOR MISSIONARIES
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. TRY AIRSET.COM FOR COLLABORATION/COMMUNICATION — Lately, a few of us have been trying out the collaborative site…

    http://www.airset.com

    Granted, it’s not a perfect world, and it’ll only work for you if web access is fairly cheap, but it’s got a lot going for it:
    *** It’s free (if your web time is “all-you-can-eat”). :-)
    *** It allows easy access to a file storage area. Use it to pool your team’s strategic planning and/or policy documents.
    *** You can log in via the secure (https:) gateway, which should especially appeal to those in sensitive lands. (on the far upper-right is a link titled “Secure”) What’s more, in talks with insiders at Airset, I learned that all user data is stored encrypted in their database so even in the unlikely event a hacker managed to breach their firewalls and dump their database they would only get encrypted files.
    *** Those in the USA with cell phones (e.g., mission agency-types) could especially profit from the sms distribution-list approach. They sell a mobile client for “smart-phones.” That would *really* be cool for those who live by their PDAs.
    *** The collaborative calendar would help those with trouble merging their personal life (kids’ soccer games) with work life (meetings).
    *** Sharing contacts should help those who previously were working only in separate flat file databases like Microsoft Outlook.
    *** Work groups should appreciate the ability to share tasks and other lists — and update them corporately via the web.

    So give it a try. No credit cards needed. Word for the wise: Be sure to check first before assuming that others will want to receive SMSes. Don’t make the same mistake I did — *ask* permission before entering cell phone numbers. AirSet will try to SMS them without you even knowing it.


  2. NEW BOOK GIVES INSIGHT INTO A MUSLIM-TO-CHRISTIAN CONVERSION — Torn between his desire to please his family and his belief in Christ, a Fulani youth has to make a choice. Does he understand the impact it will have on his relationships, his community, his future? Will he be able to hold on while others try to make him let go? Based on a true story, “Mamane’s Journey” gives a first-hand perspective on the value of Christian missions today. The pre-publishing price available until May 15 at

    http://www.masterdesign.org/eckert.html


  3. EQUIP YOURSELF OR YOUR TEAM TO RAISE THEIR FULL SUPPORT — Raising support doesn’t have to be a terrifying ordeal and it doesn’t need to take two or three years. Kingdom Come Training can help you to make raising support a joy-filled ministry that blesses the church and connects believers with a primary purpose for their existence, being the expression of Christ to the nations. KCT provides training with live, interactive video conferencing. If you have a group of six to eight participants, KCT will send a professional video conferencing unit that plugs into high speed internet. If you can’t join with a group, they will send you a laptop with professional webcam and video conferencing software so you can join with others in live, multipoint sessions that work as if you were all in the same room together. The training takes an hour and a half a day, four days a week for three weeks. The goal is to build confidence in communication and relational ministry skills that apply not only to raising support, but to all aspects of ministry. Give Jerry a call in the USA at (503) 314-7211 or log on at

    http://www.kingdomcometraining.com

    or email jerry(at)kingdomcometraining(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  4. NOT TOO LATE TO USE INTERNET EVANGELISM DAY — 29 April is this year’s worldwide Internet Evangelism Day. The purpose is to demonstrate to Christians the big potential to use the Web for effective outreach. It’s probably too late for mission teams or churches to build special programs, but it’s a great time to sample what’s already out there. Use this as one possible starting point:

    http://ied.gospelcom.net/index.php

    (Thanks Tony!)


  5. LOTS OF FEEDBACK ON INITIATIVE 360 — I keep getting feedback regarding those “Backpage” items dealing with the dissolving of Initiative 360, Caleb Project, and ACMC. To be fair, several responses have underscored the time and prayer that the board invested in their decision-making process, much of which was behind closed doors, just as we imagined. I continue to emphasize with everyone how important it is to grant grace to leaders in the midst of difficult transitions. That applies both to staff leadership and board leadership.

  6. FOR THE MUSICALLY GIFTED — Now you can get a “Global Consultation on Music and Missions 2006 Audio DVD”, which includes all the spoken presentations plus Atilano Muradas in concert. You can purchase this disc by credit card at

    http://www.ethnodoxology.org/ordering.htm


  7. WEST COAST HEALTHCARE MISSIONS CONFERENCE — It’s happening August 3- 4, 2007, the 4th annual conference in Pasadena for those interested in healthcare, missions, or touching lives through medicine. Conference tracks include Clinical Practice, Urban Health, Student opportunities, International needs, Short-term Healthcare Missions, and Psychology. CME/CEU hours are offered. 25 outstanding faculty including Time Magazine Healthcare Man of the Year, Dr Peter Okaalet. Pre-conference (August 2) focuses on Restoring Wholeness to At-Risk Children. For more information:

    http://healthcaremissions.org

    or call: (626) 584-5339.


  8. NEW BOOK ON SUPPORT-RAISING — Dr. Paul Johnson, with over 20 years of experience in teaching and consulting missionaries, tells his own story of struggle. But that’s just the first chapter. He also explodes the myth of living by faith alone, and presents a Biblical basis for financing a Christian worker, a practical model, and practical ideas spinning off that model. The title of the book is “More Than Money, More Than Faith; Successfully Raising Missionary Support in the Twenty-first Century.” It is available through Amazon.com, at Barnes and Noble, and at the publisher’s own web site: Pleasant Word. At Amazon.com, type in the first three words of the book title in the search box. At Pleasant Word, go to “Book Store.” Paul Johnson’s e-mail address is: paulswro_johnson(at)wycliffe(dot)org. Paul can be reached at 1-800-362- 4253 – California time – business hours 8:30 to 4:30.

  9. NEED HEALTH INSURANCE FOR YOUR MISSIONARY? — A good international health insurance plan for the career worker that excludes coverage in the USA and Canada is now available. Excluding coverage in the USA and Canada can reduce rates by as much as 33%. The plan can also exclude maternity coverage which reduces the rates another 30%. If you are working in or near a country that provides good health care, an insurance plan excluding coverage in the USA and Canada could provide substantial saving. 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


  10. THE UNENGAGED PEOPLES OF NAMIBIA — This month is an exciting time as six Christian workers will be traveling to Nambia to visit the areas where the Forgooten Peoples live. Please remember to pray for them. Pray for their safety in travel. Most of all pray for the guidance and leading from the Lord, as they seek to target areas of possible work. Pray for the possibility of future work and planting of the seed of the Gospel in the homelands of the Nama/Damara, the Herero, the Mbalantu and the Namibian Coloured. Pray that hearts will be open to receive the Good News. Pray for God to call workers either as volunteer teams, short-term workers or long term missionaries to live and work with these unengaged peoples for prayer visit

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or contact

    forgottenpeoples(at)telkomsa(dot)net for more information.


  11. WOULD YOU CONSIDER SENDING A GIFT TO ENCOURAGE BRIGADA? — Would you consider setting the pace for others? Maybe if you send a gift of $50 to Brigada, others will follow. Just click on “Sponsor/Donate” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) 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. And thank you in advance for helping.

  12. THE BACKPAGE: MORE COOL TOOLS FOR MISSIONARIES — #1: Beat jet lag (Sleep East, Party West, Gear up to sleep, Herd your kids) #2: Get your own mosquito tent (for malaria-infested areas) #3: Insist on AC adaptors that don’t require converters/transformers #4: Rent or buy a “worldphone”, satphone, and/or sat modem #5: Pack by checklist, pack light #6: Use roller bags #7: Bring a filtered water bottle

    Add to that list… #8: Carry a thin notebook & a pen, write everything down — Get in the habit of making good notes. The notebook has to be thin enough to stick in your shirt pocket or hip pocket, so you always have it with you. Do a section for finances. Write down every expense, make note of every currency exchange, including the commission and the exchange rate. Do another section for language learning. Jot down words you want to learn to say, words you can’t quite understand, whole text phrases you want to memorize, etc. Depending on the stage of your work, you might want other sections for interviews & cultural lessons, another for prayer requests & praises & devotional thoughts, another section for contacts & addresses & people with whom you’d like to follow up.

    #9: Use a moneybelt — Desperate people do desperate things. Until the entire world is completely satisfied with every basic human need, you and your belongings will stil be a target. Keep your credit cards & your cash in there.

    #10: Try a photographer’s vest — I realize this might or might not be your style. But at least consider it. Get breathable cotton, with 15 or more pockets. It becomes a walking, incognito extra carry-on. On one occasion recently, a cultural “insider” had said he could only take 2 people with him into a Muslim area. I volunteered to stay back and let two others go, but he insisted that I could too, in addition to the other 2 visitors, because he said, as he threw a glance at my vest, “He’ll look like a professional journalist anyway.” My camera fits in one pocket, while in others, I can insert a lightweight mini-tripod, a small flashlight, hand sanitizer, passport (in a protected, waterproof pocket), some artificial tears, and everything else you like to carry along. You should be able to find these online for $50, and in a large camera specialty store for $70. Obviously, the advantage of the latter is that you can try them on. Stick to khaki. The black vests seem a bit too paramilitary for my tastes.

    Watch next time for more cool tools for travel and missions.

20070318 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. STRATEGIC PRAYER
  2. SPECIAL BRIGADA REPORT: WHAT MAKES A MISSIONARY EFFECTIVE?
  3. HELP LINDA NAME HER COLLEGE
  4. NEED A NANNY?
  5. PRINCIPAL AND STAFF NEEDED AT INT’L CHRISTIAN SCHOOL IN INDIA
  6. NORWAY TRAINS TENTMAKERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
  7. FOR MISSION IN THE ARAB WORLD
  8. MAKE YOUR OWN TRUECRYPT DISK/DRIVE
  9. FREE TRIAL, CHRISTIAN BOOK REVIEWS
  10. THANKS TO THOSE UNDERGIRDING BRIGADA
  11. THE BACKPAGE: “COOL TOOLS” (CONT’D)
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. STRATEGIC PRAYER — Want to be more focused and strategic in your prayers for unreached and least reached people groups? Check out the following websites:

    http://www.globaldayofprayer.com

    http://www.ethne.net

    (Thanks to Betty, Team Expansion’s Prayer Coordinator, for these tips!)


  2. SPECIAL BRIGADA REPORT: WHAT MAKES A MISSIONARY EFFECTIVE? — Remember Rebekah? She’s 22 years old. In preparation for her work in India, she asked for your top-ten list of tips, thoughts, ideas, and principles that would help her become super-effective on the mission field. Here’s the report she compiled. Thanks Bekah!

    http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/bekah.pdf


  3. HELP LINDA NAME HER COLLEGE — Linda is a missions prof at her college, which has a traditional name, ending in the words, “… Bible College.” She’s wishing for input, articles, and info regarding the upside and the downside of her college having the word “Bible” in its name. What is the advantage over having Christian rather than Bible? What is the advantage of not having either Christian or Bible? What is the advantage of having university over college? Would you be able to help her? If you could help her, write lcj(at)roanokebible(dot)edu

  4. NEED A NANNY? – – Free up more of your time for your ministry! MissionNannies.org has a number of applications from Christian women seeking to help with missionary children. The women can help with tutoring, child care, shopping, household chores, etc., and ask for no more than free room and board while they serve. The amount of time they can serve varies. If you have a need, contact BettySullins(at)Juno(dot)com See the web site for more information.

    http://www.MissionNannies.org

    (Thanks for the reminder, Rod!)


  5. PRINCIPAL AND STAFF NEEDED AT INT’L CHRISTIAN SCHOOL IN INDIA — Metro Delhi International School has an urgent need for an experienced Principal, who can lead the school, especially in the development of a High School program for students. Other staff positions are also available and applications are being accepted. The school currently serves 60 international children, Kindergarten to grade 10, with potential to double in size in the coming year or so. MDIS primarily serves International students working with organizations in the Delhi area, as well as business and diplomatic families. Salary and housing are provided. For more information, see

    http://www.mdis.net

    or contact info(at)mdis(dot)net. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. NORWAY TRAINS TENTMAKERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD — Since TENT of Norway started running tentmaking courses in 2003, people have attended them from 8 countries and from as far away as Hong Kong. These intensive 4.5 day courses include a two-week curriculum in English, designed by former tentmakers. To keep course fees down, you will be housed in local homes. The people of Bergen are known for their hospitality and you will enjoy getting to know your host family. Check out the course outline and date at

    http://www.tent.no/

    or email their office steinar(dot)opheim(at)tent(dot)no [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    TENT will donate $5 to Brigada for each person who registers and indicates they heard about the course from Brigada.


  7. FOR MISSION IN THE ARAB WORLD — For those with an interest in mission in the Arab World, have a look at

    http://www.stfrancismagazine.info

    The website of this magazine is renewed, and contains very useful articles on Islam, Arab Churches and mission.


  8. MAKE YOUR OWN TRUECRYPT DISK/DRIVE — Our Feb. 24th item, “4) GET BY ‘ON THE CHEAP’ WITH TRUECRYPT,” shared some options for pay, but Jonathan shared some free options, “Make your own encrypted disk by downloading TrueCrypt to your hard disk or a USB drive for free.

    http://www.truecrypt.org

    More portable (USB) free security application are available at

    http://tinyurl.com/23t4jb

    As far as email PGP (and Hushmail) are free and simple.” (Thanks Jonathan!)


  9. FREE TRIAL, CHRISTIAN BOOK REVIEWS — The Christian Library Journal, now entering its 13th year of publication, welcomes inquirers to sign up for a 90-day free trial online subscription. CLJ includes reviews of library material (books, DVDs, etc.) written from a Christian point of view by librarians, teachers, and free-lance writers. Titles reviewed cover many different subject areas, fiction as well as nonfiction, and children’s and teens’ as well as adult material. Go online to sign up for your free trial.

    http://www.christianlibraryj.org

    Sorry, since this is an online journal, there is no other way to access it.)


  10. THANKS TO THOSE UNDERGIRDING BRIGADA — We’re grateful to those who make our work possible here. This past week, we’re thankful for Dial- Abroad, who gave $111 as a way of saying thanks for recent referrals to their great long-distance service, along with help for telecommunicating travelers. Check them out at:

    http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm


  11. THE BACKPAGE: “COOL TOOLS” (CONT’D) — We’ve been highlighting worthwhile “tools” for cross-cultural workers. Our list so far has included…

    #1: Beat jet lag (Sleep East, Party West, Gear up to sleep, Herd your kids) #2: Get your own mosquito tent (for malaria-infested areas) #3: Insist on AC adaptors that don’t require converters/transformers #4: Rent or buy a “worldphone”, satphone, and/or sat modem

    In addition to those, add these:

    #5: Pack by checklist, pack light — Make a checklist. Take it with you on trip so you can add things as you “miss” them. Prioritize them according to a scale where 1 is “imperative” and 5 is “luxury”. When you pack, try to always stay within one checked bag, one carry-on. Go light!

    #6: Use roller bags — This new generation of rolling carry-ons and rolling suitcases is the berries. What a back-saver. Find the lightest, most durable stuff you can find. I like the ThinkPad Vertical Roller Case (model #40Y7384) but that’s probably just because I’m a Thinkpad guy. Still, they’ve thought of everything on this briefcase: gel padding, vertical “upright” design, telescoping single handle, has a retractable document holder built into the top (perfect for tickets, passport, directions), removable water bottle holder, removable cell phone holder, ultra-nice ID tag holder, business card storage, fits in all overhead luggage bins (including the thin Canadair “jump jet” bins), … I mean… they even give you a retractable *blue* LED flashlight inside! Yes it’s $132. I know. Too much. But mine has lasted for 20 years I think. Ok… maybe not quite that long. :-) Keep the rolling suitcase to a manageable size (not one of those rolling *trunks*!) and you can easily glide them both behind you, one in each hand.

    #7: Bring a filtered water bottle — I’ve been carrying the Bota “Outback” for some time now…

    http://www.botaofboulder.com/site_files/products_outback.html#1

    But pick your favorite. I like this one because it has the built-in lexan guard over the top, so you don’t have to suck on a dirty “straw”. Because you can “squeeze” water out, you can also use the Outback to filter a glass of water to drink the “real way.” It filters 99.9% of the Giardia Lamblia and Cryptosporidium cysts — without the iodine that’s not so good for you. It’s also easier to squeeze so you get a slightly faster flow rate than most bottles. Either way, bring along *something*. I’m here in Spain as I write this. Sure the water is clean in most of Spain. But today I’ve spent most of our day in a 700-year-old community. There’s no way I can be sure that all these pipes are new. Having the filter, I can pretty much be assured of pure water, any time I want it. Besides, it’s great to have a water bottle anyway, and if you’ve got to carry one, why not carry a filtered one! :-)

    More travel tips next time! Doug

20070311 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. BIBLE PICTURE GALLERY
  2. YOUR SOURCE FOR AQUAPONICS TRAINING
  3. TRAVEL & PRAY FOR THE WORLD, FROM YOUR KEYBOARD!
  4. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS
  5. THE UNENGAGED PEOPLES OF NAMIBIA
  6. FREE WRITING AND EDITING SERVICES
  7. ARE YOU INVOLVED IN MISSIONS TO NORTH AMERICA?
  8. LOOKING FOR A WAY TO MOVE MONEY TO/FROM THE FIELD?
  9. THANKS TO THOSE WHO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN HERE!
  10. YOUR INVESTMENT IN BRIGADA GOES A LONG WAY TO KEEP US GOING
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. BIBLE PICTURE GALLERY — Glory to God (International) have nearly 2,000 beautiful illustrations, that tell the whole Bible story from Genesis to Revelation. The producers let me see some of these products as they were under development and, frankly, they’re incredible. These images are now available for download from their website for missionary and church use.

    http://theglorystory.com/html/glory_picture_gallery.htm

    The cost of the download using PayPal is only US $2.99. The main use for the pictures is PowerPoint presentations to assist in telling the Bible story. Also up to 7 pictures from each set can be used in Christian publications with an acknowledgement. Learn more at:

    http://www.TheGloryStory.com

    For information on translation projects contact:

    Aleshia(at)Mission316(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    While at The Glory Story website you may want to visit Glory Stories, which are over 30 MP3 files of inspiring testimonies from people like Glady’s Alwood, Richard Wurmbrand, Madame Sheikh, Jackie Pullinger etc.


  2. YOUR SOURCE FOR AQUAPONICS TRAINING — Want to learn more about how to combine aquaculture and hydroponics in a naturally balanced system? Find out how to build and operate small-scale systems. Top it off with total integration of fish-vegetable production facilities. See it all at

    http://www.aquacultureinternational.org


  3. TRAVEL & PRAY FOR THE WORLD, FROM YOUR KEYBOARD! — Want to brush up on geography and pray at the same time? Go to

    http://www.24-7prayer.com

    It’s fun! (Thanks to Betty, the Prayer Coordinator at Team Expansion, for sharing this tip!)


  4. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS — MATS International has been providing for the transportation needs of Christian Ministries since 1977. Cars, trucks, vans, buses, bicycles, motorcycles, for domestic, field, retired, furlough, personal use. New or Used, most any brand, model, make, most any place! Their sole objective is to save you money when your need is for ministry. Find them on the web at

    http://www.mats.org or email

    car(at)mats(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  5. THE UNENGAGED PEOPLES OF NAMIBIA — Pray for a work to begin among the unengaged peoples of Namibia. Pray that the Namibian Coloured, the Nama/Damara, the Herero and the Mbalantu will one day hear of the Good News and Jesus’ Great Sacrifice. Pray for the Lord to build up prayer support for these forgotten people. Pray that God will burden the hearts of many to share the gospel message with each of these unengaged people groups. Adopt the Nama/Damara, Mbalantu, Herero and Namibian Coloured for prayer by logging on at

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or

    forgottenpeoples(at)telkomsa(dot)net for more information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. FREE WRITING AND EDITING SERVICES — Gerry T. Galacio of Metro Manila, Philippines, offers free writing and editing services (articles in American English whether for web or print) for individuals, groups, churches or ministries involved in world missions in the 10-40 Window. He has been a lawyer since 1995 and provides free legal information through his website

    http://www.familymatters.org.ph

    Interested individuals and groups may contact him at gtgalacio(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 .]


  7. ARE YOU INVOLVED IN MISSIONS TO NORTH AMERICA? — Then try visiting:

    http://www.northamericanmissions.org


  8. LOOKING FOR A WAY TO MOVE MONEY TO/FROM THE FIELD? — Try MannaCard. It’s a method of moving money and information to/from the mission field. They claim they can significantly reduce the expense & wait involved for wires, checks or cash. Try them out at:

    http://www.mannacard.com


  9. THANKS TO THOSE WHO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN HERE! — Our hat goes off to the people who make our work go smoothly here. This past week, we received $100 from an anonymous donor in Ontario. Thanks for undergirding Brigada! We’re also grateful to Insurance Services of America for $27.39 as a thank-you for the fact that travelers such as Richard, Jonathan, and Miriam bought travel interruption insurance from them. Learn more about ISA at…

    http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm

    We’re also thankful again for Blessed Hope Communications who gave a portion of their Brigada-related long-distance sales — $9.02 this past month. If you need long-distance services, please consider…

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada


  10. YOUR INVESTMENT IN BRIGADA GOES A LONG WAY TO KEEP US GOING — Join others in undergirding Brigada. Just click on “Sponsor/Donate” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) 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. And thank you in advance for helping.

20070304 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GOING ON A MISSION TRIP? NEED INSURANCE? WANT TO HELP BRIGADA?
  2. UNREACHED PEOPLES QUERYING TOOL
  3. OSCAR LAUNCHES NEW BLOGGING FACILITY
  4. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS: CSAI TRAINING
  5. HELP DAN FIND CAR INSURANCE DURING FURLOUGH
  6. GET PERSPECTIVES IN 2007!
  7. MUCH OF CALEB PROJECT & ACMC (I360) LIVE ON
  8. EQUIP YOUR MISSION TO BETTER PROTECT KIDS FROM CHILD ABUSE
  9. HELP DESIGN A THEOLOGICAL ENGLISH COURSE
  10. THE PERFECT MISSION FIELD?
  11. ESL CERTIFIED TEACHER NEEDED
  12. WE OWE THANKS TO…
  13. THE BACKPAGE: MORE “LESSONS LEARNED” FROM “I360”
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GOING ON A MISSION TRIP? NEED INSURANCE? WANT TO HELP BRIGADA? – As was mentioned before, there are a lot of companies that offer international health, evacuation and travel insurance, but now when you purchase insurance from Insurance Services of America on Brigada’s website your purchase will help to support Brigada’s work with the missionary community! Coverage is available for any international need – short-term trips, career missionaries, trip cancellation, short-term teams and term life insurance. For coverage details, rates and the online applications of the Brigada sponsored plans, go to

    http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm

    Insurance Services of America has agreed to help support Brigada from sales that are made on this link, so when you purchase on this site you will be helping to support Brigada! ISA writes, “[Through Brigada], We all benefit from your business and we thank you!”


  2. UNREACHED PEOPLES QUERYING TOOL — Have you ever wanted to look at unreached people group data using your own criteria? For example, suppose you were interested in “Buddhist people groups in the 10/40 Window that are larger than 1,000,000 in population and unreached?” or “Muslim people groups in South and East Africa with a complete Bible but are unreached” Well now you can. Joshua Project has developed a webpage that allows users to select their own criteria and then finds the list of peoples matching that criteria. See:

    http://www.joshuaproject.net/filter.php

    Totals are at the bottom of the listing. To give an idea of some of the kinds of listings you can produce, there are a number of pre-made queries available at:

    http://www.joshuaproject.net/filtermade.php

    Joshua Project welcomes suggestions for improving this tool. It’s dynamite!


  3. OSCAR LAUNCHES NEW BLOGGING FACILITY — OSCAR, the web-based UK Information Service for World Mission, has launched a new section of its website for mission bloggers. The facility pulls together the blogs of a number of people involved in mission around the world and makes them available through one website. As OSCAR generally serves those in mission who are from or to the UK (or pass through the UK), they’re inviting anyone who blogs and fits this criteria to submit their blog to their new facility. It’s an exciting development for OSCAR and they hope that it will provide UK mission supporters and those thinking about working in mission with a day to day insight into the lives of those ‘at the cutting edge’ around the world. This is ‘Reality Internet’ serving the purposes of world mission and helping to build the Kingdom. See OSCAR’s new blogging facility at

    http://www.oscar.org.uk/oscaractive/blogs

    You can also email OSCAR via

    info(at)oscar(dot)org(dot)uk [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  4. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS: CSAI TRAINING — Wycliffe Bible Translators International and MCI (Member Care International) will join forces to offer the 2007 Member Care in Crisis Situations Workshop, June 18 – 22, 2007 in Dallas, Texas. The first half of the workshop will deal with a variety of topics, including: What constitutes a “crisis situation?” How can we expect people to respond in times of personal or group crisis? What populations are most vulnerable? How can we respond as an organization? How can we use “Peer Responders” to care for people in crisis? The second half of the workshop will focus on debriefing skills for “peer level” debriefing. Participants should plan to attend the entire workshop, 8:00-5:00 Monday through Friday. A registration fee of $125.00 is due upon registration. Room and board fees for the workshop are $150.00/person, due upon arrival.

    CSAI Certification Training: June 23, 2007, following MCCS workshop: The CernySmith Adjustment Index (CSAI) is designed to evaluate and enhance cross-cultural adjustment for international personnel and their family members. On Saturday, June 23 both Basic and Advanced CSAI certification training will be offered. Fee: $65.00 in conjunction with MCCS, $125.00 if taken on its own. An additional day of housing can be added for $18.00/person.

    For information or reservations contact Wycliffe International Member Care at: member_care_intl(at)Wycliffe(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  5. HELP DAN FIND CAR INSURANCE DURING FURLOUGH — Here’s a Brigada participant, Dan, who asks, “Anyone know any of a short-term car insurance policy that could be purchased for a missionary while on furlough? Those who have lived outside of the US for years have trouble getting car insurance while visiting; either that, or the prices are way out of reach. Is it possible to get a policy that would not apply to a specific vehicle, but whichever vehicle a missionary happens to be driving while on furlough?” If you have an answer to Dan’s questions, log on to this web address:

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/wiki/Furlough_helps

    Click “edit this page” and write some simple text, just like writing an email. The moment you hit “save”, everybody will be able to see your suggestions.


  6. GET PERSPECTIVES IN 2007! — Is your church interested in embracing God’s missionary heart? Do you need continuing education credit for missionary service? The Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course may be your answer. The Perspectives course covers the biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic basis for missions. ICM (International Christian Ministries) offers the course on-line for certificate, undergraduate, or graduate credit. Check out

    http://www.icmusa.org/perspectives.php

    for more information and to sign up, or email info(at)icm-intl(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  7. MUCH OF CALEB PROJECT & ACMC (I360) LIVE ON — I’m sure by now you’ve caught the press releases from Pioneers, which, by faith, has kindly volunteered to welcome many of the former staff of what used to be Caleb Project and/or ACMC. To learn more, read…

    http://www.takeitglobal.org/

    In addition to the many who moved to Pioneers, a few went to Frontiers, a couple to GEM, 4-5 moved to OMF, and others are still seeking God. Please say another prayer for any who might still be struggling. Among the many comments from former Caleb Project staffers came this note: “Doug, thank you so much for your passion for reaching the unreached, for the years of partnership that Brigada and Caleb Project have shared, and for helping the audience that we love and want to serve come to grips with these sad events. God is Sovereign. He wins in the end. His ways are not our ways. He is the healer, provider, and the Rock on which we all stand. He will accomplish his purposes even without Initiative360 still standing. Thanks for all of your continued prayers for the staff across the US and world who are still reeling and finding next steps. Your prayers are a blessing to each one of us!” See the “BackPage” editorial for more on this.


  8. EQUIP YOUR MISSION TO BETTER PROTECT KIDS FROM CHILD ABUSE — In Sept. 2006, leaders from 12 mission organizations met together to candidly examine the issue of child abuse in missions and as a result formed an intermission Child Safety Network. The next Child Safety Meeting is scheduled for May 8-10 in Orlando, Florida and is open to new organizations. The seminar is for leaders of mission agencies and faith- based NGOs and for those with this area of responsibility within their agency. For more information and to register, please go to The Child Safety and Abuse Response Networking Workshop website at:

    http//intre.org/event/info.php?site=36

    Please complete the seminar registation form within the next week. Email further questions to

    childsafetyworkshop(at)ccci(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. HELP DESIGN A THEOLOGICAL ENGLISH COURSE — Jandre is a missionary living in Madagascar. She teaches English at a seminary, among other things. She writes, “The students only have two hours per week for English. As you can think, this is not nearly enough! And therefore I am looking for ways to maximise this time!” She wrote, looking for someone, “a clever person, who can help design a Theological English course!” If you’d like to brainstorm with her about this, just click to:

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/wiki/Theological_English

    Suggest existing courses, recommend outlines and “gotta’ have it” ideas. When you click edit, then give input, then “save”, others will see your suggestions immediately. Thank you!!!


  10. THE PERFECT MISSION FIELD? — If one were going to design the perfect mission field, here is what it might look like, according to one Brigada participant:

    http://ied.gospelcom.net/webmissionfield.php

    (Thanks Tony!)


  11. ESL CERTIFIED TEACHER NEEDED — Immediately… for Aizwal, Mizoram India. This is a government-funded program that runs until mid-December and is renewable. Housing, in-country travel, and a $300 per month salary are provided. The ESL students are college level. A single male or a married couple is preferred. The ideal target entry date would be mid-April with mid-May being the absolute final deadline. For more details please email: rb735731167(at)cablespeed(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] You may also call toll-free (888) 248-5902 for U.S. subscribers or use (517) 347-7121 if you are outside the U.S.

  12. WE OWE THANKS TO… — Insurance Services of America (ISA) for a $17.30 gift that resulted from a person buying a travelers’ insurance policy. Hey… let’s just talk turkey here: if every Brigada Today participant merely bought travel interruption insurance from ISA, the truth is, just that alone would probably take care of the small amount of funds we need to break even. Learn more about ISA’s plans at:

    http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm

    Thanks, too, to Clowns4Him

    http://www.clowns4him.com/

    for recently sharing $100, with this comment: “We appreciate Brigada and the diversity of information that is delivered online to us.” God be praisedc.

    Join others in spurring Brigada on to good works? Just click on “Sponsor/Donate” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) 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. And thank you in advance for helping.


  13. THE BACKPAGE: MORE “LESSONS LEARNED” FROM “I360” — As glad as I am for the partial solution above (Thanks again Pioneers), I still hurt for the collapse of the original dream for merging two really great organizations (Caleb Project & ACMC), each with a 25-year+ legacy. In recent exchanges with one of the first staff “recruits” of what used to be Caleb Project, she shared, “We so appreciate your care for us as people who are seeking to follow God with our whole hearts (we want to be like our buddy, Caleb) amidst this unbelievable situation. Please keep praying for those of us who are struggling through the days of grief, anger, unbearable sadness and loss. … Thanks, Doug, for your concern. It means more than you can know.” She had a great attitude about the whole thing. But I’m afraid everybody else is just going to ignore “the elephant in the middle of the room”… so I’m going to stick my foot in my mouth one last time on this situation, from what I’ve been able to absorb. Keep in mind… my purpose isn’t to judge the past, but to try to learn from the past so we can look toward the future. With that in mind, here are some final “lessons learned” from the Initiative 360 closure:

    *** Lesson #1: “Don’t shoot the messenger” — It is my understanding that the board abruptly released the CEO of Initiative 360 because finances had taken a tragic, though gradual, dive. My humble suggestion to all board members everywhere is this: Yes, call your organization’s CEO into accountability. But communicate to him clearly what you expect and call upon him/her to dream up options when the organization is going through stress. Make sure he has a clear benchmark as to what is the threshold with which you’re comfortable. (Tell him or her clearly what you want; then expect him or her to deliver.) And please… give him/her some time to try to deliver what is requested.

    *** Lesson #2: “Before pulling the trigger, know your target” — I’ve been told that the decision to dissolve Initiative 360 was suggested, approved, and implemented all within about 60 days. May I humbly suggest that it is a sobering move to bury an organization with a 25-year history. Could I ask that if you’re ever tempted to do that, would you please write some key leaders; maybe do a couple of last-ditch fund- raiser campaign letters? Maybe put out some press releases about the financial crisis… or at least ask staff people for input… you know… focus group style?

    *** Lesson #3: “Seek board longevity” — It is my understanding that the Initiative 360 board consisted of several new members and that those members were fairly outspoken about the need to dissolve. Either way, whether that is true or not, it just seems advisable to seek to recruit at least a *few* board members who will stay the course. By some miracle, some of our board members for Team Expansion (the organization I lead) have stayed with us for literally more than 20 years *plus*. They have such an investment in the organization, it is unthinkable to me that they would so quickly kill it. So, again, with deep humility, I would suggest that we seek some longevity… some sober ownership of the organization’s ethos and mandate.

    I wonder if we could spin the clock back 5 months, then put those 3 lessons in place, maybe we’d be looking at a new chance for a couple of organizations with very rich histories. It’s worth pondering.

    Doug

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