Monthly Archives: April 2007

20070429 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MISSION TRIP THIS SUMMER? CONSIDER THE DAY TRIPPER
  2. BRIGADA “BRIGADE” (FEEDBACK PAGE) REALLY WORKS
  3. NEW MISSION AWARENESS TOOL FOR YOUTH
  4. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES
  5. TRY THIS FREE PASSWORD KEEPER
  6. IS YOUR HAND-WOUND CASSETTE PLAYER FLYING OFF THE HANDLE?
  7. TENTMAKING COURSE IN VICTORIA BC CANADA
  8. COACHING TRAINING TO MULTIPLY YOUR IMPACT
  9. ANOTHER ANTIVIRUS CHOICE FOR MAC USERS
  10. ACCOUNTABILITY AND ACADEMIC SUPPORT FOR HOMESCHOOLING
  11. UPGRADE TO “PACKING MODULARLY”
  12. HATS OFF TO OUR BEST FRIENDS; MAKE A STATEMENT TO BRIGADA
  13. THE BACKPAGE: 3 GUYS RUN NORTH AFRICA
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MISSION TRIP THIS SUMMER? CONSIDER THE DAY TRIPPER –- No, we are not talking about the old Beatles song! The Day Tripper is an international medical and medical evacuation plan for short-term teams. With rates as low as 63 cents per day you can’t go wrong with this plan! PLUS when you purchase this plan from Insurance Services of America on their web site

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

    you will be helping to support Brigada! In addition to this plan, coverage is available for any international need – short-term trips, career missionaries, trip cancellation, short-term teams and term life insurance. Find it all and more at the site above.


  2. BRIGADA “BRIGADE” (FEEDBACK PAGE) REALLY WORKS — If you’ve taken a look at our feedback page lately, you’ll know that it really works. Within hours after a Brigada posting, we already are seeing results. The Javascript question in the Apr. 27th issue (Item #6, “SPEAK JAVASCRIPT? OP. WORLD HAS A JOB FOR YOU!”) was handled easily. A user answered the need, then, just as we asked, posted an entry that said, simply, “I took care of it.” In the past, we would have had to wait on a human compiler to gather up the data. Now, we can start looking at it within hours, rather than weeks. So stop by the Brigade. You just might find an answer to a question that you or your organization faced too.

    http://brigada.org/brigade


  3. NEW MISSION AWARENESS TOOL FOR YOUTH — Good News Productions, International has two new mission awareness tools to partner with you in getting youth excited about missions. The first is an exciting new children’s program called GNPI Kids Live that will work in conjunction with any VBS program. It is a FREE, six-part digital DVD presentation of missions from a kid’s perspective. To preview this material, go to

    http://www.gnpi.org/kidslive

    GNPI is seeking to challenge kids to get involved in missions through prayer and thinking of creative ways they can help raise funds for missionaries and nationals who are working to take the Gospel to those who have never heard. These kids may also grow up to be workers in God’s harvest field (Matthew 9:37-38)!


  4. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES — “The Journey Deepens” is a weekend retreat to help prospects explore what it is like to be a missionary, discover whether a missionary or sender role is God’s fit, and connect with mission agencies. These retreats are for college students, young professionals in their 20s and 30s, adults in their 40s and 50s, and high school seniors willing to explore becoming a missionary. Each retreat of 50 participants and 10 experienced missionaries from multiple agencies is highly relational with extended worship, small group discussions, personal reflection and much prayer. Discussions include guidance, finances, singles/families, etc. The first 2007 retreat will be Oct 5-7 in Pasadena, California on the campus of the U.S. Center for World Missions. The other 2007 retreat will be Oct 26-28 in Atlanta, Georgia. Presented by MissionsFocus Int’l and co- sponsored by Finishers, MissionNext, Perspectives and the U.S. Center for World Mission. Mentors/recruiters may apply online at

    http://www.TheJourneyDeepens.com/retreats.asp


  5. TRY THIS FREE PASSWORD KEEPER — Thanks to Nick, Creative Arts guy for Team Expansion, for referring us to

    http://keepass.info/download.html

    It’s a versatile password keeper that works for mobile, MAC, and Windows/PC platforms, as well as USB flash drives. It also comes at a very attractive price: free. (Thanks Nick!)


  6. IS YOUR HAND-WOUND CASSETTE PLAYER FLYING OFF THE HANDLE? — If so, Audio Scriptures Ministries of Holland, MI, has a fix for you. The newer replacement cranks are sturdier than the originals. Missionaries and organizations using the TapeTalk2 players and the Messenger hand wind players (from Australia) are encouraged to contact ASM for replacement handles. They are provided free of charge anywhere Scripture cassettes are used. Donations for the parts are also welcome, but not required. Information on the new cranks is available at

    http://www.asmToday.org

    Click on the “what’s new” link. You can also call 616-396-5291 or email asm(at)audioscriptureministries(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  7. TENTMAKING COURSE IN VICTORIA BC CANADA — Learn more about tentmaking and using business as mission as a platform for ministry in the hard places. GLOBAL Opportunities and TENT Norway have developed a successful course model that will challenge and equip people from all walks of life for effective ministry skills. Read what former students are saying about the course on their website and then rush to register, as each year they must limit the number of people who can attend. Already this course is 30% booked. GO ahead, join them on July 5-8, 2007.

    http://www.globalopps.org/course/victoria2007.htm

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


  8. COACHING TRAINING TO MULTIPLY YOUR IMPACT — Transformational leadership requires new ways of communicating with those you work with. Coaching skills are essential. Now you can get a 60-hour Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program. There are programs in Singapore, Los Angeles, and Hungary. Go to

    http://www.creativeresultsmanagement.com/courses/coaching01/htm

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


  9. ANOTHER ANTIVIRUS CHOICE FOR MAC USERS — Some of our MAC brothers & sisters will be interested in ClamXav

    http://clamxav.com/

    It’s a free virus checker for Mac OS X. It uses the tried, tested and very popular ClamAV open source antivirus engine as a back end. (Thanks Ed!)


  10. ACCOUNTABILITY AND ACADEMIC SUPPORT FOR HOMESCHOOLING — Basic Skills Assessment Service located in Oregon City, Oregon has a program available to homeschoolers to help with tracking and compiling of credits. They have two programs one for K-6 grade called TRACKS. The program for Jr High/High School is called the Diploma Program. It allows the parent the flexibility to choose the curriculum but helps to keep track of credit hours and grades. A transcript is compiled during the High School years and a diploma is issued when all the credits are complete. Basic Skills Assessment Service phone: 503-650-5282 or e-mail info(at)basicskill(dot)net

    For more information see their website:

    http://www.basicskills.net


  11. UPGRADE TO “PACKING MODULARLY” — A missionary to Japan improved on my suggestion to pack modularly (Apr. 13th edition, BackPage “missions travel tips/tricks, tool #13). She suggested packing a separate bag for each day, with all the changes of clothing one needs for that day inside the bag. That way the traveler can just grab a bag and go. It’s a good improvement on my tip.

  12. HATS OFF TO OUR BEST FRIENDS; MAKE A STATEMENT TO BRIGADA — Thanks to the anonymous donor from Equip, Inc.

    http://www.equipinternational.com

    who gave $150 this past week to undergird Brigada! Want to give a gift to cover for some young missions recruit who can’t afford to give? 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: 3 GUYS RUN NORTH AFRICA — Did you happen to follow the story about the 3 guys who ran (yes, on foot) across North Africa? Charlie Engle, Ray Zahab, and Kevin Lin needed exactly 111 days to cross the entire Sahara Desert on foot. They stated on the beach in Senegal and then made their way through Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Libya, and Egypt all the way to the Red Sea. They faced desert temps, cold nights, sand in their eyes, dysentery, plus all the usual stuff associated with running the equivalent of two marathons per day for over 3 months straight. Gulp.

    Why do these guys run? I tried to track down a good cause at their respective websites. Maybe it was to make a case for clean water, like they said. (Personally, that just seems like a stretch for me.) Somehow, it just seems more likely that they run because of the challenge. You know, like the mountaineers say, “Because it’s there.” And maybe a bit because they *can* run. They probably *have* to run. They’re compelled to run by a force as indescribable as the life that courses through their veins.

    Either way, the question remains, what about you? What do you *have* to do? We’re always stirred when we hear about an Olympic athlete who competes for the sake of a sister with polio, or a scientist who works like crazy to find a cure to the disease that killed her husband, or the wealthy businessman who gives a million dollars to a cause that his deceased wife held dear. So what stirs you to action? What drives you to stay up and finish a job?

    I wish we could recreate this kind of marathon-like commitment to finish the cause of world evangelism. Can you imagine if every believer in every local church would care so deeply about getting the gospel to the ends of the earth? There are so many competing forces, the chief of which is apathy itself. Either way, we’d better find a way to wake up the senders to the marathons that lie before us. We’d better find a way to stir go-ers into action, and givers into obedience. If there’s even one believer in your local church who still doesn’t tithe, we’d better find a way to reach him or her, then mobilize those new funds for the sake of the gospel — around the block, and around the planet. Only then will our marathon go-ers have the resources to beat the next sandstorm, or survive the next dry stretch. Only then will their listeners hear the truth that changes eternal destinies. Only then will the God of the ages be glorified in the way He desires. Only then will we complete our purposes here on this earth. And the 2nd coming will happen. And then we’ll never thirst again. And we’ll reach a final rest that’s worth the run.

    Until then — lace up. It’s a new day.

20070422 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. REVIEW YOUR FAVORITE MISSIONS BOOK ONLINE: WIN PRIZES!
  2. GLOBALLY FOCUSED PRAYER
  3. EXTREME MAKEOVER: MISSION WEB SITE EDITION
  4. BLOG FOR PRAYER COORDINATORS AND MOBILIZERS
  5. READ MISSION FRONTIERS ONLINE
  6. SPEAK JAVASCRIPT? OP. WORLD HAS A JOB FOR YOU!
  7. “GREAT COMMISSION KIDS” PUBLICATION
  8. WHAT IS “THE MINISTRY DRIVEN CHURCH”?
  9. A PEOPLE MOVEMENT BEGINS AMONG THE YADAV IN NORTHERN INDIA
  10. SAY “SEEK ‘EM!” TO THIS DOG
  11. THE BACKPAGE: ANOTHER LESSON FROM ’24’
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. REVIEW YOUR FAVORITE MISSIONS BOOK ONLINE: WIN PRIZES! — That’s right. Just click to:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=6

    In the “Comments” that follow, review your favorite missions book. Be sure to provide source information at the end (like the link to buy the book at Amazon or the ordering information from some other appropriate vendor). Thanks tons to Jay, the author of the new book, “Baghdad Believer.” He was so appreciative of the recent orders he rec’d after featuring the book in Brigada that he came up with this book review idea — and it’s a great one. Just review your favorite missions training or missions inspiration book… He’ll be the unbiased judge of which five reviews are the best. Those five reviewers will receive a free copy of Baghdad Believer. We’ll run the contest only until the May 18th edition of Brigada Today so be sure and watch in that issue for the five winning reviews. We’ll then ask those five to write us here at Brigada Today, passing along their mailing addresses. We’ll relay those to Jay — and you’ll receive your free copy in the mail shortly thereafter. So sharpen those pencils and get reviewing. Thanks for participating! (Authors, feel free to review your own books! :-) ) Learn more about Jay at:

    http://www.jnealson.com


  2. GLOBALLY FOCUSED PRAYER — Prayer changes things! It opens doors, frees captives, empowers the meek to stand firm, and enables the Word to find good soil. Would you consider adopting a region of the world and working it into your overall church and mission strategy for the rest of this year? If so, select a region and reply to prayer(at)teamexpansion(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Then pray for. . . – breakthroughs for the sake of the Gospel – laborers for the harvest fields – resources and funding to send new missionaries – encouragement and effectiveness for harvest workers – perseverance for missionaries in the field – God’s favor – open doors in the unreached strongholds

  3. EXTREME MAKEOVER: MISSION WEB SITE EDITION — This summer, Global Mapping International plans to ask thousands of future missionaries to visit and review mission agency web sites. Their feedback will help agencies design more effective sites — but only if agencies register to participate by May 31. One agency that took part in a similar study in 2004 said it completely redesigned its site based on the feedback obtained. GMI creates a custom report for each agency, so there is a fee to register. Know an agency whose web site could use a makeover? Have them visit

    http://www.gmi.org/webreview

    or contact Jim at jim(at)gmi(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. BLOG FOR PRAYER COORDINATORS AND MOBILIZERS — Network with prayer coordinators and mobilizers at

    http://www.teamexpansion.org/pcm

    Register as a user in order to post prayer concerns, share resources, and pray for billions around the world. Join others who believe that prayer is the crucial strategy in reaching the unreached with the Gospel.


  5. READ MISSION FRONTIERS ONLINE — (Did you know “Mission Frontiers” was one of the first periodicals ever distributed through the Brigada family.) Now, for all of you who just can wait, the latest issue of Mission Frontiers is now available at

    http://www.missionfrontiers.org

    See articles like “A Cure for Handicapped Churches” and the editorial by Ralph Winter. You can also bulk order it for 80% off (just $4 apiece). At that price you might be able to afford to send copies of this book to your missions committee, friends and colleagues.


  6. SPEAK JAVASCRIPT? OP. WORLD HAS A JOB FOR YOU! — Do you speak JavaScript? If so, the folks at Operation World need you. Even if you simply *know* someone who is somewhat of a JavaScript guru who understands the Opera web browser sufficiently to fix the date-dependent JavaScript code in one of the Operation World files (“today.htm”)… The Operation World staff would love to post the fix on the OW web site. If so, please contact:

    ed_beach(at)sil(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Then, if you don’t mind, just leave a comment after the entry on this question at Brigada Brigade. Find it by logging on at

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=5

    Just click “comments” after the item and say, “I got it.” :-)


  7. “GREAT COMMISSION KIDS” PUBLICATION — All issues of “GC Kids” are now downloadable at

    http://www.worldteam.org

    by clicking on “Resources.” GC Kids is a quarterly publication for children ages about 9 to 13. It aims to nurture a passion for missions and encourage children to be active in the Great Commission throughout their lives. “GC Kids” may also be used by children’s workers to educate children about missions. It is sent to subscribers by postal mail. To subscribe to “GC Kids,” email leahy(dot)ken(at)comcast(dot)net and put “subscribe GCK” in the subject line. The back page tells how to obtain inexpensive multiple copies.


  8. WHAT IS “THE MINISTRY DRIVEN CHURCH”? — Dr. Robert Hosken has written this book with the subtitle “a Biblical theology of ministry”, demonstrating from scriptural usage of over twenty Greek words all in the semantic field of “ministry” that the true purpose of the Church is ministry in the Biblical sense (not “men’s golf ministry” or “ladies’ quilting ministry”). After the first press run just about sold out, Dr. Hosken decided to make the book available FREE in electronic (*.pdf) format. You can read the book online or download it at

    http://www.agape-biblia.org

    and if you read and appreciate it, send him a thank-you note to agape-biblia(at)gmail(dot)com. [The format of the preceding email address(es) helps prevent spam for our contributors. To write them, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. A PEOPLE MOVEMENT BEGINS AMONG THE YADAV IN NORTHERN INDIA — In the largely unreached north of India, one of the largest, most unreached (and very strategic) people groups is The Yadav. Numbering over 54 million, speaking more than 50 languages, and comprising nearly 1% of the earth’s population, they may well be a strategic key to bringing the Gospel to the heart of the most unreached part of the world. A few short years ago their name was not known by most of the missions world. But at this moment, the start of a people movement is beginning, and prayer is needed by churches around the world to help make it happen. To facilitate this needed prayer, THE YADAV 500 (a global initiative to recruit churches around the world to commit to pray for the Yadav) was begun. To join THE YADAV 500 or for more information go to

    http://www.ReachTheYadav.com/

    or send an email to: Info(at)ReachTheYadav(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  10. SAY “SEEK ‘EM!” TO THIS DOG — One Brigada reader did this past week. She sent $100 to encourage us here. She’s a worker with OMF International. As a result, she’s caused us to forever be grateful, thankful, and prayerful for the folks at OMF! What’s more, she’s spurred us on to good works! It’s like saying “Seek ’em!” to a dog. Thanks!!! Want to give a gift to cover for some young missions recruit who can’t afford to give? 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.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: ANOTHER LESSON FROM ’24’ — In season 2, “1am”, Jack Bauer barges into an immediate care clinic with an injured commando named Wallace. Wallace has information; Jack believes that he has to keep him alive to get it. He demands that they treat the commando, even though his injuries go way beyond the norm. The intake lady refuses. In fact, she explains that she’ll have to call the police. Pulling his gun, Jack responds, “Lady, I *am* the police.” Needless to say, she has a change of heart. :-)

    You can say whatever you want about Jack Bauer, but one has to respect his willingness to take responsibility. Taking responsibility is an attribute in short supply these days. Personally, I think we need more of it. In our own office of about 40 or 50 mobilizers, administrators and missionary care-givers, I’m often amazed at the initiative our staff members take. But part of it is due to the environment we’ve created here — where they know it’s safe to try new things. For sure, if someone’s going down a trail that, in my opinion, will take us slightly (or significantly) off course, I’ll step in and help with a correction. But often, I’ll also just let them move forward. Because sometimes, they’re doing a better job than I could have done under the same circumstances. I say quite often, “I like your way of doing that job better than my way of not doing it.” And besides… as people try new things and get better at them, after a while, they learn to do them in a special way. Throughout 2007, in particular, we’ve committed to being a “learning organization.” Supporting learners sometimes means supporting failure. But to me, supporting someone who has tried and failed is a lot better than inactivity. Because in the end, inactivity is only one step away from being frozen in one’s inner fears. And being frozen in one’s inner fears is only one step away from habitual apathy.

    So my advice is to create a climate in which your peers and team members feel ‘safe’ to innovate, knowing you’ll course-correct if need be, but also knowing you’ll support them if they try and fail. Because in the end, sooner or later, you’ll find yourself in the situation in which I find myself today — surrounded by a bunch of teammates that have learned to get it right. Because they had and *have* freedom to try.

    And next time you have to get medical care for an injured commando, just explain to the lady that you’re innovating. Maybe she’ll admit the guy after all. :-)

    [Want to comment on this “Backpage”? Just browse to:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=7

    Click on “Comments” below the item and give your feedback or opinion.]

20070415 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE TRAINING
  2. NEED A WAY TO SEND AND RECEIVE INTERNATIONAL SMSES?
  3. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WITHOUT LONG-TERM HARM
  4. WHERE ARE THE BEST PODCASTS?
  5. WHERE DOES A MOBILIZER LEARN TO MOBILIZE?
  6. TIRED OF TYPING IN THOSE PASSWORDS?
  7. NEW MERCY SHIP LAUNCHES: _AFRICA_MERCY_
  8. FREE DOWNLOADS OF EVANGELISTIC MESSAGES IN 4140 LANGUAGES
  9. NEED FREE VIRUS SOFTWARE? DON’T FORGET AVG
  10. ENCOURAGING GIFTS ARE LIKE FUEL FOR THE FIRE
  11. WITH BRIGADA, YOUR GIFT MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE
  12. THE BACKPAGE: FINAL “COOL TOOLS” FOR TRAVEL & MISSIONS
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE TRAINING — The “Principles and Practices of Christian Microfinance and Microenterprise Development” is a course conducted by the Chalmers Center. It gives an overview to microenterprise development and microfinance and orients you to the selection and design of a holistic intervention appropriate for your ministry context. The next email-based distance course will be offered on Sept. 28 – Nov. 16, 2007.

    The prerequisite for the course is called “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry.” It lays the foundation for understanding appropriate goals and strategies for Christian economic development in poor communities. The next email-based course will be offered on Aug. 20 – Sept. 15, 2007.

    Both courses are guided reading programs that feature weekly reading and written (e-mail) assignments, peer-to-peer interaction with other course participants, and a lesson summary by the facilitator that reflects on the responses from the course participants. The microenterprise and microfinance course also includes the opportunity to receive individual responses from the facilitator. Because the courses are email-based, slow dial-up speed will not limit your participation. On average, you will spend 8-10 hours per week on course work. To register or to learn about group or Two-Thirds World discounts, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org

    When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN-05/07.


  2. NEED A WAY TO SEND AND RECEIVE INTERNATIONAL SMSES? — Try …

    http://www.ipipi.com

    It’ll act as a kind of “inbox” that merges with your traveler’s cell phone… and will often even work on prepaid cell phones when no other type of SMS will. Costs are reasonable, maybe as little as 10-15 cents each.


  3. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WITHOUT LONG-TERM HARM — The Chalmers Center conducts an email-based distance learning course called “How to Do Short-term Missions Without Doing Long-term Harm.” It will be offered on Oct. 29 – Nov. 16, 2007 and a second time on March 10 – March 28, 2008. This course is designed for: 1) sending churches and denominations, 2) host churches and missionaries, 3) missions project leaders, and 4) missions team members. It provides an understanding of the issues surrounding the execution of short-term missions (less than one month) in the context of the socio-economic poor. The course presents frameworks for considering these issues so that you can maximize the benefits and minimize potential harm from your missions projects.

    The training is a guided reading program that features weekly reading and written (e-mail) assignments, peer-to-peer interaction with other course participants, and a weekly lesson summary by the facilitator that reflects on the responses from the course participants. Because the course is email-based, slow dial-up speed will not limit your participation. On average, you will spend 6-8 hours per week on course work. To register or to learn about group or Two-Thirds World discounts, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org

    When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN-05/07.


  4. WHERE ARE THE BEST PODCASTS? — Brigada participant, “Melissa”, wrote this past week wondering, ” I am looking for some good podcasts or online sermons on Missions. Do you know of any really great pastors, professors or speakers that are available through the web?” Rather than sending these to a person, let’s try to collect them together at Brigada Brigade. Just browse to:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=3

    Find this item there and click “Comments” in the line immediately following the item. Add your URL in the text, making sure you type it correctly. Begin it with http:// just so the stars will align correctly. Let’s try this Brigada.org/brigade approach so everyone will get more real-time feedback on contributions to these compilations.


  5. WHERE DOES A MOBILIZER LEARN TO MOBILIZE? — Here’s a note from Wayne requesting locations for “Sales and Marketing Training”, as it relates to mission mobilisers. He says, “Any location would be considered.” To add your advice, or see feedback from others at Brigada Brigade, just click to:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=4


  6. TIRED OF TYPING IN THOSE PASSWORDS? — I Like Roboform, but Robert sent this favorite to us this past week and, I’ll have to admit — the price is right! He suggests Keepass

    http://keepass.info/

    He says it’s “a great free little utility to help you keep track of all those internet passwords and id’s. It has room for notes, web page addresses, cut ‘n paste options, and an option to type both your user id. and password on the just-visited web page (it’s sooooo yesteryear to actually have to type your user id and password, don’t you think?).” :-) Well said, Robert. Thanks for the tip!


  7. NEW MERCY SHIP LAUNCHES: _AFRICA_MERCY_ — The newest Mercy Ship, “Africa Mercy”, sailed as planned on May 4th with plans for a brief stop in Rotterdam on her way toward life-changing surgeries, first in Monrovia, Liberia. Read more at

    http://www.mercyships.org


  8. FREE DOWNLOADS OF EVANGELISTIC MESSAGES IN 4140 LANGUAGES — Global Recordings Network (Gospel Recordings) has evangelistic messages in 4107 languages and dialects on mp3 files available for free downloading. See their web site at:

    http://globalrecordings.net/

    A total of 5649 languages and dialects now have their own recorded gospel message. These can be ordered by emailing to: Orderdept(at)GlobalRecordings(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. NEED FREE VIRUS SOFTWARE? DON’T FORGET AVG — Tired of pumping dollars into Symantec like quarters in a parking meter? Try AVG:

    http://free.grisoft.com/softw/70free/setup/avg75free_441a944.exe

    Some say it’s more or less equal to Norton Antivirus in some ways anyway. It’s certainly cheaper… and better than running nothing at all.


  10. ENCOURAGING GIFTS ARE LIKE FUEL FOR THE FIRE — Thanks to the Brigada participant from Kingdom Come Training who sent $20 this past week. He joins a partner from Chiang Mai who sent $10 and another partner from TalkBibles.org who sent $25. Thank you so much for the encouragement!

  11. WITH BRIGADA, YOUR GIFT MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE — Maybe to some, a gift of $25 or $50 would just be lost in the shuffle. To Brigada, it’s a breath of life. To breathe greater life into Brigada, just click “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: FINAL “COOL TOOLS” FOR TRAVEL & MISSIONS — In previous issues, we’ve listed these tools:

    #1: Beat jet lag (Sleep E., Party W., 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 #8: Carry a thin notebook & a pen, write everything down #9: Use a money belt #10: Try a photographer’s vest #11: Stay healthy, but don’t become O.C. #12: Find a camera/kit you can truly *carry*, then *use* it #13: Pack modularly #14: Use passive noise-reducing earphones

    Today we’ll add, in our final installment of “cool tools” for travel and missions, …

    #15: Buy travel interruption insurance — The more complicated your itinerary, the more likely it is that there will be some kind of hiccup. You can buy travel interruption insurance from a number of sources, among which are…

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

    and

    http://www.gninsurance.com/brigada.asp

    Regardless of where you purchase it, it’s becoming more and more necessary these days. Security lines are longer, check-ins are more complicated, and connections are more harried. So do yourself a favor. It’s a small price to pay for a great reimbursement plan. Basically, no matter what you have to do, just make sure you keep your receipts and everything will be covered.

    #16: Grab a camel’s hair blower-brush to get rid of the dust — …from that laptop screen while you’re on the road. Any photography store should have them. It’s one of the only ways to clean that screen without risking scratches.

    #17: Carry an 8′ brown extension cord — File the widened ‘polarization tip’ off the one prong of the plug so it’ll plug into the 220 V. British (round prong) tip adaptor ok. Use the brown extension cord not only to bring the electric closer to you (in rooms that only have 1 plug for the whole room), but also to multiply the plug so you can charge your a) laptop, b) PDA, c) digital camera all from the same cord. Many rooms will have only one plug. You won’t want to have to decide which unit to charge.

    #18: Find a USB-cell-phone charger — Many makes of cell phones now sell chargers that plug into your laptop’s USB port, charging the cell phone or PDA throughout the night with a slow charge that should do the trick by morning. That way you save one entire slot in the brown extension cord. :-)

    #19: Take [thin] extra reading (including Bible) — It might be easy to forget in this day & age, seeing as how many of us take our laptops. But when those jets are taking off and landing, it helps to have a couple of copies of your favorite magazine for the times that they won’t let us fire up our laptops. Either way, we need access to a thin Bible or its equivalent for daily quiet time and teaching times anyway.

    #20: Finally, pick up an external hard drive to take along for daily backups. I like to buy a 80-100 gig laptop-size hard drive, then pick up a USB-powered travel case. There are zillions of choices. I like the one offered by

    http://www.newegg.com

    Search for product HD-201U2. New Egg has suitable hard drives too. Something like their “100GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache ATA-6 Notebook Hard Drive” for $109. $19 for the enclosure + $109 for the drive gives you $128 traveling 100 gig backup system, all in a portable format that’s so small and light, you’ll barely notice it in your checked bag. If your hard drive ever fails (like mine did while traveling overseas two years ago), you’ll be glad you’ve backed up.

    For now we’ll quit with those 20 tools. I’m sure you have others… but these should get you started. Besides… if we keep thinking up new tools to carry, there’ll be no space left for *you*! :-)

20070408 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPECIAL DISCOUNT ON BIBLE SOFTWARE
  2. MEMBER CARE AND UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS: THE WEB SITE
  3. VOLUNTEER WITH OR UTILIZE “MISSION NANNYS”
  4. MISSION TRIP SECURITY
  5. COSIM: VISION IN CROSS-CULTURAL PARTNERSHIPS
  6. ENHANCE YOUR SUPPORT LETTERS
  7. SPECIAL: THE LATEST WEA-MISSION COMMISSION BOOK
  8. COMPOSE FOR MOMENTUM MAGAZINE
  9. TEACH ENGLISH, GERMAN OR SWEDISH IN THAILAND
  10. OPPORTUNITIES FOR INT’L SCHOOLING IN ACCRA, GHANA
  11. ASK YOUR CHURCH TO SUPPORT BRIGADA’S 10-YEAR+ TRACK RECORD
  12. THE BACKPAGE: MORE “COOL TOOLS” FOR TRAVEL & MISSIONS
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  • SPECIAL DISCOUNT ON BIBLE SOFTWARE — Logos Bible Software is offering a special discount for Brigada Today subscribers. Logos is the best Bible software I’ve personally ever used. Now you can purchase the world’s best Bible software at 25% off the retail price! Logos Bible Software puts hundreds of searchable, interlinked Bibles and biblical reference works right at your fingertips. You’ll not only be able to dig deeper into the Bible but you’ll be able to take your entire digital library wherever you go. Missionaries and traveling pastors rave about the way Logos has improved their time in the Word. These aren’t just electronic books that you can read on a computer, Logos provides a user- friendly, interactive search engine that guides you through word studies and passage exegesis – and it’s all accomplished with just a few clicks of your mouse! It integrates well when you add additional commentaries, study aids, and indices. Imagine the way we used to have to carry around study Bibles. To learn more go to

    http://www.Logos.com/brigada

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


  • MEMBER CARE AND UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS: THE WEB SITE — This web site is one of the resources offered by Ethne-Member Care (part of the Ethne to Ethne Movement.) The web site offers materials to support the mission and member care community in its work among unreached people groups. There are web links to many core resources (e.g., member care materials in Chinese and Spanish, trauma management, support for humanitarian workers); tools/checklists to help you in your work; and important articles on member care history, future directions, and suggestions for senders. Another special feature of the web site is the archives of the Member Care Update. This Update is free, sent monthly/electronically, and includes news and resources to further equip people with member care responsibility. It is edited by a group of senior, international consultants in the member care field. Recent issues have included a Self-Care inventory, Marriage Potential tool, Coaching article, Rationale for Taking Risks article, Travel Medicine update, and Support Team overview.

    http://www.ethne.net/membercare


  • VOLUNTEER WITH OR UTILIZE “MISSION NANNYS” (sic) — In a recent item on “Missions Nannys” (Mar. 23, 2007 Brigada: “4) NEED A NANNY?”), we recommended them, but the contributor had provided the incorrect URL. Here’s their correct website:

    http://www.MissionNannys.org


  • MISSION TRIP SECURITY — If some of your people on a mission trip have a major accident, get arrested, or are abducted, do you know what to do first, whom to contact, how and when to inform families, how to respond to a political or ransom demand, and what the courts might expect of you? On May 10, 2007 the Evangelical Fellowship of Mission Agencies (EFMA) is sponsoring a 90-minute Tele-class (or Webinar) entitled “Ready or Not? What Your Church or Mission needs to Know about Crisis Management & Security for Short-term Teams.” Bob Klamser, Executive Director or Crisis Consulting International, a non-profit missions support agency that provides security training, consulting and emergency services to the missions community. The seminar is free for EFMA members and $35 per person for others. To participate, all you need is broad band access for your computer and a telephone. To see details and enroll on-line go to

    http://efma.gospelcom.net/getinvolved_learning.php

    or contact David Mays at davidmays(at)efmamissions(dot)org


  • COSIM: VISION IN CROSS-CULTURAL PARTNERSHIPS — The next annual COSIM conference is scheduled for June 11-13, 2007 at the Wheaton Bible Church, Wheaton, IL. The theme is “Breaking Tradition to Accomplish Vision: From frustration to joy in cross-cultural partnerships.” The featured plenary speakers and facilitators are Sherwood Lingenfelter, Provost, Fuller Seminary; Paul R. Gupta, President, Hindustan Bible Institute, Chennai, India; and John Watters, Executive Director, Wycliffe International. This will be a highly interactive conference to facilitate practical training, creative dialog, case study analysis, and strategic thinking. For more information, visit the COSIM web site:

    http://www.cosim.info

    Or write to Werner werner(at)mission1(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  • ENHANCE YOUR SUPPORT LETTERS — Do you struggle to get out your ministry support letter? Could you use a little punch in its wording and format? Writer’s Edge International is a Christian business created just for you! They specialize in writing and creating prayer and ministry update letters which are attractive and enjoyable to read. Writer’s Edge takes your letters, stories, or ideas and turns them into well-polished update letters that your supporters will enjoy reading. Your donors deserve to read a well-written and aesthetically pleasing letter, and Writer’s Edge would like to help you with that. Contact them before May 15th, and receive $5.00 off your next purchase! Ph: (858) 413-5120 in the USA or browse to

    http://www.writersedgeinternational.com

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


  • SPECIAL: THE LATEST WEA-MISSION COMMISSION BOOK — The WEA Mission Commission is releasing its newest book in the Globalization of Mission series: “Worth Keeping: Global Perspectives on Best Practice in Missionary Retention.” It is written and edited by WEA-MC folks: Rob Hay, Valerie Lim, Detlef Blöcher, Jaap Ketelaar and Sarah Hay,

    The very special pre-print deal is a 52% discount offer through May 31, 2007 for this book only, which in part follows, but goes far beyond, the global research presented in “Too Valuable to Lose: Examining the Causes and Cures of Missionary Attrition.” “Worth Keeping” is the product of years of work by the Mission Commission task force called ReMAP II, which was charged with the job of carrying out the attrition follow-up research but going far beyond into the areas of retention and best practices. The book presents the outcome of that 20 nation study, crafted and led by a team of international researchers and global cadre of associates. The 36 chapters and 58 case studies from around the world make the book unique. It will be released on May 31, 2007 as a 7″ x 10″ with 448 pages, soft cover, perfect bound. The retail price is US$24.99. Special pre-publication 52% discount offer: US$11.99 !!! It is being published by: WEA Mission Commission & William. Carey Library To order, go to the pre-pub sale webpage:

    http://www.missionbooks.org/worthkeeping/


  • COMPOSE FOR MOMENTUM MAGAZINE — Justin Long, Editor of the online magazine, Momentum, invites you to consider submitting articles for upcoming issues …
    *** 2007-05 — Business as Mission — In this and all areas, he’s specifically hoping for non-Western writers as well as Western sources. Better contact him on this one to see if he can still use your material. :-)

    *** 2007-07 — Western Asia (which includes the Asian portion of what we typically call “Middle East”–e.g. Israel and east, as well as Turkey and the -stans of Central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan).

    *** 2007-09 — Eastern Africa, with an especial emphasis on Sudan and Ethiopia.

    He can send you writer’s guidelines. Learn more at: http://www.momentum-mag.org


  • TEACH ENGLISH, GERMAN OR SWEDISH IN THAILAND — The worst hit place in Thailand during the 2004 Tsunami, Khao Lak is now recovering beautifully. Today tsunami survivors want to improve their employment opportunities in the recovering hospitality market, by building up their language skills. That desire opens the door of relationship and your chance to show God’s amazing love. Travel there this summer for 2 months or more to the Step Ahead Training Center (YWAM Relief & Development) in beautiful Phang Nga, Southern Thailand. You’ll have Aircon housing with cable TV, and a $200 monthly stipend. For more info., contact: quinley(at)stepaheadmed(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or see

    http://www.stepaheadmed.org


  • OPPORTUNITIES FOR INT’L SCHOOLING IN ACCRA, GHANA — American International School (AIS) in Accra, Ghana is nearing completion of its first year with 60 students. AIS is a Network of International Christian Schools (NICS) school. AIS is now taking applications for the 2007/08 school year. Enrollment will be limited to 120 students preschool-12th grade so, don’t delay. Check out

    http://aisaccra.org/

    If you are interested in teaching at AIS or other NICS schools check out

    http://www.nics.org/


  • ASK YOUR CHURCH TO SUPPORT BRIGADA’S 10-YEAR+ TRACK RECORD — When you send your gift via PayPal or check, we’ll gladly mention your church (or you or your group). But more importantly, you’ll be helping undergird a ministry that has come to you faithfully with an edition for every week since January 1995. 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.

  • THE BACKPAGE: MORE “COOL TOOLS” FOR TRAVEL & MISSIONS — In previous issues, we’ve listed these tools:

    #1: Beat jet lag (Sleep E., Party W., 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
    #8: Carry a thin notebook & a pen, write everything down
    #9: Use a money belt
    #10: Try a photographer’s vest
    #11: Stay healthy, but don’t become O.C.
    #12: Find a camera/kit you can truly *carry*, then *use* it

    With this edition, we add the following

    #13: Pack modularly — When I was a scout as a 7th grader, they taught us to pack “a sack of sacks.” Today, that advice still applies — for missionaries and short-term missions travelers too. This is a great use for those plastic grocery bags from your neighborhood grocery. Socks all in one sack, underwear in another, shirts in another, etc. Double-bag the electronics gear (in a clear bag if you can), soccer cleats in another, soccer ball in another, shin guards & air pump in another, a couple of “kits” or soccer outfits in another, you get the idea. Some say to pack your underwear on top, but I figure the terrorists have all heard that advice by now anyway, so forget it. :-) Send as many liquids as possible through your checked bag. For those liquids you have to carry on, don’t forget to have them ready in a clear zip-lock bag, and send them through the x-ray machine separately.

    #14: Get hold of a good pair of passive noise-reducing earphones — These will do you double-duty. Not only can you use them with your mp3 player or laptop, but also, most airlines have switched to the same “stereo mini-plug” size for their in-air entertainment and movies sound tracks. So rather than use their cheapies, you can reduce the ambient jet noise (and crying kids, bless their hearts :-) ) by at least 10 dB, while getting better fidelity at the same time.

    More cool tools next time.

20070401 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEW DVDS FOR THOSE REACHING OUT TO MUSLIMS
  2. CITYWIDE MISSION NETWORKING
  3. FREE TENTMAKING QUARTERLY JOURNAL
  4. CHECK OUT NONPROFIT/CHURCH LAW
  5. WHAT IN BAGHDAD IS WORTH DYING FOR?
  6. LOOKING FOR OLD RECORDED MESSAGES
  7. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP
  8. THE SWORD (RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT [R&D] TRAINING)
  9. THESE PARTNERS HAVE ENCOURAGED BRIGADA
  10. WILL YOUR CHURCH/GROUP/STATE/COUNTRY JOIN THE BUCKET BRIGADE?
  11. THE BACKPAGE: MORE “COOL TOOLS” FOR TRAVEL & MISSIONS
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  • NEW DVDS FOR THOSE REACHING OUT TO MUSLIMS — There are 2 new DVDs out there that should be of interest to people working with Muslim audiences: “More Than Dreams” and “Escape From Darkness”. “Dreams…”

    http://www.morethandreams.org

    highlights the true stories of five different MBBs (Muslim Background Believers) from different parts of the Muslim world who came to become followers of Christ after having dreams of Jesus. The quality is top- notch and is produced in the original language (with English subtitles) of those telling their stories (in docudrama re-enactment). “Escape…”

    http://www.EscapeFromDarkness.org

    is the amazing testimony of Daniel Shayesteh, a former radical Muslim who was heavily involved in the Iranian fundamentalist revolution and was once committed to exterminating Jews, Christians, and other “infidels.” (Thanks Tim!!!)


  • CITYWIDE MISSION NETWORKING — Manned by three former Initiative360 staff, GO Connect is identifying mission activity and networking within America’s largest metro cities (over 240). To find your state and city go to:

    http://www.goconnect.org/content/view/1140/180/

    If God is stirring your heart to pray for mission networking & mobilization to either begin or move forward in your city, or you are sensing His leading to help birth a citywide network, email Go Connect at: networking(at)goconnect(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  • FREE TENTMAKING QUARTERLY JOURNAL — Did you know that Global Opportunities publishes a free tentmaking journal called GO World? Eight pages of informative, challenging and thought provoking articles on the essence of tentmaking. To keep costs down, it is available only as a pdf via email or by downloading the current issue from their website. To subscribe simply visit their website

    http://www.globalopps.org/goworld/index.htm


  • CHECK OUT NONPROFIT/CHURCH LAW — The latest issue of the Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memorandum is now online. Just go to

    http://www.npchurchlaw.com

    for the issue. In this issue, catch info on small and medium nonprofit organizations, guidelines on per diem expense reimbursements, and more.


  • WHAT IN BAGHDAD IS WORTH DYING FOR? — When Mahmood, an educated young Sunni Muslim shopkeeper in Baghdad, reads a secret New Testament, amazing dreams and a curiosity about Jesus follow. But threats from his frightened wife and angry father build as relatives are beaten by religious fanatics. Mahmood must choose between pursuing his own peace or honoring his family and cultural traditions. His choice may surprise you! The new book, “Baghdad Believer”, shares the exciting adventure of one Iraqi’s struggle with new choices between truth and culture, self and family, risk and security. This first-person story paints a picture of the daily life of a Sunni Muslim living in Baghdad. The internal worlds of Muslims – the worlds of honor & shame, anger & fear – are the keys to understanding why Iraq is such a violent place, and always has been. But, this story gives hope that reconciliation and peace with God and with family can and does happen. This is the hope that readers will experience – that few Iraqis are always violent and that most Iraqis seek a better life where there is peace and trust. For additional information, see:

    http://www.JNealson.com


  • LOOKING FOR OLD RECORDED MESSAGES — Tom is looking for old recorded messages from missionaries and missions leaders in any format, especially on audiotape. Because the cassette is dying out as an audio recording medium, many of these recordings are in storage, probably to be disposed of one day and never heard again. (This would also apply to reel-to-reel recordings as well). If you or your mission organization has old audio recordings that need a new home, e-mail him at worldlysaint(at)myway(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  • MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP — Catch it June 20-24. Elijah Company is dedicated to the mentorship of workers for global harvest. Each year three training times are offered at Living Waters Farm in Virginia. Highlights include personal relationships, culture, spiritual strongholds, disciplines, partner team building, developing a prayer base, and evangelism. The instructors share the realities from personal life experience. The camps lay the groundwork for ongoing mentorship. See their web site for an outline of content, manifesto, testimonials and applications.

    http://www.elijahcompany.org

    or call (757) 226-3507 or email elijah(at)elijahcompany(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  • THE SWORD (RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT [R&D] TRAINING) — Take the SWORD (Strategic Seminar-Workshops in Relief & Development). The lecture phase begins April 4, 2008 and the field assignment begins June 30, 2008. The whole period of 12-week lecture is available, as well as weekly modules. The Field Assignment, which is optional, is spearheaded by the Beijing Olympic Outreach. Pre-requisites: God’s heart in you for R&D to reach the nations for Christ. DISCOUNTS: Tuition for the 12-week lecture phase would be US$3,500. (which covers the Beijing Olympic Outreach). Anyone who would register on or before May 15th 2007 with 50% of the tuition paid will have a 10% discount; full tuition paid on or before April 30th 2007 will have 15% discount on their tuition. Contact for registration:

    streams7(at)juno(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  • THESE PARTNERS HAVE ENCOURAGED BRIGADA — Thanks to these volunteers who, with their encouraging gifts, have added fuel to our fire: A former ACMC member sent $50 this past week. Thanks!!! Our prayers are with your new role. A resident from Arizona sent *another* $50 just yesterday. We are *sooo* thankful!!! This helps us along on our financial need for 2007 of $17,150 for secretarial help as well as building partnerships to further the Brigada vision of mission organizations and churches working hand-in-hand worldwide. So far in 2007, we have $1276.86.

  • WILL YOUR CHURCH/GROUP/STATE/COUNTRY JOIN THE BUCKET BRIGADE? — So, based on the item immediately above, we only have $15,873.14 to go! The really amazing thing is — there are some people on this planet that could just write that out in one check. The gift is totally tax- deductible in the USA when the check is made out to Team Expansion, our “mother ship.” However, until someone like that steps forward, we have to do it bucket-brigade style. Will you pass the bucket from your church, mission, state, or country? When you send your gift via PayPal or check, we’ll gladly mention your state, country, organization, or church and you’ll be “passing the bucket” in the brigade. 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.

  • THE BACKPAGE: MORE “COOL TOOLS” FOR TRAVEL & MISSIONS — In previous issues, we’ve listed these tools:

    #1: Beat jet lag (Sleep E., Party W., 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

    #8: Carry a thin notebook & a pen, write everything down

    #9: Use a money belt

    #10: Try a photographer’s vest

    Today, we suggest you add to that list… #11: Stay healthy, but don’t become O.C. — I always tell my kids, “If you want Ferrari performance, you better power up your engine with high octane fuel.” How do you power up your own personal engine? You decide, but I’ll tell you what works for me. No matter where I am in the world, I make sure I have breakfast food with me. I never miss. Maybe it’s a granola bar from home and a banana from the local market. Or maybe it’s a bowl of some kind of bran cereal with “a box of milk.” Either way, I think it’s the most important meal of the day. If I miss breakfast, however, I roll with the flow and just pick up when I can. No worries. In general, when traveling, I like to avoid any food that hasn’t been peeled, washed in a safe way, and/or cooked. That means most leafy salads are off-limits for me. They just trap too many impurities in the crevices of all those leaves. In fact, I stay away from any foods with crevices. I also avoid sauces and dressings that might have picked up impurities from setting out too long. I carry a very small bottle of hand sanitizer with me to “wash up” before handling any foods with my hands or before I touch my eyes. I make sure I know how much sleep I need — then I get it as best I can. Know yourself and your limitations, then stick to them. You’ll do no good for anyone else in the world if you get amoebic dysentery. At the same time, I try not to become obsessive-compulsive (O.C.) about the whole thing. After all, we are in God’s service, we are in the work of making disciples of all nations, so he’s promised he’ll be *with* us. What safer place on earth can one imagine? :-)

    #12: Find a camera/kit you can truly *carry*, then *use* it — I was hauled into the back of a swat truck once in Uruguay because, unbeknownst to me, policemen were making a drug bust in the market I was photographing. I think they concluded I was working for some magazine or something because the camera I was using had one of those long telephoto lenses on the front. It was too high profile. My suggestion is – carry a camera that’s comfortable and practical for you, but beware of equipment that raises your profile unnecessarily. Right now, I’m using a Canon PowerShot G7. It’s one of those unique cameras that has essentially all the settings of a single-lense reflex, without the look of one; in fact, it carries reasonably well in my jacket or vest pocket, completely out of sight. But it’s probably too much camera if you’re not the type to study the owner’s manual. Again, the secret is to find something that works well. Read reviews online. When you notice that a friend or co- worker is producing great results, ask her what she uses, then see if that would work for you. And once you find something you like, stick with it — and *use* it. That means you’ll probably a little tripod to stick in your backpack or vest pocket. It’s the only way you’ll get shots with *you* in them (using the self-timer). My carry tripod is so light, I barely know it’s in one of my right vest pockets. It’s probably just 6″ long, but it’s generally all I need to capture a shot of a luncheon meeting or a time-exposure of a church building at night. I sacrifice a bit by carrying a rather powerful external flash. Those built-in on-board flashes are great if you’re only taking snapshots up to 11′ away. To capture all those new believers at 10pm, you’ll need something stronger. Get a flash attachment with a head that you can pivot upwards to “bounce” the flash off the ceiling so it illuminates the entire room. That’s the way to get a really pleasing picture at night without all the glare in your subject’s eyes.

    Catch more “cool tools” for mission and travel, next edition

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