Monthly Archives: August 2007

20070826 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GET TRAINING AS A STRATEGY COORDINATOR
  2. DIRECT A PROGRAM OF CARE FOR THIRD CULTURE KIDS
  3. GOT FEEDBACK ON THE MANNACARD?
  4. HEARD ABOUT MICROCREDIT?
  5. CHECK OUT THIS FREIGHT SWITCHBOARD
  6. MAKE A STATEMENT WITH YOUR GIFT TO BRIGADA

  1. GET TRAINING AS A STRATEGY COORDINATOR — The Great Commission Initiative provides strategy coordinator level training designed to facilitate global church planting movements by equipping church planters, pastors, discipleship directors, lay leaders and mission strategists with the most current missiological thinking and practice. GCI uses the very best trainers available from various parts of the world-people who have first-hand experience with Church Planting Movements and other phenomenal movements of God. Participants are taught how to learn foundational and biblical principles from these men and women, and then to contextualize them to their particular people group. They focus on four specific areas of training: (1) worldview analysis (2) church planting movements, (3) the discipleship methods that facilitate them and (4) oral communication strategies. Participants who complete the entire cycle of training do so having completed a Master Plan for evangelizing their people group. The training involves three phases of training accomplished in three separate weeks. Each week of training is separated from the others by three to four months. In between training sessions, participants are given assignments relating to the development of an evangelistic strategy for their people group. The $450 per week registration fee includes food and lodging, as well as training costs. For more information, please visit

    http://www.txgci.org


  2. DIRECT A PROGRAM OF CARE FOR THIRD CULTURE KIDS — Frontiers US Sending Base needs a Children’s and Youth Ministry Coordinator to direct a program of care for TCK’s and their families. The Coordinator will oversee pre-field and re-entry care for families and coordinate kids programs at annual events. This position is full-time and will be fully underwritten by personal ministry partners developed by the candidate. If you are interested, please contact Pamelaia pamelaia(dot)sanders(at)gracetogo.org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  3. GOT FEEDBACK ON THE MANNACARD? — Mark recently asked if we had received any feedback on the MannaCard, mentioned in the March 16th edition. There, we said, 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

    Got feedback? If so, just start/add a comment at


  4. HEARD ABOUT MICROCREDIT? — One anonymous Brigada reader encourages you to give it a try providing “Microcredit” to small businesses in the developing world so that they can better their economic situation and thus come out of relative poverty. These may not be Christian organizations, but they may allow Christians to express love while making contacts in unreached parts of the world in order to gain an opportunity to live and share the Gospel in the long (or short) term. The Brigada participant emphasized that he had not fully reviewed any of the sites so he encourages all of us to read everything before making any commitments.

    http://www.kiva.org/

    http://www.unitus.com

    http://www.GlobalPartnerships.org

    http://www.accion.org

    http://www.GrameenFoundation.org


  5. CHECK OUT THIS FREIGHT SWITCHBOARD — According to one anonymous Brigada participant, you don’t have to call multiple carriers or check multiple Web sites to gather rates and service information. Freightquote.com has already done it for you! Their online solution needs only a few pieces of information from you, and then it returns a complete menu of options. You choose the carrier, service, and price that best fits your need. Then book, track, and manage all your shipments in one place-through your secure Freightquote.com account. According to this user, their system is fast, easy, and free to use.

    http://www.freightquote.com


  6. MAKE A STATEMENT WITH YOUR GIFT TO BRIGADA — Got a statement, memorial, remembrance, sponsorship, or other message to share to the 11,000 people in the Brigada audience throughout the globe? Just click on the “Donate” page:

    http://www.brigada.org/donate.html

    You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major 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.

20070819 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. HINDU EVANGELISM RESOURCE
  2. USING MOBILE DEVICES FOR OUTREACH
  3. MISSIONAL ENTERPRISE BLOG
  4. NEW SOUTH ASIA FOCUSED KIDS MATERIALS AND WEB SITE
  5. HAVE YOU EVER USED A RESOURCE ON BRIGADA?
  6. CLOSING STUFF

  1. HINDU EVANGELISM RESOURCE — A new witnessing tool is now available for sharing Christ with Hindus. The Vedic Bridge is a contextual Gospel tract ready for you to download and print in PDF format. The Vedic Bridge tracts are free to download and distribute. To get there, click to: http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=31

    Find the link (which was too long to include in this enewsletter; it wrapped to the next line) and click on it there to bounce to the correct page. The Vedic Bridge is also available by contacting information(at)go2southasia(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    This print ready tract is designed for tri-fold to print at your church or home computer. The tract is designed to make witnessing to Hindus simple for Christians who do not have a background in understanding Hinduism.


  2. USING MOBILE DEVICES FOR OUTREACH — With 80% of the world’s population in an area with mobile coverage, and 2 billion cell-phone users, there is serious potential for evangelism and discipleship using mobile devices, both in technically advanced and developing nations. Internet Evangelism Day has produced a page on using mobile devices:

    http://ied.gospelcom.net/mobile-outreach.php


  3. MISSIONAL ENTERPRISE BLOG — Mike, who is a church planter in Glasgow Scotland, has developed a blog about ‘missional enterprises’ (sometimes know as kingdom businesses, tent-making, etc.). He is hoping for an ongoing conversation about business as a means to reaching the developed nations and living out a theology of work. Many resources exist for those looking to reach the underdeveloped or closed access nations but what about the Western World? It’s a place to share his own journey, network, resource other for the same purpose, encourage one another, spur creative missional enterprises and chew over theology. Check it out at

    http://missionalenterprise.wordpress.com/


  4. NEW SOUTH ASIA FOCUSED KIDS MATERIALS AND WEB SITE — The South Asia Region of the International Mission Board would like to introduce you to The Caravan. Raj, Hati, Sindi, Googly and Bangles are the core members. The Caravan is a group of cartoon characters whose goal it is to teach others about the places and peoples of South Asia.

    Each character represents Christians from different cultural and religious backgrounds found throughout the region. Through the Caravan’s stories, activities and other resources, they aim to tell about the life of believers in South Asia and the vast lostness that also abounds in the region.

    The Caravan has just premiered on the web at

    http://www.go2southasia.org

    The Caravan site has many great resources for parents and teachers to use to teach kids about missions in South Asia. It also has many fun games and stories for kids. The authors will continue to add new stories and materials each month, so visit regularly. For questions, email them at TheCaravan(at)wigtake(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. HAVE YOU EVER USED A RESOURCE ON BRIGADA? — If so, would you consider a gift of encouragement? Click on the “Donate” page.
    You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major 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.

20070812 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. DIALOGUE ABOUT THE TENSION DUTY TO MISSIONS VS DUTY TO FAMILY
  2. TRANSFORMATION COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY
  3. A JOURNEY THROUGH SLUMS
  4. CHURCH PLANTING MULTIPLICATION CONFERENCE IN JAPAN
  5. UNREACHED PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: THE HERERO
  6. WOULD YOUR CHURCH GIVE A ONE-TIME GIFT TO BRIGADA
  7. CLOSING STUFF

  1. DIALOGUE ABOUT THE TENSION DUTY TO MISSIONS VS DUTY TO FAMILY — Handpiece is a small, viral, ministry of short term dental mission trips where we train nationals in primary dental care. Mike, the dentist behind this ministry, has three grown children who are not dentists. Mike’s children have other gifts, talents, and training, that would be valuable in missions. Should Mike continue to do dental discipleship with other like-minded, like-trained dentists, or should he give thought to coordinating his efforts with the mission interests of his children? If you have heard of fruitful mission work that cross generational lines within the same family, I’d be very interested to hear about it. Sadly I have heard more stories of missionary parents “abandoning” their children for their mission. What is the balance here? To add your comment, click to:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=30

    Just click on “Add Comment” to brainstorm with “Mike” in the item above.


  2. TRANSFORMATION COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY — Are you interested in establishing a Community-Based Health Care Program which integrates the physical and the spiritual? LifeWind International’s (formerly Medical Ambassadors International) Training of Trainers I (TOT I) introduces people to Community Health Evangelism (CHE).The CHE strategy teaches concepts, gives vision and practical “How To’s” for implementing and managing CHE in your ministry. Check out upcoming training dates and additional information at

    http://www.lifewind.org

    or email Kristin(at)lifewind(dot)org


  3. A JOURNEY THROUGH SLUMS — This new booklet describes in 24 pages the inspiring life and work of a missionary leader in Chennai, India. Stephen Thankappa has served the people in slums successfully and fruitfully for 20 years. Edited by Dr Ms Masilamoni, and written and published by Mr Sam Arackal and Dr Daniel Sathiaraj. The cost (a donation) for 3 copies is just $10 (postage free). Sathiaraj can be reached at dsathiaraj(at)gmail(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (Disclaimer: Dr. Sathiaraj offered in an unsolicited email to send a follow-up gift to Brigada, according to how many booklets were distributed.)

  4. CHURCH PLANTING MULTIPLICATION CONFERENCE IN JAPAN — The Church Planting Institute of Japan (CPI) will be sponsoring “CPI Onward the Japan 2007 National Conference to be held November 6-9 in Hakone near Tokyo. The theme of this bilingual (Eng & Jpn) national conference is “Fellow Workers for the Kingdom of God: Advancing church planting movements through Kingdom partnerships.” This conference is for pastors, church planters, evangelists, tentmakers working to establish church planting multiplication among the unreached people of Japan and among Japanese worldwide. Also at each conference there are several leaders from other countries wanting to learn about CPI and how it can work in their countries. The emphasis of each of these conferences is gospel renewal and church multiplication. The conference contains complete training on church planting with 16 modules taught by over 12 training teams in Japanese and in English. This is the largest interdenominational (over 120 agencies) church planting conference in Japan. Information and registration for this conference is at

    http://www.JCPI.Net

    or email with your specific questions to JCPI2007(at)gmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  5. UNREACHED PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: THE HERERO — While traveling through Hereroland recently, this anonymous Brigada participant remembered, “We met several people at a store in a small town called Okondjatu. After carrying on a light conversation, we began to share with them about the Lord and His plan for all of our lives. Several of the people left, but others stayed and listened. One woman seemed to be particularly interested in what we were saying. After talking with her for a while, she was asked if she would like to accept Jesus as her Lord and Savior. She said she would like that very much but that she had been drinking that day and felt that she could not make such an important decision while drunk. We continued to talk with her and though she was heartbroken she felt she could not do such a big thing in her condition and we agreed. She wanted the group to come back the next day. How we wished we could have, but we had to leave. We talked to a local believer and asked her to follow up with the lady the next day. Please be in prayer for this lady in Okondjatu. Pray that the local believer followed up with her. Pray that the decision is still important to her in a sober condition. Pray for the Herero people, many of who have succumbed to the influence of alcohol. Pray for workers among these Forgotten People. To adopt the Herero people for prayer or for more information, e-mail forgottenpeoples(at)telkomsa(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. WOULD YOUR CHURCH GIVE A ONE-TIME GIFT TO BRIGADA — You’ll never know ’til you ask. Check out the “Donate” page to see how little we are shooting for during 2007… and how far we have to go. Just click “Donate“.

    You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major 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.

20070805 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. FREE ONLINE COURSES FROM MIT
  2. KINGDOM CATALYST CONFERENCE – BUSINESS AND MISSIONS, ETC
  3. BE SURE TO RECRUIT THE PRAYER TEAM
  4. MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE WITH BRIGADA
  5. CLOSING STUFF

  1. FREE ONLINE COURSES FROM MIT — For those interested in self-directed education while on the field or in preparing to go overseas, there are a large number (1550!) of courses currently available online from MIT through their OCW (OpenCourseWare) program. Non-credit course offerings include extensive language and culture programs in Chinese, Japanese, German, and French, as well as offerings in the fields of business, linguistics, engineering, and many others. The courses are designed so that the needed materials (audio and text files) are downloaded for free and studied independently and in a self-paced fashion. Some courses have also been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese. No registration is required as the materials are intended for self-study. Find details and a complete course list at:

    http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/index.htm

    (Thanks to the anonymous reader who reminded us of these materials. I was thinking we had mentioned them previously, but can’t find the reference right now. Either way, it’s a great treasure trove of information!)


  2. KINGDOM CATALYST CONFERENCE – BUSINESS AND MISSIONS, ETC — God is going to use His largely untapped workforce in the spheres of Business, Religion, Media, Arts & Entertainment, Education, Government, and the Family to complete the job He launched in Matthew 28:18-20. Organizers of The Kingdom Catalyst Conference hope it can serve to identify people, processes, and procedures needed to lay a foundation of transformation by training Christian leaders of today and tomorrow. The conference dates are Oct 31 – Nov 3, 2007, Dallas, TX. For more information, browse to

    http://www.kingdomcatalyst.org

    or call: 972.829.8753. or contact conference(at)kingdomcatalyst(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  3. BE SURE TO RECRUIT THE PRAYER TEAM — Neal Pirolo, Author of “Serving as Senders” and faithful Brigada participant, recently wrote us to affirm our admonition to develop prayer teams (in the June 22nd issue of Brigada Today). He remembered, “As I state in the preface of my book, Serving As Senders, I was sitting in the upper level of the U of IL at Urbana. My mind was dreaming of the 17,000 college students listening to the heavy-weights challenge people in missions. At the time I was directing a one-year ministry school with 90-95 students. My attention was arrested as the speaker said, ‘In secular war, for every one who goes to the front line of battle there are a minimum of 10 backing him up on the line of communication. In spiritual warfare how can we expect to win with any less?’ Without having had any experience or knowledge of war, as soon as a prospective student called about enrolling in our school, I would say, ‘Even as the application is coming to you in the mail, immediately begin developing a team of 10 (yourself +9) to sustain you in prayer, because you are entering a battle field more intense than you have ever experienced.’ And, of course, now with our push for the REST OF THE TEAM, the need for a minimum of TEN has become even more apparent.”

    Good observations, Neal — and very relevant. Thanks!


  4. MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE WITH BRIGADA — Because our requests for funding are lower than many other ministries, your gift, regardless of size, can make a huge difference. Check out the “Donate” page to see how little we are shooting for during 2007… and how far we have to go. Just click to:

    http://www.brigada.org/donate.html

    You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major 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.

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