Daily Archives: 2008/04/04

MISSION TRIP THIS SPRING OR SUMMER? GOT INSURANCE?

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. 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 and you will be protecting yourself and your ministry from financial loss!

ONE WEEK TO FIND SOMEONE TO RUN AN ENGLISH CENTER IN KABUL

Yikes. One organization I know suddenly finds itself in a bit of a bind. We have just one week to find a pair of guys or gals — or a married couple — to run a first-rate English center in Kabul, Afghanistan. Can you help? If so, drop me an email with subject: “TESL Kabul” at:

info(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 reassemble the address onto one line.] Note: This is a faith job. In other words, the center cannot afford to pay salaries.

Hellllllllpppppppppppppp! :-)

GOING TO CHINA? GO PREPARED

The China Games and Beyond Equipping Kit is a collection of key tools to help prepare teams to serve China during the 2008 Summer Games. The Equipping Kit includes two manuals, CD, DVD, 65 page handbook and more. Teams will learn about strategies for effective ministry, avoiding mistakes, the church in China, needs and opportunities, practical trip essentials, and security issues. For more information about serving China, visit

http://www.servingchina.com

or email information(at)

servingchina(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line.]

‘EASY BIBLES’ MINISTRY IS ADVANCING RAPIDLY

This month easyUrdu, easyRussian and easyIndonesian have been added to a developing list of 35 ‘easy’ and ‘veryeasy’ language Bible projects now online at

http://www.easyBibles.com

EasyPolish and easyPunjabi are also starting soon. Please pray for this unfolding ministry. More information is available from Martin at mlloyd3000(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 . then reassemble the address onto one line.]

COULD THIS BE THE FREE VPN FOR WHICH YOU’VE BEEN WAITING?

I’m trying to contact the author of this project:

http://psiphon.civisec.org/

It *looks* like a free VPN. Could this be the vpn for which you’ve been waiting? Check it out. Let us know if you see a hole in it. Thanks. Just to clarify, a “VPN” (virtual private network) establishes a virtual “tunnel” between your computer and a relay unit. That way, it looks like you are merely involved in encrypted communication with the relay unit. It massively reduces the likelihood that your internet communication would be or could be monitored, and it really doesn’t raise your profile because lots of computers have encrypted streams going every which way – — like, every time you log onto your bank account web page.

PERSPECTIVES INTENSIVE CLASS IN VANCOUVER

If you’ve been wanting to take the course but haven’t been able to fit it into life, maybe this option will work: May 26 – June 2 (Sunday off) 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Carey Theological College & William Carey Institute 5920 Drive, Vancouver, BC, Canada. There’s a one-day Perspectives Coordinator Training, June 3, following the Intensive for those who want to launch the program in their area. Just browse to

http://www.cwmbc.org

for online registration or more information perspectives(at)

cwmbc (dot) org 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 . then reassemble the address onto one line.]

PROACTIVELY DEFEAT SPAM, PHISHING AND FAKE APPEALS

Is your personal or ministry email the target of spam, phishing, or fake appeals? I’ve just heard about MERCMAIL’s Email Validation Service (EVS Mail), which reportedly protects you from all of it, and more. I’m looking forward to someone trying it out. EVS Mail uses simple yes/no tests and rejects over 99% (current stat appears on MERCMAIL’s homepage) of spammer connections before the message is even sent! The most you will pay is $0.14/day (invoiced yearly), and there are volume discounts starting with just 10 accounts, for 20% off. Visit

http://www.mercmail.net

for more details. Email information(at)

mercmail.net or call toll-free phone/fax 1-866-243-6812 [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address back onto one line.]

Let us know if you’re willing to try this service out. Just go to:

and click on “Comment” below the item.

LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS

Simplified dental care can open doors to evangelism and relationship building. No drills, injections, electricity, or sophisticated equipment are involved – only hand instruments, a compassionate heart, and about two weeks of your time. Now you can bring greatly needed dental care to your community. Courses offered monthly in Texas.

http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com or email dentaltrainingformissions

(at)yahoo(dot)com

THANKS TO THOSE WHO MAKE THIS POSSIBLE

Hats off to the new friend from WEC Int’l (in Pennsylvania) for pitching in $150 toward Brigada’s 2008 financial needs. We’re very grateful. Please pray for Brigada, then pass it on to a friend, and suggest to your staff & team members that they subscribe. Want to become a strategic partner? … to undergird Brigada and its future? Just click on the “Sponsor/Donate” link in the menu above.
If you want to use a credit card (and not PayPal), then when it asks for your PayPal account, just erase the user name and password, then, at the bottom of the page, where it says “Use any major credit card”, just click there and fill it out like a normal form at any other payment web form. On the other hand, if you want to use PayPal, just fill in the info for your account. Or if you prefer, just send an old-fashioned 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: WHO WILL WAVE THE FLAG LIKE "THE PATRIOT?"

This past week, a friend recommended I watch “The Patriot.” At the same time, I started a discipleship group with a few of the guys on the soccer team that I coach. We’re using “Wild at Heart” as the core of our discovery times together and, lo and behold, Eldredge too recommended “The Patriot.” So a couple of nights ago, I sat down to digest it. Yikes — there were some bloody parts (but then, it’s set in a bloody war time). And I can’t say I agree with every last value that it advances. But the scene that stands out to me the most was that well-known snippet where Benjamin Martin, the hero of the story, runs “upstream” against the tide of retreating forces, finally grabbing the flag from a scared soldier. Martin tries to turn back the tide, eventually by standing up on some high steps and waving the flag in a figure-eight pattern, all-the-while yelling “Attack! Don’t give up!” Eventually, the troops pick up the cry and, before you know it, they actually *charge* toward the enemy. Without giving away the end, I’ll just say, Mel Gibson’s character is fairly persuasive.

Which brings me to my point: Who will pick up the flag and wave it today, helping us advance all the more against the kingdom of darkness. During the 90s, one might make a case for Luis Bush being such a flag- waver. Through his efforts and those working alongside him, perhaps *hundreds* of people groups were engaged in evangelism and church- planting. Never mind that we didn’t quite accomplish his lofty goals. The truth is, we made progress.

But today is 2008. Who will pick up the torch today. Who will run upstream against retreating forces of “global economic slowdown,” “tolerance of diversity,” and growing legends of universality? Who will help by waving the flag to draw toward the unreached? Those are the questions that must haunt our souls as we face continued overwhelming odds in the battle.

Want to offer a suggestion? Point us to a resource? Just click “Comment” at the link below. We’re eager to read along with you. (Be sure to guard the security of anyone working in a sensitive “limited-access location. )

Thank you!!! Doug

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