Daily Archives: 2008/05/02

Welcome to the May 2nd Edition of Brigada!

It’s time for some spring cleaning! :-) Actually, it’s long over-due. With this issue of Brigada, we switch to more of a “Web 2.0” approach, inviting your input on each and every item. Now you can become a direct contributor to Brigada through your comments and clarifications to each and every item. Our Brigada “cloud” will be more powerful than anything previously imaginable!

As always, we’ll provide a “table of contents” to each issue. Here’s the T.O.C. for this one:

We’ll continue to provide Brigada on a weekly basis (well — I did say we’ll try :-) ) and Brigada will continue to be free of charge for users all over the world. But you continue to have the opportunity to give to make it possible. (See “Thanks to Those who Pay the Bills!” below if you’d like to help sponsor an issue… or make a donation of $500 — or $50, the choice is yours.)

Thanks for being part of the Brigada family… now more colorful than ever!

Doug Lucas
Team Expansion

PS. Got feedback? We’d love to hear it. Just click “Comments” below and go to town!

Go To The Nations… As An English Teacher

Here’s an exciting and intensive 4-week TESOL course equipping you with effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission in Lebanon PA USA. School dates are July 13-August 8, August 17-September 12, September 21-October 17, 2008. You’ll receive a certificate upon completion. Find details and the application form at

E-mail questions to ywampa

(at)comcast(dot)net (replace (at) with @, (dot) with ., and reassemble onto one line.)

Learn Holistic Ministry at the Chalmers Center

The Chalmers Center for Economic Development will offer our “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry” distance learning course twice this fall. The first offering is scheduled for August 18 – September 13, 2008 and the second for October 20 – November 15, 2008. The fall offering of the follow up course, “Principles and Practices of Christian Microfinance and Microenterprise Development,” has one remaining seat; however, it will be offered again in Spring 2009.

Topics include:

  • “What causes poverty?” and why this question matters.
  • Should development be based upon people’s needs and/or their assets?
  • Who determines the kind of development that is done and how it is implemented?
  • How should the local church respond to poverty?
  • What impact does worldview have on poverty and development?

For more information, browse to

http://www.chalmers.org/

Learn English As A Second Language

Anyone who has a desire to learn English or to improve their English communication skills is encouraged to apply for this course sponsored by Youth With A Mission, Lebanon, PA, USA. The date of the school is July 20, 2008 to October 10, 2008. Details and application form are listed on the website
http://www.ywampa.org/
or email ywampa(at)

comcast(dot)net (change (at) to @, (dot) to ., and reassemble onto one line.)

Central Asia English Language School Needs Teachers

A non-profit organization located in Astana, Kazakhstan needs godly Christian ESL teachers and a director. Positions are open in the Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, Advanced, and TOEFL groups. The English Language School teaches students who are the leaders or the sons and daughters of the country’s leaders. Either housing or a stipend can be provided based on the role and the number of courses taught. This is a great opportunity to impact the leadership of a nation. For more information contact Kurt at

pi(at)

pobox(d0t)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.]

The Unengaged Peoples Of Namibia

On a recent trip through northwest Namibia, many different people groups were noted. One of these was the Himba people of Namibia. The Himba are a small people group of about 50,000 in number. They are closely related to the Herero. They are a semi-nomadic people who live in a village structure but follow their herds of grazing cattle and goats. They have remained relatively isolated and still wear traditional attire, except for the few who have left their homelands to find work. They also have the traditional religious beliefs of their ancestors, including the holy fire which must be kept burning for the ancestors in each compound. Pray for the Himba people. Pray that they will come to a knowledge of Jesus Christ. Pray that as they live in an isolated environment, that they can see the salvation that Jesus offers as a gift and not as a destruction to their way of life. Pray for the Himba of Namibia.

Take The First Step! (Join an OM ship crew)

Logos Hope, OM Ships’ newest vessel, is preparing to launch into fulltime active service. There is a unique opportunity to experience international ship life on board for 3 months in the first Short Term Exposure Programme (STEP). Participants must be 18 years or older and will get a taste of living in community on board with opportunities to learn practical and ministry skills.
For more information:
http://www.omships.org/links/click.php?id=13
or e-mail STEP(at)

shipsoffice(dot)org (In the preceeding email address, change (at) to @, (dot) to ., and reassemble the address onto one line.)

Guide Network To Mobilize Digital Evangelism Resources

The new Global Use of Internet and Digital Evangelism (Guide) Network is an informal networking resource to encourage evangelistic outreach via the Internet, mobilephone, and other digital devices. Its purpose is to enhance global spread of the Gospel in multiple languages via the Internet and mobile digital devices by networking with practitioners to share resources and information, encourage Kingdom collaboration, and help the body of Christ to embrace and engage in internet/mobile evangelism. It seeks to draw together those interested in global Web evangelism and mobile device evangelism, with a particular emphasis on the huge opportunities in the non-Western world, in languages other than English, and in the Unreached Peoples world. It has a wide list of people already practicing this ministry, and may be able to help you to find others working in an area of interest to you. It can also provide conference and seminar speakers.

For more information see the Guide Network Site
http://ied.gospelcom.net/guide-network.php

Get The Tools To Learn An Unwritten Language

Are you interested in Bible Translation or learning a more difficult language for your work as a missionary? Try the 9 weeks linguistics course offered by SIL at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND. For 2008 it runs from June 9 – Aug 8. The first year courses typically include: Phonetics, Second Language Acquisition, Syntax & Morphology, and Sociolinguistics. These courses are a good introduction to decide if you should continue more studies to become a Bible translator. They are also just what you need to learn one of those languages that’s not taught at a local language school (often unwritten). After taking these courses many people prefer to direct their own language learning instead of going to a language school or use what they’ve learned to supplement their language learning at a language school. Please see the following website for more information:
http://www.und.sil.org/
or write Albert Bickford at this email address:
director_silund(at)

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

Primary Teacher Needed

Kathmandu International Study Centre in Nepal is urgently looking for a Grade 1 teacher for August ’08. It’s a great class of 13 students from around the world. If you’d like to be of immense support to the mission community as well as make an impact in an amazing developing country, contact
primary(at)

kisc(dot)edu(dot)np (in the preceeding email address, change (at) to @, (dot) to ., and reassemble onto one line).

Learn more at http://www.kisc.edu.np/.

Thanks for Those Who Pay the Bills!

Small Cloud is the teaching, writing, and prayer ministry of Ed Kleiman. Ed connects scripture and prayer with the goal of helping participants grow a deeply intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

Learn more about them at
http://www.praybold.org/

Thanks to Small Cloud Ministries for helping get this issue of Brigada out the door — by sending $50. Thanks for your help, Ed!!!

Want to help Brigada? It’s easy. Just click “Donate” and use any major credit card or PayPal to give online — or, if you prefer, mail a check to:

Team Expansion
3700 Hopewell Rd.
Louisville, KY 40299

and receive a receipt for your tax-deductible gift to Team Expansion!

The Backpage: How do we tap into grants?

This past week, I accompanied one of our overseas workers to an appointment with a foundation. The goal, of course, is that the foundation would consider granting a large sum to the overseas team. This was actually my first time to meet with a grant administrator and CEO of a foundation. I’ll admit — I was clueless. I have a feeling there are many experts out there that have tapped into these grants in the past. The question is — will they reveal some of their secrets so we can mentor one another on how to approach foundations.

I’ll give you an example: This grant administrator & CEO said that typically, grant administrators would be searching for 3 or 4 key issues:

  • Does the applicant sync with our foundation’s “mission”?
  • Does the applicant have the capacity to apply the funding to accomplish the mission?
  • Is there sufficient infrastructure to support long-term sustainability
  • (I forget the fourth item :-) )

If you have a resource… of if you have learned some life lessons on how to apply for grants, click on “comments” below. Teach us. :-) It appears that there are plenty of foundations out there. Besides, there shouldn’t be competition among lighthouses, right? :-) Got a web URL from which you learned? A great class? The one I keep hearing about is that I.U. School of Philanthropy. (A gal on staff with our office took that one and really liked it.) Where do you recommend going to drink in knowlege? Many folks say — just visit the local public library. Where would you send us? Thanks for any help you can give.

Doug

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