Monthly Archives: July 2008

2008/07/27 — Brigada

“Brigada: Since 1995… Buckets full of Resources, Trends, Challenges — all in a weekly e-zine & website…”
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Team Expansion, Louisville, KY
(Thanks for your patience as we ‘catch up’ with the publishing date.)

In this issue…
1) Help Int’l Students In Your Homeland
2) Soccer Balls Perfect For Outreach
3) International Water Missions Training, Oct 9-11, 2008
4) Iccm-Asia Conference
5) The Purpose-Driven Mission Conference
6) Church Missions Resource On Cd – Now 5 Volumes
7) Would You Consider Vaulting Brigada Forward?
8) The Backpage: What’s Your Best Source Of New Recruits?
9) Closing Stuff

Int’l Water Missions Training, Oct. 9-11, 2008

Every aspect of the PureWater PureLife Water Training Conference is designed to help ordinary people — missionaries, short-term mission teams, disaster relief workers — understand drinking water problems and learn practical ways to help. The 3-day conference features a blend of classroom sessions and hands-on experience. It’s slated to occur at Country Lakes Christian Retreat Center, Underwood, Indiana, just 20 minutes from Louisville, Kentucky, USA, October 9- 11, 2008. Learn how to assess and treat a village’s water and health situation, how to teach basic health/sanitation concepts, and a whole lot more. Learn more at:

or call Bob +1-502-719-9845 or email

ICCM-Asia Conference

Registrations are open for the second ICCM-Asia conference. This conference is for those involved in Information Technology and cross-cultural work in Asia, both nationals and expatriates. It will be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, October 27-30, 2008. The keynote speaker has experience in online pastor training, internet cafes and IE in Asia. As well as technical topics there will be discussions around BAM. The Early Bird Discount finishes on September 8, 2008. So visit

or email

for more information.

The Purpose-Driven Mission Conference

To Every Tribe Ministries is pleased to announce that Dr. John Piper will be a featured speaker along with the founder of TETM, and a host of others. It’ll take place October 18-19, 2008 at High Pointe Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. It aims to make much of Christ, to challenge believers to pursue the privilege of radical mission to unreached peoples, and to pray for the Lord of the harvest to send out harvesters. Register at

Or contact Tommi

Would You Consider Vaulting Brigada Forward?

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The Backpage: What’s Your Best Source Of New Recruits?

In a day and age when many missionaries are retiring (having gone out at the conclusion of WWII), it would seem more and more important to understand the headwaters of new mission recruitment. So… where do you get yours? Are you and your agency the type that recruits mostly from colleges & universities? … or do you find yourself more often than not in seminaries and Bible colleges? … or, truth be known, you very much just as soon spend time in local churches and home meetings?
And what themes seem most effective among your recruitment staffers today? Are you more likely to talk about Bible mandates? … or do you find that today’s prospective recruits respond most often to information about global *need*? Or do you follow a different track? Join the discussion. Just click “comments” below and weigh in. Let’s make this a virtual resource for our recruitment staffs. Thank you, in advance, for helping us all learn more “what works!”

Closing Stuff

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2008/07/20 — Brigada

“Brigada: Since 1995… Buckets full of Resources, Trends, Challenges — all in a weekly e-zine & website…”
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Team Expansion, Louisville, KY
(Thanks for your patience as we ‘catch up’ with the publishing date.)

In this issue…
1) Your Best Ideas On How To Spruce Up Group Emails
2) Living World Map Reports Your Ministry Locations
3) Free Missionary Retreat Home Available In Chiang Mai, Thailand
4) Fire: The Mbalantu People
5) Well-Known Member Care Author Seeks Foreign Language Resources
6) Member Care Prayer Blog
7) Free Trial For Call Back Service
8) Thankful For Helpers
9) Will You Test Our Web Stat Reporter?
10) The Backpage: Don’t Miss The Discussion On Leadership
11) Closing Stuff

How to Spruce up Group Emails

Here’s a user that would like to improve the look of his emails to his prayer supporters and donors. He’d love to improve the graphics and the look with a hyperlink index, etc. Can you recommend a program that can help him with this that is not to difficult or costly? Also, what program and/or method would you recommend to enable sending bulk emails? He would rather not use YahooGroups or something similar. Got any options? If so, just click “comment” below. Thanks!

Living World Map Reports Your Ministry Locations

That’s what they say this world map does: is the latest from the World Missions Atlas Project. It allows you to track all your ministry anywhere in the world. It provides a database for your location’s (ministry offices, etc.) ministry activity, and contacts and maps them for you. You can then download to Google Earth and many other file formats. This is extremely powerful for mapping all you are doing and sharing for strategy and planning. If security is a concern, I can tell you that I’ve personally verified this site by phone. The people running it are indeed the people you’d want running a site like this. At the same time, I would understand your hesitation, so keep in mind, you don’t have to log anything there that you don’t want to log. But it looks like it has lots of potential! Please leave your comment or suggestion below.

Free Missionary Retreat Home Available In Chiang Mai, Thailand

“The Dwelling” is now available for free to any and all missionaries desiring a relaxing, private getaway and wanting to receive any kind of member care services (i.e..staff retreat, team planning and strategizing session, counseling, or debriefing). The Dwelling is a beautiful, fully-furnished 4-bedroom, 3 bathroom home, plus an office/counseling room. It has A/C in every room, wireless internet, use of a van, motorcycle and bicycles, and sleeps up to 11 people in beds. There is also use of a community pool and fitness center only a block away. Member Care services can be obtained through The Well Member Care Center, Cornerstone Counseling, or through one’s own mission organization. You may reserve your stay at The Dwelling online at:

or send an email to

Fire: The Mbalantu People

The Oshiwambo, of which the Mbalantu are a part, homestead had many traditional practices, many of which are still followed today. One of these involved the setting of a new homestead for a young man and his first wife. The first thing to be done was making a fire at the place where the kraal (cattle enclosure) would be located. This fire was extremely important because it symbolized holiness, strength, protection and prosperity for the homestead. The fire cannot be lit from elsewhere and brought to the new homestead but must be made from spinning a stick from the homestead against flat wood from a tree on the homestead. If fire were brought in, it would bring bad evils to the homestead. Please pray for the Mbalantu peoples. Pray for workers to come and “light the fire” in the homelands of the Mbalantu. Pray that they will be consumed with the true holy fire that can only come from the Holy Spirit. Pray that they will soon come to know that the only protection from the Evil One is Jesus Christ. Please pray for the Mbalantu. To learn more how to pray for the Mbalantu, please visit

Well-Known Member Care Author Seeks Foreign Language Resources

Kelly O’Donnell (that’s *the* Kelly O’Donnell — the one who wrote “Doing Member Care Well”) asked Brigada this past week if any of our Brigada participants might be aware of member care resources written or translated in other languages. Can you help? If so, please do. It would help us look really good if we could give Kelly some great answers back. :-) Besides that, you might be helping get member care to someone who realmente la necesita. If you *do* know of any, just click “Comment” below and post them. Thank you!!!!

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