Daily Archives: 2008/07/20

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:
http://partners.worldmap.org/ 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!!!!

Free Trial For Call Back Service

For over ten years, Call The World Telecommunications has been providing missionaries all over the world with a cost saving international callback service for making international calls. It is great that many missionaries are able to call for free now with such services as Skype but in a lot of countries with bandwidth problems making an ordinary long distance call from a landline or mobile phone is still necessary. Call The World is offering a free $5.00 trial of the service with no strings attached. To take advantage of this opportunity simple e-mail

with your name and complete phone number. An e-mail will then be sent back with all the information to start the trial immediately. This service is best for missionaries in developing countries where the international phone rates are still outrageous. Often times a savings of over 50% can be realized using the callback service. If a trial user subsequently signs up for the service, Call The World will give a 10% discount off their published rates for each month’s invoice. For more information visit:

Thankful for Helpers

Thanks to the ESL teacher from Indiana who paved the way for future Brigadas by giving $20 of her hard-earned cash this past week. Joining her (and the first to use our new “non-PayPal” credit card service) was an anonymous New Yorker who wrote, ” Appreciate your insights and advice and try to get all of our missionaries plugged in to BRIGADA TODAY.” Thank you!!! Banding together with them, also giving $100, were a couple of new friends, “A & K working with Mission to Unreached Peoples in Asia.”

Well you Test our Stat Reporter?

We’re serious. We’re now using Google Analytics and, though it’s involved, would you help us test our new software for measuring web visits? While you’re there, check out all the new features Brigada has to offer… and, if God so leads, consider sharing some funding so that Brigada can keep going out. As you know, our budget for 2008 is $17,150. So far, we have about $3720. These funds go for secretarial help, costs of the website, missions mobilization, and even a share of the new building where Brigada will be based (on Team Expansion’s new site, Emerald Hills). Would you help? See the pushbuttons at the right-hand top of the home page… or use the PayPal link if you prefer. Either way, you can also click on the “Donate” page in the link at the top of the webpage


You can choose to use PayPal or any major credit card (to do the latter, 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: Don’t Miss the Discussion On Leadership

In case you haven’t noticed, last Brigada’s question about leadership (and how you find it or forge it) brought out some great guidance. Examine it at:


There you can find out how to discern leaders, read white papers, examine leadership paradigms, discover traits leaders need, along with a lot more.

Just in time: Monday night is our first game. I have to decide this weekend about captains. Shew. Thanks Brigada. :-) Feel free to leave a comment there about leadership, too. Good stuff.

Closing Stuff

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