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2008/10/05 — Brigada Today

“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…

13) Closing Stuff

1) Calling All Parents (That Have Had To Choose Schools)

If you know of a parent that has had to make a school choice, please refer them here. Two families in North Africa have asked for help. So — have you ever tried homeschooling, international school, boarding school, or a national school? Would you mind sharing, …. Which turned out to be best for your family — and why? If you had it to do over again, which approach would you recommend to others? What are the pro’s and con’s? If you wouldn’t mind, just tell your story! These two families (and many other) will soak in all the knowledge and experience! Just click “Comment” below to tell your story or share your resource.

2) Where Would You Learn Modern Standard Arabic?

Here’s a guy wondering where is the best school or program for learning Modern Standard Arabic. I’ve heard of several schools — Kelsey, GAP, and others. Did you or someone you know participate in such a program? If so, would you be willing to offer an assessment? What might be the strengths/weaknesses of each program, and if possible, please provide contact info. Note that these don’t have to be operated by any particular “cause”. In other words, he’ll consider university programs, institutes, government run programs, private schools, etc. He says thanks in advance. Please click “Comment” below and share your ideas. You can even do so anonymously.

4) Ministry Exposure Retreat

World Sending Service has a resource center in White River, South Africa offering a 10 day program for exposure to ministry and community needs in the Lowveld. White River is the “Colorado Springs” of South Africa featuring many cutting edge ministries alongside major community need. The program includes 3 days of sight seeing and 7 days of ministry. Packages are tailor-made for small groups (maximum of 10) desiring to form long term strategic partnerships with local churches and ministries. See more on


or contact Dean

5) Resource To Encourage Missionaries

A Bible study guide called, “Finding Strength for the Journey,” provides a tool for member care or personal encouragement. Author Janice Lemke drew from experiences as a missionary when writing this study guide on topics such as perseverance in hardship, dealing with depression, handling conflict, and benefit from trials. One missionary writes, “I have been able to relate to it more than any ‘stateside’ Bible study.” For Brigada readers, they’ve discounted the price to $5.00, plus shipping. There’s a bigger discount ($4.00 each) for orders of 20 or more. For more information contact

6) Health Insurance Rate Increases

Is your organization experiencing health insurance rate increases? Do you want to help support Brigada?

If so, be sure to contact Insurance Services of America. They are a Christian organization that specializes in helping individuals and groups find affordable health insurance options. They can put together a “tailor-made” plan to fit your group’s needs. Their group plan allows for takeover of existing claims & conditions and will provide your people with quality medical insurance worldwide – and they won’t charge you more when your people are in the US on furlough!

Check out some of their plans online at

email them at

or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480-821-9052 outside of North America) and ask for Mark. ISA has a wide range of plans for missionaries, mission groups and churches, so be sure to contact them to see how they can “shop around” for you to help you save money on your health insurance needs. Plus they have 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!

7) Teachers Needed In Uganda

Heritage International School in Kampala, Uganda is looking for qualified teachers for the 2009-2011 school years. Candidates must possess a valid teaching certificate, be a Christian, and be willing to sign a contract for 2 years. The school is made up of 30% Ugandans, 15% other Africans, 18% Asian, and 35% Caucasian from Europe & North America. It is a nursery to grade-12 school with about 170-200 students. If you are interested, you can see their website at


or send an e-mail to

Applications should be completed by the end of December 2008.

10) Thanks To The Folks Who Choose To Pitch In…

Here’s $50 from a Pioneers guy headed to Central Asia to help locals write and translate materials in their own language. Praise the Lord! Thanks, too, for the Brigada participant who gave $10 in exchange for the music we’re making available for all Brigada readers. Grab it for free at:


What’s more, the Glory Story folks pitched in $100 for Brigada this week! Whoa. Please visit their website at


God bless you all.

11) Make An Offering To Brigada, Dedicated To Any Cause You Choose

Just click one of the pushbuttons at the right-hand top of the home page… or use the PayPal link on the upper left if you prefer. Either way, you can also click on the “Donate” page in the link at the top of the webpage


Again, 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), 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.

12) The Backpage: Business As Missions Is A Hot Topic

You’re saying, “Duh.” Yes, I knew that business as missions was a hot topic. But I had no idea just *how* hot until this past weekend when I called in favors from 3 co-workers in Team Expansion to help me lead a workshop on the topic at a major missions mobilization event in Tulsa, OK at the downtown convention center there. I had fully prepared myself for the possibility that, in the end, there might be more teachers than students. To my absolute surprise, well over 300 participants jammed into the standing-only crowd. My panelists did a great job — one having worked for 5 years as a business training consultant in a certain communist land with over 1 billion people, another having worked for 5 years designing services that benefit tourists in a North African land, and the final having worked for 7 years serving in a Southeast Asian land with an agricultural spin-off. We talked about all the obligatory topics: definitions, principles, options for getting started, overcoming hurdles, interfacing with governments, and more — the whole nine yards. But it was when we opened it up for questions for the last 25 minutes that I really saw the hunger. Many of those 300 folks were so eager to pick the brains of my panelists that when I would finally call on them, some would pump their firsts and whisper, “Yes!” then proceed to ask their question. And they were great questions, too, showing that they had traveled well, processed their input, and dreamed of the future.

Maybe this “BAM” thing is so hot because today’s twenty-something’s are eager to grasp the latest fad. But as for me, I think not. I think there are some concrete reasons. First, they’re all so concerned about ministry among the poor. Launching a BAM ministry seems somehow more noble to them than “mere” preaching & teaching Christ. Second, I believe the interest in unreached peoples has finally hit stride. They realize that they’ll *need* BAM to get into most of these least-reached locations. Third, it almost seems that today’s twenty-something’s have come to value more highly the *concrete* and tangible outputs of a BAM ministry. Let’s face it — many would say the days of going door-to-door with a correspondence course (like I did in Uruguay in 1982) has long-since passed. Today’s students want to solve felt-need community problems, like obtaining fresh water supplies, setting up community health outreaches, and launching farms.

Are you discovering similar (or contrasting) principles? What are *you* noticing as you travel and speak. And, if you’ve been involved (or are right now) in these sorts of outreaches, are you seeing it too? What benefits do you see to embracing Business as Missions for your project? What pitfalls are you seeing? Would you write a brief testimony (in as broad a’ terms as possible)

And what resources are you finding for B.A.M. For example, do these help?

http://www.tentmakernet.com/ — where you can download a free PDF copy of “Working Your Way to the Nations”, a 208-page treasure-trove of tentmaking & business as missions principles and practical helps

http://www.globalopps.org/books/index.htm — where you can see a complete book list of helps

http://www.businessasmission.com/pages/books — more of the above

http://www.businessasmissionnetwork.com/2007/07/ — to find a top-25 book list for BAM

http://www.godisatwork.org/ — modeled after the well-known book by the same name

To what other resource lists and options would you direct learners?

Please click “Comment” below to add your resources and notes.

13) Closing Stuff

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