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2008/10/12 — 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…

2) New Book: Preach And Heal

Humanitarian and evangelistic missions often are portrayed as incompatible with each other. We’ve all heard the arguments; some of us have even been caught up in them. We’ve all seen missions that limit themselves to one or the other. Doesn’t humanitarian work inevitably compromise the evangelistic message? Isn’t a ministry of presence sufficient without a verbal witness? In a new book, “Preach and Heal,” Charles Fielding offers a compelling argument that Jesus’ intention is for his disciples to do both. Fielding, a medical doctor who has served as a church planter, explores the concept of balanced ministry and offers insights into a dozen practical strategies for reaching the lost by both preaching and healing. Fielding presents a balanced approach to a wide range of ministry approaches, from hospice and rehabilitation to tuberculosis and AIDS, in villages as well as slums, prisons, and refugee camps. Four appendices break down the steps of hospice, rehab, community development, and tuberculosis strategies. Preach and Heal is available at

or by calling (800) 999-3113 or (804) 219-1000. Quantity discounts are available.

4) Raise Your Full Support In Less Than Ten Months

Guaranteed Results! Kingdom Come Training has recently completed an eight-month study of six leading faith mission agencies, and has learned that with the right training, coaching and follow-up process missionaries can reasonably expect to raise their full budget within ten months. As a result, KCT has added expert staff and revised its identity from being just a training provider, to a provider of training, coaching and accountability through the entire process of raising support. They now guarantee if you apply their training and coaching you will add $500 to $1000 to your support goal every month or your fees will be refunded. There is no financial risk. The training and coaching is done conveniently in your home through live, interactive multipoint videoconferencing. No travel costs! Log on at


or give Jerry a call at +(503)314-7211 or email

6) Using Twitter For Christ’s Global Cause

There’s been some chatter recently, stirred in part by Brigada participant, Doug W., as to whether or not he might be able to use Twitter in overseas communication and reporting. If you’re a regular Twitter user, would you jot a note in the Comments below about how you employ it??? Please mention any limitations and a pointer or two to guiding websites, if there any.

8) Is Skype Secure?

Hats off to Kathy, for helping us start a thread on Skype security — or the lack thereof. She drew our attention to…


and from the NY Times, earlier this month …

These sites document that skype conversations are both censored AND archived in China…long suspected, but now confirmed.

9) Support Raising Training

The BodyBuilders “Personal Support Raising Boot Camp” is a two-day intense training for first-time support raisers and under-funded veterans. Their goal: Getting you to 100% in 100 days! Check out our website for more details at


or email them at

Upcoming Boot Camp dates:
Salem, OR—December 1-2, 2008
Dallas, TX—January 26-27, 2009
Nashville, TN—February 9-10, 2009
Colorado Springs, CO—March 23-24, 2009
Bellflower, CA—April 21-22, 2009
Philadelphia, PA—June 8-9, 2009

Register online today.

10) Be One Of The 90 "True Fans"

Thanks to Justin Long, who recently suggested we hunt for “True Fans” of Brigada that would each give $100. For the rest of 2008, we only need to find just 90 more, since we already have over $6000 in the mix so far. (Next year, we could settle the entire year if we just found 170 “True Fans” to give one gift of $100.) So .. in honor of Justin, we’re giving it a try. Would you commit to be one of the 90? If so, 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. You can also click on the “Donate” link in the menu at the top of any Brigada webpage. Remember, even with the PayPal links, you don’t have join PayPal to give through it. 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.

11) The Backpage: Check Out Your Evening Sky On Dec. 1St

Most of us love it when heavenly bodies get together. There’s just something special about rendezvous. Take for instance… the evening sky… just after sunset on December 1st (2008). You’ll see Jupiter, Venus, and the crescent moon low in the southwest (assuming you’re not too far north in your vantage point) and that close triangle of lights will make a dandy sight in our night skies. (Map at left courtesy Sky & Telescope, by Gregg Dinderman)

And you know what? We like it when other “points of light” get together as well. Recently, our organization has been teaming up with another major organization to partner with a local church (also 3 “points of light”) to begin new projects among unreached Muslim people groups. I’ve thought more than once what a beautiful sight it is, seeing these three very different entities working together like this. From what I read in John 17, it’s bound to make the Lord happy too.

How ’bout you? Are you happy to see unity and partnerships these days too? If so, please click on “comment” below and share a brief testimony about what’s happening where you live. (As always, remember to be secure by avoiding names and exact locations of those working in sensitive places.) Feel free to provide URLs for the groups working hard at networking and partnering together. God is bound to smile on partnerships that seek to build unity toward honoring His name!

12) Closing Stuff

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COPYRIGHT — (We actually have to say this stuff so the material can’t legally be used by those who are not likeminded.) This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted 2008. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available on the Brigada website, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Jesus Christ to reach the unreached. To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted. When you quote or paraphrase material from Brigada, please include this phrase: “For a free subscription to Brigada’s weekly missions publication, write and/or visit Brigada on the web at http://www.brigada.org/.”

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