Monthly Archives: October 2008

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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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.

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