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2008/11/02 — 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…

1) Testimony From Long-Time Brigada Reader, Justin Long
2) Check Out The Worldconnex Website And Newsletter
3) Coaching Training For Church Multiplication
5) Pray For The Azerbaijani
6) Short-Term Health Insurance Coverage In The Us
7) The Great Browser Bash: Which Do You Prefer?
8) Persecution Isn’t A Thing Of The Past
9) Network For Simple/House Churches
10) Renew Yourself On This Pacific Island
11) Historical Lessons About Missions In Tough Economic Times
12) Free Street Children Manual
13) Studying Missionaries In High Risk Areas
14) Catch The Mapping Videos
15) Join Us In Giving Thanks For These Partners
16) Would You Become A “True Fan” Of Brigada In 2008?
17) The Backpage: Changing Lives One Person At A Time
18) Closing Stuff

1) Testimony From Long-Time Brigada Reader, Justin Long

Justin wrote just a few days ago to say,

“Dear Doug,

I’m happy to make a $100 contribution to Brigada, as I have been a long time fan. Through Brigada I’ve been able to spread research requests. Brigada was one of the original places I put notice of Momentum Magazine, as I recall. Time and again it has proven valuable to me. This recent article by Seth Godin (http://bit.ly/gtRd ) on the closing of many websites is very telling. He writes, “In a world where consumers have so much power, we now have two responsibilities. If you don’t like what an organization stands for, work actively to spread the word and force them to change. If you will miss a product, a service, a book, a site or a professional when they close up shop, stand up, speak up and bring them masses of new business. We get what we promote.” I remind Brigada readers that this is a time of economic uncertainty. Brigada continues to come to us, and has, despite shortfalls in income. We might be tempted to think it will do so forever. That is not always the case. If you find Brigada valuable, I suggest you forward it to a friend, and you consider joining me to help see it funded. The bigger a social network (which Brigada essentially is), the more valuable it is to you and to me.


Justin Long Editor,
Momentum Magazine, http://www.momentum-mag.org/ and
Manager, http://www.strategicnetwork.org/

[Justin, may God be blessed, somehow, in some small speck of a way, through what Brigada can contribute to even one person’s life on the other side of this planet. Thank you for your help, for seeing the need, for responding to it.]

2) Check Out The Worldconnex Website And Newsletter

Whoa. If you ever wanted to see an example of a sharp website (it must be Flash?), visit:


It’s worth going for the model site, even if these folks weren’t involved in church missions activation, building unreached people networks, and helping your church send missionaries long-term. At least consider signing up for their free monthly e-newsletter at


I just did.

3) Coaching Training For Church Multiplication

Empowerment, transformation, and innovation take skill to produce. The 60-hour Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program, is a unique training for church multiplication leaders integrating Biblical values, professional coaching skills, and cross-cultural ministry. Learn in-person and by telephone. Courses are slated in London in February; Seattle in March; and Burgundy, France in June; Melbourne in August; and Annapolis, MD in September. Save US$450 by registering early. Go to


for details. Or email

(And thanks to Keith and all the folks at CRM for the recent $100 “True Fan” gifts to Brigada!)

5) Pray For The Azerbaijani

Bill will tell you plain and simple — his passion is for the 40 million unreached Azerbaijani people of Azerbaijan and Iran. He raises interest regularly for the North American Azerbaijani Network, whose goal is to raise awareness among the Church in North America of the need for mission amongst this people group.

Bill’s life leads me to the question, for which people group are *you* advocating? Is your life characterized by watching others reach the unreached? That’s not a bad thing… but just imagine… what if you could “get into the game” by mobilizing others to pray, dream, plan, give, go and tell an unreached people group (one of the 6000 or so that still remain). Why not follow Bill’s lead: Pray for the Azerbaijani, or some other unreached group — and watch God make a difference over your lifetime.

6) Get Top-Notch Training In Loving Muslims

Horizons International offers training on “Engaging Islam” in several locations, including Colorado, Michigan, Lebanon, Russia, and Brazil. Lengths vary from a weekend conference to a year-long internship. The next training session will be coming up in Holland, Michigan, 16-17 January and in Colorado Springs, 19-30 January. For more details, check:

6) Short-Term Health Insurance Coverage In The Us

Are you having a hard time finding affordable health insurance here in the US? Have you recently become unemployed? Have you just recently returned to the US from overseas and without insurance?

If so, be sure to contact Insurance Services of America and ask for their “Amigo” short-term major medical plan. ISA is a Christian organization that specializes in helping individuals and groups find affordable health insurance options. In the past you have seen listings on Brigada for their fantastic international plans. Well now they can help you while you are inside the US as well!

For complete details, rates and to apply for coverage online go to


email them at

or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480-821-9052 outside of North America) and ask for Mark. Not only will you be able to get affordable short-term medical coverage, but ISA has 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 from financial loss!

7) The Great Browser Bash: Which Do You Prefer?

OK… here’s your chance to vote: Which browser are you preferring for general missions use and why? How do you use some special feature… one that perhaps nobody else has thought about? For example, I recently tried out FireFox again and, for a fleeting moment, I thought I’d like the tags. So… vogue. Somehow I managed to shake off the temptation though… and now I’m back to Internet Explorer. I know, I know — somebody’s going to say that FireFox is more secure, right? (I thought that too ’til last week, Firefox picked up a drive-by-download that, in my own testing, Internet Explorer easily ignored.) Perhaps you’re *way* out there on the edge — and you like Opera better? Or something else? (There’s got to be a MAC version someone likes: Safari???) Just click comment on the web version of this item and sound off. (Thanks for helping me think this through, Greg — our I.T. guy at Team Expansion.)

9) Network For Simple/House Churches

House2Harvest Network is a web based network that has been established to serve the thousands of simple (house, emerging, post-modern churches and the like) churches. This network will help these churches and missions ministries connect with one another to provide training, consultation and resources to facilitate mobilization, deployment and engagement to the unreached as well as wisely engaging in ministry to widows and orphans and the poorest of the poor. The website is full of resources and an opportunity to join the network:


or, if you prefer, write

10) Renew Yourself On This Pacific Island

Bethany Ministries offers residential member care to around 2000 Christian workers from around Asia each year. They are looking for another couple to join this expanding work. They should have the gifts of listening and loving as well as computer and admin skills. Accommodation is provided in beautiful surroundings and the rewards are seeing workers return to the field refreshed and renewed. Just check out the “join our team” tab on their website for more details.


11) Historical Lessons About Missions In Tough Economic Times

With current global economic concerns one reader is looking for anything written (books, articles, dissertations) on how missions did during the Great Depression of the late 1920s and early 1930s. It would be great to learn from the lessons of the past. Please just click “Comment” below to mention your reference (anonymously if you like) and be sure to note the original URL or address of the source.

13) Missionaries in High Risk Areas

A north American mission agency is seeking to put together a position paper on placing missionaries in active war zones or high risk areas. This is a big topic, but they are looking for theological, missiological and practical issues to cover. If your organization has studied this area or has a paper relating to this they would like to see it. All submissions will be kept confidential. Please contact Marty at

15) Join Us In Giving Thanks

15) Join Us In Giving Thanks For These Partners
— Would you please help us praise God for…
*** A friend from Charlottesville, who gave $10 after stopping by
and downloading free MP3 music tracks we’ve created for those who give.
*** Judi, serving in Ukraine, who observed her own birthday by throwing a birthday party, of sorts, for Brigada! In observance of her special day, she sent $100 and became a “True Fan” of Brigada. Judi — you’re amazing. Thanks!
*** Bill, raising the flag for the Azerbaijani. In their name, he sent $100 to Brigada so we could keep raising the flag for the unreached. Keep up the great work, Bill! For more on the Azerbaijani and how you can be involved in reaching them, log on at…

*** Debbie, another “True Fan” of Brigada, is herself changing lives in Philippines. She sent $100 to underwrite lasting change around the world. Thanks Debbie!!!
*** Grant, serving with YWAM in Albania, who also is now a “True Fan” of Brigada, for the $100 gift!
*** Justin, the thinker who suggested the “True Fan of Brigada” concept, who himself sent $100 to put his own money where his email was. Thanks so much, Justin.
*** The anonymous missions pastor in Allentown, PA, who noted that he “has benefited from Brigada Today” for sending $50.
*** The anonymous Wycliffe Bible Translator who said he skipped 1 fast food meal a month for 3 years in an effort to save the money for Brigada. He send, just a few days ago, $180. Now *that* is a True Fan.
*** The folks at Creative Results Management
for the $100 “True Fan” Gift to Brigada.
*** The anonymous recruiter with MAF who wrote this past week to say, “Hey Doug,
Just sent a “true fan” donation. I’m a long time (since 1995) reader). I like Volleyballs. Merry Christmas.” Hilarious! Well thanks to you… and to the persistence you’ve shown to stay with us all these years. As you know, 1995 was the year we *began*!!! I remember well that it was an MAF volunteer who originally helped us ramp up the web-page version of these newsletters. In his honor (he is now deceased) and in Brian’s honor, would you have a moment to stop at the site for MAF, winner of the 2008 ‘Passion Award’, given by Servant Christian Community Foundation “for MAF’s outstanding commitment to furthering the Gospel.”


You can even request a free copy of “Jungle Pilot” there.

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