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2008/11/16 — 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) Expand Your Vision At The Missional (“Micn”) Network
2) Get Connected: Hook Up With Worldconnex
3) Form A Family Tree — So Your ‘mk’ Will Know…
4) Inexpensive And Easy-To-Use Websites
5) Gaining Understanding And Building Relationships With Muslims
6) Great Family Adventure-Missions Book, Straight From Siberia
7) Culture Shock Russian Style
8) Preparing Leaders For Reflection And Prayer Days/Retreats
9) Thanks To Our Partners
10) From A Church In A Muslim Land: “Match Our Gift To Brigada”
11) The Backpage View: Let’s Figure Out Community Health
12) Closing Stuff

1) Expand Your Vision At The Missional ("Micn") Network

Are you a pastor or leader at an international church somewhere overseas? Want to expand your vision of the Great Commission? Register today for the Missional International Church Network. They’re readying their 6th annual conference. Registration is available online at


One participant recalled, “It was six years ago through Brigada that I learned about the first MICN conference in Jakarta. The conference and the year round networking have been a great encouragement to me ever since.” Don’t miss it.

2) Get Connected: Hook Up With Worldconnex

The big Greek “X” at the end of their name stands for Christ. They want the world to be connected to Him. Their three “departments” are Church Activation, Front Line Services and International Connections. They do not send missionaries. They help churches send missionaries. Their vision is to help churches discover their strategic uniqueness for the Kingdom (church activation), establish effective connections for strategic impact (international connections), and send their people long term anywhere in the world (front line services). They say that they do “missions from the inside out” because they ask churches to look at the resources within their church (people in the pew) to discover mission strategy. Sounds like a great dream, eh? :-) Check ’em out at:


3) Form A Family Tree — So Your ‘mk’ Will Know…

Do you have a “third-culture kid?” … an “MK” (“missionary kid”)? If so, at least one anonymous worker in North Africa thinks you might enjoy geni.com:


It’s a site where you can “narrow the gap between grandparents and grandkids, homeland and continents.” Simple and easy to use, you just log on and start building your family tree. Only members of your family can “talk” to you (though outsiders can “see” that you’re a part of a family chain). The service pledges that your email address is a safe secret. (“never spammed, never shared”: I like it.) The best part of all? It’s completely free — and highly recommended by Time Magazine, PC Magazine, and CNET.

4) Inexpensive And Easy-To-Use Websites

I saw this item in the Perspectives alumni publication, sent out by Gloria Sewall. (Thanks Gloria.) She pointed us to MinistryHome.org


because they offer a safe and ministry-driven alternative to social networking sites. According to Gloria, “Individuals serving in the field can promote their ministry, raise funds, build teams, and network with like-minded individuals online, sending automatic notification of updates to friends and supporters. If you are looking for a good website system, and are looking for an easier way to keep in touch with your home team learn out more at www.MinistryHome.org.” (To get the Perspectives alumni publication — well, I guess you’ll have to take Perspectives! :-) )

5) Gaining Understanding And Building Relationships With Muslims

Muslims, Christians and Jesus is a readable, interesting guide to understanding Islam, its culture, and its followers from an Islamic expert who has lived in the Middle East for over 25 years. With practical information and fascinating stories, Carl Medearis shares culturally sensitive ways for Christians to get to know Muslims on a personal level. Rather than focusing initially on the differences between Islam and Christianity, Medearis shows how common ground is the best foundation for friendships and for hearts turning to Jesus. More information and an excerpt can be found at


To order, e-mail

or call 1-800-877-2665 or (616) 675-9185 (Baker ships internationally as well.)

6) Great Family Adventure-Missions Book, Straight From Siberia

The Great Siberian Rail Adventure is the hilariously heart-stopping story of a missionary family moving by car, ship, and rail across Russia. In it, you’ll find a dragon, an axe-wielding conductor, a supersonic clothes washer, and a van with a death wish. It’s also gently packed with cultural insights. Order by contacting Bill Harris at

The books are $7.00 per copy (plus shipping).

7) Culture Shock Russian Style

Peterburgers is a humorous look at going to the mission field — culturally insightful and spiritually challenging. Catch all the funny adventures in Russia, while you pick up training on how to deal with culture shock — both for missionaries and their supporters back home. Order by contacting Bill

The books are $9.00 per copy (plus shipping).

8) Preparing Leaders For Reflection And Prayer Days/Retreats

Dr. Evelyn Davis, International Training Consultant (with others assisting), will train participants how to facilitate half or full days of reflection and prayer, and short retreats, May 13-22, 2009 at White Oak Conference Center in Winnsboro, SC (not far from our JAARS location in Waxhaw).

The reflection and prayer topics are: A Spiritual Inventory and Spiritual Markers ; Personal Worship; Finding A Rhythm of Rest ; Life Tasks : Strength for the Journey ; Our Time of Need; Prayer Areas and Issues; and The Servant Leader . The two retreat topics are: Life Passages and the Missionary Experience and New Testament Images of Adult Growth and Change. The total cost for accommodations, meals, and the basic books and materials is $675. Please note that partial scholarships are available if needed .

For the detailed information, and an application form, contact

9) Thanks To Our Partners

Thanks today to the member of the Pittsburgh Network for the Great Commission


who sent in $25, with a note, “Can I recognize Doug Lucas for your faithfulness in sending us the Brigada Newsletter for many years?” [blush] This anonymous donor also gave thanks for the great worship at Zion Christian Church


and the fantastic outreach opportunities provided to him via Wycliffe Associates


With this gift of $25, only $4021.75 left to go in 2008!

10) From A Church In A Muslim Land: "Match Our Gift To Brigada"

Here’s a forward-thinking church in a Muslim land that would like to challenge Brigada participants to ‘think bigger.’ They’re willing to match, dollar-for-dollar, any gift… up to $2054. In other words, if you send in a $100 check before Dec. 31st, they’ll match it with another $100… so your giving will actually be *doubled*. If you ever wanted to make your giving count, now’s your chance. So… hats off to the visionary congregation… and may God bless them *mightily*!!! And hats off to you if you decide to take advantage of their offer. But better act fast: only 4 days remain by Dec. 31st. You can see the genius of their plan: If enough “true fans” match their gift, we would *totally* meet Brigada’s budget needs for 2008!!! Only $4021.75 left to go… so from here on out, everything is doubled!

So — want to double your money? 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. 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 View: Let’s Figure Out Community Health

Have you noticed the surge of interest in community health education (“CHE”) over the past few years? We always talked about primary health care for as long as I remember. But this relatively sudden uptake is phenomenal. I attribute it in part to top-notch training programs like those offered by Lifewinds


See their training offered at


Another link in the chain has been provided by groups like the Chalmers Center at Covenant College.


With their “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry” course, they provide a strong economic underpinning component so often missing in CHE programs staged at the indigenous level.

These are just two examples. What other sources have you found for CHE recently? What are the benefits, … risks… costs… strengths… weaknesses, opportunities, and threats? Just click “comment” below this item on the web and share your point of view. You can even speak totally anonymously. Just click “Comment” below.

12) Closing Stuff

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