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2008/11/23 — 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) CDTS: Be Discipled To Reach The Nations

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Lebanon, PA, USA is offering a Crossroads Discipleship Training School (CDTS) to help students grow in their faith and equip them to reach the nations with the Gospel. The school is designed for older students and families and includes a 12-week lecture phase, including topics such as hearing God’s voice, spiritual warfare, and the character of God, and a 2-month foreign outreach. The dates of the school are June 1 – October 21, 2009. More information and/or an application can be found online at:

or phone: 717-274-9010.

2) ‘Safe Travel Solutions’ For Missions Teams

Overseas missions travel is becoming increasingly more dangerous. Just yesterday, a personal friend of mine watched as thieves duct-taped the mouth of his wife in his own home. A handful of thieves took whatever they wanted, then drove off in the missionary’s car. Traveler kidnappings, illegal detentions, carjackings, and home invasions increased 300 percent just in 2005-06, says personal security specialist David Dose, founder of Fort Sherman Academy, where faith-based audiences have been receiving hostage survival and anti-terrorism training since 2003. Now the highly effective Fort Sherman training is available in a two-DVD curriculum called “Safe Travel Solutions.” Topics include Protective Measures, Surveillance, Surviving Hostage Situations, Minimizing Sexual Assault, and Dealing with Demands for Information. For more information, visit


Fort Sherman was kind enough to send an evaluation copy. We recently sent representatives from our organization out to Fort Sherman for personal training and my conclusion is – if you can’t get to Fort Sherman personally, get this DVD before you travel.

3) Local Church Is Seeking Short Recruitment Videos

Ken recently asked for help with his local church missions campaign. They’d like to show several short mobilization & recruitment videos throughout their mission emphasis month. Can you take a moment to click on “Comment” under this item and share the best recruitment videos available today? Be sure to give source information (where to order them). Thanks!

4) European Technology, Computing And Mission Conference

It’s slated for February 4th – 7th 2009, in Holland. If you use technology in a mission or church context then ICCM-Europe is for you. It’s a collaborative conference where experiences are shared and alliances built to maximise the impact of technology in bringing hope to the nations. The conference theme this year is “God’s people: the reason for technology”. More information is available from the iccm-europe web site:


For further information email:

5) "One God One Message"- An Evangelism & Discipleship Tool

Here’s a book that takes readers on compelling and cliché-free journey through the best story ever told. By P.D. Bramsen. The New Third Edition includes a Discussion Guide. It is written with the Muslim in mind, but also provides a sound biblical apologetic for any authentic seeker. Special ministry prices are available. Translations in progress include Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Turkish, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and more.


or call +1-864-235-6487
or email

6) Free Cross-Cultural Leadership Articles You Can Use

Stimulate ideas and resource your staff around the world with short, practical articles on cross-cultural leadership and coaching. Use their growing library of 20 free articles. Here’s an idea: send an article once a month to your team spread out around the world. Use the questions in each article to get a blog or e-mail discussion going. As a team you’ll be gaining mutual understanding, learning, and interacting together – all without the cost of travel. The articles are at:


8) Thanks To Our Fellow-Workers For Empowering Brigada

Here’s a $35 gift from a Brigada participant who prayed “God bless your work, and those who take the Word to the ends of the earth.” Here’s $10 more from a worker with OMF International in Thailand reaching, out to various unreached people groups in the SE Asia Region. Thank you so much!!! Thanks to a church with vision, your gifts, which previously were work $45, are now worth $90! The Lord doubled your money! As a result, we’ve only got 3931.75 left to raise to meet our 2008 needs.

9) $3931.75 To Go: Would You Be One Of 20 "True Fans" Of Brigada?

Recall that we’re searching for individuals and churches that would become “true fans” of Brigada by giving or pledging $100. Believe it or not, we only have 20 true fans to go (thanks to a visionary church willing to match funds with those 20 “True Fans”)! Would you or your church be one of the 20? 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. 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.

10) The Backpage: Is The Playing Field Level For You?

All this talk about “The Earth is Flat.” The Internet is supposed to be leveling the world, they say. For the first time ever, a poor tribal person can visit an Internet café and send his family’s story directly to CNN International. Herdsmen from Mongolia can study via internet “distance learning” courses without ever leaving their hometown.

What about you? How does the “flat earth” factor help or hurt you? Is it working? Are you getting access to resources previously never-imagined? Please take a moment to click “comment” below this item (on the web). Share your personal story, anonymously if you like. Thanks for taking time.

11) 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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