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2009/01/25 — 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

In this issue…

1) Close-up on Evangelism Resources

Evangelism Resources focuses on four major themes. In summary, E.R….

*** Brings people to Christ
*** Makes them into disciples
*** Unites them in the body
*** Sends them to the nations

They raise the cost to train workers, create schools of evangelism for them, then send them out nationwide and worldwide. Indigenous leadership is a top priority. Most recently, they have become a “True Fan” of Brigada by sending a $100 gift, as noted below. (Thanks!) With their headquarters in Wilmore, KY, you can learn more about Evangelism Resources at:

2) Free Missions Video: "Waiting to Go"

Hats off to “Steve” for offering his missions video, “Waiting to Go” to the Brigada audience, free of charge. If you decide to use it, please remember to pray for him. He originally volunteered this video in a comment made to a previous Brigada item (Nov. 23, 2008).

Watch the video live, embedded below, by clicking the big “Play” triangle in the middle of the black square:

or alternatively, download the entire video to your own hard drive.

3) Looking to Brush Up on your Russian?

3) LOOKING TO BRUSH UP ON YOUR RUSSIAN? — The Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures, also known as Russian Language Ministries, is offering 2 or 3 week intensive Russian language courses during summer 2009 in Kiev, Ukraine. Two different courses will be offered, including Correct Grammar in Spoken Russian, a course devoted to giving the student the skills to speak with grammatical accuracy, and Bible and Ministry Related Terminology, a course that will cover ministry related vocabulary and phrases in discipleship situations. A third course covering conventional Russian is also possible, depending on the needs of the students attending. This program is designed for individuals who desire to take their Russian to the next level with several different tracks of study, depending on the levels of proficiency. Each course will meet for 3 hours a day and the program will begin around the last week of July. If you are interested in more information you may contact ISLC at

or check out the website

4) Fly Round-Trip In Africa For A Song

OK, maybe more than a song, but not much. Thanks to Brigada user Greg for tipping us on the fact that you can fly round trip anywhere within Africa that Kenya Airways goes (and they go all over the continent) for only 25,000 frequent flier miles (and about $70-80 reg fee) from any of the following airlines: Aeroflot, Aeroméxico, Air France, Alitalia, China Southern, Continental Airlines, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air and Northwest Airlines, Air Europa, Copa Airlines and Kenya Airways. According to Greg, “Seats are easy to get and supporters can book flights for you.” (Thanks again Greg!)

6) 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. There are courses in London in February; Seattle in March; and Burgundy, France in June; Melbourne in August; and Annapolis, MD in September. You can save US$450 by registering by registering early. Go to

for details. Or email

7) Personal Growth Conferences For Missionaries

Caring for Others is once again holding two Personal Growth Conferences for Missionaries in 2009. Both will be held in Wisconsin, June 28-July 3 and again November 1-6. Personal Growth that comes through hearing from God and others in ministry is the goal of the conference. It is a highly interactive week of debriefing and interaction with other Christian workers designed to improve relational skills while processing and dealing with the issues related to missionary life. Space is limited and registrations are being accepted now. For more details contact John at

8) We Give Thanks…

… for a check from Insurance Services of America (ISA) for $63 as a result of insurance purchased by Wendy and Mary Lou. Thank you ladies… and thank you ISA. Find out more about the options they offer, which are many, at…

In short, you’ll find just about every kind of medical, travel, life, and medical insurance imaginable, including special policies specifically for missionaries. What’s more, they make a special gift to Brigada in your name when you purchase coverage from them. So thank *you* for checking them out.

We’re grateful to a new Brigada participant from Plainfield, IN, for sending a gift of $10 to help tide Brigada over into the new year. Thanks for your partnership!!!

Thanks, too, for a $100 “True Fan” gift from Evangelism Resources. Learn more about Evangelism Resources at…

See the entry above about their work… and thanks to the leadership at Evangelism Resources for partnering with Brigada!

9) Only 166 "True Fans" To Go!

It’s easy. Just click on one of the “Donor” links above. Both are safe, the one with PayPal and the other with one of the most well-known online merchant accounts you’ll ever meet. Neither require you to open an account with anyone … and neither ever spam you. 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: How’s Your Summer Internship Count?

Some might find it interesting to be able to compare their summer internship count with their peer agencies. It’s a sluggish economy in several sending countries. Perhaps your agency is feeling the brunt of a downturn, … perhaps not. We won’t know for sure until we share. The cool part about this Brigada lense is that you can share anonymously, without giving up your exact name. Just do us a favor and describe your agency in general terms. For example, “We’re a large agency — with somewhere between 500 and 1000 full-timers — and our summer internship program generally attracts 100 applications. 75 usually make it through all the filters.” … and so on. Be as precise as you can without breaking any confidences that you’d just as soon not reveal.

Naturally, it’s not all about numbers. And sometimes the numbers reveal things too subtle to show up in board meeting reports. Now you can learn them here, in Brigada. And the bigger, more important question will be — if there are trends, why are they happening? In other words, if numbers are down, is it due to the economic slow-down? Or… is today’s younger generation less likely to commit for a summer ’til they’ve been there for a week? Those are the questions we’ll want to banter around, once we’ve identified trends.

So, please ask your fellow-mission staffers to chime in, especially the recruiters and summer short-term coordinators…. We’ll look forward to them joining us. Let’s get the count, then figure out whether that represents a down-turn, or an equal footing, or an up-sweep. Thanks for taking time to tell your story. Let’s do this! :-)

To read and/or comment on this item on the web, just browse to….

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”

2009/01/18 — 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

In this issue…

1) Email Collaboration Solution Found!

Looking for a secure, collaborative email solution for your organization, ministry, or team? Remember the missionaries that asked for recommendations (see the 2008/09/2 edition:

They ended up choosing a solution called Email Center Pro

This solution is…
*** Secure (https encryption)
*** Allows collaboration among multiple user accounts
*** Has a template system to help them quickly answer repetitive questions
*** Helps with accountability by showing what has been assigned to whom
*** Has had super-fast customer service (that’s even tweaked a few things at the server level for their specific needs!)

And the best news is that Email Center Pro has created special pricing for non-profits (yay!) and is giving Brigada a gift for every new user this article generates! How big? 50% of first month’s payment and 15% of the user’s contract for *life*! Wow, that would be $13 every month for Premium accounts!

All you need to do to ensure your discount and generate the gift for Brigada is to sign up at this page:

and enter one of the following promotional codes when you for an account level:


That’s it! From there, they take care of everything. (Thanks for any help that this generates for Brigada. If it does, we’ll show any and all donations here.)

2) Home-Office Field Connection

Our organization is going through a 20 month reinvent and one of the things we hope to accomplish is strengthen the relationship and network that exists between “the home office” and “the field.” So we figured we’d ask… What kinds of processes, technology, etc. does your organization use that promote unity in this area? Just click “comment” on the web version of this query. Thanks for any fellow-helper sharing you can do.

3) Cost-Free Renewal Retreats For Global Workers

Barnabas International and ELIM Retreat Ministries will sponsor 9 six day retreats in the States in 2009. Each retreat is for adults only. The purpose is to provide low key but intentional times of personal encouragement and spiritual care to global workers. The emphasis is on preventative pastoral care, the Word and the Spirit, sweet worship, just plain fun, spiritual debriefing, and lots of free time. The retreat sites are beautiful. See pictures, registration and detailed descriptions at

or email questions to

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