Daily Archives: 2009/02/15

2009/02/15 – 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) Global (Sim Card) Cell Provider
2) Learn Holistic Ministry

3) Multilingual Mks
4) Momentum Magazine Moves To Strategic Network
5) Safe Water For Pennies
6) M-Dat Partners With Askamissionary.Com
7) Annual Internet Evangelism Focus Day In April
8) Leadership And Partnership Book
9) Rethinking Forum For Hindu Ministry
10) Opportunity To Teach Missionary Children In Bangladesh
11) Kazakhstan Consultation 2009
12) Evangelism Resource For Afghans In Dari And Pashto
13) We Give Thanks…
14) Your Gift To Brigada Makes A World Of Difference
15) The Backpage: Join Us In “The Divine Conspiracy”
16) Closing Stuff

1) Global (SIM Card) Cell Provider

Here’s a great service for anyone wanting to keep in touch while traveling abroad. They provide a Global SIM card that can be used with any GSM Tri or Quad band phone to travel just about anywhere in the world. You will save as much as 90% or more on cellular calls while traveling abroad. Best of all they will assign you a local U.S. number to take with you so that friends and family here in the U.S. can easily keep in touch with you without making an International Long Distance call. Find out more by visiting their website


2) Learn Holistic Ministry

The Chalmers Center offers a series of two distance courses on conducting economic development ministry. The initial course is called Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry. It helps you understand appropriate goals and strategies for conducting Christian economic development in poor communities within North America, addresses questions related to poverty, pro-poses a Biblical framework for understanding poverty and holistic development, and examines the role of the local church in the economic empowerment of poor people. Catch it May 4 – 29, 2009. The cost of this four-week course is $120 plus the cost of separately ordered course materials. Learn more about the Chalmers Center at…


3) Multilingual MK’s

I’ve got a great friend in North Africa who wrote, this past week, to say, “As missionaries my wife and I are not only trying to learn the three languages that surround us daily, we’re hoping our kids will, too. We recently found this website:

and thought it might help others. At the same time we wonder what advice you could give us (things to do, and not to do).” If you have advice on how to grow multilingual kids, please click the comment link below. Thanks!

4) Momentum Magazine Moves To Strategic Network

Have you noticed that Justin Long has moved his content from Momentum Magazine over to Strategic Network? (Thanks Wilma!) See the site at:


The model here seems to be that there is much free content, while other content is shared as “premium content,” available only after sponsoring Strategic Network for $20/year. If you have comments on this site, or this paradigm for supporting it, please click the comment link below.

5) Safe water for Pennies

Here’s absolute bacteria and virus protection in a light weight water purifier-filter. This product reportedly provides 5 gallons of safe water from any source in 42 minutes. Using new technology developed for kidney dialysis, these new .02 micron hollow fiber membrane purifiers give 100% protection against bacteria and viruses and they never need replacement! These inexpensive and lightweight water purifiers-filters will revolutionize safe water procurement for anyone traveling overseas. You can also give the lifesaving gift of safe water for an entire village by leaving one after your missions trip. See details at


or Email
DeeperRootsataoldotcom for FREE pdf brochure or independent lab testing results.

6) M-Dat Partners With Askamissionary.Com

Mission Data International (M-DAT) entered into an agreement with John McVay of Tulsa, Oklahoma, that brings AskAMissionary.com into M-DAT’s family of websites. Work is underway to overhaul the AskAMissionary.com website, which boasts 400-plus answers from Christian missionaries to hundreds of questions about being a missionary. Users can submit questions or answers. M-DAT plans to maintain a standalone AskAMissionary.com site, as well as integrate the Q&A content into PreparingToGo.com, which is currently in beta. Visit Ask A Missionary at


and to subscribe to the newsletter, go to

7) Annual Internet Evangelism Focus Day In April

Internet Evangelism Day is set for the last Sunday of April. This international web awareness day, for churches, missions, colleges or any Christian group, aims to demonstrate the potential of the Web for effective evangelism.
Check the testimonies of people who found God online. Read the stories of a wide range of web evangelists – and note how many of them have no technical knowledge at all. Learn how you could create a short focus time in your church, mission group or college, using the free downloads from IE Day’s site – video clips, Powerpoint, drama scripts, music and handouts.


(Thanks Tony!)

8) Leadership And Partnership Book

Working in partnership in a cross-cultural context can be quite a challenge. Often different leadership styles can cause misunderstanding and friction. Here’s a new book by Ralph Schubert that features a dialogue between Western and Tanzanian Christian leaders on their leadership styles and their impact on cross-cultural partnerships. Entitled, ” Leadership and Partnership. A dialogue between Western and Tanzanian Christian leaders,” it lets us see how leaders from both societies discover the similarities and differences, strengths and weaknesses of each leadership style in terms of character, relationships, power and conflict and what they can learn from each other. The author proposes practical action steps how to move towards a truer Christian leadership style and more genuine partnerships.

The book can be purchased through Amazon.

10) Opportunity To Teach Missionary Children In Bangladesh

Grace International School is a dynamic school for 170 missionary and other expatriate children age 3-16 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. For the coming academic year 09/10 (starting in August) there are several vacancies for qualified teachers especially at high school level. A good salary and benefits package, including pleasant accommodation, health insurance, free annual air-fares home within a supportive community is available. For further details, please see their Website:


or e-mail the school principal:

12) Evangelism Resource For Afghans In Dari And Pashto

The 10th annual Afghan Christian Calendar is available now. This year’s theme is “The Majesty of God (Azamat-e-Khoda).” All the beautiful calendar pictures and Bible verses proclaim the majesty and greatness of God. This is an eternal message of life and hope for a people who have experienced decades of war-torn tragedy. The calendar is an encouraging and low-threshold evangelism resource appreciated by Afghans. The Afghan New Year begins on the first day of spring, March 21. You can order this calendar for your Afghan friends and acquaintances.

For orders in North America, please go to:


For other orders, contact:

Discounts for orders of 10 or more.

13) We Give Thanks…

Thanks to the anonymous folks in New Jersey who wrote, “Sustaining your Great Help, From a couple of anonymous ‘True Fans’ who have been helped and encouraged as parents of missionaries many times over many years.” We lift up their gift of $100 as praise to the ultimate parent of a missionary, the Lord Himself. Thanks, too, to the Global Airtime folks …


See their item above in the #1 spot.

14) Your Gift To Brigada Makes A World Of Difference

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 requires you to open an account with anyone … and neither ever spams 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.

15) The Backpage: Join Us In "The Divine Conspiracy"

I recently picked up a copy of “The Divine Conspiracy,” asking myself… what if we did a series of regular devotionals in Brigada. If you’ve seen “Conspiracy” before, you know that the tag line is, “Rediscovering our Hidden Life in God.” Chapters are,

“Entering the eternal kind of life now,”
“Gospels of sin management”
“What Jesus knew: Our God-bathed world”
“Who is really well off? — The Beatitudes”
“The rightness of the Kingdom heart: Beyond the goodness of scribes and pharisees”
“Investing in the Heavens: Escaping the deceptions of reputation and wealth”
“The community of prayerful love”
“On being a disciple, or student, of Jesus”
“A curriculum for Christlikeness”
“The restoration of all things”

To join us, just pick up a copy of “Conspiracy” at any bookstore or on Amazon. Note that we are intentionally *not* providing a link here … especially a link that provides a kickback to Brigada… in an attempt to avoid *any* appearance of conflict of interest. The purpose in proposing this series of regular devotionals is totally to bring us together in Christ, to become more like him. (Therefore it seemed awkward to provide any link that resulted in a financial gift to Brigada. You’re always welcome to do that in other ways, mind you; just not linked to this study. :-) )

So how do you get started? First, order the book. We’ll start the study next Brigada. But act now. Time’s a wastin’! :-)

“The Divine Conspiracy” is by Dallas Willard, published by HarperOne. It was originally copyrighted 1997. See HarperCollines at:
(By the way, if you go to Amazon, just copy and paste that ISBN number into the search box and you’ll instantly get the right result.)
Want to comment on this concept (doing a joint devotional together)? … or on Willard’s book? Just click “Comment” below.

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