Monthly Archives: February 2009

1) Your Opinion On This Article About Africa Needing Missionaries?

Here’s an article by an atheist pointing out that, in his opinion, Africa would be made better by missionaries. Would you take a moment to read the article and comment on it? What’s your opinion about this atheist’s conclusions? (Thanks for the tip about this article, Shibu!)

To add your comment, just click “Comment” below:

2) Check Out The Glory Story

The Glory Story team have now launched The Chronological Bible academy, a three hour chronological Bible presentation. In the UK, on a Saturday between 11 am – 2.30 pm, they visit church groups and teach the whole Bible as one story! They use all of the books of the Bible in just three hours (plus a half hour break for lunch). Download the brochure for more information and a contact address:

3) Free Spanish Christian Videos For Use In Ministry

Here are hundreds of Spanish Christian videos (vhs only, no dvd’s) for use in ministry in Spanish speaking countries — and the best part is, they’re free! This offer is for Christians to use in Mexico or other Spanish speaking countries for ministry purposes only, not for personal use. There are around 50 children’s titles, 7 evangelistic titles and 15 Moody Science titles and some documentaries and biographies. They will be shipped for free to USA addresses. For more information, contact Brian at

6) Retreats For Prospective Missionaries

“The Journey Deepens” is a weekend retreat to help prospects explore what it is like to be a missionary, discover whether a missionary or sender role is God’s fit, and connect with mission agencies. This is for high school seniors, college students, young adults, mid-lifers, baby boomers – anyone willing to explore becoming a missionary. Each retreat of 50 participants and 10 missionary coaches from multiple agencies is highly relational with extended worship, small group discussions, personal reflection and much prayer. Discussions include guidance, finances, singles/families, etc. The four 2009 retreats are Chicago Apr 24-26, Dallas May 29-31, Philadelphia Jun 26-28, Atlanta Oct 16-18 . Presented by Finishers/MissionNext and co-sponsored by ACMC, Caleb Resources, Perspectives and the U.S. Center for World Mission. Missions coaches/recruiters may apply online

7) The Bible Deals With Bribery

In her new book, _Bribery: The Ethics of Giving and Receiving Gifts_, veteran missionary to India Beth investigates what the Bible says about bribery to help mission workers do the right thing when confronted with corruption. The U.S. outlet is Jade Books at this address:

Or email Janice at

For more information about the book and a short interview with the author, see this link:

8) EFL (TESL) Workbooks For Christian Studies

These workbooks provide contextualized passages for students involved in biblical studies who want to improve their proficiency in reading English. Vocabulary Building for Biblical Studies is an intermediate level workbook of 15 contextualized chapters centering on biblical and Christian themes. Each unit includes a passage of 1000 words and exercises that aid the students in understanding and expanding their vocabulary. Men and Women in the History of the Church is a pre-intermediate reader. Each unit begins with pre-reading questions and a biography of approximately 650 words. This is followed by exercises on reading comprehension and vocabulary building, and ends with discussion questions. The workbooks are available as a download, to print and photocopy for personal or class use, but may not be reproduced for profit. The website is:

9) We Give Thanks…

Hats off to the worker in The Evangelical Alliance Mission that sent $250 this past week. Whoa. That’s over *two* “true fans!” She wrote, “It’s a joy to help support an organization that has faithfully served so many people. And to think back to the time when ‘we’ set Brigada up electronically. Has it been 15 years… or so? I enjoy reading of the variety of ways people are being and building the Body of Christ around the world. It’s informative and encouraging to read the Brigada postings. God bless you brother with strength and perseverance.” Whoa… thanks for the testimony and encouragement!

Thanks, too, to ISA insurance, which sent $157.50 this past month. Thanks to those who bought insurance through them. It would help a great deal if you checked them out for travelers’ interruption insurance, Life, health, and more.

10) It’s Easy To Give To Brigada

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.

11) The Backpage: Learn To Tell A Story With Your Photos

I’ll be the first to confess that I’m no professional photographer. I have so much to learn. What little I *do* know about taking pictures, I learned as a 10th-grader in the Nikon School of Photography on the campus of Indiana University. Although it was just a one-week class, I have to give them credit: they worked us from 8am until 8pm for five days straight. But take note: that was back in high school and those same lessons still echo in my mind today.

My point? Few of us have time to go obtain a degree in photojournalism. But virtually all of us could learn something in five days of study or less.

Example: Visit this site…

There you’ll find a series of 24 lessons, each taking 60 seconds or so. Read and digest one a day, then try to take a few pictures that day to illustrate that lesson for yourself. In 24 days, you’ll be a better photographer or they’ll refund your money. (That won’t be hard. The lessons are free. :-) )

The goal of all this? If we can just learn to capture better images, our stories will be more effectively told… more people will identify with the needs we’re highlighting, and presumably greater numbers will be involved in missions. Simple, right? :-) Well obviously, there’s a lot more to the missionary call than good images… but admit it — don’t you find yourself looking at pictures of unreached people just as often, if not more so, than looking at endless rows of data? So … what are we waiting for? Let’s all improve our ability to capture images! Start today.
Got a favorite photography tip, website, or book? Post it here by clicking “Comment” below this item on the web.

12) Closing Stuff

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2009/02/01 — 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) Your Favorite Book List?

Several have written in asking for a different sort of reading list than the one we provided last month. I guess it’s a subjective thing… but on the whole, some were wanting books that were more inspirational than what the compiler had in mind. So … here’s your chance. Want to submit your own list of helpful books you’ve read over the last year? Just hit “Comment” below this item and have at it! We’ll try to watch for these comments and insert the links as time goes on. Thanks for any books you can recommend to our Brigada readership of 10,000.

2) For The Bloggers Among Us

Are you aware of a decent (or even *great*) blog? Brigada participant, Ken, would like to learn from some effective bloggers. Would you be able to give him some exemplary blog authors. If you have a favorite, just hit “Comment” below this item on the web and tell us your destination.

3) Learn About Copyrights

You know… I’m ashamed to admit… one of the most helpful websites for me, in regard to understanding copyright law, has been

… in that it provides sample letters and destinations where we will need to write. And the site works! I’ve already prepared my first “request letter” for a music video sound track. Wish me luck! :-)

Want to read more about copyrights? An earlier item…

has turned up a *lot* of good discussion on copyright law in the comments. Check it out!

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