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2009/03/01 – 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) Going on a mission trip? check out the Day Tripper?
2) Where do you get cost-of-living info?
3) A new spot for cross-cultural training
4) Catch a conference for the Kyrgyz
5) Check out a sample favorite book list
6) Looking to brush up on your Russian?
7) DVD series on missions
8) Free sermon tapes
9) Oral bible resources
10) Deepen your journey
11) We give thanks
12) You can speak to the world through Brigada
13) The backpage: a home for Brigada
14) Closing stuff

1) Going On A Mission Trip? Check Out The Day Tripper?

No, we are not talking about the Beatles song! The Day Tripper is an international medical insurance and medical evacuation plan for short-term teams. With rates as low as 60 cents per day you can’t go wrong with this plan! PLUS when you purchase this plan from Insurance Services of America on their web site


you will be helping to support Brigada!

In addition to this plan, coverage is available for any international need – short-term trips, career missionaries, trip cancellation, short-term teams and term life insurance. For coverage details, rates and the online applications of the Brigada sponsored plans, go to


Insurance Services of America has agreed to help support Brigada from sales that are made on this link, so when you purchase on this site you will be helping to support Brigada and you will be protecting yourself and your ministry from financial loss!

Comment on this item by clicking on “Comment” below.

2) Where Do You Get Cost-Of-Living Info?

Phil is looking for a good reference or source for a cost of living index to evaluate how he provides for various missionary partners in difference countries. Where do you go to configure base salary … and/or that additional increase or decrease depending upon the cost of living and experience of a missionary worker. Phil thanks those who participate, in advance, for their input and/or reference material. Please share your best resources below by clicking “Comment.”

3) A new spot for cross-cultural training

TRAIN International, based in Joplin, MO, offers cross-cultural training that is affordable, customizable, and mobile. They have several types of training available: pre-field training (June 1-19), language acquisition training (September 7-18), debriefing (Aug 3-7 and Oct. 5-9), church coaching to help churches send and sustain their missionaries (scheduled as needed), short-term trip leaders training (scheduled as needed), and mid-term restrategizing (in the Joplin area, Aug. 31-Sept. 4; can be hosted on a field outside of the US, call for details). They have special programs for kids available for most training events. Many of their training events can be brought to you. For more info contact their Director, Mark Miller at 417-621-8962 or email TRAIN at

or check out the website at


6) 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


7) DVD series on missions

Is there a better way to do missions? In this dvd series, church leaders from around the world are asked, “If you had one piece of advice you could give the church in North America, what would it be?” Hosted by Steve Saint who intertwines stories from his experience in the Ecuadorian jungle, the series “Missions Dilemma” is designed to stimulate discussion among church leaders, missions committees, and those involved in missions. Check out the trailer at


Order the series at


and click on store. Or contact

9) Oral Bible Resources

Here’s the perfect way to get started with biblical storytelling. Two great DVD workshops for only $10 each. Paul & Teresa have trained more than fifty biblical storytellers in Asia. Now they share their insights in these professionally produced DVDs, “Telling God’s Stories,” and “Multiplying Storytellers.” Each 55 minutes long, these DVDs are chocked full of excellent tips on how to become an effective biblical storyteller and how to train others to tell God’s stories. Check it out at


(Thanks, Graeme, for finding these again! :-) )

10) Deepen Your Journey

The Journey Deepens weekend retreats help prospective missionaries 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 missionaries from multiple agencies is highly relational with extended worship, small group discussions, personal reflection and much prayer. Discussions include guidance, finances, singles/families, etc. In spring and summer 2009 the dates and locations are:
– Apr 24-26 near Chicago, Illinois at the ITeams conference center
– May 29-31 in Dallas, Texas at Wycliffe Bible Translators conference center
– Jun 26-28 near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the WEC conference centerSee the online promo video and FAQ at


11) We Give Thanks!

Thanks to the group focused on the Qashqa’i Nomads of Iran for pitching in $150. Another anonymous user wrote, “I have enjoyed Brigada for years and always seem to find useful information in each issue; here’s $100.”

12) You Can Speak to the World Throught Brigada

Want to get your point across? … the point that missions is still a vibrant option for all ages today, to all cultures? … to all unreached peoples? 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 “real” online merchants on the web. 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.

13) The Backpage: A Home for Briagda

We’re excited about Brigada’s new home at 4112 Old Routt Road, on the outskirts of Louisville, Kentucky. Check it out on the real-time webcam at:


Watch the crowd come in the mornings around 9am for prayer time. See things wrap up around 5pm each day (except Good Friday and weekends, of course :-) ). By taking a peek, you can get a gander at the new home world of Brigada! Check out pictures of the Dedication service at:


We give thanks to God that He’s provided such an amazing place to worship.Want to be a part of providing for Brigada’s “home office”? Just use one of the on-line giving forms above. A portion of your gift will undergird this new global “nerve center” to promote prayer, missions, and vision for unreached peoples.

14) Closing Stuff

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