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2009/03/08 – 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) Short-Term Mission Leaders Conference
2) New Dvd Course For Magazine Publishers
3) TESOL: Go to the Nations…as an English Teacher
4) The Malatya Film: Chronicle Of A Martyr
5) Need a Supplement to Your Support?
6) Cdts: Be Discipled To Reach The Nations
7) Free Indigenous Missions Newsletter
8) We Get Mail
9) Your Gift To Brigada Makes An Immediate Difference
10) The Backpage: 1st Chapter Of _Divine Conspiracy_
11) Closing Stuff

2) New Dvd Course For Magazine Publishers

Magazine Publishers has just released a 14-hour, seven disk DVD course for publishers of Christian magazines on the business of magazine publishing. The course, titled Managing the Magazine, is taught by two key publishing professionals and filmed before an international audience. For more information, check out their site…

http://www.magazinetraining.com/PublisherResources/mtimanuals/DVD_businesscoursenew/

Publishers of Christian magazines in the Developing World may contact them for a link to a special section of resources with vastly reduced prices. Contact

3) TESOL: Go to the Nations…as an English Teacher

Here’s an exciting and intensive 4-week TESOL course equipping you with effective English teaching techniques and certification, sponsored by Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. The dates are now – May 1, May 4 – May 29, September 7 – October 2, October 19 – November 13. Get a certificate upon completion that opens door around the world. More information and/or an application can be found online at:

http://www.ywampa.org/

or email

or phone: 717.274.9010.

4) The Malatya Film: Chronicle Of A Martyr

Necati Aydin, Ugur Yuksel and Tilmann Geske were tied down, tortured and killed April 18, 2007 in Malatya, Turkey, for their testimonies that Jesus Christ is Lord. Two young filmmakers from Texas set out to capture the surrounding events that continue to shake the foundation of a nation less than 0.1% Christian. The result is a full length documentary film, Malatya.

You can watch the trailer now online there. Check out

http://www.malatyafilm.com/

The film was internationally released as this Brigada goes to press, on or around the 2-year anniversary date of the killings. Organizers are trying to mobilize churches and groups all over the world to show the film. Check the website for more information about how the airings are going.

5) Need a Supplement to Your Support?

Mark, a missionary to Haitians, suggests an easy to maintain home business where the foundation of your income is through you and others shopping online. Visit Mark’s web portal at

http://www.shoptoearn.net/reachhaiti

to see what it’s like (and to shop to there to help reach Haiti, if you’re not interested in starting your own business). To learn more about having your own business, take a tour at

http://www.24hourtour.net/reachhaiti

or contact Mark with questions at

If you do sign up, Mark requests that you note that the ID who referred you is ReachHaiti.

6) 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. They offer day care as well as a school-aged children’s program that follows the CDTS school topics and teaching. The dates of the school are June 1 – October 21, 2009. More information and/or an application can be found online at

http://www.ywampa.org/

or email:

or phone: 717.274.9010.

7) Free Indigenous Missions Newsletter

John Lindner of World Christian Ministries issues a free e-mail newsletter, usually weekly, and mostly on topics that relate to indigenous missions of the majority world. A recent two-part series was on evangelism and miracles along the “Old Silk Road.” He also welcomes true stories from or about validated ministries featuring indigenous missionaries. He prefers a biographical slant, and always credits the source. John has 30 years of missionary story telling/editing experience. You can subscribe or view recent and past stories at

http://www.worldchristianministries.org/

or email

8) We Get Mail

We’re humbled at the chance to serve guys like Les, who recently wrote to say, “You may not remember me but way back in 2000/2001 you helped to launch our site. Since then we have handled over 33,000,000 hits … with more on the way. Many hundreds of training schools and churches have opened all over the developing world, many in the 10/40 window and we are in fellowship with lots of them, and link them together. We followed the Lord into this new way of sharing Christ and training leaders, it was new back in 200 anyway, you and Brigada started it off, but we never imagined where it would all lead to. A thousand thank you’s, God bless you all and our warmest and very best wishes from all of us here.” Thanks, too, to the missions coordinator from Minnesota who recently gave a $15 gift to Brigada in the name of Barnabas Int’l

http://www.barnabas.org/

Thanks!!!
We also appreciated the gift of $50 from the Brigada participant in Kewanee, IL, and thanks for another $50 gift from The Glory Story in Southampton, Hampshire, UK.

9) Your Gift To Brigada Makes An Immediate Difference

While some works are so large, $25 or $50 might not be noticed, with Brigada, a $25 gift is a fortune… and a $100 “True Fan” gift is a true lifeblood interaction. Thanks in advance for any that can help. Furthermore, Brigada has recently committed to underwriting the cost of a Prayer Shelter on behalf of all Brigada readers at Emerald Hills, a new missions nerve center in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. If you’d like to make a special gift toward the cost of the Prayer Shelter, please feel free to use your credit card at

http://teamexp.donorpages.com/brigada/douglucas/

You’ll see a thermometer on the site to keep track of the project. The names or memorials of donors giving a modest undergirding gift of $500 or more will be engraved on a permanent plaque at the Prayer Shelter. What a great way to remember someone special in the lives of your family, mission, church, school or community. What’s more, you’ll be able to register as a Brigada fundraiser there and become part of the team. Read all about it there online. Thanks!

(Keep in mind, this is in addition to our normal Brigada budget needs here at Brigada.org, but it does go to provide a site to serve as Brigada’s home base, nerve center, and staging HQ.) Check out the growing retreat center at

http://www.emeraldhills.info/

If you’d like to help with the regular expenses here at Brigada, just click on one of the “Donor” links at the top of this page. 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.

10) The Backpage: 1st Chapter Of _Divine Conspiracy_

I’ve just finished reading the first chapter of _Divine Conspiracy_. It opens with the story of a fighter pilot who decided to ascend to a higher altitude… but when she pulled back on the stick (true story), she crashed straight into the ground.

She had been flying upside-down without even knowing it.

Throughout the first chapter, Willard refers back to the illustration again and again as he chronicles situations in which Christians are unknowingly becoming apathetic and complacent with their faith.

My fear is — that missionaries are sometimes caught in the trap of becoming complacent too. Sure… those who support their work still put them on a pedestal and revere them highly. But deep down inside, I fear that many workers, though they be professional men and women “of the cloth”, are living more of the outside life than they are the inside core. So in the comments following this item, here’s your chance. You can write completely anonymously here. Nothing even grabs your IP address here. So in complete honesty, here’s your chance to tell the truth about your struggle and how you’re dealing with it. Who knows — maybe someone will give you a good word in answer. And if nothing else, you’ll inspire a lot of prayer. Give yourself a signature, please, so we’ll know how to pray. For example, “Signed, Discouraged.” And along with those anonymous thoughts and feelings, share your take on the first chapter of Divine Conspiracy. These are heartbeat items that real missionaries face. Just click “Comment” below to add a personal illustration, testimony, case study, or feedback on Willard’s Divine Conspiracy, Chapter 1.

11) Closing Stuff

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