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2009/03/15 – 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) Hope Esl Software: Free Teaching Cdrom Presenting The Bible

2) Transforming Nations Community By Community

3) Dts: Be Discipled To Reach The Nations

4) The Damara Of Namibia: “To The Point Of Death…”

5) New Living Life App. Bible: Discounted For Africa

6) Reftagger Serves Over 100 Million Bible Verses

7) Learn Islam & Ministry To Muslims In Michigan And Colorado

8) Would You Help Multiply Us?

9) We’re Grateful…

10) Give A Gift That Keeps On Giving

11) The Backpage: A Missionary Care Resource Toolkit

12) Closing Stuff

1) Hope Esl Software: Free English Teaching Cdrom Presenting The Bible

This high quality CDrom is being used creatively around the globe in many mission contexts. Students develop their English skills while comprehending a dramatic presentation of God’s redemptive story in 12 chapters from creation through Jesus Christ. This CDrom utilizes beautiful images and audio while ALSO including the full film of The Hope (see


This resource is brilliant for short-term teams, classes and 1 to 1 tutoring opportunities. Additionally, it can be copied and distributed without charge making it a cheap and practical gift wherever English is in demand. In a spirit of partnership the new version of this resource is being distributed FREE to missionaries and national Christian workers around the globe (donations for postage is appreciated).


or email

2) Transforming Nations Community By Community

Are you interested in establishing a Community-Based Health Care Program which integrates the physical and the spiritual? LifeWind International’s (formerly Medical Ambassadors International) Training of Trainers (TOT) introduces people to Community Health Evangelism (CHE). This strategy teaches concepts, gives vision and practical How Tos for implementing and managing CHE in your ministry. Training dates for USA: Portland, OR June 1-6, 2009. Additional information can be found at

3) DTS: Be Discipled To Reach The Nations

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Lebanon, PA, USA is offering a Discipleship Training School (DTS) to help students grow in their faith and equip them to reach the nations with the Gospel. The school 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. The dates of the school are September 14 – February 7, 2010. More information and/or an application can be found online at:


or email

or phone: 717.274.9010.

4) The Damara Of Namibia: "To The Point Of Death…"

As Christian workers were driving through Namibia last month, they met two Damara men at the petrol station. One of the men had on a T-shirt with the verse from Revelation 2:10b. When the man was asked whether he believed the verse, he laughed and shrugged his shoulders. The Christian worker found the passage in her Bible and read, “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.” As the two men started talking about their church they attended, it was not clear if they knew much about Jesus Christ but it was pretty clear that they did not know him personally. How sad, that they wore upon their bodies, words they did not understand. How sad, that no one had shared the life-changing and life-saving message with them. Please pray for these two men, pray that they will seek the Truth of these words in their lives. Pray for the Damara people to not only attend one of the few churches in the area, but also pray that the churches will share the Good News of the Gospel to their congregations. Pray for the Damara people of Namibia. For more information about the unengaged peoples of Namibia, visit …


or contact us at

6) Reftagger Serves Over 100 Million Bible Verses

In just one year since its release, RefTagger has delivered over 100 million interactive Bible verses across more than 7,500 websites. These numbers indicate that more and more people are seeing the benefit of using RefTagger to point their site visitors to the text of the Bible. Developed by Logos Bible Software, RefTagger


is a free web tool that churches, ministries, and missionaries can install on their websites to dynamically deliver the text of Bible references within their website. RefTagger works on any size website or blog, and can be installed quickly and easily by anyone with minimal web knowledge. With 100 million verses under their belt, Logos Bible Software is aiming to serve 1 billion verses in 2009. Additional information and examples of active RefTagger sites are available at the URL above.

7) Learn Islam & Ministry To Muslims In Michigan And Colorado

Horizons International has developed an exciting curriculum that has three major components, Islamic studies, Missiology and hands on experience. Hundreds have already been through this training program around the world. There are two upcoming locations: In Dearborn, Michigan: June 15-20: “Engaging Islam” for one week with daily outreach and in Boulder, Colorado: May 18-22 Cubs to Lions, a Discipleship Program, priority for ex-Muslims. Also in Dearborn, July 20 to August 7 “Engaging Islam” full curriculum for three weeks. In addition, get practical internships: July 15 2009 to May 15, 2010. Scholarships are available on a first come first serve basis. Learn more at…


or write

8) Like Brigada? Please pass the word

Enjoyed some nugget in Brigada at one point or another down through the years? If so, please help us spread the word. We constantly find that the best way to grow Brigada is through a simple block of text like this:

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Obviously, you can make the referral even better by adding in a personal note if you’ve ever come across anything worthwhile in Brigada. And thanks in advance for passing on the Brigada good news!

10) Give A Gift That Keeps On Giving

Your gift to Brigada keeps on giving back to you because it gets archived to the web! Unlike many websites, which feature a banner only for a set period of time, your gift to Brigada becomes a permanent part of our searchable archives. Your gift will *forever* (well, as long as we have the web anyway) be pointing to your loved one, your ministry, your business, or your project. 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. Or, 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: A Missionary Care Resource Toolkit

Here is a Missionary Care Resource Toolkit list, as profiled by Ron at…


What we would like to know is… what additional resources could be added to this basic library? What, if anything, has Ron neglected to include? If you can think of items that you would add, please click “Comment” at the end of the web version of this entry. Let’s equip a new Member Care person with everything he/she would need for a basic start-up library and resource guide. And hats off to Ron for assembling this list! (Ron & Val are pictured at left)

– Hay’s REMAP update (2007) on Taylor’s classic (Too Valuable to Lose) on member care for missionaries available from William Carey Library

Doing Member Care Well: Perspectives and Practices from Around the World (Globalization of Mission Series) – the newly updated (2002) manual for missionary member care available from William Carey Library. $19.95 plus shipping, 13.95 for 3 or more

Wycliffe Member Care and Counseling Resources CD – a huge collection of alphabetized subjects – you will need to contact Wycliffe Member Care for more information on this great resource

First Term Survival Guide – Ron Berrus put this booklet together as a primer for first term transition. This work was spawned by the careful review of 150 first term debriefing results and includes input from a score of seasoned veterans who have survived long term. http://www.ronberrus.abwe.org/ for free PDF

Debriefing Handbook – Ron Berrus has put together a booklet outlining the various types and purposes of debriefings and suggested questions for each. http://www.ronberrus.abwe.org/ for free PDF

– Neal Pirolo’s excellent guide for sending churches and support teams back home

The Missionary Care Team Manual – Brad Winkler’s booklet for building a sending church care team for their missionaries http://www.ronberrus.abwe.org/ for free pdf

The Battle for Moral Purity – Ron’s Bible studies with compilation of articles from other authors http://www.ronberrus.abwe.org/ for free pdf

First Steps in the Spiritual Disciplines – Ron Berrus’ introduction to the purposes and practices of eight spiritual disciplines. Good for individual or group studies. http://www.ronberrus.abwe.org/ for free pdf

Key Qualities – Ron Berrus’ Bible study on 20 key character traits of mature believers. Good for small group and team studies. http://www.ronberrus.abwe.org/ for free pdf

Five Essentials for Building Lasting Relationships – Ron Berrus’ primer on biblical principles for building relationships that last. Good for individual and group studies. http://www.ronberrus.abwe.org/ for free pdf

Walk As He Walked & Coming Home – Transition to the Field Devotional Journal by Howard and Bonnie Lisech

E-books and Additional Recommended Resources
a) What Missionaries Ought to Know
b)Re-Entry Transitions
c)TCK’s and Adolescence
d)MK’s Re-Entry and more!

all available from http://www.missionarycare.com/ebook.htm

Recommended Top 5 Websites with additional Member Care resources

http://www.missionarycare.com/index.htm — excellent for free e-books and other resources for care givers – this has a wealth of materials on an incredible array of topics

http://www.mislinks.org/practical/membcare.htm — website with broad range of resources and info

http://www.barnabas.org/ — organization that provides specialized care for missionaries

http://www.mti.org/books_membercare.htm — books on numerous topics related to member care

http://www.missionresources.com/missionarycare.html — another website recommending websites and brochures on numerous topics (Evangelical Methodist/Asbury connection)

12) Closing Stuff

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