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2009/03/22 – 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) Same-Day Websites For Ministry
2) Searching For A Deeper Walk With Christ?
3) Uk Mission News & School Of Missions Celebrates 34 Million Hits
4) Missionaries Now Saving Thousands Of Dollars
5) Learn How To Survey A New Mission Field
6) Conference On Cross-Cultural Partnerships
7) Chasing Down Leads For Satellite Internet
8) How Would Your Church Or Mission Handle A Critical Incident?
9) We Give Thanks…
10) Give A Gift To Brigada In The Place Of Someone Who Can’t
11) The Backpage: From Us Army Ranger To Kingdom Worker
12) Closing Stuff

1) Same-Day Websites For Ministry

Ministries without staff to build a website on their own or the budget to hire a design firm can leverage Web-Site-Now to get a template-based site up within hours. Perfect for starter sites or special events. Owner Michael is a PCA elder and an automation zealot for over 25 years.

Websites start at $249 and are built using the popular open source WordPress platform. Michael’s engineers reserve the site name, load the software, and apply the style. Change the style of your site free for thirty days. Buyers own, not rent their new website. What’s more, you can become an Affiliate and pick up $50 per sale of the websites. For more info, browse to…

http://web-site-now.com/

or email

2) Searching For A Deeper Walk With Christ?

Consider investing in it. One option: The Deeper Walk set of four books at:

http://www.masterdesign.org/

The site’s organizers have arranged this special book set of these four titles. Only 1000 sets are available. Included in this set is Dr Greg Frizzell’s How to Develop a Powerful Prayer Life, the late Dr Rowland Myburgh’s Holiness – Right Living in Post Modern Society, the late Bertha Smith’s How the Spirit Filled My Life, and Dr Rob Finley’s Recapturing the Biblical Epic of Prayer. Sold separately, this set would cost you nearly $24. As a set, it costs $14.95. Grab a set today while they still have them available.

3) Uk Mission News & School Of Missions Celebrates 34 Million Hits

3) UK MISSION NEWS & SCHOOL OF MISSIONS CELEBRATES 34 MILLION HITS — Les from the UK e-mailed Doug recently to say thank you to Brigada participants for giving him the vision and the encouragement way back in 2001 to launch his free World Mission News and School of Missions website

http://www.dci.org.uk/

for leaders and believers in the developing world. Since then the DCI pages have handled over 34,000,000 hits and are now in 16 languages with more on the way as soon as translators can be found particularly for Asian languages which people are continually asking for. Les says that many hundreds of training schools and churches have opened all over the developing world, lots of them in the 10/40 window and that he could never have achieved this any other way. Praise God… and Thanks Les!

4) Missionaries Now Saving Thousands Of Dollars

Some reports say it takes an average of three and a half years for missionaries to raise their support in a normal economy, but a new approach is now available which is dramatically reducing that average, saving thousands in living costs and travel costs. Kingdom Come Training’s current trainees are on track for achieving their full support within eight to ten months. The training and coaching is done conveniently in your home through live, interactive multipoint videoconferencing. No travel costs! Give Jerry a call at (503) 314-7211 or send an e-mail:

5) Learn How To Survey A New Mission Field

Would you like to learn how to learn about other cultures, develop skill in initiating and building cross-cultural relationships, and dream with God for his kingdom among least evangelized peoples? Good news: details are firmed up for an Exploring the Land ethnography training In Louisville, KY with Team Expansion and others. It will run from 9am to 5pm, Wednesday to Sunday, May 27-31. The training will involve both classroom instruction and field-based practice. The adventure will begin at Emerald Hills, Team Expansion’s new headquarters. It will cost $50, plus $25 for a copy of Exploring the Land. Learn more about the venue by browsing to

http://www.emeraldhills.info/

Learn more about the course by checking out the site…

http://www.calebresources.net/node/60

Inquire to see if there’s a seat left for you by emailing

6) Conference On Cross-Cultural Partnerships

The 2009 COSIM Conference is June 15-17, 2009 at The Prince Center, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. The theme is: “Sailing Together Through Changing Winds: Surviving and Thriving in Cross-Cultural Partnerships.” Participate in excellent plenary sessions and workshops that will deepen your understanding and equip you for healthy cross-cultural partnership. The conference is reasonably priced. COSIM (Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Ministries) is a fellowship of evangelical organizations and churches with a common interest in the support and capacity building of majority-world ministries. COSIM’s mission is to expand the understanding and practice of healthy partnerships with indigenous ministries for the advance of the Gospel.

Fact sheet/registration:

http://www.cosim.info/cosimpromosheet2009sm.pdf

COSIM web site:

http://cosim.info/

or email Werner

or phone 480-951-0900

7) Chasing Down Leads For Satellite Internet

Here’s a team headed into an area of Africa so desolate, there’s no internet for miles and miles around. They’ll have to rely on satellite. Do we have any Brigada users who are currently relying on fixed or portable satellite internet solutions? Let’s refresh this topic (that we’ve featured previously) with the most up-to-date offerings for this team with children. Please click on “Comment” below and share with the Brigada family your favorite Satellite internet solution.

8) How Would Your Church Or Mission Handle A Critical Incident?

An Illinois pastor was shot and killed, and two parishioners injured after an unknown gunman opened fire during Sunday services at the First Baptist Church in Maryville, Ill ON March 9th.

Read more at …
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,506820,00.html

Our heart goes out to them over their loss. Is your church ready for such an incident? Where do we get training to prepare for this kind of stuff? How do we make sure it isn’t so easy to repeat it? If you have a favorite resource for offering training, security for such incidents, or awareness coaching (or if you yourself offer such training), please pass the word by clicking on “Comment…” below and sharing your lead.

9) We Give Thanks…

For a worker from Spokane, WA who personally gave $100 to spur on Brigada to the good works God has called us to do. We’re sobered and humbled… and dared to go onward. Thank you brother! Also, the folks at Dial-Abroad.org sent a payment in appreciation for long distance used by Brigada subscribers throughout the last 10 months of 2008. The total $318.53! If you’re a Dial-Abroad subscriber, thank you so much for talking in 2008! :-) They’ve offer a wide range of services including Voice over IP (think Skype Out), domestic and int’l long distance, personal toll-free numbers, and phone cards. Learn more at:

http://www.dial-abroad.org/

Thanks, too, to the author of Deeper Walk, a book available at:

http://www.masterdesign.org/

She sent a $6 check to say thanks for featuring her book earlier in the year. Thanks Faithe! If you missed the Deeper Walk set earlier in the year, see the item above, featured again in this edition.

Thanks, too, to the folks at

http://www.dci.org.uk/

who recently sent a $50 gift as a form of saying thanks for helping them get started with their website back in 2001. Thank you DCI!

Thanks, too, to the very kind folks at KingdomComeTraining for those raising support. Browse to their website at…

http://www.kingdomcometraining.com/

and also see the item above in this same edition.

We’re also grateful to the folks at

http://web-site-now.com/

who sent a $50 thank-you gift to Brigada for featuring their quality work. See their item above.

Finally, we’re grateful to “Pete” from Australia. He evidently sent a $100 gift to Brigada as a form of celebrating his own birthday, apparently during the first week of May. Something about this idea seemed upside down at first (then again, Australia *is* down under :-) ), but after a while, we started getting used to the idea… that a true fan of Brigada would celebrate a new year of life by cheering on Brigada. At least it started to make sense for us here. :-) So thanks Pete, and may you experience the most amazing birthday ever!!!! May God bless you richly for sharing so unselfishly. At a time when many of us think that we should be the recipient of gifts, you chose to give a gift to others. Sounds almost Christlike to me!!! Thanks again!

10) Give A Gift To Brigada In The Place Of Someone Who Can’t

As many as one-half of our readership live in what some call the developing world where conditions are not favorable for their financial situation. Many of them appreciate the chance to stay informed about resources for global missions. They couldn’t afford to pay a subscription fee to a missions magazine, but they *can* afford Brigada, because every issue is delivered to them free of charge. Want to say thanks, in their place? 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.

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11) The Backpage: From Us Army Ranger To Kingdom Worker

Remember my son? I mentioned him last summer in a special “BackPage” (navigate to the June 8, 2008 edition using the “Date” browser at the side of any Brigada page). He had negotiated a special deal with the Army to enter directly into training as a U.S. Army Ranger. However, four weeks into training, he suffered a debilitating knee injury that resulted in his immediate disqualification from the Army. We talked for hours after he arrived. He was crushed. This had been his lifelong dream. Now he was without purpose. It was a very dark time in his life. But there, in the barracks where soldiers await shipping home, someone had placed a John Piper book, “Don’t Waste Your Life.” (See the link to the book appended below.)

For good reason, this book — and the Bible — spoke mightily to my son. It gave him a glimmer of hope that if he could just hang in there, there might be another reason for his existence. Maybe he could recover a dream… if he could just manage to hang on.

This past Sunday, my son redeployed. Except, instead of sliding down ropes with a gun on his back, he parachuted (in a manner of speaking) into a Muslim land in the Middle East with hope in his heart. His goal? Learn to speak Arabic the very best he can. Adapt to a new land to the point that it feels like home. And share Christ’s love with as many new friends as God would allow. He’ll try to fit a degree in International Relations somewhere in between his real interest — *being* there.

Somebody somewhere prayed hard for my son. Some Brigada reader offered up a special appeal to the Father. And today, in that Muslim city with millions of people (that I can’t name; please understand that I shouldn’t answer if you ask), he’s studying, gently testifying, and walking on. Thank you for praying. Thank you for hoping, along with me, that a young man could rediscover his dream. Thank you for being a friend.

(See the original Brigada entry by navigating to June 8, 2008.)

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

12) Closing Stuff

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