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2009/04/05 – 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) Online Bible Studies For Free
2) Train In Arts/Ethnomusicology Modules In England
3) Missions Moments For Families
4) Problems In Sharing Christ
5) Global Recipes For Families
6) Helping The Church Be The Voice And Hands Of Jesus
7) Need Quality Video & Photographs?
8) Free Online Conference Room
9) Online School Seeking Partners
10) Need An Item Published *Now*?
11) The Backpage: Overcoming Our Fear Of Fundraising
12) Closing Stuff

2) Train In Arts/Ethnomusicology Modules In England

If you are looking for a comprehensive approach to applying music and the arts to mission work anywhere in the world, why not consider 4 weeks at the beautiful SIL UK training centre, exploring ways of encouraging and developing indigenous forms of creative Biblical worship.
Module I: Research Methods for Performing Arts. Monday 31 August – Friday 11 September, 2009.
Module II: Applied Cultural Arts. Monday 14 – Friday 25 September, 2009. Learn about indigenous worship worldwide, including music, drama, dance, storytelling and visual arts. Basic field recording and audio editing skills is included. Although both modules are designed primarily for the mission-focused who desire to reach people through performing arts, they require no prior training in any aspect of performance. For more details, see

http://www.eurotp.org/UK/Session.asp?SessionID=239

or write to

3) Missions Moments For Families

Want easy ideas to help parents and children’s leaders teach a missional worldview? Missions Moments and Missions Moments 2 each include 52 weeks of missions learning activities designed for 5-minute children’s sermons, 15-minute hands-on missions learning activities, or 25-minute family devotions. To order, visit

http://wmustore.com/ or call 1-800-968-7301 (USA callers can dial toll-free; others can call via Skype-out). Or email

for more information.

5) Global Recipes For Families

Stirring Up a World of Fun: International Recipes, Wacky Facts and Family Time Ideas contains 100 recipes compiled from all over the world. The introduction helps parents discuss kitchen safety, cooking terms and utensils, and measuring tips with their children. The recipes inside are organized by regions of the world. Each recipe includes an interesting cultural fact, a family-time activity, and a Scripture verse to discuss while cooking together.

To order, visit

http://wmustore.com/product.asp?sku=N064138

or call 1-800-968-7301 (USA callers can dial toll-free; others can call via Skype-out). Or email
for more information.

6) Helping The Church Be The Voice And Hands Of Jesus

HCJB Global is a media and healthcare ministry that integrates evangelism and mercy ministries around the world. The organization recently launched a series of resources for US households and churches to help encourage them in their life of service. People can send a prayer e-card, download a Voice and Hands Reader with 30 days of devotionals and inspirational stories and download worship music about being the Voice and Hands of Jesus. People can download these resources at:

http://www.hcjbglobal.org/resources

7) Need Quality Video & Photographs?

… of minority people groups and general lifestyle in SE Asia? Check out the growing portfolio of media resources for SE Asian based missions at

http://www.istockphoto.com/oneclearvision

This material is available at very reasonable royalty free rates. Purchasing it will not only enhance your next video, power point or brochure, but it will also help fund the work of Acts Multimedia in providing affordable custom services for missions. For more info send them an email

8) Free Online Conference Room

If you are looking for a convenient and inexpensive way of increasing collaboration in your organization with members separated by distances, you might find this free online conference room useful. Flash version / cross platform (PC, Mac, Linux), Audio/Visual, Power Point, Browser, Chat, Send Files to Participants, Secure (more secure than most banks require), Worldwide Access, Desktop Sharing (Coming). This operates at low & high speeds and is very user friendly. This free version has a limit of 10 participants. To get this online conference room, go to:

http://hotconference1.myinternetools.com/

10) Need An Item Published *Now*?

OK… I confess, we have enough items to keep us busy for weeks. The queue is lots longer than we can possibly publish in any given month’s worth of Brigadas. But do you have an upcoming event or resource that you’d like to promote *today*? No problem. Those who pitch in to help cover Brigada’s expenses are treated with special dignity — because they’re helping pay the bills. We bump them directly to the head of the line. All of which means… if it’s Friday and you send in an item with a gift, there’s a good chance your item might be featured as quickly as 48 hours later (the following Sunday). Just follow the instructions for submitting an item (at our website, brigada.org, by reading the guidelines when you select “Submit an item”), then 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.) How much should you give? We’ll leave that up to you. Basically, any amount gets you bumped to the front of the line. Obviously, the more you give, the more thankful we are. And thank you in advance for helping.

To comment on this item, simply click “Comment” below the item at …

11) The Backpage: Overcoming Our Fear Of Fundraising

Over the past 30 years, while growing a missionary sending agency, I wish I had a peso for every time I heard the phrase, “I’d become a missionary if I just didn’t have raise support.” I figure I’d have enough pesos for quite an empanada. The truth is, I think we all assume that support-raising is about as much as a root canal.

To make matters worse, there are those folks who try to “encourage” us by explaining that if we do things right, we never really have to ask for funds. That might work for certain support levels with certain connected individuals, but my experience is that it doesn’t work for everyone, nor for every project. Sometimes, apparently, we don’t have because we fail to ask. (James 4, The Bible)

All this has given me pause over the past 4 months as I’ve faced the reality that, as the CEO of what just might be a typical organization, I had never taken time to learn to fundraise for the organization that I love. Years ago, God had supplied the needs equal to our own family’s salary and ministry (May His name be praised!)… and then, after that, I just coasted… like many global workers.

All of that coasting came to a screeching halt once our ‘home office’ team outgrew the old church building we had acquired years ago. By God’s grace, we had acquired land, built an initial facility, and moved in — and now, next month (July), I faced the reality that the mortgage payments were about to begin.

I don’t know if others have traveled a similar road or not. But here are 5 lessons I’m learning as I travel this road:

*** I don’t think I had done our organization any favors by ignoring fundraising for all those years. In some ways, it might have seemed spiritual, never focusing on fundraising for the future. Now that I look back, I have to wonder.
*** I’m really inexperienced at fundraising. Because God provided so faithfully for our own family’s needs, I never really had to stretch to understand the whole process. As a result, I hadn’t ever really identified with those who aren’t as blessed when starting out.
*** I’m finding that fundraising is a faith-stretching experience. I find myself praying really diligently before a presentation. Then, regardless of the outcome, I end up talk to God about it afterward — a lot. If a certain group ends up committing $5000 over the next 3 years, I go crazy thanking God for that tremendous help. If another presentation appears to net nothing, I’m still thanking God, asking for help, pleading with him to help me learn how to do this.
*** I’m wondering if others have been brought to this same position as a result of having to conduct a capital campaign. I’m curious as to whether capital campaigns sometimes serve as tutors for the long-term process of support-raising in general.
*** I’m realizing that I’ve basically eeked by for about 30 years without ever focusing on any serious fundraising duties as a CEO. In many ways, I feel I need to apologize to those in my own organization. When I think about what might have been… When I consider the programs and projects we could have launched, I’m sobered. At the same time, I’m not despairing. Sometimes I think, “OK Doug; you’ve had your 30 years of fun. Now let’s get to work.”

Would you take a moment today to pray for me, that I can learn how to do this? Would you pray for all the other CEO’s who are in similar situations? In fact, would you please take a second and lift up *anyone* in support-raising mode, regardless of the particular project or program. Ask God to give him wisdom, sensitivity, strength, insight, connections, and most of all, endurance.

So what’s your experience with support-raising? Is your story similar? … or different. What helps have you discovered? Have there been any particular books, online resources, coaches, DVDs, etc., that have seemingly hit home for you? (We’ve mentioned some previously in Brigada over the years. The truth is — I’ve never read them or sought them out. I was clueless.) If you have a favorite resource, just click “Comment” immediately below this item and speak up. Who knows how much others (like me) will derive benefit from the resource you mention or the testimony you share.

In closing, I just want to thank all those readers who have made it their special ministry to help those who are “on a journey for his name’s sake” (III John). Your role in the local church might be different than those who are growing a mission organization traveling to some far-flung location. But the reality is, your involvement is every bit as crucial as the person who actually goes. You truly are a fellow-helper. And all of us, together, salute you for the ministry you perform not only for the benefit of the ones hearing the message for the first time, but also as an encouragement for the one carrying it. May God bless each of you in ways beyond measure and may He multiply your capacity to give, and thereby serve.

Doug

PS. Don’t forget to click “Comment”, below, and share a short testimony of your experience.

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