Daily Archives: 2009/04/12

1) Register for Urbana

Register for Urbana 09 by June 30 for the lowest rates! Join thousands of students, pastors, missions practitioners and others at Urbana 09, December 27 – 31, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Since 1946 Urbana has shaped more than 235,000 people, moving thousands to Christian service in business, professions, the church, and missions around the world. Learn more and register at


Feel free to contact Urbana 09 with questions via email:

2) Ministry Projects for Kids

Missions activities for any time, any place, and any season! Check out Zowie! 200+ Ministries Kids Can Do. Written with short-term, long-term, and one-time activities in mind, Zowie! includes encouraging testimonials and project ideas to help kids minister to the needs of their communities throughout the year. Reproducible appendixes carry Bible verse cards in English and Spanish, patterns, recipes, and contact information.

To order, visit


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

for more information.

3) A Distance Learning Option that you can Join

Are you doing Business as Mission and want to earn additional income while reaching the best and brightest young people all over the world? Then join The Personal Learning Center International


and help recruit students. PLC/I provides English language instruction using the Rosetta Stone language learning program (they also offer 30 other languages) and provide skilled language tutors and give you credit towards your education if you need it. They offer middle school, high school, advanced placement, and vocational education courses over the internet that can lead to a US accredited high school diploma. Contact Philip

to learn more.

4) Vulnerable Mission

The AVM (Alliance for Vulnerable Mission), that in early 2009 held eight regional conferences in the USA and Europe, wrote recently to express its opinion that, whenever possible, outreach should be conducted in the local national language whenever possible. It ensures that people being reached remain free to use familiar categories in important debates, forcing the outside missionary rather than locals onto difficult cultural learning curves. Ministries developed without start-up money are more likely to be locally ‘owned.’ For more information on this vital new approach to mission write to

5) Venezuela Kids’ Missions Event

Take a missions journey to Venezuela! WMU’s new “Kids Reaching Kids: Venezuela” resources feature session plans, games, crafts, stories, and more to help leaders teach about how kids in Venezuela show God’s love to other kids. Designed for leaders who need material to plan a special missions event for children.

Kids Reaching Kids: Venezuela –Leader Guide and Booklet To order, visit



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

for more information.

6) Teach Int’l School in Southern Thailand

Khao Lak International School opens in September, 2009 promising students an excellent standard of English education, and teachers a package better than many TESOL programs in Thailand, plus subsidized housing, an amazing opportunity to serve in this rather unreached place, and other fringe benefits just as clear as the Andaman Sea.

If you want to join, making a difference in Thai and International children’s lives, send an introduction letter and resume by email today to Kim at:

8) World Wide Scripture in Use Consultation

Hearts Burning: There is a natural tendency among those who know their Bible well to read the narrative safe in the knowledge of how the story ends.

Here’s a consultation that acts as a place where existing and emerging best practices of Scripture Engagement can be discovered, shared and reflected upon. Some 150 – 200 people from around the globe will gather as a community of practitioners to create a compelling experience of Scripture engagement. It’s slated for Melaka, Malaysia, October 4-9, sponsored by Bible Agencies International. For more info, check out


9) New 4-Month Grad Cerftificate in Mulicultural Teamwork

Beginning August, 2009, the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL) in Dallas, Texas, will offer courses leading to a Graduate Certificate in Multicultural Teamwork. People working with other cultures and different organizations will learn how teams work across cultural boundaries, and how to handle the various cultural factors affecting their work together. The program includes four courses: Christianity Across Cultures, Social and Political Organization, Multicultural Teamwork, and Multicultural Leadership. Learn more at


or email

or call 1-800-892-3356 or 972-708-7343. All nationalities are welcome.

10) Get Your Item Published *Now*!

Our queue is lots longer than the number of items we can publish weekly. We do eventually publish all items, regardless of sponsorship. However, 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.

11) The BackPage: AD2000 Plus Ten

For those who experienced events spawned by the AD2000 & Beyond Movement, we are now nearly ten years removed. (AD2000 & Beyond decommissioned itself intentionally at the close of the decade.) Maybe it’s a good time to again assess the success of the effort. I can definitely tell you that there was a surge of momentum, but the question is, did the momentum help you in your projects and your mobilization? Certainly, there was more press for the 10/40 Window and the world’s unreached peoples. Do you feel that this paradigm still works for you? … or have you pretty much laid aside the whole 10/40 Window model anyway? The newest kids on the block are Community Health Evangelism (CHE), Storying (Orality), and wholistic ministry. How have you meshed these ideas with unreached peoples. Is your organization still even focusing on the concept of unreached peoples? … or have you embraced another model? We’d love hearing the truth. Feel free to speak anonymously if you desire. Just click the word “Comment” under this item as it appears on the web. Let us know what’s happening in your neck of the woods. And thanks in advance for responding!


PS. Read more about the AD2000 & Beyond Movement at:


12) Closing Stuff

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